A painting by Winston Churchill of the fishpond at his rural home has sold for just under 1.8 million pounds ($2.8 million), almost double the previous record for his work.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the promise of full diplomatic relations between the United Nations and Cuba, saying the U.N. General Assembly has long pressed for this.
Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain.
Pope Francis is being treated to a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday — and 800 kilograms of chicken meat for the poor.
The European Parliament has stopped short of pushing for outright recognition of a Palestinian state, urging renewed peace talks instead.