• Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

    A Belgian convicted of murder and rape who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychological condition was incurable, an official said Tuesday.

  • Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

    Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.

  • China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff

    The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday.

  • Nobel laureates appeal to South Africa

  • Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands evacuated

     The Philippines' most active volcano has belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer (half a mile) down its slope, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Tuesday.

  • Govt believes Jokowi will continue the Bali Democracy Forum

    The Foreign Ministry's director general for information and public diplomacy, Esti Andayani, said she was optimistic that president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, after assuming office on Oct. 20, would oversee the continuation of the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF), an international meeting initiated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2008.

  • Syria aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

    Activists say that a Syrian military aircraft has crashed in a city that is a main stronghold of the militant Islamic State group.

  • 3 killed, 5 wounded in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine

    The city council in Donetsk says three people have been killed and five wounded in shelling overnight in the city in eastern Ukraine.

  • Militants attack Pakistani post near Afghan border

    Pakistan's army says a group of militants have attacked one of its positions from neighboring Afghanistan, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and three soldiers killed.

  • Suicide attack

    An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier stands at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday. A large blast ripped through central Kabul on September 16, shaking buildings and setting off the siren alert at the US embassy as emergency vehicles raced through the streets to assess the damage. (AFP/Shah Marai)

  • Bad weather

    Passengers brave the strong winds as they wait for a bus, in Hong Kong, on Monday. The Hong Kong Observatory issued the number 8 southeast storm signal, as Typhoon Kalmaegi edges closer to Hong Kong. (AP/Kin Cheung)

  • Yes or No

    Two Scottish independence referendum Yes supporters hold a Scottish Saltire flag up outside the "Better Together" No campaign offices in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Monday. If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance. (AP/Matt Dunham)

  • Typhoon hits southern China, heads to Vietnam

    A typhoon struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights as it headed northwest toward Vietnam.

  • Philippines warns of possible volcanic eruption

    One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes is showing signs of heightened unrest and an eruption is possible within weeks, government scientists warned Tuesday.

  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

  • Afghan suicide bomber hits foreigners, wounds 13

    A Taliban suicide car bomber attacked a foreign motorcade just a couple hundred yards (meters) from the U.S. Embassy, unleashing a blast that injured at least 13 people and rattled nearby neighborhoods, police officials said.

  • 12 Nigerian troops sentenced to death for mutiny

    A court martial has sentenced 12 Nigerian soldiers fighting Islamic extremists to death by firing squad for mutiny and attempted murder of their commanding officer.

  • 8 killed in drug dispute in northern Honduras

    Honduran authorities say eight men were shot and killed in a dispute between gangs over drugs in the northern city of San Pedro Sula.

  • Lava creeps toward lots in Big Island subdivision

    Lava is about a tenth of a mile from the edge of a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island.

  • Hundreds of drug addicts escape Vietnam rehab

    More than 400 Vietnamese drug addicts have escaped from a rehabilitation center where they were detained to receive compulsory treatment, a local official said Monday.