• Multiple IS suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar kill 17 troops

    Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said Wednesday.

  • Pakistan detains owner of firm said to market fake degrees

    Pakistani authorities on Wednesday detained the owner of a software company accused of running a global network in selling fake degrees, officials said.

  • Fleeing poverty, Bangladeshis caught in Asian boat crisis

    The traffickers spun stories that were unimaginable to their listeners, many who hailed from tiny Bangladeshi villages where almost no one earns more than a few dollars a day.

  • UK's re-elected Cameron outlines plans in Queen's Speech

    After his surprise election victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron is laying out plans for government free of coalition compromises.

  • Nepal asks for shelters before monsoon

    People in quake-hit Nepal are in dire need of shelters before the arrival of monsoon rains expected to begin within the next few weeks, a Nepalese religious leader is saying.

  • Group: Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war

    A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.

  • Fighting back

    Iraqi fighters from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilization unit battle Islamic State (IS) organization jihadists in an area surrounding the village of Dujail, Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad, on Tuesday. Iraqi forces closed in on Ramadi and launched an operation aimed at cutting off IS in Anbar province before a major offensive to retake the city. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)

  • Envoys from S. Korea, US, Japan discuss N.Korean nuke threat

    The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Wednesday on the need to increase pressure on North Korea and urged the country to engage in serious negotiations on its expanding nuclear weapons program.

  • China touts success of crackdown in restive Muslim region

    China said Wednesday that it has foiled 181 terror plots since it started a crackdown a year ago on Islamic separatists in the northwestern region of Xinjiang that was prompted by a surge of violence that reached as far as Beijing.

  • No one allowed to be stateless, says religious leader

    The general secretary of the National Council of Churches in Nepal, K.B. Rokaya, said on Wednesday that no one was allowed to be stateless, such as what was being experienced by the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

  • Myanmar should take care of Rohingya people: Group

    The Myanmarese government should pay more attention to the rights and the security of Muslim Rohingya people, a Christian organization has said.

  • Govt not able to stop Nepalese human trafficking: Religious leader

    The Nepalese government lacks the power to stop human trafficking in the country, which has increased since two major earthquakes, said a Nepalese religious leader on Wednesday.

  • On fire

    An opposition protester throws water to put out flames on a burning barricade set alight by him and others, after it started to burn overhead electricity cables, in Buyenzi district, Bujumbura, Burundi, on Tuesday. Protests continued in the capital with demonstrators saying they would continue until President Pierre Nkurunziza stepped down at the end of his second term. (AP/Berthier Mugiraneza)

  • EU boosts support to recovery, development in C. Africa

    The EU says it is increasing its financial support to the Central African Republic, which is still living with the impacts of recent conflict.

  • Georgia, RI pursuing closer cooperation

    Georgia is seeking to cooperate more with Indonesia in various areas, including in trade, culture and education, an envoy says.

  • 107 states commit to prohibiting, eliminating nuclear weapons

    International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) executive director Beatrice Fihn says the wide and growing international support for “Humanitarian Pledge” has sent a signal that a majority of the world’s governments are ready to move forward with the prohibition of nuclear weapons, even if nuclear weapon states are not ready to participate.

  • Dozens of Filipinos deported from Manado

    Up to 44 Filipinos, who were working as crewmembers on illegal fishing vessels that were detained by Indonesian authorities, were deported to their country of origin on Tuesday.

  • Police catch 175 looters in China's biggest artifact find

    Chinese authorities say police have caught 175 looters who broke into a Neolithic archaeological site in what officials are calling the country's biggest recovery of stolen artifacts.

  • Historian, author of 'The Pacific' Hugh Ambrose dies at 48

    Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history "The Pacific" after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen Ambrose, has died at age 48.

  • Australia warns children of foreign fighters risk charges

    An Australian boy who was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the prime minister to warn that children as well as adults who break terrorism laws face prosecution.

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