A diplomatic row has erupted between Russia and Japan after President Dimitry Medvedev made a stop-over on one of the Kuril islands.
As one of the end points for China's vast new global trade route, the former industrial city of Duisburg is well known to many Chinese businesses. Many Duisburg residents are optimistic about Beijing's growing influence.
Guatemalans go to the polls to elect a new president and congress. But distrust is widespread after two top candidates, including a prominent anti-corruption campaigner, were barred from running. Many voters doubt the election will be fair.
Reduction of marine plastic trash was one of the major issues at the G20 summit of environment ministers in Japan. Delegates also discussed the future of energy security following the tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
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