A new report from rights group Human Rights Watch says hundreds of women and girls in Afghanistan have been imprisoned for 'moral crimes', including running away from home and sex outside marriage.
The report, I Had to Run Away, released on Wednesday, calls for the estimated 400 women and girls to be freed, saying the Western-backed government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has failed to fulfill obligations in accordance with international human rights law.
A new South African mobile credit app called CheqOut is set to launch next month.
CheqOut will enable small businesses and individuals to harness credit card facilities for their business. Individuals running a business or taxi drivers on the move rarely own credit card payment facilities, but CheqOut is set to change that.
Oil has been discovered in Kenya after exploratory drilling by Anglo-Irish firm Tullow Oil, President Mwai Kibaki has said.
The discovery was made in the country's north-western Turkana region. Mr Kibaki said it was "the first time Kenya has made such a discovery" and called it a "major breakthrough".
Pope Benedict XVI has condemned drug-trafficking and corruption at a huge open-air Mass in central Mexico.
He urged Catholics to look to their faith in response to poverty and crime and to reject violence and revenge.
EU foreign ministers are set to impose a travel ban and asset freeze on the UK-born wife of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, diplomats say.
Asma al-Assad is among 12 Syrians to be added to a number of figures, including the president, who are already subject to sanctions.
Twelve people have died of swine flu in India since the beginning of March, the country's health ministry says.
Half of the deaths have been reported from the western state of Maharashtra. Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have also reported deaths.