The captain of the capsized South Korean ferry delayed the evacuation fearing passengers would "drift away", as divers see bodies inside.
The US threatens tougher economic sanctions if Russia fails to abide by a new international deal to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.
The search area for the missing Malaysian plane has narrowed and will be at "a critical juncture" in the next two days, says the transport minister.
President Barack Obama signs into law a measure that would bar entry to any UN ambassador whom the US says has engaged in "terrorist activity".
Pope Francis highlights the plight of the poor, elderly and abandoned during the Way of the Cross procession in Rome to mark Good Friday.
The search resumes for three missing local guides after an avalanche kills 13 Sherpas on the slopes of Mount Everest.
The UN expresses outrage at a deadly attack on one of its bases in South Sudan, saying it could "constitute a war crime".
Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, wins a fourth term in office taking more than 81% of the vote.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits states in south and west Mexico, shaking buildings in the capital, but there are no reports of casualties or damage.
Nigeria's military rows back on an earlier statement that most of the teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants had been freed.
The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.
A Brazilian second division football game is abandoned after 16 minutes, with one team saying they now have a court order to play in the top division.
Pablo Larrazabal is repeatedly stung by a swarm of hornets at the Malaysian Open, where Lee Westwood leads by four shots.
A stack of 12 bars of gold were recovered from the stomach of a businessman in the Indian capital, Delhi, a surgeon treating him tells the BBC.
The father of a man suspected of stabbing to death five people in the Canadian city of Calgary says his son was a "great kid" with a bright future.
The United States is to release frozen Iranian funds, saying Tehran has kept commitments made under an interim deal over its nuclear programme.
Presidents and fellow writers pay tribute to Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez ,who has died in Mexico aged 87.
Police in the state of Bahia in Brazil vote to end a two-day strike which prompted the deployment of federal troops to restore order on the streets.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague summons reluctant witnesses to testify at the trial of Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto.
Manchester City's Yaya Toure thinks he is not regarded as one of the best players on the planet because he is from Africa.
An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan's capital renames its library after Osama Bin Laden, the slain al-Qaeda leader.
Japan says it will catch fewer whales in the Pacific this year after a court banned its whaling off Antarctica.
A close aide to French President Francois Hollande resigns following allegations he had a conflict of interest in a previous post.
A man is charged in the Netherlands in connection with the suicide of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, who killed herself after cyber bullying.
At least 14 people are killed after a car bomb explodes in a government-controlled area of the besieged Syrian city of Homs.
Activists in Syria have published what they say is evidence of a chlorine gas attack by government forces - the fourth, they say, this month.
Police in Northern Ireland arrest a 26-year-old man over the murder of former dissident republican leader Tommy Crossan.
Labour's Tristram Hunt is to issue a tough warning against religious extremism in schools.
US banking giant Goldman Sachs reports a drop in net earnings while Morgan Stanley sees profits jump.
Shares in China's largest Twitter-like service, Weibo, went up by almost 20% on the first day of its listing in the US, despite a disappointing start.