Catholic devotees in the Philippine capital, Manila, have lit candles in churches and received blessings from nuns as the country marks Ash Wednesday – the official beginning of the Christian Lenten season. More than 80 percent of the 100 million Philippine population is Catholic, making it the bastion of the religion in Asia.
The recipient of the world’s first artificial heart has died 75 after having the procedure. The cause of death is as yet unknown, though the 76-year-old man was suffering from terminal heart failure and only given a few weeks to live.
South African athletics star Oscar Pistorius attended Pretoria’s High Court for the opening day of his murder trial. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and is set to answer accusations that he wilfully shot her dead on Valentine's Day 2013 through a locked bathroom door at his home. Parts of the trial are scheduled to be televised, and the paralympian faces a life sentence if convicted.