Gossip site Gawker looks to turn over a new leaf
Gawker says it will rethink its ethics policies following turmoil over an article about an executive's private life, in what could be a turning point for the popular news and gossip website.
Bamiyan's ancient cave dwellings shelter homeless Afghans
Carved into dun-coloured cliffs, hundreds of manmade caves situated next to empty niches that once sheltered giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban are home to Bamiyan's poverty-stricken who have nowhere else to go.
Dollar under pressure on China equity rout concerns
The dollar recovered slightly against the yen Tuesday, although gains were limited as investors remain on edge after a sharp plunge in Chinese stock markets hit risk sentiment.
Nuclear weapons not a toy, says N. Korea's China envoy
North Korea's nuclear weapons are "not a plaything" and their future is not up for negotiation, Pyongyang's ambassador to China said Tuesday, ahead of a visit by a US envoy.
China's Baidu shares dive on earnings miss
Baidu shares skidded Monday after the Chinese Internet colossus reported earnings shy of most market expectations.
Australian reality TV stars 'shot at by IS' in Syria
Australian public broadcaster SBS Tuesday defended a reality show where participants were shot at by Islamic State militants in Syria as part of a trip retracing refugees' journeys, saying they had extensive security preparations.
Baseball: A-Rod celebrates 40th birthday in style
Alex Rodriguez celebrated his birthday by belting a home run in the New York Yankees' 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday and said he's in a "good place" as he turns 40.
S.Africa's top poacher-hunting pooch flies into battle
Barking and snarling in his cage, "Killer" -- South Africa's most successful poacher-catching canine -- looks ready for another helicopter mission tracking down armed hunters who slaughter rhinos for their horns.
Australian charged with trying to join Kurds in Iraq
A Melbourne man has been charged with attempting to leave for Iraq to fight with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group, just weeks after another Australian was killed during a similar venture.
Activist couple test gay rights barriers in conservative Korea
Growing up as a young gay man in South Korea in the 1970s and 80s, film director Kim Jho Gwang-Soo was warned that his homosexual "disease" would condemn him to a life of loveless, insatiable promiscuity.
From jail to MTV, Pyongyang: 30 years of provocative Slovenia art
Hitler sporting a Karl Marx beard and a swastika formed with axes are just some of the provocative pieces starring at the first show ever by Slovenia's shock art collective, NSK.
From building sites to cabbage patches in Spain's crisis
Five years ago, during Spain's housing boom, Felix Jumbo worked as a builder. Now he digs pumpkins and cabbages in a district where construction cranes once swung.
Arab female bodybuilder looks abroad for recognition
Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf's conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost all hope of pumping iron for Bahrain so now is looking elsewhere for recognition.
Fabius visit to Tehran will be 'key test': French President
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius's upcoming visit to Tehran will be a key test for Iran after the conclusion of a landmark deal over its controversial nuclear programme, President Francois Hollande said Monday.
Asian markets sink as Shanghai falls further
Asian markets mostly fell again Tuesday, with Shanghai seeing another round of wild volatility a day after its heaviest one-day loss in more than eight years.
Australian humpback whale comeback a 'symbol of hope'
Australia's humpback populations have recovered so well from years of devastating whaling that they could be delisted as a threatened species in a conservation success story scientists Tuesday hailed as "a symbol of hope".
Kerry gears up to defend Iran deal for Mideast, Asia swing
US Secretary of State John Kerry sets out this weekend on a multistop tour of the Middle East and Southeast Asia that will see him energetically defend the US deal with Iran.
Boston out as possible 2024 Olympic host, but LA interested
Boston's troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics ended Monday amid financial fears and local opposition, leaving the US Olympic Committee to seek a replacement candidate by mid-September.
China stocks down at midday, defying government moves
Chinese shares sank Tuesday morning, a day after Shanghai's steepest slide in eight years, defying renewed government vows of support that analysts warned were not enough to settle nervous investors.
Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message
Cyber security firm Zimperium on Monday warned of a flaw in the world's most popular smartphone operating system that lets hackers take control with a text message.
Jeb Bush would give undocumented a way to stay in US
Republican White House hopeful Jeb Bush vowed Monday to launch comprehensive immigration reform, including stronger borders and finding a way for the 11 million undocumented people in the country to make their status legal.
Obama to give keynote address to African Union
Barack Obama will be the first-ever US president to address the African Union on Tuesday, in the culmination of a short tour of the region that has seen him focus on security and human rights.
Olympics: Expectant Almaty eyes 2022 Games bid win over Beijing
In energy-rich Kazakhstan starry-eyed excitement bumps up against cynical apprehension as residents of the bustling Central Asian hub Almaty prepare to find out on Friday whether their city can edge out Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak
South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
Britain's Cameron warns of dirty money in London property
British Prime Minister David Cameron is to speak out against "corrupt money from around the world" being laundered through property in Britain in a speech to be made during a trip to Southeast Asia on Tuesday.
'Ant-Man' tops North American box office
Marvel action flick "Ant-Man" kept its perch atop the US box office over the weekend, edging out retro videogame comedy "Pixels" in North American ticket sales, industry data showed Monday.
Swedish wreck divers claim 'Russian mini sub' discovery
Swedish wreck divers said Monday they had found the wreck of a Russian mini-submarine in Swedish territorial waters, nine months after a high-profile hunt in Sweden for a mystery submarine.
Vic Firth, drumstick pioneer, dead at 85
Vic Firth, who revolutionized drumsticks and became a household name for generations of percussionists after growing fed up with lackluster quality, has died, his company announced Monday. He was 85.
Chadian forces in 'major' hunt for Boko Haram on Lake Chad
The Chadian army has launched a "major operation" to flush out Boko Haram jihadists from islands in Lake Chad, sparking violent clashes on Monday between soldiers and the Islamic State-affiliated group.
NSA to stop using bulk US phone data in November
The National Security Agency will cease its access to most bulk data collected under a controversial surveillance program in November, but retain records for litigation purposes, officials said Monday.
Chinese market dive pressures US stocks
Wall Street equities slid Monday after a big drop in the Chinese stock market sparked worries about global economic growth.