A Chinese boat and 16 fishermen seized for ransom by armed North Koreans two weeks ago were released yesterday, easing the latest irritant in relations between the neighboring allies.
Owner Yu Xuejun (于學君), who was not aboard the boat when it was seized on May 5,FULL STORY
Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas have fought their biggest battle yet for Syria’s beleaguered president, prompting international alarm that the civil war may spread and an urgent call for restraint from the US.
About 30 Hezbollah fighters were killed on Sunday, Syrian activists said, along with 20 SyrianFULL STORY
Nigeria’s military said on Monday it had re-established control in five remote areas of the northeast where Islamist insurgents had seized territory, as it pressed on with a sweeping offensive against Boko Haram militants.
Several thousand troops were last week deployed across three states in theFULL STORY
Four bombings in northern Iraq killed five people and wounded 69 yesterday, officials said, the latest in a spate of violence that has killed more than 370 people so far this month. Yesterday’s attacks came a day after Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced anFULL STORY
Britain’s gay marriage bill was set to pass a crucial parliamentary hurdle yesterday, after British Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to strike a last-minute deal with the opposition to stop members of his own Conservative Party wrecking the plans.
Lawmakers in the lower House ofFULL STORY
Lawmakers were to get their first chance to question the former head of the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the man who ran the agency when agents were improperly targeting conservative groups.
Some of the questions were expected to be direct: What did you know,FULL STORY
Ray Manzarek, cofounder of legendary 1960s group The Doors and creator of their signature organ sound, died on Monday after a long battle with cancer, his manager said. He was 74.
Manzarek formed the group — whose worldwide hits included Light My Fire and L.A. WomanFULL STORY
Twin car bombs killed four people and wounded close to 50 on Monday in Russia’s restive Dagestan region, while the Kremlin also announced it had foiled a major attack on Moscow.
“Within the space of a few minutes, two cars blew up” in the southern region’sFULL STORY
Mexico deployed thousands of extra troops to the western state of Michoacan on Monday in a bid to tamp down drug cartel violence amid the emergence of vigilante groups, officials said.
About 2,000 army soldiers, 2,000 marines and 1,000 police officers were sent to the crime-wrackedFULL STORY
Guatemala’s top court has thrown another curve into the genocide case of former Guatemalan president Efrain Rios Montt, overturning his conviction and ordering that the trial be taken back to the middle of the proceedings.
The ruling late on Monday threw into disarray a process thatFULL STORY
Li to honor doctor
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) was to pay his respects yesterday to the family of an Indian doctor who died treating Chinese troops more than 70 years ago, becoming a rare symbol of friendship between the two nations. Li was to takeFULL STORY