Concerns are raised that the stage is being set for foreign military intervention in Syria following a second Israeli airstrike in Syria in two days.
Why was the Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev not picked up by the FBI and FSB during his trip to and from Dagestan, despite being firmly on their radar?
A major earthquake strikes south-east Iran, reportedly killing at least 30 people in neighbouring Pakistan and shaking buildings as far away as India and the Gulf states.
The new American Secretary of State, John Kerry, urges the Syrian opposition to attend an international meeting, promising the US is not planning "simply to talk", but is "confident" of results.
Iranian state television reports that a monkey was successfully sent into space on a manned rocket flight before returning to the ground intact.
Want a legacy? Then look abroad - for a chance to leave an impact on the world. But will America's role be much more limited - as Obama's new team seeks continuity, not change?
The US Navy denies it has lost any drones in the Middle East, following claims by Iran that a small unmanned aircraft was shot down over the Gulf.
Relations with Iran may sometimes determine the direction of Israel's foreign policy, but the Gaza conflict is unlikely to be a dry run for an Israeli attack on its Middle Eastern rival.