A Sri Lankan court has given suspended jail terms to three French tourists for wounding the religious feelings of Buddhists by taking pictures deemed insulting.
Two women and one man were detained in the southern town of Galle after a photographic laboratory alerted police.
A court in Cuba has sentenced a dozen people who worked in a state company to prison terms ranging from four to 12 years for corruption.
The defendants committed their crimes during a project to expand a nickel and cobalt processing plant, the Communist Party newspaper Granma reported.
Barack Obama has warned that US forces could move against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad if he deploys chemical weapons against rebels trying to overthrow him.
The US president's comments came as a female Japanese reporter was killed while covering clashes in the northern city of Aleppo.
The Ugandan government over the weekend once again revealed plans to build an alternative undersea cable to service the nation, as constant interruptions from Kenya is no longer a viable option.
Peter Kahiigi, the director for Technical Services at the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) said that the cable will run via Mutukula in Tanzania, and construction should begin in November.
Nine people have died from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, only weeks after the virulent disease was declared “under control” in neighboring Uganda, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
The new cases of the Ebola virus were detected near the country’s northwestern town of Isiro, the Congolese health minister said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made his first appearance in public since a July bomb attack, attending prayers at a Damascus mosque to mark the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid, state TV showed.
Endurance athlete Diana Nyad forged ahead in the Straits of Florida with renewed vigor Sunday in pursuit of a record 103-mile (166-kilometer), unassisted swim in open waters without the aid of a shark cage.
Four members of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Olympic delegation have gone missing in London, reports say.
Cedric Mandembo, who competed in judo, and coaches with the athletics, boxing and judo teams have not been seen since the closing ceremony on Sunday.
A large Lebanese Shia clan said its military wing has kidnapped at least 23 people in Lebanon in a bid to secure the release of one of its family members allegedly kidnapped near Damascus this week.
"They were kidnapped because a member of our family was taken the day before yesterday in Syria," family member Abu Ali al-Meqdad said on Wednesday, adding that one of the Syrians was injured.
A prominent Bahraini activist has been jailed for three years for instigating and participating in "unauthorised" protests against the Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy, his lawyer says.
Mohammed al-Jishi said on Thursday that Nabeel Rajab was given one year for each of the three cases all related to participating in peaceful protests.
Sierra Leone's government has declared a cholera outbreak a national emergency after 176 deaths and 10,800 reported cases since January, health ministry sources said.
"A decision has been taken to declare cholera as a national emergency," a source at the health ministry said on Thursday on condition of anonymity.
Crowds in Uganda have given a hero's welcome to Stephen Kiprotich, the country's first Olympic gold medal winner in 40 years.
Kiprotich, a prison warden who won the men's marathon on Sunday, was then presented with a cheque for $80,000 (£51,000) by President Yoweri Museveni.
Thousands of Tunisians have protested in the capital, Tunis, against moves by the Islamist-led government which they fear will reduce women's rights.
The government has unveiled a draft constitution which refers to women as "complementary to men".
The London 2012 Olympics have ended with a spectacular musical closing ceremony and the official handover to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro.
Change could be about to hit Cuban radio. After five decades, the government has done away with a blacklist of musicians and singers that had seen dozens of artists banned from the nation's airwaves.The list was never officially published, but artists who abandoned the Communist-run island and spoke out against the 1959 revolution found themselves struck off radio playlists.