Forces loyal to both sides in Ivory Coast's presidential dispute recently attacked civilians in ethnically motivated killings in the country's west, according to a report by Human Rights Watch in New York.
More than 120,000 people have fled Ivory Coast for neighboring Liberia to escape the violence in their home country. Oxfam warn that their living conditions are 'dangerously inadequate.'
A recent escalation in violence between Gaza militants and Israeli forces has stoked fears that Israel will launch a ground invasion of Gaza as it did in December 2008.
The Afghan capital used to be shady and green, but war and a need for fuel decimated the city's trees. Now the city government is trying to bring them back.
A rebel enclave or safe haven would allow the opposition to build a vision for a post-Qaddafi Libya and to begin crafting institutions for that purpose.
The monks are trying to erase the bloody history of a grand villa that once served as a prison for one of Colombia's most brutal drug lords.
The economic crisis and corruption have made it even harder to succeed in Nairobi's art world.