Authorities along the Atlantic coast of the United States have declared states of emergency and warned residents to prepare for a potential assault from Hurricane Irene.
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced he is resigning after a little more than a year in office.
At least 14 people are reported to have been killed in a series of bombings across Iraq.
The separatist Georgian territory of Abkhazia is holding an early presidential election.
Activists say Syrians are taking to the streets to continue a monthslong protest against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
Authorities said gunmen entered the Casino Royale and doused the premises with a flammable liquid, starting a fire that engulfed the building.
Ali Ferzat, who had recently published cartoons seen as critical of Assad, has been hospitalized over his wounds.
A bomb blast outside a hotel in northwest Pakistan killed at least eight people and wounded at least a dozen others.
Well-known Kazakh rapper Takezhan says he plans to perform a concert in the commercial capital Almaty in support of striking oil workers in the west of the country.
Activists say Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat -- one of the most popular cartoonists in the Arab world -- is in hospital after being severely beaten by unknown assailants in Damascus.
Uzbekistan's national air carrier is telling passengers to limit the amount of "nos," or powdered tobacco, they take with them aboard flights
Six Azerbaijani opposition activists have been jailed for up to three years over an antigovernment protest in Baku four months ago that was broken up by police.