Malian expatriates in Paris fear for loved ones back home
Eight months after a coup d'état toppled the government, the north of Mali is plagued by insecurity. More than 500,000 people have found themselves trapped, living an area that's been seized by Islamists. The large community of Malian expatriates living in Paris told France 24 how they are afraid for their family and friends back home.
The great hope now for Syria is the so-called Geneva 2 conference - the possibility of peaceful reconciliation. After the US-Russian agreement on chemical weapons, there does appear to be a renewed chance it could happen. But while the West backs the exiled Syrian National Coalition, the Russians and others are looking elsewhere. In Damascus itself, the tolerated opposition hopes its time may be coming.
Just last week the Egyptian courts outlawed all activity associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. It also ordered all of the organisation's funds to be seized. Critics of the move say it's the latest blow in a series of dramatic attacks on the Islamist movement. Since President Mohamed Morsi's ousting in July, an estimated 2,000 members have also been arrested. How is the Brotherhood reacting to this crackdown?
Guinea finally held its first parliamentary elections in more than a decade on Saturday. President Alpha Condé called the poll a chance for social stability and economic progress in the mineral-rich nation. But for thousands of out-of-work miners in the northern town of Fria, that chance is long overdue.
Two hurricanes hit Mexico simultaneously on both coasts in September, causing at least 63 deaths, with 123 people still missing. The worst damage struck isolated, rural zones in the mountains around Acapulco. Residents climbed further into the rugged terrain to avoid the fast-flowing waters, meaning it took rescue workers a week to reach them. The village of Tierra Colorada had been almost completely washed away. Our correspondents were with the Red Cross workers who were the first to arrive.
A new film is coming out celebrating the achievements of Poland's Lech Walesa, who led the Solidarity trade union in the 1980s and later became the country's president. But the timing is controversial. Poland recently saw its biggest social protest since the 1980s - dominated once again by the iconic red banner of Solidarity. This came despite the fact that the movement has been disowned by many of its former leaders.