Hundreds of valuable archaeological artefacts looted from Afghanistan were returned to the country's National Museum on August 5 after being recovered with the help of the British Museum.
Supporters of Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's former premier turned opposition leader, marked the first anniversary of her imprisonment on August 5 with protests calling for her release.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he has accepted a vote by the country's parliament to dismiss his two top security ministers, but ordered both to remain in their jobs pending replacement.
Pakistani officials have said the country has reopened a major border crossing used by NATO forces to transport supplies to Afghanistan.
Two New Zealand soldiers and four Afghan intelligence officers have been killed and 16 injured in clashes with Taliban militants in central Afghanistan.
On August 5, day nine of the London Olympics, all eyes will be pinned on the Games' most-expected athletic event, the men's 100-meter final, where Jamaica's Usain Bolt will have to prove he is still the fastest man on the planet.
Reports from Pakistan say several police officers have been suspended after they were accused of parading a couple naked in public.
A suspected suicide bomber has struck a town in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, killing at least 25 people.
Heavy fighting continued in Syria's second city Aleppo, with government forces reportedly using artillery and planes to pound rebel positions.
On Saturday, day eight of the London Olympics, Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilyin set two new world records as he stormed to Olympic under-94kg men's weightlifting gold.
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.