Red versus yellow: the fault lines in Thai politics
This weekend, at least 21 people were killed in clashes between security forces and so-called Red Shirts protesters. The Red Shirts, supporters of ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, have been calling for new elections.But any comeback by Shinawatra would be an extremely divisive move - in the past, many Thais have staged mass protests AGAINST the former leader.
Sri Lanka organised Saturday the first vote since the government forces defeated the Tigers three months ago. However, the situation is still unsecured and the country still ethnically divided with 300 000 Tamils detained in refugee camps.
On August 7 2008, Georgia and Russia went to war over the small breakaway province of South Ossetia. One year on, tensions on the ground remain high, to the point that there are even fears in some quarters of another war.
Last week, China's Supreme Court said it wished to drastically reduce the number of death sentences handed out each year - reportedly more than the rest of the world put together. But abolishing the death penalty altogether is not on the agenda.
Hernan Castillo, author of a book linking Hugo Chavez to the FARC rebel group, is one of a number of Venezuelan thinkers leaving a hostile country they feel now resembles a police state for fear of persecution for their political views.