American Serena Williams has won her first Olympic tennis women's singles gold medal with a 6-0, 6-1 demolition of Russia's Maria Sharapova on Wimbledon's Centre Court on August 4.
Syria has requested a loan from ally Russia to soften the effects of Western sanctions.
An Iraqi lawmaker has survived a roadside bomb attack west of Baghdad that wounded two of his bodyguards.
An Iranian Embassy official in Syria says 48 Iranian pilgrims have kidnapped from a bus in Damascus.
An apparent Islamic militant is claiming responsibility for attacks in Tatarstan last month that killed a prominent Islamic cleric in the Russian republic and seriously injured the chief mufti.
Afghanistan's parliament has voted to dismiss the country's two top security ministers for failing to stop cross-border shelling blamed on Pakistan.
North Korea's state news agency reports that flooding in the country has killed 169 people and that some 400 others are missing.
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi has said on state TV that his country has successfully test-fired an upgraded version of the Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missile.
The Interior Ministry in the Russian republic of Daghestan says that a wanted militant and a member of the security forces were killed overnight in a village near Makhachkala.
A judge has jailed one of three suspected Al-Qaeda members held in Spain earlier this week.
Russia and China say a resolution on Syria passed by the United Nations General Assembly undermines peace efforts in the country.
A fire at Iran's biggest petrochemical plant has reportedly killed at least one person and injured 16 others.