An emergency meeting has been held by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome to address the famine in the Horn of Africa. The worst drought in 60 years has led to a shortfall of food which is causing the deaths of thousands, and up to 12 million people could be affected across several countries in the region. The presence of Islamic extremists and a lack of funds mean aid agencies are struggling to provide relief.
The United Nations called Monday for "massive and urgent" international aid to save millions of people dying from starvation in the Horn of Africa. The region is in the midst of its worst drought in 60 years.
This week, our Observers bring us to the Ivory Coast, where former members of the Gbagbo regime are being humiliated in prison. Next to New York City, where an incident of police brutality was caught of camera. Finally, to Somalia, where thousands of farmers are fleeing to the capital because of a severe famine and drought.
Drought, poverty and conflict combine to cause famine in Somalia. Also, people voice their opinion on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal in Guinea, home country of the alleged victim. Finally, we meet Babacar M-bay Fall, one of the bright young stars of this year's Avignon theatre festival.
Much of the press leads on the Brussels summit on Thursday which ended in agreement on a second Greek bailout. Reaction is largely positive - the eurozone has been brought back from the brink. But there's criticism, too, about the direction Europe is taking. There's also the latest in the UK's phone hacking scandal, and a look at a royal spin in Monaco. That's the focus for Friday, 22nd July 2011.
Douglas Herbert speaks to Marie Wentzell, Spokeswoman for the World Food Programme. One of East Africa's worst droughts in 60 years has left millions of people on the brink of starvation. In the worst-hit areas, in Somalia, the United Nations says what began as a food crisis is now a full-blown famine.
The United Nations has called on the international community for help as the food shortage in the Horn of Africa takes hold. Five countries need aid, having been affected by the low rainfall and drought. But southern Somalia is by far the worse off; the situation there has been exacerbated by twenty years of conflict. The Islamist rebels who expelled aid agencies two years ago have now allowed relief convoys in to help people who are slowly starving to death.