Iraqi state TV says government forces have begun a military operation to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State group.
Indonesia's president has destroyed hope for all jailed drug offenders, says another member of the Bali Nine.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in Washington ahead of a controversial speech to Congress on Iran's nuclear program.
Tokyo (AFP) - The Japanese government on Monday shrugged off renewed calls from South Korean President Park Geun-Hye to apologise to former wartime sex slaves, saying Tokyo hoped Seoul would change its views.
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers were arrested and then released on Monday over their involvement in mass protests for free elections, the latest step in a widespread investigation that has been accused of seeking to intimidate activists.
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea is set to lift a four-month ban on foreign tourism imposed over concerns of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a Beijing-based tour group said Monday.
Jakarta (AFP) - The brother of an Australian facing imminent execution in Indonesia has appealed on national television for President Joko Widodo to spare the drug smuggler's life.
Montevideo (AFP) - Tabare Vazquez was sworn in as Uruguay's new president, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain on folksy farmer Jose Mujica's colorful rule.
Chief prosecutor Momock Bambang Samiarso says authorities are discussing plans to move Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran out of Kerobokan jail within days.
Algiers (AFP) - Forty police officers were wounded in clashes with demonstrators opposed to shale gas exploration in the Algerian Sahara, the Interior Ministry announced.
More than four decades after his death, the body of a young climber has been discovered on New Zealand's Tasman Glacier.