Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for March 4, 2015:
Boston bombing suspect's attorney: "It was him."
The trial of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev opened today with his attorney telling the court: "It was him." He said Tsarnaev's intention was to "maim and kill as many victims as possible."
[Read more from USA Today]
Scientists find jaw of "first human"
Scientists have found the jawbone they claim is one of the very first humans, and at 2.8 million years old is 400,000 years older than when humans are thought to have first appeared.
[Read more from the BBC]
Probe finds racial bias among Ferguson police force
A Justice Department probe into the police force in Ferguson, Missouri, found "systemic racial bias and unconstitutional policing that targeted blacks."
[Read more from Reuters]