Israel was founded as a homeland for the Jewish people. But a proposal to define it in law as a Jewish state has become a hot-button political issue. Opponents say it's a undemocratic mix of religion and law.
China, home to the world's largest population of smokers, is looking at a draft regulation that would ban indoor smoking and tobacco advertising. One anti-smoking NGO says the government is weighing the loss of tobacco tax revenue against stratospheric health care costs in the future.
OPEC oil producers met Thursday to discuss falling world oil prices — something big producer Saudi Arabia seeks to preserve in order to compete with U.S. oil production. But other OPEC countries want to get prices back up because their governments need the money.