Asuncion (AFP) - In power for almost all of the past seven decades, Paraguay's conservative Colorado party appears to be heading for a new victory in Sunday's presidential poll, with its candidate the frontrunner despite his father's ties to the dictatorship.
Islamabad (AFP) - Pressure mounted Friday against Pakistani singer Ali Zafar after he was hit with a sexual harassment allegation by a leading actress in the first high profile "#metoo" accusation in the staunchly patriarchal country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has reportedly said US President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House.
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao insisted Friday that his advancing years were no barrier to success as he gears up for a showdown against world champion Lucas Matthysse.
Shanghai (AFP) - Visitors to a zoo in southeastern China killed one kangaroo and injured another by throwing bricks at them in an attempt to get a reaction from the big marsupials, state media reported.
Practice has gone in order of championship standings at Phillip Island, with Supercars ace Jamie Whincup finishing ahead of Scott McLaughlin.
Kathmandu (AFP) - Kathmandu airport was closed Friday after a Malaysian jet with 139 people on board aborted its takeoff and skidded off the runway, officials said.
Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan legislators brawled in parliament on Friday over proposed reductions to military veterans' pensions, part of wider cutbacks that have triggered mass protests.
Beijing (AFP) - Chinese telecom giant ZTE vowed on Friday to fight back against a US order banning it from purchasing and using US technology for seven years, a move that has angered Beijing.
Apaxtla de Castrejón (Mexico) (AFP) - After 88 years living in San Felipe, in the mountains of southern Mexico, Maria Guadalupe Castro fled the only home she had ever known, along with the rest of the village's residents.
The kiwi is heading for a 1.6pc weekly fall and may see further downside as the greenback gains on the prospect of further interest rate increases by the Fed.