A Haitian gang leader has threatened to kill 17 kidnapped American and Canadian missionaries if he is not given millions in ransom money.
"Afghanistan was a silent country, a silenced nation," says Ahmad Sarmast, founder and director of the country's National Institute of Music. "And the same is happening again today."
China has removed broadcasts of NBA games after a player called for Tibetan independence.
A woman has died and a man has been injured after actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of new Western movie Rust.
Barbados has elected its first-ever president as it takes the first steps to becoming a republic.
Drones attempting to rescue three dogs trapped near an erupting volcano have found no sign of the animals - but have discovered human footprints in the no-go area and a message saying: "The dogs are fine".
Millions of French motorists will be given €100 (£84) to help them cope with rising fuel costs.
The argument now distracting and dominating the European Union is an unequal battle with the potential for far-reaching consequences.
Police in Western Australia are offering a A$1m (£542,845) reward for information about the disappearance of a four-year girl.
Some European countries are seeing a resurgence in COVID-19, with the continent's eastern nations hampered by widespread vaccine hesitancy.