Putin, Obama discuss Syria in phone call
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Barack Obama held frank talks on Syria amid US concern over Turkish shelling of Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria days before a ceasefire deal is due to take hold.
Obama enjoins Supreme Court fight in election year
President Barack Obama said he would name a new Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia, slapping down Republican demands for a delay and setting up a monumental election-year fight.
Afghanistan chides Pakistan ambassador over governor's kidnapping
Afghanistan on Sunday summoned Pakistan's ambassador to the foreign ministry in Kabul to express "serious concerns" over the kidnapping of a former Afghan governor in Islamabad, the ministry said in a statement.
2 killed, 15 wounded in Saudi-led strike on Yemen workshop
A Saudi-led coalition air strike on a sewing workshop killed at least two people and wounded 15 in the rebel-held Yemeni capital on Sunday, the factory owner told AFP.
Haiti lawmakers elect Jocelerme Privert as interim president
Haitian lawmakers early Sunday elected Jocelerme Privert as the troubled country's interim president to fill a power vacuum following the departure of Michel Martelly, after a vote to choose his successor was postponed over fears of violence.
Pope to lead mass in crime-ridden Mexican city
Pope Francis will celebrate an open-air mass in a rough, crime-plagued Mexico City suburb on Sunday after pressing the nation's leaders to combat the menace of drug violence.
Afghan civilian casualties top 11,000 to hit record in 2015
The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan last year was the highest recorded since 2009, the UN said Sunday, with children paying a particularly heavy price.
Uganda's Museveni slams 'partisan' ICC
Uganda's veteran ruler Yoweri Museveni, who is standing for re-election on Thursday, has said he is in favour of his country pulling out of the "partisan" International Criminal Court based in The Hague.
Saudi deploys jets in Turkey for anti-IS fight
Saudi Arabia has deployed warplanes to a Turkish airbase in order to "intensify" its operations against the Islamic State group in Syria, a senior Saudi defence official has said.
150,000 Antarctica penguins die after iceberg grounding
Some 150,000 penguins died after a massive iceberg grounded near their colony in Antarctica, forcing them to make a lengthy trek to find food, scientists say in a newly-published study.
Saudi says it intercepted Scud missile from Yemen
Saudi Arabia intercepted a Scud missile fired towards the kingdom by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents has said.
Banker battles prof for Central Africa presidency
Both candidates in Sunday's presidential run-off in the volatile Central African Republic tout their track records in cleaning up the country's murky public finances and seek to reassure voters battered by years of violence.
Afghan civilian casualties top 11,000 to hit record in 2015
The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan in 2015 was the highest recorded since 2009, the UN said in a new report Sunday, with children paying a particularly heavy price.
China central bank boss says no reason for yuan to fall further
China's central bank chief has blamed foreign speculators in part for volatility in the yuan and said there is no basis for further depreciation, according to an interview in Caixin magazine.
Alpine skiing: Neureuther halts Kristoffersen's charge in Japan
Germany's Felix Neureuther produced a clinical second run to claim his first World Cup slalom victory of the season in Japan on Sunday.
Cuba, from antagonist to diplomatic player
Spurned for decades by Western powers, Cuba is now taking an ever bigger role in international relations.
C.Africans vote in presidential run-off, hope for peace
Voters in the Central African Republic began casting ballots Sunday in delayed legislative elections and a presidential run-off which they hope will bring peace after the country's worst sectarian violence since independence in 1960.
Alpine skiing: Men's World Cup results
Results of an alpine skiing World Cup men's slalom race in Yuzawa-Naeba, Japan, on Sunday (combined time, run one, run two):
Chad leader appoints new prime minister ahead of ballot
Chad's president has appointed a new prime minister, Albert Pahimi Padacke, national radio reported, as he looks to extend his grip on power in the central African nation.
Ex-NBA player banned in Philippines for cursing commissioner
The Philippines' professional basketball league has banned former NBA player Ivan Johnson for life after he cursed at its commissioner during a game, a spokesman said Sunday.
Danes to honour attack victims amid tight security
One year after a Danish-born gunman killed a filmmaker and a Jewish security guard in twin attacks in Copenhagen, the country will on Sunday honour the victims amid tight security.
Antonin Scalia, conservative icon of American law
During the three decades he spent on the bench, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia embodied the values conservative America holds most dear, from defending the traditional family, to religion and patriotism.
Tragic tales of loss in Taiwan as search for quake survivors ends
As rescuers in Taiwan said they had retrieved all the missing from the ruins of a building felled by an earthquake, a tragic picture emerged of the cross-section of society killed in the disaster.
Republican slugfest overshadows policy talk in debate
The Republican presidential race veered into vicious personal attacks Saturday as White House hopefuls brawled in their latest debate, with frontrunner Donald Trump and Jeb Bush locking horns in some of the campaign's most pointed clashes to date.
Beijing pins Hong Kong riot on "radical separatists"
A senior Beijing official on Sunday blamed "radical separatists" for a riot that erupted in Hong Kong last week, the worst clashes the city has seen since mass pro-democracy protests.
'Spotlight,' 'The Big Short' scoop Writers Guild wins
"Spotlight" and "The Big Short" won top prizes at the Writers Guild of America awards Saturday, two weeks ahead of the Oscars, the glittering climax of Hollywood's annual awards season.
Trump, Bush get personal in heated debate clash
Donald Trump and Jeb Bush took the gloves off Saturday in the Republican presidential debate, with the billionaire frontrunner unleashing a tirade of intense and often personal attacks one week before the South Carolina primary.
Australian hospital refuses to return asylum baby to Nauru
An Australian hospital has refused to return an asylum-seeker baby to detention in Nauru, as momentum built across the country on Sunday against offshore Pacific camps for processing refugees.
'Monday Afternoon Fever' in S. Korea's old-age discos
As the mercury outside plunges to minus 10 degrees on an ice-cold Monday afternoon, the dance floor inside the Kukilgwan Palace is packed with grey-haired Korean couples moving to the rhythms of high-volume disco.
Tea in the Highlands? 'Mad' grower tends blooming crop
Tam O'Braan has had several lives. Having been a soldier, an agronomist and an entrepreneur, he now grows tea in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, and is the envy of those who once called him crazy.
China urges investors' claims against shut P2P lender
Chinese authorities have urged investors to register their claims against a now shut peer-to-peer (P2P) lender allegedly behind the country's biggest ever Ponzi scheme, according to a statement, raising hopes of compensation.