A boat carrying up to 150 Rohingya Muslims fleeing a cyclone has capsized off Myanmar's coast, the U.N. said Tuesday, heightening fears over the storm which threatens camps for tens of thousands of displaced people.
The boat hit trouble on Monday night after it left Pauktaw township in Rakhine state, said a spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, adding there were an unknown number of missing as "they were traveling to another camp ahead of the cyclone".Full Story
A tunnel at a mine in the remote east of Indonesia caved in Tuesday with around 30 workers inside, the U.S. operator and police said.
Rescuers did not know whether those inside were alive or dead following the accident at Freeport-McMoRan's Grasberg, one of the world's biggest gold and copper mines which is high in the mountains of rugged Papua province.Full Story
Tehran on Tuesday played down a decision by the United States to boycott meetings of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament when Iran takes over the body later this month.
"Pressure, presence or their boycott will not be important to Iran," newly appointed foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi told reporters when asked about the planned boycott by U.S. ambassadors when Iran takes over.Full Story
A deep 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck near the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.
The quake hit 42 kilometers (26 miles) west of Agrihan and 395 kilometers north of the main island Saipan, but it was at a depth of 603 kilometers and seismologists said it was too deep to cause any impact.Full Story
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said Tuesday she wants talks with North Korea on removing raw materials and finished products from a joint industrial complex closed by military tensions.
In a cabinet meeting, Park instructed the Unification Ministry to offer Pyongyang discussions on the Kaesong complex, which lies 10 kilometers (six miles) inside the North Korean side of the joint border.Full Story
A U.S. Marine officer will be court martialed for his alleged role in the scandal sparked by a video that showed soldiers urinating on the dead bodies of three Afghans, the Marine Corps said Monday.
In a statement, the Corps said Captain James Clement "will be tried for dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentlemen for failing to stop the misconduct of junior Marines."Full Story
Three Georgian soldiers were killed on Monday in a suicide attack on their base in southern Afghanistan, the country's defense minister said.
"Insurgents have made a combined attack on the base with the use of an explosive device installed on a truck by a suicide terrorist," defense minister Irakli Alasania said in televised comments.Full Story
Seeking to quell a growing scandal, President Barack Obama said Monday it would be "outrageous" if U.S. tax authorities targeted conservative groups fiercely opposed to his White House.
As he battled growing political woes, Obama also denied his White House had engaged in a cover-up to downplay the impact to his re-election campaign of the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi last year, which killed four Americans.Full Story
Ariel Castro, the man accused of holding three young women captive for a decade, had a history of violence and threatening behavior, U.S. police reports released Monday showed.
But while police questioned Castro on at least eight occasions -- including twice while the kidnapped women were trapped in his Cleveland, Ohio home -- he was never charged with a crime.Full Story
Two Darfur rebel chiefs who signed an accord with the Sudanese government have been killed in an insurgent attack near the strife-torn region's border with Chad, the foreign ministry said on Monday.
"The forces of the Revolutionary Front carried out an odious terrorist operation on Sunday, murdering in cold blood the two leaders Mohammed Bashar and Arko Dahiya" who "were on a peaceful mission in the Yamna region on the border with Chad," it said in a statement.Full Story