Amid a list of errors that appeared to have contributed to the disaster, South Koreans are expressing shame and anger at how far their country still has to go to address inadequate safety measures and lax regulation.
For both the government and opposition, the central Syrian crossroads city, practically reduced to rubble during the civil war, will play a crucial role in stitching the country back together.
Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said that Israel had deprived him of any real power to govern the West Bank and that he was considering giving it back to Israel.
The venerated African National Congress is expected to win in the coming election, though unemployment and abuses of power are among the issues stirring opposition forces.
The United States, Canada and Mexico — for different reasons — show renewed promise as producing nations, if significant hurdles can be overcome.