China expelled a disgraced senior aide to former President Hu
Jintao from a high-profile advisory body, the official Xinhua
news agency reported on its website, marking the latest step
in a significant political scandal.
The Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime
minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed by four shots
in central Moscow, the Russian government said in a
statement, according to the Interfax news agency.
Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death an American
critic of religious extremism in the Bangladeshi capital of
Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who
support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation.
British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to use all means
at his disposal to hunt down militants such as "Jihadi John"
after the killer was identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer
programming graduate from London.
Ecstatic Afghans danced in the streets and fired rifles into
the air to celebrate their national cricket team's first win
in their maiden World Cup, a much-needed piece of good news
for the country mired in war with Taliban insurgents.