U.S. politician Bill Richardson, who returned Thursday from a controversial visit to North Korea, said he did not meet a detained American whose case he had cited as part of the reason for the trip.
But Richardson said he was given assurances about the good health of Kenneth Bae, 44, who was arrested last November and was said by official media to have admitted an unspecified crime against the state.Full Story
Malaysian police on Thursday shot and killed two of the seven suspected criminals who escaped custody this week by temporarily blinding a guard with chilli powder.
The escape Monday of the men -- whom police have called "dangerous criminals" -- has prompted a large-scale manhunt in the northern state of Penang.Full Story
French judges on Thursday authorized a fresh probe against ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy as part of the so-called "Karachi affair," a judicial source told Agence France Presse, in the latest legal headache faced by the former leader.
Three judges decided to proceed with a probe to see whether Sarkozy violated a confidentiality law when the Elysee presidential palace published a press release on the affair in September 2011.Full Story
A co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and two other activists were found shot dead Thursday in Paris, a day after it emerged that Turkey and the jailed leader of the banned group were holding peace talks.
The women were found in the early hours with gunshot wounds to the head and neck inside a Kurdish information center in the 10th district of the French capital, police and the center’s director said.Full Story
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called Thursday for stronger ties with the Philippines to help ensure regional peace, amid tense territorial disputes by both countries with a rising China.
In his first foreign trip as top diplomat since last month's election of hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Kishida said such cooperation was dictated by big changes in the region's security equation, though he did not elaborate.Full Story
At least 10 people, five of them children, were killed in a retaliatory raid Thursday in Kenya's volatile Tana River delta region, the latest outbreak of violence ahead of elections due in less than two months, officials said.
Red Cross officials said the victims in the Pokomo village of Kibusu were killed by raiders carrying guns and machetes.Full Story
With President Hugo Chavez ailing and absent, Venezuela's leftist government launches a new presidential term Thursday with a display of popular support on the day he was to be inaugurated.
Leaders of other leftist Latin American government also began arriving in Caracas to pay tribute to Chavez, 58, who has not be seen in public since he underwent cancer surgery a month ago in Havana.Full Story
A defense lawyer accused Indian police Thursday of beating confessions out of five men charged with murdering and gang-raping a student in New Delhi, as they were due to appear in court again.
Speaking before a hearing at which a magistrate is expected to transfer the case to a fast-track court, M.L. Sharma told Agence France Presse that his clients had been beaten while in custody and were innocent of the charges.Full Story
Myanmar on Thursday denied accusations it had used chemical weapons against ethnic minority rebels in the northern state of Kachin, where an escalating conflict has overshadowed wider political reforms.
"Our military never uses chemical weapons and we have no intention to use them at all. I think the KIA (Kachin Independence Army) is accusing us wrongly," presidential spokesman Ye Htut said.Full Story
Australian firefighters were racing against the clock to bring a series of blazes under control Thursday before a forecast spike in temperatures brings the risk of more infernos.
Fires have been raging across Australia for nearly a week and while many have been contained, 126 are still burning and at least 15 remain out of control in the country's most populous state, New South Wales.Full Story