(L to R) Russian President Vladimir Putin, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Since February, Germany has taken the lead in trying to convince Putin to engage with the West.

A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.

At least three were killed in attack by militants on politician's home.

President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speaks in front of her supporters after a press conference at the Presidential Palace on September 30, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

President Cristina Fernandez said to be suffering an infection or inflammation of the colon.

Children wear the mask of Modi during the election rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Leisure Valley Ground on October 11, 2014 in Gurgaon, India.

The prime minister's BJP Party is set to dominate key state elections thanks to intensive campaigning. 

Miguel Macedo.

Miguel Macedo resigned following an investigation into alleged corruption linked to residence permits.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit at the China National Convention Center on November 8, 2014, in Beijing, China. From November 7-11, the APEC 2014 Summit will bring together leaders and senior administration from 21 countries, with U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin expected to attend.

The U.S. Secretary of State will travel to Jordan for discussions with King Abdullah.


Nobel Laureate Eric Maskin offers a spirited examination of the political process in the United States.