• Maldives media raises nearly $2m for Gaza

    Media outlets in the Maldives have raised nearly US$2 million to help Gaza residents affected by massive destruction caused in the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, a fundraising organizer said Saturday.

  • Pussy Riot says no place for Putin at G20

    The two best known members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot Saturday called on Australia to withdraw its invitation to President Vladimir Putin to attend this year’s G20 summit.

  • Dramatic PNG volcano quietens

    A volcano that has erupted in Papua New Guinea was Saturday spewing fragments from its crater and rumbling loudly, but its activity appeared to be subsiding, a seismologist said.

  • RI awaits go-ahead to send peacekeepers to Syria, Gaza Strip

    The Foreign Ministry’s Director- General for Multilateral Affairs Hasan Kleib revealed on Saturday that the U.N. Security Council had yet to permit Indonesia to send peacekeeping forces to Syria and the Gaza Strip.


  • Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev are asking to delay his trial until at least September 2015.


  • Suriname leader's son pleads guilty to US charge

    The son of the president of Suriname pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges he sought to offer a home base in his South American country to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.


  • Former Jethro Tull bass player Glenn Cornick dies

    Glenn Cornick, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday.


  • Ban Ki-moon asks for peaceful solution for Ukraine in Bali meeting

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested peaceful resolutions to the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia.


  • Haitian authorities burn 4.5 tons worth of drugs

    Authorities in Haiti have destroyed nearly 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms) of marijuana and 57 kilograms (126 pounds) of cocaine seized in the past two years.


  • Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far

    U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday.


  • Colombian accused in 5,000-plus killings arrested

    Panamanian authorities say they have arrested a fugitive Colombian right-wing militia leader accused in more than 5,000 murders who officials say was posing as a construction company owner.


  • Iceland reopens Bardarbunga airspace

    Iceland reopened the airspace over the Bardarbunga volcano system Friday afternoon, lowering a red alert to aviation declared earlier following an overnight eruption.


  • IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde

    The executive board of the International Monetary Fund is expressing confidence in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated.


  • 25 trapped in mine landslide in Nicaragua

    Rescuers are working to reach at least 25 miners trapped in a gold mine landslide in northern Nicaragua.


  • Libyan interim govt submits resignation

    Libya’s interim government submitted its resignation to the newly elected parliament it said on Friday, raising the possibility that a more inclusive government will be formed, while militias in the capital accepted a UN call for a cease-fire.


  • EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

    Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional biting economic sanctions.

  • Boat flips near Dominican coast; at least 1 death

    Authorities in the Dominican Republic searched Friday for survivors after a small boat carrying about 20 migrants capsized off the eastern tip of the country as they apparently tried to reach Puerto Rico.

  • WHO: More Ebola cases in past week than any other

    The past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak in West Africa began, the World Health Organization said Friday, offering more evidence that the crisis is worsening.

  • UNAOC Meeting

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (center) walks with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Gracia-Margallo (left) during an opening ceremony of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on Friday. (AP/Firdia Lisnawati)

  • Volcanic eruption

    A photo taken on Friday, shows Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed. Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain. (AFP/Oliver Bluett)