230 die in nightclub: The fire in Brazil is the fourth such nightclub fire in the past decade. Survivors of the 2003 Rhode Island fire, who saw 100 die, lament the failure to learn the lessons of that tragedy.
France and Mali's fast-moving offensive, using air strikes to target militant bases and strongholds, has successfully pushed Islamists further north. On Sunday, troops worked to secure Timbuktu and its ancient historic sites.
Still struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti's prime minister declared it 'open for business.' Rather than depending on international aid, Haiti hopes to attract tourism and investments.
For the first time, the Czech Republic directly elected a president, choosing former Prime Minister Milos Zeman. Zeman took office as prime minster in 1998, and has taken favorable positions toward the European Union.
A riot immediately broke out after an Egyptian court sentenced 21 people to death in the controversial Port Said soccer violence case. Police and soccer fans known as Ultras clashed outside the prison where the defendants were being held. At least 16 were killed and hundreds wounded.
Some South African media reports say up to 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from a local crocodile farm. Police beg for volunteers to help them round up the crocodiles, who escaped earlier this week after flooding rains.
Two-week-old Malian war against rebel groups holding the north of the country benefits from French military lead, as troops from surrounding African countries now pitch in. Malian army accused of executions and human rights violations.
France and Germany say Brits can't be EU member entirely on their own terms. But a day after British PM Cameron's electric speech that a 'Brexit,' a British departure from the EU bloc, could go to a referendum, Mark Rutte of the Netherlands is more sympathetic.