Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Pakistan's capital Islamabad in the pouring rain following the arrival of convoys led by a cricket star-turned-politician and a fiery anti-Taliban cleric.
Pope Francis yesterday celebrated a huge open-air mass in Seoul, where he denounced the growing gap between the haves and have-nots, urging people in affluent societies to listen to "the cry of the poor" among them.
The Brazilian Socialist Party is likely to announce environmentalist Marina Silva as its presidential candidate this week, replacing party leader Eduardo Campos who was killed in a plane clash, three leading local newspapers reported yesterday.
Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the border yesterday, as a separatist leader in eastern Ukraine claimed his forces include 1200 fighters who underwent military training in Russia.
Germany's foreign intelligence agency recorded at least one phone conversation held by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a German magazine said yesterday, potentially embarrassing Berlin, which has itself reprimanded Washington for its surveillance.
The Taliban has executed five people in an opium market in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province and left their bodies hanging overnight after accusing them of kidnapping a businessman, officials said.
Racially charged protests flared overnight on Friday into yesterday in Ferguson, Missouri, in an eruption of fresh anger over the fatal August 9 shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.
IRAQ'S most influential cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, has thrown his weight behind the new prime minister, calling for national unity to contain sectarian bloodshed and an offensive by Islamic State militants that threatens Baghdad.
NATO has accused the Kremlin of escalating the conflict in Ukraine, following reports a small column of Russian armoured vehicles had crossed overnight into an area of Ukraine where pro-Moscow rebels are battling government forces.
CLASHES have broken out as tens of thousands of Pakistani protesters from two anti-government movements converged on the capital, presenting the 15-month-old civilian government with its biggest challenge yet.
POLICE in Ferguson, Missouri, have fired tear gas, stun grenades and smoke bombs to disperse 350 protesters, the fourth night of racially charged demonstrations after police shot to death an unarmed black teenager.
IRAQ'S Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has said he will not relinquish power until a federal court rules on what he called a "constitutional violation" by the president to replace him with a member of his own party.
PRESIDENT Barack Obama has called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy and urged a thoughtful response after two nights of violent protests, looting and arrests in a St Louis suburb.