SOUTH KOREAN police charged a man yesterday with the murder of his two-year-old son after he confessed to suffocating the child so he could leave the house to go back to playing games at an Internet cafe.
Ukrainian armed forces yesterday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian-speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists.
BOSTON marked the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured 264, yesterday with a memorial service which featured survivors of the attack and US Vice-President Joe Biden.
A COURT yesterday ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service and set travel restrictions that will limit his ability to campaign for next month's European Parliament elections.
Athlete Oscar Pistorius fired four shots through a locked toilet door, killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp who was hiding behind it after an argument, the chief prosecutor at his murder trial has alleged.
ISRAEL is holding 'secret' talks with some Arab states that do not recognise it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday.
LIBYAN prosecutors opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and more than two dozen of his ex-officials yesterday in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy.
PRO-RUSSIAN separatists ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in a city in eastern Ukraine yesterday as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialise and as rebels attacked a police headquarters elsewhere.
TURKEY urged executives from Twitter to open an office and start paying Turkish tax yesterday in the first direct talks since a two-week ban imposed on the site as the government battled a corruption scandal.
A MORNING rush-hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station on the outskirts of the capital yesterday, raising concerns about the spread of an Islamist insurgency after the deadliest ever attack on Abuja.
JEREMIAH Denton, a former US senator who was held as a prisoner of war by North Vietnam for more than seven years and revealed his treatment by blinking the word "torture" in Morse code during a televised interview, has died at the age of 89.
ISRAEL has carried out a new land appropriation in the occupied West Bank, the Haaretz daily said on Sunday, in a move that could complicate efforts to extend troubled peace talks with the Palestinians.
CHINA has seized more than 10,000 illegal guns in the southwestern province of Guizhou, state television reported yesterday, marking its largest haul of illegal firearms as it steps up efforts to crack down on violent crime.
FORMER opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah was leading after the first official results from Afghanistan's presidential election were announced, but recorded incidents of serious fraud exceed figures for 2009, when more than a million suspect votes were thrown out.