Venezuela's future in question after Chavez's death; North Korea threatens to end cease-fire; Malaysian forces kill Filipino militants; electronic polling system holds up vote in Kenya; rebel bombings cut power in Colombia; and more

Top of the Agenda: Hugo Chávez's Death Raises Questions for Venezuela's Future

Chavez returns to duty after two months off for cancer treatment; China denies hacking claims; former Japanese prime minister paves way for Japan-Russia leadership meeting; Obama may consider arming Syrian opposition; ANC dismisses new South African party; and more

Top of the Agenda: Chavez’s Return Raises Questions

Intelligence report says US has limited chance of success in Afghanistan; experts expect Obama policy review will allow a reduction in troops; South Korea holds drill to practise for nuclear bombing; asylum boat crashes into rocks and kills 27 off Christmas Island; Chavez asks parliament for sweeping new powers; and more

Top of the Agenda: Intel Reports Question Afghan Progress

Two National Intelligence Estimates (NYT) present a pessimistic view of the war in Afghanistan, just a day before the Obama administration's review of