Police used tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who interrupted an Independence Day military parade in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday while demonstrations in dozens of other cities led to scuffles between marchers and police.
In India, the issue of violence against women has caused much public outrage in the last year after several high-profile cases of gang rape. Many rape victims find themselves stigmatised by society, and shunned from public life. They generally prefer to remain anonymous. But in the eastern city of Kolkata, one woman has broken ranks, and decided to reclaim her lost identity.
A Chinese official was drowned in a bathtub by state investigators as they tried to extort a confession to corruption, a court in western China heard on Wednesday. The 42-year-old had been detained for 38 days and tortured, prosecutors said.
Carrie Nooten in Singapore brings us the latest news making the headlines on the island state and in neighbouring Malaysia. First, we look at a dispute between Christians and Muslims over whether the former can use the name "Allah" for God in their literature. Next, the Scorpène submarine scandal rumbles on, and finally a Singaporean film fêted at the Cannes Film Festival this year finally goes on release in France.
The Chinese press criticises US President Barack Obama's bid to launch military strikes against the Syrian government. Plus, following the trial of former governor Bo Xilai, another top official - Jiang Jiemin - has also been dismissed amid corruption allegations. Finally, environmentalists say China's coal industry is causing huge desertification in inner Mongolia, undermining local farmers' livelihoods.
China’s most sensational trial in decades was to end Monday with disgraced politician Bo Xilai hinting at a love triangle involving his “crazed” wife and former right hand man – a defence that the prosecutor dismissed as “whimsical”.
China's disgraced politician Bo Xilai, who is on trial for abuse of power and corruption, admitted on Saturday that he had “made errors,” but denied criminal responsibility in what is the country’s biggest political scandal in decades.
With a population of 32 million, Chongqing in inland China is one of the world’s megalopolises, ahead of Tokyo or Mumbai. It is also a startling economic success, with a growth reported to be 15%, way above the national average. But among the poorer inhabitants of Chongqin, some regret the days of governor Bo Xilai, who had put into effect generous spending programmes before falling from grace and going on trial.
A former party official is tried for corruption, and it’s definitely not your old-school show trial. Disgraced Chongqing governor Bo Xilai lashes back on the opening day of proceedings. François Picard’s panel wonders if authorities are playing with fire by going after a leader who still seems to have a strong following.