The lower house of the French parliament, the National Assembly, has approved a law imposing a €1,500 fine on those caught paying for sexual services. The bill is expected to go before the upper house for consideration in early 2014.
US Vice President Joe Biden spoke of a new model of cooperation “based on trust” in remarks on Wednesday following talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping that were aimed partly at easing East Asian tensions over a disputed island chain.
The militant Shi'ite Lebanese group Hezbollah has said one of its military leaders, Hassan al-Laqqis, was "assassinated" overnight Wednesday outside his home near Beirut, an attack Hezbollah blamed on Israel.
The editor of Britain’s Guardian newspaper on Tuesday defended publishing leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, saying he and his staff were “patriots” passionate about the “nature of a free press”.
US President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle, who ignored a deportation order more than two decades ago, was on Tuesday granted permission to stay in the United States as a lawful resident, 50 years after he arrived in the country.
Former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban has taken the lead in rolling street protests to overthrow Thailand’s government. Hailed as a hero by the angry opposition movement, he is regarded by others as violent and corrupt.
Ukrainian envoys will head to Brussels for new EU talks as well as to Moscow, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Wednesday, in the wake of mass demonstrations that followed Kiev's decision to abandon a deal with the EU due to pressure from Russia.
A federal judge on Tuesday formally declared the US city of Detroit bankrupt in a landmark ruling that clears the way for potentially sweeping cuts to city worker pensions and retirement benefits and for steep losses to the city's bond holders.
US authorities on Monday indicted Tomas Yarrington, a former Mexican governor from the country’s ruling PRI party, with smuggling tonnes of drugs into Texas, as well as other serious crimes for which he could face up to 60 years in jail sentences.
Asian nations lead the world in mathematics, reading and science education, according to the latest OECD student survey released Tuesday. Only one European country, Finland, made it into the top five, scoring fifth in science.
French footballer Zahir Belounis plans to sue the brother of Qatar's ruling emir on charges including fraud and extortion after being forced to remain in the Gulf state for 17 months and losing up to €150,000 in pay, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan were ranked as the most corrupt states in the world on Tuesday by Transparency International's 2013 index of global corruption. Denmark and New Zealand were ranked as least corrupt while France was 22nd.