S. Korea, US could begin missile shield talks next week
South Korea could begin detailed discussions with Washington on bringing in an advanced US missile defence system opposed by China as early as next week, a senior official said Friday.
Migrant 'hotspots' a flashpoint on Greek island of Kos
As dawn breaks over the Greek island of Kos, 20 soldiers and five bulldozers wait to start construction work on a site that has become a flashpoint for the tourist hub on the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis.
Japan paternity leave trailblazer quits over bikini model affair
A Japanese politician who made headlines over his quest to take paternity leave quit on Friday after confessing to an affair with a bikini model while his wife was pregnant.
Venezuela high court sides with Maduro on economic decree
Venezuela's Supreme Court on Thursday declared that President Nicolas Maduro's request for special powers to tackle the country's deep economic crisis was legal, dismissing the opposition-controlled legislature's vote against it.
Pope heads for historic encounter with Russian patriarch
Pope Francis headed to Cuba on Friday looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day problems of drug-related violence and migration.
Guinea holds 17 members of opposition over journalist death
Seventeen members of the Guinean opposition were arrested on Thursday over the death of a journalist who was shot during clashes outside their offices, their lawyer told AFP.
No peace for Nepal's ex-child soldiers, 20 years after war
Wincing with pain every time he walks, Bijay Rai is constantly reminded of his decision to join the Maoist army aged 14, as one of Nepal's thousands of child soldiers.
Indonesia bans 'gay' emojis on messaging apps
In the latest crackdown on gay rights in Indonesia, the government has demanded all instant messaging apps remove same-sex emoticons or face a ban in the Muslim-majority country.
80s-inspired fashion show draws four-legged models
Donning frocks and fabrics of all colors, dogs, cats, chickens and even a lizard strutted to 80s music at a US charity event Thursday.
Taiwan to seize assets of collapsed building developer
Almost a million dollars in assets belonging to the developer and three associates of a building in Taiwan felled by an earthquake will be seized, a court ruled Friday, with more than 90 residents confirmed dead in the disaster.
Oil prices rally after plumbing new depths
Oil surged more than five percent in Asia Friday, a day after tanking towards 13-year lows and following a report suggesting the OPEC producers' club was open to working towards cutting output to stabilise volatile crude markets.
Yen surge sparks central bank intervention talk
Japanese government officials on Friday pledged to take "appropriate measures" as the surging yen fuels speculation that the central bank will intervene in currency markets to arrest its ascent.
Kanye West unveils new album, Yeezy 3 line at NY fashion week
Kanye West is many things: rap megastar, fashion designer, husband of Kim Kardashian. On Thursday, his worlds collided -- in front of more than 15,000 people at New York's Madison Square Garden.
S. Korea warns North over 'illegal' asset freeze
South Korea warned North Korea on Friday that it had acted "illegally" in freezing the assets of South Korean companies and staff expelled from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone.
Getting away with murder: Is Japan's low autopsy rate hiding killers?
Dubbed the "Black Widow" after the mate-eating spider, Chisako Kakehi awaits trial: Initially arrested on suspicion of murdering eight lovers for insurance payouts, her case is notorious in Japan as much for its body count as the shortcomings of the investigation.
Tokyo stocks dive more than 5% by break on strong yen
Tokyo stocks dived more than five percent on Friday morning as a strong yen battered exporters, with the market tracking a worldwide sell-off fuelled by worries about the global economy.
First Arab contender in 20 years opens Berlin film fest race
A love story set against the aftermath of Tunisia's watershed revolution will kick off the competition at the Berlin film festival Friday as the first Arab contender in two decades.
Hollywood's gay pin-up Ellen Page plays it straight
Once it would have been career suicide, but Hollywood star Ellen Page is convinced that "the best decision I ever took" was to come out.
South Africa revives 'extinct' zebra subspecies
In a spectacular valley less than two hours' drive north of Cape Town, a small herd of animals provides the chance to travel back in time over more than a century.
Costumier to the stars honoured by UK cinema after 175 years
Bringing swashbuckle and sparkle to stage and silver screen for 175 years, British costume maker Angels is to be honoured at Sunday's BAFTA awards ceremony for its outstanding contribution to cinema.
Clinton, Sanders spar on health care early in debate
Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders locked horns early in their high-stakes debate Thursday, with the former secretary of state savaging her rival over his plan for universal health care.
Amid US race tensions, Grammys could honor rap opus
At a time that the Oscars are under fire for not representing minorities, the star of the Grammys is rapper Kendrick Lamar, who has emerged as a cultural icon for his deeply personal reflections on race.
US says increased Zika border screening ineffective
The United States will not specifically screen those entering the country for the Zika virus because so many of those infected do not have symptoms, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.
US, European stocks rebound to end brutal week
US and European stocks rallied strongly Friday, ending a painful week on a positive note following solid US and German economic data and a surge in oil prices.
US mayor apologizes for ambulance bill sent to family of boy shot by police
The mayor of Cleveland apologized Thursday after an ambulance bill was sent to the family of Tamir Rice, the black 12-year-old who was shot by police while holding a toy gun.
Three dead in Venezuela after contracting Zika
Three people have died in Venezuela from complications linked to Zika, President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday -- the first fatalities reported in the country in connection with the mosquito-borne virus.
Syria ceasefire requires regime, Russia 'change behaviour'
A deal to end fighting in Syria requires a "change in behaviour" from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and his ally Russia to succeed, Britain's foreign minister said Friday.
NY cop found guilty in 2014 fatal shooting of unarmed black man
A jury on Thursday found a rookie New York police officer guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man -- an incident that fueled US protests against police tactics.
Brazil army will go door-to-door in fight against Zika
Some 220,000 soldiers will hand out leaflets door-to-door across Brazil on Saturday, ahead of a massive insecticide-spraying operation as the government tries to stem an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
Second pregnant woman diagnosed with Zika in Australia
A second pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Australia, officials said Friday, adding that the disease was acquired overseas and there was no public health risk.
Uber agrees to $28.5 mn settlement over safety claims
Uber said Thursday it has agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle a pair of lawsuits challenging its promises on driver safety checks.