Pakistan's Imran Khan vies for power as country goes to polls Image copyright Reuters Image caption Campaigning came to an end on Monday Pakistanis are preparing to vote after a campaign overshadowed by concerns of attempted manipulation and violence.
Nearly 106 million people are registered to vote for members of the lower house of parliament and four provincial assemblies.
The PTI party of former star cricketer Imran Khan is hoping to beat ex-leader Nawaz Sharif's PML-N.
But the Human Rights Commission says there have been "blatant" attempts to manipulate the polls.
Hundreds of thousands of troops will be deployed to secure the ballot, which opens at 08:00 (03:00 GMT). Votes will be cast for 272 National Assembly seats that are directly contestable.
Another 70, reserved for women and minorities, are distributed between parties that win at least 5% of the vote.
Voter turnout in the 2013 elections - won by the PML-N but without an outright majority - was 55%.
China fossil tells new supercontinent story Image copyright Zhang Zongda Image caption Artist's impression: Lingwulong shenqi means the "amazing dragon" of Lingwu A newly discovered dinosaur may be re-writing China's geological history, according to recent findings.
The latest addition to the family of giant, long-necked dinosaurs known as sauropods, Lingwulong shenqi lived in the north of the country about 174 million years ago.
At this time, East Asia was thought to have split from the supercontinent Pangaea.
But Lingwulong may be evidence that that was not the case.
Fossil of 'first giant' discovered Does Jurassic Park make scientific sense? Ancient sea reptile one of the largest animals ever Part of a subgroup called the neosauropods, which included brontosaurus, diplodocus and brachiosaurus, Lingwulong appeared exactly where it shouldn't - in northern China, 15 million years earlier than any other known dinosaurs from this group.
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Photographer hammered over India 'poverty porn' images Image copyright World Press Photo/Instagram Image caption Photographer Alessio Mamo's series is called Dreaming Food An Italian photographer's series on hunger in India has triggered massive backlash online, with many calling the images exploitative and "poverty porn".
Alessio Mamo posed poor Indians in front of a table with "fake food" on it and made them cover their eyes.
They were shot in two Indian states which have high rates of malnutrition.
The photos, part of a series titled Dreaming Food, were taken in 2011. They went viral after the World Press Photo Foundation shared them on Instagram.
India's enduring problem with malnutrition India food law: The hungry republic In the caption to his series, Mr Mamo wrote that he "told people to dream about some food that they would like to find on their table". He described it as a "conceptual project about hunger issue in India".
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Kuwaiti influencer defends controversial remarks on Filipino workers Image copyright Instagram/Sondos Alqattan Image caption Ms Alqattan is known for her beauty tutorials on Instagram A Kuwaiti social-media influencer who was criticised over comments she made about Filipino domestic workers has defended her remarks.
Sondos Alqattan had posted an Instagram video condemning new laws that give Filipino workers a day off per week and the right to keep their passports.
However, she has said that the outcry she received was "unjustified", though she has since deleted the video.
Known for her make-up tutorials, Ms Alqattan has 2.3m Instagram followers.
"I have not [in] any circumstances in present or past... degraded or in any way mistreated an employee of mine," she said in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
"I consider all employees as equal human being [sic]."
Image Copyright sondos_aq sondos_aq Report Several beauty companies who previously had ties with Ms Alqattan have moved to distance ..
Dingo attack at Australian outback mine injures woman Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Dingoes are native to Australia and do not often attack humans An Australian woman says she feared for her life while being attacked by two dingoes at an Outback mine.
Deb Rundle, 54, suffered wounds to her legs and other injuries during the mauling in Western Australia last week.
The mine worker had been on a lunch break when a dingo took her phone, prompting her to follow the animal.
Ms Rundle told local broadcaster Seven News that was attacked after stumbling upon other dingoes, leaving "blood everywhere on the ground".
"I looked down and I thought, 'oh my, am I going to die? Are they going to get me down?'" she said.
Ms Rundle said it took 10 minutes before co-workers came to her aid, and she was taken to hospital.
Dingo attacks are relatively rare in Australia. The animals are not typically aggressive but can pose a danger to humans, particularly around food and water.
'Hundreds missing' after Laos dam collapse Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number dead after a dam collapsed in south-east Laos, state media reported.
The collapse at the hydroelectric dam in Attapeu province late on Monday sent flash floods through six villages, Laos News Agency said.
"Several human lives" were lost and "several hundreds of people [are] missing", it added.
More than 6,600 people have been made homeless by the floods, reports said.
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Japan heatwave declared natural disaster as death toll mounts Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The public are being advised to take every precaution to avoid the extreme heat Japan's weather agency has declared a heatwave sweeping the country a natural disaster, with at least 65 deaths recorded in the past two weeks.
An agency spokesman warned that "unprecedented levels of heat" were being seen in some areas.
More than 22,000 people have been admitted to hospital with heat stroke, nearly half of them elderly, emergency officials say.
The heatwave shows no sign of abating, forecasters say.
On Monday, the city of Kumagaya reported a temperature of 41.1C (106F), the highest ever recorded in Japan.
In central Tokyo, temperatures over 40C were also registered for the first time.
Five places that have just broken heat recordsThe Japan Meteorological Agency warned that temperatures of 35C or higher would continue until early August.
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Australia eyeliner warning over lead-poisoned children Image copyright NSW GOVERNMENT Image caption Health authorities found high concentrations of lead in the eyeliner products Three children in Australia are suspected to have fallen ill from using eyeliner contaminated with lead, authorities say.
The New South Wales state government issued a public health alert over the Pakistan-made Hashmi brand products.
The kohl cosmetics were found to contain 84% lead, as well as other dangerous metals.
The products were legally imported but contained dangerously misleading packaging, the government said.
Doctors had raised concerns when they found lead in the blood of the children, all of whom were related.
"An investigation indicated the health concerns were likely to have been caused by one of the Hashmi brand eyeliners," said Matt Kean, the state minister overseeing regulation.
Other nations have previously issued health warnings about Hashmi brand eyeliners. The products are banned for sal..
Thai cave boys to be ordained in Buddhist ceremony Image copyright AFP Image caption Several of the boys had previously attended a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple Most members of the Thai youth football team rescued from a flooded cave will have their heads shaved and don robes to be ordained as novices in a Buddhist ceremony on Tuesday.
Their coach will also receive monk's orders. One of the boys will not join the ceremony as he is a Christian.
The group will spend nine days living in a monastery, a tradition for males in Thailand who experience adversity.
They were trapped for more than two weeks before a dramatic rescue.
The boys were all released from hospital last week and are said to be in good health after their ordeal in the snaking caverns of the Tham Luang caves of northern Thailand.
This step is intended to be a "spiritual cleansing" for the group.
"They should spend time in a monastery. It's for their protection," Seewad Sompiangjai, grandfather of Ni..