More than 500 prisoners held in jails across Nepal were granted amnesty on the country's Republic Day on Friday, a move prompted by damage caused to many prisons by last month's devastating earthquake.
More than 100 Australians have left the country to support IS in Syria and Iraq.
Myanmar's delegate to talks in Bangkok on Southeast Asia's migrant crisis on Friday rebuked the UN's refugee agency for calling on the country to recognise the Muslim Rohingya minority as citizens to stem their exodus from its shores.
The volcano has been active in recent years, this time the smoke billowing some 9km into the sky. Authorities have reported no injuries to the 137 residents of the island, which about 70 miles south of Japan.
Rebel forces in Syria continue capturing territory and move closer to President Assad's Damascus.
The National Spelling Bee has ended in a tie for the 2nd straight year: Indian-Americans Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam are co-champions, cementing the community’s hold on an event which has come to be dubbed the Indian Super Bowl.
Despite a fearsome reputation for inflicting savage violence on foes, Islamic State militants have gone out of their way to try to win over residents of Ramadi, providing basic services and governance, said locals.
The vicious 'Ndrangheta's grip on the south Italian region of Calabria means that few dare to run for public office.
Two Indian-American doctors and their cardiology firm have agreed to pay more than $3.6 mn to resolve allegations that its facilities falsely billed federal health care programs for tests that were not medically necessary.
In the wake of recent public statements by Indian politicians that are seen as attacking minorities, the US Congress is to hold a special hearing on safeguarding the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in India.
Aung San Suu Kyi's refusal to speak up for the Rohingya migrants has cast doubt over her moral force.
As the war between South and North Sudan rages on, woefully under-equipped UN peace-keepers are under extreme pressure. An Indian army colonel was injured in a skirmish earlier today.
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar, focusing on the dire situation of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, council diplomats said.
Car bombs exploded in the parking lots of two heavily fortified five-star hotels in central Baghdad late on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, police and medical sources said.
With more than a million dollar millionaires, China has plenty of people who can afford a chunk of sea land, but the restrictions at home are driving some to foreign shores.