The UN expert on slavery-like practices has called on the Ghanaian government to do more to tackle the problem of child labour. Gulnara Shahinian, who was in the West African nation last week, said that despite authorities' efforts, thousands of children across the country are still working because their parents cannot afford to send them to school. Yet one woman in Accra is taking the problem of child labour into her own hands. Our correspondent went to meet her.
In France, the law currently states that prostitution is legal, although brothels, pimping and soliciting sex are not. But the National Assembly has just voted to introduce legislation that will see prostitutes' clients fined for engaging their services. Critics and defenders of the world's oldest profession have come out in force following Friday's vote. We take a look at some of their reactions.
Protests are continuing at Kiev's decision to pull the plug on the Association Agreement with the European Union, a treaty due to be signed this week in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Many observers believe Ukraine’s backpedalling was over fears that Russia would issue economic sanctions against the former Soviet state. Ukraine has been performing a difficult balancing act between the EU and Russia recently, with most Ukrainians divided over the best course for their country's future.
The European Union Eastern Partnership Summit kicks off today in Lithuania. It's a big day for the tiny Republic of Moldova, which is set to sign a free trade deal and partnership agreement with the bloc. Sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova was a territory of Romania until it was annexed by the USSR in 1945 and became a Soviet state. Now many Moldovans want to be reunited with Romania, thus gaining automatic entry into the EU - and Bucharest is actively helping them.
The Italian Senate is voting on whether Silvio Berlusconi should be expelled from Parliament after his conviction for tax fraud. If passed, it will be the first time the former Prime Minister is forced to leave Parliament since he entered politics in the early 1990s. Meanwhile, the Italian centre-right has split and the billionaire businessman has re-launched his political party under its original name, Forza Italia - 'Go Italy'. But what does the future hold for Italy's most divisive man?