Northern Kosovo is dominated by ethnic Serbs, who refuse to recognise the state they live in. The region sees tension and lawlessness.
Armed soldiers are in control in Crimea. Politicians and legal experts have accused Russia of breaking international law. Moscow insists that it has not contravened any agreements, but its arguments do not stand up.
A plan to forcibly move 30,000 Bedouins from their makeshift homes in the Negev desert may have been shelved, but the quality of life of the Israeli semi-nomadic Arab Muslims continues to deteriorate.
The rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) is claiming that the government of Sierra Leone and a mining company have undermined villagers' access to food and prevented workers from challenging abusive practices.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has touched down in Afghanistan on a surprise visit. In a speech to troops he pledged continued support for Afghanistan beyond this year's withdrawal of foreign forces.
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