The United States Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that police should have warrants to search seized cell phones. It said privacy was more important than police convenience.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki rejected calls to form an interim "national salvation government" that would present a unified front of Shia, Sunni and Kurdish populations to undermine the threat posed by jihadist militant group ISIL.
Despite a barely-functioning political infrastructure, Libya held parliamentary elections in a bid to restore stability after the mayhem that has followed the ousting of former leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
The crisis in the Middle East worsened as Syrian warplanes attacked targets inside western Iraq one day after Israeli planes and rockets struck targets inside Syria.
The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy, released and rearrested at Khartoum airport as she tried to leave with her family to the United States, has been released again.
Princess Cristina of Spain was charged with tax fraud and money laundering, less than a week after her brother was crowned the country's new king.
Actor Eli Wallach, who starred in classics such as The Magnificent Seven, The Good The Bad and the Ugly, and The Holiday, died aged 98. During his career, he starred opposite Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood, Kate Winslet amongst others. He received an honorary Oscar in 2010.
Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and owner of one of the world's most famous bottoms, gave her first television interview, snubbing English broadcasters to sit down with US presenter Matt Lauer.
Football's governing body FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, after he bit Italian footballer Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during yesterday's match.
A working draft of one of Bob Dylan's most popular songs, Like a Rolling Stone, was sold at auction for just over US$2 million (NZ$2.3m), making it the most expensive rock music manuscript to be sold at auction.