Actor Pavel Ustinov was this week sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for violence against police at an opposition protest, despite insisting he was merely a passerby.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Australia, many of them children who skipped school, kicked off a day of demonstrations around the world against climate change in the run-up to a UN summit in New York.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says authorities have confirmed at least one case of polio in a 3-year-old girl in southern Lanao del Sur province.
Toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires closed thousands of schools across the country and in neighbouring Malaysia amid health concerns.
Hundreds of mourners packed a church service and children held vigils on downtown streets as Tonga observed a national holiday to bid farewell to prime minister Akilisi Pohiva at a state funeral.
Former Tepco Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and executives Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro were all found not guilty in the only criminal case emerging from the nuclear meltdown.
Local officials say at least 30 civilians dead in Afghan-US strike which, according to the defence ministry, targeted Daesh in Nangarhar. In what has been a deadly morning for Afghanistan, a suicide truck bomb killed at least 20 people in Zabul.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan rules out talks with India unless New Delhi reverses its actions on disputed Kashmir where a military siege and harsh communication blackout entered its 46th day on Thursday.
Sluggish economic growth, national security, endemic corruption and deep ethnic and religious divisions in the South Asian nation will be key issues at the upcoming polls.
India has 106 million adult smokers, second only to China in the world, making it a lucrative market for companies producing vaping products.
The library has been established at Idara Al Khair school in the area of New Karachi Town and will be inaugurated on September 23.
Anti-Beijing activists urge members of the US Congress to pass legislation to combat alleged human rights abuses in Hong Kong.
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