Pakistan is the Somalia of Asia

Serious attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan

In less than two weeks there will be a runoff election in Afghanistan - between the incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his challenger Abdullah Abdullah. The state of security in the country and the circumstances under which this second balloting of the presidential election will take place - that became clear early on Tuesday morning when a Taliban commando struck in Kabul. At least nine people were killed in an attack on a UN worker accommodation.

Car bomb hits Peshawar

There was also a serious attack on Wednesday in Peshawar, Pakistan. Apparently the timing was not chosen by chance, because the Pakistani border town was on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's itinerary.

China is discussing its Africa policy

A good two weeks ago, a Chinese tanker with 25 crew members was hijacked off the Somali coast. The Somali pirates have meanwhile threatened to kill the seafarers in the event that they attempt to rescue them. Why the kidnapping sparked a nationwide debate among the Chinese public and how this could change the Chinese government's future Africa policy - Deutsche Welle China expert Shi Ming explains.

Beijing's view of the black-yellow coalition

All over the world people are looking with interest to Berlin, where the new conservative-liberal federal government is starting its work these days. Chancellor Angela Merkel is an old friend in China - but many of the new ministers in Beijing are so far blank pages.

Editing: Thomas Latschan and Thomas Kohlmann