It's one of the most criticised elements of China's justice system. The Re-education Through Labour (RTL) camps were introduced in 1958 under the regime of Mao Zedong and continue to be used this day. 2,000 people are currently known to be held inside them. They're controversial because prisoners can be sent there for up to 3 years without trial. In recent months, the Chinese government has been forced to promise it will look into reforming the system.
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?
Our Focus programme looks at the case of Kartika Sari Dewa Shukarn, a Malaysian model who pleaded guilty to drinking beer in public and has been sentenced to caning after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan comes to an end.
President Barack Obama’s ambitious healthcare reforms are under pressure. Republicans have staged a highly effective campaign to block what they view as a “socialist” policy, leading to heated scenes in town halls all over the USA.