China is urging North Korea to release a Chinese fishing boat whose owner says it was seized by gun-toting North Koreans earlier this month and held for ransom, in the latest irritant in relations between the allies.
Beijing is in “close communication” with Pyongyang over theFULL STORY
Syrian government forces pushed deeper into a strategic opposition-held town near the Lebanese border yesterday, battling rebels in fierce street fighting, Syrian state-media said. An activist group said at least 23 elite fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group fighting alongside regime troops have been killedFULL STORY
Pakistani cricket hero Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Party secured victory in a repeat election held in one constituency of violence-plagued Karachi, election officials said yesterday.
Voting was held under tight security in 43 polling stations on Sunday, a day after PTI women’s wing vice president ZaraFULL STORY
Humor may not always translate well, but Jon Stewart is picking up millions of fans in China, where his gloves-off political satire is refreshing for many in a country where such criticism is a rarity — especially when directed at their own leaders.
A recentFULL STORY
The Egyptian Army sent reinforcements into the Sinai Peninsula yesterday after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said there would be no talks with militant Islamists who have abducted seven members of the security forces.
An Egyptian military official said the decision followed a meeting between theFULL STORY
British Prime Minister David Cameron faced further dissent from within the ranks of his Conservative Party as a bill to legalize gay marriage returned to the British Parliament yesterday.
Cameron faced a setback in the lower chamber, the House of Commons, if the opposition Labour PartyFULL STORY
A 48-year-old divorced Briton locked in a bitter custody battle confessed on Sunday that he had killed his two young children by slitting their throats near the French city of Lyon.
The bodies of a five-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy were discovered on Saturday afternoonFULL STORY
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, Nigel Wright, stepped down on Sunday over an expenses scandal that also forced the resignation of a conservative senator.
Wright announced his resignation in statement following revelations that he gave a US$90,000 gift to Canadian Senator MikeFULL STORY
Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined.
Now, unlikely heroes may be coming to the rescueFULL STORY
Venezuela’s recent designation of an acting head of its diplomatic mission in the US shows the OPEC nation’s desire to restore full diplomatic relations, Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Elias Jaua said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
Disputes between Caracas and Washington were commonFULL STORY
Explosives factory explodes
A blast at an explosives factory in Shandong Province’s Caofan Township killed at least 12 people and left another 20 missing yesterday. Xinhua News Agency said 34 people were inside the factory at the time of the blast and only 14 of themFULL STORY