Two years after the beginning of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak, Egypt remains a deeply divided country. Demonstrators recently attacked the headquarters of Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood party. Meanwhile, the president compared the country's current challenges to the difficulties faced by the Prophet Mohammed when he founded the city Medina in the seventh century.
While Afghans back home vote in an election marred by violence, thousands of refugees are looking for asylum abroad. Here in a Paris park, Afghans refugees have joined Iranians and Kurds in setting up a makeshift camp.
The recent spate of deadly bomb attacks across Baghdad is seen in some quarters as an attempt to destabilise the government and undermine confidence in its ability to provide security. The attacks were the worst seen in the capital for months.