Tehran: A 6.2-magnitude earthquake kills at least 87 people and injures over 400 others in north western Iran.
New York: Noted Indian-American journalist and author Fareed Zakaria has been suspended by his employers CNN and Time magazine after he admitted to plagiarism and apologised for the ethical lapse.
Cairo: Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi sacks the powerful Army chief and his number two, and annulls a constitutional amendment issued by the generals, in a drastic move by the new-to-power Islamists to shuffle the top brass of the entrenched military.
Varzaqan (Iran): Iran wraps up rescue operations in hundreds of villages flattened by the twin earthquakes the day before in its northwest, as officials gave a new toll of 227 dead and 1,380 injured in the disaster.
Islamabad: As a fresh confrontation appeared imminent between Pakistan's PPP government and the judiciary, former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani warns that this time the ruling party will not take any "unconstitutional" move by the Supreme Court against his successor "lying down".
Lahore: Pakistan's Supreme Court directs authorities in the Punjab province to remove encroachments from a Hindu graveyard in Lahore within 30 days.
Kandahar: Suicide attackers, an ambush and a remotely-controlled bomb killed up to 50 people across Afghanistan today in the bloodiest day for civilians this year.
Aleppo: Syrian warplanes hit rebel-held district of Aleppo today, as fighting raged in several neighbourhoods of the embattled northern city.
Aazaz (Syria): UN investigators say the Syrian regime has committed crimes against humanity, including the Houla massacre, as two dozen people are reported killed in a devastating air strike.
Islamabad/Karachi: Pakistan free 55 Indian fishermen, including 15 teenagers, from a jail in the southern port city of Karachi as a "goodwill gesture" on the occasion of India's Independence Day.
London/Quito: Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, setting the stage for an unprecedented diplomatic stand-off with the UK, which has threatened to extradite him to Sweden come what may.
Islamabad: Suspected militants pull out 25 Shia Muslims from three buses and shoot them dead in northern Pakistan, the third such sectarian attack in the restive region in six months.
Islamabad: Pakistan's Censor Board bans Salman Khan's 'Ek Tha Tiger' for its depiction of Pakistani intelligence operatives, the second Bollywood film to suffer such a fate this year.
Karachi/Islamabad: One person is killed and nearly 20 others injured in a gun and bomb attack on a group of Shia students in the port city of Karachi, a day after 25 community members were pulled out of three buses and shot dead by masked gunmen in Pakistan's northwest.
Oak Creek/Washington: Nearly two weeks after six Sikhs were killed by a white supremacist at a Wisconsin gurdwara, a member of the same shrine has been shot dead in an attempted robbery, sending shock waves among the community members.