A team sponsored by western retailers in its first report Tuesday on factories in Bangladesh said it found missing fire doors and heavy weight loads.
The 1988 Lockerbie jetliner bombing was payback for the U.S. Navy's downing of an Iranian airliner six months earlier, an ex-Iranian intelligence officer says.
About 200 pro-Maoist Naxal guerrillas ambushed a security patrol in Chhattisgarb, India, Tuesday, killing 15 security agents and one civilian, officials said.
Death threats against former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf prompted judges Tuesday to postpone his formal indictment on treason charges.
A Malaysian Air Force official said Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 had turned back and was hundreds of miles off course when it vanished, CNN said Tuesday.
Prayers and ceremonies across northeast Japan marked the third anniversary of the 2011 tsunami, earthquake and Fukushima nuclear facility accident Tuesday.
Swedish radio journalist Nils Horner was gunned down by unknown attackers Tuesday outside a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, his employer confirmed.
Hidden weapons recovered last week from an intercepted shipment from Iran to Gaza included rockets and mortar shells, the Israeli military said.
Two men using stolen passports to board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane did not have Asian characteristics, a Malaysian government official said Monday.
Photos published on Weibo, a Chinese website similar to Twitter, depict a man being bitten on the lips by a turtle he was apparently setting free.
Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, for the first time, will pay parents to have children vaccinated against polio, a public health director said.
In the days after an earthquake and tsunami decimated the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan in 2011, U.S. officials hid their concerns, emails indicated.
Anonymous hackers published what they claim is evidence of fraud conducted by Japan-based bitcoin trader Mt. Gox and the virtual money isn't missing.
An Iranian military leader said Monday he was frustrated that Catherine Ashton, the foreign policy chief for the EU, met with women dissidents in Tehran.
Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation said Sunday debris found near Vietnam's Tho Chu Island was not part of the airliner missing since Saturday morning.
North Korea held parliamentary elections Sunday, its first under the leadership of Kim Jong-Un.
At least eight Taliban militants were killed in military and police operations across Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Sunday.
Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, who has been the country's vice president twice, died Sunday, the presidential palace said. He was 57.
Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden said he was brushed off when he tried to discuss his concerns about surveillance with officials.
Last year was a time for "innovation and harvest" as China broadened its role in the outside world, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday.
The search area for a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger plane widened Saturday after two oil slicks were discovered in the South China Sea.
Four Afghan soldiers and two police officers were killed Saturday as they tried to defuse a roadside bomb in Laghman province, officials say.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's wife gave birth to the couple's third child at a hospital in India, officials said.
Prince William and his wife, Kate, are vacationing in the Maldives, but witnesses said they appear to have arrived without their infant son, Prince George.
Russian police said they have detained a suspect in the 19-year-old case of an armed alcohol theft from a cargo truck.
Turkey's prime minister hinted Facebook and YouTube may go dark after March 30 elections to prevent what he says are the Internet's negative effects on society.
Officials in the Russian city of St. Petersburg said street cleaners discovered a baby African crocodile at a construction site.
The Pentagon said Iran should be held accountable for destabilizing the Middle East even while diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear dispute are under way.
A new agreement between Australia and Indonesia will include a pledge by Australia not to engage in espionage, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday.
The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet delivered the invocation Thursday in the U.S. Senate, the first time the Dalai Lama gave the invocation, records indicated.
Massachusetts' Harvard University has the strongest reputation in the world, a survey by the Times Higher Education indicates.
North Korea Thursday rejected the South's proposal to hold Red Cross talks on regular reunions of families separated by the Korean War.
Sedition charges were dropped Thursday against 67 Meerut, India, college students, expelled for allegedly cheering Pakistan's cricket team against India.
A North Korean rocket, firedTuesday, nearly struck a Chinese passenger plane traveling from Japan, the Chinese Defense Ministry revealed.
The U.N. Security Council said North Korea remains a serious concern to international security and extended a mandate for sanctions for another 13 months.
An airstrike by coalition forces in Logar province Thursday killed five Afghan army troops and wounded eight others, the Afghan Defense Ministry said.
China's health department Thursday said it does not yet have a timetable as to when all couples will be allowed to have two children.
The drug situation in Afghanistan won't improve unless the government is serious about control measures, the International Narcotics Control Board said.
The International Energy Agency said it is keeping close watch over natural gas transits through Ukraine to Europe, but hasn't observed a physical disruption.
The young chief executive officer of the bitcoin exchange First Meta was found dead in her Singapore apartment in a possible suicide, officials say.
Navigation and pointing systems for Caesar 155mm guns are being supplied to an unidentified Asian country by Sagem of France.
Naval ship transfer and repair work performed by VSE Corp. under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program is continuing.
A Russian court ordered a Wikipedia article on "Mein Kampf" blocked because of a link to the text of Adolf Hitler's autobiography, Wikipedia said.
A hand grenade was thrown but did not detonate at the Bangkok home of a leader of Thailand's anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee, police said.
China's defense budget will increase by 12.2 percent to 808.2 billion yuan (about $132 billion) in 2014, a draft submitted to lawmakers indicated Wednesday.
India's Bharatiya Janata Party welcomed the election schedule as the party's prime minister hopeful urged the election of BJP candidates for "prosperity."
Israeli naval forces in the Red Sea Wednesday intercepted a vessel carrying medium-range missiles, officials said, adding that Iran was behind the shipment.
The group responsible for 33 deaths in a Chinese train station attack attempted to leave China to provoke terrorism before the attack, an official said.
Another round of expert-level talks on Iran's nuclear program began Wednesday in Vienna on the sidelines of an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting.
Afghanistan needs "strong management and leadership" as it prepares to meet its future national security needs, a general said from Azerbaijan.
Iran is determined to convince members of the international community it doesn't need a nuclear weapons program, the foreign minister said Wednesday.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday it plans to open a new office in the restive Myanmar state of Kachin.
Chevron Corp. Chairman John Watson said there are more than enough reserves in North America to expand export options for liquefied natural gas.
Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Emad Hosseini said Wednesday a Chinese contractor might be taken off an oil project because of ineffective development.
Five Iranian border guards kidnapped in early February are reported to be in good health in Pakistan, an Iranian official says.
An analysis of product and service prices indicates Singapore has the world's highest cost of living, Britain's The Economist reports.
New rules for climbing Mount Everest include returning from the summit with 17 pounds of litter, Nepal's government announced.
A man threw ink on the face Subrata Roy, chairman of the conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar, calling him a thief before being removed by police.
It's too early to discuss when operations will resume at the giant Caspian Sea oil field Kashagan, the head of Kazakhstan's state energy company said Tuesday.
At least 12 people, including a judge, were killed in a suicide bombing attack on a courthouse in Karachi, Pakistan, police said.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the coalition war in his country was fought for U.S. and Western interests, not Afghanistan's.
An Australian missionary freed by North Korea arrived in China Monday, saying he plans to rest up following his two-week ordeal.
Chinese police said Monday three people suspected in the terrorist attack in which 29 people died in Kunming have been captured.
North Korea fired two missiles into the sea Monday as its latest reaction to South Korea-U.S. military drills, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.
The director general of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog said Monday he couldn't say that all of Iran's nuclear activity was for peaceful purposes.
Iran expects Western investors to come to Tehran to explore emerging opportunities in the country's energy sector, an Iranian economic director said.
Security forces in Pakistan carried out a massive anti-militant operation Sunday in response to a deadly attack on a polio vaccination team.
Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday called for swift action to bring those responsible for a deadly terror attack in Kunming to justice.
Chinese authorities said at least 28 civilians were killed and 113 injured Saturday in a mass stabbing at a railway station in the southwest city of Kunming.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye Saturday urged Japan to confront its history in an effort to mend strained relations between Seoul and Tokyo.
The opposition to Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is not ending the fight with its halt to the "Bangkok Shutdown," a leader said Saturday.
China's top prosecution agency promised Saturday that there will be a crackdown on business corruption, especially in monopoly industries like railroads and oil.
At least 11 people working to vaccinate residents of northwest Pakistan against polio were killed in a bomb attack Saturday, authorities said.
A spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan on Saturday announced a month-long cease fire.
A Fukuoka, Japan, man said after he lost his cellphone during a trip to Europe, he returned home to find a cellphone bill of nearly a million yen ($9,800).
The Bangkok Shutdown, a citywide protest intended to force the ouster of the Thai government, will be reduced in scope this weekend, organizers said Friday.
Police in India said a slain woman's pet parrot helped identify the woman's alleged killer by behaving strangely when the man was around.
Aid group Doctors without Borders said Friday it was "deeply shocked" by a call from Myanmar's government to end its activities in the country.
Police in Gyeongju, South Korea, Friday said poor construction and inadequate materials caused a gymnasium collapse last week that killed 10 people.
China published a report critical of the United States' human rights record Friday, responding to criticism of China in a U.S. State Department report.
Police in China said they arrested a man suspected of starting a fire that killed six people on a moving bus. Thirty-two others were injured.
Governments worldwide "fall short" in upholding universal human rights, the U.S. State Department said in its annual global review on human rights.
Gunfights between Yemeni troops and the allied al-Islah group against Zaidi Shiite rebels resulted in the deaths of 24 people Friday, officials said.
Police in China recently arrested 1,094 people who were accused of online baby trafficking and rescued 382 babies, the Ministry of Public Security said.
Pakistan's former petroleum secretary expressed doubts about gas supplies from neighbors but the government said Iranian negotiations could bring relief.
Indian naval officials confirmed two officers died aboard the submarine Sindhuratna when it caught fire off the coast of Mumbai Wednesday.
Four short-range ballistic missiles launched by North Korea appear to be part of the Scud series, a South Korean government source told the Yonhap News Agency.
At least 14 people died and 40 more were injured early Friday in central Thailand when their tour bus collided with an 18-wheel trailer truck, authorities said.
A Japanese town with a beach frequented by U.S. service members has passed a ban on displaying "scary" tattoos at the beach.
Vehicle-mounted ground-penetrating radars by NIITEK Inc. have been selected by the U.S. Army as a program of record for countering mines.
Afghanistan will be on its own on national security if it doesn't sign off on security agreements, the NATO secretary-general said Thursday.
Consideration of new U.S. economic sanctions on Iran drew fire Thursday from bipartisan leaders on Capitol Hill and veterans' affairs supporters.
The killing and wounding of Palestinians in the West Bank by Israeli forces is carried out as "a matter of policy," Amnesty International charged Thursday.
North Korea launched four short-range missiles Thursday, South Korea's Defense Ministry said.
A fire broke out on a moving bus in southwest China Thursday, killing five people and injuring 32 others, authorities said.
A South Korean missionary held in North Korea said Thursday he had worked to undermine the government by building underground churches.
Members of a Turkish opposition party have distributed fake banknotes in a protest in Istanbul against alleged government corruption, officials say.
A North Korean conference on agriculture suggests there may be reforms on the horizon, but implementation remains uncertain, researchers say.
The Israeli Embassy in Tokyo donated 300 books about Holocaust victim Anne Frank to replace those vandalized at libraries, officials said.
Rig company Transocean said it awarded contracts to Singapore's maritime engineering company, Sembcorp Marine, to build drill ships for ultra-deep waters.
A soldier in Indian-administered Kashmir Thursday shot and killed five fellow personnel before turning the weapon on himself, the army said.
Indians, by a 3-to-1 margin, prefer the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party to lead the country's next government, a Pew Research poll indicated.
Afghans, outraged over the killings of 21 soldiers by the Taliban, rallied in support of their army and to urge for tougher action against the militants.
Ilham Tohti, a scholar and champion of China's Uighur ethnic minority, was arrested in China on charges of fomenting separatism, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Nepalese officials said they will station security personnel at Mount Everest's base camp after a fight broke out last year 22,000 feet up the mountain.
The latest mishap aboard an Indian Navy submarine has prompted the resignation of the country's top admiral, officials said.
The U.S. Air Force has contracted Exelis to provide spare components for electronic warfare technology previously supplied to Pakistan.
China's air pollution is putting the country's agriculture sector at risk, experts say.
A Japanese court has ruled a bank is not responsible for the deaths of three people who evacuated to the roof of the building during the 2011 tsunami.
An Egyptian military court trying two journalists should end their trial and free them immediately, human rights group Amnesty International said.
A small number of U.S. detainees in Afghanistan are in legal limbo as Washington works toward ending its military presence by the end of 2014, officials say.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday there will be no international forces in Afghanistan unless a bilateral security agreement is signed.
The ex-editor of a Hong Kong newspaper whose dismissal raised protests about press freedoms was stabbed Wednesday, police said.
The government of Azerbaijan announced it established a company to manage Phase II of the Shah Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea and its associated pipelines.
A human rights group says "leaked documents" show Myanmar's government has a policy of discrimination against Muslim Rohingya, including restricting family size.
Last week's geopolitical guidance to politicians was "Don't lose wars." This week's advice is "Don't reinvent Russian bears and Chinese dragons."
A Japanese government draft proposes allowing exports of arms and technology if they help enhance the country's security.
At least nine people died and more than 35 were injured in a suicide bombing at a hotel in southern Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, officials said.
A senior Pakistani official said a major military campaign in North Waziristan could happen "any day."
The U.S. government said Tuesday it fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for not doing enough for passengers and their families after a plane crash in San Francisco.
An Italian man who lost his sight in a 2009 parachute accident said he plans to backpack solo through Russia in March.
Schools and colleges closed because a leopard roamed about Meerut, India, reopened Tuesday with police still hunting for the big cat that injured eight people.
Combat ships of the South Korean Navy are to be outfitted with Raytheon's Phalanx Block 1B close-in weapon systems, the company announced.
Hamid Karzai's failure to sign a security pact has caused the United States to develop contingency plans, President Obama told the Afghan president Tuesday.
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili received support for his pro-European agenda during a Washington visit, Vice President Biden's office said Tuesday.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that tapes allegedly featuring his voice were fabricated and illegally distributed.
The Philippine government is trying to defuse a dispute with China, but the armed forces will act "when the time comes," a military official said Tuesday.
A concrete beam fell on a group of construction workers Tuesday in a Bangkok suburb, killing 11 of the workers and wounding more than a dozen, Thai police said.
Iran is ready to meet any requests from Iraq for military equipment, but no such request has yet been made, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq said Tuesday.
Russian oil producer Lukoil announced Tuesday production operations began at the Imilorsko-Istochniy license area in central Russia well ahead of schedule.
India's Supreme Court Tuesday asked a five-judge Constitution panel to decide if euthanasia can be permitted for the terminally ill.
North and South Korean families, split by the 1950-53 war that split their homeland, ended their tearful reunions Tuesday, unsure if they would meet again.
The unfolding tragedy in the Iraqi city of Fallujah seems to have slipped off the international radar screen as the focus of the global community drifts from Syria to Ukraine and back again.
Two Pakistani security guards died in a suicide bomb attack near the Iranian consulate in Peshawar but no consular personnel were injured, authorities said.
Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot negotiators had "substantive discussions" Monday aimed at resolving the Cyprus problem, a U.N. spokesman said.
The head of Thailand's army warned Monday the country "will definitely collapse" if anti-government demonstrations produce further bloodshed.
The Philippines apparently is ready to buy a dozen FA-50 Golden Eagle light jet fighters and trainers from Korea Aerospace Industries.
Fighting in the disputed territory of Kashmir between the Indian military and rebel forces Monday killed seven people, the army said.
Black Hawk Helicopter pilots and maintainers from Brunei have become the first graduating class of the Sikorsky Training Academy, Sikorsky said Monday.
At least seven people are dead after a cable on a bridge in Vietnam snapped Monday morning, sending funeral mourners into the rocky stream below, officials say.
Schools and colleges were closed Monday in Meerut, India, where a leopard running loose in the town injured at least seven people, officials said.
Pope Francis took a major step Monday in tackling the Vatican's finances, issuing a papal order establishing a new department and 15-member council to run it.
Al-Qaida's top emissary in Syria was killed in a suicide bombing after he was asked to mediate between the country's two main al-Qaida groups, officials said.
Indian prosecutors Monday dropped anti-piracy charges against two Italian marines in the killing of two Indian fishermen.
Tehran said Monday it expects members of the International Atomic Energy Agency to discuss pinpoint details about nuclear research at a March meeting.
China "resolutely opposes" outside meddling in Tibetan affairs, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing Monday.
Italian oil and gas industry contractor Saipem said Monday it secured new contracts for work off the Indonesian and African coasts.
Gunmen shot and killed Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, a top Pakistani Taliban commander, and three others Monday, security sources told Dawn.
Iran will work "shoulder-to-shoulder" with foreign energy companies in joint ventures set up under a new contract system, a government official said.
Anti-government protesters in Thailand are demanding greater protection after gunmen opened fire on a rally, killing a 5-year-old girl and wounding 30 people.
Japan is considering relaxing its restrictions on arms exports, a government source told Kyodo News.
The Taliban struck an army base in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, killing at least 21 Afghan soldiers, with six others missing, officials said.
South Korea and the United States began joint military drills Monday as Korean families, separated since the Korean War, held reunions in the North.
The Taliban say they have decided to postpone prisoner exchange talks with the United States for the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the group.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra condemned weekend attacks on anti-government protesters that killed three people, including two children.
Two pandas were welcomed Sunday by Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo at the Brussels Airport after arriving on a flight from China, officials said.
The Taliban said Sunday that it is suspending talks in Qatar with the United States to exchange Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners.
An Iraqi army helicopter crashed outside Abu Ghraib, killing all three crew members on board, police said.
A militant attack in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province Sunday morning left at least 19 Afghan soldiers and several militants dead, authorities said.
At least nine people were killed and several others were injured in a blast in Kohat, Pakistan, Sunday, police said.
Afghanistan's Interior Ministry Saturday strongly rejected claims by Pakistan it had executed 23 members of a Pakistani security force.
The government of Thailand averted major demonstrations by rice farmers with a promise to pay them money owed under a price-support scheme.
A three-day reunion of families long separated by the border between North and South Korea ended Saturday.
A suicide bombing in Afghanistan's Kandahar province was thwarted when the explosives detonated while the militants were planning the attack, officials said.
A cloud of smog shrouding Beijing and surrounding areas has become thicker, authorities said.
The U.S. Army will be increasing its formal cooperation with the huge Chinese army in the coming months, a senior U.S. general said Saturday.
Pope Francis appointed 18 new cardinals Saturday in a Vatican ceremony noted for its uniqueness, officials said.
U.S. President Barack Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday to discuss Ukraine and other global issues.
Police in Russia said a DJ stole $10,000 worth of sound equipment from a theater to use for a gig at a nightclub.
A leak from a water storage tank at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station caused radioactive water to trickle into the ground, authorities said.
Rallies in Seoul Friday called attention to Japan's claims of territorial possession of South Korea's easternmost islands, with protests at Japan's embassy.
President Obama agreed with the Dalai Lama on renewing talks between China and Tibet, but couldn't support Tibetan independence, the White House said Friday.
Beijing raised its pollution alert to orange Friday as a heavy smog hovering over the Chinese capital was expected to stay for at least three more days.
Americans rate North Korea as the world's least favorable country, a poll released Friday indicated, narrowly replacing Iran at the bottom of a 22-nation list.
India asked the Italian government to ensure the safety of India's diplomatic staff after its embassy in Rome was threatened, an Indian official said.
The family is an essential part of God's plan for humanity, Pope Francis said Friday as he opened a meeting at the Vatican with cardinals from around the world.
Record snowfall in Japan has revealed problems with the country's disaster management policies, officials say.
It's unfortunate the Iranian government of Hassan Rouhani continues to use the death penalty for non-violent offenses, the United Nations said Friday.
A special court formed to try former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on treason ruled Friday the retired general won't be tried in a military court.
Hundreds of copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" and other books were vandalized in libraries across Tokyo, library officials said Friday.
Evidence found with the bodies of two U.S. security officers on the container ship Maersk Alabama indicates the men overdosed, a Seychelles official said.
An International Olympic Committee spokesman said he laughed at Jimmy Kimmel's gag video of a wolf walking down a Sochi Olympics hotel hallway.
A senior Iranian cleric said during Friday prayers the people of Iran were brushing off any potential military threat from the United States.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra denied claims she didn't heed warnings of possible corruption in a rice subsidy program now riling Thailand's farmers.
Nepal has decided to deploy security officials at the Mount Everest base camp in an attempt to stop fights between climbers, tourism officials said.
There is no territory in Afghanistan that should be considered safe from violence, a warning from the U.S. State Department said.
Authorities in China accused billionaire Liu Han and his brother of running a mafia-style gang that has members charged with nine murders and other crimes.
Hyderabad airport in the state of Andhra Pradesh was on high alert Friday after an anonymous letter declared a plane carrying explosives would arrive.
AgustaWestland faces exclusion from the lucrative Indian market if Parliament votes to blacklist the British company over allegations of kickbacks.
Telangana is set to become India's 29th state after Parliament approved the measure, ending its long, arduous and even violent journey.
A British bar says it is the only place in the world where people can play the viral game "Flappy Bird," which was recently shut down by its creator.
A gay-rights activist in China has sued the Department of Civil Affairs in Hunan province for refusing official recognition to his organization.
A Saudi man held at Guantanamo for more than a decade has pleaded guilty to being a personal shopper for al-Qaida militants planning attacks, officials say.
Hezbollah is taking a beating in Lebanon from Sunni jihadists who have turned the tables on the Iranian-backed movement by battering its strongholds with a weapon the Shiite fundamentalists themselves unleashed with deadly effect on their Israeli and U.S. foes in the 1980s -- suicide bombers.
India has given the go-ahead for the creation of a regulator for the country's coal sector.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday keeping nuclear sites in Iran functioning was the only way to ensure the program is peaceful.
Human Rights Watch said political confrontations in Thailand have gone from bad to worse as the death toll since November mounts.
Three journalists with al-Jazeera pleaded not guilty Thursday in an Egyptian court to having links to terrorism and spreading false news, officials say.
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won ordered officials Thursday to punish those responsible for the collapse of a gym that killed 10 people.
One hundred tons of radioactive water spilled over a storage tank and into the ground at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in Japan, Tepco said Thursday.
India's top court blocked the release Thursday of three people convicted in the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The Independent Election Commission in Afghanistan said it met with U.N., human rights officials and foreign representatives to review plans for the April vote.
At least one person died and four others were injured Thursday after a suicide bomb detonated at a building compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, an official said.
More than 250 North Korean and South Korean family members were reunited Thursday, many for the first time since they were separated by war, officials said.
Iran and representatives of six world leaders have agreed to a timetable for negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, officials said Thursday.
Pakistani military said airstrikes in North Waziristan Thursday killed 15 militants as peace talks with the Taliban were halted over rising militant violence.
AgustaWestland announced it has signed a deal with Indonesian charter service Travira Air for two twin-engine AW139 intermediate helicopters.
China informed North Korea its goal is the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, noting it will "never allow war or chaos" in the region.
The much-awaited reunion of Korean families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War appeared set Thursday with elderly South Koreans traveling to North Korea.
Large numbers of Afghans said their lives were bad and getting worse, the Gallup Organization reported Wednesday.
Thales is supplying the Royal Malaysian Navy with surveillance radar systems and towed sonar systems under contract to Contraves Advanced Devices Sdn. Bhd.
Americans are evenly divided about whether going to war in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on U.S. soil was a good decision, a poll found.
Two suicide bombers killed five people in a Hezbollah-controlled district of Beirut Wednesday, graphically underlining how although Lebanon now has a government of "national interest" after 11 months of political gridlock, the country's increasingly becoming a battlefield between Sunni and Shiite mi
China can still prosper economically while removing coal from its power mix, says a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.
"House of Cards" is a hit in China, but a Washington political analyst said he'd rather the Chinese watch C-Span "to really understand U.S. politics."
Military wharves are to be built along the Central District waterfront of Hong Kong Island by the People's Liberation Army.
Intrusions by Australian naval vessels into Indonesian territorial waters were the accidental result of "miscalculation," an internal review found.
Delegates from Iran and six world powers met for a second day Wednesday in Austria in a fresh round of talks over Iran's nuclear program, officials say.
The Chinese government said Wednesday it was working to bring negotiating partners back to the table to discuss security on the Korean Peninsula.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has signed a law that gives the government power to block websites and monitor user activity.
Iran is flexible on its nuclear issue but hasn't been rewarded with a sense of optimism about the way forward, an Iranian commander said Wednesday.
A Thai civil court upheld the government's emergency order Wednesday but warned the decree should not be used as a pretext to use force against protesters.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday there is "no doubt" its rivals in Israel were behind twin bombings near the Iranian Cultural Center in Beirut.
At least 12 people were injured on a Cathay Pacific flight en route from San Francisco to Hong Kong after the plane hit strong turbulence, passengers said.
An Australian Christian missionary in possession of religious materials has been arrested in North Korea, his family said Wednesday.
Australian energy company Woodside Petroleum said annual production of 87 million barrels of oil equivalent in 2013 was up 2.5 percent from the previous year.
India's Tamil Nadu state decided to free all seven prisoners convicted in the 1991 assassination of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, a government official said.
The State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan said it agreed to resume sending oil through the Baku-Novorossiysk oil pipeline after lengthy talks with Russia's Transneft.
President Obama and Mexico's president may cut a deal to relax border controls for "trusted" travelers, officials said ahead of a North American leaders summit.
Pakistani government negotiators say their peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban can progress only if the banned group stops its violence immediately.
The United States wants the safe return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, but is not yet in negotiations with it, the White House said.
China rejected criticism about abetting the North Korean regime's alleged crimes against humanity by forcibly repatriating North Korean defectors.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf made his first appearance Tuesday before a special court formed to try him on treason charges.
Italy recalled its ambassador to India Tuesday to protest the prosecution of two Italian marines charged with killing Indian fishermen.
German defense company Rheinmetall A/G has announced receipt of orders worth about $68.5 million from Indonesia for air defense products and accompanying services.
The U.S. Air Force has tapped Northrop Grumman to provide and sustain global positioning/inertial navigation systems for U.S. military and allied aircraft.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday the North Korean government should face the International Criminal Court for its rights record.
Unknown attackers allegedly entered a home in Lahore, Pakistan, and killed a family of eight, police said.
The death toll from the collapse of a hotel gymnasium roof in South Korea has risen to 10 people with more than 100 injured, government and police said Tuesday.
Iranian officials meeting Tuesday in Vienna aren't expecting any major breakthroughs on nuclear talks, a spokeswoman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said.
Information obtained by Afghan intelligence gathering foiled an attempted rocket attack on Kabul, officials in Afghanistan said Tuesday.
Clashes between Thai security forces and anti-government protesters in Bangkok Tuesday resulted in several deaths, officials said.
Customs officials in Vietnam say they discovered 9.2 pounds of elephant tusks hidden in a package of clothes sent from France.
India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. said it signed production sharing contracts with the government of Bangladesh for two reserve areas in the Bay of Bengal.
The port of Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, "could be an option" for the terminal point of a 1,864-mile oil pipeline planned by TransCanada, a provincial minister said.
Working with regional partners on developing joint oil and gas reserves is mutually beneficial, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.
Representatives from Iran and the P5-plus-1 countries met Tuesday in Vienna for comprehensive talks about Iran's nuclear program, officials said.
Far more dangerous than the Syrian civil war to the West is the upheaval in nuclear-armed Pakistan and its effect on the Afghan war.
Violence at an Australian asylum-seekers' detention center on a Papua New Guinea island left at least one person dead and dozens injured, the government said.
Pakistan's prime minister warned the executions of 23 paramilitary soldiers claimed by a militant group could impact the current peace talks with the Taliban.
Chinese police detained 501 suspects in a nationwide crackdown on prostitution, the Ministry of Public Security announced Monday.
A former police officer in China's southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region was sentenced to death Monday for fatally shooting a pregnant woman.
The Russian military is beefing up its presence in the arctic as nations begin to eye potentially plentiful natural resources in the region, officials said.
The founding editor of an Indian news organization known for investigative journalism was charged Monday with raping a co-worker, officials say.
At least eight people died and 50 people were trapped when the roof of an auditorium-gym structure at a South Korean resort collapsed Monday, police said.
Six people in Kyrgyzstan suspected of plotting terrorist attacks have been arrested, a security official said Monday.
A snowstorm that hit Japan's eastern Kanto-Koshin region left 16 people dead, households snowed-in and parts of the area inaccessible, officials said.
North Korea commits crimes against humanity, including "murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions," says a U.N. report released Monday.
Five of seven Japanese divers who had been missing for three days off the Indonesian island of Bali were found alive Monday, police said.
Opposition South Korean Member of Parliament Lee Seok-ke was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for plotting to overthrow the government, a court ruled.
New refugees seeking asylum in Australia tried to escape from a detention center after being told they'd be resettled in Papua New Guinea, officials said.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said nuclear talks between Iran and the P5-plus-1 countries won't be successful but he won't object to them.
Nepalese army rescuers Monday recovered the bodies of all 18 victims from the wreckage of a Nepalese Airlines Twin Otter plane, authorities said.
Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed blocking Europe's Web from U.S. Web services to deter U.S. spying amid a report Germany planned new anti-espionage measures.
Despite the temporary disruptions of an unusually harsh winter, the world's two biggest economic blocks are helping rather than hindering the global economy.
A Pakistani Taliban faction says it killed 23 security forces it had abducted earlier even as the main militant group holds peace talks with the government.
China again blamed "terrorists" for the latest violence in its ethnically tense Xinjiang-Uighur region in the northwest in which 11 people died.
Anti-American Iraqi Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr announced he's retiring from politics.
Millions of people in the Philippines are still in need of urgent assistance 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the island nation, the United Nations says.
The Beijing municipal government's failure to enact an emergency response to three straight days of smog covering the city has prompted criticism.
Experts say the rise of "baby hatches" in China reveal a lack of children's welfare in the country, as most infants abandoned have had severe diseases.
An anti-sex trafficking organization co-founder believed to be in Nepal faces additional child rape charges in Washington state, authorities in Seattle say.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un marked his late father's birthday Sunday by paying respects to the former leader, state media reported.
Three Korean tourists and an Egyptian driver died Sunday when a device exploded on their bus during a sightseeing trip in the Sinai, security officials said.
A Nepal Airlines plane bound for Jumla from Katmandu crashed Sunday and officials said they're nearly certain all 18 on board died.
Eight people died and at least 30 were injured Sunday after a remote-controlled bomb detonated on a railway track near Jacobabad, Pakistan, officials said.
An airplane was forced to return to an airport in Hefei, China, after it hit birds on the way to Beijing, authorities said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rallied international support for combating global warming in a speech Sunday in Indonesia.
Japan was socked with up to 45 inches of snow this weekend by a storm blamed by authorities for at least 11 deaths.
A longtime activist and journalist charged with insurrection was released on bail Saturday in Thailand.
A group of Pakistani Muslim clerics urged the government and the Taliban to call an immediate cease-fire Saturday.
The search for seven Japanese women who disappeared while scuba diving off Bali resumed Saturday morning, officials said.
The governments of United States and China said in a joint statement Saturday there's an "urgent need for action" on global climate change.
Police in Pakistan are investigating the apparent rape and slaying of a 7-year-old girl Saturday in the city of Lahore.
At least 18 Taliban militants were killed or wounded across Afghanistan in joint operations by government security forces, the Interior Ministry said Saturday.
Some airports reopened Saturday in parts of Indonesia that were blanketed by ash from a volcanic eruption blamed for at least six deaths.
The Turkish parliament approved a law Saturday that supporters say gives the government more control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors.
A Pakistani man studying at a Wisconsin university before a car crash left him comatose will not be deported when his visa expires this month, officials say.
Chinese leaders have made it clear North Korea must eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.
China's Tianjin Municipality announced Friday it is easing its one-child policy, allowing couples to have a second child if either parent is an only child.
Traditional fireworks Friday will not be a part of China's Lantern Festival this year because severe smog is shrouding Chinese cities, officials said.
Eleven people were killed Friday in an attack on a police patrol in China's volatile Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, authorities said.
A former Romanian diplomat, involved in a car crash in Singapore in which one person died, received a six-year sentence by the Bucharest Appeals Court.
Major authors have spoken out against the publishing company Penguin's decision to remove "The Hindus: An Alternative History" from circulation in India.
Satellite imagery of a nuclear test site in North Korea shows signs of increased activity, though it doesn't indicate a test is imminent, U.S. researchers say.
A Valentine's Day poll of Russian adults found 9 percent of respondents said they have never fallen in love with another person.
Young people in Pakistan said they are increasingly celebrating Valentine's Day as a form of rebellion, as public displays of love are forbidden in the country.
Police in Bangkok Friday shut down anti-government protest sites throughout the city, officials said.
Nearly 20,000 people were relocated after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in China this week but no deaths or injuries were reported, officials said Friday.
A non-governmental organization promoting economic work in former Soviet republics was the only one to register under a divisive 2012 law, the Kremlin said.
Freed and jailed South Sudan political leaders should be part of peace talks between the country's warring factions, the U.N. Security Council said.
Three people were killed and tens of thousands were evacuated after the Mount Kelud volcano erupted on Indonesia's island of Java, authorities said Friday.
Negotiators for North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold reunions of families separated during the Korean War later in February as planned, an official said.
Twenty-nine prisoners escaped the central prison in Sanaa, Yemen, during an attack on the facility that killed seven guards, an Interior Ministry official said.
Natural gas production in the Damar field off Malaysia's eastern coast will help meet the country's demand for energy, an Exxon Mobil Corp.official said Friday.
South Korea has completed delivery of 16 T-50i trainer jets to Indonesia.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his government's release of 65 prisoners, described by the United States as dangerous, is of "no concern" of Washington.
Thailand's foreign minister said the international community should support his country by condemning anti-government protesters whose leaders urged a boycott of recent elections.
Atlas Elektronik is close to wiinning an order for sonar systems for the Indian navy's indigenous Delhi-class and Russian-built Talwar-class warships, the Business Standard newspaper reported.
India took delivery of its refurbished Soviet-era aircraft carrier in January, but wants help to maintain it.
Commentator Farhan Bokhari says that Pakistan later this year will buy six Yuan-class submarines from China.
Pakistan is to sell JF-17 Thunder combat jets and trainer aircraft to Saudi Arabia.
North and South Korea held their second round of high-level talks Friday as the two sides remained apart over the upcoming South Korea-U.S. military drills.
Festive events taking place in Thailand for Valentine's Day include a world record attempt for non-stop hugging and specially planned weddings.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to South Korea comes at a time when there is "too much tension" in the region.
Skiers competing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are warning of an unexpected hazard on the slopes -- sudden loss of pants.
Officials in a Kyrgyzstani city said they are banning Valentine's Day celebrations in schools because it "is a bad influence on children's morality."
The mother and brother of a comatose 20-year-old Pakistani exchange student injured in a car crash is fighting to keep him in the United States.
The director of a Chinese government research institute has suggested China revamp its energy strategy to secure its energy future.
Chaos erupted Thursday in India's lower house of Parliament after lawmakers, including one using pepper spray, protested plans to divide a state, members said.
Iran's defense program is a "red line" that can't be crossed during Tuesday talks in Vienna on nuclear issues, a senior Iranian defense legislator said.
A majority of Americans said they view Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia unfavorably, results of a Gallup poll released Thursday indicated.
Gunmen seized part of the town of Sulaiman Bek in Iraq Thursday, local officials said.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday he was "gravely" concerned about Afghan security following the release of 65 detainees.
The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a police bus in Karachi that killed 13 police officers and injured 55 others.
The Afghan government released 65 prisoners from the former Bagram prison Thursday the U.S. military said were linked directly to U.S. and allied troops.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said he's ready to listen if Iran comes forward with new energy investment proposals, but nothing is in the works.
Japan, concerned about rising regional tensions, will spend more on defense, government officials said.
The Russian government is strengthening its military presence in the country's Far East, with its air force receiving Su-35Ss.
The two-Korea high-level talks ended with the North remaining firm on its opposition to the South Korea-U.S. military exercise, a Seoul official said Thursday.
Two men in Afghan military uniforms shot and killed two coalition force soldiers in eastern Afghanistan in an insider attack Wednesday, NATO said.
Freedom of the press dwindles in countries hit by war and rebellion, Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday.
The federal government in the Philippines will seize bank accounts belonging to former dictator Ferdinand Marcos worth up to $29 million, officials said.
A retired Russian navy admiral suffering from terminal cancer killed himself and blamed the government for his inability to obtain painkillers.
Taiwan's top diplomat delivered a speech at a Chinese university Wednesday, telling students democracy "is a lifestyle that we are proud of."
India's Saab defense company and the Kalyani Group announced an agreement to develop air defense systems for short-range missile defense.
The Russian Navy is building facilities in the Far East for its Mistral-class helicopter carriers.
New Delhi's government called for a criminal probe of charges against federal oil minister Veerappa Moily, Reliance Industries Ltd.'s Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani and others following complaints of irregularities in the pricing of natural gas in the Krishna-Godavari basin.
Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony has informed Parliament of delays in a joint fighter project with Russia.
The U.S. military can't afford to lose its competitive edge to Asian powers like China, which is spending more on defense, a top Pentagon official said.
The United States is "bluffing" when it says it's keeping a military option on the table in regard to Iran, Iran's military chief said Wednesday.
Soon after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the head of the U.S. special forces ordered photos of the body be turned in or destroyed, a document indicates.
Gunmen Wednesday attacked the home of a pro-government militia leader in Pakistan's violence-plagued Peshawar, killing at least nine people, police said.
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted the Xinjiang region in northwest China Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Iran may draw more oil and natural gas interest from neighboring Turkey, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.
Methamphetamine with a street value of $163 million, stashed in kayaks shipped from China, was seized in Sydney, Australian customs said Wednesday.
Italy said it is headed for a clash with India over the likely prosecution of two Italian marines awaiting trial in New Delhi for the deaths of two fishermen.
North and South Korea Wednesday met at a hastily arranged high-level meeting, the first in seven years, with Seoul keen to firm up their family reunion deal.
There is agreement that more active engagement by the Obama administration from increasing humanitarian assistance to arming the Syrian opposition is needed and needed now.
China expressed support for Sri Lanka, which faces international pressure for alleged rights violations during its 2009 military campaign against Tamil rebels.
Six people died and seven were injured Tuesday in an explosion caused by a natural gas leak in Navoly, Uzbekistan, authorities reported.
A Russian survey released ahead of Valentine's Day indicates nearly half of the country's adults are currently in love with someone.
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake in northwest China Tuesday caused no casualties and produced only slight damage, officials say.
The U.S. Treasury Tuesday named an Afghan national with ties to the Taliban as an international drug dealer.
High-level talks between North and South Korea, the first in seven years, were scheduled at short notice on North Korea's request, officials said Tuesday.
U.S. aviation company Rockwell Collins said Tuesday it was selected to update the onboard systems for the P-3C patrol aircraft for the South Korean navy.
U.S. officials are alleging that Iranian intelligence is actively aiding al-Qaida fighters in war-torn Syria, even though the jihadists are battling to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad, Tehran's key Arab ally.
U.S. defense company Exelis said Tuesday it installed operations software for an electronic warfare defense system for five U.S. military allies.
A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday construction began at a site in the Far East that will host Mistral-class helicopter carriers.
The United States has requested a World Trade Organization dispute resolution with India over the domestic content requirement in India's solar program.
North America should account for the bulk of the increase in oil production from countries outside OPEC, the U.S. Energy Department said Tuesday.
The test-firing of two ballistic missiles was meant as a direct response to saber-rattling by the U.S. government, Iran's defense minister said Tuesday.
Russian security company Kaspersky Lab said it uncovered a cyberespionage network dubbed The Mask, which it says may be a state-run enterprise.
U.N. special envoy to human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana said he's visiting the country to assess the grievances of ethnic minority groups.
China and Taiwan held official government talks for the first time since splitting in 1949, discussing ways to forge closer economic ties, officials said.
Cairn India says it believes there might be more than 300 billion cubic feet of natural gas in parts of the Raageshwari natural gas field.
Iranians took to the streets Tuesday carrying flags and banners to observe the 35th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, officials said.
Three grenade blasts inside a movie theater killed 11 people and injured 25 others Tuesday in Peshawar, Pakistan, police said.
Russian energy company Gazprom Neft said it signed an agreement with oilfield services company Schlumberger to examine shale reserves in Western Siberia.
Iranian military officials announced the unveiling of two domestically made missiles, something U.S. defense officials said they're monitoring Tuesday.
Indonesian military leaders cancelled their attendance at Singapore's international airshow amid a growing rift over Jakarta's decision to name a warship after two marines who bombed a civilian Singaporean target in 1965.
A frustrated White House may wait until Afghanistan has a new leader before working out a troop withdrawal and post-withdrawal troop presence, officials said.
An end to U.S. drone strikes and the release of prisoners are among 15 demands the Taliban says it is making at peace talks with the Pakistani government.
Rescuers were searching for five people after a Chinese merchant ship collided with another ship off the coast of southern China, officials said.
Two Indian and French companies are to jointly explore production and supply of navigational equipment for India's navy.
The victory of Yoichi Masuzoe in Tokyo's gubernatorial election on Sunday could be a boost for Japan's return to nuclear power.
A Malaysian couple was indicted Monday by Swedish authorities for hitting their four children for not saying their prayers, officials say.
Olympic snowboarder Alexey Sobolev said putting his phone number on his helmet resulted in so many messages from women, his phone locked up.
A crackdown on the sex trade of Dongguan, China, is under way with the closure of 12 entertainment venues, the city's municipal police security bureau reported.
North Korea appears ready to conduct a fourth nuclear test, but there were no signs it would do so anytime soon, South Korea's defense minister said Monday.
The head of Corendon Dutch Airlines said he was detained near the Sochi Olympics for urinating on a fence outside President Vladimir Putin's villa.
American defense contractor Raytheon is touting the accuracy of its Excalibur Ib precision-guided artillery shells during an extensive test event in Arizona.
Engine-maker Pratt & Whitney has opened a new repair, maintenance and overhaul facility in the Republic of Singapore.
EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht says getting Afghanistan into the World Trade Organization will help bring stability to the country.
The European Union said Monday it expects the threat from cybercriminals to evolve as Internet connectivity expands and changes globally.
An aircraft crash in Afghanistan killed three coalition-affiliated people, the International Security Assistance Force said Monday.
Two contract workers attached to NATO's coalition forces in Afghanistan were killed in a suicide bombing Monday in Kabul, the coalition said in a statement.
The death toll in a boating accident in a reservoir in the Indian State of Odisha rose to 26 Monday with the recovery of 15 bodies, officials said.
A day after a deal with the IAEA, Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's nuclear negotiator, said his country hasn't lost the right to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity.
Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby was released on parole from Kerobokan Prison in the resort city of Bali today after spending nine years in jail.
A member of Iran's team of nuclear negotiators said the republic's defensive capabilities are non-negotiable during talks with six major world powers.
Canada is becoming a "natural resource superpower" and ties to India can help secure the position, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said.
China National Petroleum Corp. said Monday it has made one of the largest discoveries of natural gas in recent years at a reservoir in the Sichuan basin.
North Korea withdrew an invitation for a U.S. envoy to discuss imprisoned Korean-American Kenneth Bae but did receive other U.S. visitors, officials said.
Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala became Nepal's prime minister after a parliamentary vote Monday, an official said.
A person was killed by a tiger in Uttarakhand, India, raising the number of tiger deaths in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to nine in six weeks, officials said.
Schapelle Corby, an Australian woman convicted of smuggling drugs into Indonesia, was freed Monday after nine years in prison, her sister said.
Russia's environmental watchdog, Rosprirodnadzor, said dust from a thermal power plant was to blame for so-called black snow in the Siberian city of Omsk.
Secretary of State John Kerry will "reaffirm the strength" of U.S.-South Korean ties when he meets with officials in Seoul this week, the State Department said.
A bomb went off Monday in an area vacated by anti-government protesters, injuring six street cleaners, authorities said.
At least three people died and five others were injured Sunday when a car bomb exploded near Yemen's Oil Ministry building in Sanaa, officials said.
Former Health Minister Yoichi Masuzoe was elected governor of Tokyo Sunday in a landslide victory, the Asahi Shimbun reported.
Locals are concerned about black snow that has covered the ground in a city in Siberia, Russia's environmental watchdog Rosprirodnadzor said.
Seven people died in car accidents and at least 1,051 were injured after a heavy snowfall hit Tokyo and other areas of Japan, the national broadcaster NHK said.
At least nine people died Sunday during clashes between tribal residents in Pakistan's Balochistan province and terrorists, an official said.
A Bangladeshi couple charged in a fire at their clothing factory that killed at least 110 workers were denied bail Sunday.
At least seven Afghan soldiers died Sunday after an improvised explosive device went off in Farah province, military officials said.
A U.S. congressman said public pressure could sway North Korea to release imprisoned American Kenneth Bae.
Russian special forces Saturday killed five suspected Islamist militants in a raid Saturday in the province of Dagestan, police said.
A Minnesota businessman says he hopes to alleviate one of the many pains in the neck to surface at the Sochi Olympics -- a shortage of pillows for athletes.
A prominent political party ordered the shutdown of Karachi, Pakistan, for a day over what it claims are targeted killings of its members.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is being urged to veto a law that could protect those who abuse and sexually assault women and children from prosecution.
About 4 inches of snow fell Saturday in Tokyo, the most the Japanese capital has seen in more than a decade, meteorologists said.
Authorities in Afghanistan said a roadside bomb blast near a school Saturday killed at least one civilian and injured at least nine.
The presidents of Russia and Ukraine have met on the sidelines of opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, officials say.
A Ukrainian man who said he had a bomb and wanted to divert a plane to Sochi, Russia, site of the Winter Olympics, was detained Friday, Turkish officials said.
Six people died when a Chinese fishing boat caught fire off the coast of Japan, the Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka, Japan, said Friday.
Iran is ready to answer "all questions" regarding its nuclear research activity, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Friday.
A committee of women in Afghanistan began a petition drive calling for a nationwide end to a decades-long state of conflict, the U.N. mission in Kabul said.
The likelihood of a nuclear test from North Korea diminishes with every multilateral diplomatic step, the Russian envoy to North Korea said Friday.
Supporters of the opposition in Thailand say it's pointless to take part in a political system where their voice doesn't count, a Thai researcher said Friday.
A petition to nullify Thailand's general election was rejected Friday on procedural grounds, the country's ombudsman said, but a second was pending.
Police in China said Friday they disabled a World War II-era bomb discovered at a construction site on Hong Kong Island.
The United Nations said the island of Bohol in the Philippines needs another $19 million to recover from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck in October.
Taliban forces captured a British military dog, which got away from its handlers in December, and are "trying to look after him," a Taliban spokesman said.
Schapelle Corby, an Australian woman convicted of smuggling drugs into Indonesia, was granted parole after nine years of prison, officials said.
Korea Gas Corp. is mulling a sale of some shares in Iraq's Akkas natural gas field after 2015 but the plan is in its early stages, an official said Friday.
Max Baucus is welcome as the new U.S. ambassador in Beijing but should shed his "colored glasses" on China's economy, official Chinese media said Friday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said ties between his country and China "get better and better" and it may seem there is little room left for improvement.
Indonesia's marine corps officially took delivery of 37 Russian-made BMP-3F amphibious infantry fighting vehicles during a ceremony that included a beach landing and simulated firing.
China has heavily criticized a commentator with Japan's state broadcaster NHK for denying the Japanese army massacred people after capturing the city of Nanjing in 1937.
A South Korean team traveled to North Korea Friday to work on family reunions but questions remained whether the North would let them take place as agreed.
Pakistani government and Taliban negotiators held their first peace talks Thursday, promising to keep the process moving despite the ongoing insurgency.
The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Thursday to confirm Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont, as U.S. ambassador to China.
Saab of Sweden has teamed with India's Ashok Leyland in a competition for an Indian Army air defense program.
Ukrainian export company Ukroboronprom reports it has delivered the first five of 49 main battle tanks to Thailand.
The notorious Pakistani militant group Lashkar I Jhangvi and its co-founder both made the United States' official roster of global terrorists Thursday.
India needs to rely on nuclear power until it can further develop renewable energy, said a government official.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Thursday his country was working to resist the temptation to break off from Western negotiations.
Taliban forces said they captured a dog belonging to U.S. troops fighting in eastern Afghanistan.
The Russian military said Thursday it sold $4.78 billion in weapons and defense equipment to India, a top arms consumer, in 2013.
The Turkish Parliament approved of a new law that allows government entities to block access to websites, a move critics say is a violation of human rights.
Singapore's Interra Resources Ltd. said it started drilling into the Yenangyaung oil field in Myanmar, near sites known to produce oil.
Ali Majedi, Iran's deputy oil minister, said French energy company Total is among those expressing an interest in his country's oil sector.
North Korea Thursday threatened to back out of its family reunion deal reached only the previous day if the planned South Korea-U.S. military drills are held.
At least 14 people died in Nepal when the bus in which they traveled veered off a mountain road early Thursday and fell into the Bhalukhola River, police said.
China's pattern of behavior in asserting its claims to the South China Sea are of growing concern to the United States, a high-ranking official told Congress.
The president of the Philippines exposed his ignorance of history and reality when he compared China to Nazi Germany, China's official Xinhua News Agency said.
Improvement in the Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse cases is forthcoming, a Vatican spokesman said Wednesday after a U.N. condemnation.
A Kazakhstan court ordered a woman to repay the $6,500 she found in a pair of boots she was given as a gift.
A Russian bride and groom accused of attacking three police officers were each sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Military engagement between British forces and those in Myanmar will be "kept under constant review," the British foreign minister for Asian affairs said.
A passenger plane nosed into the runway while taxiing when its landing gear malfunctioned in Zhengzhou, China, but no injuries were reported.
A Saudi court sentenced journalist Wajdi al-Ghazzawi to 12 years in prison for disobeying the ruler and accusing the kingdom of terrorism.
U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis said Wednesday the role of women in political processes is a benchmark of democratic success.
South and North Korea agreed Wednesday to allow family reunions this month -- the first in nearly four years.
Korean families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War could have their first reunion in more than three years later this month, the two Koreas agreed Wednesday.
North Korea's official media has attacked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government's policies, with its news agency likening him to Adolf Hitler.
Pakistan's government and the Taliban seemed ready to start their peace talks Wednesday after failing to do so the previous day over procedural questions.
At least nine people died and up to 50 more were injured in a suicide bomb attack near a hotel restaurant in Pakistan's violence-plagued Peshawar, police said.
The Afghan Taliban said Tuesday a report in the New York Times that they are involved in talks with President Hamid Karzai's government is "baseless."
Turkey's prime minister and his family were linked to bid-rigging and corruption charges in motions filed by public prosecutors, some Turkish websites say.
A detainee at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has sued saying he should be freed under international law because the war in Afghanistan is ending.
Energy shortages and higher energy prices are among the chief concerns of people surveyed in nine Asian countries, a study commissioned by Shell reveals.
With another round of nuclear talks scheduled, an Iranian foreign policy adviser said Tuesday he was frustrated with bellicose rhetoric coming from Washington.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the military offered New Delhi advice in a deadly 1984 attack on a Sikh temple but the impact was limited.
Russia's Rosoboronexport plans to explore joint development and production deals in India for weaponry and military equipment.
The United States, China and Russia led the world in defense spending in 2013, though Middle East countries gained ground, defense analysis shows.
A roof collapsed at an Islamic religious school in southern Kyrgyzstan, injuring 49 people, a Health Ministry spokesman said.
Turkish Trade Minister Nihat Zeybecki said the mechanisms aren't yet in place to help process payments from India for Iranian crude oil.
President Obama's surgeon general choice, facing a U.S. Senate committee hearing Tuesday, is too young and too political for the position, some critics say.
A tourist bus fell off a bridge in western India's Maharashtra state Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 30 more, police said.
Indonesia Tuesday added 19 more volcanoes to its second-highest alert level status following the eruption of Mount Sinabung that killed at least 15 people.
Obama's comment the Iranian nuclear deal is "for the sake of our national security" isn't true.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has offered to hold peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, said he will personally supervise the dialogue.
A man was arrested at the Vancouver International Airport after allegedly acting violently on a flight from Guangzhou, China., police said.
The keel of Australia's second Hobart-class destroyer was laid on Monday at a shipyard in Adelaide by the consortium building the vessel.
North and South Korean officials said Monday they will meet this week to discuss the resumption of cross-border family reunions.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Monday he was hopeful a firm commitment on nuclear security could be reached "within six months."
The people of Afghanistan should be able to take part in an open political system without the fear of violence, U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis said.
A spill from pipelines that ruptured when a ship crashed at a South Korean port was 25 times greater than initially believed, Coast Guard officials said Monday.
The increase in gas production from U.S. shale deposits does little to influence how Qatar conducts its energy business, the country's energy minister said.
An engineering company in Azerbaijan said Monday it would discuss, with Afghan officials, a feasibility study for a multilateral gas pipeline from Turkmenistan.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said some of the $4.2 billion in oil revenue freed by nuclear agreements is on its way to Iranian accounts.
Renewable energy in the northwest Chinese province of Xinjiang accounted for about 30 percent of its total energy output, Chinese government statistics show.
Thailand's elections, though disrupted in places by anti-government protesters, showed people want democracy, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said.
Sri Lanka accused Washington of trying to divide the island nation and rejected a U.S. official's contention its human rights situation is worsening.
Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan says the Pakistani Taliban should pick their own representatives for the peace talks with the government.
Two hand grenade explosions in a movie house in Peshawar killed at least four people, Pakistani authorities said.
The crew of a Japanese whaler and an Australian conservation group, the Sea Shepherd, blamed each other for a collision in the Southern Ocean.
Police in India said they arrested the husband and parents-in-law of a young woman for allegedly burning her and her baby girl alive.
Measures are being taken to protect Lebanese political figures who are facing death threats, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to discuss Iran's nuclear program, officials said.
A person injured in the eruption of a volcano in Indonesia died of serious burns at a hospital Sunday, medical officials said, raising the death toll to 15.
Two campaign workers were killed this weekend on the first official day of the presidential race in Afghanistan, officials said.
Protesters disrupted Thailand's general election Sunday, forcing polling stations in parts of Bangkok and much of the south to close, officials said.
A volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island of Sumatra killed at least 14 people Saturday, including four high school student sightseers, officials said.
Supporters of Thailand's upcoming general elections arrived in Bangkok Saturday to counter anti-government protesters' efforts to disrupt polls Sunday.
Chinese courts handled more than 13.3 million cases in 2013, an increase from the previous year, the government said.
Three people were killed in Pakistan during a firefight between two armed groups in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, officials said.
A Pakistani court issued a warrant Friday ordering former President Pervez Musharraf to appear to answer treason charges, his spokesman said.
Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand said they will keep protesting ahead of the controversial national election on Sunday.
The State Department said it disagrees with the notion that Afghan development funds from the U.S. government were misused by the country.
Russian and Japanese officials Friday began discussing an end to a territorial dispute that has kept the two nations from signing a World War II peace treaty.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Friday the military would give Kazakhstan a Soviet-era missile defense system.
U.S. officials are concerned that foreign journalists "face restrictions that impede their ability to do their jobs" in China, a White House statement said.
Politicians in India's Andhra Pradesh state rejected a federal government-led bill to split the state to create India's 29th state, Telangana.
A 38-year-old man in China went on a shooting rampage, killing at least six people in a village before escaping, police said.
Panamanian authorities said they will release 32 of 35 crew members of a weapons-carrying North Korean cargo ship seized last July in the Panama Canal.
Russia won the opportunity to host the 2014 Winter Olympics with the help of a top organized crime boss and heroin kingpin, a former British ambassador claims.
A South Korean woman said she makes more than $9,000 per month by eating in front of a webcam and allowing thousands to watch her.
A group of state-owned Indian companies have signed an initial agreement for setting up what the government says is the world's largest solar power plant.
Iran has a chance to play a constructive role in bringing stability to Syria and the broader region, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday.
A Bangladesh court has sentenced 14 people to death for smuggling arms into the country in 2004.
Violence in Thailand ahead of Sunday elections is no way to address political grievances, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday.
A Russian military commander said Thursday a cyberdefense unit was planned for 2017 to better protect the defense sector from cyberattacks.
An Iranian director of international investment said as much as $200 billion in foreign investments may be headed to the nation's oil sector.
At least three people died and 15 were injured Thursday in an 11-vehicle pileup in Shanghai, police said.
With energy accounting for the bulk of Canada's exports, Trade Minister Ed Fast said new markets were vital to diversifying the nation's economy.
At least 10 people died in India's eastern Assam state in attacks by armed groups from a neighboring Indian state over alleged land dispute, local police said.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his government, keen to give peace another chance, will pursue talks with the Taliban despite its wave of violence.
A street vendor who stole a bag from a local train in India accidentally saved the life of a baby boy concealed inside, investigators say.
Hussein Shahristani, Iraq's energy supremo, says Baghdad's working with Iran to boost their oil exports, a move by these two Shiite-majority powers that could lead to a major challenge of Sunni Saudi Arabia and its domination of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
The South Korean government has granted final approval to build two new nuclear reactors at the Shin Kori Nuclear Power Plant in Ulsan, about 255 miles southeast of Seoul.
Authorities in Russia said a former teacher allegedly stabbed another man to death while arguing about the merits of prose versus poetry.
A Japanese lingerie company is marketing a bra designed to monitor a woman's heart rate and open only for her "true love."
Hugo Swire, British foreign minister for Asian affairs, said Wednesday he was frustrated to see the Myanmar state of Kachin in a state of disarray.
President Obama underestimated the state of security regarding Iran and the Middle East during his State of the Union address, U.S. congressmen said.
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived Wednesday to survey operations at a uranium mine in Iran, the Iranian government confirmed.
Forty rebels and two soldiers died during clashes in the Philippines, and an educator was abducted in a separate incident, officials said Wednesday.
U.S. envoy Glyn Davies Wednesday stressed North Korea must show it is taking "concrete steps" before negotiations on its denuclearization can resume.
A passenger bus caught fire Wednesday after colliding with a diesel tanker in western India's Maharashtra state, killing at least seven people, police said.
Thailand's caretaker government's decision to hold general elections as scheduled amid ongoing anti-governments protests raised new concerns in the country.
Japan's revised school teaching manuals will claim the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets, which are also claimed by China and South Korea, as part of Japan.
U.S. Ambassador-designate to China Max Baucus says if confirmed he will urge Beijing to follow international law and norms on maritime issues.
A Chinese man who's admitted to butchering his cousin's family in New York City is not mentally fit to stand trial, doctors say.
A Japanese railway company said it plans a Sweets Train service along two lines to bring travelers together with locally produced sweets.
India has 7.5 million households without access to electricity, says a new report by a group of Indian lawmakers.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday his country wants nothing more than what it's allowed under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Russian Helicopters reports that the Korea Forest Service has formally opened a new service and maintenance center for Ka-32 aircraft.
South Korea carried out a live-fire drill on the country's northwestern islands despite North Korea's opposition, defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said.
Human Rights Watch said Tuesday protest leaders in Thailand should end their violence, though authorities should permit peaceful opposition.
The Indian division of Greenpeace said Tuesday it was being sued for about $79 million in a defamation suit for actions against Essar Group's mining activity.
A landslide Tuesday in Jombang, Indonesia, killed at least seven people, emergency officials said.
Gas deliveries through the twin Nord Stream pipelines from Russia through the Baltic Sea exceeded 800 billion cubic feet last year, the project's operator said.
Pakistani Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said from Washington he was counting on the U.S. government to make good on energy promises.
India's Supreme Court Tuesday declined to review its earlier ruling upholding an old law making homosexuality an offense punishable by life in prison.
Pakistan’s new army chief has decided to go after homegrown Taliban terrorists irrespective of their links with members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Police in Malaysia have beefed up security around religious buildings in Penang state after Molotov cocktails were thrown at a George Town church.
U.S. intelligence agencies' work could be negatively affected if all American troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan, U.S. officials say.
Two high-profile personalities recently took actions -- one outside the United States and one within -- that couldn't be any farther apart in terms of their global impact.
Amnesty International called on the Philippine government Monday to end routine torture that allegedly took place at a secret police detention facility.
While North Korea's government has gone out of the drug business, individuals make methamphetamine and sell it beyond the nation's borders, a researcher says.
Soaring fuel imports in the aftermath of Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, amid a weaker yen, have contributed to the country's record annual trade deficit, a government official said.
The Iranian military published a 28-page report Monday highly critical of the human rights situation in the United States.
The British government said Monday it was warning of the potential for violence in Thailand ahead of elections scheduled for Feb. 2.
Karl Slym, managing director of Tata Motors, India's largest automaker, died in Bangkok, apparently in a fall from an upper floor of a hotel, officials said.
A member of the Afghan national police killed six colleagues in Herat province and 16 Taliban militants died in military attacks in other areas, officials said.
Russian oil company Lukoil said it was wading into a new investment climate in Mexico by signing a working agreement with Mexico's Petroleos Mexicanos.
Sanctions relief in the wake of an interim nuclear deal clears the way for Iran to start exporting crude oil to more consumers, an Iranian executive said.
At least nine people died Monday after a bus slid off an icy road and rolled into a ditch in the central Turkish province of Sivas, Today's Zaman reported.
The Afghanistan government announced the planned release of 37 prisoners at Bagram prison deemed dangerous by U.S. forces.
A Chinese court sentenced to death a man who stabbed to death a doctor and injured two other doctors after he said he received a botched nose job surgery.
Recent executions in North Korea under Kim Jong Un targeted not only his uncle but relatives of the man, including children, sources told Yonhap.
India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. said Monday a memorandum of understanding was signed with Japan's Mitsui & Co. for gas work in India and elsewhere.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a close friend of India, ended his visit with several agreements including a navy drill to be joined by the United States.
U.S. President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, the International Monetary Fund and this year's Davos meeting all agreed that rising inequality is one of the great issues of our time.
The World Bank announced a $2 billion, multiyear development aid program for various projects in Myanmar including reforms, energy and healthcare.
Militants captured at least five Iraqi soldiers and at least 13 people were killed in separate attacks throughout the country Sunday, officials said.
A Chinese political activist was sentenced to four years in prison for inciting a public disturbance, a Beijing court said Sunday.
Rescue crews in India said nearly half of the 45 people on a tourist boat died when the vessel capsized in the Bay of Bengal Sunday.
Six children from the same family died Sunday in Hangu, Pakistan, after a grenade they were playing with exploded, police said.
A Thai anti-government protester was shot and killed Sunday as protesters blocked voters from entering polling stations in Bangkok, authorities said.
South Korea chastised Japan Friday after Tokyo reiterated its claims on a string of contested islands.
South Korean officials said their North Korean counterparts needed to take actions to prove they were sincere about improving relations.
Japanese police say they have arrested a man who allegedly tainted frozen food at the processing plant where he worked, sickening nearly 3,000 people.
A series of explosions followed by police gunfire in northwest China's Aksu prefecture left 12 people dead, officials said Saturday.
Criticism of Myanmar from the top human rights official at the United Nations is totally unacceptable, a Myanmar government spokesman said Friday.
The body of Afghan journalist Noor Ahmed Noori was found burned and mutilated in a plastic bag in Helmand province, officials said.
A Scottish Pakistani man was sentenced to death in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, for violating the country's blasphemy law, officials said.
Political rights and civil liberties declined around the world in 2013 for the eighth consecutive year, the annual report released by Freedom House said.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf wants to go abroad for medical treatment, a medical board reported Friday to the court trying him for treason.
Indonesian authorities say they are struggling to deal with a refugee crisis caused by daily eruptions from Mount Sinabung, a volcano in Indonesia's far west.
South Korea has become the first international customer for Raytheon's F-16 ALR-69A active electronically scanned array radar.
NATO's military committee chief said there should be "no doubts" about commitments to Afghanistan but a legal framework is needed to plan the mission.
Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Friday elections scheduled Feb. 2 can be postponed. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra disagrees.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said Friday an interim nuclear deal with Iran was an important step but "there is still a long way to go" to allay concerns.
U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden won't be pressured to leave Russia any time soon, a major Russian lawmaker said Friday.
Iran's "day may come" but it's not yet time for international companies to re-engage with Iran, the U.S. undersecretary for financial intelligence said.
Australian company Icon Energy Ltd. said Friday it encountered significant volumes of natural gas in a shale basin in the state of Queensland.
China's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said it would dispose of part of the country's stockpile of ivory by incineration.
The Myanmar government denied reports of mass killings of Rohingya Muslims even as a U.N. agency called for an "impartial investigation" into them.
Indonesia increased its offshore maritime patrols after an Australian patrol vessel chasing asylum boats strayed into its territorial waters.
North Korea, in a letter Friday to South Korea, said its recent conciliatory gestures are genuine and not deceptive as Seoul has said.
A mob of Buddhists allegedly killed more than 30 Rohingya Muslims in attacks in Myanmar's Rakhine state, officials said.
Toy grenades that sickened 37 schoolchildren in Vietnam contain citric acid and sodium bicarbonate, police in Dak Song District said Thursday.
A photo of two toilets side by side in a Sochi Olympics bathroom stall is causing a stir, with an opposition leader calling it an example of mismanaged funds.
North Korea has started sending families of defectors to internment camps near the country's border with China, the Chosun Ilbo reported Thursday.
A plastic surgery clinic in Seoul was fined about $2,800 for a sculpture made from bone fragments removed from patients.
The British government said Thursday it was calling on its citizens in Thailand to be on alert for violent demonstrations ahead of Feb. 2 elections.
Iran under no circumstances will abandon its right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday in Switzerland.
Russian oil company LUKoil is on pace to become a major natural gas producer and said it wants to renew a purchase deal with gas company Gazprom.
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said he was taking a message to the World Economic Forum that Iran was ready to draw in more oil investments.
The Chinese government said oil imports through a pipeline from Kazakhstan reached a record high in 2013, marking a 14 percent increase from the previous year.
Russian energy company Gazprom said it discussed in Beijing its options for delivering more natural gas to the Chinese market with state-owned CNPC.
A bus overturned Thursday in the central Turkish province of Kayseri, killing at least 21 people and injuring 29 others, police said.
A 20-year-old woman was tied to a tree in West Bengal, India, and gang raped as punishment for falling in love with a man from another religion, police said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday his country has no intention of acquiring nuclear weapons and seeks constructive engagement with its neighbors.
No verdict was issued following a day-long hearing in a Chinese court of noted activist Xu Zhiyong on charges of organizing an demonstration, CNN reported.
India's navy has taken delivery of its third Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel, the indigenously designed and built Sumedha.
China has the world's second-largest number of think tanks after the United States, but experts question their quality.
Last year I wrote an op-ed on Iran's bloody "war on drugs," which has led to hundreds of executions and sent thousands to death row.
Discussions on ending Syria's civil war showed the world how isolated Syrian President Bashar Assad truly is, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.
Russia has passed tougher anti-extremism legislation critics said is meant to crack down on political dissent rather than guard against terror groups.
Trace International, an anti-bribery organization, has opened an office in the Philippines to help establish transparent business practices in the region.
A methane explosion in a Prokopyevsk, Russia, coal mine killed two miners and injured two others Wednesday, the national Emergency Ministry reported.
The future of the Internet will be the focus of a major independent commission announced by officials Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
The International Olympic Committee has rejected as not credible threats to athletes from several European countries at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Pope Francis may make the first papal visit to South Korea in 25 years this summer to attend the sixth Asian Youth Day, the Vatican said Wednesday.
The leader of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party told U.S. President Barack Obama to get a divorce to become a more effective leader.
People convicted of organizing extremist groups in Russia may be imprisoned for as long as four years, a law passed Wednesday by the State Duma says.
Five healthcare providers were injured, one seriously, in a dispute between patients and a hospital in northwestern China, witnesses said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday talks in Switzerland on the Syrian crisis would probably not result a breakthrough agreement.
The Afghan Taliban published a statement Wednesday saying last week's attack in Kabul was a sign of the growing support for its cause.
Thirteen high school students in Hanoi, Vietnam, are suspected to have contracted the swine virus, the Health Ministry said.
Iran said Wednesday the Yemeni government should take its obligation to protect foreign officials seriously following the slaying of an Iranian diplomat.
A pro-government leader was shot in Thailand as protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's administration persisted despite a state of emergency.
Seven paramilitary personnel were killed Wednesday during a fight with gunmen attempting to kidnap a Spanish tourist, Pakistani officials said.
The Iranian government said Wednesday a conference planned for the introduction of a new framework governing oil contracts has been delayed to July.
Seven people were killed and nine others injured Wednesday in the latest in a string of attacks in Pakistan against polio vaccination teams.
A lawyer for Russia's branch of Greenpeace said authorities started repaying bail money paid by activists arrested last year for protesting arctic oil drilling.
Chinese government data show Wednesday the country piped in 20 percent more natural gas in December than it did the same time last year.
A man sentenced to seven and half years in jail for plotting an embassy attack in Jakarta said he has no remorse.
Pakistani jets bombed the hideouts of militants Tuesday, killing several in retaliation for recent deadly attacks on security forces, sources told NBC News.
China's most prominent rights activist Xu Zhiyong faced trial Wednesday under the country's Communist party rule that doesn't tolerate dissent.
U.S. President Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday on security for the Sochi Olympics and other issues, the White House said.
U.S. law bars federal courts from hearing a former detainee's claim he was tortured in the prison at Guantanamo Bay, an appeals court says.
Shell's Australian investments are in the spotlight after the company offloaded its holdings in a major gas project in Western Australia.
Human Rights Watch Tuesday lashed out at members of the U.N. Security Council it said were blocking progress in ending the Syrian conflict.
At least 22 people were killed Tuesday when bomb exploded on a bus, carrying Shiite pilgrims, on a highway near Quetta, Pakistan, officials said.
More than three dozen children in Vietnam were sickened after playing with toy grenades imported from China, doctors say.
Afghan security forces freed dozens of employees of a British anti-landmine charity Tuesday hours after they were kidnapped by the Taliban, officials said.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Tuesday there was room to improve the bilateral relationship with Iran.
A Norwegian Airlines flight from Bangkok was aborted before takeoff after passengers said they spotted fuel pouring out of a valve on the plane's wing.
Pakistan ended a polio vaccination program in Karachi Tuesday after three healthcare workers were killed by suspected Taliban gunmen, officials say.
The Obama administration has offered to send an envoy to North Korea to seek the release of Kenneth Bae, an American detained for more than a year.
The IAEA said the $8.1 million needed to enforce an agreement with Iran will double the size of the inspection team used to monitor nuclear research activity.
Human Rights Watch said Tuesday any suggestion North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was more of a moderate than his predecessors was misguided.
Displays of state-of-the-art security systems and seminars on security trends in Asia are to be held in March in South Korea's capital.
Iranian warships headed for the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers, navy officials said.
Japanese officials are defending the practice of hunting dolphins in Taiji Cove, saying it is no different than killing other animals for meat.
Thai authorities declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and nearby provinces Tuesday as anti-government protesters blockaded parts of the capital.
The Kazakh Ministry of Energy outlined a strategic 2014 agenda to the nation's president, a plan that calls for a slight increase in oil production.
Russia's deputy energy minister said the planned South Stream natural gas pipeline will operate according to European energy laws.
Though Iran gets some relief from sanctions under terms of a nuclear deal, a U.S. government official said its oil sector isn't open for business.
Construction at an oil production facility in the Far East island of Sakhalin is delayed because of concerns for whale species, a Russian environmentalist said.
China National Offshore Oil Corp. said it plans to drill more than 150 exploration wells this year and produce more than 422 million barrels of oil equivalent.
The Indian government announced plans to review more than a dozen basins across the country to update its estimated oil and natural gas potential.
Israel and Kazakhstan have signed a security cooperation agreement to improve bilateral defense trade, officials said.
A 36-year-old man, convicted in the deaths of two of six women he had kept as sex slaves in a dungeon in central China, was executed Tuesday, a court said.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia began bilateral defense cooperation talks with sources telling Dawn Riyadh may be interested in acquiring Pakistani military hardware.
On Feb. 1, the memory of the deaths of 241 U.S. personnel killed in 1983 in Beirut bombing will be dealt a slap in the face by the Obama administration.
North Korea's recent behavior and its threat of new provocations concern both the United States and South Korea, a high-ranking U.S. official said Tuesday.
A top Syrian opposition group said it will participate in peace talks now that the United Nations rescinded an invitation to Iran to sit in, diplomats said.
A Hong Kong woman was arrested Monday after accusations she tortured her Indonesian maid, Hong Kong police said.
Indian defense officials said a long-range nuclear-capable missile test conducted Monday was a "100 percent success" after it hit a target 2,500 miles away.
Reports of clashes between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Myanmar's Rakhine state have drawn the concern of the U.S. State Department.
The United States eased some sanctions against Iran Monday after verifying Iran fulfilled initial commitments as part of a November agreement, officials said.
One coalition soldier and nine militants died Monday when the militants attacked a military base in Afghanistan using a car bomb, a provincial official said.
A provincial court in Vietnam Monday sentenced 30 of 89 defendants in drug trafficking rings to death sentences in the largest drug case ever in the country.
The local director of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency was kidnapped as he was returning to his home in Tripoli, Libyan officials said.
Kenneth Bae, an American held custody in North Korea for more than a year, appealed to the U.S. government Monday to work to secure his release.
Torrential rain-triggered floods in Indonesia inundated 146 villages in Karawang, West Java, authorities said Monday. No deaths or injuries were reported.
A suicide bomb attack Monday killed at least 13 people and injured 24 in a crowded shopping area in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, authorities said.
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook New Zealand's North Island Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
A Chinese court Monday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for poisoning frozen dumplings, which sickened 10 people in Japan.
A man wielding a knife injured three security officers, two of them critically, at an airport in China as he tried to rush through security, officials said.
The Pakistani Taliban on Sunday said an attack on a convoy that left 22 soldiers dead was revenge for the killing of Taliban leaders after peace talks.
More than 200 doomed dolphins could meet their fate in a mass slaughter by Japanese fishermen as early as Monday, environmentalists said.
Twenty million people's confidential data has been leaked from several commercial banks in South Korea, sources told Yonhap news agency.
Israel will stop distributing gas masks to the public at the end of February, security Cabinet officials said Sunday.
At least 28 people were injured when two bombs exploded during an anti-government protest n Bangkok on Sunday, officials said.
A lawsuit filed by passengers on an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at the San Francisco airport blames Boeing for defects in the plane.
Investigators in Russia said they suspect fumes from rotting potatoes are to blame for the death of four people at a Siberian food warehouse.
Organizers say a newly dedicated statue in Seoul honoring Korean women forced into sexual slavery during World War II is "an alarm bell" for future generations.
The annual dolphin hunt at Taiji Cove in Japan was under way Saturday amid protests by conservationists.
Much of central and eastern China remained enveloped in dense smog, environmental officials said, and there's no clearing in sight.
Russian authorities said they will airlift supplies to an aging hermit living in Siberia after she sent a desperate plea for help to a newspaper.
A protester who was one of dozens injured by a bomb during an anti-government march in Bangkok, died early Saturday, officials say.
At least two people were killed and six others were injured Saturday in violent attacks in Karachi, Pakistan, officials said.
The White House Saturday condemned a Taliban suicide attack on a Kabul restaurant that killed at least 21 people, including two Americans.
A stampede among thousands of mourners for an Indian spiritual leader early Saturday killed at least 18 people and injured 56 others, police said.
A United Nations official Friday urged Cambodian government and opposition officials to keep negotiating in an effort to end a political impasse.
A United Nations official Friday urged the Myanmar government to investigate reports of deaths in clashes in Rakhine state between security forces and Muslims.
The wife of an Indian politician was found dead in a hotel room, one day after the couple said they "are happily married and intend to remain that way."
Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong, convinced his conviction is all but certain in an upcoming Beijing trial, plans to fight the charges, his lawyer said Friday.
A suicide attack on a Lebanese restaurant in a Kabul neighborhood with many embassies killed at least 16 people Friday night, Afghan police said.
The Lunar New Year travel rush has begun in China and more than 3.62 billion trips are expected to be made in the next 40 days, travel authorities said.
An Internet site for use by border security agency personnel around the world is coming online in March.
A spokesman for the Taliban in Afghanistan said international forces deployed in the country will eventually face defeat.
Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special envoy on Myanmar rights issues, said Friday the government needs to answer for violent clashes in restive Rakhine state.
The decision by South Korea and the United States to conduct joint military drills may prompt provocative acts by North Korea, an analyst said Friday.
A spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Friday inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency were due in Iran at the end of January.
Chinese government officials whose families have moved from the country are not eligible for promotions, the government announced.
East China's Zhejiang province debuted a new birth policy Friday allowing couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child, officials said.
The State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan confirmed the transportation of natural gas to Russia was temporarily suspended because of border construction projects.
Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese intelligence officer who fought in the Philippines long after World War II ended, died of heart failure at age 91, his family said.
Tethys Petroleum said Friday its Klymene prospect in Kazakhstan has estimated oil reserves of more than 400 million barrels.
Indonesian officials said they would step up maritime patrols after Australia admitted its boats strayed into Indonesia's waters trying to repel migrant boats.
An explosion, likely from a hand grenade thrown at an anti-government procession in Bangkok Friday, injured at least 31 protesters, Thai authorities said.
Slow development of a gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan is caused by funding issues, not pressure from the United States, a Pakistani official said.
Indonesia's defense ministry said it is looking at several jet fighters, including Russian, American and Swedish aircraft, as a replacement for its aging Grumman F-5 Tigers.
The United States is "deeply concerned" over China's detention of economist Ilham Tohti, a supporter of the rights of Uighur Muslims, a U.S. official said.
India's Congress Party said Rahul Gandhi will lead its election campaign, but the Gandhi family scion was not officially named the prime ministerial candidate.
At least eight people died and dozens more were injured in an explosion in a mosque in northwest Pakistan, authorities said.
A former member of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo apologized as his trial opened Thursday to the family of a man kidnapped and killed in 1995.
The remains of former Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania will be exhumed for further examination into the cause of his death, officials said Thursday.
An Indian man working in Dubai says his baby son, whose mother died giving birth to him, remains in a hospital because he cannot pay the bill.
The Japanese government has approved a business turnaround plan submitted by Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, which includes restarting idled reactors at the utility's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant.
Dutch and Indonesian shipbuilders separately held steel cutting ceremonies this week for a new Indonesian Navy frigate, the first SIGMA 10514 PKR.
Supporters of a Vietnamese student viciously assaulted by neo-Nazis said Thursday he should be allowed to return to Australia for medical treatment.
Russian police said a man staying with a friend stole money and left through a window, but he dropped his dentures while exiting.
Israel is seeking to purchase V-22B Block C Osprey aircraft from the United States through a Foreign Military Sales deal worth about $1.13 billion.
Indonesia's Ministry of Defense is acquiring an air defense system from Thales UK in a deal worth more than $164 million.
U.S. efforts in Afghanistan beyond 2014 will work to ensure the country has an effective counter-narcotics policy, a U.S. drug official said.
The director of Iran's nuclear energy organization said uranium centrifuges would keep spinning toward enrichment but for levels less than 20 percent purity.
A human rights council in the Kremlin said Thursday it would take its time to ensure counter-terrorism legislation was in line with the Russian constitution.
Australian, British and U.S. law enforcement officials said they busted a pedophile ring run out of Philippines, and arrested 17 Britons.
Border police in Afghanistan seized 7.7 pounds of heroin allegedly carried by four people at Kabul International Airport, officials said.
President Obama urged U.S. Senate Democrats not to impose more sanctions against Iran, saying they could harm negotiations on the country's nuclear program.
The Russian government said Thursday it was brushing off Washington's concerns about a potential oil-for-goods swap deal with Iran.
At least 13 people died and 40,000 people were displaced in floods that inundated North Sulawesi island in Indonesia, officials said.
A special Pakistani court, hearing the treason trial of Pervez Musharraf, adjourned Thursday as the former military ruler failed to appear.
Indian police in New Delhi arrested two suspects in the alleged gang rape of a 51-year-old Danish woman by several men she had approached to ask for directions.
North Korea "sternly" warned the scheduled U.S.-South Korea military exercises could push the situation on the Korean Peninsula to a catastrophe.
The Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' symbolic representation of how close the world is to disaster, is set at 5 minutes to midnight for 2014.
Coordinated attacks on Afghanistan's Bagram airfield and other government compounds were foiled, the Afghan intelligence service announced Wednesday.
A bus carrying schoolchildren crashed in Pakistan Wednesday, killing at least 24 people, most of them students, officials said.
Protesters in Thailand shut down portions of the capital for a third day Wednesday in a bid to bring down a government they say is corrupt.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye is expected to seek nuclear power deals during her four-day state visit to India, which began Wednesday.
Piracy at sea in 2013 was at the lowest level in six years, falling 40 percent since piracy off the Somali coast peaked in 2011, a report said Wednesday.
Russia's envoy to a Eurasian political and military bloc said Wednesday the NATO withdrawal this year may leave Afghanistan without international support.
A Vietnam court has sentenced three men to death for illegally trafficking more than 551 pounds of heroin.
Italy demanded the release of two Italian marines Wednesday detained by India under an anti-terrorism law that carries a possible death penalty.
Officials in India said they shut down 45 schools as hunters tracked a tiger they believe killed three villagers in the Nilgiris district.
India's energy minister said at an international energy conference his country should receive gas from a pipeline from Turkmenistan by 2017.
A Chinese state energy company said it started operations at a natural gas field near a South China Sea river basin and production should peak this year.
Azerbaijan's state energy company said Wednesday natural gas deliveries to Russia were disrupted because of maintenance issues.
Japan's Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday it took on a 60 percent stake in a British nuclear energy company from its European counterparts.
A Danish woman allegedly was raped at knife point after becoming lost returning to her hotel in Paharganj, a neighborhood in central Delhi, India, police said.
A minibus traveling on a rural road in southwestern China's Yunnan province fell into a ditch Wednesday, killing all 12 people aboard, local officials said.
Iran's foreign minister said the Syrian people have a right to determine their own future in advance of a meeting with Syria's president in Damascus Wednesday.
Attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq Wednesday killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens more, police said.
Pakistan to transfer nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia for cash and cheap oil while the army edges to center stage to head off the Talibanization of its political life.
Sri Lanka and India each have released up to 52 detained fishermen ahead of talks this week on how to solve poaching in territorial waters.
The National Security Agency has sneaked spy software into nearly 100,000 computers worldwide, sometimes by radio waves, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
A fire in a shoe factory in east China's Zhejiang province killed at least 16 people and police later arrested the factory owners, authorities said Wednesday.
A Japanese fishing boat sank in the sea Wednesday and two of its occupants were in critical condition after a collision with a Japanese naval transport ship.
Japan Airlines said smoke was seen in one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets during a preflight check at Tokyo airport, causing the plane to be grounded.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden assured Israel sanctions against Iran would continue to be enforced, a senior administration official said.
Religious conflict appears on the rise worldwide with hostility high in one-third of all countries, a Washington think tank report issued Tuesday found.
The European Union could impose economic sanctions if two Italian marines are given a death sentence in India, an EU official said Tuesday.
Indonesia's impending ban on exports of mineral ores has gone into effect.
South Korea's military has developed its own electronic and image intelligence systems for use on its F-16 jet fighter aircraft.
Israel's high court should order the government to release evidence sought by a U.S. court over charges a Chinese bank funded terrorism, a rights group says.
Iran's deputy foreign minister said Tuesday meetings with the International Atomic Energy Agency have been delayed more than two weeks to Feb. 8.
The U.S. government has concerns about the state of democracy in Bangladesh, a State Department spokeswoman said after the swearing in of the country's prime minister.
At least four people died in a shooting incident and a bombing Tuesday in Baghdad, police said.
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said his country is a natural partner in the energy sector to a growing market in India.
Chinese energy company Sinopec published a statement on a fatal November oil pipeline explosion, blaming worker error and corrosion for the accident.
Australian energy company Woodside said Tuesday it secured a deal with Japan's Chubu Electric Power Co. for 1.5 million tons of liquefied natural gas.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheik Hasina started her third term by placing a wreath at a shrine in Dhaka honoring her father, the country's founder.
An Afghan man who came to Britain as a teenager is being allowed to remain there because he faces religious prosecution in his homeland as an atheist.
A man in China accused of killing six people in a shooting spree told a court Tuesday some of the victims had resented his management of a chemical plant.
Chinese authorities Tuesday arrested eight people after an explosion in a village in southwestern China killed 15 people, police said.
An obstetrician in northwest China's Shaanxi province, convicted of baby trafficking, was sentenced Tuesday to death with a two-year reprieve, a court said.
A woman in Aichi prefecture, Japan, was arrested for allegedly leaving her daughter, 6, naked and outdoors in the cold as punishment, police said.
A monsoon that brought five days of heavy rain to parts of the Philippines caused 14 deaths and the evacuation of more than 130,000 people, officials said.
Fourteen people were killed and seven were injured Monday in an explosion in China's southwest Guizhou province, officials said.
Authorities in Kyrgyzstan said Monday they have arrested a man accused of killing his girlfriend and cutting her body into 28 pieces.
Torrential rain-triggered floods in Indonesia have forced the evacuation of 5,125 people from their homes in Jakarta, authorities said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said it would provide support to Vietnam for its nuclear power sector.
Thousands of protesters choked intersections, bridges and roads in Bangkok Monday in their effort to force out the government ahead of the Feb. 2 elections.
An Afghan girl, who said her brother and father forced her to wear a suicide vest, asked President Hamid Karzai to put her in a new home.
The Iranian oil sector must have the appropriate safeguards in place to defend against a cyberattack, oil and civil defense officials said.
Thai army units have taken up positions around Bangkok ahead of Monday's planned anti-government rally and after the weekend's shooting of seven people.
In most countries, coal-fired power plants are the main source of electricity due to their safety, reliability and cheaper operating cost and my home country of South Korea is no exception.
Mikhail Gorbachev did not understand the old Soviet Union, Boris Yeltsin did not understand the new Russia. Vladimir Putin understands both and has cold-bloodedly promoted the re-emergence of some of least savory features of each one.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will meet Israel's prime minister and president while in Israel for ex-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's funeral, Biden's office said.
Bangkok police stepped up their traffic-control late Sunday when anti-government protesters began blocking major streets ahead of planned demonstrations.
Iran has agreed to implement the deal that will stop progress on its nuclear program on Jan. 20, President Barack Obama said in a statement released Sunday.
Four college students died and one other was injured when a house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, exploded, university officials said.
Six people died Sunday when two improvised explosive devices detonated near the car of the adviser to the prime minister of Pakistan, officials said.
Security forces will be able to guard 96 percent of the election sites in Afghanistan this year, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said Saturday.
Thais say they are boycotting the iconic Singha beer after an heiress to the Boon Rawd Brewery said people from rural Thailand do not understand democracy.
Japanese police raided a silicon plant owned by Mitsubishi Materials Corp. in Mie prefecture following an explosion at the plant that killed five people.
Russian diplomats said Saturday the crew of a boat seized in the waters off Senegal for alleged poaching will be given food, water and medical care.
Moscow police said they are investigating a YouTube video showing football fans burning a Koran and forcing a beaten man to renounce Allah.
Seoul has called on Pyongyang to accept its offer of holding reunions for families separated by the Korean War later this month.
An early morning fire destroyed hundreds of homes and shops Saturday in a Chinese resort town known for its ancient Tibetan wooden buildings, officials say.
India's foreign minister said Saturday the dispute over the arrest a diplomat in New York did not mean relations with the United States were in trouble.
Kyrgyzstan lifted its ban on international adoptions of its orphans that was put in place last year after a corruption scandal, officials said Saturday.
Seven people were wounded Saturday in Bangkok when shots were fired at a site where a massive protest rally is scheduled to be held Monday, Thai officials say.
The prime minister of Pakistan recommended a teenager who died preventing a suicide attack at his school be awarded the Sitara-e-Shujaat.
India Friday demanded a U.S. diplomat leave the American Embassy in New Delhi hours after an Indian consular officer was ousted from the United States.
Former NBA player Charles Smith said in Beijing Friday he and a team of former players accomplished their culture exchange mission in North Korea.
Italian Premier Enrico Letta and Foreign Minister Emma Bonino met Friday two discuss two Italian marines who may face the death penalty in India.
Chinese officials voiced dissatisfaction with U.S. criticism of new fishing rules in the South China Sea, urging against sending the wrong message.
Iran's top nuclear administrator said Friday he was interested in further cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Sixty-three people have been punished for a pipeline explosion that killed 62 people and injured 136 in the Chinese city of Qingdao, officials said Friday.
A man who was once a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden has been cleared for release from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon said.
A French rights consortium said Friday it was upset Myanmar's president didn't release all of the country's political prisoners by New Year's Eve as promised.
Russian oil company Transneft said Friday it would suspend deliveries through a pipeline to Baku because Azerbaijan hasn't signed the necessary agreements.
The head of Karachi's police anti-terrorist division was killed along with three other policemen by a car bomb in the Essa Nagri area of the city.
Seventy-two prisoners to be freed by the Afghan government are "dangerous criminals" with evidence linking them to terror-related crimes, a U.S. official says.
Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade left New York for India Thursday as a federal grand jury in New York indicted her on a visa fraud charge, officials said.
A 14-year-old Pakistani boy was killed preventing a suicide bomber from entering his school, officials said.
The British government warned Thursday there may be security concerns next week in Kyrgyzstan connected to mayoral elections in two key cities.
North Korea on Thursday rejected a South Korean proposal to resume reunions of families separated since the Korean war, citing alleged hostile acts by Seoul.
Cambodia has violated its own laws by detaining 23 protesters injured in clashes with police without legal representation or medical care, rights groups say.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Thursday the Islamic republic should move cautiously in discussing nuclear issues with Western rivals.
Talks on Iran's nuclear program expose the U.S. government's animosity for the republic, Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Thursday.
The consortium managing the Kashagan oil field off Kazakhstan's coast said it was mulling options to restart production halted by an October pipeline incident.
An African lion strangled to death on steel cables in its cage at the Surabaya City Zoo in Indonesia, zoo officials said.
An explosion Thursday at a Mitsubishi Materials Corp. plant in Japan killed five people and injured 12 more, police said.
The White House, responding to a book's criticism of Joe Biden's policy handling, called the U.S. vice president "one of the leading statesmen of his time."
While all eyes are on Bangkok's intense, domestic political contest, two shocking Thai insurgent attacks in mid-December slipped through the news causing little alarm.
Comments in a new book reportedly relating to Hamid Karzai are unlikely to raise tensions with the Afghan president, the White House press secretary said.
The Nuclear Threat Initiative released its Nuclear Materials Security Index Wednesday, which concludes a safer system for securing nuclear materials is needed.
Russian security officials said Wednesday all liquids will be banned from air travelers' carry-on bags in advance of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Western economic pressure on Iran will "sour" the mood at the negotiating table later this week in Geneva, a chief Iranian negotiator said Wednesday.
Exxon Mobil has inaugurated a petrochemical processing facility in Singapore on the island of Jurong.
A printing house affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Christian Church courted controversy with a monthly calendar featuring pictures of Josef Stalin.
The South Korean Foreign Ministry said Wednesday talks in April with U.S. officials would focus on ironing out details of a bilateral nuclear agreement.
The Kyrgyz government said Wednesday it arrested a senior terrorist ringleader suspected of recruiting militants to join the fight in Syria.
More than 1,000 people across Japan were made ill by tainted frozen food produced by a division of the country's largest seafood company, officials said.
The Russian military said Wednesday it plans to install more radars and missile defense systems across the country in 2014.
Japan police officers said Wednesday they are intensifying the hunt for an alleged rapist who escaped from the prosecutor's office in Kawasaki.
A senior South Korean official said Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's aunt is likely in critical condition due to a heart problem.
Afghanistan is too fragile to be left alone once international combat obligations draw to a close later this year, a British diplomat said Wednesday.
Police chiefs in at least 16 Turkish provinces were reassigned to the National Police Department as part of a corruption investigation, Today's Zaman reported.
U.S. refining company Valero said keeping crude oil produced in the United States in the domestic market shields the economy from overseas shocks.
Japanese trading company Marubeni Corp. said Wednesday it acquired a 90 percent stake in a California wind farm project from a French utility subsidiary.
An Indian trade association called on the nation's Oil Ministry to get behind an underwater natural gas project to help meet long-term energy needs.
State-owned Korea Gas Corp. said it formalized a deal to sell French energy company Total liquefied natural gas from a terminal in the United States.
The death toll from a fire early Wednesday in three sleeper coaches of an express train in India rose to nine, authorities said.
The Assam state government is urging the federal Indian government to send more security paramilitary forces to the region in the wake of tribal clashes that have left nine youths dead.
The United States and South Korea are "very firmly united" in opposing North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Secretary of State John Kerry said.
The United States has designated Qari Saifullah, the Taliban's operational commander in Afghanistan's Zabul province, as a global terrorist.
The U.S. Coast Guard praised the international collaboration involved in the rescue of Russian and Chinese ships that were trapped in thick ice off Antarctica.
China announced its frigate Yancheng commenced escorting a Danish vessel transporting Syria's chemical weapons out of the country for eventual destruction.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is suffering from several illnesses, a medical report states.
Fire erupted in three cars of an express train in India early Wednesday, killing at least six people, authorities said.
A Japanese agreement to export nuclear technology to Turkey raises questions about its possible use for nuclear weapons, opposition parties say.
Opponents of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Tuesday called for a massive protest next week aimed at shutting down Bangkok.
In a forthcoming memoir, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates charges President Barack Obama with failing to trust his top military leaders.
A Chinese icebreaker that became trapped in antarctic ice and the Russian research vessel it had been sent to free broke their icy shackles Tuesday.
The honorary title of monsignor in the future will only be awarded to Roman Catholic priests who are at least 65 years old, the Vatican has announced.
A cybersecurity company said a November attack on multiple embassies in the Middle East showed signs of sophistication beyond ordinary cybercriminals.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he would continue supporting democratic processes in Bangladesh but expressed outrage over election-related violence.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave his own foreign policy initiatives a mixed report before a Tuesday governor's conference in Tehran.
Some 350 police officers were removed from the Ankara, Turkey, police department Tuesday as part of a corruption investigation, Dogan news agency reported.
India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Prithvi II missile Tuesday from a base in Odisha, a senior defense official said.
Human Rights Watch has called on the government in Thailand to do more to protect minority Muslims from neighboring Myanmar from human trafficking.
The U.S. Defense Department said Tuesday it designated an Army battalion of nearly 800 soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, for assignment in South Korea.
Those responsible for the Dec. 28 and 29 terrorist attacks on a railway station and trolley bus in Volgograd, Russia, have yet to step forward -- although their identity will come as no surprise.
A 42-year-old man who doesn't know how to swim washed ashore along the eastern coast of Taiwan after spending 55 hours at sea, police said.
Police in Indonesia said Australia's navy forced a boat carrying asylum seekers back into Indonesian waters before it ran aground on Rote Island.
A planned natural gas pipeline from Iran isn't protected from Western economic sanctions, the Pakistani Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources said.
An Indian diplomat in New York, arrested for visa fraud, has asked for an extension of the filing of indictment due to ongoing talks with the prosecution.
A senior government leader of Malaysia's mainly Christian state Sarawak has appealed for calm after mainland police seized Bibles.
The Afghan government has only "weeks and not months" to sign the security agreement with the United States, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf was exempted from appearing at a special court hearing his treason case due to his hospitalization.
A Chinese national suspected of setting a fire at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco told federal agents "I made the fire," investigators said Monday.
The United States has helped the Iraqi government put down the al-Qaida insurgency, but Iraqis must do the fighting themselves, the White House said Monday.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry performed diplomatic musical chairs Monday, moving 12 ambassadors and envoys to new posts around the world.
Nearly 13,500 pounds of seized ivory were destroyed by Chinese officials Monday, who said the move showed the country's concern about the illegal trade.
The U.S. State Department said it was disappointed in the elections in Bangladesh, saying they didn't seem to "credibly express" the will of the people.
The Chinese military said Monday it introduced new budget rules meant to curb waste and excessive defense spending.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said Monday her government could play a lead role in brokering a diplomatic end to the Syrian war.
An explosion at the home of a tribal elder in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber tribal region Monday killed at least nine people, authorities said.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff have decided to procure three additional Aegis destroyers, bringing its Aegis fleet to six ships.
A loss of cabin pressure forced a Singapore Airlines airplane to make an emergency landing in Azerbaijan Monday, airline officials said.
BAE Systems has received the green light to proceed with upgrades and to integrate systems for South Korean air force F-16s.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged Asian buyers of imported liquefied natural gas to unite to demand fair pricing.
The level of violence associated with parliamentary elections in Bangladesh is deplorable, British government official Sayeeda Warsi said Monday.
The year 2013 was the bloodiest and most crime-ridden in Pakistan's history, with more than 2,700 people killed, regional and federal police units say.
Two German retailers have been accused by an animal protection agency of selling items made from cat fur, authorities said.
Cambodian police removed about 1,000 anti-government protesters, including garment workers, from an industrial park in Phnom Penh after deadly clashes with security authorities.
India's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. said it expects to produce as much as 353 million cubic feet of natural gas from offshore reserves by 2018.
Two more bodies were retrieved from the rubble of a building under construction in western India's Goa state, raising the death toll to 17, officials said.
Iraq was awash in violence Sunday, with government and militia forces battling insurgents and bombs taking a deadly toll in Baghdad, officials said.
A stampede during distribution of religious food at a mosque in northwestern China's Ningxia Hui region left at least 14 people dead, official media said.
Election officials in Bangladesh said turnout was low for Sunday's general election, which was being boycotted by opposition parties.
One person was killed and three others were trapped after a coal mine explosion in southwestern China Sunday, rescue teams said.
Singapore Airlines said Sunday it was reducing is schedule of flights into Thailand as political turmoil continues.
The United States has no plans for a military role in expelling fighters linked to al-Qaida from Fallujah, Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday one of its cutters was on its way to the antarctic to assist two ice-bound Russian and Chinese vessels.
At least 13 people, including three police officers, were killed Saturday in Karachi, Pakistan, in what appeared to be targeted shootings, police said.
Two Russian men were missing and presumed dead and a third was clinging to life after their vehicle smashed through ice on a frozen Siberia lake, police said.
A Turkish court in Istanbul issued a temporary block of a ban on journalists entering police department buildings, a journalist organization said.
At least 14 workers died and many others were feared trapped when a building under construction collapsed Saturday, officials in the Indian state of Goa said.
France declared a state of natural catastrophe Saturday for Reunion Island after a deadly cyclone buffeted the Indian Ocean island earlier in the week.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a war shrine is an effort to rewrite the history of his country's role in World War II, a Chinese diplomat said.
Chinese authorities said they detained eight people this week in connection with a fatal explosion at a shopping mall in Sichuan Province.
Hundreds of protesters camped in a park in Cambodia's capital were forced to flee Saturday as police moved in with batons and shields, officials say.
Some 30 polling stations have been burned in Bangladesh ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections as the opposition began a two-day strike, officials say.
Officials said this weekend's elections will go on as scheduled in Bangladesh, where more than half of the national assembly races have already been decided.
A teenage Indian girl allegedly set on fire by two men accused of raping her was pregnant when she died, officials say.
Typhoon Haiyan killed at least 6,166 people and injured 28,626 others in the Philippines in November, the government said Friday.
Turkish prosecutors charged 36 people with being members of a terrorist organization in an indictment over nationwide protests in May and July.
Myanmar President Thein Sein said he backs changing the country's constitution to allow "any citizen" to become president, regardless of family circumstances.
Pakistan must take steps to ensure the safety of journalists, an international journalism organization says, in the wake of the killing of a respected reporter.
Police in southeast China said they raided 77 methamphetamine labs, seized 3 tons of meth and arrested 182 people in a village in Guangdong province.
A Swedish manufacturer of snow-making equipment says he has no idea how his products ended up at a North Korean ski resort despite an international ban.
Many fewer people died in New Year's holiday fires this year than a year ago, a Russian emergency official said Friday.
Bullet-train services in Japan were suspended for 5 hours Friday after a fire broke out near the JR Yurakucho Station in Tokyo, fire officials said.
Thailand's Election Commission said Friday elections are scheduled to go ahead next month but the Supreme Court will review whether a new Parliament can form.
Products from a supplier of donkey meat that had been found to be tainted with fox DNA were removed from Walmart stores in China, the company said.
The Chinese ship that helped ferry 52 passengers from an ice-bound vessel indicated it may be in trouble in antarctic waters, an Australian agency said Friday.
Cambodian forces used live rounds when firing on protesting garment workers Friday, killing at least three people, witnesses said.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has held the post for nearly 10 years, said he will leave office after elections this year.
Visiting U.S. senators urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to stop the planned release of 88 Afghan prisoners suspected of killing coalition forces and Afghans.
The United States is pressing Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the bilateral security deal at the earliest even as the original deadline for it has passed.
China says the United States should have sent the three Uighurs at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to China and not to Slovakia as they are terrorists.
A society that hands out Bibles in Indonesia called for calm Thursday after an Islamic group confiscated about 340 Bibles that used the word "Allah" for "God."
Skype says no user accounts were compromised when the video-chatting service's blog and Twitter and Facebook accounts were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.
A youth allegedly poured boiling water over a girl's face in Patna, India, after the victim chose to remove him as a friend on Facebook, police said.
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake in southern Iran Thursday killed at least one person, a local government official said.
At least 27 people died and 18 were injured Thursday when a bus plunged into a 400-foot-deep ravine in India, police said.
Pakistan's former military ruler, ordered to appear in a court Thursday for his treason trial, was instead taken to a hospital apparently after becoming ill.
South Korea Thursday asked its military to stay alert to any North Korean provocation as it looked into the North's latest offer to improve ties.
Japan's coast guard earned China's thanks for rescuing a Chinese balloonist from the waters of the disputed Senkaku islands, claimed by both countries.
A Philippine man killed four people he had held hostage, then killed himself as he sat on a grenade that exploded, injuring several other people, police said.
Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Hong Kong Wednesday, calling for free elections and an acceleration in the pace of establishing democracy.
Officials in Taiwan said they were trying to determine why a 60-foot-tall inflatable rubber duck created by a Dutch artist burst and deflated in Keelung Port.
Nearly 600 people were injured by fireworks in the Philippines during celebrations leading up to the New Year, health officials said.
Six suspected terrorists were shot and killed in an hours-long raid New Year's Eve by Indonesia's anti-terror police in South Tangerang, police said.
Lawyers for former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf Wednesday asked a special court for a five-week adjournment of his hearing on treason charges.
Purges, including the execution of his uncle, helped remove "factionalists lurking in the party," North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday.
Fireworks filled the skies from Australia to Greece, Scotland and the United States Tuesday as the world celebrated New Year's Eve.
Chinese President Xi Jinping in his New Year address promised to make "new strides" on the path of reform and opening up the country.
China will work toward further advancing ties with the United States in the New Year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
North Korea said Tuesday construction has been completed on its first public ski resort, about a 2 1/2 hour drive from the nation's capital.
Passengers and crew of a scientific research ship trapped in antarctic ice for a week ice stayed upbeat, they said Tuesday, as they awaited a helicopter rescue.
Myanmar released five people Tuesday as part of a pledge by President Thein Sein to free all political prisoners by the end of year, an advocacy group says.
Three Chinese detainees at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were sent voluntarily to Slovakia, the U.S. Defense Department announced Tuesday.
A magistrate in Bangladesh issued a warrant Tuesday for the arrest of the owner of a clothing factory where 112 people were killed in a fire.
Taliban militants were among those arrested Tuesday in a bombing in Afghanistan's Laghman province in which at least 25 people were injured, officials said.
Two people were killed and eight others were injured during violent protests in the northern Samangan province of Afghanistan, police said Tuesday.
Two more newborns died following hepatitis B vaccinations in China, health officials said Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 12.
The violent arrest in Iraq of leading Sunni Member of Parliament Ahmed al-Alwani marks yet another step in that country's rapid descent into sectarian anarchy and civil war.
A 5.1-magnitude earthquake rocked northeastern Japan Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
China, unrelenting in its criticism of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to a war memorial shrine, ruled out any dialogue with him.
A jetliner with 46 passengers aboard made an emergency landing Monday in Tyumen, Russia, near the Kazakhstan border, transport police said.
Police in India said they were searching for the parents of three young girls abandoned on a train.
The leader of Bangladesh's largest opposition party is under house arrest, supporters say, in a dispute over elections to take place Sunday.
An American family said they're heartbroken at the sight of a new video by al-Qaida showing their loved one, who's been held captive for two years.
A Japanese boy who was set ablaze by his father in an alleged murder-suicide attempt died of his injuries early Monday, officials said.
New talks between Iran and six Western powers began Monday in Switzerland over how to implement an interim pact over Iran's nuclear program, officials say.
An obstetrician was on trial in China's Shaanxi province Monday for allegedly selling seven babies to human traffickers.
A Chinese helicopter is being sent to rescue passengers and crew members aboard a Russian research ship stuck in the ice off of Antarctica, officials said.
Construction for the 2014 Winter Olympics has disrupted the water supply and public transportation for a Russian village, Human Rights Watch said Monday.
Rescuers found the bodies of seven students who drowned after being swept away while swimming at a beach in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnamese officials said Monday.
Police shot and killed eight people Monday in northwestern China's ethnically tense Xinjiang region, which is home to Muslim Uighurs, the local government said.
Hackers at a top-secret National Security Agency unit may be compromising U.S. companies' technology and products, German newsweekly Der Spiegel reports.
Pakistan's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, scheduled for a treason trial this week, said the case against him smacked of a vendetta.
A fire in a three-story residential building in southern China's Qingyuan city killed at least six people, authorities said Monday.
Opposition leader Khaleda Zia said she was not allowed to leave her Bangladesh home Sunday to march in a protest calling for the postponement of the elections.
The remains of 104 victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake have yet to be identified, Japan's National Police Agency said.
An accident in Thailand, in which a bus fell into a roadside ditch, injured 24 people Sunday, and police said they suspect the driver fell asleep while driving.
A cargo ship collided with a chemical-carrying tanker ship Sunday off South Korea's coast, leading to a fire and the rescue of all 91 crewmen, officials said.
A new intelligence assessment predicts gains made by the United States and its allies in Afghanistan will be significantly eroded by 2017.
Four people were injured Sunday when militants attacked a polio team in Pakistan that was administering a vaccination to children, police said.
An Afghanistan poll, a new political phenomenon, suggests President Hamid Karzai's endorsement in the April election has less influence than previously thought.
Saudi Arabian police said they arrested an armed man who allegedly attempted to enter a broadcaster's office to target a radio hostess.
A vending machine selling brassieres in Osaka, Japan, attracted a lot of attention but few customers.
More than 500 public officials in China have resign amid an investigation into alleged electoral fraud, officials said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "insulted" the people of China with a visit to a shrine honoring World War II criminals, a Chinese official said Saturday.
A drive-by shooting at the site of an anti-government protest in Bangkok Saturday left a security guard dead, protest leaders said.
A restaurant manager in Bali, Indonesia, has been killed by a python, say a doctor and officials at a nearby luxury hotel.
Arvind Kejriwal, whose party symbol, the broom, signifies his promise to sweep away corruption, was sworn in Saturday as chief minister of New Delhi.
The head of South Korea's national railroad said the company would take action against striking workers who do not return to duty this weekend.
At least 26 people died and eight were injured when a sleeping compartment aboard an Indian train caught fire Saturday, officials said.
China has formally adopted a law easing the one-child policy, allowing some couples to have a second child.
An investigation into the cause of a viaduct collapse in central China that left 13 people dead concluded 43 people should be held responsible.
Police in India said they arrested 10 men after a 21-year-old woman was kidnapped and raped twice in the same evening by two separate groups of men.
Emergency workers Friday found the four remaining bodies of the nine victims of an Irkutsk, Russia, plane crash, authorities said.
At least 11 infant deaths in China may be linked to vaccination for hepatitis B, officials said Friday.
A car bomb killed three coalition soldiers and wounded an unknown number of civilians Friday in Kabul, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.
Pak Kwang Chol, North Korea's ambassador to Sweden, was called back to Pyongyang Friday, officials said.
The Okinawa governor's OK of landfill work to relocate the U.S. Futenma air base sparked protests against U.S. military presence within the Japanese prefecture.
Four Chinese urban management officials were sentenced to prison Friday for fatally striking a watermelon vendor with a scale weight.
Four people died and 35 were injured Friday after a natural gas explosion triggered a fire at a mall in Luzhou City, China, officials said.
Japan Friday faced growing criticism from its neighbors regarding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visit to a shrine honoring Japanese war dead and war criminals.
A passenger bus ran off a bridge in northeast Thailand, leaving at least 29 people dead and another four seriously injured, police said.
Postponing upcoming parliamentary elections, a step urged by Thailand's Election Commission, would not be constitutional, the government said Thursday.
A member of the protest punk band Pussy Riot, pardoned this week, says the Sochi Olympics are a "one-off" chance to spotlight Russian human rights abuses.
A transport plane crashed into military warehouses on the outskirts of the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Russia, Thursday, killing all nine aboard, officials said.
The leader of a criminal gang that used machetes to attack and rob people has received the death penalty from a court in Vietnam.
The Communist Party of China marked the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong's birth with a symposium, party officials said.
A U.S. drone killed four militants in the village of Qutab Khel in Pakistan, security forces said.
The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said it is "disappointed" Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine, drawing ire from China and South Korea.
Last week a European Parliament delegation returned from a six-day visit to Tehran, the first official visit to Iran in more than six years.
The United States is sending missiles and drones to Iraq to counter attacks by al-Qaida, which have killed more than 8,000 Iraqis this year, officials said.
The central committee of China's Communist party warned official corruption remains a "critical" problem in the country and must be fought.
China's new leadership, fighting corruption, fired a senior security official for "suspected serious law and discipline violations," official media said.
A man in northeast China has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to kill his 2-month-old daughter with needles, officials said.
Chinese health officials said they are investigating a vaccine producer because several infants have died after being injected with a hepatitis B vaccine.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has urged the military to maintain a high state of readiness amid a hike in tensions following his uncle's execution.
An elephant at a Vietnam zoo may have killed his longtime keeper because the animal was upset by the smell of paint brought into the enclosure, experts say.
No injuries were reported after the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, was struck early Wednesday by a pair of Taliban-fired rockets, the embassy said.
India, still angry over the arrest of one of its diplomats in New York, has canceled the identity cards of U.S. consular and embassy staff, officials said.
The two Koreas are likely to remain apart for the foreseeable future, two top South Korean officials told lawmakers Tuesday.
A survey of married South Koreans indicates more than a third of spouses talk to one another for less than half an hour per day.
An Indian woman had her tongue bitten off by a jilted lover moments before she was to marry another man, police said.
Twin brothers say they have built a large Christmas lantern to cheer their neighbors in the Philippine city of Tacloban, ravaged by the recent typhoon.
Satellite photos appear to show North Korea is producing fuel rods for its recently restarted reactor, a U.S.-based research institute said Tuesday.
A $40 million fund was created to aid the families of victims of the garment factory building collapse in Bangaldesh that killed 1,100 people, officials said.
China's relaxation of its one-child policy would mean as many as 13 million more babies in the next six years, demographers said.
The treason trial of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, set for Tuesday, was put off for a week for security reasons, officials said.
Afghan forces found and defused at least 65 bombs in Kandahar province, the Defense Ministry said Monday.
China's National People's Congress began considering the abolition of the country's "laojiao," or re-education through labor, system, Monday.
A landslide that struck Jinping County in southwest China's Yunnan province on Monday left two people dead and two others missing, authorities said.
Deputy foreign ministers could be included in talks on Iran's nuclear program when they resume after Christmas, says a senior Iranian official.
Journalists must clear out their offices at police departments and leave the buildings, Turkey's National Police Department has ruled.
At least five people were killed when a fire erupted inside a bike seat cover shop in southern Vietnam, authorities said.
The Olympic torch ended its Asian journey and was carried back into Russia where it is to travel through the Caucasus region into Sochi, officials reported.
Business-related disputes may have played into the execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's once-powerful uncle, South Korean intelligence officials say.
Washington flouts its own rules and spends more than $1.5 billion a year at overseas factories that have a history of legal violations, the New York Times said.
An Afghan general warned of "challenges and problems" for his country's military if a security agreement isn't signed soon with the United States.
The most common question asked as a regular visitor to Iraqi Kurdistan is whether it or all Kurds can, will or wish to be independent. It reflects the long struggle of the Kurds to maintain their identity in often hostile circumstances but it is looking at the issue the wrong way round.
Protesters in Thailand followed a large rally Sunday with a warning Monday for the government not to proceed with preparations for upcoming elections.
Thirteen people were criminally charged Sunday for the deaths of 112 workers in a 2012 Bangladesh clothing factory fire, court documents said.
When history books talk about 2013, they may want to omit the time a toothbrush shut down part of an airport or the dentist who wanted to clone John Lennon.
Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in early November, leveling entire communities and creating massive devastation.
2013 was a year of milestones and horror: the election of a new pope, the birth of a future king and horrific terrorist attacks in Algeria, Kenya and the United States.
Several hundred relatives of the recently executed uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been rounded up and imprisoned or killed, reports said.
The Chinese government said it denounces Japan's new military strategy and has accused the country of military expansion.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Philippine city of Tacloban Saturday and pledged to help people affected by the typhoon, the United Nations said.
An Indian diplomat charged with visa fraud has been transferred to a position at the United Nations to provide her with more diplomatic immunity, officials say.
The remains of a U.S. soldier listed as missing in action during the Korean War have been returned to the widow who has been waiting for him for 63 years.
Packages soaked with a deadly toxic chemical prompted a public apology from a Chinese delivery company Saturday.
Two sons of Turkish government ministers are among 24 people arrested as part of an investigation into a bribery and fraud ring, officials say.
China's national health commission said it has tightened supervision of pneumonia and flu cases after a human case of the new strain of bird flu was reported.
Chinese authorities said the woman accused of delivering poisoned yogurt to an elementary school likely has a mental disorder.
Thailand's caretaker prime minister has called on all political parties to participate in February elections, promising that reforms will follow.
Two NASA astronauts with makeshift adaptations to their spacesuits ventured outside the International Space Station Saturday on a repair mission, officials say.
Four people, including a mayor and an 18-month-old baby, were shot and killed Friday as they left Manila's airport, Philippine authorities said.
The United Nations marked "Human Solidarity Day" Friday by calling for action to reduce extreme poverty, hunger and disease by 2015.
The Indian government Friday petitioned the Supreme Court to reconsider its revival of a ban on gay sex, saying individual rights must be respected.
The Syrian civil war contributed to a sharp jump in the number of refugess worldwide in the first six months of 2013, U.N. officials said Friday.
A senior official of a firm that services U.S. Navy ships has been put on leave as a result of an overbilling investigation, officials say.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by U.S. sailors who were exposed to dangerous radiation following the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Russian lawmakers drawing up new dress codes for the country's schools suggest a "wall of shame" for teachers who dress provocatively.
Opulent and lavish funerals are to be avoided and Chinese officials are to set an example, they were told as the government began an anti-extravagance campaign.
President Obama said Friday he intends to nominate Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
The United States can't be trusted to honor its commitment to an interim nuclear deal with Iran, a senior Iranian cleric said during Friday prayers in Tehran.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he was concerned by unconfirmed reports that Afghan forces turned some security checkpoints over to the Taliban.
North Korea threatened in a fax message to strike "mercilessly" against South Korea in response to recent protests in Seoul, South Korean officials said.
French energy services contractor Technip said Friday it signed a five-year deal with its Chinese counterparts to help exploit reserves in Chinese waters.
The acting governor of oil-rich Unity state in South Sudan said at least 16 people were killed during clashes there between oil workers and rival tribes.
Singapore is set to deport 53 immigrant Asians workers for their part in the city-state's recent riot -- the first in 40 years.
India and the United States sought to end their diplomatic row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat, noting bilateral relations need to move forward.
News that the Spanish courts have indicted Faleh al-Fayad, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's top security adviser, for "offenses against international community," is clear confirmation of Maliki's role in these crimes against humanity.
More than half of U.S. Hispanics say removing the threat of deportation is more important to immigrants than a path to citizenship, a poll indicates.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, will decommission the facility's two remaining reactors, Units 5 and 6.
Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has opened a new office in the South Korean capital to strengthen and promote its regional business.
Four senior members of the largest syndicate within the Japanese Yakuza crime network now are subject to sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday.
Children as young as eight are being held at prisons run by Islamist extremists inside Syria where inmates are tortured and killed, Amnesty International said.
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman has landed in North Korea to train a team of basketball players, the country's state-run media says.
Johns Hopkins University researchers found that despite improvements in food security in North Korea, most people there were asked to get by on fewer resources.
Residents in most of countries once part of the Soviet Union say the breakup more likely hurt their countries, not benefited them, a Gallup poll indicated.
Difficult issues surrounding Iran's nuclear program can be sorted with through multilateral cooperation, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Thursday.
Members of the European community said Thursday elections next year in Afghanistan will be a turning point but the country still needs long-term assistance.
Pakistan appointed Lt. Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat to head the department responsible for developing and protecting the country's nuclear assets.
U.S. authorities arrested a former Indian national in Nevada on charges of providing material support to terrorism groups in India and Pakistan.
The arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York did not happen in front of her children as reported, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to contain the escalating diplomatic crisis with New Delhi over the arrest of a female Indian diplomat in New York.
U.S. President Barack Obama intends to nominate Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as the next U.S. ambassador to China, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
A federal jury in New York Wednesday convicted an Indonesian businessman of selling millions of dollars of counterfeit wines.
With a long-term security deal stalled between the United States and Afghanistan, officials said support for an accord has come from an unlikely place: Iraq.
A mass grave of people believed to have been executed in the Soviet Union in the 1930s was uncovered Wednesday near Ulan-Ude, Russia, investigators said.
A Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent has pleaded guilty in San Diego to taking bribes in a ship husbanding scandal, officials said.
Sonar systems for a new frigate being built for Thailand by South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering are being supplied by Atlas Elektronik GmbH.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Wednesday enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity could resume quickly if an interim nuclear deal collapses.
The Russian government said it proposed transferring control over the Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan to Russian investment company Novaport.
Afghanistan faces real security challenges as it readies itself for provincial council and presidential elections in April, a U.N. envoy said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, after touring the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan, announced more U.S. humanitarian aid to the Philippines Wednesday.
The execution in North Korea of Jang Song Thaek, one of leader Kim Jong Un's uncles, was one of several executions this year, U.N. envoys said Wednesday.
A Turkish court said it has suspended the trial of a publisher and a translator accused of corrupting the public's morals with a book written 106 years ago.
The Pentagon is trying to determine if the six U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan died in a helicopter crash or from subsequent enemy fire, sources told CNN.
Opium output in Myanmar, the world's second largest producer after Afghanistan, rose 26 percent from last year, a U.N report said.
Prosecutors in Indonesia are demanding a 16-year jail sentence for a British woman for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the country.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet adopted a new defense strategy calling for sharply higher spending as China expands its military.
An India-U.S. diplomatic row over the arrest and treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York escalated sharply with New Delhi taking retaliatory steps.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke in Manila Tuesday of American involvement in helping rebuild the Philippines after a devastating November typhoon.
Japanese officials announced a new national security strategy that includes a large increase on military spending as tensions escalate with China.
Indirect deaths from Fukushima's 2011 nuclear plant meltdown exceed the number of prefecture deaths from the earthquake and tsunami, The Mainichi reported.
A Russian DJ posted a picture to Instagram of a spider he alleges was found in his salad while flying on airline Transaero.
A zoo worker was killed when a tiger he was feeding attacked him at the Shanghai Zoo in China Tuesday morning.
The development of China's natural gas sector offers "golden opportunities" for investors, says a new report by the China Energy Fund Committee.
The Navy has contracted a Guam-based communications company to expand services provided to the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command on the island.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said sanctions pressure on Iran would kill the prospects for a long-term nuclear deal.
Five people died and four others were injured when a tank in a processing plant in southwestern China collapsed Tuesday, officials said.
North Koreans marked the second anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death and vowed to follow his son, Kim Jong Un, at a ceremony held Tuesday in a Pyongyang stadium.
Vietnamese police in Ho Chi Minh City said employees of a preschool admitted to torturing the children after videotapes and pictures captured the abuse.
Russian First Deputy Defense Minister Arkady Bakhin said sending the Iskander-M missile system to the Caucasus region was the start of major installations.
Six service members of the International Security Assistance Force were killed in an aircraft crash in Afghanistan Tuesday, the ISAF said.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said engagement is better than isolation when it comes to its relationship with Turkmenistan.
Four Turkish soldiers died Tuesday when a military helicopter crashed in a rural area near the Golbasi district of Ankara, the Andalou Agency reported.
A Turkish court released seven men suspected of raping two underage girls because the men said the girls appeared to be older.
The European Commission president said Tuesday's decision to invest in a gas corridor from Azerbaijan is a "breakthrough" for energy security.
French energy company GDF Suez announced it was investing in a thermal power project in India that could produce as much as 1 gigawatt of energy.
A manager at the National Iranian Gas Exports Co. said negotiations were under way with Indian companies to deliver natural gas through a deep water pipeline.
China may abolish its decades-old reeducation-through-labor program to safeguard human rights, the state media said.
Prime Minister David Cameron, visiting Afghanistan, said British troops there can proudly return home after having achieved a "basic level of security."
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North Korea seems to be preparing for its fourth nuclear test to divert attention from the execution its leader's uncle, a South Korean lawmaker said.
A pact inked Monday between Turkey and the European Union should open up travel while allowing illegal Turkish immigrants to be sent back, officials say.
A Chinese panda breeding expert said "panda porn" videos have proven useful in convincing giant pandas of both genders to breed.
The family of a former FBI agent missing in Iran while freelancing for the CIA says the U.S. government has abandoned their loved one in the field.
On the first anniversary of the death of a young medical student who was gang raped, vigils were held Monday across the Indian capital, officials say.
A college student in Philadelphia said she wants political asylum from her native Kyrgyzstan after facing online threats of being "bridenapped."
A moderate earthquake that rattled central China Monday afternoon injured three people, say local authorities.
A drunk passenger beat up an attendant in a dispute over toilet privileges on a Russian airline flight, police allege, causing an emergency landing in Siberia.
The United Nations and its partners seek $13 billion in aid to help millions of people in need in 2014, of which about half would be for Syria, officials said.
A ship with 600 passengers was being towed back to port after its engines quit, leaving the vessel adrift in waters of the southern Philippines, officials say.
The Pentagon has notified the U.S. Congress it plans to sell Saudi Arabia 15,000 anti-tank missiles worth more than $1.1 billion, a massive purchase of that type of weapon by any standard outside of wartime emergency.
Managed security services in Australia and New Zealand is projected to grow by nearly a $1 billion by the year 2019, analysis firm Frost & Sullivan says.
The Taliban said in a report Monday on Afghan developments they were concerned by the high level of corruption in the Afghan central government.
About 46 people were killed in attacks across Iraq, including 12 religious pilgrims who were pulled from a bus and shot, police officials said Monday.
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev said Monday a Russian military aid package should help with national efforts to reorganize its military by 2017.
A roadside bomb exploded in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, killing four members of a bomb disposal crew en route to another blast site, officials said.
A U.S. decision to impose new sanctions on Iran show the government there isn't committed to a solution to the nuclear impasse, an Iranian lawmaker said Monday.
An Iranian deputy energy minister said his government was recommending Pakistan look for a third party to help finance a natural gas pipeline from Iran.
A U.S. Navy Knighthawk helicopter crashed near the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan Monday, injuring two crew members, military officials said.
Malaysian energy company Petronas said it made a natural gas discovery off the coast of Malaysia and found oil off the coast of Indonesia.
Security forces in southern Thailand stepped up patrols after suspected separatist rebels shot dead several civilians and wounded a 2-year-old boy.
Clashes in western China's ethnically tense Xinjiang region, home to Muslim Uighurs, killed at least 16 people, including two police officers, officials said.
North Korea's execution of the powerful uncle of its leader Kim Jong Un shows it is capable of "reckless provocations," South Korea's president warned Monday.
A Philippine passenger bus fell off an elevated expressway near Manila early Monday, crashing into a van below and killing at least 22 people, police said.
At least six people died in two separate attacks during the weekend in Afghanistan, authorities said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday the United States hasn't abandoned searching for a retired FBI agent who disappeared in Iran six years ago.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday reports North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed show how "ruthless" and "insecure" he is.
Clashes during Sunday's general strike in Bangladesh left four people dead, hospital officials said.
Heavy rains hitting southern China's Hainan province have prompted the evacuation of 150,000 people in the region, officials said.
The United States is chipping in $17 million to help Vietnam brace for the impact of climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.
A senior Japanese diplomat in Yemen was taken to a hospital Sunday after he survived being stabbed during a kidnapping attempt, police said.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations adopted a statement Saturday implicitly criticizing China for declaring an air zone over an island group.
U.S. and Chinese warships nearly collided in the South China Sea when a Chinese ship cut across the bow of an American cruiser, a U.S. official said Saturday.
Suthep Thaugsuban, a top anti-government activist in Thailand, says a solution to political crisis in Thailand is for Prime Minister Yingluck to resign.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has returned to Vietnam for a four-day trip to discuss trade and human rights issues with leaders there.
A Russian jet fighter crashed near Vladivostok Saturday, but both crew members escaped injury, defense officials said.
A NATO airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday killed at least seven suspected militants, officials said.
China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe has made a soft landing on the moon, a trying process that has been matched only by the United States and Russia, officials say.
North Korean business representatives in China have been summoned home amid what analysts see as a purge of the secretive country's elite.
More rigorous English-language education for younger students will be introduced in 2020, Japanese education officials said Friday.
The United States is "comfortable" with the progress of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.
Two people were killed, and a third injured, in attacks Friday on anti-polio workers in Pakistan, police said.
Officials from North and South Korea will meet next week to discuss upgrades to a jointly operated industrial park, an official said Friday in Seoul.
The European Parliament confirmed Friday a five-member delegation arrived in Iran to work to re-establish bilateral ties with Iranian legislators.
An analyst for 38 North, a North Korean blog from Johns Hopkins University, said Friday it is premature to judge what the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle means.
Chinese prosecutors filed charges against activist Xu Zhiyong soon after the U.S. government voiced worry on treatment of activists in China, Xu's lawyer said.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said Friday the U.S. need to contain Iran with a missile defense problem is "no longer valid."
Indian officials said Friday the United States publicly humiliated a diplomat when New York police arrested her for alleged visa fraud.
A man who injured 23 elementary school pupils with a knife in China was sentenced to death Friday.
A senior U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service official will plead guilty in a fraud scandal involving a Singapore defense contractor, his lawyer said.
U.S. Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen said Iran will lose billions of dollars in oil revenue because of sanctions pressure.
The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through portions of the Philippines in early November, topped 6,000 as of early Friday, federal officials said.
A Pakistani government minister said sanctions on Iran's energy are curbing progress on a bilateral gas pipeline but Islamabad was committed nonetheless.
Syrian President Bashar Assad moves from arch-villain to a new status: The lesser of two evils as thousands of young Islamists flood the country,
Clashes broke out Friday in Bangladesh following the hanging of Abdul Qader Mollah for war crimes, intensifying a crisis that has gripped the country for weeks.
Cyber security company FireEye claims that Chinese hackers broke into the computer systems of five European foreign ministries over the summer.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek, a leading official of the country before being purged, was executed for treason, the government said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime executed his uncle Jang Song Thaek, a powerful figure before his recent purge, state media said Friday.
Washington Thursday named several companies as part of a network helping Iran evade oil embargoes and sanctions on the country's nuclear activities.
Israeli broadband solutions company Radwin and sister firm RAD Data Communications have donated products to the Philippines to help in typhoon relief efforts.
Iraq is to receive 24 advanced trainer and multirole light jet fighters from Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. under a contract worth more than $1.1 billion.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said there are some legal issues on the battlefields of Somalia and Afghanistan for private security contractors.
Abdul Quader Mollah, convicted of 1971 war crimes, was hanged Thursday after numerous delays and appeals, the first execution of a war criminal in Bangladesh.
Afghanistan may take a step backward if presidential and provincial elections next year are fraudulent, the House foreign affairs committee chairman said.
Ali Akbar Salehi, one of Iran's top nuclear officials, said Thursday there was no basis to claims that Iran's nuclear activities had slowed down.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his State of the Nation address he wouldn't allow any strategic rival to gain an advantage over Russia in the region.
A lawyer representing the doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden fled Pakistan after receiving death threats, his family said.
A global affairs official at French energy company GDF Suez said entering a joint venture working in deep Malaysian waters anchors its regional position.
The Iranian Oil Ministry said its May oil and natural gas exhibition will be historic because of the potential gained from last month's interim nuclear deal.
A coalition soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.
The government in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic, announced its consent to a deal to sell its natural gas company to Russia's Gazprom for $1.
Two convicted murderers were hanged Thursday in Japan, shortening the average length of time between sentencing and execution, the Justice Ministry said.
Six-year-old Guo Bin, whose eyes were gouged out in an attack four months ago in China, went home Thursday with prosthetic replacements.
India's long-awaited light combat aircraft Tejas cleared a critical test point on Saturday by accurately test-firing an infrared missile.
The current election-related violence in Bangladesh could seriously threaten the stability of the country, a U.N. official warned.
The autopilot of Asiana Flight 214 was disconnected shortly before a crash-landing in San Francisco that killed three people, a report released Wednesday said.
Officials in Vietnam said a street dubbed Facebook after its construction was funded by a group on the website, but the name has not been approved officially.
India is trying to convince mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd. to stay invested in the country, and may offer a partnership with state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp as an incentive, an oil ministry official said.
Russian police said they have arrested the "gallant robber" who politely asked for cash when threatening a clerk with a knife failed.
Police in China said they arrested a man who stole about $3,270 cash from a stranger's home and left his name and contact information on an IOU.
U.N. special envoy for human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana praised a decision Wednesday from its government to release 44 prisoners of conscience.
A spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Wednesday talks in Vienna with the IAEA may take more than a day to find common ground.
An American who was arrested in Phnom Penh on rape charges filed in the United States also faces child sex abuse charges in Cambodia, authorities said.
NATO said Wednesday it extended the tenure of Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen through September so he could preside over next year's summit.
The death toll has increased to 16 in a fire that broke out Wednesday at a wholesale produce market in Shenzhen, China, fire officials said.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said it doesn't see any impact on the global oil market from the November interim nuclear deal with Iran.
The International Monetary Fund said there were risks to the health of the Russian economy because of its heavy reliance on the oil industry.
The U.S. Energy Department announced a 1993 deal to convert weapons-grade nuclear material from Russia to fuel for the U.S. energy sector was completed.
The Pakistani government said Wednesday it was ready to move ahead with a gas pipeline from Iran but needed assurances regarding the impact of U.S. sanctions.
The Indian Supreme Court Wednesday reversed a 2009 lower court order and upheld an old law making sex between homosexuals a criminal offense.
An explosion occurred in Afghanistan Wednesday morning near the capital's airport, but there were no casualties among the NATO forces.
The U.S.-Afghanistan security deal will eventually be concluded despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign it, Ambassador James Dobbins said.
Bangladesh Islamist leader Abdul Quader Mollah, who was scheduled to be hanged on a war crimes conviction, won a stay pending a new hearing Wednesday.
Fire broke out early Wednesday at a wholesale produce market in China, killing at least 15 people and injuring five more, fire officials said.
Pakistan violated the cease-fire agreement up to 149 times this year, causing the deaths of 12 security personnel, Indian legislators were told Tuesday.
An analysis of the military helicopter market forecasts rapid growth to 2022, with earned revenues rising from $31.32 billion in 2012 to $44.27 billion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday ordered the military to increase its presence in the arctic and to open more military bases in the region next year.
A portion of China's massive South-to-North Water Diversion Project has started to supply water.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said imposing new sanctions on Iran while negotiations are ongoing would be counterproductive.
U.N. experts called on Iraq Tuesday to ensure the safety of seven Camp Ashraf residents allegedly abducted after a deadly attack, the United Nations said.
The Iraqi government is called on to explain what happened to seven members of a dissident Iranian group, a U.N. working group said.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday it started a five-day training seminar in Myanmar to help train police in restive Rakhine state.
Radical cleric Abu Qatada, deported to Jordan after a 10-year legal battle in Britain, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts.
The United Nations marked the 20th anniversary of the human rights declaration in Vienna by recognizing what has been done while noting what needs to be done.
Seven people died in a fire early Tuesday morning in a beauty spa in Yangon, Myanmar, local fire department officials said.
Nelson Mandela showed the power of "taking risks on behalf of our ideals," U.S. President Obama said at a memorial service Tuesday for the anti-apartheid hero.
Yingluck Shinawatra said Tuesday she will stay on as Thailand's prime minister until February elections despite insistence from protesters she step down.
North Korea, under its leader Kim Jong Un, has set off a "reign of terror" through its recent purges, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday.
China should release detained Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and end his wife's house arrest, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged.
Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen's 1837 fairy tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes," tells of a vain emperor valuing clothes so much he turns a blind eye when duped into believing he is wearing magical new attire.
China says it regrets South Korea's recent expansion of its air defense identification zone but that it is ready to maintain communication with Seoul.
South Africa's Nelson Mandela had a "wonderful time" in the week before his death because the entire family was with him, a daughter said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Pakistan Monday blocked NATO supply lines could jeopardize hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance.
Russian police said they arrested a woman accused of stealing chemically preserved conjoined twin fetuses from a museum.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday the Western effort to curb progress in his country's nuclear sector had little impact.
European Neighborhood Commissioner Stefan Fule said Monday it was time to start a new era of bilateral cooperation with Armenia.
Afghanistan efforts to enforce a law designed to protect violence against women are "slow and uneven," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said.
Rare wild animals were banned from official state dinners in China as part of a push to promote frugality and oppose extravagance, an official document says.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said oil output from the country for 2013 should reach a post-Soviet record of 3.8 billion barrels.
Thais will head to the polls likely in early February after the prime minister, faced with continuing mass anti-government protests in the capital, dissolved the Lower House.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pegged economic recovery in the country on greater activity in the oil sector and increased tax revenues.
Malaysian energy company Petronas said Monday it agreed to sell a minor share of its Canadian shale gas assets to a petroleum company based in Brunei.
Natural gas deliveries to Turkey and Europe are only the start of the realization of Azerbaijan's potential, an Azeri company director said.
Police held 27 suspects Monday after what authorities described as the first riots in Singapore in four decades.
An Indonesian commuter train and gasoline truck collided Monday at a railroad crossing in Jakarta, leaving at least seven people dead, officials said.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, facing weeks of anti-government protests, Monday dissolved Parliament and called for new elections.
The European Parliament's delegation for relations with Iran is set to travel to Iran this week. If it goes ahead as planned, this will be the first official visit by the Parliament to Iran in six years.
Jang Song Thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was ousted from all powerful posts on various charges, the official media confirmed Monday.
A Seoul Zoo employee died Sunday, two weeks after being mauled by a Siberian tiger, hospital officials said.
Heavy fog and smog gripped parts of China Sunday, with several cities closing roads and canceling flights.
Thailand's opposition party said Sunday its members will resign from the Legislature because they can no longer work with the government, CNN reported.
South Korea said Sunday it has set up its own air defense zone to counter China's unilateral expansion of its own air defense zone.
A British resident locked up at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was heartened by a letter from Foreign Secretary William Hague, a prisoner rights activist said.
President Obama Sunday congratulated the World Trade Organization for coming up with a major global trade agreement.
Afghan police have recorded more reports of violence against women under a recently enacted law, but prosecutions remain low, a U.N. report says.
India's ruling party appeared to be headed to a setback in Sunday's state elections, early returns Sunday indicated.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday he would have no problem meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden landed back in the United States Saturday, ending his trip to Asia where he reaffirmed Washington's commitment to the region.
The government of Kyrgyzstan has sued a Canadian mining company, saying Centerra Gold did not pay the required deposits for environmental damage.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Saturday she does not believe her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, wants to return to political life.
A Chinese buyer said he shipped a high-priced bottle of wine he bought from the prime minister of France home to China without tasting it first.
Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old U.S. military veteran of the Korean War, held for weeks by North Korea, landed Saturday in San Francisco after being released.
An aviation warning has been issued for the area around the Klyuchevskoi volcano in Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian authorities said Saturday.
North Korea has publicly executed about 40 people this year, an escalation a South Korean lawmaker says may be part of new efforts to suppress internal dissent.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died at age 95 after a long illness, will be buried in the province where he was born, officials said.
A sergeant in the British Royal Marines was given a life sentence with no release for at least 10 years for killing a suspected insurgent in Afghanistan.
Jordan Friday was elected a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council by members of the General Assembly, the U.N. said.
Protest leaders in Thailand, both opposing and supporting the government, said massive rallies will be held next week to mobilize supporters.
A trial in China was held with everyone involved wearing medical masks because a one defendant is a leprosy patient who refused treatment, the court said.
Chinese officials closed factories in Shanghai Friday and restricted public transportation on the city's roads as air pollution hit hazardous levels.
No "daylight" is between the United States and Israel when it comes to ensuring Iran doesn't get a nuclear weapon, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday
Equipment and systems for a military training center are being supplied to an unidentified country in the Asia-Pacific region by Cubic Defense Systems.
Vice President Joe Biden stressed America's commitment to the Pacific region, while tensions mount over China's air defense zone, during a stop in Seoul Friday.
Brunei's Ministry of Defense has accepted two Sikorsky Aircraft S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for use by the Royal Brunei Air Force.
Human Rights Watch said it was concerned proposed legislation in Kyrgyzstan could undermine the effectiveness of a vibrant civil community.
Japan's ruling bloc was expected to vote on a secrecy bill while the opposition threatened to submit a no-confidence motion against the prime minister.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday the decision by Ukraine to suspend association with the European Union was a decision made in Kiev.
Executions in North Korea have risen sharply to suppress internal dissent, South Korean lawmaker Cho Won-jin said Friday.
Oil service company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday oil and gas exploration internationally was increasing though U.S. activity declined.
There are concerns about the way Russia's Gazprom will manage the South Stream gas pipeline, a spokeswoman for EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said.
Austrian energy company OMV said Friday it completed development of the Latif natural gas field in Pakistan, where it expects production increases next year.
The United States and China reached agreements on energy, climate change and food and drug safety on the sidelines of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit.
Kongsberg has signed a contract with the New Zealand Defense Force for an undisclosed number of Penguin Mk 2 Mod 7 anti-ship missiles and associated equipment.
North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear complex is showing increased activity based on recent satellite imagery, a U.S. think tank says.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights says it has documented an attack by Syrian forces on a hospital last month in a rebel-held area of the city of Homs.
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking in Beijing before flying to Seoul on an Asian trip, expressed U.S. concerns about China's newly established air defense zone.
The FBI said Thursday in New York 49 current or former Russian diplomats or their spouses have been charged in a broad illegal scheme to get Medicaid benefits.
A North Korean facility described as a political prison camp is growing and should be investigated, the human rights group Amnesty International said Thursday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has suggested that Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, consider discharging less harmful radioactive water from the site into the sea.
A Sakai, Japan, woman has been arrested for harassment, police claiming she has telephoned the police department at least 15,000 times in the past six months.
A landslide in northwest China's Gansu province killed 10 people and injured 21 others, local officials said Thursday.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki he was eager to establish a better relationship with his western neighbor.
Authorities in southern India's Karnataka state say a tiger suspected of killing as many as four villagers has been captured.
Human rights groups say the deck is stacked against returning refugees who are trying to resettle land abandoned during Myanmar's fight with Kachin rebels.
U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis told NATO leaders there were challenges ahead for the country but things are moving in the right direction.
Australia's Department of Defense has chosen Selex ES Ltd. to acquire and support new communications systems for Royal Australian Navy frigates.
Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver said the government is committed to the responsible development of its vast natural reserves.
An Iranian legislator said President Hassan Rouhani was called to submit his plans to parliament on next year's budget following OPEC's summit in Vienna.
Officials on Christmas Island, Australia, said they're searching for refugees, likely from Myanmar, who have been living on the island since their boat sank.
The lack of a peace deal with the Palestinians poses a greater threat to Israel than a nuclear Iran, former security chief Yuval Diskin said.
Thailand's anti-government protesters suspended their weeks-long campaign Thursday to observe the 86th birthday of the nation's revered monarch.
Timely medical help saved a restaurant chef in China who was sprayed by the venom of a cobra he was slaughtering, a hospital doctor said.
A gas explosion in a coal mine early Thursday in eastern China's Jiangxi province killed at least six workers, authorities said.
Vice President Joe Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday the United States has "deep concerns" about China's air defense zone over disputed waters.
Paul Aussaresses, who was stripped of his rank as a French Army general for admitting using torture in Algeria and defending the practice, has died. He was 95.
The Republic of Korea is seeking to purchase more than a dozen CH-47D helicopters from the United States through a Foreign Military Sales deal.
Canadian simulation system manufacturer CAE has announced more than $93 million in new orders for simulator upgrades and training services.
Russia and NATO officials agreed Wednesday to a joint effort to destroy thousands of outdated Cold War-era weapons in Russia's Kaliningrad region, NATO said.
NATO and Russian foreign ministers meeting in Brussels affirmed their support for a joint effort to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal Wednesday.
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao said Wednesday his government was ready to embrace a partnership of "non-conflict" with the United States.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said its representatives were in Myanmar training surgeons how to deal with war wounds in Kachin state.
The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said Wednesday it was pleased Afghan officials formed a media watchdog for next year's elections.
A report by French aid group Action Contra la Faim says Sri Lankan security forces killed 17 of its aid workers in 2006 and the charity is demanding an international inquiry into the massacre.
The U.S. military, citing risks to personnel once they're in Pakistan because of drone strike protests, said it stopped cargo shipments from Afghanistan.
Malaysian oilfield services provider Bumi Armada Berhad said it secured a contract from Russian oil company Lukoil to support work in the Caspian Sea.
Suspected opposition activists derailed a train in Gaibandha in northern Bangladesh Wednesday, killing at least four people, authorities said.
South Korea's Hanbit nuclear power plant closed one of its reactors Wednesday due to a problem in the generation turbine, but ruled out any radiation leak.
South Korean military commanders met Wednesday to discuss what appeared to be a power struggle within the leadership of North Korea.
Attorneys for two Gitmo detainees have demanded a European court hold Poland responsible for waterboarding done by the CIA at a secret site in the country.
Transparency International ranked Denmark and New Zealand as the world's least corrupt countries in its annual report released Tuesday.
A man missing since allegedly shooting a man to death at a Sikh sports festival in 2008 in Sacramento County, Calif., was arrested in India, authorities said.
Two workers from Assam in northeastern India have been charged with raping a guest at an island resort near Thiruvananthapuram in the far south.
U.S. and Israeli forces have pulled out of the central Philippines after helping with relief operations in the region, a Philippine official said Tuesday.
The government in Kyrgyzstan said Tuesday at least nine police officers were injured in clashes this week in the restive southern city of Osh.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden slammed China's creation of an air defense zone over disputed waters, saying the United States has an interest in easing tensions.
The Navy of the Republic of Singapore is to receive two HDW-class 218SG submarines from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems of Germany.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday a visit from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is an opportunity to establish a level of mutual trust.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said Tuesday another round of nuclear negotiations is scheduled next week in Vienna.
A lawyer representing Timor-Leste in a case charging Australia with spying says his Canberra office was raided Tuesday by the Australian intelligence service.
An explosion in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province Tuesday killed two people and wounded 10 others, officials said.
Independent Russian pollster Levada Center said Tuesday data show support for Russian President Vladimir Putin is waning.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday from Brussels the Afghan government should sign a U.S. security agreement as soon as possible.
A population coordinator in a rural Vietnamese commune distributed beans to children he claimed to be vitamin A, health officials said.
Asian teenagers lead the world in math, reading and science while U.S. students lag behind in the middle of the pack, a study indicates.
The retrial of radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, deported by Britain after a 10-year legal battle, is to start Dec. 10, Middle East Online reported Tuesday.
Anti-government protesters entered Government House and Metropolitan Police Bureau compounds in Bangkok Tuesday after Thai officials ordered barricades removed.
The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been removed from power, the South Korean intelligence agency said Tuesday.
South Korea will confirm this week an expansion of its air defense identification zone in the East China Sea as a response to China's expansion of its ADIZ, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh marked the Tuesday inauguration of an interstate gas pipeline with an invitation to investors to join the Indian energy sector.
The European Union said it would impose additional anti-dumping measures on imports of solar panels from China for certain manufacturers.
A senior North Korean official Tuesday accused the United States of taking a hostile attitude toward the country's nuclear program.
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Thai police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters Monday in violence described as the country's worst political unrest since 2010, officials say.
The White House Monday denied a report that President Obama is scoping out a trip to Iran next year.
Countries must unite to end modern forms of slavery, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in New York on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
The White House encourages North Korea to release Merrill Newman, a military veteran of the Korean War, because of his age and health, a spokesman said Monday.
The top U.N. human rights official said the scale of abuse in Syria "almost defies belief" as she reviewed her report on human rights progress Monday.
DRS' mission command capabilities are being integrated into First Win armored tactical vehicles by Thailand's Chaiseri Metal & Rubber Co Ltd.
Singapore is on course to become Asia's premier liquefied natural gas trading hub, says a key executive.
The U.S. Navy has suspended Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Ltd from doing any new business with the service because of alleged suspect business practices.
Collins-class submarines of the Royal Australian Navy are to receive upgrades to their integrated control management and monitoring system.
Turkey monitored the activities of members of certain religious sects until this year despite government claims the practice stopped in 2010, documents say.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday a visit by the British prime minister was indicative of the strong foundation developing under bilateral affairs.
Cambodian villagers and monks are making their way to the country's capital, Phnom Penh, to take part in an annual human rights protest, activists say.
Bulgaria and Armenia had the dubious distinction in 2012 of leading the world in suffering, a survey released by Gallup Monday indicated.
A bus skidded off a road and into a ravine in southern Pakistan's Azad Jammu and Kashmir district, killing 10 passengers and injuring five others, police said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said she was surprised by a decision by the European Union to keep sanctions pressure in place.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Monday the government has legitimate security concerns related to a defense zone in the East China Sea.
North Korea has stepped up a propaganda campaign in an attempt to get South Korea to soften its attitude toward its communist neighbor, experts say.
Two Bahraini lawmakers urged the World Trade Organization Monday to add Arabic to the organization's list of official languages.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has rejected demands to resign after protest leaders gave her two days to step down.
Protesters and police clashed Monday in Osh, Kyrgyzstan following the arrest of a member of the opposition Ata-Zhurt party, RIA Novosti reported.
U.S. energy company Hess Corp. said Monday it was selling its interests in Indonesia to its counterparts there for $1.3 billion.
Police in China said they rescued two men trapped in a burial chamber for 25 hours, then arrested them as suspected grave-robbers.
A Chinese environmental group said it filed a lawsuit against PetroChina for the illegal dumping of waste water from drilling operations in Kirin province.
The Japanese government said it is close to confirming the presence of methane hydrate, a potential energy source, on the bed of the Sea of Japan.
Tognum AG's Singapore subsidiary has been given a contract to supply diesel engines for use on littoral patrol vessels by the Republic of Singapore navy.
An explosion near a district security office killed four police officers and injured 19 Monday in Afghanistan's Maidan Wardak province, an official said.
South Korea exported more refined oil products to the United States, Japan and Europe, offsetting lower demand from Asia, the Trade Ministry said.
The governor of Iran's southern Abadan province said an oil company's security forces halted a plot to bomb a pipeline.
PT Dirgantara Indonesia/Indonesian Aerospace produced its first complete main fuselage assembly for Eurocopter EC725 and EC225 helicopters.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on his Asia trip, will stress America's "strong commitment" to Asia-Pacific rebalancing, a senior administration officials said.
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A Canadian man was arrested after allegedly trying to pass sensitive details about Canada's naval shipbuilding program to China, authorities said Sunday.
A fire in a clothing factory in Prato, Italy, Sunday killed at least seven people and injured two others, medical officials said.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden headed to Asia Sunday for talks with Japanese, Chinese and South Korean leaders on regional and global issues.
China's space program scored another success Monday with the successful launch of its first Chang'e-3 lunar rover mission, its space scientists announced.
The new giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington was given the name Bao Bao Sunday, the zoo said.
Anti-government protests in Thailand turned deadly Sunday with three people killed in shootings between rival political camps, officials said.
Nine people were killed in landslides caused by heavy rains in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, officials said.
Israel's prime minister is searching for proof Iran is violating the interim agreement to curb its nuclear program, a British newspaper reported.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said Saturday China's claim of an "air defense identification zone" over disputed islands may threaten international aviation.
Clashes between thousands of anti-government students and red-shirt supporters Saturday left one man shot to death and five other people wounded, police said.
The U.S. National Security Council urged North Korea Saturday to release Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old U.S. military veteran of the Korean War
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told an audience at an Australian university Saturday to value their country's democracy.
Seventeen exiled Tibetans arrived in Canada as part of a relocation program created by the Canadian government, officials said.
The editor of Tehelka, one of India's most prominent news magazines, was jailed Saturday facing allegations he raped a woman who works for the publication.
Three Indian police officers were killed Saturday when a group of Maoist militants attacked a passenger train in the province of Bihar, railway police said.
Gunmen in northwest Pakistan attacked police officers guarding a team of polio vaccination workers, killing one officer, police said.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on a mechanism for dealing with the Taliban on a peace process, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Saturday.
A week-old blockade of NATO supplies passing through Pakistan's Khyber Paktunkhwa Province is hurting the economy, local business operators say.
South Korean officials said they are studying expanding the country's air defense zone after China refused to modify its wider air zone in the East China Sea.
A U.S. unmanned drone crashed Saturday in the Chaparhar district of Afghanistan's eastern Nangahar province, local authorities said.
The United States advises commercial airlines to comply with China's demand to be notified of flights entering its newly declared defense zone, officials said.
Anti-government protesters in Thailand dispersed peacefully after storming the gate of an army compound in central Bangkok Friday, officials said.
A suicide bomber who hid his explosives in a turban injured three people Friday evening in Kabul, including his apparent target, an Afghan legislator.
The U.S. military commander in Afghanistan called President Hamid Karzai to apologize for a drone strike that killed civilians, a coalition spokesman said.
A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency killed at least three suspected militants and injured several others, officials said.
China scrambled fighter jets in its new air defense zone in the East China Sea Friday in response to international flyovers, a spokesman said.
A special visa program was promised to interpreters for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but hundreds of applicants have been waiting for years, they say.
The Afghan government will not reintroduce stoning as punishment for adultery, despite its inclusion in a proposed legal code, President Hamid Karzai said.
An overwhelming majority of Russians oppose breaking up the massive nation by allowing the secession of one or more of its regions, a survey said.
A Beijing court Friday upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a 2-year-old girl after an argument with her mother about a parking space.
Eighty-seven people were injured Friday when a ferry struck an unknown object off Hei Ling Chau island near Hong Kong, officials said.
Canada's defense minister had a tense exchange with a lawmaker angry at his refusal to say if Ottawa let Washington spy on world leaders during two summits.
U.S. experts, writing separately in The New York Times and the Washington Post on Afghanistan, strongly criticized President Hamid Karzai's current stand.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai firmed up his stand against signing a security pact with the United States after charging a drone strike had killed a child.
Sri Lanka says it has begun a nationwide survey to determine how many people died in the civil war fought from 1983 until 2009.
A U.S. citizen living in the United Arab Emirates has been imprisoned for posting a mocking YouTube video, a human rights group says.
A Japanese official Thursday said his country sent military jets into the East China Sea over China's disputed air defense identification zone, or ADIZ.
The Iranian coast guard seized two Saudi fishing vessels that entered Iran's territorial waters, a provincial official said Wednesday.
China's Global Times Thursday acknowledged the flights of two U.S. B-52 planes over Beijing's new air defense zone "demonstrated" U.S. "defiance" of it.
Thai Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government is facing unrelenting anti-government protests, easily overcame a no-confidence vote Thursday.
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A Chinese visitor who slipped into the gorge while taking pictures at Southern Africa's Victoria Falls survived with only minor injuries, officials said.
A federal appeals judge has upheld a Milwaukee judge's ruling dismissing a lawsuit by Sikh human rights advocates because the defendant was not properly served.
U.S. officials say they are pushing other Afghan officials to sign a security pact after President Hamid Karzai refused to sign it until after April elections.
An overpass collapsed as a cargo train was traveling beneath Wednesday in the Indian state of Bihar, injuring 25 people, officials said.
Protesters in Thailand marched on 10 ministries Wednesday, escalating their demonstrations against the government and blocking workers' entry to the facilities.
Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, criticized China's establishing an air defense zone that included disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Unknown gunmen shot and killed at least six French aid workers Wednesday in the northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, authorities said.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi spoke of her struggles in Myanmar to an audience Wednesday in Sydney, the first stop of her visit to Australia.
Lt. Gen. Raheel Sharif Wednesday was named Pakistan's new army chief, succeeding Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, who is retiring after six years in the post.
A bomb explosion near a nuclear power plant in South India that authorities suspect may have been the work of anti-nuclear activists, killed six people.
China announced its sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, sailed to the South China Sea on its first cross-sea training voyage.
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Despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's strident denunciations of the move toward a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement and efforts by the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington to undo the interim agreement reached in Geneva Sunday, influential former military and intelligence chiefs think otherwise.
At least three people died in Bangladesh Tuesday in violent protests against government plans to hold fresh elections in January, officials said.
South Korea says it formally demanded Tuesday North Korea release a South Korean citizen detained in the Communist country for nearly three weeks.
Retired FBI Agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in Iran in 2007, has become one of the longest held Americans in history, the White House said Tuesday.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has defended his low initial estimate of deaths from Typhoon Haiyan after the storm passed through the central Philippines.
Eight children and one adult were killed Tuesday when a passenger train hit a rickshaw near Dadu, Pakistan, police said.
Two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island in the East China Sea, challenging China's expanded defense zone, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Glyn Davies, U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy, said the North Korean government is out of step with its former nuclear negotiating partners.
A Cambodian appellate court says it has upheld the conviction of a man in the death of a woman and her 3-year-old granddaughter following a 2008 acid attack.
A Vietnam Airlines plane landed on its belly at an airport in Buon Ma Thuot City after its wheel system failed to work, an airline spokesman said.
A dentist and his wife will spend life in prison for the double murder of their daughter and a male house employee, an Indian court ruled Tuesday.
The death toll from two Chinese boats that sank in separate incidents off the coast of eastern Shandong province has risen to 12, officials said.
Chinese police said Tuesday seven employees from energy company Sinopec were among those arrested in a deadly oil pipeline accident last week.
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One of Indonesia's main Islamic political groups the United Development Party said it will seek a broad coalition of Islamic parties to put forward a presidential candidate for next year's election.
Bangkok and nearby areas were put under Thailand's Internal Security Act Tuesday as anti-government protesters showed no sign of ending their agitation.
Police were holding nine people, including seven with the Sinopec refinery, in the deadly oil pipeline blast in China's coastal Qingdao city, officials said.
The Afghan government should reject a proposal to restore stoning as punishment for adultery, the advocacy organization Human Rights Watch said Monday.
Seven people have been detained on charges of operating an illegal bank that financed an international Islamist terror group, Russian police said Monday.
President Obama called the agreement between Iran and Western leaders over Iran's nuclear program the result of "clear-eyed diplomacy" with a U.S. adversary.
A Chinese woman credited the size of her 13-pound, 10-ounce newborn to her diet of milk, eggs and fruit while pregnant.
Russia's government passed new crackdowns on abortion and other medical procedures, including a ban on practitioners advertising the procedure, officials said.
Indian-owned coal company GVK Hancock and Australian rail freight company Aurizon have agreed to jointly develop a rail line to transport thermal coal from Queensland's Galilee Basin to export terminals.
Saying Syria "needs new leadership," the top U.S. diplomat called talks between the Syrian government and rebels an "important meeting at an important time."
AN/TPS-78 air defense and surveillance radar systems are being supplied to the Royal Thai Air Force by Northrop Grumman, the company announced.
U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., said Monday the nuclear deal reached with Iran last weekend lacks the diplomatic muscle to curb Iran's ambitions.
A Japanese couple were found alive 12 days after their car plunged from a 39-foot cliff into a swamp, authorities said.
The head of India's largest household said election days are a trial for the family of 209, which includes 98 voting-eligible adults.
Supporters of Vietnam's representative at the Mrs. World 2013 competition in China blamed a misspelling of her country's name on the pageant's organizers.
Russian police said Monday they believe a black market financing ring may have helped support the Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, banned since 2003.
There's no need for a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe if the Iranian nuclear threat subsides, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday
EU Commissioner for Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva said the European community was "extremely concerned" about ongoing violence in Myanmar.
Police at Pothampatti in southern India said five schoolgirls drowned after getting stuck in sludge at the bottom of a tank while they bathed.
A court in India convicted a dentist and his wife in the 2008 murders of their 14-year-old daughter and a male household employee.
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for an investigation of country's oil and natural gas pipeline network after an explosion that killed at least 52 people.
Iran expects to see more demand for its crude oil now that it has reached a nuclear deal with its Western negotiating partners, an Iranian lawmaker said.
A Pakistani government official said a breakthrough nuclear deal with Tehran may breathe new life into a natural gas pipeline planned from Iran.
Thousands of demonstrators forced their way into the Finance Ministry Monday in a second day of anti-government protests in Bangkok, police said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone was tapped by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, not just by the United States, a German magazine said.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's approval remained the only major obstacle Monday to bringing the Afghanistan-U.S. Bilateral Security Agreement into force.
Two Chinese boats sank in separate incidents off the coast of eastern Shandong province, leaving a total of 26 people missing, authorities said Monday.
China's decision to set up an East China Sea air defense zone has further heated up its island dispute with Japan, raising deep concerns in the United States.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday Iran's promise to halt nuclear enrichment above 5 percent will make Israel and the entire region "safer."
An avalanche killed seven people on Mount Masago in the Toyama Prefecture of Japan, police said, and authorities are searching for missing climbers.
A zookeeper at Seoul Zoo was in serious condition after being mauled by a tiger on Sunday, officials said.
New U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy said during an interview that the United States' most important ally is Japan.
Delegates at U.N. climate talks in Poland said the deals they agreed to would lead to further advances in 2015.
Bahrain police said they arrested two men who were allegedly attempting to enter the country to commit a terrorist attack.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered Sunday in Bangkok calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, officials said.
The death toll from an oil pipeline explosion in northeast China was raised Sunday to 52, with 11 people still missing, officials said.
Unidentified terrorists abducted 11 teachers taking part in a polio vaccination project in Pakistan's Khyber Agency, Geo News reported Saturday.
Iran will halt key portions of its nuclear program in return for the easing of economic sanctions under an interim deal reached early Sunday, diplomats said.
U.S. officials Saturday denied allegations from Afghan President Hamid Karzai that American troops were responsible for killing two Afghan civilians.
Pyongyang has confirmed to Swedish diplomats that an 85-year-old American man is being detained in North Korea, the U.S. State Department said.
Flooding in southern Thailand, following days of heavy rain, has affected more than 100,000 people in eight provinces, officials said.
North Korea should pledge to end its nuclear weapons program, and plan how to do so, before multilateral talks resume, a top South Korean official said.
A 6-year-old boy who lost an eye when a woman attacked him was making progress this week after an artificial eye implant at a Chinese hospital, doctors said.
Authorities urged rescuers to work their hardest to find survivors Saturday after at least 47 people were killed in an oil pipeline explosion in eastern China.
Thousands of people gathered in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Saturday to protest U.S. drone strikes inside Pakistan.
The National Security Agency wants to dramatically increase its ability to spy on the Internet, a document the agency wrote last year says.
Northeastern China has been rattled repeatedly in the past two days by a trio of earthquakes measuring 5.0 or higher, seismologists said Saturday.
Egypt said Saturday it had expelled the Turkish ambassador after months of tension over the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Friday a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan must be done this year.
Two independent United Nations human rights experts expressed doubts about Japan's proposed legislation regarding state secrets, a U.N. statement Friday said.
Cyclone Helen struck India's east coast Friday, killing at least seven people and triggering strong winds and rain, officials said.
Norway's Magnus Carlsen Friday defeated Viswanathan Anand of India in the final game of the World Chess Championship.
Thales Australia has won a $42.6 million contract for in-service support for combat systems on four Royal Australian Navy guided missile frigates.
Radio station-in-exile Democratic Voice of Burma has left Norway after 21 years to broadcast from Myanmar with newly granted legal status, it said Friday.
India's Defense Minister A.K. Antony has said he wants an investigation into high-level recruitment procedures at the country's foremost defense procurement agency Defense Research and Development Organization.
Parole for "beautiful" Australian convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby could be postponed indefinitely as relations between Indonesia and Australia deteriorate further.
The first of 10 C-27J tactical transport aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force has been assembled by Italy's Alenia Aermacchi.
The Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Friday the death toll from super Typhoon Haiyan has spiked to 5,209.
Guinness World Records confirmed a group of 852 children in colorful hoodies set a record for the world's largest human Christmas tree.
Russian police said a suspicious object that led to a bomb squad investigation near a military facility turned out to be an old refrigerator.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said the rule of law and settling ethnic tensions in Kyrgyzstan are central to his nation's sustainable development.
Authorities in Moscow said a group of car thieves allegedly disguised themselves as traffic police and stole a BMW containing about $2 million cash.
A search resumed Friday for four workers missing after being hit by a landslide on a road they were repairing, Japanese officials said.
A U.S. Army Humvee fell into the Hantan River in northern South Korea during a training exercise, killing two American soldiers, officials said Friday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said uranium enrichment must be included in any nuclear deal under consideration in Geneva, Switzerland.
A British government report on Afghanistan Friday said neither party in the conflict gained any ground during the last year of fighting.
Glyn Davies, U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy, said the North Korea government wasn't making it easy to return to the nuclear negotiating table.
China successfully flew its first unmanned stealth aircraft at a test-flight center in the country's southwest region, military fans said on a website.
Indonesian protesters burned an Australian flag and threw eggs at the Australian Embassy in South Jakarta Friday over a wiretapping scandal, officials said.
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Songyuan in northeastern China Friday, but China's state-run media reported no serious injuries or deaths initially.
Canada has abundant natural resources to meet its energy needs in the years ahead, said Gaetan Caron, chairman of the Canadian National Energy Board.
A pipeline under repair caught fire and exploded Friday near a petrochemicals plant in China's Shandong province, killing at least 22 people, officials said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China's crude oil imports from Iran are in line with sanctions targeting the Iranian energy sector.
An islet with a smoking cone was created by a volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean near Japan's Ogasawara Islands, 620 miles south of Tokyo, experts said.
The top U.S. electronic-communications regulator said it would soon propose letting airline passengers use cellphones while in flight.
Nepal's main Maoist party, facing a rout in elections held earlier this week, alleged there was voter fraud and demanded an immediate halt to ballot counting.
Typhoon Haiyan has revealed festering security problems in Southeast Asia.
The new U.S. ambassador to the Philippines was sworn in so hurriedly his family was unable to attend the ceremony, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.
A U.S. State Department official has denied an advisory warning against travel to North Korea was issued because of the detention of an American in Pyongyang.
An infant in China, believed to have suffered "apparent death," was saved from cremation when he began crying at a funeral parlor, doctors said.
Chinese defense importer and exporter Poly Technologies has taken delivery of four Mi-171E transport helicopters built by Russian Helicopters.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he might not sign a security pact with the United States until 2014 even if it is ratified this week.
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said Thursday strategic trust is something that should be nurtured in bilateral affairs with China.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Thursday there were "serious differences" between Tehran and Western nuclear negotiators in Geneva.
Tanya Lokshina, director of Russian programs at Human Rights Watch, called for more pressure on the Kremlin to erase laws against civic organizations.
Three days of driving rain in Baghdad flooded city streets and toppled buildings, killing 11 people, officials said.
Japanese lawmaker Taro Yamamoto, who has been criticized for handing a letter to the emperor, received an envelope with a bullet in it, authorities said.
The Supreme People's Court in China said Thursday evidence obtained through torture should be inadmissible in criminal cases.
Five men were charged in federal court in New York with conspiracy to import nearly pure methamphetamine from North Korea to the United States.
Italian energy company Eni said it would continue to have a strong relationship with Russia after the sale of its stake in gas fields in the Russian arctic.
Russian energy company Gazprom said it set up a special-purpose company to implement the Vladivostok liquefied natural gas project in the Far East.
A bomb explosion in a hotel restaurant in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province killed at least four people, authorities said.
A suspected U.S. drone strike Thursday targeting an Islamic seminary in northwest Pakistan killed at least six people, sources told Geo News.
Only about 1.3 million of the 3.6 million children in Pakistan's violence-ridden Balochistan province have access to schools, officials said.
A U.S. congressional advisory panel on China, citing Beijing's military buildup, warned its naval forces could dominate the western Pacific by 2020.
A Thai court accused the ruling Pheu Thai party Wednesday of trying to overthrow democracy with an effort to restore direct election of the Senate.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Wednesday he has demanded an explanation for Australian monitoring of his phone.
Indian customs officials say recent large seizures show Kolkata has become a major center of gold smuggling.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who became a Taliban target, received the Sakharov Prize Wednesday from the European Parliament.
U.S. and Afghan officials said Wednesday they had resolved final disputes over the agreement on long-term American presence in Afghanistan.
An Indian state government announced politicians will not be allowed to run for office unless they have toilets in their homes.
The Syrian regime has made some initial gains in its swelling offensive in the strategic Qalamoun Mountain region that runs from Damascus westward to the border with Lebanon, which means there are probably going to be more suicide bombings in Lebanon like Tuesday's deadly jihadist attack on the Iran
India and Vietnam have agreed to expand oil exploration projects in the disputed South China Sea.
An Indian woman whose arranged wedding was endangered when the groom failed to show up ended up being married to a wedding guest who volunteered.
Three men convicted of raping and robbing two Russian tourists received long prison terms Wednesday in Thailand.
The Taliban said Wednesday "internal mercenaries" want to ensure international soldiers have a prolonged stay in Afghanistan.
Iranian lawmakers said Wednesday they'd reconsider their agreements with the IAEA if negotiators in Geneva, Switzerland, continue killing time.
Negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan may be "a warranty for peace" in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, the OSCE representative said.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said he is calling on Muslim countries to flight prejudice against Islam.
The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan has reached 4,011, the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Wednesday.
The speaker of the Lebanese Parliament says suicide bombers who attacked the Iranian Embassy in Beirut are from the same group that threatened to kill him.
Ian Thom, a Russian analyst at energy consultant group Wood Mackenzie, said there isn't enough focus on unconventional resources in the Russian energy sector.
Russian energy company Gazprom said it reviewed the prospects of using a northern sea route for the shipment liquefied natural gas.
U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American in the post, said Wednesday he'd step down early next year to rejoin his family in Seattle.
Iran should seize the opportunity and seek positive results at the new round of P5+1 talks on its nuclear program, Chinese President Xi Jinping said.
A retrial began Tuesday for a Chinese man sentenced to death for killing a baby girl after an argument with her mother about a parking space in Beijing.
Six people, including four Chinese tourists, were killed on the island of Bali in Indonesia when a bus skidded into a ravine, police said.
A group of medical students was arrested and expelled for performing a traditional dance of the Caucasus in the street in a southern Russian city, police said.
Full mission suites for PKR-class guided missile frigates are being delivered to Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding by Thales Nederland.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he was appalled by an attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, calling on all parties to show restraint.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, has begun the process of removing nuclear fuel from the No. 4 reactor building.
Submarines ordered by Indonesia from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd will feature navigation systems by Sagem of France.
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said China and the European Union are developing an interdependent relationship.
Local Russian officials have bullied groups protesting rights violations linked to the Sochi Olympics, Human Rights Watch alleged Tuesday.
Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbot says he won't apologize to Indonesia after it was revealed that Australia tried to tap the Indonesian president's phone.
The British government said Tuesday it was warning of the security risks of traveling to Thailand because of the possibility of large protests this week.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Iranian sanctions won't be reviewed until December at the earliest.
Iraq has executed 12 more alleged terrorists, authorities said, amid international criticism of the country's frequent use of the death penalty.
A fire broke out at a popular Hanoi bar in Vietnam Tuesday and killed at least six people, police said.
An official source in Pakistan told The News International delegates to a pipeline from Turkmenistan may sign off on a finance deal as early as Thursday.
More than 60 percent of Nepal's eligible voters cast ballots Tuesday to elect a second Constituent Assembly, the chief election commissioner said.
After arriving to assume her new post as U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy met with Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki, the ministry said.
The United States hopes for a positive outcome from the Loya Jirga meeting in Afghanistan on the proposed bilateral security agreement, an official said.
A landmine blast in southeastern Afghanistan's Paktika province killed seven children and wounded five more playing in the area, officials said.
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Nepalese voted Tuesday to elect a second Constituent Assembly to draft a new Constitution for the Himalayan state, which has faced years of political turmoil.
President Obama will meet with Senate leaders as the United States and its allies prepare for talks with Iran on its nuclear program, the White House said.
Sweeping legislation to authorize about $600 billion in U.S. defense spending is up against a deadline and a packed Senate pre-holiday schedule, officials said.
A member of the Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been transferred to a new prison after staging two hunger strikes in protest of her conditions.
Thai police in Nakhon Ratchasima arrested two Russians and a police officer for allegedly using fake credit and debut cards to obtain thousands of dollars in cash at ATMs throughout the city.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is optimistic a way can be found to defuse international concerns about Iran's nuclear program, the Kremlin said Monday.
Japan has revised its emissions reduction target.
Javelin Joint Venture is producing and delivering 842 Block I Javelin missiles for the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and three allied nations.
The latest secret execution carried out in Indonesia represents a 'deplorable and retrograde trend," Amnesty International said Monday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday his country was working on a "new type of relationship" with his counterparts in the United States.
Boeing reports it has delivered the second of eight P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft ordered by India.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said farmers in the north of Afghanistan are turning to licit crops as an alternative to opium cultivation.
Authorities at the Kuala Namu International Airport in Indonesia instructed all airlines to avoid four routes over an erupting volcano.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps said Monday it arrested members of a terrorist cell tied to the assassination of a lawyer in Sistan-Baluchistan province.
Local and parliamentary elections in Maldives shouldn't be subject to the same delays that tarnished the country's presidential vote, a British official said.
A Syrian helicopter gunship killed two Lebanese men Monday after allegedly raiding the border town of Arsal, sources told The (Beirut) Daily Star.
Indonesia recalled its envoy and is reviewing its agreements with Australia after leaked material indicated Australia tried to spy on the Indonesian president.
Iran needs more than 3,700 miles of pipeline installed to respond to domestic needs in the natural gas sector, a gas company director said Monday.
Japanese energy company Inpex Corp. said a natural gas release detected at the Raissa rig off the coast of Indonesia was secured.
Workers at Japan's quake-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began the dangerous process Monday of removing fuel from a damaged reactor, officials said.
An alleged al-Qaida operative and weapons expert held in Israel since 2010 appealed to the High Court of Justice to be released, an Israeli official said.
A world powers' offer to Iran will include daily reactor checks to ensure it keeps its promises in a nuclear deal, an Israeli newspaper reported Monday.
Japan and Laos will try to develop a framework for their foreign and defense officials to discuss security issues, the countries' prime ministers said Sunday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visits to ASEAN countries were meant to counter China's rising presence in the region, Chinese experts say.
South Korean humanitarian aid to North Korea, including money given to international groups, has totaled $16.7 million so far this year, the government said.
A final report by leaders who attended the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka focused on poverty and climate change, and made no mention of human rights abuses.
Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said former President Pervez Musharraf will be tried for violating the constitution and detaining judges.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday the sanctions regime against Iran's nuclear program is at risk of crumbling.
Heavy rain and flooding in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, have killed at least four people, civil defense officials said Sunday.
The new president of the Maldives vowed to improve the stability of the Indian Ocean nation's tourism industry in his inaugural address Sunday.
The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Sunday the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan reached 3,974.
Three people were killed and five others were injured when a gas cylinder exploded at a home in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sunday, police said.
Thirty-one people were killed and three others were missing following floods in central Vietnam, officials said.
Two police officers were among 11 people killed when villagers attacked a police station in China's Kashgar prefecture, officials said.
Emomali Rakhmon, who has ruled Tajikistan since 1992, was sworn in to a fourth term as president Saturday.
Opponents of Thailand's prime minister and her brother, the exiled former prime minister, have launched an impeachment drive.
There are no "fundamental disagreements" in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.
The U.S. military says it has donated approximately 623,000 pounds of relief supplies to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
India says it received a refitted Russian aircraft carrier Saturday five years after the ship was scheduled to be delivered.
A militant who claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a bus last month was killed Saturday in a shootout with Russian security forces, officials say.
Abdulla Yameen, half-brother of a man who ruled the Maldives for three decades, has been elected the country's president, beating out the expected victor.
Chinese officials issued a yellow blizzard alert for three northeastern provinces Saturday.
Sri Lanka has rejected a call by Britain for an international probe into allegations of human rights abuses committed after the island nation's civil war.
Recent labor clashes in Cambodia, involving alleged police brutality, must be investigated, a United Nations spokesman said Friday.
Japanese police said a suspect who fled a police station may have been helped by unsuspecting locals who gave him a ride and winter clothes.
South Korea has found no signs North Korea is about to conduct another nuclear test at its Punggye-ri test site, a defense official said Friday.
Lawmakers in Taiwan said they are concerned Gambia's decision to break diplomatic ties may indicate China is taking a tough stand with Taiwan's allies.
Regional input into international efforts against piracy off the Somali coast is a top priority, participants of a Contact Group on Piracy forum said.
Myanmar Friday said it has released 69 political prisoners from more than 12 of its prisons nationwide.
China has received international criticism for failing to donate more to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Myanmar released 69 prisoners, including an environmental protester and two grandchildren of a former junta leader, ahead of its year-end deadline to release all activists and political detainees.
Officials at a 2008 gathering of eight world economic powers didn't eat what was described on the menu, a Japanese hotel that hosted the event has admitted.
Russian police said they are pursuing criminal charges against the protester who nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones in Moscow's Red Square.
Fewer than half of Iranians say they favor economic, military or political support for its war-torn ally, Syria, a Gallup poll released Friday indicated.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Friday the Iranian government was willing to negotiate over its uranium enrichment activity.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Friday he looked forward to building a stronger strategic partnership with his Japanese allies.
Women 65 and older in Japan have been arrested at an increasing rate, mostly for shoplifting, a government review indicates.
China will ease its decades-long one-child family policy, allowing couples to have two children, the Communist Party of China determined Friday.
Marzuki Darusman, a U.N. envoy on North Korean human rights, said regional dynamics and an irresponsible North Korean regime are complicating his mandate.
Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, arrived at Narita airport Friday as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan.
The Japanese power company that owns the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant said Friday it would begin removing nuclear fuel from the facility next week.
Tamil protesters surrounded British Prime Minister David Cameron's car as he traveled in Sri Lanka for a Commonwealth summit, authorities said.
The roof of a crowded house in Kanpur, India, caved in during a Muharram religious procession Friday, killing three people and injuring about 40, police said.
At least 23 Russian tourists were injured when the bus in which they were traveling crashed and rolled onto its side near Pattaya, Thailand, police said.
Apache Corp. Chief Executive Officer G. Steven Farris said he was enthusiastic about a new energy partnership in Egypt with China's Sinopec.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said a deal in which Russia converts weapons-grade uranium to a fuel source for the U.S. power sector is in its final stages.
The Philippine government, ripped for its slow response to Typhoon Haiyan, defended itself Friday, saying it's working as best it can to meet a "massive" need.
U.S. authorities crushed 6 tons of ivory tusks and trinkets from butchered elephants, appealing to end an illegal $10 billion trade funding crime and terrorism.
President Obama asked U.S. lawmakers to give diplomacy on Iran's nuclear program a chance, saying Thursday sanctions could be cranked up if diplomacy failed.
The United Nations said Thursday the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan was more than 4,400, much higher than the Philippine government's estimate.
China's increase in renewable energy is on course to surpass the European Union, the United States and Japan combined, says the International Energy Agency.
A coalition soldier was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.
The European Court of Human Rights Thursday ruled against Russia in a case concerning the 30-day detention of a 12-year-old mentally challenged boy.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday last minute changes to a nuclear deal with Iran thwarted an agreement in Geneva, Switzerland, last week.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Thursday a visit to Cairo by his Russian counterparts was a historic moment in bilateral strategic affairs.
Russian vehicle manufacturer UralVagonZavod and JSC Semey Engineering of Kazakhstan have formed a joint venture for maintenance and repair of armored vehicles.
Police who killed a rice vendor as they defied orders not to shoot at protesting garment workers could lose their jobs, a Cambodian police spokesman says.
Three people were killed and eight were injured in an explosion at an oxygen tank supply store in Chachoengsao, Thailand, police said.
There hasn't been a British military or civilian casualty in Afghanistan since July, the British Ministry of Defense reported Thursday.
Myanmar has made remarkable progress but there are many challenges ahead for the Asian country, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said.
Sri Lanka will investigate allegations of human rights violations presented through the country's legal system, the nation's president said Thursday.
Yemen human rights officials said are investigating a case of child marriage after arranging a divorce for a 12-year-old girl from the city of Taiz.
Brazilian energy company Petrobras said it sold off stakes in four reserve areas in Peru to China National Petroleum Corp. for $2.6 billion.
Russian energy company Gazprom said Thursday its net volume of natural gas sent to Europe and elsewhere for 2013 increased roughly 10 percent year-on-year.
India's top police officer released a statement Wednesday trying to explain a remark comparing legalized betting to enjoying rape.
Financial contributions from around the world helped an Indian girl get a liver transplant but failed to save her life with Delna Augustine dying Wednesday.
An 8-month-old dog rescued from an Indian dump site by a South African woman has become the first canine to reach Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
About 1,000 reindeer from domestic herds are on the run in Siberia, migrating with their wild cousins, Russian officials said Wednesday.
Students living in housing constructed for September's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Russia say the buildings seem to be haunted.
Organizers of a volleyball tournament in an Indian village said the top two teams received well-fed goats so they could celebrate victory with a feast.
Sri Lanka's government is on the defensive ahead of the 53-nation Commonwealth Summit after a British television crew complained of police interference.
Residents of a village in far eastern Russia were alarmed recently when an injured Siberian tiger and a cub approached their community, a local official said.
Japan's former prime minister has urged the government to abandon plans to restart nuclear power.
The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said Wednesday more than 3 million people registered to vote in next year's elections during a national campaign.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday all parties to the crisis in Syria should sit down in Geneva for the sake of the Syrian people.
Six of the 14 new countries serving on the U.N. Human Rights Council drew fire from rights advocates who said the six countries abused personal freedoms.
Ali Akbar Salehi, director of Iran's nuclear organization, said there are plans under way to build a nuclear power plant in Iran with the help of the Russians.
Ta Phone Kwaw, a leader of the rebel Ta'ang National Liberation Army, said Wednesday his group rejected a peace deal drafted by Myanmar's government.
Market analysis firm Frost & Sullivan projects steady growth in the military battery market, with earned revenues reaching $2.6 billion in 2017.
There was no political motive in the recent slayings of an Iranian prosecutor and the deputy mines minister, Iran's deputy police chief said Wednesday.
Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi, in Beijing, said he was resolved to solve his country's national security issues in the most peaceful way possible.
Germany's Rheinmetall Group is supplying the Indonesian military with overhauled Leopard tanks, other tracked armored vehicles and ammunition.
The Philippines' official death toll from Typhoon Haiyan rose to 2,275, with more than 3,600 people injured and 673,000 displaced, officials said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the best option for a pipeline to deliver natural gas from Russia to South Korea is a land route through North Korea.
China National Offshore Oil Corp. Chief Executive Officer Li Fanrong said his company is considering a liquefied natural gas export hub in British Columbia.
The U.S. government said it pledged to help Pakistan increase natural gas production from domestic reserves and develop wind energy to address electricity woes.
Gazprom Neft Chairman Alexander Dyukov said consideration of a stake in a Vietnamese oil refinery anchors the company's trajectory to the Asian markets.
Poppy cultivation is on the rise in Afghanistan, which is already the world's largest producer of opium, an official of the country's Interior Ministry warned.
China's Communist Party Central Committee, led by a new leadership, acknowledged the market's "decisive role" in shaping the country's economic future.
Caroline Kennedy was sworn in Tuesday as U.S. ambassador to Japan in a ceremony in Secretary of State John Kerry's office in Washington.
The United Nations has issued an appeal for $301 million to provide humanitarian assistance to the Philippines, where survival supplies are desperately needed.
Amid the devastating destruction of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines has called for immediate action on climate change.
A Chinese man who rents himself out as a fake boyfriend for women to introduce to their families said business booms during the Chinese Lunar New Year.
The Taliban Tuesday confirmed the death in Pakistan of Nasiruddin Haqqani, a senior militant commander, calling his slaying an act of cowardice.
Thailand's governing Pheu Thai party is urging the thousands of protestors in central Bangkok to end their demonstration and take their complaints directly to government ministers.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Tuesday parties to a planned Syria peace conference shouldn't put forward preconditions for their involvement.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Tuesday he was "deeply dismayed" by delays in the Maldivian presidential election.
Marzuki Darusman, a U.N. envoy on North Korean human rights, said he would visit Seoul to assess factors complicating inter-Korean relations.
The National Directorate of Security in Afghanistan said it has dropped its investigation into 17 civilian deaths allegedly caused by the United States.
Fourteen people died, five remained missing and 81 people were injured in Vietnam as a result of Typhoon Haiyan, government officials said.
Iran shouldn't be singled out for the failure to emerge from last week's nuclear talks in Geneva with a deal, a Russian government official said Tuesday.
The global supply of oil increased in October in part because of production from countries outside the Middle East, OPEC said in its monthly market report.
Emerging trends in the way in which energy is produced and consumed creates a U.S. advantage but problems elsewhere, the IEA said in a report Tuesday.
Dozens of people were executed recently in seven North Korean cities in the first known mass executions in the Kim Jong Un regime, South Korean media reported.
U.S. energy company Chevron may come on board to help build a multilateral gas pipeline eastward from Turkmenistan, official sources told the Express Tribune.
Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz stopped purchasing natural gas from its Russian counterpart Gazprom last week, government data show.
Four earthquakes within three hours early Tuesday were recorded in India's capital New Delhi but no injuries or damage was reported.
A 4.8-magnitude earthquake Tuesday struck near San Isidro, Philippines, the U.S. Geological Survey said but there was no immediate report of injury or damage.
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday he will be leading a trade delegation to China in December.
Haiyan, one of history's deadliest and most powerful typhoons, rampaged into Vietnam and China after crippling the Philippines, killing more people in its path.
A Singapore man named Batman Suparman was sentenced to jail for less-than-heroic deeds including theft and drug use.
The World Court on Monday settled a long-running spat, ruling an ancient temple is on Cambodian soil while not defining the nearby border with Thailand.
A Moscow judge said no charges will be filed against a shock artist who nailed his scrotum to cobblestones as part of a protest.
The U.N. nuclear energy atomic watchdog and Iran signed an agreement Monday in Tehran to strengthen cooperation on Iran's nuclear program, officials said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Vietnam is expected to be a boost to the Southeast Asian country's energy sector, including nuclear power.
The situation in Syria is likely the worst security threat to the international community at present, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Monday.
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday they agreed to work together to resolve past and present concerns about Iran's nuclear program.
The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan rose to 1,744 Monday as Philippine President Benigno Aquino III declared "a state of national calamity."
Maldivians waited a long time to vote in weekend presidential elections and shouldn't have to endure delays with a second round of voting, the U.N. chief said.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague said Thailand must withdraw its soldiers from disputed area around the 11th century Preah Vihear Temple and hand sovereignty over to Cambodia.
A search was under way for three people reported missing after Typhoon Haiyan upended a boat as it moved through Vietnam's coastal areas, officials said Monday.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Monday the bloc is resolved to help Myanmar chart a course to peace and sustainable development.
The acquisition watchdog of the South Korean military says 34 local contractors have fabricated test results of parts and materials for military equipment.
The mother-in-law of a Thai marksman who competed in the 2012 Olympics said Monday she hired a man to kill him after he repeatedly beat up her daughter.
OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier was in Moscow to discuss security in Central Asia following the 2014 transition in Afghanistan, the organization said.
At least three earthquakes destroyed 104 houses and damaged 256 others in Tajikistan but no casualties were reported, an emergency official said Monday.
Mount Sinabung in Indonesia erupted twice Monday, forcing the evacuation of about 2,500 residents from the village of Gurukinayan, authorities said.
If Europeans want to have the confidence necessary to succeed in the digital age they need a secure network with which to do so, a digital commissioner said.
International students at U.S. universities and American students studying abroad reached record levels last school year, says a report released Monday.
Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Timonin said Monday aid to North Korea would help address the country's humanitarian needs from summer flooding.
The British government said Monday it appointed Ajay Sharma to serve as the charges d'affaires to Iran, a move that restores diplomatic ties severed in 2011.
A U.S. State Department official in charge of energy policy aims to help tackle Pakistan's energy woes with visiting Pakistani officials, the department said.
Chinese energy companies aren't moving fast enough to develop the Yadavaran and Azadegan oil fields in southern Iran, an Iranian executive said.
British energy company BG Group said Monday it sold off interests in a liquefied natural gas project in Australia to China National Offshore Oil Corp.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said there was "substantial" interest in the North Sea expressed by Chinese energy companies during his trip to China.
A fire in a seven-story building in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai killed four residents and injured eight others early Monday, authorities said.
Deadly Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Vietnam early Monday after laying portions of the Philippines in waste.
A gunman in Tehran shot and killed Iranian Deputy Industry Minister Safdar Rahmatabadi as the official traveled in his car, the state news agency reported.
A school bus collided with a car in Japan's southern Miyazaki prefecture on Sunday, injuring 31 people, including 29 high school students, officials said.
Typhoon-generated waves that measured up to 26 feet high killed eight people in Taiwan, rescuers said.
A landslide killed four people at a beach in North Sumatra, Indonesia, authorities said.
The central coast of Japan was shaken Sunday by a magnitude 5.5 earthquake that caused no apparent damage, seismologists said.
Six sailors were missing Sunday after their cargo ship sank during Typhoon Haiyan in the South China Sea, officials said
Indonesia authorities said they returned Sunday to the scene of a military helicopter crash that left 13 people dead and six injured.
Thousands of veterans and civilians participated in Remembrance Day services across the United Kingdom Sunday to honor fallen soldiers.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday he was glad talks in Geneva, Switzerland, about Iran's nuclear program failed to secure a deal.
Maldivians' third attempt to elect a president is on hold after no candidate won a majority Saturday and the Supreme Court postponed Sunday's run-off.
Iran is ready to begin producing a new air defense missile system capable of destroying fighter jets and drones, the country's defense minister said Saturday.
A draft agreement curbing Iran's nuclear program does not go far enough, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday at talks in Geneva, Switzerland.
An epic chess match got under way Saturday in the Indian city of Chennai, between local hero Viswanathan Anand and Norwegian upstart Magnus Carlsen.
Reform of China's economic, political and social sectors once again tops the agenda of a key meeting of the Chinese Communist party, officials say.
Six members of a gang that terrorized a southern Russian town for years have been found guilty of murdering a dozen people in a revenge killing, officials say.
More than 1,200 people may have died in Super Typhoon Haiyan, aid officials said Saturday, as efforts began to restore normality to the central Philippines.
A senior United Nations official said Friday funding was required for the tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings in Cambodia.
Typhoon Haiyan raced across the Philippines at 25 mph Friday, bringing high winds and water that left many areas isolated and prompting widespread evacuations.
A sergeant in Britain's Royal Marines was convicted of murder Friday for shooting a suspected Afghan insurgent wounded in an airstrike.
North Korea Friday agreed to participate in talks with South Korea on the competitiveness of their joint Kaesong Industrial Complex.
A controversial blanket amnesty bill failed in the Thai Senate Friday after a number of senators opposed to the proposal didn't show up, officials said.
A South Korean civic group has been allowed to take 12 people to the North Korean capital to hold a mass, a government ministry said Friday.
A U.S. Navy officer has been arrested and charged in federal court in a bribery case involving defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia.
Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority is investigating hacking attacks on sections of the official websites of Singapore's prime minister and the president.
Japan's upper house Friday said Taro Yamamoto, the anti-nuclear lawmaker criticized for delivering a letter to Emperor Akihito, is banned from imperial events.
Afghan national security forces need to close "capability gaps" where international forces provide a current level of support, the U.S. Department of Defense said.
Cyberattackers exploited an Internet search function for the website of Singapore's prime minister and did not hack it directly, security firm Trend Micro said.
The Pakistan Taliban said they will exact revenge from the nation's government after their leader was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week.
Police in Burundi said they found more than 40 human skulls in the house of an Italian expatriate.
Chinese leaders dispelled thoughts of Western-style political reform Friday, the eve of a Central Committee meeting on the president's economic blueprint.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday from Geneva there were "important gaps" left to be closed regarding Iran's nuclear program.
A Russian man with a taste for canine cuisine has been caught eating his neighbor's dog, police say.
Asian economies are expected to account for a significant portion of the global demand for oil, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said.
The acquisition of North Sea oil and gas production areas from Norwegian energy company Statoil will help OMV meet its long-term targets, its boss said.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said its secretary general recently discussed shale oil and gas developments with the Russian energy minister.
Chinese police Friday arrested a suspect in explosions that killed one person and injured eight others in northern Shanxi province.
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Super Typhoon Haiyan, now named Yolanda, made landfall Friday on the central east coast of the Philippines, with sustained winds of 146 mph, forecasters said.
U.S. Defense Department officials say a plan for military commissaries to scan military ID cards at checkouts will not "compromise our customers' privacy."
The issue of whether Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium may create an impasse in negotiations over the country's nuclear program, officials said Thursday.
The North Korean government announced Thursday a man arrested in the country has admitted being a spy for South Korea.
Environmentalists are calling for mining giant BHP Billiton to abandon coal mining in Indonesia's central Kalimantan province, also known as Borneo.
Audio recordings from a 2011 incident involving a Taliban insurgent allegedly executed by a British patrol in Afghanistan were released by a British court.
All parties to stalled nuclear negotiations with North Korea are called on to use their "wisdom" to resume the process, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
The U.S. government needs to keep the pressure on Myanmar to avoid supporting serious human rights abusers, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
Britain's Ricardo PLC and the Defense Technology Institute of Thailand are continuing collaboration on building an 8x8 armored vehicle for the Thai military.
Multilateral talks over Iran's nuclear program went well Thursday but it's too early to make any grand assessment, an Iranian nuclear negotiator said.
A Dubai court has increased the punishment for a Filipino man who pleaded guilty to killing a former triathlete and injuring two others while driving drunk.
South Korean ministry officials said Thursday that the country's top priority is resolving North Korea's nuclear issue over the next five years.
Police in Adana, Turkey, said they seized a truck near the Syrian border that was loaded with 1,200 rocket warheads and other weapons.
A Saudi man divorced his wife after she allegedly videoed their wedding night and left the recording in their hotel room, news website Okaz al-Youm reported.
A fire at a club in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, killed three people and injured two others, local police said.
The American parents accused of starving to death their 8-year-old adopted daughter from Africa were released on bail following a year in prison.
Saudi Arabia has been investing in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, believing it could get such weapons at will, sources told the BBC.
The British and South Korean governments said they'd work together on nuclear power, lauding it as a low-carbon solution to climate issues.
Deeper economic reforms and opening up that President Xi Jinping has been promising will be the focus at the upcoming key meeting of China's top leadership.
A third U.S. Navy official has been charged with taking bribes -- cash, prostitutes and luxury travel -- from a foreign businessman, prosecutors said Wednesday.
South Korea needs to replace its aging military equipment with advanced systems to counter threats from North Korea, its army chief said.
Nigeria's senior diplomat in India said his countrymen living throughout the country feel unsafe after the killing of a Nigerian national in the resort state of Goa.
China's top climate change negotiator has urged richer nations to help developing countries cut their emissions, as they had pledged to do in 2009.
AgustaWestland reports the Philippine air force has ordered eight AW109 helicopters, as well as initial logistics support and training services.
The Myanmar government has come a long way in ensuring peace can be secured with armed groups in Kachin state, a U.N. envoy said.
Five Sudanese soldiers were released Wednesday by a rebel group fighting in the restive Darfur region, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was released from house arrest Wednesday after he paid $2,000 in surety bonds, authorities in Islamabad said.
A South Korean military chief said Wednesday there is a growing sense the regime in Pyongyang is gearing up to provoke its rivals.
Indonesian officials said they have declared an emergency response period following frequent eruptions from volcano Mount Sinabung.
A Russian court Wednesday rejected a challenge to the house arrest of opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, accused of plotting against the government.
International negotiators should work toward the complete dismantling of Iran's "nuclear weapons program," the Israeli prime minister said Wednesday.
Right-wing South Korean lawmakers accused China and the United States Wednesday of indulging North Korea to restart talks on the country's nuclear program.
The Chinese government invited foreign military personnel to observe military drills to see "the real Chinese army" in action, a defense ministry official said.
Most Iranians say international sanctions hurt their livelihoods, but a majority said Iran should still pursue nuclear power, a Gallup poll indicated.
Filipino officials said they suspended classes and readied evacuation centers in preparation for the landfall of Typhoon Haiyan.
A Chinese woman was sentenced to death Wednesday for starting a fire that killed three firefighters, court officials said.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the imprisoned members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, is being sent to a prison colony in Siberia, her husband said.
The Trans Adriatic pipeline, slated for Azeri gas, is on schedule for construction through a European corridor by 2015, the pipeline's managing director said.
A spokesman for Afghanistan's Ministry of Finance said two men were arrested after $5.7 million was stolen from the ministry's bank accounts.
Iranian oil exports should increase because of the national capacity to produce oil products, a director the National Iranian Oil Co. said.
The World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday the amount of greenhouse gases trapped in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2012.
Homemade bombs exploded Wednesday at the China Communist Party office building in Shanxi province, killing one person and injuring eight, police said.
Multiple blasts outside the Communist Party's provincial office building in Taiyuan Wednesday left one person injured, local police said.
The FBI has added five individuals to its cyber most wanted list for hacking into U.S. government and business systems, investigators said.
David Hicks, the first man convicted of war crimes at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has asked an appeals court to overturn his conviction, court documents show.
President Obama remains "fully committed" to closing the military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, after a meeting with two government envoys, the White House says.
As discussion got under way on the long-delayed Syrian peace talks, mortar fire struck the Vatican embassy in Damascus, Vatican Radio reported Tuesday.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has defended publicly a controversial amnesty bill that she says would allow reconciliation for alleged political offenses during and after Thailand's 2006 coup.
North Korea has conducted five missile engine tests this year and has been updating its test facility, South Korea's military intelligence agency said Tuesday.
Members of the Afghan military were able to seize weapons and ammunition after a gun battle in Helmand province, their British support staff said.
Only about 10 percent of the 108,000 Filipinos working illegally in Saudi Arabia had their exit documents ready by the Sunday deadline, officials said.
Remains of five threatened gray whales were found on the shoreline in Russia's most northeasterly region, a marine life organization said Tuesday.
Beijing said Tuesday its chief North Korean delegate was in Pyongyang to discuss a possible return to the multilateral nuclear negotiating table.
Iran said Tuesday it will look into a report the United States spied on the country's supreme leader during his visit to a western province in 2009.
Iranian nuclear negotiators are working according to the principles outlined by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Afghan and coalition security forces killed 14 Taliban militants, injured one and detained 53 others during military operations, the Interior Ministry said.
Two North Korean vessels sank during a training mission, killing an unspecified number of sailors, officials said.
American parents of an 8-year-old girl adopted from Africa said their daughter had an eating disorder that led to her starvation death in Qatar.
A Bangladeshi court Tuesday sentenced 152 people to death, including Bangladesh Rifles Deputy Assistant Director Touhidul Alam, in the deadly 2009 mutiny.
Neither party to the latest natural gas row between Ukraine and Russia seems interested in revisiting past conflicts, a European commissioner said.
Pakistan needs to live up to its end of the bargain for a cross-border natural gas pipeline planned from Iran, Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Ali Majedi said.
Fire erupted in a five-story residential complex in China's central Henan province Tuesday, killing at least seven people, authorities said.
Demand for shark fin soup, a delicacy in China, has fallen sharply in the country thanks to a campaign against it by conservationists, the official media said.
A Pakistani opposition party says it will block NATO supply routes to neighboring Afghanistan if the United States doesn't end its drone strikes.
The Pakistani Cabinet announced it will pursue peace talks with the Pakistan Taliban, whose leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a U.S. drone strike.
Brazil said Monday its intelligence agency has spied on U.S., Russian and Iranian diplomats and has had counter-intelligence operations in place for a decade.
An anti-immigrant protest in Russia ended mostly without incident Monday; police said it drew about 8,000 at its height with 1,000 remaining until the end.
Despite a $7 billion eradication effort, poppy farming remains a major industry in Afghanistan as U.S. troops exit the country, officials say.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Japan, China and South Korea the first week of December, the White House said Monday.
Members of a University of Tokyo team said they developed a robot that wins every game of rock-paper-scissors by employing split-second reflexes.
A lawyer in Dubai told a court his client did not insult a telecom worker because the f-word is not an insult in his native Canada.
Indian conglomerate GVK's massive coal mine project in central Queensland, Australia, has been granted environmental approval.
The SM-3 Block IIA missile being co-developed by Raytheon and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is moving from the design phase to the build phase.
The captain of a ferry that capsized about a mile off the coast of Thailand confessed that he was high on drugs at the time of the incident, police said.
A judge in Pakistan granted former President Pervez Musharraf $2,000 bail on charges stemming from the 2007 deaths of more than 100 people at a mosque.
Engineering company Foster Wheeler said Monday it was selected to help with initial developments of a Russian liquefied natural gas project for the Far East.
Iran has done most of the work needed to get a troubled gas pipeline developed for the Pakistani market, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said.
Police in Mumbai said they were searching for six men accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old girl after asking her to take part in Diwali puja Hindu celebrations.
Iranian demonstrators marking the 34th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran, ended rallies Monday with an anti-U.S. statement
Indian energy company ONGC Videsh Ltd. was asked to be patient with Sudan, which has missed four payments for pipeline work, officials said.
The National Iranian Oil Co. will spend more than a year examining the potential for shale oil and gas reserves along Iran's border with Iraq, an official said.
Scottish oil and natural gas workers are natural partners for a China as it seeks ways to satisfy growing energy demands, Scottish leader Alex Salmond said.
Suspected insurgents opened fire on migrants playing cards, killing seven people and wounding 10 Monday in a village in India's Assam state, police said.
Pakistan is unlikely to take any drastic step as it reviews its U.S. ties over the killing of the Pakistan Taliban's leader, a source told the Express Tribune.
Asmatullah Shaheen, among the most wanted militants in Pakistan, was voted interim head of the Pakistan Taliban, replacing Hakimullah Mehsud, the group said.
China dismissed the military commander of its ethnically tense Xinjiang-Uighur region from his top party post following the recent Tiananmen Square incident.
Health officials in northeastern India said they were monitoring an outbreak of dengue, a tropical flu-like disease that kills 5,000 Indians each year.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye said she would agree to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but not as a one-time event or "simply for talks' sake."
Dozens of Rohingya Muslims were missing Sunday after a boat they were in capsized off Myanmar's west coast, Voice of America reported.
Hackers in the Philippines said they advertised an anti-government rally on a government website because it was the "easiest way we could convey our message."
A Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal Sunday sentenced two men to death for killing 18 people during the country's 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.
A New Delhi factory where purses were manufactured caught fire Saturday night, killing at least six workers and injuring 10 others, police said.
Advocates for asylum-seekers in Japan say a Myanmar man who died of a brain hemorrhage did not receive adequate medical care.
Most of Armenia, including the capital city, lost electrical power for brief periods Saturday when connections to Iran were disrupted, an official said.
Passengers panicked by a fire rumor jumped from a train in India and 10 of them were killed when they were hit by another train Saturday, officials said.
A member of the jailed Pussy Riot protest band has not been seen since she moved to a new prison 10 days ago, her husband said.
The United States will buy 30 Russian-made helicopters for the Afghan army, nearly doubling the number of copters in Afghanistan's fleet, officials said.
A U.S. missile system being deployed in Japan was the focus of talks between Russian and Japanese officials this week, Russia's foreign minister said Saturday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to South Korea this month, President Park Geun-hye's office announced.
U.N. officials say the body will vote this month on a resolution to guarantee the right to privacy and end excessive electronic surveillance.
African piracy netted more than $400 million in ransom payments over a seven-year period, said a U.N. report calling for a task force to find the financiers.
An explosion in a fireworks factory in southwestern China Friday afternoon killed 11 people and injured 17 others, local authorities said.
A Swedish diplomat in China is asking Chinese social media users to help come up with ways for Chinese people to differentiate between Sweden and Switzerland.
South Korea is mulling what action to take if its 3-year-old trade sanctions against North Korea are lifted, a senior official said Friday in Seoul.
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. of Israel is acquiring 49 percent of a South Korean communications technology development company.
Hakimullah Mehsud, head of the Taliban in Pakistan, was killed by a U.S. drone strike Friday, one of the group's leaders says.
The Indian government is using a law regulating contributions to advocacy groups from outside the country to make them "toe the line," says Human Rights Watch.
Malaysia will work more closely with Vietnam to prevent naval misunderstandings on the high seas turning into military confrontation, state news agency Bernama reported.
China's top internal security official blamed separatists for the fiery Oct. 28 crash at the north end of Beijing's Tiananmen Square in which five people died.
A South Korean court ordered a Japanese firm Friday to pay four South Korean women $141,510 each for forcing them into labor, court officials said.
Britain said Friday it was advising against all but essential travel to most of Mozambique's central province of Sofala because of violence there.
Finland's Foreign Ministry confirmed its computer networks were hacked from abroad and a case of espionage was being investigated.
Indonesian officials said they'd ask the Australian ambassador about reports alleging Australia used its Jakarta embassy to spy on terrorists and politicians.
The International Atomic Energy Agency got the answers it needed from Iran to allay nuclear concerns, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.
Thailand's lower house of Parliament passed an amnesty bill Friday that would allow former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return to the country.
Japan began live-fire military drills Friday that include operations to defend a group of islands under dispute between Japan and China, officials said.
The U.S. Interior Department said a fiery 2012 oil rig disaster off Louisiana was the worst accident of its kind under its current five-year-lease program.
Soldiers in North Korea are resorting to corrupt ways that include selling sensitive files and taking bribes, a think tank says.
South Korea and the United States failed to resolve differences over sharing the cost of the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in the Asian country, officials said.
The author says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attempts to portray himself as a victim but he is a dictator with the blood of innocents on his hands.
On Sept. 1 my brother was killed -- brutally murdered by masked gunmen under the command of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
In 1915, John Dewey of Columbia University and Arthur Lovejoy of Johns Hopkins University came together with other educators to establish the American Association of University Professors, an organization designed to preserve academic freedom and professional values.
Officials in a Chinese province faced online ridicule for releasing a poorly doctored image of administrators meeting with a 103-year-old woman.
Concern is mounting as Tepco, operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima Plant prepares for what is considered to be the most dangerous phase yet in the decommissioning process.
The Chinese government said it is working to disable Syria's chemical weapons program while at the same time pressing for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
Legal challenges to the presidential election are getting in the way of democratic processes in the Maldivian political system, the British government said.
Communication services were down in Songyuan, northeast China, after the area was hit by two earthquakes Thursday morning, officials said.
Imagine if seven British citizens had been taken hostage in a foreign land and couldn't be located, that's exactly what has happened to seven members of an Iranian opposition group but there has been little news coverage of this affair.
Three venomous snakes were thrown into a Cambodian home that is locked in a land dispute with a private company hoping to develop the property, the family said.
An earthquake of more than 6 magnitude rattled eastern Taiwan Thursday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, officials said.
The amount of damage caused by corruption among Russian officials is "immense," the Russian president's chief of staff said.
A Malaysian man kept his dead wife's body in his home for 35 days, concealing her death from their 16-year-old son, police said.
A Dutch report, published Thursday, said the rate of increase in global CO2 emissions was slowing because of more renewable energy use and energy saving.
China National Offshore Oil Corp. announced it started oil production at a field located in the southern waters of the Bohai Bay.
Malaysian energy company Petronas said Thursday it made new discoveries of natural gas in Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has formally announced plans to visit the United States and meet with U.S. government officials on Thursday.
Prosecutors at the Khmer Rouge trial in Cambodia rested their case against two Khmer Rouge leaders, saying a fair verdict would be life in prison.
Jagadish Ghimire, Nepal's acclaimed author and prominent social worker, died Thursday in Kathmandu after a prolonged illness, his family said. He was 67.
China's minority Uighur Muslims expressed concern regarding the crash of a vehicle in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, which has been labeled a terrorist attack.
A drone strike, the first since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's recent U.S. visit, killed three suspected militants in Pakistan's tribal area, sources told Dawn.
A decision clearing the way for Afghan officials to meet a top Taliban deputy in Pakistan has raised hopes of advancing Afghanistan's peace process effort.
Seven people were killed in a factory fire in China Wednesday, police said.