The unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that began in late 2013 has been limited to only a few cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia, but has seen a recent spike in Guinea. The three West African countries were the most affected by the outbreak and are working to eliminate the last Ebola cases.
Hate crimes against racial and political minorities have sharply increased in many western European countries, a sentiment that demonstrates Europe's political shift to more conservative values.
Fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists continues in some areas of Ukraine, despite a ceasefire agreement reached in February.
Of all the war-torn countries in the Middle East, Yemen is one that generally slips through the cracks of mainstream media coverage. This January, the Yemeni government was ousted.
Abdullah assumed the role as absolute monarch of Saudi Arabia after his brother, King Fahd, died in 2005. His leadership was a battle between tradition and encroaching liberalism