Egypt

Sweeping new laws are drawing criticism from rights groups who warn of the powers they would lend an already alarmingly authoritarian regime.Middle East,Adly Mansour,Bassem Youssef,Cairo University,Egypt,Hosni Mubarak,Mohammed Morsi,Lora Moftah

Nigeria

Nigeria's security situation appears to becoming more bleak at a time when the country’s international profile is only rising.

Demonstrators block the Pan-American highway in front of a line of riot police in Buenos Aires, on April 10, 2014, during a general strike in Argentina.

Stoppage idled ports, trains, city buses, and disrupted air travel.

JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 21: Rescue workers carry a victim of the sunken ferry off the coast of Jindo Island on April 21, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least sixty four people are reported dead, with 238 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island. Credit Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Authorities issued a foreign travel ban for 44 executives and owners of the company that operated the ill-fated vessel.

Crimea

A clear attempt at courting the politically significant Crimean Tatar population, which has been vocal in its opposition to Moscow’s annexation.

Saudi

Spy chief ouster and Qatar mediation point to a shift in strategy.

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: A couple huddles while waiting to load a bus to take them to the start of the Boston Marathon in the Boston Commons on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Officials have mounted a massive security operation around the race.