Campaigning began on Thursday for Japan’s July 21 upper house election, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc expected to keep a majority but perhaps with fewer seats, clouding hopes of achieving his goal of revising the pacifist constitution.
India began counting hundreds of millions of votes in its general election on Thursday, with a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party taking an early lead, TV channels and India’s Election Commision said.
Campaigning has kicked off in Egypt's presidential election, with incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi expected to win easily after his real challengers were detained, prosecuted or intimidated out of the race.
Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning Iranian director of 'A Separation' and 'The Salesman', kicked off principal photography on 'Everybody Knows' ('Todos Lo Saben'), his psychological thriller starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin.
Scientists are a step closer to understanding the inner-workings of the Universe following the laying of the first stone, and construction starting on the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.