North Korea doubled spending on luxury imports, such as whiskey and cognac. A UN report says North Korea engaged in torture, arbitrary detention, summary execution, forced abortion and other forms of sexual violence.
Miners, trapped in an abandoned gold mine in South Africa, faced a miserable choice: Stay underground or emerge and be arrested for illegal mining. So far, 21 miners have emerged, but hundreds more may remain trapped in the mine.
Karrie Webb won the Women's Australian Open for the fifth time Sunday, a huge reversal from last week's Australian Ladies Masters, when Karrie Webb was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard.
While Kiev demonstrators left city hall peacefully Sunday and riot police pulled back, tensions remained high. Several thousand rallied in Independence Square later in the day, calling for a new government and threatening to retake city hall.
Men working illegally in an abandoned gold mine near Johannesburg were trapped Saturday morning. Rescue teams cleared the shaft entrance and pulled at least 11 to safety, though a number remain below ground.
Government forces raided the home of Leopoldo Lopez Sunday morning, searching for the opposition leader who has been in hiding since Wednesday. On Saturday authorities used rubber bullets and tear gas to break up a group of students protesting.
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal the NSA and the Australian Signals Directorate worked together to conduct surveillance of the Indonesian government and a Chicago-based law firm representing them in trade disputes with the US.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused his rivals of stoking unrest Saturday, speaking to thousands of supporters Caracas. This week three protesters were shot dead during an opposition-led march.
On Saturday, Turkey's parliament passed a law giving the government more control over the body which appoints senior members of the judiciary. The issue has divided the ruling party and the main opposition party, and brought politicians to blows Friday night.
Wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour ripped across Britain Saturday. In London a taxi driver was killed when part of a building fell on her car. In the English Channel an elderly cruise passenger died when a 'freak wave' struck his ship.
Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition forces lasted less than half an hour Saturday, and ended with no date set for a third session. A main point of contention continues to be the discussion of a transitional government.