The struggle of Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Chad's response to the threat posed by Boko Haram
14 Feb 2013 15:15 GMT
In the latest FIFA rankings, usual suspects Spain lead an unchanged top three ahead of Germany and Argentina.
Fourth-place England improved two places after their recent
victory over Brazil in a friendly, pushing Italy to fifth spot, followed by
Colombia, Portugal, Netherlands, Croatia and Russia in 10th.
Five-times World Cup winners and 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil
stay in 18th, their lowest-ever ranking.
Africa Cup of Nations winners Nigeria leapt 22 places up the
standings. The Super Eagles, who edged Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final, rise to
30th place in the table, their best position for three years.
Their opponents Burkina Faso, who defied expectations by
reaching the final, stayed outside the top 50 but have jumped 37 places to 55th.
Ivory Coast takes the honours as the top-ranked African
country in twelfth spot, followed by Ghana
seven places below. The continent still remains without a team in the top ten however.
The USA dropped four spots to 32nd after losing a World Cup
qualifier to 51st-ranked Honduras.
leads CONCACAF nations in 15th spot, while Japan leads Asian nations at No. 28,
down seven places.
South America showed their strength-in-depth as Venezuela climbed
10 places to 45th, leaving all of the continent\(***)s 10 teams in the top 50.
And last, but not least, tied in 207th place are The Turks and Caicos Islands, Bhutan and San Marino.
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
People & Power investigates how Chad is responding to the threat posed by Boko Haram across West Africa.
War & Conflict, Africa, Boko Haram
Castro's dream for Cuba's artists and the three architects who tried to make it a reality.
Arts & Culture, Cuba, Fidel Castro
As thousands die on the perilous journey from Africa to Europe, we examine the economic cost of migrant trafficking.
Business & Economy, Africa, Europe
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