By the end of the first week of Pussy Riot's trial, everyone in the shabby Moscow courthouse was tired.
One of Australia's most senior government ministers, known internationally for agreeing with his prime minister without knowing what she has said, has landed himself in hot water over the purchase of a meat pie.
One of Islamabad's most senior diplomats is warning that CIA drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas are weakening democracy and risk pushing people towards extremist groups.
Syria's most senior diplomat in Britain has quit on the grounds that he is "no longer willing to represent a regime that has committed such violent and oppressive acts against its own people".
Pussy Riot, the feminist punk rock band three of whose members are being prosecuted by the Russian authorities for singing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral, have told the Observer they refused to be intimidated by the government's "brutality and cruelness" because they "had done nothing wrong".
David Cameron will challenge Vladimir Putin next week to support a fresh UN security council resolution condemning the Assad regime in Syria and paving the way for non-military intervention.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has married, state broadcasters have announced.
Ghana's president, John Evans Atta Mills, has died suddenly, aged 68.
A video has emerged of what purports to be a group of people in the city of Nishapur, in Iran's north-eastern province of Khorasan Razavi, protesting at the soaring price of poultry.
A 57-year-old Israeli protester who set himself alight at a demonstration in Tel Aviv last Saturday has died from his injuries. Moshe Silman suffered 94% burns to his body after dousing himself with petrol and setting himself on fire as a protest over the high cost of living in Israel drew to a close.