Politics

Iraq Shi'ite militia take lead in campaign to reverse Islamic State gains

Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries said on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar.

Politics

China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters

China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach and announced plans for the construction of two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region.

Politics

Arab forces strike Houthi-held Yemen military port: local official

Arab warplanes and ships bombed Yemen's largest military port in the Red Sea city of Hodaida, a local official said, heavily damaging the facility and partly destroying two warships.

Politics

Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi

Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city.

General

Malaysian police begin exhuming bodies at jungle camps

Malaysian police forensic teams began the grim task of exhuming the bodies of dozens of suspected victims of human traffickers found buried around jungle camps near the Thai border.

Politics

China to boost offshore military capability: defense strategy paper

China outlined a defense strategy on Tuesday to boost its naval capability farther from its shores, saying it faced a grave and complex array of security threats.

Politics

Taiwan offers South China Sea peace plan

Taiwan proposed a peace initiative to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that its says will reduce tensions that have put Beijing at odds with its neighbors and the US.

Politics

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi, while Syria said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people.

General  

Kim Jong-un's brother missing after attending Clapton Concert

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's brother Kim Jong-chol did not show up on a flight manifest after attending two Eric Clapton concerts in London last week, reports said.

Cleveland protests erupt after officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects

A Cleveland police officer was found not guilty on Saturday in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012.

Islamic State enter Palmyra's ruins: monitor

Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the historic city, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday.

House defies Obama veto threat, passes defense policy bill

The vote was 269 to 151 for the legislation, a blueprint for next year's spending on military and other national security programs.

California Senate votes to end beliefs waiver for school vaccinations

California parents who do not vaccinate their children would have to home-school them under a bill passed Thursday by the state Senate.

Eloping Indian couple beaten to death, cremated in "honor killing"

Police in eastern India have arrested one person and are searching for 14 others after a couple who had eloped together were beaten to death and cremated

Politics  

Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthis trade heavy fire, border crossing hit

Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which destroyed part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight, residents said on Sunday.

Hezbollah says it will step up presence in Syria as needed

Hezbollah is fighting across all of Syria alongside the army of President Bashar al-Assad and is willing to increase its presence there when needed.

Shi'ite militias advance on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq's Ramadi

Shi'ite Muslim militiamen and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State insurgents near Ramadi on Saturday, a militia spokesman said.

Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear arms ban at U.N.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a major United Nations conference.

Saudi clerics urge calm as village hit by Islamic State seethes

Saudi Arabia's top Sunni cleric on Saturday branded a deadly attack on Shi'ite Muslims a bid to sow chaos, after villagers targeted in the bombing vented their anger.

Islamic State says it has full control of Syria's Palmyra

Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defenses east of Ramadi.

Environment  

Papua New Guinea hit by 7.2-magnitude earthquake

A powerful earthquake has struck the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea, prompting a tsunami warning for nearby coasts.

Evacuation as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile

The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours - having lain dormant for decades.

Strong quake hits Japan, Taiwan; tsunami warning lifted

A strong earthquake rattled Taiwan and small islands in the far south of Japan on Monday, official monitoring sites said, briefly prompting a warning for a 1-metre tsunami.

Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark

Authorities in Kashmir issued alerts and asked people to move to higher ground Monday after heavy rain flooded several parts of the Himalayan region.

Health  

Entertainment  

Oscars 2015: Full list of winners

British actor Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything, while Julianne Moore picked up best actress for Still Alice. Dark Comedy won the best picture.

Security  

Attack on guest house in Afghan capital kills at least five

At least one gunman attacked a guest house popular with foreigners in Kabul on Wednesday killing at least five people, including an American and two Indians.

Police: Several people killed in shooting in Switzerland

Police say they have found several people dead after shots were heard in a town in northern Switzerland.

China warns on rising North Korea nuclear capability: WSJ

Chinese nuclear experts have warned that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads and the capability to produce enough weapons-grade uranium to double its arsenal by next year.

Drone with radiation sign lands on roof of Japan PM Abe's office: media

A drone carrying a small camera, a water bottle and a flare and marked with a radioactive sign was found on the rooftop of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office on Wednesday.

Germanwings plane evacuated after bomb scare

A Germanwings flight bound for Italy from Germany was evacuated late on Sunday due to a bomb threat, the airline said.

Colorado moving to allow pot use by people on probation

A Colorado proposal to allow people on probation or parole to use medical marijuana won unanimous approval Thursday in its first test in the state Legislature.