• Female Afghan lawmaker wounded in shooting attack

    A female Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a shooting that her sister called a political attack, but which the government on Wednesday described as resulting from an undetermined personal dispute with a police officer.

  • Passenger train derails in northern India; 42 hurt

    A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, and dozens of passengers suffered mostly minor injuries.

  • Saudi reports new MERS death, infections in Jeddah

    A Saudi man has died of MERS in the western city of Jeddah, where authorities have sought to calm fears over the spreading respiratory illness, the health ministry said Wednesday.

  • Algeria aims to stem youth brain drain with business fund

    They fled Algeria to escape the violence ravaging the country in the 1990s, but now more and more young exiled Algerians are returning, lured by better economic prospects linked to government financial enticements.

  • Japan eyes no visa rule for Filipinos, Indonesians and Vietnamese

    Talks are underway to finally lift the tough visa requirements for Filipinos to visit Japan, a report said Wednesday.

  • Critical situation

    South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea on Wednesday. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP/Yonhap)

  • South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster

    Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.

  • Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over Boston's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

  • DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate

    A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen American patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

  • UK charity: 'Shocking' rise in emergency food need

    A leading British charity said Wednesday the number of three-day emergency food supplies it delivered rose to "shocking" levels in the past year as families struggle to cope with low incomes, rising living costs and cuts in the welfare system.