Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing Thursday for his new role as president after a triumphant return home following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe, ending 37 years of authoritarian rule.
Beijing (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Djibouti's visiting leader Omar Ismail Guelleh, whose African nation is hosting China's first overseas military base, agreed on Thursday to elevate their nations' diplomatic relations.
Beirut (AFP) - The Islamic State group's online propaganda channels went mysteriously quiet for more than a full day between Wednesday and Thursday, in what analysts said was an "unprecedented" silence.
Moscow (AFP) - A boatload of tourists in the far eastern Russian Arctic thought they were seeing clumps of ice on the shore, before the jaw-dropping realisation that some 200 polar bears were roaming on the mountain slope.
Bukit Sentosa (Malaysia) (AFP) - Malaysian Indian musicians bang drums on a stage shrouded in smoke, singing in Tamil, as dancers wearing shimmering gold outfits adorned with peacock feathers gyrate to the pounding rhythm.
Jamestown (AFP) - The only pointer of what lies inside the stone storehouse within the grounds of the prison is a printed note pasted to an old grey door.
London (AFP) - England will have a new Test captain for the first time under coach Eddie Jones after he left Dylan Hartley on the bench for Saturday's international against Samoa at Twickenham.
Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has called on police to once again take the lead role in his deadly drug war, having twice demoted them in response to criticism of the crackdown.
Baghdad (AFP) - Iraqi forces launched a sweep through the western desert to flush out remaining Islamic State group fighters on Thursday, an operation the prime minister has said will spell the jihadists' "final defeat" in the country.
Sarajevo (AFP) - The international court has finished its work and Bosnian Serb wartime military chief Ratko Mladic will end his days in prison, but Bosnia will struggle to turn the page on its ethnic war.
Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal on Thursday paving the way for the possible repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state, officials said, as global pressure mounts over the refugee crisis.
A man who allegedly filmed up the skirt of a woman at Sydney's Central railway station is also accused of storing hundreds of similar images on his computer.
Myanmar and Bangladesh have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding for the return home of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees.
Islamabad (AFP) - Pakistan's finance minister Ishaq Dar has gone on indefinite medical leave amid an ongoing corruption scandal, piling more pressure on the beleaguered government ahead of elections due next year.
Hong Kong (AFP) - Long pigeon-holed as a player who could only win on home soil, India's SSP Chawrasia believes he has finally found the form to take on the world's best on foreign fairways.
Hong Kong (AFP) - England's rising star Matthew Fitzpatrick enjoyed a fine start to the new European Tour Thursday, firing a four-under par round as Sergio Garcia struggled in testing conditions at the Hong Kong Open.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says 'ethnic cleansing' is now being perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslims, marking a change in stance.
Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) - England's James Vince was left kicking himself after he was spectacularly run out close to an Ashes debut century, as Australia struck late to leave the first Test finely balanced after day one on Thursday.
Brussels (AFP) - The EU's bid to deepen ties with six former Soviet states enters its latest round in Brussels on Friday with anxiety about Russian influence running higher than ever in the bloc.