Hugo Chavez re-elected as Venezuela's president in tight race
Hugo Chavez has been re-elected for six more years as Venezuelan president. If he completes his term in office, he will have ruled the country for almost two decades. His self-styled "Chavista" followers called his re-election a victory for socialism. Yet six million people voted against Chavez, who faced the toughest electoral challenge of his presidential career.
Since rising to power on a wave of popular enthusiasm, South African President Jacob Zuma has been grappling with mass strikes and the country's first recession in 17 years. We take a closer look at his first 100 days in office.
Three decades after China introduced drastic measures to limit population growth, the country is running out of labour resources to feed its insatiable economy, prompting a radical rethink of the "one child" policy.
A Maltese-registered ship, the Arctic Sea, was supposed to reach Algeria on August 4 but disappeared. There has been no communication from the crew of the since the end of July. Focus looks at theories about what happened.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is favourite to secure a second term in next week's presidential poll. But five years after Karzai's first election, Afghans prepare to vote again in a country plagued by the worst violence since the fall of the Taliban.