The North Korean Olympics ferry sailed past sanctions temporarily into Mukho port in the South's eastern city of Donghae, an hour's drive from the main Olympics venue in Pyeongchang.
The detention of Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another Supreme Court judge raises the stakes in a dramatic clash after President Yameen refused to comply with a court order to release nine political dissidents.
The Dawoodi Bohra, a Muslim sect thought to number up to 2 million worldwide, considers the age old ritual known as khafd to be a religious obligation. Now, however, activists are speaking up.
The two reporters, whose application for bail was declined at the last hearing, have now been in detention for eight weeks, first in police custody and then in Yangon's notorious Insein prison.
A decree issued by the office of President Ilham Aliyev says, Azerbaijan has brought forward the date of a planned presidential election to April 11 from October 17.
Two-time Grammy winner and renowned American DJ Diplo brings his Mad Decent Block Party to capital Islamabad, in a debut performance in the country.
President Abdulla Yameen has declared a 15-day state of emergency, deepening a political crisis in the Maldives that has pitted its leader against the nation's top court.
Vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Jay Y Lee walked free after being detained for a year over bribery charges. He had initially been sentenced to five years in prison.
Kim Yong-nam will technically be the most senior official from the North ever to travel to the other side of the demilitarised zone that has for decades divided the two Koreas.
Some South Koreans are concerned that too much attention is being put on the North, dubbing the games the "Pyongyang Olympics." Against that is the possibility that the games could open up greater dialogue between the antagonistic neighbours.
North and South Korea agreed last month to field a combined women's ice hockey team and march together under one flag in Pyeongchang after a new round of talks amid a thaw in cross-border relations.
The Panama-registered MT Marine Express, loaded with 13,500 tonnes of petrol, had been anchored off the Benin city of Cotonou before authorities lost contact with the vessel.
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