Tropical Storm Son-Tinh has left at least six people dead and nine missing in the Philippines, the civil defense chief said on Friday.
The fatalities include one person hit by a tree toppled by strong winds and another who was crushed in a landslide spawned by heavy rains, said the disaster-monitoring council chief Benito Ramos.Full Story
At least 56 people have been killed and thousands of homes torched in Buddhist-Muslim violence in western Myanmar, casting a shadow over the reformist government's attempts to remake the country's international image.
People have fled their homes in droves following the latest clashes in Rakhine state, which was rocked by communal violence in June that split communities and left tens of thousands of mainly Muslim Rohingya living in camps.Full Story
Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas on Thursday as it careened toward the eastern United States after claiming 21 lives in the Caribbean, including 11 people killed in eastern Cuba.
The hurricane -- now a category two storm -- has wreaked havoc in Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas and Haiti, downing power lines, damaging hundreds of homes and ruining crops.Full Story
South Korea suspended its third attempt to send a satellite into orbit by at least three days Friday, after a helium leak was detected in the rocket just hours before scheduled launch time.
With only a five-day launch window that ends October 30, any further delay could result in a much lengthier postponement, officials at the Naro Space Center told reporters.Full Story
An elderly man died of a heart attack when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit the southern Italian province of Cosenza early Friday, also forcing the evacuation of a local hospital, the Italian Ansa news agency reported.
The quake struck in the early hours causing damage to a number of buildings in the area, the agency added.Full Story
In a spectacular finale on Thursday to a 40-hour campaign sprint, U.S. President Barack Obama launched a searing attack on Mitt Romney in Ohio, the state that may decide their election duel.
But Romney, rallying Republicans in the state's aptly named town of Defiance, mocked Obama's "incredibly shrinking" campaign and stole the president's 2008 mantra, promising "big change" if he wins on November 6.Full Story
Two American soldiers were killed by a man in an Afghan police uniform on Thursday, the U.S. military said, the latest in a series of insider attacks that have seriously undermined trust between the allies.
The Afghan conflict has seen an alarming surge in insider attacks this year, with more than 50 soldiers from NATO's U.S.-led International Assistance Force (ISAF) killed by their colleagues in the Afghan army and police.Full Story
Former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell endorsed President Barack Obama's re-election bid on Thursday, giving him a symbolic boost in the neck-and-neck White House race days ahead of the vote.
"I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012, and I'll be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month," the Republican heavyweight told CBS television's "This Morning."Full Story
Amnesty International Warns EU States against Beating Protesters
Anti-austerity demonstrators in Europe have suffered excessive police violence, Amnesty International said Thursday in a report urging European Union (EU) governments to protect the right to peaceful protest.Full Story
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off southern Taiwan on Thursday, the island's Seismology Center said, but there were no reports of any damage or casualties.
The tremor, which was felt across the south of the island, struck at 6:31pm (1031 GMT), 22.1 kilometers (13.73 miles) south of the island's second biggest city Kaohsiung, at a depth of 33.0 kilometers under the sea, the center said.Full Story