Mali: Timbuktu falls to the Azawadis

And a ceasefire is declared on the grounds that Tuareg-led rebels have captured enough land to create a state.

Britain: What price freedom?

As "splendid isolation" re-appears, could not the UK simply focus on profitable trading relationships elsewhere?

Russia: Is political evolution possible?

In a state where the traditional media is constrained and one party dominates.