The Arctic may be cold, but the politics surrounding it are pretty hot. There is a great deal at stake.
In Germany today, references to Putin evoke all too sharply recollections of German language used against every Russian leader since the start of World War I.
Libya's interim government said that the fire could trigger a "humanitarian and environmental disaster" in Tripoli, appealing for "international help" to extinguish the inferno.
China sent a deep-water oil rig into Vietnamese marine territory, along with 80 ships, including military vessels, infuriating Vietnam, which has been trying to resolve the crisis diplomatically.
Yasuni National Park is home to many sensitive animal species, as well as two indigenous communities, and is considered one of the most biodiverse places in the world.
Over 3.7 million people in this new African nation of 11 million are at severe risk of starvation, and a UN official coordinating humanitarian aid in South Sudan says "we're in a race against time."
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government is facing its biggest challenge since his electoral victory on April 14, 2013 - still unrecognized by the U.S. government.
Hopefully the recent ceasefire agreement between the warring parties in South Sudan will halt that country's downward spiral into civil war.
The measure will allow foreign multinational corporations to explore, drill and sell Mexican oil and gas.
Grassroots protests against the despotic regime of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir continue, and the government is feeling its hold slipping.