Jason Rezaian was set to face espionage charges in Tehran with only his lawyer by his side. His brother and employer have voiced concerns that making the trial private could allow a miscarriage of justice.
At least 38 people have died after a home for the elderly in China's Henan province caught fire. Rescue operations were under way, while the cause of the blaze was not initially known.
The deadly wave of extreme temperatures in India looks set to continue this week, authorities have said. The authorities have promised financial compensation to some of the victims' families.
Blogger Ananta Bijoy seems to be the latest in a series of fatal Islamist attacks on free thinkers in Bangladesh. The killings have frightened Dhaka's bloggers, Bijoy's friend and colleague Asif Mohiuddin tells DW.