Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (AFP) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish million dollar bash that was slammed by the opposition as "obscene" in a country wracked by poverty.
Bogota (AFP) - Colombia's Supreme Court has convicted the country's former intelligence chief and a presidential chief of staff of spying on judges, journalists and politicians during the presidency of Alvaro Uribe.
Moscow (AFP) - Boris Nemtsov's name was added to the list of Kremlin opponents who have been killed or died in suspicious circumstances in recent years after the slaying of the prominent opposition leader in central Moscow Friday.
Damascus (AFP) - A UN envoy arrived in the Syrian capital Saturday for talks with the regime to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo.
Jakarta's governor says he has given his anti-death penalty view to President Joko Widodo, who he believes is considering all views on the subject.
Beijing (AFP) - A former senior Chinese provincial official was sentenced Saturday to 17 years in jail for taking around 13 million yuan ($2.1 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, a court said.
Kathmandu (AFP) - Nepalese police on Saturday fired teargas and water cannon at thousands of opposition supporters who converged on the capital to protest controversial plans to vote on a disputed new national constitution.
Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has been declared a "terrorist" organisation by an Egyptian court.
Istanbul (AFP) - The jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday urged the separatists to take a "historic" decision to lay down arms, a key step in efforts to end Turkey's long-running Kurdish insurgency.
Moscow (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin on Saturday vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe.
Beirut (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said.