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Syrian activists say hundreds of people are dead in a chemical weapons attack, Japan's nuclear watchdog raises the alarm about leaks from Fukushima, Hosni Mubarak could be free within hours, and a pant-less intruder brings the party to Angela Merkel's plane.
Egyptian security forces detain one of the few senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood they hadn't already jailed, Pakistan's former military ruler is charged with murder, the Guardian's surveillance scoops bring it some unwelcome visits from the spooks, and the very expensive vices of China's rich and infamous.
Amid the chaos, Egypt looks set to free jailed former president Hosni Mubarak; the UK detains the journalist's partner who knew too much; Oscar Pistorius gets a trial date; and Kim Jong Un wants you back. Please?
Egyptians brace for more bloodshed as the Muslim Brotherhood calls a day of protests, South Africa remembers the Marikana tragedy, New Zealand survives a 6.5 earthquake, and the little lion that could (bark).
Egypt wakes up under curfew after a crackdown that killed more than 400, Iraq suffers another wave of bombings, Bradley Manning says sorry, and the world finds its newest oldest person.
Egypt sends in the security forces against pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo, Israel sets the first of its Palestinian prisoners free, and there's some comfort for the Spanish pensioner who lost the world one of its masterpieces.
A court in western China sentences two men to death over a disputed terrorist attack, a Nigeria mosque attack kills at least 44, US mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger is guilty, and things are looking wobbly for Beijing's rooftop villa.
Israel agrees to release Palestinian prisoners — but also approves new settlements, Egypt warns pro-Morsi protesters to clear out, a Nazi war crimes suspect dies before facing trial, and Norway's prime minister takes voters for a ride.
The US pulls its diplomatic staff out of Lahore, Pakistan after receiving "specific threats," it's a second deadly day in Quetta, Edward Snowden's encrypted emails aren't safe, and the universe does wrong by Desmond Tutu.
Syria's president appears unhurt despite rebels' claims they attacked his motorcade, Nairobi airport picks up the pieces after its devastating fire, Myanmar remembers one of its darkest days, and in Venezuela, thieves are after your hair.
Yemen claims to have foiled a plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize ports, Kenya's biggest airport is shut down by fire, Egypt's crisis talks fail, and the Curiosity rover is dancing with itself.
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.
"Terrorist chatter" prompts the US to order 19 of its embassies to stay closed, Turkey announces the verdicts in its controversial coup trial, New Zealand's dairy exports start a food poisoning scare, and the world's first test-tube hamburger is for lunch.
Italy's convicted former prime minister remains defiant after losing his final appeal; Zimbabwe's vote is either a "huge farce" or "free and honest," depending on who you believe; US embassies get a warning; and Vladimir Putin is no longer the biggest fish in the pond.
All that, plus declassified documents reveal the scariest speech the Queen never gave.
Zimbabweans go to the polls amid early accusations of fraud, newly convicted Bradley Manning waits to be sentenced, China swelters, and Kenya's endangered rhinos get some back-up — from drones.
The Taliban busts out more than 200 inmates from a Pakistani jail, Egypt's Mohamed Morsi gets a visit, Bradley Manning prepares to hear the verdict on his WikiLeaking, and Londoners haven't yet mastered the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' technique.
Iraq is wracked by more sectarian violence, Italy is in shock after its worst road disaster in decades, the Middle East peace process is back in, er, process, and your chance to find out what color sounds like.
Egypt's army accuses the former president of conspiracy as rival factions prepare to rally, Spain investigates its devastating train crash, a juror regrets acquitting George Zimmermann, and we present the cutest horse hybrid you'll see all day.
Dozens of people are left dead by a rail disaster in Spain, China charges its former disgraced darling, Bo Xilai, the US Congress is fine with the NSA surveilling everyone, and George H.W. Bush finds a good reason to go bald.