Wednesday September 17, 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday commuted to life imprisonment a death sentence handed to a top Islamist leader convicted of war crimes during the country's war of liberation in 1971, the prosecution said.
Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Gujarat today for a three-day visit that will focus on ramping up trade and investment and addressing a long-standing border dispute between the two countries amid a new face-off at the Line of Actual Control.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who celebrates his 64th birthday today, he is in Ahmedabad to welcome Xi. This is the first visit to India by a Chinese president since 2006.
China's central bank is injecting a combined 500 billion yuan ($81.35 billion) of liquidity into the country's top banks, according to media reports, a sign that authorities are stepping up efforts to shore up a faltering economy.
Wednesday September 17, 2014, Suva, Fiji
Voters in Fiji headed to the polls on Wednesday for the first time in eight years, following a decision by the South Pacific island nation's military junta that the time was right for a transition back to democratic rule.
Wednesday September 17, 2014, Los Angeles, California
Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said.
US President Barack Obama meets Wednesday with generals planning his assault against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq as he wraps up a two-day trip devoted to sudden national security crises over jihadism and Ebola.
The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said on Wednesday.
Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government meeting on Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case and vowing political retaliation against an elected official tied to the prosecutor.