Malaysia has declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for the airline to pay compensation to victims' relatives while the search for the plane goes on.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks before his death in 2011 - but demanded £6.6 billion and huge shipments of food and fertiliser in return, South Korea's former president has said.
Russia has said military action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an "inevitable further escalation of the conflict" with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has promised radical change as his new government swiftly moved to roll back key parts of Greece's international bailout, prompting a third day of losses on financial markets.
Jewish groups have boycotted the Argentine government's Holocaust Day commemoration over the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, as scepticism grows over President Cristina Fernandez's plan to reform the intelligence services she suggests are behind his death.
A blizzard has dropped more than a foot of snow across the north-eastern US, although it fell short of the massive predicted snowfall that prompted officials across the region to close schools and order travel bans.
Three men have been charged in the US over a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed information hidden in bags and magazines and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university.
AMSTERDAM: A Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army commander accused of war crimes made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday, giving thanks to God as he took the stand after a decade on the run.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and Auschwitz survivor Eva Fahidi chat as they attend the opening event for the international remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz in Berlin yesterday.
ROME: Prosecutors have asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying the term is hardly excessive given the death toll.
Pro-Russian rebels have launched new attacks against Ukrainian government positions, the Kiev army said, as Western countries threatened more sanctions against Moscow for backing a new separatist offensive.