Qatar says its Gulf neighbours want to put it under their 'guardianship' and strangle it economically.
More than 15,000 people stood up against government pressure on internet censorship.
India wants to bid for the 2026 Youth Olympics, the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 Olympics as it seeks a higher profile to match its growing economic clout.
Despite a pantheon of lavish, futuristic architecture, many people who were forced to move to Astana for work or family reasons find the city an uncomfortable fit.
After years of isolation, Bhutan is beginning to embrace modernization.
China's increasing global economic reach has been leading it to take on a more active role in world politics.
Residents of the isolated island of St. Helena have had to adapt to the challenges thrown at them by their homeland's location.
US secretary of state is scheduled to visit the region next week to push for downgrading of diplomatic engagements and exchanges with North Korea.