Vladimir Putin has been in power in Russia either as president or prime minister, since Boris Yeltsin's surprise resignation on 31 December 1999.
Heavy rains have brought torrential floods and mudslides to parts of Peru and Chile - including the Atacama desert, one of the driest regions of the world.
After an intensive surgery, 10-month old conjoined twins Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata were separated by a surgical team at Texas Children's Hospital.
Local bus CCTV has caught the moment a sinkhole opened up in a pavement beneath two South Korean pedestrians.
Rescue teams are continuing to search for people missing after a plane crashed in Taiwan yesterday.
A plane from Taiwan with 58 people aboard clipped a bridge shortly after takeoff and careened into a river Wednesday.
Environmentalists in India are trying to save the Yamuna river, a revered waterway which has now become a toxic dump.
We have some dramatic pictures now of a truly terrifying ordeal - a single-engine airplane that fell out of the sky, and landed in the Pacific Ocean.
The plans have been set for the solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, to take off from Abu Dhabi and then fly around the globe using only the sun's energy.
Investigators will only begin to get a clearer picture of what happened when they recover the plane's recording equipment.
AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared over the Java Sea an hour into its flight at 06:24 local time (23:24 GMT Saturday).
Hundreds of thousands of men around the world are falling victim every year to a pernicious form of online crime.
China is showcasing some of its latest military hardware at an air show, which featured a new stealth fighter.
Peter Kassig went to Lebanon in the spring of 2012. He spent his time helping Syrian refugees including those wounded in the fighting.
The animal sacrifice during Gadhimai festival, reportedly the largest religious slaughter in the world, will see a significant decline this year, according to government officials.