The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has visited Gaza. The ruling party there, Hamas, is considered by some parts of the international community to be a terrorist group and the Emir's arrival there is being seen as legitimising the movement. The event saw Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas snubbed and not invited to attend, showing that the "gulf" between Gaza and the West Bank has deepened further.
In France, where 14 people have died from the virus, dozens of schools have been closed to contain the virus since the start of the school year. However, are these preventive measures causing more alarm than needed?
On Thailand's southern border with Malaysia, near to the country's paradise holiday resorts, a dangerous and little-known conflict is pitting the army against a unique and highly secretive insurgency, threatening to turn into secretarian violence.
The warming of ties between Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Brazil for the country's independence day, could mean France securing a lucrative contract to supply Brazil with 36 modern fighter jets.
After a serious blunder from NATO on Friday that saw civilians killed, the question of local support for the Western coalition in Afghanistan seems more tricky than ever, since the US considers this support central to its new strategy.