The struggle of Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Can Kazakhstan become a world power?
28 Jul 2012 00:12 GMT
A general view of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.
The Olympic rings converge together above performers.
A performer playing the role of Britain(***)s Queen Elizabeth II parachutes from a helicopter.
The ceremony was created by artistic director Danny Boyle, the British film maker known for his movie Slumdog Millionaire.
Boyle focused heavily on the industries that revolutionised Britain in the 18th
and 19th centuries.
The event is thought to have cost $42m.
The opening event kicks off a two-week festival of sport in which 16,000 athletes from 204
countries share the thrill of victory, and despair of defeat, with 11 million
Artists performed in an Olympic Stadium packed with a buzzing crowd of 60,000 people.
Actor Rowan Atkinson, known for his role as Mr Bean, took part in the ceremony.
A year after the military seized power in a bloodless coup, critics appear to have been effectively silenced.
Politics, Asia Pacific, Thailand
Marriage equality vote generates the biggest human rights debate in Ireland's history.
Human Rights, Europe, Ireland
Military operations aside, governments are seeking to counteract the growing appeal of violent groups at its roots.
War & Conflict, Africa, Nigeria
Banned groups, along with their charitable and militant wings, operate freely despite sanctions.
War & Conflict, Asia, Pakistan
A rare glimpse at traditional life in Algeria as we go behind the scenes at three weddings in the country's west.
Arts & Culture, Algeria, Africa
How developments in tidal technology are helping harness the power of a calm sea.
Environment, Science & Technology, Pollution
With refugees at risk of abuse and exploitation in Malaysia, 101 East investigates if those in charge are doing enough.
Human Rights, Malaysia, Myanmar
People & Power investigates whether rising ethnic tensions in Macedonia could result in civil conflict.
Politics, Macedonia, Europe