New Zealand gave about $NZ215,000 ($206,000) in aid for North Korean humanitarian programs over the past eight years, only halting the yearly fund due to concerns about the rogue state's missile tests. Documents released to the Taxpayer's Union under the Official Information Act have revealed New Zealand provided around $30,000 per year to its embassy in South Korea, with the money then directed to non-government organizations in North Korea.

Mass protest in Cheonggye Plaza, by Teddy Cross

Scott Snyder breaks down the scandal currently unfolding in South Korea, and the political conundrum that follows.

Ceremonia de transmisión del Poder Ejecutivo Federal de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, by Presidencia de la Republica Mexicana

Despite numerous soft power resources, Mexico's image is struggling under disappointing leadership.

Olympic Crying Room, by Lorraine Murphy

From Salt Lake City to Sochi to Rio, Olympic corruption and scandal is tarnishing the games' image.

Sierra Leone poured a lot of money into the battle against Ebola. The government earmarked $18 million of treasury funds and public donations to combat the disease, which has claimed around 3,800 lives there. That's an admirable commitment. But there's just one problem. A third of that money appears to have disappeared.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's crackdown on government corruption, which began almost two years ago, has had a profound impact in China itself.  It is also hurting a specialized niche of the U.S. tourism industry.