• Australia commits to legal growing of medicinal marijuana

    Australian lawmakers have committed to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.

  • China reports 1st case of imported Zika virus

    China has reported its first case of the Zika virus in a man who recently traveled to Venezuela.

  • UN experts: North Korea continues to evade UN sanctions

    U.N. experts say North Korea is continuing to evade U.N. sanctions, using airlines, ships, and the international financial system to trade in prohibited items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs raising important questions about the sanctions regime.

  • Intelligence chief: North Korea restarts plutonium reactor

    North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering spent fuel in weeks or months, the US intelligence chief said Tuesday in delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.

  • Closely fought Philippine presidential race gets underway

    Five key Philippine presidential candidates, including a crime-busting mayor and an adopted daughter of movie stars, have launched their campaigns to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies.

  • S. Korea: North blew up rocket stage to confound analysts

    Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea's navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong.

  • Train crash in Germany kills at least 8, injures 150

    Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday morning in southern Germany, killing at least eight people and injuring some 150, police said.

  • US responses to N. Korea nuke, missile tests will upset China

    North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the US that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang's weapons development — China.

  • More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says

    More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis.

  • UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes

    A UN panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes beginning in 2020 for new aircraft designs and three years later for designs already in production.

  • Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty

    Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering US calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East.

  • Reborn Maine mill town offers lessons amid refugee crisis

    The arrival of thousands of Somali refugees in this former mill city in the nation's whitest state sparked a backlash at first, complete with a rally of white supremacists and a pig's head rolled into the local mosque.

  • No new trial for priest convicted of sex tourism with boys

    A priest who was convicted of sexually assaulting poor street children during missionary trips to Honduras and said federal prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence in his case won't get a new trial, a judge ruled.

  • Iran awards medals of honor to nuclear team

    Iran awarded medals of honor on Monday to its nuclear negotiators who helped clinch a landmark deal with world powers last year.

  • Tattoos on the rebound in Cuba after years underground

    Bent in concentration beneath the vaulted ceiling of his Old Havana studio, Mauro Coca draws a tropical bird in blue ink down the length of Julivic Marquez's arm.

  • Name of Myanmar's next president to be known March 17

    The names of Myanmar's next president and two vice presidents will be revealed on March 17, an official said Monday, setting a clear timeline for the transition of power from a military-controlled government to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's party.

  • Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces

    Turkey's president lashed out at the United States a week after President Barack Obama's envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists.

  • Death toll from Taiwan quake hits 34, hunt on for survivors

    The death toll from a powerful earthquake that toppled a high-rise apartment building in Taiwan rose to at least 34, according to government figures Monday, with rescuers digging through rubble for survivors more than 48 hours after the quake struck.

  • Storms may brew, but in N. Korea pride over new satellite

    Hours after the rest of the world already knew, North Korea's state media triumphantly announced in a special news bulletin to the nation Sunday it had successfully launched a satellite into orbit, calling it a major milestone in the nation's history and the "greatest gift of loyalty" to the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un.

  • Facing NH loss, Clinton looks ahead to counter Sanders

    With a victory seemingly out of reach in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is looking ahead to the next round of voting to reposition her campaign to counter the rising primary threat of insurgent Sen. Bernie Sanders.