Port-au-Prince, Haiti - The plight of Haiti's children has got much worse since the earthquake. But it was also grim for many before the disaster, too. For decades, many children here have been given away to other families, usually ones they do not know, by parents who are too poor to feed and clothe them. Many of these children, known as restaveks, do not go to school, are made to do strenuous chores without pay and are often beaten and abused.
Accra, Ghana - Ghana's president has said he does not think military force will solve the post-election deadlock in Ivory Coast. John Atta Mills also said Ghana would not take sides in the stand-off between incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and his rival, Alassane Ouattara. The international community has recognised Mr Ouattara as the winner of November's presidential election and urged Mr Gbagbo to quit.
Budapest, Hungary -
After a warning from the EU that the controversy over Hungary's broad new media law could undermine the country's six-month presidency of the bloc, Prime Minister Viktor Orban abandoned his fiery language against the law's European critics, emphasizing that he would make changes if the law proved incompatible with European legislation.
Tokyo, Japan -
A U.S. envoy said he had productive discussions with Japanese officials about the crisis on the Korean peninsula, ending a week of meetings in three countries on ending tensions between North and South Korea. Stephen Bosworth, Washington's special envoy for North Korea policy, met with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Kenichiro Sasae for about 30 minutes. He arrived in Tokyo after holding similar talks in Beijing and Seoul.
Camberra, Australia - A former inmate at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay has dropped a lawsuit against the Australian government that accused it of complicity in torture he says he suffered while in detention. Mamdouh Habib reached an out-of-court settlement with the government for an undisclosed sum, both parties said Saturday. Habib, an Australian citizen, was arrested in Pakistan in late 2001 and held for three years without charge before being returned to Australia in 2005.