In the UK, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a vote in Parliament over legalising gay marriage. The idea is supported by a majority of British politicians. Yet Cameron risks being ostracised by members of his own party, with many Conservative MPs and voters firmly against the reform.
For decades, abortion has been a divisive subject in the US. During his election campaign, Barack Obama stayed well away from the issue but the US president is now confronted with ever-growing tension between pro-choice and anti-abortion groups.
Barack Obama, who opposed the 2003 Iraq war, hailed the withdrawal of US troops from Iraqi cities as an "important milestone" but warned of difficult days ahead. How will the Iraqi government deal with this power vacuum?
A Yemenia Airbus 310-300 crashed into the Indian Ocean off the Comoros archipelago late on Monday night with 153 people on board. One survivor has been found. FRANCE 24 takes a look at this tragic accident and talks to an airline pilot.
Bernard Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years in prison for masterminding the biggest fraud in history. Reactions with Nathan King, FRANCE 24 correspondent in New York, and Peter Sander, author of a book on the Madoff affair.