A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact over the South China Sea on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still had not located the jetliner several hours later.
When Scottish actor Ashley Jensen visited Tanzania as a Save the Children ambassador, she was made painfully aware of the challenges facing her fellow mothers in a country where one in 20 babies die before reaching their first birthday.
PAKISTAN could launch a full-scale military operation against Pakistani Taliban insurgents in tribal areas near the Afghan border as early as this month, the defence minister has said, warning insurgents against violating a ceasefire.
A MALAYSIAN court has convicted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy and sentenced him to five years in prison, shattering his plan to take control of the country's richest state and stoking political tension following a divisive national election last year.
THE International Criminal Court has convicted a rebel Congo leader of charges including murder and pillage over a deadly attack on a village, but acquitted him of rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.
ONE of the first people on the scene after Oscar Pistorius shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has told a court he feared the South African Olympic and Paralympic star, who is on trial for murder, might kill himself with the same gun.
RUSSIA has rebuffed Western demands to withdraw forces in Ukraine's Crimea region to their bases amid a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris aimed at easing tensions over Ukraine and averting the risk of war.
FOLLOWERS of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez have taken to the streets to mark the anniversary of his death, a sad but welcome distraction for his successor, who has faced a month of violent protests.