This month, China will allow tourists to book cruises to the Paracel Islands, a cluster of 40 islets, outcrops and reefs in the South China Sea. Vietnam and Taiwan also claim the Paracels as their own.
A report by Tel Aviv University and the European Jewish Congress found a 30 percent jump in anti-Semetic violence and vandalism in 2012. Researchers saw a correlation between extreme right-wing parties and high levels of anti-Semitic incidents in certain countries.
Egypt's highest court issued a statement Sunday, urging Talaat Abduallah, the top prosecutor appointed by President Mohammed Morsi, to step down. Many judges and prosecutors have protested his appointment, calling it illegal.
Hardline Muslims rallied in Bangladesh Saturday, demanding harsher punishments for those who insult Islam. They've also targeted a group of bloggers who want to ban Jamaat-e-Islami, the country's largest Islamic party.
After two years of political turmoil Egypt faces an economic crisis, and has been in talks with the IMF for a multi billion-dollar loan. Egypt's planning minister said the country needs to act quickly to restore the economy.
In two attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan three US service members, three US civilians, and an Afghan doctor were killed Saturday, the same day the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrives in Afghanistan.
On Saturday, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a campaign tent near Baghdad. At least 22 people were killed, and dozens injured. The tent belonged to Muthanna al-Jorani, a Sunni politician, who was not injured.
2 dead day care shooting: On Friday, a man armed with a shotgun shot and killed an employee at a day care center in Quebec and then killed himself. All the children at the day care were evacuated safely.