By Jonah Fisher
Former BBC Khartoum correspondent
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir speaks in Khartoum after pardoning Gillian Gibbons
President al-Bashir had been under huge pressure to intervene
Just over a week ago it was hard to imagine how the international reputation of the Sudanese government could sink any lower.
Accused of sponsoring the killing and rape of hundreds of thousands of its own people in Darfur and then of blocking the peacekeepers who might protect them - barely a week passed without a threat of sanctions or a new UN resolution.
But thanks to the Gillian Gibbons saga, Sudan has managed to transform its public image from pariah state to something approaching a laughing stock.
read the rest (and watch a statement by Ms Gibbons) here
By Sanjiv Buttoo
Cultural pressure to have a boy is leading some British women of Asian origin to travel to India for abortions to avoid having a girl.
Among them is Meena, whose name has been changed to protect her identity.
She describes what led her to do such a thing.
But when the child is actually born and it's a girl, everyone around you feels disappointed - they say: 'well, never mind'."read the rest here