Myanmar's central bank on Wednesday announced that it had granted "preliminary approval" for nine foreign lenders to operate in the country for the first time in decades, the latest tentative opening of the long-isolated economy.
The UN mission in Baghdad says at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the organization's death toll does not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.
The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials.
Authorities have detained more than a dozen activists across China and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests in recent days, campaign groups said Wednesday.
Brazil's rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country's tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal televangelists could be political power brokers.
The 10,000 pigeons released in a ceremony on Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.
Iranian Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, who will boycott a summit in South Africa over its refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, said Wednesday she was surprised Desmond Tutu had not spoken out about his country's move.