European officials will meet to discuss Roma issues this week in the Continent's first ever such meeting. Roma or Gypsy populations across Europe have suffered discrimination and mistreatment for generations.
Public anger in China is growing as the number of infants affected by tainted baby formula continues to rise. China has had several high-profile food scandals in recent years and launched a crackdown on quality last year.
Authorities in Myanmar have begun to slightly ease restrictions placed on Aung San Suu Kyi in her house arrest, allowing the pro-democracy leader to receive letters from family members and magazines. While junta officials gave no reason for the changes, the move came after Suu Kyi began refusing to accept food supplies left outside her home. Suu Kyi's attorney indicated that she would resume accepting food deliveries.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on the global community to address the piracy crisis in the Gulf of Aden, where commercial shippers are under constant threat of hijacking and kidnapping. French commandos led a raid on Somali pirates, freeing a French couple that had been taken hostage.
President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai were all smiles Monday as they signed a power-sharing deal neither wanted but neither could refuse, and the forced union will be fragile and uncertain to conquer Zimbabwe's woes, TIME reports.