Vote counting is underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even as some people are still waiting to cast ballots.
Hundreds of Malaysian lawyers and rights activists have staged a rare protest march in Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital, demanding that the government abandon plans to pass a new law they say would stifle the freedom of public assembly.
A man held hostage by Colombian rebels for nearly 12 years escapes and recovers in hospital.
Three have been killed and another 27 injured after a bomb went off in a guest house in the southern Philippines.
Brazil’s government has slapped U.S. oil giant Chevron with a $28 million dollar fine for causing an offshore oil spill.
Clashes between protesters and military forces have seen at least 30 killed and 2,000 injured as citizens demand the interim ruling council holds elections.
Fresh protests have taken place across Syria calling on nations to expel Syrian ambassadors from their countries. Activists said that security forces opened fire on demonstrators killing at least 15 people.
A long-time concern for Chinese Communist regime officials has been trying to maintain the export-driven model that has led to high-speed growth. That’s becoming more and more of a challenge, especially given decreased spending power and increased caution among overseas buyers.
Defectors known as the Syrian Free Army claim to have killed 14 soldiers while the Arab League gave Syria three days to implement a peace plan agreement.
At a meeting of more than 2,000 tribal elders in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called for a security pact with the U.S. that respects full Afghan sovereignty. Karzai told delagates at the meeting that the Afghan-U.S. relationship should be one of two independent states.
U.S. President Barack Obama is turning up the heat on America’s biggest economic rival, calling on China to play by the same rules as everyone else.
APEC leaders meeting in Hawaii have agreed on a proposal that would see tariffs on environmental products such as solar panels reduced to no more than 5 percent.
Highly respected economist Mario Monti has been installed as Italian prime minister following the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi.
The military crackdown on protesters has continued this week in Syria, where activists claim 25 people were killed on Thursday. There are claims that three of those killed were defectors from the Syrian Army who refused to fire live ammunition at crowds of demonstrators.
In the border town of Nuevo Laredo, a stronghold of the powerful Los Zetas cartel, the body of a Mexican blogger who had reported on the activities of drug cartels was found decapitated next to a monument in the center of town. The execution was apparently meant as a stark warning to those who would use the Internet to fight back against the crime and violence perpetuated by the cartels.
The International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde says the global economy is in a dangerous and uncertain phase, and that it is up to most developed economies to shoulder the burden of restoring growth and confidence.
Wood from high-conservation forests in Tasmania has been found at a London Olympic building site despite being protected under the state’s forestry peace deal.