French combat troops have pulled out of the Kapisa region of Afghanistan, where they had been in charge of training up the Afghan National Army, whose forces will replace them. It's been 11 years since the French military was first deployed in the country and 88 of their number have been killed in action there. President François Hollande had vowed to bring the soldiers as soon as possible, but 1,500 will stay in Afghanistan for the time being.
Since rising to power on a wave of popular enthusiasm, South African President Jacob Zuma has been grappling with mass strikes and the country's first recession in 17 years. We take a closer look at his first 100 days in office.
Three decades after China introduced drastic measures to limit population growth, the country is running out of labour resources to feed its insatiable economy, prompting a radical rethink of the "one child" policy.
A Maltese-registered ship, the Arctic Sea, was supposed to reach Algeria on August 4 but disappeared. There has been no communication from the crew of the since the end of July. Focus looks at theories about what happened.