Stories from 22 January 2014
The festival has lost much of its religious character, and has transformed more into a city festivity that attracts more than 300,000 people annually.
Accusations of corruption continue to plague Sochi Olympic preparations.
Madagascar's disappearing ecosystem cannot sustain its population any longer. But solutions do exist.
The government of the tiny pacific island nation of Nauru has caused a legal and political storm by getting rid of its senior judiciary.