Out of the 50 illegal Roma camps in northern Paris, one has attracted far more attention than the rest. That's because it's situated on land that belongs to the company responsible for maintaining France's railway network. The RFF says the Roma are blocking trains to a heating plant that supplies large parts of Paris, while their proximity to the busy suburban rail line, the RER C, places lives in danger.
In Turkey, the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir has just received a very symbolic visit. Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, was invited by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to help facilitate a reconciliation between Turkey's Kurdish community and Ankara. The message was not, however, welcomed by supporters of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party. They accuse the government of grandstanding, four months before municipal elections.
The Polish capital, Warsaw, is currently hosting the United Nations Climate Conference. Last week's opening of the talks was overshadowed by a violent demonstration in the city. More than 50,000 attended a far-right march to mark Poland's Independence Day. The past year has seen the unification of two of Poland's largest far-right groups into a single "National Movement". Its ranks have been swelled by young people unhappy about unemployment and cultural change.
While French President François Hollande visits Israel, a delegation will be making a series of symbolic stops both in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories. One of those will be at Rawabi in the West Bank, just a few kilometres from Ramallah. Rawabi is the first ever planned Palestinian city and a privately funded project. Its main investor hopes to show France that Palestinians are actively building their future, often without help or assistance from their government.
Socialist presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet is the favourite for the November 17 elections in Chile. She already served as president of the South American nation from 2006 to 2010. This time, Bachelet is offering a vision of fundamental change for a country where the constitution that was put in place by the military dictatorship is still largely in place.