Heroes of Afghanistan back for Bastille Day parade
They've just returned from Afghanistan, where six of their comrades made the ultimate sacrifice. France's Second Marine Infantry Regiment marched down the Champs-Elysées as part of the national Bastille Day celebrations. But the day was tinged with sadness, and not only from the French soldiers who have died this week. The French public seems to have little awareness of, or support for, what their troops are doing in Afghanistan.
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.
More than twenty years after Fatah's last convention, two thousand delegates of the Palestinian movement meet in Bethlehem in a bid to restore some of the legitimacy lost since the death of their late leader Yasser Arafat.