There are accusations of ballot box stuffing, intimidation and widespread electoral fraud during Russia's parliamentary elections, and yet the results are still a setback for Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. They show growing disenchantment with Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev, but Putin is still likely to be elected president once again in March's elections.
Opium and heroin trafficking in Afghanistan is a considerable source of revenue for the Taliban, but they are not the only ones who profit from it. In the meantime, the United States have radically changed their strategy in the war on drugs...
While Afghans back home vote in an election marred by violence, thousands of refugees are looking for asylum abroad. Here in a Paris park, Afghans refugees have joined Iranians and Kurds in setting up a makeshift camp.
The recent spate of deadly bomb attacks across Baghdad is seen in some quarters as an attempt to destabilise the government and undermine confidence in its ability to provide security. The attacks were the worst seen in the capital for months.