Having already endured a marathon wait for information, families of passengers were still clinging on to hope as night fell in Beijing, keeping vigil at a hotel desperate for any morsel of information.
Cases being heard in Pretoria courtrooms are from different sides of the tracks, yet the alleged crimes are the same.
As it became apparent this was not a routine plane delay, heart-wrenching scenes unfolded at the arrivals hall at Beijing's international airport terminal.
Brightly dressed folk musicians in Prevalnoye, Crimea, say they want to ease tension between Ukrainian and Russian troops.
Search and rescue teams are trying to find a Malaysia Airlines plane that has gone missing with more than 200 passengers on board.
Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has accused prime minister Najib Razak’s government of orchestrating his conviction and five year jail sentence for sodomy and warned it would “face the wrath of the people.”
Schapelle Corby’s chances of staying out of jail have been given a big boost with the Bali Justice Office finding “no real evidence” that she had breached her parole, and saying that to revoke it now would be “reckless”.
If you only watched 24-hour news channel Metro TV, you might believe Schapelle Corby was one of the biggest stories of the week in Indonesia.
Minutes after shooting dead his model girlfriend through a locked toilet door, Oscar Pistorius allegedly told a housing estate security guard: "everything is fine".
A new film about German-Jewish intellectual Hannah Arendt has rekindled the controversy.