Latest update: 23/08/2012
US elections: abortion in the spotlight
The US presidential campaign heats up following Republican Todd Akin’s remark that women have natural defences to prevent pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape". Also in the US, drought in the Midwest causes food prices to soar and forces farmers to sell off their cattle. Finally, while Ecuador has offered political asylum to Julian Assange, some civil rights groups claim the country’s own freedom of speech laws could do with a shake-up.