China's first aircraft carrier entered service Tuesday, the defense ministry in Beijing said, as the country expands its blue-water fleet at a time of increasing maritime tensions in the region.
The ministry named the 300-meter (990-foot) vessel, a former Soviet ship bought from Ukraine, the Liaoning after the northeastern province that is home to China's main naval port city of Dalian, where it was refitted.Full Story
A coal mining accident in northern China Tuesday left 20 miners dead and 14 injured, state media said, in the latest incident to hit the industry.
The cable of a rail carriage taking workers into the mine in Gansu province snapped, sending the 34 miners plummeting into the pit, Xinhua news agency reported.Full Story
In a round of intense diplomacy in the wake of violent anti-U.S. protests, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met a series of Muslim leaders Monday and urged people to work together against extremists.
"All of us need to stand together to resist these forces and to support the democratic transitions under way in North Africa and the Middle East," Clinton told a donors forum.Full Story
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday attacked Western powers for misusing their U.N. veto power in their nuclear showdown with his country and for allowing "sacrilege" against Islam.
Ahmadinejad launched his virulent attack at a United Nations debate on the rule of law at which he said the United States, Britain and France "violate the basic rights and freedoms of other nations."Full Story
A Kenyan soldier with the African Union force in Somalia killed six people, all thought to be civilians, when he fired on them, a spokesman for the Kenyan Defense Forces said Monday.
"Several people approached a KDF defensive position where a KDF soldier opened fire, killing six people," the army said in a statement.Full Story
Floods have forced nearly 1.5 million people to flee their homes in northeastern India where authorities have declared a health alert, officials said on Monday.
"Eighteen of 27 districts of Assam have been hit by floods with 1.4 million displaced and 11 people drowned in separated incidents in the past week," the Disaster Management agency said in a statement.Full Story
Church of Cyprus head Archbishop Chrysostomos II said on Monday that reuniting the island's rival Greek and Turkish communities appeared impossible, in a rare interview accorded to Turkish media.
Chrysostomos told the English-language Hurriyet Daily News that a Cyprus resolution seemed unlikely because of "grandiose expectations" from minority Turkish Cypriots and Turkey.Full Story
Russia on Monday quietly marked the one-year anniversary of the landmark announcement that Vladimir Putin would return to the Kremlin for a new term which has already seen a fresh clampdown on civil society.
Putin's plan to trade jobs with then president Dmitry Medvedev was unveiled at a ruling United Russia party congress on September 24 last year, followed months later by unprecedented protests against his domination.Full Story
Somalia's al-Qaida linked Shebab threatened Monday to kill all the country's new lawmakers, saying that an MP killed at the weekend in Mogadishu was just the first to be targeted.
"The successful elimination of Mustafa Haji Mohammed was the action of the mujahedeen who are committed to killing all MPs," a Shebab official who asked not to be named told Agence France Presse, saying the group would "kill one-by-one" all other lawmakers.Full Story
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview published Monday he did not see any progress on his country's nuclear standoff with the West before the U.S. presidential election in November.
"Experience has shown that important and key decisions are not made in the U.S. leading up to national elections," Ahmadinejad said in an interview with the Washington Post newspaper.Full Story