The State Department urges all US citizens to leave Yemen immediately due to security threats, violence flares on the India-Pakistan border, another nuclear emergency is building at the Fukushima nuclear plant, and a snake attacks in Canada.
Protests are held across the US after George Zimmerman is cleared of murdering Trayvon Martin, Bangladesh convicts a leading Islamist figure of 30-year-old war crimes, an American diplomat's in Egypt, and J.K. Rowling is more prolific than we thought.
France and the UK make a pitch for the easing of weapons sanctions on Syrian rebels, Chinese anger over graffiti at an ancient Egyptian temple, and Toronto's embattled mayor cracks on with a re-election campaign.
Gunman kill the prosecutor hired to investigate the murder of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the death toll from the Bangladesh building collapse tops 500, Indian parents are selling their children, and North Korea tastes how sweet democracy can be.
Venezuelans vote in the president chosen for them by the late Hugo Chavez, a string of bombings kills 20 across Iraq, North Korea celebrates Kim Il Sung's birthday, and Psy tackles the difficult second single.
Cyprus agrees to pay a high price for an EU bailout, the US says bye bye to its infamous Bagram prison, Hong Kong's foreign maids lose their battle for residency, and Zimbabwe's jailed human rights lawyer is freed - for now.