Barack Obama and Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai came close to sealing a deal at the White House on Friday that would keep a small US force in the country after the pullout of most international forces at the end of 2014.
The moment of truth beckons for Oscar Pistorius. The Olympic and Paralympic star sat as if lost in his own world as lawyers debated what was in his mind when he shot dead his girlfriend.
New spending cuts being asked of Greece by international creditors are pushing Athens' fragile coalition towards a showdown with unions and anti-bailout forces amid signs that it will be civil servants who will bear the brunt of the belt-tightening.
A Turkish military jet has crashed in the eastern Mediterranean, amid claims that Syria shot the plane down and then apologised for the incident.
When the resignation of the Pope was announced earlier in the week, the news seemed bizarre, almost unbelievable.
Judge Marina Syrova's tone remained soft and monotonous throughout the three hours it took her to read the state's case against the three Pussy Riot members. But her message was steely and unyielding. "What they did was offensive to believers," Syrova said. "It was a crude violation of the social order."
President Barack Obama's administration is in the process of drawing up a formal rulebook that will set out the circumstances in which targeted assassination by unmanned drones is justified, according to reports.
The remains of the former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are to be exhumed to examine whether he was poisoned.