♦ Afghanistan steps into the unknown: With Karzai heading for the exit and Nato winding down its troop presence, the country is entering a new era – and many Afghans fear renewed violence and foreign interference.
♦ The US is playing the crooked lawyer in an Israeli-Palestinian drama, says David Gardner.
♦ Anger over the economy simmers in Cyprus even though Brussels and Berlin have judged the island’s bailout to be a success.
♦ A South Sudan rebel leader with a satellite phone, a touch-screen tablet and a copy of “Why Nations Fail” ponders the next step in a young country’s civil war. The New York Times reports.