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A Gallup Inc. survey of 150,000 in 148 countries and found that the world's happiest nations are to be found in Latin America.
President Barack Obama has appointed Democratic Senator John Kerry as his next choice to be the new secretary of state.
Millions of Egyptians today concluded voting on a referendum about a draft constitution.
The US House of Representatives votes 315-107 in favour of a $633 billion defense bill.
Africa is quickly emerging as the most lucrative market for mobile technologies and telecommunications innovation.
UN Security Council considers authorising an African force to militarily intervene in Mali but it remains unclear whether the West is willing to finance repeated operations.
Israel vows to push ahead with plans to construct thousands of new homes in occupied East Jerusalem, despite strong UN condemnation.
The UN has appealed for $1.5 billion to salvage the "dramatically deteriorating" humanitarian situation in Syria.
US President Barack Obama told residents that he would use the powers of his office to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.