On Saturday the African Union will celebrate half a decade of action in Africa. Since its creation 50 years ago in 1963, the Organisation of African Unity , which evolved into the more powerful African Union in 2002, has devoted a major part of its efforts to resolving the numerous conflicts that dotted the continent.
Justin Bieber and UK boyband One Direction are among winners of the first-ever Social Star Awards in Singapore, organised to celebrate the influence of social media on pop culture. Images and soundbites.
Historic open-air democracy takes place in Swiss canton
Every year, thousands of people cram into the main square of Appenzell in north east Switzerland to vote for local leaders - not by casting ballots, but by raising their hands. While some applaud it as one of the most transparent forms of democracy in the world, others say it leaves voters open to intimidation and vote buying.