Human rights in Iran have worsened under President Hassan Rouhani despite his reformist agenda, but Tehran may take steps to improve its record if a nuclear deal is concluded, a UN investigator has said.
The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has lost years of development progress and must "start anew" following a powerful cyclone that destroyed or damaged 90 per cent of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila, the country's president said.
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have marched peacefully in more than 150 cities around the country to demand President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment and to criticise government corruption amid a sprawling graft inquiry at state-run oil firm Petrobras.
Buddhist monks who suffered severe burns during a police crackdown on protesters campaigning against a Chinese-backed copper mine two years ago have launched a lawsuit against Burma's home affairs minister.
Robert Durst, a millionaire from one of America's wealthiest families, has been arrested just before the finale of a serial documentary about his links to three sensational murders in which he said he "killed them all".
Premier Li Keqiang has expressed determination to press ahead with reforms meant to reduce the Chinese government's role in the economy in hopes of spurring growth despite what he acknowledged would be pain for "vested interests" that benefit from regulation.
At least eight people have been confirmed dead in Vanuatu after a massive cyclone tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago and the death toll is likely to rise much higher once communications are restored with outlying islands, aid workers said.
One of the Pacific Ocean's most powerful ever storms devastated the island nation of Vanuatu yesterday, tearing off roofs, uprooting trees and killing at least eight people with the toll set to rise, aid officials said.
Sierra Leone's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana said yesterday he had requested asylum at the US embassy in Freetown after soldiers surrounded his home following his expulsion from the ruling party this month.
Iraqi forces and mainly Shi'ite militia battling to wrest full control of the city of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) militants paused their offensive for a second day yesterday as they awaited reinforcements.
Police, political leaders and civil rights activists have sought to damp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the police department during a protest in Ferguson, which has become a symbol of tensions between police and African Americans.