Australia's human rights body Wednesday found the government breached the rights of a nine-year-old girl it detained for more than nine months, during which time she witnessed others self-harming.
Hong Kong's Beijing-backed government is the big loser from weekend legislative polls despite the poor showing of opposition democratic parties.
The US is to hand formal control of a controversial prison to the Afghan government on Monday, despite apparent disagreements between the two sides on the fate of hundreds of inmates.
Iran hit out at Canada's decision to break off diplomatic ties, with foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast accusing the Canadian government of being "under the influence of the Zionist regime."
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed that his government had begun "exploratory discussions" with leftist FARC rebels.
Angola votes Friday for only the second time since its civil war ended a decade ago, with the incumbent ruling party expected to sweep the polls.
Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali resigned on Sunday after coming under fire for the performance of security forces during a surge of violence that has rocked Libya, an official from his office told AFP.
Nigeria's government has reached out to members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram through back-channel talks in a bid to end an insurgency that has killed hundreds, the president's spokesman said Sunday.
A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to "browbeat" smokers into quitting.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked Egypt to keep open communication with Israel after the new Cairo government deployed forces to the Sinai Peninsula.
Kazakhstan Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev is the first member of the government has replace his foreign car with a locally made one.
Already confronted with the impact of a global economic slowdown, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's government is now having to cope with its first major wave of public sector strikes.
Japan should strengthen its coast guard to defend disputed islands, the ruling party policy chief said Saturday, a day after Tokyo deported pro-Beijing activists who had sailed there.
"These prices are unheard of! They are worse than the Ramadan heat wave," says Aisha, cradle in hand, sheltering from the blazing sun in Tunis' central market during the Muslim fasting month.
Sitting outside a dilapidated building in Mogadishu's heavily fortified government area, Ali Hussein waves his hand dismissively at talk of Somalia's notoriously fractious political elite.
Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament was set to convene on Tuesday in defiance of the powerful military following a decree by newly elected President Mohamed Morsi to reinstate the assembly.
Out of sight, in a large hall lit by welding sparks, workers in Libya are rushing to build an assembly fit for the country's first elected authorities since the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi's regime.
Twitter said Monday in its first "transparency report" that the number of government requests for user information or to block content is rising in 2012.
The interest to Kazakhstan is a result of the country’s dramatic rise in the UN e-government ranking.
Kazakhstan is planning to be among the Top-Thirty of winning countries in the 2012 London Olympic Games.