More than 30 political leaders including Cuba's Raul Castro and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood at attention before Hugo Chavez's flag-draped coffin during a funeral in Venezuela Friday.
Pope Benedict XVI's historic departure on Thursday sets in motion a timetable of centuries-old traditions after he steps down in a resignation that is unprecedented in modern Catholic history. Here is what to expect in the coming weeks.
Jamie Neal and Garret Hand had been chronicling their trip on social media. They last posted in late January; family and friends have not been able to reach them since. Some areas they planned to visit are out of cell phone and Internet reach.
The Pistorius family says it's acknowledging the service after information had been leaked. The South African track star, out on bail, says he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.
Conflicting reports emerge over company's safety record. A British passenger and the pilot are hospitalized. The balloon carried tourists from the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, France and Hungary. A gas explosion caused the balloon to fall about 300 meters (almost 1,000 feet).
The last time Shinzo Abe was Japan's prime minister, from 2006 to 2007, he staked his job on a campaign to strengthen ties with the US. But as he heads to Washington for his first summit since retaking power, any expectations of American gratitude will have to be tempered by new and complex political realities.