Romney and Obama duked it out in Denver, China and Taiwan have become frenemies, and the Arctic melt has created a new geopolitical battleground.
No matter how you cut it, it's been a big week for the world. Here's a sampling of the most important stories from GlobalPost and a look at some of the news you may have missed.
The Arctic Melt: Oil rush at the top of the world
The Arctic is melting, setting off a scramble among countries and corporations to tap into the vast natural resources believed to lie beneath the ocean floor.
No knockout for Romney, but maybe a turnaround
Republicans are jubilant, Democrats subdued following Wednesday's debate in Denver.
On Location: Caracas murder rate looms as Venezuelans vote
Video: Under President Chavez, Caracas murder rate rivals that in Baghdad.
How Britain's real James Bond got spooked
007 is back, but his real-life M16 counterparts may be too shaken and stirred to care.
America the Gutted: Who stole the American Dream?
A new "detective story" by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith digs into the collapse of the American middle class.
China and Taiwan: from enemies to frenemies
Analysis: Taiwan's increasing willingness to indirectly work with Beijing in the East China Sea is starting to ruffle American feathers.
US far behind in race for Arctic assets
Trillions of dollars are on the line - and not just in corporate profits. America risks losing huge government revenues too.
From Turkey, more strong words for Syria
Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan issued another warning to Syria Friday, saying the two countries were "not far" from war.
US Christian right links with Zimbabwe's Mugabe to suppress gay rights
Commentary: Human rights defenders should denounce harassment of LGBT.
#BigBird: Mitt Romney provokes Twitter backlash by threatening to cut PBS funding
Mitt Romney learns that some things are sacred, and Sesame Street is one of them.