• Australia alarmed by strategic rivalry in South China Sea

    By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Australia expressed alarm on Wednesday at escalating strategic rivalry in the South China Sea, saying it puts Asia at the risk of a military blunder with potentially serious consequences. China's recent assertiveness in the South China Sea has increased…

  • Russia risks Japanese ire with Far East war commemoration

    By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia staged a military parade on Wednesday to commemorate seizing a group of Pacific islands from Japan at the end of World War Two, a move likely to inflame tensions over a long-running territorial dispute with Tokyo. The show of force, the first of its kind…

  • North Korea tells South not to crow about deal that ended standoff

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Wednesday accused South Korea of claiming victory for an accord that ended an armed standoff, saying that was "cowardly" and urging the South to be "discreet in words and deeds". South Korean President Park Geun-hye's approval ratings surged after…

  • California's big shift on solitary confinement points to national rethink

    Hundreds of prisoners housed in the California penitentiary system will be released from solitary confinement, where dozens of inmates have been detained for more than a decade, under the details of a settlement announced Tuesday. Signs of that shift are mounting, with recent reforms to solitary…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • In new UN goals, an evolving vision of how to change the world

    A new set of United Nations goals for sustainable global development point to an emerging shift in views about development and how it works. Out is the view of development as a technical enterprise largely funded by the world’s wealthy powers and other outsiders. In is seeing development as a…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Is the Arctic Circle a safer route for Syria refugees?

    As conflict and violence in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan continues, more refugees are seeking asylum in Europe, risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean on overcrowded boats. Located 1,500 miles northeast of Oslo in the town of Kirkenes, the Storskog border post has seen about 150 refugees…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Why teachers are working for free in Pennsylvania school district

    As public school students in Chester, Pa., prepare for school Wednesday, their teachers will be preparing for something much more daunting than the first day of school: the prospect of weeks – perhaps even months – without a paycheck. “We’re ready for the students to show up Wednesday morning,”…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 2 cases of polio found in Ukraine, caused by mutated virus

    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says officials have found two children stricken by polio in Ukraine, the country's first cases of the paralytic disease in nine years.

    Associated Press16 mins ago
  • The Latest on Bangkok: Police say suspect was in blast area

    BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the deadly Bangkok bombing (all times local):

    Associated Press18 mins ago
  • Twelve Syrians drown heading from Turkey to Greek island

    At least 12 people believed to be Syrian refugees drowned as two boats sank after leaving southwest Turkey for the Greek island of Kos on Wednesday, a senior Turkish naval official said. The two boats, carrying a total of 23 people, had set off separately from the Akyarlar area of the Bodrum…

    Reuters23 mins ago
  • India's monsoon rains seen falling short of previous forecast

    By Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's monsoon rains are likely to be below the prior forecast of 88 percent of the long-term average, the weather office chief said, which could make it the driest year since 2009 and worsen rural distress by cutting farm output. The July-September rains…

    Reuters23 mins ago
  • Nations' pledges to cut emissions called insufficient

    BONN, Germany (AP) — Analysts tracking efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions say the reductions pledged by major economies ahead of an envisioned climate pact this year won't be enough to avoid warming the Earth by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or more.

    Associated Press30 mins ago
  • Hundreds of migrants on tracks at Calais block trains to UK

    By John Pullman and Pierre Savary CALAIS, France (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, a police source said on Wednesday, stranding thousands of passengers aboard Eurostar trains for hours. The…

    Reuters36 mins ago
  • China enlists monkeys to keep birds from spoiling big parade

    BEIJING (AP) — China is leaning on the animal kingdom — including a squad of nest-wrecking monkeys — to ensure its military parade commemorating the end of World War II goes smoothly.

    Associated Press36 mins ago
  • Rhino crushes tour guide to death in Zimbabwe

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A game park director says a rhino crushed a tour guide to death at a private nature reserve in Zimbabwe.

    Associated Press38 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Police investigating last month's Bangkok bombing said Wednesday that the fingerprints of a foreign man arrested at the Thai-Cambodia border match those found on a bottle of bomb-making material, and that they were seeking to arrest a Turkish man linked to the blast. The new suspect,…

    Associated Press44 mins ago
  • Turkey transfers British Vice News reporters to new jail

    Turkey has transferred two British journalists and their Iraqi translator who were arrested this week on terror charges to a new jail in the southern city of Adana, legal sources said Wednesday. The three, reporting for US-based media outlet Vice News, were detained on Monday and remanded in…

    AFP50 mins ago
  • Car bomb kills seven in Syria regime bastion Latakia

    Damascus (AFP) - Seven people were killed and 40 wounded on Wednesday in a rare car bombing in the Syrian city of Latakia, in the coastal bastion of President Bashar al-Assad, state television said.

    AFP51 mins ago