2 Israelis convicted of 2014 burning alive of Palestinian teen
The court held off convicting a 31-year-old viewed as the ringleader of the crime that shattered a community.
UN peacekeeper among 24 killed in Ugandan rebel attack in DR Congo
An attack by Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has left at least 24 people dead, including a United Nations peacekeeper, the UN said Monday.
Psy says 'no chance' of another Gangnam Style success
"Gangnam Style" star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being "just another" K-pop artist.
US has not lost Thailand to China
The United States has not lost Thailand to China, Washington's envoy to Bangkok said Monday, despite acrimony between the two allies and a palpable shift by the kingdom's junta towards its giant northern neighbour.
HIV drug stocks not reaching African patients
Efforts to get lifesaving antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at "the last mile", an international medical group said Monday.
World leaders break French bread as they gather to save humanity
UN climate summit host France will seek to titillate the tastebuds of 150 world leaders Monday with a 75-minute lunch it hopes will put them in the mood for making history.
LVMH takes minority stake in Italian jeweller Repossi
The world's top luxury company LVMH has taken a minority stake in Italian jeweller Repossi to help it expand its distribution network, the two parties said Monday.
Silent Bollywood shuns India's political limelight
A furious backlash against two Bollywood stars who complained of rising intolerance in India has highlighted the film industry's uneasy relationship with politics, in contrast to Hollywood where celebrities are often lauded for their activism.
Frustration after Tunisia border shut over deadly blast
Petrol prices spiked, shops closed and trucks that plied the desert to Libya have vanished since Tunisia shut the border following a deadly bus bombing in the capital.
Beloved Russian filmmaker Ryazanov dies
Eldar Ryazanov, one of the most popular film directors of the Soviet era whose comedies captured the unique absurdities of life under Communism, died Monday aged 88, family and colleagues said.
Myanmar's top leaders to hold talks with Suu Kyi
Myanmar's top leaders will hold talks this week with opposition chief Aung San Suu Kyi, the first since her party's landmark election success, officials said Monday.
Tokyo stocks close down as investors eye US jobs, ECB meeting
Tokyo stocks retreated on Monday as some major automakers and bank shares fell, with investors eyeing key US jobs figures and a European Central Bank policy meeting later in the week.
Taiwan prosecutors to appeal food scandal acquittal
Taiwanese prosecutors will appeal against the surprise acquittal of a tycoon accused of selling tainted cooking oil, amid public anger over a series of food safety scares.
Analysts slam US account of MSF hospital strike
A US investigation into a strike on a charity-run Afghan hospital cited mistakes so "reckless" that observers said they left open the unsettling question of whether those involved had ripped up their own rulebook in a chaotic effort to take out the Taliban.
China, Taiwan in first-ever spy swap as ties improve
Taiwan said Monday it has for the first time exchanged jailed spies with China, in another sign of closer relations between the two sides which recently held a historic summit.
Leaders pledge climate rescue, but fault lines emerge
World leaders vowed Monday to save mankind from catastrophic climate change as an historic summit opened with the "hope of all of humanity" laid on their shoulders, but fault lines quickly emerged.
Public support for Japan's Abe rebounds after security law
Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has rebounded since his government rammed through unpopular security legislation, according to polls published Monday, as he re-focuses on the struggling economy.
N. Korea seeks to host first global sports event for decades
North Korea is reportedly close to securing its first significant global sports event for almost 40 years, in line with leader Kim Jong-Un's plans to turn the reclusive country into a sporting powerhouse.
Euro weak ahead of hotly-anticipated ECB meeting
The euro weakened on Monday as traders bet that the European Central Bank will turn on the monetary stimulus taps this week, while key US jobs data were also in focus.
China smog climbs to perilous levels on eve of climate talks
Northern China choked under some of the worst smog this year on Monday, with Beijing's pollution soaring to 22 times healthy limits, triggering the city's second-highest air alert on the eve of global climate change talks.
Obama pays silent tribute to Paris victims at Bataclan
Standing completely still, his eyes fixed on the flowers, flags and flickering candles at his feet, Barack Obama paid his own silent tribute to those who died in Paris's Bataclan concert venue.
Japan says to resume whaling, fleet sails to Antarctic Ocean Tuesday
Japan will dispatch a whaling fleet to the Antarctic on Tuesday after a one year suspension, the government said, defying international criticism and a UN legal ruling that the "research" expedition is a commercial hunt in disguise.
S. Korea IT firms see shares surge after online banking nod
South Korea's top messaging app operator saw its share price soared 13 percent Monday -- a day after being named by financial regulators as one of two companies permitted to start Internet-only banking services.
Ghosts of conflicts past hang over UK Labour's Syria split
The leader of Britain's opposition Labour party faces a critical dilemma on Monday -- allow his MPs a free vote on joining Syria air strikes and weaken his leadership or order them to vote against and risk rebellion.
Tokyo stocks drop by break in quiet trade
Tokyo stocks retreated in a quiet session Monday morning as investors await key US jobs figures and a European Central Bank policy meeting later in the week.
New Commonwealth chief pledges group will get gutsy
Critics brand the Commonwealth ineffectual, but its incoming chief believes the 53-country organisation can use its strength to achieve miracles -- such as eradicating domestic violence.
Retail shares weigh on US stocks, Europe awaits ECB
Worries about weak holiday retail sales weighed on US stocks Monday, while bourses in Paris and Frankfurt advanced ahead of a European Central Bank meeting that could launch additional stimulus.
Pope to visit mosque in conflict-ridden Central Africa
Pope Francis is set to visit a mosque in a flashpoint area of the Central African Republic's capital on Monday, as he wraps up his first visit to the continent.
'Virtual trees' turn the Eiffel Tower green for COP21
The Eiffel Tower turned green Sunday for the opening of the Paris climate conference, marking the launch of an art project that will see "virtual trees" grow on the landmark to support reforestation.
Dying network for reuniting Korea's divided families
Shim Goo-Seob has been organising private, high-risk reunions for divided North and South Korean families for more than two decades, but now he's close to calling time on his secretive work.
Fighting AIDS a top priority in western Kenya
Between plantations of bananas, mangoes and avocados, a small group of men trek along paths freshly carved out by the November rains on a mission to inform and educate in an area of western Kenya where AIDS remains rife.