South Africa's gold mining industry has suffered a number of setbacks in recent years. Repeated union strikes have resulted in bloody clashes between workers and police. Economic pressure has increased after a recent fall in the price of gold.
By Jeremy Bowen - 07 March 17:00
The BBC’s Middle East editor on John Kerry striking the wrong tone over Ukraine, and remembering the Aleppo souks.
By Pawel Swidlicki - 07 March 14:47
Beyond the bluster and rhetoric, there is a surprising degree of consensus on the reforms needed.
By New Statesman - 06 March 13:36
Whatever the Kremlin apologists say – and regardless of the ancient historical and cultural affinities involved – there are few benefits for citizens of Crimea likely to result from their de facto annexation by Russia.
By Angus Roxburgh - 06 March 10:00
Why the former Czechoslovakian state, which gained its “Velvet Divorce” from the Czech Republic in 1993, is one of Europe’s quiet successes.
By Sophie McBain - 05 March 15:10
Denmark, Sweden and Finland had the highest rates of violence against women, despite the countries' reputation for promoting gender equality. Why?
By Marcus Roberts - 05 March 14:34
Ukrainian and Georgian NATO membership should be fast-tracked and energy security pursued with far greater vigour and speed.
By Martin Plaut - 03 March 13:19
Feruz Werede, Selam Kidane and Meron Estefanos are finding ways of challenging one of the most repressive states in Africa.
By KermlinRussia - 03 March 12:03
If you can’t improve people’s living standards, you can try to give them a sense of belonging to a great power.
By George Eaton - 03 March 9:00
The Foreign Secretary says Ukraine "is an entirely different situation" after John Kerry criticises Russia for "invading another country on completely trumped up pretext".
By George Eaton - 28 February 15:53
It will become harder for the PM to insist he can succeed when the europhile and the europhobe both declare he will fail.
By Mark Leonard - 28 February 8:08
There are three groups Nigel Farage and Ukip must win over: the settlers, the prospectors and the pioneers. Can he do it?
By Edwin S - 27 February 15:03
Edwin S is an LGBT refugee from Uganda, now living in South London. Here, he describes how he left behind everything he knew and loved so he could live in freedom and safety.
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 1:04
The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic that keeps Britain in Europe.
By Nick Tyrone - 25 February 15:54
After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping, Cameron has no right to tell his MEPs not to flirt with the anti-Euro Alternative für Deutschland.
By David Clark - 24 February 10:50
The EU cannot afford a wait and see approach that creates the risk of economic divergence and renewed instability.
By New Statesman - 22 February 16:08
Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May.
By Sophie McBain - 21 February 12:06
President Nazerbayev doesn't want to rule a "stan" any more. So he's suggesting it become Kazakh Yeli or Kazakhiya.
By Agata Pyzik - 20 February 10:56
Ukraine finds itself in an impossible clinch, where it is alternately patronised (“those heroic Ukrainians!”) and refused serious help to counter Russia’s bailouts. With people dying on the streets as the violence intensifies, how much longer can this last?
By Daniel Trilling - 19 February 9:50
Neither of these two new books about the feminist art collective leave one optimistic about the immediate future of Russian politics, but they show the deep effect the saga has had.
By Fraser Lewry - 19 February 9:20
The Chinese have always made the crossing: historically for trade, more recently for tourism. In May 2013, the North Korean city of Sinuiju opened up to westerners for the first time.
By Lucy Ash - 18 February 14:23
“I don’t hide behind the title ‘journalist’ any more,” says Tetiana Chornovol. “My investigative reporting is just one of the weapons I use in my battle against Yanukovych and his clan.”
By Julia Ioffe - 18 February 13:41
Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, who were released from prison less than two months ago, say they were arrested in Sochi with a group of activists and journalists.
By Heidi Vella - 18 February 10:33
By Sophie McBain - 17 February 12:37
Why are international sporting events so dangerous for construction workers?
By John Pilger - 13 February 15:02
The regime that Washington created in the South, the “good” Korea, was set up and run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America.
By Michael C Williams - 13 February 13:24
Syrian peace talks are promising, but much will need to be agreed (and a few Gordian Knots sliced) before there can be a lasting peace.
By Sophie McBain - 12 February 15:00
A UN report released today has found that progress made towards reducing poverty is at risk of being reversed because of widening inequality and a failure to strengthen women's rights.
By Sophie McBain - 11 February 13:11
Were millions in the region wrong to believe they deserved better?
By Mehdi Hasan - 10 February 9:09
The Aipac lobby group is famed for its ability to move bills, spike nominations and keep legislators in line – but is its influence waning?
By Sophie McBain - 06 February 12:04
How would you react if you discovered your music was being used to aid interrogations?