The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan on Friday celebrated the birthday of its revered "Dragon King" in a swirl of colourful dances and traditional music.
Michelle Obama's 50th birthday bash featured performances by pop stars Beyonce and John Legend, and appearances by a host of A-list celebrities.
Hugo Chavez died five months ago, but that hasn't stopped his hand-picked successor from holding week-long festivities honoring the late Venezuelan leader's birthday.
Mick Jagger turns 70 on Friday -- and though the Rolling Stones frontman isn't quite the image of rebellious youth he once was, he has lost none of his legendary swagger.
US President Barack Obama paid warm tribute to South Africa's Nelson Mandela for his 95th birthday on Thursday, which the anti-apartheid icon will spend in hospital recovering from a lung infection.
Global celebrations and charity events will mark Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday Thursday, but the critically ill anti-apartheid hero himself may still be confined to his Pretoria hospital bed on life-support.
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in the cutting of the 600kg Astana birthday cake baked specially for the anniversary.
Bayreuth paid tribute to composer Richard Wagner on what would have been his 200th birthday here Wednesday with a rare concert in the town's legendary Festpielhaus theatre.
Queen Elizabeth II marked her 87th birthday with little fanfare on Sunday, spending the day privately while Prince William's wife Catherine was showing off her baby bump.
The world's oldest person turned 116 on Friday as local health chiefs in Japan launch a study to find out why he and many of those around him have lived so long.
Google Play turned a year old on Wednesday and the Android-focused rival to Apple's online iTunes shop celebrated with deals on books, games, music, movies and apps.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe turned 89 on Thursday determined to extend his grip on power despite concerns over his health and advanced age.
North Korean defectors in the South launched 200,000 anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the tense inter-Korean border on Saturday, the birth anniversary of the North's late leader Kim Jong-Il.
Prince William's wife Catherine marks her 31st birthday on Wednesday, but her well-documented pregnancy is likely to make it a low-key celebration.
Tens of thousands of Thais crowded central Bangkok on Wednesday for a rare address by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, as part of celebrations for his 85th birthday.
A star-studded guestlist including Kate Moss and Bob Geldof gathered in India Wednesday for a lavish 50th birthday party arranged by supermodel Naomi Campbell for her Russian billionaire boyfriend.
India's favourite film star Amitabh Bachchan turned 70 on Thursday, marking his birthday with a lavish celebrity party and drawing hundreds of fans to cheer their hero outside his home.
Putin turned 60 the official retirement age in the country he has dominated for the past 12 years, as critics snickered that his image of an energetic, young macho leader no longer corresponds with his age.
North Korea has been secretly selling gold to make up for shortages of hard currency after it spent millions of dollars on celebrating the 100th birthday of its founder.
Riot police went into action in a sleepy Dutch town late Friday to contain thousands of party-goers who turned up after a teenager's birthday invite on Facebook went viral.
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