Hurricane Sandy makes news in the US - but what about Haiti?
There's been a lot said about Hurricane Sandy in the US this week but not so much about the other countries affected by the same superstorm. Before making landfall on America's East Coast, Sandy hit Haiti - which is still struggling to recover from the massive earthquake that hit almost three years ago. Just as in the US, the authorities have declared a state of emergency, and are asking for aid to help them help the population.
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.
In 2005, Israel pulled out of the Gaza strip as part of a disengagement plan that left Israelis divided. Four years on, nothing has really changed or improved for former settlers in the region, some of whom consider themselves refugees.