Canadian sex workers, Saudi Arabia solo and West Bank snow

A Palestinian man makes snow sculptures in Jerusalem on December 14, 2013
Image caption Snow people, Palestinian style

A round-up of commentary on and around the world...

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will go it alone on Syria

Canada

Supreme Court should legalise sex work

Russia

Is Vladimir Putin a fellow culture warrior?

China

North Korea another black mark for former President Hu Jintao

Vietnam

John Kerry's visit is all about oil

Palestinian territories

Snowstorm brings a moment of peace to the West Bank

Kenya

The human cost of the ivory market

Afghanistan

Mission not accomplished

Czech Republic

Remembering Vaclav Havel

One more thing…

Global warming won't cancel Christmas