Fear of empty petrol stations becomes reality as ten gas stations in New Zealand's largest city have run out of gasoline. Just days ahead of an election, the government has sent in tanker trucks to overcome the shortage.
Zimbabweans continue to express their anger at new government austerity measures which aim to boost the country's struggling economy, as security forces crack down on protesters. But a solution may be a long way off.
The protest wave sweeping across Sudan was never about bread; it is a nation fed up with a decades-old military dictatorship, say human rights activists and experts.
According to an internal report by Germany's civil protection agency, prolonged power shortages would disrupt the supply of vital goods in the country. The country lacks the necessary contigency plans for such an event.
A New Zealand supermarket chain has found needles in a box of Australian strawberries and is withdrawing the brand. Australia itself has seen more than 100 such alleged incidents in recent weeks.
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