Civilian casualties in Afghanistan reached a record high in the first half of the year, according to UN figures released on Wednesday.
In a rare move, even China's semiofficial Christian associations - which are supposed to ensure the ruling Communist Party's control over Protestant and Catholic groups - have denounced the campaign as unconstitutional and humiliating. They have warned that it could risk turning the faithful into enemies of the party.
The trial of Zimbabwean professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst, who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion, was postponed until next month after an application from his lawyers.
Locals have recovered the remains of another 17 people who were killed in Nepal's Langtang trekking region in April when an earthquake triggered a massive avalanche, a senior official said on Wednesday.
Chile took a step toward easing its strict ban on abortion on Tuesday after legislators in the nation's lower chamber voted to advance a bill that would overturn the prohibition.
Egypt is set to unveil a major extension to the Suez Canal on Thursday, a mega-project that has emerged as a cornerstone of President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi's policies aimed at reviving the country's flagging economy, as well as restoring national pride.
The designer of Tokyo's logo for the 2020 Olympics Kenjiro Sano said on Wednesday that he was shocked at "completely baseless" allegations of plagiarism, and provided details of his work to prove the authenticity of his work.
Indian-American presidential candidate Bobby Jindal missed the cut and did not make it to the first televised Republican presidential debate featuring top 10 party candidates.
The United States said on Tuesday it had indications that Syrian rebels trained by the US military were captured by fighters from al Qaeda's Syria wing, al Nusra Front, in the latest blow to a fledgling programme at the centre of America's war strategy.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told US vice president Joe Biden that he would have "serious concerns" if WikiLeaks claims that Washington spied on Japanese politicians were true, and called for an investigation into the matter, a top official said on Wednesday.
The President of the United States Barack Obama celebrated his 54th birthday at a popular restaurant in Washington, accompanied by the First Lady and a few close relatives.
Australian stunt motorcyclist Robbie Maddison just took adventure sports to a whole new level – he rode his bike through one of the world’s toughest sea waves.
The son of late Taliban leader Mullah Omar has been killed with opposing factions and Pakistn having a hand in his death, according to a top Afghan lawmaker.
Technical experts in France are to begin examining a washed-up plane part on Wednesday that almost certainly belonged to missing flight MH370.
Facing IS threat, Iraq's national library is working to preserve what's left after thousands of documents were lost or damaged at the height of the US-led invasion.