Hugo Chavez re-elected as Venezuela's president in tight race
Hugo Chavez has been re-elected for six more years as Venezuelan president. If he completes his term in office, he will have ruled the country for almost two decades. His self-styled "Chavista" followers called his re-election a victory for socialism. Yet six million people voted against Chavez, who faced the toughest electoral challenge of his presidential career.
The warming of ties between Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Brazil for the country's independence day, could mean France securing a lucrative contract to supply Brazil with 36 modern fighter jets.
After a serious blunder from NATO on Friday that saw civilians killed, the question of local support for the Western coalition in Afghanistan seems more tricky than ever, since the US considers this support central to its new strategy.
More former Khmer Rouge leaders could face charges before a UN-backed tribunal after the court agreed to extend investigations to additional suspects, a decision that could put it on a collision course with the government.
Two months after his death, Michael Jackson's funeral is to be a low-key affair but his legacy - both artistic and business - is thriving. Some 16 million albums have been sold since his death, set to net the late singer millions in record sales.