With seven months to go until the football World Cup, Brazilian authorities are facing one of their biggest challenges to date: how to secure a global sporting event in the face of possible violence by criminal gangs, as well as disruption by a protest movement which is showing no signs of waning.
Danish police are protecting an 18-year-old Muslim poet who has generated profound anger with a best-selling book condemning Islam and its influence over his parents' generation of immigrants. Yahya Hassan, of Palestinian extraction, received death threats after he was beaten up in Copenhagen. His poems have reignited a debate on freedom of expression - an issue close to Danish hearts after the controversy over the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2006.
The UN expert on slavery-like practices has called on the Ghanaian government to do more to tackle the problem of child labour. Gulnara Shahinian, who was in the West African nation last week, said that despite authorities' efforts, thousands of children across the country are still working because their parents cannot afford to send them to school. Yet one woman in Accra is taking the problem of child labour into her own hands. Our correspondent went to meet her.
In France, the law currently states that prostitution is legal, although brothels, pimping and soliciting sex are not. But the National Assembly has just voted to introduce legislation that will see prostitutes' clients fined for engaging their services. Critics and defenders of the world's oldest profession have come out in force following Friday's vote. We take a look at some of their reactions.
Protests are continuing at Kiev's decision to pull the plug on the Association Agreement with the European Union, a treaty due to be signed this week in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Many observers believe Ukraine’s backpedalling was over fears that Russia would issue economic sanctions against the former Soviet state. Ukraine has been performing a difficult balancing act between the EU and Russia recently, with most Ukrainians divided over the best course for their country's future.