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.
The UK's decision to give millions of pounds to help Pakistan fight drug trafficking – an offence that carries the death penalty – has been thrown into question after the country resumed executions last week.
Pakistan's top judge disqualified the country's prime minister from office on Tuesday, in a move likened to a "judicial dictatorship" by some commentators outraged that the head of government should be deposed by anything other than parliament.
For seven months, the world got to know Pussy Riot as three women defiantly smirking inside a glass cage as they issued a rare challenge to Vladimir Putin and the justice system that serves him.
Two female US politicians were banned from addressing the Michigan house of representatives after one used the word "vagina" and the other tried to argue for regulating vasectomies during a debate over a controversial anti-abortion bill.
A few hours after Meles Zenawi's death was announced, British prime ministers past and present were queueing to pay tribute.
Barely two, possibly three, weeks to go before David Cameron's predicted reshuffle, the first such unforced exercise since the general election.
He arrived – in his own words, eight years ago – as "a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard".
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."
Police have been accused of a massacre after opening fire on mine workers in one of the deadliest days of protest in South Africa since the end of apartheid.
Three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot said Vladimir Putin's Russia was the one on trial as they delivered closing arguments on Wednesday in a case seen as a key test of the powerful president's desire to crackdown on dissent.