A bottleneck continues to build in Mexico near the US-Mexico border, as a public health order invoked by the Trump administration remains in place and shuts out many migrants and asylum-seekers from entering the United States.
The COVID-19 outbreak has reached the rich and powerful. And for workers in the gig economy or tourism industry, the pandemic is having severe repercussions. And, while the coronavirus has demanded the world's sweeping attention, a devastating measles outbreak is being overlooked in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also, are all human beings endowed by their creator with the same rights? US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked the question when he launched a Commission on Unalienable Rights last year that is now raising concerns.
The death toll around the world continues to rise from coronavirus with 11 deaths now confirmed in the US as new cases emerged around New York City and Los Angeles, while Seattle-area health officials discouraged social gatherings amid the nation's largest outbreak.
A California patient might be the first in the US to have contracted COVID-19 through community spread. In India, the worst sectarian violence in decades has brought harsh criticism to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while in South Sudan, peace might be close at hand. And a bio weapon more powerful than pesticides could be ... an army of ducks?
In the second day of televised impeachment hearings, one former diplomat says it's been distressing to watch the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, who was abruptly removed from her post as US ambassador to Ukraine earlier this year.
Misgivings about Washington's role in the world are being felt by ordinary people as well as foreign policy specialists. And, Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Munich Security Conference succeeded only in deepening divisions with traditional allies over questions such as Iran and Venezuela and offered little hope in how to deal with threats.
US President Donald Trump will make his case to the American public on Tuesday that a "crisis" at the US border with Mexico requires a wall in a prime-time television address.
In his New Year address on Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned he might take a "new path" if Washington maintains sanctions amid his country's push for economic development, but experts say it may be too late to change the trajectory of negotiations.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is calling on Riyadh to prove its claim that Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since last week, left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who swept to power last year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North and has pushed for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile program.
Special interest dollars may have paid rent in Trump Tower.