More than 40 pro-Palestinian activists reached Tel Aviv's international airport on Sunday as part of an attempted "fly-in", only to be detained as Israel denied them entry and scrambled to stop other campaigners boarding flights in Europe.
Syria's ceasefire increasingly was under threat on Sunday as the government vowed a crackdown on a wave of "terrorist attacks" and its forces shelled Homs on the day the first U.N. peace monitors were due to enter the country.
Germany's Nico Rosberg has celebrated the first victory of his Formula One career with a commanding pole-to-flag win for Mercedes in China.
Islamist militants stormed a prison in Pakistan in the dead of night on Sunday and freed nearly 400 inmates, including one on death row for trying to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf, police officials said.
Livorno's Piermario Morosini has died after suffering a cardiac arrest during an Italian second division game at Pescara, prompting the country's football federation to postpone this weekend's professional matches.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said an advance team of ceasefire monitors would be sent to Syria soon and that he would make proposals by next Wednesday regarding the full observer mission.
Carlos Tevez fired a hat-trick and fellow Argentine Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City thrashed Norwich City 6-1 to move within two points of Premier League leaders Manchester United.
The Bulls ran rampant as they thumped the Lions 32-18 in an all-South African Super Rugby match in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Liverpool strikers Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez put all their troubles behind them to fire their team to a 2-1 win over local rivals Everton in a nerve-jangling FA Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium.
Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden notched 14 points as his side secured a thrilling 39-33 win over the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby match in Bloemfontein.
Lady Gaga has stirred a debate over pop stars, diets and eating disorders with a tweet that some of her millions of fans have interpreted as insensitive.
George Zimmerman, charged with killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, will remain in police custody for at least one more week after a Florida court on Friday set a bail hearing date for April 20.
Iran and six world powers prepared on Friday for rare talks aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme could plunge the Middle East into a new war.
New South Wales Waratahs held off a stirring Western Force fightback to secure a 23-18 victory in their Super Rugby match in Perth.
Sudan's government has vowed to deal swiftly with South Sudan's occupation of an economically vital oil field near the border but the south said it would not pull out until the threat of attacks by the northern army had gone.
Mel Gibson has fired back at screenwriter Joe Eszterhas for accusing the "Braveheart" star of anti-Semitism, calling the writer's comments "utter fabrications" and saying he was angry over a rejected film script.
A long-range rocket launch by North Korea would heighten tensions in the region and lead world powers to put Pyongyang back in the dock at the UN Security Council, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warns.
George Zimmerman has made his first courtroom appearance since he was charged with the fatal shooting more than six weeks ago of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, as a judge agreed to seal some records in the highly-charged case.