A strong earthquake jolted northeastern Japan on Sunday, and workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant were evacuated.
House Speaker John Boehner has informed president Barack Obama that he wants to pursue a smaller $2 trillion deficit reduction deal.
Britain's best-selling Sunday tabloid the News of the World signed off with a simple front page message - "THANK YOU & GOODBYE".
New US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday, saying he believed the strategic defeat of al Qaeda was within reach.
Two F-15 fighter jets have intercepted a small aircraft near Camp David in Maryland, where President Barack Obama is spending part of the weekend.
Malaysian Police fired tear gas and detained hundreds of activists as more than 20,000 demonstrators massed Saturday across Malaysia's main city.
Pakistan on Friday ordered 1,000 extra troops to deploy in Karachi with instructions to shoot-to-kill after up to 70 people were killed in the deadliest six months of political violence since 1995.
Atlantis and four astronauts thundered into orbit Friday on NASA's last space shuttle voyage.
Southern Sudanese played drums, danced and sang the soon-to-be national anthem of the world's newest country early Saturday morning, after the clock struck midnight Friday.
A general view of the kindergarten where children and teachers are held hostage in a neighbourhood in Muar in Malaysia's southern Johor state July 7, 2011. Malaysian police stormed a preschool Thursday to free 30 children and four teachers held hostage by a man armed with a hammer and a machete.
At least 29 people were killed in different firing incidents in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Thursday.
Film farewells don't get much bigger than Harry Potter, and thousands of fans prepared on Thursday to say goodbye to their beloved boy wizard.