Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres died on Wednesday, some two weeks after suffering a major stroke.
The death of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov after 27 years in charge with no clear successor lined up plunges his homeland into uncertainty.
The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday amid fears many more corpses would be found.
A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake devastated mountain villages in central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 18 people dead and many more unaccounted for.
Kazakhstan had detained all the remaining gunmen involved in a series of shooting attacks last week that killed seven people.
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev said the perpetrators of deadly attacks in Aktobe city were acting on instructions from abroad.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday demanded 'the strictest punishment' to the perpetrators of deadly attacks in Aktobe city.
Police in Kazakhstan said Tuesday they had killed 13 suspects in an anti-terror operation following deadly weekend attacks.
Police in Kazakhstan were hunting for up to seven gunmen on Monday after a series of terror attacks that killed six people.
Armed men suspected of being religious extremists went on the rampage in a town in Kazakhstan.
Gun deaths in the United States can be slashed by 90 percent through universal application of laws requiring background checks of buyers.
A huge explosion at an industrial gas plant in southeastern Nigeria razed nearby buildings and killed several people on Christmas Eve.
Israeli authorities said Thursday they had opened an investigation into a video showing gun-wielding Jewish extremists at a wedding celebrating the death of a Palestinian toddler in a firebombing.
Kazakhstanis were laying flowers in front of the Russian Embassy and Consulate General in Almaty and Astana expressing their deep condolences to families of the victims of Airbus 321 crash.
Rescue crews resumed digging through the rubble of a collapsed factory in Pakistan as officials said they expected to find at least two dozen more bodies, with the death toll standing at 23.
Thousands of people marched in central Bucharest to honour the victims of a weekend disco fire as the death toll from the tragedy climbed to 30.
International investigators have begun probing why a Russian airliner carrying 224 people crashed in a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing everyone on board in one of the deadliest Airbus incidents of the past decade.
Cigarette smoking will kill about two million Chinese in 2030, double the 2010 toll, said researchers who warned of a "growing epidemic of premature death" in the world's most populous nation.
Four soldiers have drowned during the second stage of Center 2015 military drills in Aktau, Kazakhstan.
Wes Craven, a master of cinema horror whose directorial credits include "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," died Sunday aged 76.