Indonesia's new president, Joko Widodo, aims to tighten his control over a potentially unruly cabinet with the introduction next month of a "kitchen cabinet" of trusted aides to help him push through reforms in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohommad Javad Zarif will leave the nuclear talks with six world powers today and return to Tehran for discussions with top officials four days before a deadline for a final agreement expires.
Burkina Faso's former president Blaise Compaore, who was toppled in a popular uprising last month, will stay in Morocco for a limited period after fleeing his country, the Moroccan government said today.
The UN criticized Thailand's Junta for detaining people caught throwing a three-fingered protest salute inspired by "The Hunger Games" movies, as the Prime Minister warned that using the defiant gesture could "jeopardize their future".
Suspected Islamic State militants launched coordinated attacks on Friday around the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, overrunning a village to the east and clashing with tribal fighters to the west, a local official and a tribal leader said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament's lower house today for a snap election on December 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling "Abenomics" revival strategy just two years after he returned to power promising that "Japan is Back".
Sri Lankan Health Minister Mithripala Sirisena today resigned from the government and said he would run as a common opposition candidate against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a snap election due in January.
Thailand's martial law will not be lifted for the foreseeable future, the justice minister said on Friday, despite an earlier pledge to lift the law in some provinces to help the tourism industry which has struggled since a military coup in May.