Al Qaeda fighters exploit Yemen's political turmoil
Clashes between government security forces and al Qaeda militants have now killed hundreds in Yemen. Violence has flared around the town of Lawder, which lies along a highway linking al Qaeda strongholds in the Abyan province. Islamists have exploited the political crisis in the country after President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to hand over power to his deputy Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in November 2011.
Angela Merkel has swept to a second mandate as German Chancellor, this time securing a majority with her favoured coalition partner, the pro-business FDP, as the Social Democrats paid the price of an uncomfortable partnership with the CDU.
The former Prime Minister of the Jewish state is in court accused of corruption during his time as the mayor of Jerusalem. Ehud Olmert is the first Israeli PM to stand trial and his case is expected to go on for several months.
The leaders of the world's biggest economies have gathered in the US city of Pittsburgh. As many of the major economies are beginning to climb out of recession, the focus will be on reform and regulation.
Were talks held in New York on Tuesday between US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas something of a breakthrough or merely another photo opportunity?