With Chinese President Hu Jintao retiring, the ruling Communist Party is in turmoil. The Bo Xilai scandal has revealed the internal divisions. But at the grass-roots level, few outsiders really know how the Party operates. It is the biggest political organisation in the world, counting 82.6 million members in 2011 - more than the entire population of Germany. Though the Party has evolved over the years and is longer seen as Maoist, it still criticised, mainly over corruption.
Angela Merkel has swept to a second mandate as German Chancellor, this time securing a majority with her favoured coalition partner, the pro-business FDP, as the Social Democrats paid the price of an uncomfortable partnership with the CDU.
The former Prime Minister of the Jewish state is in court accused of corruption during his time as the mayor of Jerusalem. Ehud Olmert is the first Israeli PM to stand trial and his case is expected to go on for several months.
The leaders of the world's biggest economies have gathered in the US city of Pittsburgh. As many of the major economies are beginning to climb out of recession, the focus will be on reform and regulation.
Were talks held in New York on Tuesday between US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas something of a breakthrough or merely another photo opportunity?