1. US boycotted a UN tribute to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday because it said he was "involved in numerous, horrific human rights abuses" and that the world body should instead stand with the people of Iran.

2. Fourteen Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were found guilty and two were acquitted in a landmark subversion trial.

3. India's capital, Delhi, has recorded its first heat-related death this year, as the country's northwest swelters in record high temperatures (52.9 degrees Celsius).

4. The African National Congress appeared on course to lose the parliamentary majority it has held for 30 years.

5. Israeli forces have taken control of a buffer zone along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.