Malaysia caned three women after they were convicted for adultery under Islamic law, the first time that punishment has been handed out inside the country.
China was criticized by the US ambassador and other foreign diplomats after a Beijing court rejected the appeal of top Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo against his 11-year jail sentence, the severest in recent memory.
Tan Zuoren, who had investigated school collapses that killed thousands of children in China’s massive 2008 earthquake, was sentenced to five years.
The arrest of Sri Lanka’s former Army chief Sarath Fonseka, who challenged the president in recent elections, comes soon after the detention of former military members tied to him.
Amnesty International campaigners with aluminum foil masks protest outside Vendanta Resources in London to raise awareness of what they claim are human rights abuses linked to Vedanta's aluminum refinery in Orissa, India.
The weak, transitional Somalia government may finally bring President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed some badly needed legitimacy if newly trained forces can push back the militant Islamist group, Al Shabab.
The appeals court ruling could raise the bar for when the electric stun-guns can be deployed. Local police departments said the ruling puts officers' lives in danger.
China executed Briton Akmal Shaikh Tuesday for drug smuggling despite assertions by British officials and the man's family that he was mentally unstable. Shaikh's lawyers said he had been framed.
Thailand deported more than 4,500 ethnic Hmong to their homeland of Laos, saying they were largely economic migrants, not persecuted refugees. But the US government condemned the move.