Children and young people are bearing the brunt of the dramatically increased levels of violence in Iraq, with schools not immune to attacks on public places.
A group of scientists are about to embark on a mission to one the remotest places on earth - the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica.
Almost half of England's school districts will have more primary pupils than places within two years, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Plans by local communities in Switzerland to ban asylum seekers from public places such as swimming pools, sports fields and playgrounds are proving controversial.
A ban on smoking in some public places is due to come into effect in Russia on Saturday.
Malaria, one of the biggest killers in Sub-Sahara Africa, has recently started spreading to places that were previously known to be free from the disease.
A quarter of a million extra school places will be needed in England by autumn 2014 to meet rising demand, the National Audit Office has warned.
There is mixed reaction from smokers and non-smokers in Moscow to the government's decision to ban smoking in public places in Russia.
Egyptian Islamist government decides to stop opening any new outlets selling alcohol in places outside larger cities like Cairo.
Israelis go to the polls to vote for a new government in the next week - and like many other places in the world, the economy is one of voters' main concerns.