US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates said on Friday that he was 'not aware of any military moves in the North, that are out of the ordinary.' The statement follows a week of panic after Pyongyang tested a nuclear device.
Crowds gathered on Friday as the body of former President Roh Moo-hyun, who committed suicide on May 23, was transported from his hometown to Seoul. Riot police have been mobilised in the capital to control the crowds.
A draft UN Security Council resolution strongly condemns North Korea's May 25 nuclear test and urges member states "immediately to enforce" previously approved sanctions against Pyongyang. The draft will be debated later on Thursday.
An attack on a mosque in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan killed at least 19 and wounded at least 80 others, according to Iranian officials. The bombing comes just weeks ahead of Iran’s June 12 presidential election.
Sri Lanka has scuttled a bid to launch a UN inquiry into alleged war crimes during its recent offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, however, continues to push for an independent probe.
A car packed with explosives exploded in the centre of Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab. Police say the blast killed at least 24 people and injured about three hundred others.
A group calling itself "Tehrik-i-Taliban Punjab" has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a police station in Lahore that killed at least 24. Their statement was posted on Turkish jihadist websites.
Seoul's defence ministry announced Thursday that "the US-South Korea Combined Forces Command upgraded Watch Conditions by a notch to Stage Two," following threats from the North on Wednesday that it might attack the South.
In this edition: Web users mobilise for the Pakistani civilians displaced by the offensive against the Taliban; and a Youtube video competition to denounce the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
North Korea has threatened to respond with a 'powerful' military strike against its southern neighbour if Seoul takes part in a US-led initiative to intercept shipments suspected of being involved in building weapons of mass destruction.