Hong Kong will elect its chief executive for the first time in 2017, but Beijing announced this weekend that the city will have to choose from a short slate of pre-approved candidates. Many Hong Kongers say that violates the mainland's pledges to allow democracy, and protesters are gearing up for action.
Just like in Hong Kong, pro-democracy activists in Macau have set up a referendum demanding the right to directly elect their leader. And just like in Hong Kong, the Chinese government isn't pleased.
Ukraine has displayed Russian soldiers it says were part of an unannounced Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine. But Russian journalists have also also sniffed out possible hidden evidence of that invasion by tracking down the graves of dead Russian soldiers on social media.
About 50 percent of people infected with Ebola in the current West African outbreak are surviving, but they're returning home to communities that often shun survivors. That's because many people don't understand how Ebola spreads, but some campaigns are now trying to raise awareness.
The death of Mario Deane in a Jamaican jail cell became the latest flashpoint between citizens and police officers in Jamaica, which has a long history of police brutality.
Iran's parliament impeached science minister Reza Faraji-Dana this week over allegations of extremism stemming from the country's 2009 "Green Movement" protests. The sharply divided vote shows how the protests are still a powerful issue in Iranian politics.
On his recent visit to South Korea, Pope Francis ditched the famous Popemobile for a Kia Soul, a hatchback made by a Korean company. That choice of wheels got glowing reviews on social media from South Koreans.
Ukraine's parliament is considering a Russian-style law that would crack down on dissent in media and online, but the measure has sparked a backlash from journalists and even former government officials.
Uighur Muslims in the city of Karamay are banned from wearing headscarves, having beards or other religiously linked items while using public transportation for the duration of a local sports competition. But the ban may become permanent and stoke tensions between Uighurs and the Chinese government.
WeChat does it all for almost 400 million users, from texting to paying bills. Now China's government will force Chinese users to register using their real names, sparking fears that the order is an attempt to clamp down on speech and privacy.