A US veteran of the Korean War, Merrill Newman, 85, has been detained by North Korea since late October. North Korean state media released a video showing Newman allegedly apologizing for past and recent crimes against the country.
President Hamid Karzai has so far declined to sign a pact that would keep US troops in Afghanistan after 2104. Analysts in both the US and Afghanistan say that, in doing so, the embattled leader is taking a great risk with his country's security.
Activity at a nuclear reactor in North Korea suggests the reactor is restarting, says the IAEA. And a satellite image from Aug. 31 showed white steam rising from a building that houses the reactor's steam turbines and electric generators.
While Italy's Senate voted to remove former prime minister and convicted tax evader Silvio Berlusconi from its ranks, he vowed to lead from the sidelines. Berlusconi owns the country's largest private broadcaster.
China's declaration of a maritime air defense zone escalates its territorial dispute with Japan and recently, Japan's relations with South Korea have faltered over the use of Korean sex slaves in WWII, leaving the US in a complicated position.
Vowing to die for his cause and to never negotiate, former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban is spearheading mass street protests calling for the resignation of Thailand's Prime Minster, who is seen as a proxy for her brother, a controversial former prime minster.
Latvia's Prime Minster Valdis Dombrovskis, the country's longest-serving prime minister, unexpectedly resigned Wednesday. Some have blamed the abolition of the state construction authority for the recent collapse of a supermarket roof which killed 54 people.
Brazil stadium collapse: A crane at the stadium hosting the 2014 World Cup opener in Sao Paulo, Brazil, collapsed Wednesday, destroying part of the stands and killing 3 people. The accident may delay the completion of the 70,000-seat stadium.
Amanda Knox is being retried in Italy for the 2007 murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher. Amanda Knox was found guilty of Kercher's murder in 2009 and served time in prison being released on appeal two years ago.
The Turkestan Islamic Party Saturday released a Uighur-language speech from its leader Abdullah Mansour. He said the Oct. 28 attack, and other jihadi operations by holy warriors, was only the beginning of attacks on Chinese authorities.
Two of the three women, enslaved in London for three decades, started living together in a collective or commune, say police. Police also said the three women were kept in place by "invisible handcuffs" and may have been brainwashed.
Syrian government airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the north on Saturday killed at least 44 people. And Al Qaeda-linked fighters ousted government troops from the al-Omar oil field during an overnight battle.