For two months, South Africa has been hit by strikes across all different sectors with varying degrees of violence. Demonstrations by workers in the mining industry left 50 people dead. Twenty years after the end of apartheid and the ANC's rise to power, some parts of the population feel that nothing has changed for them in that time. It's their frustration that's shaking the stability of the country's economy today.
After her stunning gold medal at the 800 metres at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, the South African athlete Caster Semenya returned home as national icon. However questions about her gender mount overseas.
As the Pakistani army and the US hail the now confirmed death of Baitullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, the radical Islamic group itself is entering a period of turbulence as it chooses a new leader. Is the battle over for the Taliban?
Edward Kennedy, the "Lion of the Senate", has died at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer. A gifted orator and liberal champion, the brother of JFK and "Bobby" Kennedy was also the last patriarch of the country's most famous political dynasty.
Two months after the United Nations' health agency warned that Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak had become a pandemic, schools and health authorities across the Northern Hemisphere are rushing to prepare for the new term.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has once more met with France's top bankers amid growing public anger over excessive pay. Banks have now agreed to adopt a system of performance-linked pay bonuses, but will it prove effective?