The crisis in Iraq has worsened as rebels took another two key border crossings - Iraq's western border is now in enemy hands.
Afghan voters took to the streets of Kabul to peacefully protest alleged ballot-rigging following the second round of voting in the presidential election.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited new Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi for the first time, after the US agreed to grant Egypt US$572 million (NZ$657m) in military and security aid.
Parents of a South Korean soldier who killed five of his comrades have persuaded him to surrender during an armed stand-off near the North Korean border.
After being airlifted to freedom by helicopter and lying low at an upmarket apartment, three escaped inmates have been captured by Quebec police.
In an uncharacteristic display of thoughtlessness, Khloe Kardashian donned a North American head-dress for niece North West's first birthday, and is now copping flak from the political correctness police on social media.