A Moscow judge has ordered three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to spend the next six months in jail, prolonging a case that has highlighted the crackdown on freedom of expression in Vladimir Putin's Russia.
Libya's Olympic delegation has started to arrive in London in defiance of a kidnap believed to be an attempt to prevent the new national flag being raised at the 27 July opening ceremony.
They are world champions and brought hope to a nation reeling from a natural disaster, but Japan's female Olympic footballers had to make do with economy class seats during their gruelling flight to Europe this week, while the less celebrated men's team relaxed in business class.
A fresh international inquiry is to be opened into the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed the UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld following the emergence of new evidence over the past year.
A French architect with links to the disgraced politician at the heart of China's biggest political scandal in decades has flown to China as a potential witness, Cambodia's information minister has said.
Syrian government troops backed by helicopter gunships fought armed rebels across Damascus on Tuesday in some of the fiercest fighting since the start of the uprising, as Russia made clear it would veto a new western-backed UN resolution calling for punitive action against the Assad regime.
A cluster of small, concrete buildings stands in the parched landscape of the Egyptian Sinai, not far from the border with Israel. Nothing but sand and a few determined shrubs lie between them and distant jagged mountains.
The most intense clashes seen in Damascus since the start of the Syrian uprising flared on Monday as loyalist units and guerilla forces battled near the city centre.
North Korea's top military official has been removed from his post, media reports said on Monday, in what could be the start of a power struggle sparked by the regime's young leader, Kim Jong-un.
Diplomatic efforts to free David Simpson, a 24-year-old from North Yorkshire, who is being held in prison in the Central African Republic for allegedly murdering 13 people, have been stepped up, as his MP, Anne McIntosh, described his situation as "very serious indeed".