Some on the left had hoped the new taoiseach, as a gay man and son of an immigrant, would usher in a progressive agenda for his center-right party, Fine Gael. But Varadkar has held fast to his conservative politics, and that’s proving to be a lesson for the left.
Belgium's comic book industry has been in the dumps for decades, but the country is fighting back by trying to become a center of innovation and excellence.
Libyans are still celebrating the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, but the civil war has produced new problem: gun control.
But persecuted Syrians, Iraqis and Algerians find it isn't what they imagined.
In the aftermath of the Libyan revolution, one thing that needs to be addressed is education. Not only are schools being purged of The Green Book, but lots of subjects need to be revamped and modernized. Don Duncan reports.
Tunisia is holding its first democratic elections since the revolution and some worry that a strong Islamist showing could roll back women's rights in the country.
HIV is spreading among Afghanistan's injection drug users, and a methadone clinic was recently opened in Kabul to help the problem.
The "Arab Spring" kicked off in Tunisia with the overthrow of strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. But many worry about what's next; there's fear that either Ben Ali supporters or radical Islamists might hijack the fledgling democracy. Don Duncan reports.
Lebanon looks to cash in on natural gas.
Improvements in the Syrian economy inspire an art market renaissance.