Once the world's greatest cycling champion, Lance Armstrong's glittering career - and reputation - is in tatters. No longer can he lay claim to seven Tour de France titles; only that of being the biggest cheat the sport has ever known. Armstrong has always denied accusations of doping, but with former teammates now giving evidence against him, there is little hope of him ever salvaging his good name.
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.