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.
Last week, China's Supreme Court said it wished to drastically reduce the number of death sentences handed out each year - reportedly more than the rest of the world put together. But abolishing the death penalty altogether is not on the agenda.
Hernan Castillo, author of a book linking Hugo Chavez to the FARC rebel group, is one of a number of Venezuelan thinkers leaving a hostile country they feel now resembles a police state for fear of persecution for their political views.
More than twenty years after Fatah's last convention, two thousand delegates of the Palestinian movement meet in Bethlehem in a bid to restore some of the legitimacy lost since the death of their late leader Yasser Arafat.