• UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern

    The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran.

  • Singapore honors Lee with elaborate state funeral

    Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew will be given an elaborate state funeral Sunday, ending a week of mourning for the man who led the city-state to independence 50 years ago.

  • Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank

    Australia has announced that it will join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank.

  • Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria

    Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.

  • Boko Haram kills 39, legislator, disrupting Nigeria election

    Witnesses and officials say Boko Haram extremists killed 39 people, including a legislator, in northeastern Nigeria, disrupting the country's presidential election.

  • Lights out as world observes Earth Hour

    Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower switched off its lights, Berlin's Brandenburg Gate went dark and Hong Kong's famed skyline dimmed Saturday as landmarks the world over observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign.

  • RP hits Beijing back over South China Sea

    The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing’s criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were “in no way comparable to China’s massive reclamation activities” in the waters.

  • Jokowi meets with Dutch PM

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for a short bilateral talk in Sanya, China, on Friday evening ahead of the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia summit.

  • Indonesians told to evacuate from Yemen

    Indonesia is urging its nationals to evacuate from Yemen as a result of the deteriorating situation in the country that saw Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi flee the country on Thursday, following the advance of Houthi rebels into Aden.

  • South Africa in high spirits ahead of Bandung conference

    South African leaders have expressed enthusiasm over the upcoming 60th anniversary of the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Bandung because of its great contribution in helping South Africans in the struggles against the apartheid regime.

  • Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say

    Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.

  • 3 astronauts to blast off for 1-year trip to space station

    An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth.

  • Singapore urges restraint as Lee mourners queue for 10 hours

    Singaporeans hoping for a glimpse of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew's coffin are being urged to stay away from the sprawling queue as waiting times reach 10 hours.

  • Hudud violent? What about capital punishment, asks Malaysia's Islamic party

    Critics of "violent" punishments under hudud, the Islamic penal code, were ignoring the barbaric nature of capital and corporal punishments under existing federal laws, said Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) leader Abdul Hadi Awang in his first response to an opposition coalition member severing ties with him.

  • Complex US-Iran ties at heart of complicated Mideast policy

    U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq's deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

  • Thai junta leader to fight forced labor in fish industry

    Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.

  • Critters found in Antarctic ice shows how tenacious life is

    Deep below the ice, far from the playful penguins and other animals that bring tourists to Antarctica, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be completely void of life.

  • Little vetting of pilots for mental health, US experts say

    Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say.

  • Myanmar army commander pledges successful elections

    Myanmar's powerful military commander pledged Friday to work to support successful elections in November, calling it "an important landmark for democracy implementation," and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats.

  • Gulf states ask UN Security Council for Yemen arms embargo

    Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies presented powerful members of the U.N. Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Shiite rebels who have thrown Yemen into turmoil and caused its Western-backed president to flee.

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