France in violation of treaty banning corporal punishment of children, says Council of Europe
North Korea re-opens borders as Ebola fears fadeNorth Korea has re-opened its borders to tourists and lifted a 21-day quarantine measure that has been in place since October 2014 over fears of the deadly Ebola virus.
PAKISTAN - INDIA
India and Pakistan revive diplomatic effortsIndia’s top diplomat visits Pakistan on Tuesday for the first meeting with his counterpart since New Delhi called off talks last year aimed at easing the rivals’ many disputes.
Police arrest dozens in Hong Kong at anti-China protestMore than 30 people were arrested as a group of about 400 demonstrators in Hong Kong clashed with police in the latest sign of tensions caused by China’s influence in the city.
Sanctioned North Korea shipping firm ‘renamed ships’A UN-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United…
Atheist US blogger hacked to death in BangladeshA prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka on Thursday, police said, with the atheist writer’s…
FRANCE - PHILIPINNES
Hollande enlists film stars for climate change push in ManilaFrench President François Hollande arrived in the Philippines Thursday accompanied by two of France’s leading actresses, Marion Cotillard and Mélanie Laurent, to promote the…
Taliban suicide bombing targets Turkish envoys in KabulA Taliban suicide bomber targeted a Turkish diplomatic vehicle on Tuesday, police said, killing a Turkish national and an Afghan bystander.
Avalanches kill scores in AfghanistanAvalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 108 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with…
New Zealand non-combat troops to aid Iraqi armyNew Zealand will send troops to Iraq on a non-combat mission to boost the local military’s ability to fight the Islamic State (IS) group, Prime Minister John Key said on Tuesday.
Scores killed in Bangladesh ferry accidentThe death toll in a ferry accident in central Bangladesh soared to 65 on Monday and is expected to rise, officials said, after more bodies were recovered from the overcrowded…
Iran executes young Iranian Kurd despite global outcryIran on Thursday executed an Iranian Kurd arrested at the age of 17 for belonging to the rebel Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and involvement in armed confrontations with…
Thai parliament bans surrogacy for foreignersThailand has passed a law banning foreign couples from using Thai women as surrogates after a series of high-profile scandals tainting the image of the hitherto unregulated…
Dozens of Burma troops killed in clashes with rebelsHeavy fighting between Burma’s army and rebels near the border with China in the past few days has killed 47 soldiers, state-backed media said Friday, overshadowing hopes of…
Korean Air executive sentenced to prison in 'nut rage' caseA South Korean court on Thursday sentenced the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman to one year in prison after she was found guilty of violating aviation safety rules with an…