The world watches, waits and prays as Nelson Mandela's condition worsens, the EU finally agrees on its budget, John Kerry still hopes for peace in the Middle East, and Japan's one-man campaign against "Engrish."
Turkey's anti-government protests enter their fourth day, a fire at a Chinese slaughterhouse kills over 100 workers, US soldier Bradley Manning goes on trial for alleged WikiLeaking, and Michael Douglas comes down with a bad case of TMI.
After more than 1,000 others died, one woman is pulled alive from the rubble of the Bangladesh factory collapse, Pakistan prepares for possibly deadly elections, North Korea explains a few things, confusingly, and Disney doesn't own the Day of the Dead.
A dramatic late-night police chase leaves one of the Boston bombing suspects dead and another on the run, Pakistan's former president is under house arrest, French hostages are freed in Cameroon, and it's now easier than ever to avoid incest in Iceland.
South Korea promises "strong retaliation" to North Korea's threats, another suicide bomber strikes in Iraq, private daily newspapers go on sale in Myanmar for the first time in nearly 50 years, and fleas, it seems, freeze.
South African prosecutors claim Oscar Pistorius wanted to shoot dead his girlfriend, China is accused of all-out cyber spying, robbers nab millions of dollars' worth of diamonds, and we are all Kevin Bacon.