We track four people on their journey.
Caught in the crossfire of the US war on gangs
20 Jan 2013 12:59 GMT
Europe was shivering under a blanket of snow after heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures hit the continent this winter
Snow covered central Netherlands including Amsterdam with a 5-6 cm layer of snow causing a record 1003 km of traffic jams
Sub-zero temperatures left the streets of Zurich, Switzerland snow laden
Snow covered cars in Ingoldstadt, Germany where roads were forced to close amid plunging temperatures and icy conditions
The Tuileries gardens in central Paris, France was covered in a blanket of snow after being the city underwent days of snow flurries
More snow is expected in coming days with low temperatures in already snow covered areas such as Overwiesenthal, south eastern Germany
Streets across Europe were covered in snow and slush like shown here in Zagreb, Croatia
The extreme cold frosted public transportation like this bus window in Bucharest, Romania
Snow cut power to thousands of houses in South Wales, Britain and left thousands of passengers stranded at Heathrow airport in London due to grounded flights
The death toll from Eastern Europe(***)s freezing temperatures rose to more than 220, many of them homeless people tightening its grip on European cities including Stockholm, Sweden
The weather forced hundreds of schools to shut down across Sweden after temperatures dropped overnight making roads unsafe to travel on
The wintry conditions in Paris caused delays and cancellations on the transport network prompting the weather authority to issue severe weather warnings
In Kosovo, dozens of villages around the town of Pec were blocked following three days of snowfall
West Bengal long suffered cancerous effects of arsenic-laced water, but projects to provide clean water show promise.
Health, Poverty & Development, Environment
Muslim fashion designers reflect on a rapidly growing industry.
Arts & Culture, Islam, Business & Economy
Americans' passports could be seized if they owe more than $50,000 in taxes, but could this law be unfairly applied?
Business & Economy, United States, Politics
How peat swamp destruction in Malaysia is causing devastating health problems and irreversible environmental damage.
Environment, Climate Change, Climate SOS
A couple working to protect LA communities from gang violence is caught in the crossfire of the US war on gangs.
Politics, Gang violence, US
How improving relations between communist Cuba and the capitalist US will change the lives of people on both sides.
Politics, United States, Cuba
Mayotte is a magnet for Comoros islanders who risk their lives crossing hazardous seas in search of a better life.
Poverty & Development, France, Refugees
A three-part series looking at the history of France's black community and their long struggle for recognition.
Politics, US & Canada, France