BANGKOK, (AFP) - The leader of mass opposition protests that have shaken the Thai capital called Friday for a last-ditch effort to topple the government, vowing to surrender to the authorities if the action fails.
With turnout dwindling after more than a month of rolling rallies, the former deputy premier spearheading the movement gave the first indication that he might
SEOUL, (AFP) - North Korea Saturday deported an American veteran of the Korean War, two months after he was detained for “hostile acts” against the communist country. US officials said Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old from California, arrived in Beijing after being freed.
North Korea deported him “from a humanitarian viewpoint”, its official Korean Central News Agency said,
NUSA DUA, (AFP) - Commerce ministers capped days of hard negotiations Saturday by approving a WTO agreement on international commerce they hailed as a “historic” boost for the trade body.
The agreement falls far short of the World Trade Organization’s lofty but elusive vision of tearing down global trade barriers through its frustrating, 12-year-old Doha Round of talks.
CANBERRA, (AFP) - Australia’s first gay marriages were celebrated Saturday in the national capital Canberra, despite the prospect of a High Court decision ruling against the unions later this week.
Stephen Dawson, a member of the Western Australian parliament, was the first to get married with a midnight wedding on the lawns of the Federal Parliament, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported
SYDNEY, (AFP) - Cutbacks to tuna fishing agreed at a crucial Pacific regional fisheries conference to prevent over-fishing have fallen short of expectations, the head of the fisheries management body said Saturday.Glenn Hurry, executive director of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, said he was “disappointed” in the lack of teeth in the conservation plan adopted at the meeting in the Australian city of Cairns.
WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The US jobless rate fell sharply to 7.0 percent in November, a five-year low, raising the odds Friday that the Federal Reserve could soon cut its huge stimulus program.
The fall from 7.3 percent in October was unexpected, and came as the economy generated a solid 203,000 jobs, picking up from the two previous months.
SEOUL, (AFP) - Vice President Joe Biden said Friday there should be no doubt about America’s commitment to its strategic shift to Asia as he wound up a regional tour dominated by security concerns including a new Chinese air zone.
In talks with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and later in a speech at Seoul’s Yonsei University, Biden reiterated US
BEIJING, December 7, 2013 (AFP) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop defied a stern rebuke from Beijing on Saturday to repeat concerns that China’s recently announced air defence zone has increased regional tensions.
“Australia is concerned about peace and stability in our region, and we don’t want to see any escalation of tensions, we want to see a de-escalation,” she told
MANAMA, (AFP) - Diplomacy with Iran must be backed up by US military might, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Saturday in a speech addressed to Gulf allies anxious over a nuclear deal with Tehran.
Hagel promised the United States would maintain a 35,000-strong force in the Gulf region, as well as an armada of ships and warplanes, despite the recent deal
BANGKOK, (AFP) - To his followers he is Thailand’s straight-talking saviour, but to his critics Suthep Thaugsuban -- former deputy premier turned firebrand protest leader -- is a threat to the kingdom’s fragile democracy.
Each night for a month Suthep has delivered barnstorming speeches to rapt supporters around Bangkok, railing against what he sees as the scourge of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra and a
BANGKOK, (AFP) - Thai opposition protesters marched on key state communications targets Saturday after vowing a final push to topple the government, as the capital braces for mass rival rallies.
Defiant demonstrators have besieged key government buildings in Bangkok in the biggest street protests since mass rallies in 2010 degenerated into the kingdom’s worst civil strife in decades.
VIENNA, (AFP) - Iran’s six-month freeze of its nuclear programme agreed with world powers in Geneva will start by January, Tehran’s envoy to the IAEA said Friday.
“We expect that either the end of December or the beginning of January we should start implementing the measures agreed by both sides,” Reza Najafi, envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters.
RAWALPINDI, (AFP) - General Raheel Sharif on Friday formally took over as the head of Pakistan’s army, the most powerful position in the troubled military-dominated nation which is battling a homegrown Taliban insurgency.
Sharif, named chief of the army staff on Wednesday, took charge from predecessor General Ashfaq Kayani at a ceremony at military headquarters in Rawalpindi.
NEW DELHI, (AFP) - Indian police Friday detained the editor of leading Indian news magazine Tehelka, who is being investigated over the alleged rape of a colleague, reports said.
News channels Times Now and CNN-IBN said police detained Tarun Tejpal after he landed in the holiday state of Goa where the alleged crime took place at a conference
HONG KONG, (AFP) - Eighty five people were injured Friday, three of them seriously, when a high-speed ferry travelling from Hong Kong to Macau hit an unidentified object in the water, authorities said.
The nighttime crash, which took place on a popular tourist route, comes at a time of heightened public concern over the safety of maritime transport