Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Friday he was cutting his salary by 10 percent as well as the earnings of several top government officials, as the country's economy reels from the collapse of the ruble.
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong's democrat lawmakers called British MPs "honourable" Friday for highlighting concern over the erosion of freedoms by Beijing in a new report, but China said the UK had "no right to interfere".
Beijing (AFP) - A man was shot dead by police and another detained after a knife attack at a Chinese train station which left nine people wounded Friday, police said.
Macau (Macau) (AFP) - China's Zou Shiming declared Friday that he would achieve his "dream" of becoming world champion against Amnat Ruenroeng, predicting that the IBF flyweight bout in Macau would be a "great show".
Istanbul (AFP) - An opposition leader from the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan was shot dead by an unknown gunman on a street in Istanbul late Thursday, Turkish media reported on Friday.
Apple is set to launch its Apple Watch, but few details have emerged on battery life and how its features will work.
Saint Petersburg (AFP) - Filled with patriotic bravado and a thirst for adventure, Yevgeny Pavlenko and his friend Yevgeny Markin volunteered with dozens others to leave their home in Russia to go and fight in eastern Ukraine.
With a failed plane engine, and in a heavily-populated Los Angeles suburb, Hollywood star Harrison Ford managed to avert death and disaster.
Jakarta will not confirm whether Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will face the firing squad this month, leaving them in limbo on the penal island.
Sydney (AFP) - Australia issued a formal protest to Indonesia Friday after photos emerged of a smiling senior police officer posing with the two men due to face the firing squad, as it was confirmed that the executions would not happen this week.
Cilacap (Indonesia) (AFP) - The wife of a Frenchman on death row in Indonesia says she refuses to believe she has seen him for the last time, as fears grow he will soon be executed with a group of foreigners.