Vote announced: Myanmar will hold general elections on November 7, Myanmar National Radio announces - the first since 1990 when the opposition's victory was rejected.
Ashtiani’s lawyer speaks: Mohammad Mostafaei, lawyer for the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning over charges of adultery and murder, says Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s apparent “confession” on Iranian state TV was in order “to save her life.”
Forest fires: More than 700 firefighters are battling a dozen forest blazes raging in northern Portugal, government agencies said Thursday. Only one fire is considered under control and three firefighters have died so far.
Germany buoyant? European Q2 GDP figures show that Germany has released an impressive growth figure of 2.2 percent while Spain limped back into positive territory with a growth figure of 0.2 percent.
Message in a bottle: Sarah Adams from Wales wrote a letter to her son James Prosser, who had died in Afghanistan, placed it in a bottle and threw it out to sea while on vacation in Barbados. Little did she know that seven months later it would be found by oil spill workers in the Gulf of Mexico.
Preferred bidder for Liverpool? The English soccer team will announce its preferred bidder after the club was put up for sale by its American owners with debts of around $370 million.