French Socialists criticised for dismantling Roma camps
The French government is once again under fire for its policies on dealing with the estimated 15,000 Roma currently living in France. Nicolas Sarkozy's administration paid them to leave; François Hollande's team favours knocking down their makeshift camps. The new Socialist government says it's doing all it can to improve their lives and is working to offer them proper accomodation and jobs. Interior Minister Manuel Valls is even visiting Romania to ensure Roma are treated better over there.
As the Pakistani army and the US hail the now confirmed death of Baitullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, the radical Islamic group itself is entering a period of turbulence as it chooses a new leader. Is the battle over for the Taliban?
Edward Kennedy, the "Lion of the Senate", has died at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer. A gifted orator and liberal champion, the brother of JFK and "Bobby" Kennedy was also the last patriarch of the country's most famous political dynasty.
Two months after the United Nations' health agency warned that Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak had become a pandemic, schools and health authorities across the Northern Hemisphere are rushing to prepare for the new term.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has once more met with France's top bankers amid growing public anger over excessive pay. Banks have now agreed to adopt a system of performance-linked pay bonuses, but will it prove effective?
Our Focus programme looks at the case of Kartika Sari Dewa Shukarn, a Malaysian model who pleaded guilty to drinking beer in public and has been sentenced to caning after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan comes to an end.