While neither Beijing nor Washington want to see North Korea's belligerence explode into actual conflict, Beijing is not willing to push Pyongyang too hard for fear of toppling the regime.
North Korea's decision to pull its workers from Kaesong industrial park coincides with speculation that it could carry out a missile test.
The hunger strikers charge Israel with failing to provide adequate care for the man, who was diagnosed with cancer. Israel's Prison Service says it took him to a hospital and was arranging an early release.
After weeks of belligerent talk, North Korea espoused a 'new strategic line,' saying its struggling economy as well as its military strength is a top priority.
Vietnam accused China of firing on a fishing boat near the Paracel Islands, something China denies. China claims territorial rights over the entire South China Sea, but several nations dispute this.
The rebel Free Syrian Army's Col. Riad al-Asaad was reportedly injured in a blast, while the Free Syrian Army rejected the political council's appointment of Ghassan Hitto as provisional prime minister.
The day President Obama held a press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Gaza fired two rockets into southern Israel, starkly illustrating Palestinians' internal divides.
China criticizes US plans to bolster missile defenses in response to provocations by North Korea, saying they would only intensify antagonism.
The armed separatism of the 1990s had largely faded away, but a peace accord never followed. Frustration had been mounting in recent weeks over an execution and an expansive policing law.
This follows threats from Pyongyang last week both to end the armistice and to 'exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack.'
A survey of opinions about what Hugo Chávez's passing means for Venezuela, and the region.
The UN Security Council is expected today to approve a new round of sanctions against Pyongyang in response to its nuclear weapon test last month.
A hostage situation that began when Syrian rebels captured UN peacekeepers working in the Golan Heights yesterday seems to be rapidly deescalating as the captors scale back their threats.
Neighboring nations are straining to handle the 1 million refugees generated by two years of fighting.
Rodman's visit to North Korea comes just weeks after the country's third nuclear weapons test. Some say such trips, like that of Google chief Eric Schmidt, boost the North's positioning.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said in Moscow that the Assad government wanted to engage in 'dialogue with anyone who's willing for it, even those who carry arms.'
The explosions, which injured scores of market goers, come amid ongoing tensions in India over its recent execution of convicted terrorist Mohammad Afzal Guru.
A report by security firm Mandiant provides one of the most extensive cases yet for the Chinese government's hand in massive-scale online data theft. Targets included an array of key businesses.
France said today that it hopes to withdraw its troops from Mali next month, but it's unclear what will fill the resulting power vacuum and continue the fight against jihadist forces.
As fresh details emerge about the suspected Israeli airstrike in Syria last week, key facts – like what the strike targeted – remain muddled.