Russia opposition activist Alexei Navalny gets five years for charges many believe are made up, Panama calls in the UN to inspect North Korea's suspect ship, Nelson Mandela is 95, and we sympathize with big-nosed creatures everywhere.
The Syrian president claims Russia has begun shipping him anti-aircraft missiles, Iraqi cities are under attack, an escape from North Korea doesn't go to plan, and woolly mammoths rise from the dead. Sort of.
A container ship crashes in northern Italy, Kurdish fighters begin their historic withdrawal from Turkey, the Brussels diamond thieves get busted, and Canada's poutine pop is not for the faint-hearted.
Cyprus reopens its banks for the first time in 12 days, Nelson Mandela is back in hospital, the internet reels from "the biggest cyber attack in history," and does South Africa know what's in its burgers? (Hint: it's not horse.)
An exploding meteor injures hundreds in Russia, Oscar Pistorius is charged with murder, the cruise ship from hell finally reaches shore, and a lesson in why you should leave dogs just as nature made them.