At least 20 leftist rebels were killed in Colombia after the military launched bombing strikes against their camp in Narino province, near the border with Ecuador, the army announced late Sunday.
The rebels belonged to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's largest guerrilla group, according to General Leonardo Barrero, a local military commander.Full Story
U.S. intelligence agencies have significantly stepped up spying operations on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor prompted by concerns about the security of weapons-grade plutonium there, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Citing unnamed U.S. officials, the newspaper said the increased U.S. surveillance of Bushehr has been conducted in part by U.S. unmanned drones operating over the Gulf.Full Story
Tokyo has begun deploying a surface-to-air missile defense system and is putting its armed forces on standby ahead of a planned North Korean missile launch this month, reports and officials said Monday.
Public broadcaster NHK reported that a naval vessel carrying PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) ballistic missiles left a western Japan naval base on Monday, headed for the country's southern Okinawa island chain.Full Story
Rescuers have found three more bodies after landslides in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, officials said Sunday, taking the confirmed death toll to 15, with three people still missing.
A military and civilian rescue operation was launched after heavy snows on Friday triggered two landslides at a remote outpost in the Kel area of the disputed territory near the de facto border with India.Full Story
Suspected members of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram set fire to churches and border posts in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, residents said, in an attack that left at least two policemen dead.
Around 50 gunmen in cars and on motorcycles carried out the attacks on three churches and border posts with neighboring Cameroon, opening fire on police and chanting Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest), residents said.Full Story
China Sunday said it was concerned at North Korea's plans to launch a rocket later this month, state media reported, in a move strongly condemned by the United States and South Korea.
China, North Korea's sole major ally and its biggest trade partner and aid provider, is seen as one of the few nations with any influence over the regime.Full Story
Two people were killed and more than 20 arrested in a raid on an Islamist training camp in Sudan, which wants a lifting of U.S. sanctions over its alleged support for terrorism, a state governor said Sunday.
"Over the last two days, up until this morning, security services and police attacked them in their training camp, killing two, while four police were wounded," Ahmed Abbas, the governor of Sinnar state in southeast Sudan, told Agence France Presse.Full Story
The pullout of rebel forces from Goma, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo's mineral-rich east, is "a step in the right direction," DR Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende said Sunday.
"We have indeed seen this withdrawal. We say that it's a step in the right direction," Mende told Agence France Presse after the M23 rebels withdrew Saturday from Goma, which they had occupied for 12 days.Full Story
Fierce fighting between heavily armed rival clans in war-torn Somalia has killed at least 26 people in a dispute over grazing land and water, officials said Sunday.
"There are many casualties, the initial reports are of 26 people killed," said Mohamed Abdi Shire, a senior commander of the Ahlu Sunna militia in central Somalia, which controls the region.Full Story
North Korea has notified neighbors including Japan of the trajectory of the rocket it plans to launch this month, a report said Sunday, after international condemnation of the move by the nuclear-armed state.
The communist North announced on Saturday it would launch a rocket sometime between December 10 and 22 -- its second long-range rocket launch this year after a much-hyped but botched attempt in April.Full Story