• 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.

  • Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels

    The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.

  • Seoul urges Pyongyang to release 2 South Korean detainees

    South Korea urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage charges, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals.

  • First biracial Miss Universe Japan slammed for not being 'Japanese enough'

    With her exotic features, bronze skin and biracial heritage, the newly crowned Miss Universe Japan has stirred up a storm of controversy for not being "Japanese enough".

  • ‘Over two million suffer from epilepsy in Pakistan’

    Over two million Pakistanis suffer from epilepsy that is around five per cent of the world population of epilepsy patients, according to health experts.

  • 67 fatal child abuse cases in Malaysia in seven years

    The Malaysia police have raised concern over the rising number of cases of domestic violence, which resulted in 67 child deaths over the last seven years.

  • Anwar's royal pardon decision to be revealed Wednesday

    The petition for a royal pardon over Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction by his family has been disposed.

  • Jesse Jackson's son leaves federal prison for halfway house

    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the son of a prominent civil rights activist, was released from an Alabama federal prison early Thursday, two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items, his father said.

  • North Korea says it has detained 2 South Koreans for spying

    North Korea said it detained two South Korean men on charges of spying. A South Korean government official confirmed Friday that the two are South Korean citizens, but could not immediately explain how they entered the North and were detained.

  • Women nude on Penn St. group's Facebook page talk to cops

    Some women pictured nude or seminude in photos posted to a Penn State fraternity's secret Facebook page have come forward, and some members of the male student social group are now cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation, police said.

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