After months of rallies calling for free and fair elections, China's legislature effectively shut the door on full democracy in Hong Kong, ruling out open nominations for the planned 2017 election of the city's Chief Executive
Residents of Amerli refuse to join refugees fleeing the north of Iraq, after Iraqi forces, Shi‘ite militia and Kurdish peshmerga broke a siege by Sunni militants
Here's a guide to Apple's new mobile-payment system, one of the expected features to be unveiled with the iPhone 6 on Sept. 9
Three died when thousands of antigovernment protesters clashed with police outside the official residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Doctors treating the injured said the police had used several rounds of tear gas, baton charges and even rubber bullets
The French Interior Minister said a 16-year-old girl was attempting to join Islamist rebels in Syria when she was stopped at the Nice airport. A 20-year-old man was also arrested for allegedly recruiting the girl and paying her airfare
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, saying Ukraine should "hold substantive, meaningful talks" about "society and statehood in southeast Ukraine"
New York City’s Electric Zoo Festival was shut down midway on Aug. 31, owing to treacherous weather conditions. This is the second year running that the event has been cut short, with two drug-related deaths and four other hospitalizations given as the cause in 2013
A German man thought to be the last surviving flight-crew member of the Hindenburg airship that crashed 77 years ago in Lakehurst, N.J., has died. Franz was working as a cabin boy at the age of 14 when the zeppelin caught fire and crashed
The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Tripoli has seized control of an evacuated U.S. embassy residential compound. More than a month ago, American personnel were evacuated from Libya over ongoing fighting in the country
The campaign for the Brazilian presidency has only just begun, but Marina Silva, who was handed the Socialist Party's nomination after her running mate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash, is now the candidate to beat on Oct. 5
Downton Abbey is getting extra political this year: the fifth season of the hit period drama takes place in 1924, the year of Britain's first Labour Party government and, consequently, a year of dramatic social change at the Crawley estate
Todd English, known for being the creative force behind restaurants like Olives, Figs and Fish Club as well as author of multiple cookbooks, was arrested on Sunday for charges of intoxicated driving and has posted the $1,500 bail.