Afghanistan's parliament has failed to pass a law banning violence against women, a severe setback to progress made on women's rights in the conservative Muslim country since the Islamist Taliban was toppled more than a decade ago.
Bahraini security forces raided the house of top Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim yesterday, the opposition said, an act likely to enrage the island's majority Shi'ite population, which is at loggerheads with its Sunni rulers.
A system of donor cards indicating consent for organ transplants will not work in China as families will insist on having the final say, and many people see nothing wrong in using organs from executed prisoners, an official said yesterday.
BUENOS AIRES: Jorge Rafael Videla, an austere former army commander who led Argentina during its Dirty War dictatorship and was unrepentant about state-ordered kidnappings and murders, died yesterday aged 87.
ROME: Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, above, has promised a wide reform of property tax, addressing one of the main issues dividing his coalition government, but gave no details on how he would find the money to pay for it.
The nightclub dancer at the centre of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" sex trial told a court yesterday that guests at the media tycoon's parties dressed as nuns, nurses and US President Barack Obama.
THE outer bands of Cyclone Mahasen struck the southern coast of Bangladesh yesterday, lashing remote fishing villages with heavy rain and fierce winds and forcing the evacuation of more than a million people.
HUNDREDS of people took to the streets of the district of Kunming, south-west China, yesterday to protest against the planned production of a chemical at a refinery, the second demonstration this month against the project.
The Kremlin said a spy dispute could impede efforts to improve ties with the United States, but did not threaten any more action after the expulsion of a diplomat accused of trying to recruit a Russian agent.
Experts have judged that a reactor on Japan's west coast is located on ground at high risk of an earthquake, setting in motion a process that will likely lead to the first permanent shutdown of a nuclear plant since the 2011 Fukushima crisis.