Some Syrian women and girls interviewed for an International Rescue Committee report have told of attacks involving kidnap, rape, torture and murder.
Pakistan is set to become the first country in South Asia to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine to protect children against pneumonia.
Fighting between tribes in its troubled Jonglei state has led South Sudan to declare the area a disaster zone, pleading for help from relief agencies.
While policymakers hope small-scale farmers can drive Africa's development, there are clear obstacles to greater productivity.
A joint report by the World Bank and UNODC urges governments to devote more resources to training investigators in fighting financial crime.
About 600-million new jobs will be needed worldwide in the next 15 years to absorb a burgeoning workforce, mainly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Khartoum's gaping revenue hole has worsened the distrust between the north and south.
The Chirundu crossing between Zambia and Zimbabwe is becoming an example of how Africa can benefit from faster customs clearances.
With corruption rife and autocracy starting to rear its head, many Ugandans want Yoweri Museveni to call time on his 27-year tenure.
Relief groups are stepping up their appeals for aid to tackle the worsening food crisis in the Sahel region where more than 18-million face hunger.