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.
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.
OSCAR Pistorius asked a friend to take the blame after a pistol was accidentally fired in a Johannesburg restaurant, weeks before the double-amputee runner fatally shot his girlfriend, a witness has told the athlete's murder trial.
WESTERN powers have again pressed Iran to tackle suspicions it may have worked on designing an atomic bomb as the US said the issue would be central to the success of talks on a final settlement over Tehran's nuclear programme.
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.
THE first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has broken down in tears, saying she still remembers the terrified screams of a woman on the night the double-amputee Olympic athlete killed his girlfriend by shooting four times through a toilet door.
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make the "tough decisions" needed to move forward on talks with the Palestinians, as he sought to salvage an elusive Middle East peace plan.
PRESIDENT Abdullah Gul has ordered state auditors to assess Turkey's ability to combat corruption, including in the construction sector, amid a fraud investigation that has implicated senior elected officials.
A LANDMARK nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is going ahead as planned but much remains to be done to resolve all issues regarding Tehran's atomic activities, the UN's nuclear chief has said.
Pakistani warplanes have bombed the hideout of a militant leader, killing five insurgents, a day after the Pakistani Taliban declared a one-month ceasefire to pursue stalled peace talks with the government.