70,000 Liberian births unrecorded in Ebola crisis: UNICEF
More than 70,000 Liberian babies were born without being registered as the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaged the impoverished west African nation, leaving them without healthcare and vulnerable to trafficking, UNICEF said Friday.
Judge keeps door open for Katy Perry to buy convent
A US judge kept the door open Thursday for pop star Katy Perry to buy a former LA convent at the centre of an unholy real estate battle, although a final decision remains on hold.
Surfer punches shark to escape attack in Australia
A surfer punched a shark after being attacked on Australia's east coast Friday, suffering bite wounds to his legs and hands in what a witness said was like "a Mick Fanning replay".
Island nations seek UN help combatting climate change
More than a dozen small island nations made an urgent appeal to the UN Security Council Thursday for help in combatting climate change, which they said poses a threat to their very existence.
Japan inflation tepid, spending falls in June
Japanese inflation was tepid last month while household spending suffered a surprise drop, official data showed Friday, fanning speculation the central bank would unleash a fresh round of stimulus.
New generation of skinny skyscrapers alters NY skyline
Super tall, super skinny and super expensive: a new generation of New York skyscrapers, some taller than the Empire State building, are altering the world's most famous skyline.
Philae the little lost lander finds organic molecules on comet
It really is the little lander that could.
Vatican sceptical about close encounters of the third kind
The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets. But while Pope Francis's telescope scans the starlit skies, the Vatican is sceptical of ever meeting Mr. Spock.
Australia plays down MH370 luggage link
Australian MH370 search chiefs on Friday played down any link between part of a bag discovered on the French island of La Reunion and the doomed flight.
Disputed German Michael Jackson memorial may have to beat it
A memorial set up in Germany by some of Michael Jackson's most ardent fans the day after his sudden 2009 death has come under threat in a strangely emotional turf war.
Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in
At the crack of dawn hundreds of refugees, most of them Syrians, stream into Serbia's southern valley of Presevo after a perilous journey they hope will lead to a new life in the European Union.
Florida's giant snails prove to be a slippery foe
Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe.
Bangarra dancers celebrate Aboriginal culture, with or without lights
Deborah Brown has danced at the Sydney Opera House and on other famous stages around the world, but performances on the dirt of remote Australian Aboriginal communities are her most nerve-wracking.
Tokyo stocks edge higher by break
Tokyo stocks recovered from early losses to end the morning session slightly higher despite lacklustre Japanese economic data, as investors await company results on the busiest day of earnings season.
Kurds in Turkey's Diyarbakir fear return to 'dark years'
With Turkish air force F-16s thundering in the night sky and tanks rolling through the streets, many Kurds in Turkey fear a return to war after a devastating bombing left a ceasefire in tatters.
Australia 'increasingly confident debris from MH370': search chief
Australian search authorities Friday said they were "increasingly confident" plane debris that washed up on a tiny Indian Ocean island is from missing flight MH370, with formal identification possible within 24 hours.
Olympics: Beijing and Almaty in final showdown for 2022 Games
Favourites Beijing and Almaty staged their final pleas to the International Olympic Committee on Friday, using political and sporting heavyweights to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Anti-slavery protesters arrested in Mauritania: NGO
A Mauritanian anti-slavery organisation accused the police of injuring, arresting and using tear gas against several of its members Thursday, as they demonstrated in Nouakchott for the release of two imprisoned activists.
Australia says 'confident' searching in right area for MH370
Australia on Friday said it was confident the search for MH370 was being conducted in the right area with aircraft wreckage being washed to La Reunion consistent with currents from the zone they are scouring.
Bangladesh, India exchange land islands in historic deal
Bangladesh and India prepared Friday to swap tiny islands of land, ending one of the world's most intractable border disputes that has kept thousands of people in stateless limbo for nearly 70 years.
Dollar rally takes breather in Asia
The dollar eased against the yen Friday after a three-day rally driven by upbeat US economic growth and expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike as early as September.
Fourteen wounded as rebels storm base in Thai south
Fourteen people were wounded in an attack Friday by suspected rebels wielding grenade launchers and automatic weapon in Thailand's war-torn Muslim-majority south, officials said.
Taiwan growth slows in Q2 as exports plunge
Taiwan's economy grew at its slowest pace in three years in April-June, data showed Friday, hammered by a plunge in its key export sector and falling demand in China.
Expelled Chinese general 'dishonest' since youth: media
Chinese media on Friday poured scorn on fallen military leader Guo Boxiong, accusing the "demon" former top general of dishonesty since his youth and his family of selling military posts for cash.
Oil prices down in Asia
Oil prices extended their decline in Asia Friday after the OPEC cartel indicated that current lofty output levels will remain, while a stronger dollar is also causing downward pressure.
Main contenders for 2016 Philippines presidency
Philippine President Benigno Aquino named Interior Minister Manuel Roxas on Friday as the candidate he will support in the May 9, 2016 presidential election.
Palestinian toddler dies in suspected settler arson attack
A Palestinian toddler was burned to death and four family members injured in a suspected arson attack by Jewish settlers on two homes in the occupied West Bank on Friday.
Plane debris won't solve MH370 crash mystery: Australia
Australian authorities Friday said the discovery of plane wreckage, even if found to be from MH370, would not narrow down the location of the main debris field or solve the mystery of why the jet crashed.
Tokyo stocks close up 0.30%
Tokyo stocks closed 0.30 higher on Friday despite lacklustre Japanese economic data, as investors awaited company results on the busiest day of earnings season.
Myanmar flood toll rises as more torrential rain forecast
Major floods have killed at least 27 people across Myanmar and inundated the homes and fields of tens of thousands more, a disaster relief official said Friday, warning of further heavy rains.
Honda three-month profit jumps nearly 20% to $1.5 bn
Honda said Friday that net profit in April-June jumped nearly 20 percent as strong sales in North America and a weak yen helped offset the impact of an exploding air-bag crisis.