The northern Syrian city of Aleppo has become a key battleground in the country's ongoing conflict. A series of blasts in the city’s centre killed dozens on Wednesday, and clashes in the historic souk at the weekend destroyed over 1,500 shops. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the souk was once the last stop before Europe for traders plying the ancient silk route from Asia. As residents and international observers look on anxiously, it’s clear the battle for Aleppo is far from over.
In troubled Chechnya, separatist Islamist rebels are fighting Chechen special forces. President Kadyrov has launched an all-out war on the rebels and is also implementing ‘collective responsibility’ across the region to families of the rebels.
With the US in a deep recession, unemployment rising and ballooning deficit, Obama's job approval rating has dropped by nine points since January to 55 percent. Is the US president's health care reform enough to combat growing criticism?
Ten years after his succession, Mohammed VI fascinates. Head of a distinctive monarchy combining tradition and modernity, he keeps his private life very private. However, when it comes to public matters, the King is everywhere.
Since 2001, the tribal zone of Waziristan has become a sanctuary to the Taliban, whose mastermind Baitullah Mehsud is also the US and Pakistan's most wanted man in the region. Focus looks at the threat he and the Pakistani Taliban pose.
In this edition of Focus: the fifth International AIDS Society conference is underway in Cape Town, South Africa, where seven million people are infected with HIV. Up for discussion: how is the global economic crisis affecting the fight against AIDS?