Pope Francis has condemned drug dealers as "merchants of death" while opposing drug legalization. One million people are expected to attend an open-air mass on the Copacabana as the pope continues his visit to Brazil.
The pontiff has raised the issues of violence and drugs in Mexico City's crime-ridden Ecatepec district. He has urged Mexicans to turn their country into a "land of opportunity."
Pope Francis has spoken out against the "spiral of violence and hell of drugs" that has forced many to flee their countries for the US. His comments come as US presidential candidates debate expelling illegal migrants.
Residents of the Japanese capital are angry as French prosecutors launch an investigation into reports of millions being paid to ensure Tokyo won race to host 2020 Games - but they're not surprised. Julian Ryall reports.
It was an outstanding year for the environment - in good and in bad terms. These were the most important moments of 2015.
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