After a nationwide postal survey showed the majority of Australians favor legalizing same-sex marriage, Australia's Parliament followed through with legislation, which allows same-sex unions to take place starting in January.
A surprising citizenship crisis has upended Australia's Parliament as a number of members have had their true citizenship called into question. Under Australia's constitution, dual citizens are not eligible for election.
The Indian government will phase out imports of petroleum coke, or petcoke, though the use of petcoke within the country continues to be debated. An AP report found US oil refineries are exporting the product to India in huge amounts, unable to unload it at home.
The International Olympic Committee has barred Russian athletes from competing as a nation in Pyeongchang because of widespread doping during the 2014 Winter Games. Instead, selected athletes will be allowed to compete under the neutral Olympic flag.
Britain's plan to exit the European Union is complicated by its relationship with Northern Ireland, Britain's only land border with the EU. Brexit negotiations stalled after the Democratic Unionist Party declared it would not support an open Irish border.
The conservative Polish Prime Minister Beata Sydzlo of the Law and Justice party hinted in a tweet that she may soon be replaced. Speculations are finance minister Mateusz Morawiecki will likely take the helm to ease tensions with the European Union.
The alliance between former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's forces and the Houthi rebels, which has been fraying in recent months, broke as Houthi rebels killed Mr. Saleh near Sanhan in Yemen. The Houthis believed Saleh was shifting his support to the opposition.
The US and South Korea will carry out an annual joint military exercise including 12,000 US troops and hundreds of aircraft over the Korean Peninsula. This year's exercise comes amid heightened tensions around North Korea's recent missile test.
In an effort to advance globalization and secure trading partners outside of North America, Canada considers a free trade agreement with China.
The Nigerian government is creating fortified towns in the rural northeast as a protection against roaming Boko Haram. Security forces will patrol a three-mile radius around each town so that its residents can farm safely.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who rose to power after a military coup deposed his predecessor Robert Mugabe, is giving military leaders key roles in his new government, leading to concerns that the new leader prizes loyalty over merit.
As Japanese Emperor Akihito prepares to abdicate his throne in 2019, debate resurfaces over whether the women of the royal family should be able to succeed the throne.