The U.S. economy shrank in the first quarter at the fastest pace in five years, data this week may show.
Russian President Vladimir Putin backed a cease-fire declared by his Ukrainian counterpart, calling for all sides to halt military activities even as he put more than 65,000 troops on combat alert.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said his government is working to reach a peace deal this year to end a five-decade conflict with guerrillas that has claimed 200,000 lives.
The militant Islamist Hamas, again a partner in the Palestinian government, is looking to complete its political comeback in elections.
Israel has found it’s no easy task to find a successor to President Shimon Peres, the 90-year-old Nobel peace laureate and statesman who imbued his largely ceremonial office with a prestige far beyond its powers.
Employers in the U.S. probably added more than 200,000 jobs for a fourth straight month in May, highlighting further progress in the labor market, data in the coming week may show.
U.S. drone strikes hit tribal areas of Pakistan for the first time this year, with 10 militants killed in separate attacks, according to a government official from the region.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he won’t agree to a security accord with the U.S. unless a peace process is begun in his country.