Thousands of people on the Philippines' Pacific coast returned to their homes on Saturday after fleeing in terror when a major offshore earthquake triggered a tsunami warning.
Most of the residents had fled the east coast by the time waves of up to half a meter (20 inches) hit coastal areas within an hour of the 7.6-magnitude temblor striking offshore late Friday, civil defense chief Benito Ramos said.Full Story
Indonesian anti-terrorism forces killed two suspected militants both aged 19 in an armed raid that also left an officer dead after a shoot-out, authorities said on Saturday.
"Two terror suspects were killed in Solo, central Java, on Friday night by the anti-terror police unit Detachment 88. One other was arrested," national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar told reporters.Full Story
Ten civilians and two police were killed and dozens more were wounded Saturday in a Taliban twin suicide attack targeting a U.S.-run military base in central Afghanistan, officials said.
The first bombing was carried out by a militant on foot, followed by a huge blast from a truck bomb that destroyed much of a local bazaar near the military outpost in Wardak province's Sayedabad district, police said.Full Story
Somalia's parliament will hold a presidential election on September 10, the final stage of a U.N.-backed process to set up a new administration for the war-torn country, an election official said Friday.
"September 10, 2012, is the day that the presidential elections of the Somali Federal Republic will take place," Osman Libah Ibrahim, spokesman for the presidential elections committee, told reporters.Full Story
Pakistani security officials said Friday that 15 troops were missing following fighting with militants, as a Taliban video emerged showing what appeared to be the severed heads of a dozen soldiers.
The clashes on Tuesday came as part of a Pakistan army operation to repel Taliban militants who had crossed over from Kunar province in Afghanistan last Friday and occupied the village of Batwar in the Bajaur tribal district.Full Story
Towering flames raced through forests near the glitzy Spanish resort of Marbella on Friday, killing at least one person, injuring five and sending thousands fleeing.
More than 250 firefighters on the ground, backed by eight planes and nine helicopters, battled the blaze after hot, dry winds blew it through the tinder-dry mountain forest in southern Spain, officials said.Full Story
Russian President Vladimir Putin's chief spokesman on Friday denounced as "inadmissible" a threat by Republican White House challenger Mitt Romney to take a tougher line with Moscow.
"Moscow and Washington have at various levels repeatedly stressed... that it is inadmissible to have situations in which bilateral relations turn into the victim and hostage of election campaigns," Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti.Full Story
A 7.6 earthquake struck off the Philippine coast on Friday, triggering a small tsunami that hit the eastern part of the archipelago, seismologists said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 34 kilometers (21 miles) and hit at 8:47 pm (1247 GMT), 139 kilometers east of the city of Sulangan on Samar island.Full Story
Hollywood tough guy Clint Eastwood made a bizarre cameo Thursday at the Republican convention, veering into a surreal conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama in an empty chair.
His off-color and at times rambling performance spawned an immediate debate on the Twittersphere between Republicans, who broadly loved it, and Democrats who said the 82-year-old multiple Oscar winner had clearly lost his marbles.Full Story
Pakistani police Friday won permission to hold a young Christian girl accused of blasphemy in custody for a further 14 days while her case is investigated, officials said.
Rimsha was arrested in a poor suburb of Islamabad on August 16 after a neighbor accused her of burning papers containing verses from the Koran, in breach of Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws.Full Story