It's a headache for the media to cover any war in a balanced way, but particularly so for an "unbalanced" or "disproportionate" one. Is this statement true? Are these terms misnomers? We take a look at some analysis of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Also, the UMP leadership battle has dominated French news this week - we take a look. Finally, a Japanese red panda gets a fright!
Marine Le Pen tells journalists she no longer wants to be associated with the "far-right" while the French press mulls over her spike in the polls. Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the UK's Daily Mail continues, as the paper that accused Ed Miliband's father of "hating Britain" comes in for a dressing-down from broadcasters and the press.
We take a look at media coverage in the US and France of the US Government "Shutdown". Also, during the last shutdown in 1995/96, Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton got to know each other a little better. We tell you how.
Femen topless activists take Paris by storm. Two of them crashed the Nina Ricci catwalk show at the Tuileries Gardens and ten or so stripped topless on a Paris 'bateau mouche' (river boat). The first protest was against 'fashion fascism', the second in support of Greenpeace activists in Russia. Also buzzing, another 'naked happening': a video of a man who stripped naked to visit a Musée d'Orsay exhibition ... on male nudity.
Guido Barilla, head of the Barilla pasta brand, sparks a Twitter storm with anti-gay marriage comments. He apologised as people fumed against him on #boycottbarilla and #barillagate. We look at a professor of literature in Canada who has also backtracked. He had said he wouldn't teach works written by women. Finally, how a small number of Norwegians are gaining from a green subsidy in France for electric cars.
We take a look at the media fascination with British national Samantha Lewthwaite, who is rumoured to have been involved in the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall. International papers trace her unassuming history, her conversion to Islam and her rise to what some are calling "the most high profile female jihadist" of the moment.