A presenter from the Syrian regime's main television channel has defected to the opposition and revealed he has been secretly providing intelligence to rebels for the past seven months.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched for hours in searing heat on Sunday to express their frustration with how Hong Kong is run, in the latest phase of a crisis of governance in the former British colony.
Human rights groups have condemned the conviction of 24 Ethiopians, including a prominent journalist, on charges of conspiring with rebels to overthrow the government.
Conflicting reports have emerged over the brief detention of the Iranian foreign minister, by an anti-terror unit at Larnaca International Airport on his official visit to Cyprus.
Jewish and Muslim leaders were united on Wednesday in their condemnation of a German court's decision to in effect outlaw the circumcision of boys after a judge deemed that the religious practice amounted to bodily harm.
Mohamed Morsi's first appointments as president-elect of Egypt will be a woman and a Coptic Christian, his spokesman has told the Guardian, as he moves to allay fears of the Muslim Brotherhood.
This is one step which should be welcomed by everybody. Rather like motherhood and apple pie. The question is, will it make a difference? We should know the answer before too long.
President-elect Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood spent his first day in office on Monday locked in discussions with the military over choosing his cabinet, with an inbox piled high with challenges for the near future.
Greek media was full of it on Monday morning: the sudden illness of Antonis Samaras and his finance minister Vasillis Rapanos is "disharmonising" the government.
France's new Socialist government has been accused of bowing to big business and the energy lobby after the environment minister was removed from her post following her order to freeze international oil exploration off the coast of French Guiana.