Kim Jong Un visited a coastal detachment Monday said to be ready to attack South Korea's frontier Baengnyeong island.
Roman Catholic cardinals meet Tuesday to start their conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict. The conclave, an elaborate ritual bound by centuries-old tradition to elect a new pope, will be held in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.
Japan observed a moment of silence to mark the second anniversary of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that claimed nearly 19,000 lives and caused the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
More than 13,000 American and South Korean military personnel are taking part in the Key Resolve drill.
Kenya's election commission officially declares Uhuru Kenyatta the outright winner of the country's first presidential election since 2007.
Rallies and gatherings were held around the world to mark International Women's Day.
Malaysian troops have killed at least 13 fighters believed to be a part of an armed Philippine group staking a decades-old claim to a southern territory.