Two Iranians who boarded a missing Malaysian jet with stolen passports had no apparent terrorist links, officials say, as rescuers widen their search.
A meeting with Vladimir Putin over Ukraine will not happen until Moscow engages with US proposals on the crisis, the US secretary of state says.
Oscar Pistorius had a 'big love for guns', a friend tells his murder trial as he describes two firearms incidents involving the Paralympic athlete.
A teenager in a coma since he was struck on the head during anti-government protests in Turkey nine months ago dies in hospital, sparking clashes.
New Zealand is to hold a referendum on whether to change the 'post-colonial' national flag, Prime Minister John Key announces.
The US state of Colorado says it collected more than $2m in the first round of tax payments from newly legalised marijuana businesses.
Electoral authorities in El Salvador order a recount of all votes in the unexpectedly close presidential election as both candidates claim victory.
Former Heinz boss William Johnson receives a $110m payday as layoffs continue at the food firm, now owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital.
Mt Gox, the troubled Japanese bitcoin exchange, wins bankruptcy protection to temporarily halt US legal action alleging fraud.
A journalist with Swedish and British nationality has been killed in Afghanistan.
A US army judge says the military may have improperly pressed ahead with the sex crimes trial of a US army general.
Elephants are able to work out ethnicity, gender and age from the sound of a human voice, according to a study.
The rise of Genghis Khan and the huge Mongol Empire in the early 13th century may have been helped by good weather, scientists suggest.
The first great white shark seen to cross the Atlantic may be pregnant, the head of the expedition tracking it says.
The US Supreme Court rejects an appeal which sought to ban students in Pennsylvania from wearing controversial breast cancer awareness bracelets.
About 150 people are on the fourth day of a hunger strike at an immigration detention centre in the US state of Washington, officials say.
Officials in Michoacan, Mexico say that they have shot dead drug lord Nazario Moreno - The Craziest One - who was reported killed in 2010.
Rio de Janeiro officials and street cleaners say they have reached a deal to end a strike which has left litter piling up in the Brazilian city.
Libyan officials say they have taken control of a North Korean-flagged tanker that loaded crude oil at a port occupied by rebel forces.
More than 1,000 people have protested in South Sudan's capital, Juba, accusing the UN of arming rebels - a charge it denies.
Maoist rebels kill at least 16 policemen in an ambush in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, police say.
The Philippines lodges a protest with China, accusing its coast guard of preventing two civilian vessels reaching sailors on a disputed shoal.
Uli Hoeness, president of European football champions Bayern Munich, admits in court that he defrauded the German tax authorities of 18m euros (£15m; $25m).
Police should not have fired rubber bullets at migrants during an incident in which 15 people drowned, Spain's interior minister admits.
A group of Greek Orthodox nuns held for three months by rebels in Syria after being taken from their convent in Maaloula arrive back in Damascus.
Prime Minister Netanyahu shows his anger at the West as he unveils a shipment of weapons Israel says were being sent from Iran to Gaza.
General secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union Bob Crow dies aged 52
Co-op Group chief executive Euan Sutherland has offered his resignation, the BBC's Robert Peston learns.
E-commerce giant eBay cuts the total compensation of its chief executive, John Donahoe, by more than half.
The Bank of Japan says exports have levelled off due to disappointing external demand, after a strong performance in February.