On Tuesday, thousands of Jordanians took to the streets, after the government announced a hike in gas and petrol prices. Protesters have been demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Abdallah Nsoor, and for the first time, they've even called for King Abdullah II to go. Until now, demonstrations had concentrated on Jordan's economic woes but lately they've becoming increasingly political, under the influence of the main opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Last week, China's Supreme Court said it wished to drastically reduce the number of death sentences handed out each year - reportedly more than the rest of the world put together. But abolishing the death penalty altogether is not on the agenda.
Hernan Castillo, author of a book linking Hugo Chavez to the FARC rebel group, is one of a number of Venezuelan thinkers leaving a hostile country they feel now resembles a police state for fear of persecution for their political views.
More than twenty years after Fatah's last convention, two thousand delegates of the Palestinian movement meet in Bethlehem in a bid to restore some of the legitimacy lost since the death of their late leader Yasser Arafat.