Radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister.
"Let's be clear: the actions we take in 2015 will decide which way the world turns for decades to come; please take the right path."
Recent events here in Germany remind me of a playground see-saw, with constant ups and downs of one side and the other.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was touring the world in January as troubles mounted at home.
Nigeria is in the news again because of vicious attacks by the extremist jihadi group Boko Haram in the country's Northeastern state of Borno.
The Japanese Communist Party scored historic gains in December's parliamentary elections, and most strikingly in Okinawa.
HRW is calling on the Obama administration to halt aid to Mexican security forces until human rights violations are investigated and prosecuted.
Latin American and Caribbean cooperation with China serves economic needs on both sides.
The attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo cannot be condoned. The persons responsible must suffer the full consequences for their actions.
Cuba's infant mortality rate (IMR) for 2014 was 4.2, unchanged from the previous year and again the lowest in Cuban history.