Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has gone on trial for his life over the Boston Marathon bombing, with his own lawyer bluntly telling the jury he did it - but arguing that he had fallen under the evil influence of his older brother.
Dozens of miners have been trapped underground and are feared dead after a blast at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk, with rescuers saying the chance of finding many survivors was slim.
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found a massive Japanese Second World War battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, his representatives said.
Iraqi troops and Shia militias have battled against Islamic State (IS) south of the militant-held city of Tikrit, though roadside bombs and suicide attacks slowed their advance on Saddam Hussein's hometown.
Thousands of mourners and dignitaries have filed past the white-lined coffin of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia's beleaguered opposition.
A UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia has charged two former cadres of the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime with crimes against humanity over their alleged roles in the deaths of an estimated 1.8 million people.
One of the men convicted of raping and killing a woman in a brutal gang attack on a New Delhi bus in 2012 has said in a TV documentary that if the victim had not fought back she would not have been killed.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has met with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow.
North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion.
Defying US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has flown to Washington to warn Congress about the risks of a possible nuclear deal with Iran in a speech that has imperiled ties between the two allies.
Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on his followers to take a "historic" decision to lay down their arms, according to a statement yesterday, a crucial step in Turkey's drive to end a 30-year insurgency by Kurdish rebels.
Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday announced a budget that put boosting growth before painful reforms, slowing the pace of fiscal deficit cuts and seeking to put domestic and foreign capital to work.
The people of Nigeria, Africa's most populous country with the continent's largest economy, were meant have begun voting yesterday in the second stage of a general election against the background of an existential national crisis.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish party by the spectacular Victoria Falls yesterday, prompting many Zimbabweans to question once again when he would leave office and who would succeed him.
Romania's coast guard rescued 70 migrants - mostly Syrians and Iraqis - packed on to a small fishing boat that was in danger of sinking as they attempted to make the crossing to Europe in stormy seas yesterday.