Several car bombs have exploded around the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing at least 39 people, officials say. The bombs were placed in parked cars and detonated over a 30-minute period in busy streets, mainly in Shia areas.
A handful of Saudi women have taken to the streets in their cars on a day of collective protest against the ban on female drivers. Several videos of women driving have been posted online despite official warnings that women who took part risked sanctions.
Sixteen rebels have been hanged in Iran in retaliation for the deaths of at least 14 border guards in an ambush, say Iranian news agencies.
Eight civilians have been injured after Pakistani troops fired guns and mortar shells at border posts in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials say.
Egyptian police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of students staging an anti-military protest at Cairo’s al-Azhar University, reports say.
A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales as Australian firefighters battle bushfires that have already destroyed more than 200 homes. The announcement comes as conditions look set to deteriorate with soaring temperatures and strong winds expected to fan the flames in the coming days.
The UN’s humanitarian chief has called for an “immediate pause in hostilities” in Moadamiyah, a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Valerie Amos said 3,000 people were evacuated last Sunday, but that the same number were trapped in the town amid continuing shelling and fighting.
Hundreds of thousands of US government employees are back at work after President Barack Obama signed a law ending a 16-day government shutdown and extending the US debt limit.
Divers are hoping to resume their search for the bodies of more than 200 migrants, two days after their boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Rescuers have so far found 111 bodies, and 155 people have been pulled alive from the seas 1km (half-a-mile) from the island in the Mediterranean.
President Barack Obama has called off his trip to Malaysia to tackle the US government shutdown, the office of Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak has said.