The struggle of Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Can Kazakhstan become a world power?
06 Mar 2014 11:23 GMT
Ukraine, who missed out on qualification, enjoyed amorale-boosting 2-0 victory over the United States in a match moved from Kharkiv to Larnaca in Cyprus. Their supporters appeared united as they waved their national flag.
It was also a good day for Real Madrid\(***)s Cristiano Ronaldo who scored twice in Portugal(***)s 5-1 win over Cameroon, making him his country(***)s all-time leading scorer with 49 goals.
Tim Cahill scored twice to become Australia(***)s all-time top goalscorer, although his side squandered a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 against Ecuador in a thrilling clash in London.
Brazil were too powerful for a poor South African side, running out 5-0 winners at the Soweto Soccer City stadium.
Barcelona forward Neymar was unstoppable for the 2014 World Cup hosts as he fired in a hat-trick of goals.
Brazil-born Diego Costa struggled on his internatinoal debut for Spain as his team defeated Italy 1-0 at Atletico Madrid(***)s Calderon Stadium.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored a late goal as England laboured to a 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley.
Mario Goetze was on target for Germany in Stuttgart as his team edged passed Chile 1-0.
Germany coach Joachim Loew was visibly unhappy with his team(***)s performance as they were jeered by their unhappy fans.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was on hand to witness France(***)s impressive 2-0 win over Netherlands in Paris.
Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi scored the goals for 1998 World Cup winners France, who struggled through the qualifiying stages.
Uruguay, who are in a World Cup group with fellow former champions England and Italy, were held 1-1 in Austria.
Didier Drogba was on target for Ivory Coast as they rallied from two goals down to draw 2-2 with World Cup dark horses Belgium in Brussels.
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