The four-day Republican convention opens in St. Paul, Minnesota, to nominate John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for the November 4 presidential polls. But Hurricane Gustav threatens to dampen the festivities.
Thousands of Democrats have gathered in Denver for a four-day convention to nominate Barack Obama as their White House nominee. Obama will be the first African-American candidate from a major US party.
Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf's resignation and the election of Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated ex-PM Benazir Bhutto, as the nation's president, concludes a tumultuous year in Pakistani politics.
Since 2001, Afghan government forces and an international coalition have been fighting the Taliban, which has seen a strong comeback since 2006. An escalation in violence has brought this hidden war back to the forefront of global geopolitics.
The surge in US troops and alliances between coalition forces, Iraqi soldiers and Sunni tribal chiefs have helped lower violence in war-torn Iraq. Yet, five years after the start of the US-led invasion, the situation remains fragile.
The Olympic torch is travelling from its historic home in Olympia, Greece, to the Chinese capital Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games. Watch its progress in FRANCE 24's weekly programme, "On the Road to Beijing."