• Japan whaling fleet set to leave for Antarctic

    Japan's whaling fleet leaves Tuesday for the Antarctic for a three-month, scaled-down hunt, the government said, despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proven that whales need to be killed for research.

  • President Jokowi to attend diverse meetings during COP21

    President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is scheduled to attend seven events during the UN Climate Conference, COP21, in Paris, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said on Monday.

  • Obama's first stop in Paris is saddest of destinations

    At another time, it would have been a glorious tour of Paris by night. But for the saddest of destinations.

  • Malaysian pleads guilty to indecent assault in New Zealand

    A Malaysian military officer who was extradited to New Zealand after earlier leaving the country under the protection of diplomatic immunity pleaded guilty Monday to indecent assault.

  • Smog to linger for another two days in northern China

    Heavy smog is forecast to remain at severe pollution levels across northern China, including Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province, for another two days, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Sunday.

  • About 100 passengers rescued after Batam-Singapore ferry hits floating object

    All 97 passengers traveling on board a ferry headed to Singapore from Batam were rescued after the vessel hit a floating object in the water and started to sink.

  • Program to hire 100 'substitute mothers' for left-behind kids

    The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation has launched a project to hire and train 100 local women as substitute mothers to take care of left-behind children.

  • Russian oil tanker grounded in north Pacific

    Russian emergency services say cleanup operations are underway after an oil tanker was grounded, damaging one of its fuel tanks.

  • Earth is a wilder, warmer place since last climate deal made

    This time, it's a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save.

  • Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic

    Pope Francis arrived Sunday in the conflict-torn Central African Republic, brushing aside security concerns to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to a country where violence between Christian and Muslim militants has divided the capital city and forced nearly 1 million from their homes over the last two years.

  • Iraqis find 3 more mass graves in formerly IS-held Sinjar

    Iraqi officials say three more mass graves have been found in the northern town of Sinjar, where Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes drove out Islamic State militants earlier this month.

  • Turkey says pilot's body to be flown back to Russia

    The Turkish prime minister says Turkey has taken delivery of the body of a Russian pilot who was killed after Turkish F-16s shot.

  • Jones overcomes some anxious moments to win Australian Open

    Matt Jones talked about the "stress and anxious moments" during his final round at the Australian Open on Sunday.

  • Suspect in Colorado attack called recluse who left few clues

    A gunman who police say staged a deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic was a recluse who stashed food in the woods, avoided eye contact, warned neighbors about government spying and passed out anti-Obama pamphlets, those who knew him said.

  • UN: Maurice Strong, climate and development pioneer, dies

    The head of the U.N.'s environmental agency says Maurice Strong, whose work helped lead to the landmark climate summit that begins in Paris on Monday, has died. He was 86.

  • Queen Elizabeth II wraps up nostalgic Malta trip

    Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday wrapped up a nostalgic visit to Malta, her one-time home, where she joked that Canada's youthful new leader had made her feel old.

  • London protesters oppose UK airstrikes on IS in Syria

    Hundreds of demonstrators in London are urging British lawmakers not to back airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Syria.

  • Philippines gets 1st fighter jets in a decade amid sea feud

    The Philippines on Saturday took delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets — the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade — as it strengthens its underfunded military amid an escalating territorial feud with China.

  • Air pollution in Beijing hits hazardous levels

    Air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels on Saturday as smog engulfed large parts of China despite efforts to clean up the foul air.

  • Three dead in Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting

    A gunman burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic and opened fire, launching several gunbattles and an hours-long standoff with police as patients and staff took cover under furniture and inside locked rooms.