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Pakistan military denies reports of possible PM resignation updated 6 hours 28 minutes ago

Pakistan's Prime Minister meets with military leaders to discuss the option of resigning for three months, a source says. The military denies such reports.

Beijing says no to open elections in Hong Kong updated 8 hours 58 minutes ago

China's Parliament voted to change the way Hong Kong picks it's chief executive, ruling that only candidates approved by a nominating committee can run.

Pro wrestling, country clubs and theme parks: What North Korea wants world to see updated 12 hours 14 minutes ago

Pro-wrestling, country clubs and theme parks: What North Korea wants the world to see

New Thai PM General Prayuth Chan-ocha names military-heavy cabinet updated 13 hours 33 minutes ago

Thailand's new prime minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has unveiled a new interim cabinet in which key ministries will be run by military figures.

Pakistani protests turn deadly as prime minister refuses to resign updated 1 days ago

Pakistani protesters flooded streets in Islamabad Sunday demanding a solution to the growing political crisis wracking the country.

Pakistani PM refuses to resign, police fire tear gas at protesters updated 1 days ago

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is vowing to stay put despite protests against his government that have enveloped the nation's capital.

Gunmen target spy agency in Afghanistan; 6 killed updated 2 days ago

Gunmen attacked a spy agency in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday, killing six people and leaving dozens injured, authorities said.

Stop spy flights, China warns the U.S. updated 3 days ago

China warns the U.S. to end its military surveillance flights near Chinese territory, refuting claims by the White House that a Chinese fighter jet made several "dangerous" and "unprofessional" passes at a U.S. Navy plane last week.

Inside North Korea: Water park, sacred birth site and some minders updated 3 days ago

It is exceedingly rare for Western journalists to be allowed inside the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) -- commonly known as North Korea. It is even less common for an American reporter to visit this reclusive nation, home to nearly 25 million people who are essentially isolated from the rest of the world.

Does 'immortal' jellyfish have the secret to everlasting life? updated 3 days ago

Does the secret to eternal life exist already and live in the sea?

Volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea updated 3 days ago

Mount Tavurvur erupted in Papua New Guinea on Friday, spurting ash tens of thousands of feet into the sky.

Sister of 'Lady al Qaeda': 'We want no violence in Aafia's name' updated 3 days ago

The sister of a Pakistani prisoner described as the "poster girl" for Islamic jihad has urged ISIS hostage-takers to let their captives go.

Xi Jinping's success so far: Taking control by following Deng Xiaoping updated 3 days ago

The 110th birthday of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was celebrated on August 22 with an exhibition, a television biopic, and a series of national events. The "paramount leader" ruled for more than a decade, kick-starting China's market economic reform.

Fears for democracy as Pakistani military asked to step into political crisis updated 3 days ago

The Pakistani military has waded into the political turmoil that has beset the civilian government in recent weeks

Sport in China: What's wrong with winning? updated 3 days ago

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout is at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, for an in-depth look at the power of sport in China.

Opinion: Sport in China is about more than patriotism updated 3 days ago

Since China took part in the Olympic Games in 1984 after a three-decade absence, competitive sports have served one purpose -- to build national pride.

Police: Girl attacked, buried alive in India updated 3 days ago

Police are looking for a couple suspected of attacking and then burying alive a six-year-old girl in an Indian village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Cat-astrophic revelation purr-turbs Hello Kitty fans updated 4 days ago

For 40 years Hello Kitty was not what we thought she was. Now the truth has been released.

Australia: MH370 may have turned south earlier than previously thought updated 4 days ago

Satellite phone data suggests Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have turned south earlier than previously thought, an Australian official said.

Many Indians turning to meat as their wallets grow fatter updated 4 days ago

I live in Malabar Hill in Mumbai, an area of the city whose residents are drawn mainly from the Jain and Gujarati communities and where vegetarianism is a big part of their cultural identity.

Indian woman, armed only with farm tool, fights off leopard updated 5 days ago

The fight is said to have lasted a half-hour and pitted a leopard against a woman armed only with a farm tool in an isolated field in India.

Report: Panda may have faked pregnancy for more buns, bamboo updated 5 days ago

A giant panda intended to star in the first live broadcast of a birth may have faked signs of pregnancy to get more bamboo, Chinese state media reported.

TEPCO ordered to pay compensation in landmark Fukushima suicide case updated 5 days ago

Four years after the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant, questions about the lingering physical and mental health toll of the disaster persist.

Japanese lawmaker, 71, pleads not guilty to meth charges in China updated 5 days ago

A Japanese lawmaker facing drug charges punishable by death has pleaded not guilty in a Chinese court, Chinese state media reports.

Investigators cast doubt on rape claim in Indian teen-hanging case updated 6 days ago

Two teenage girls, who were found dead and hanging from a tree in northern India in May, were not raped as originally alleged, according to new report.

China's restive far west hopes to win hearts with 'Princess Fragrant' cartoon updated 6 days ago

China turns to the tale of an 18th century concubine to foster greater social harmony among ethnic groups.

Thousands starved, beaten in risky boat escape to Malaysia, U.N. report says updated 6 days ago

Tens of thousands flee violence in Myanmar only to be robbed, beaten and starved on boats helmed by human traffickers, according to a new U.N. report.

Australian tycoon Clive Palmer 'sorry' for China 'mongrel' rant updated 6 days ago

Outspoken Australian billionaire tycoon and politician Clive Palmer apologizes for calling Chinese people "mongrels" who "shoot their own people."

China seizes 30,000 tons of chicken feet tainted by hydrogen peroxide updated 6 days ago

In the latest stomach-churning food scandal to hit China, police have seized 30,000 tons of tainted chicken feet.

India swaps ice for rice in new bucket challenge updated 7 days ago

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has morphed into a considerably warmer and drier alternative in India.

Torn page from Quran sells for $68,000 at auction updated 7 days ago

A single double-sided page believed to be from the Quran has sold at auction for $68,000.

China executes Tiananmen Square attack 'masterminds' updated 7 days ago

China has executed eight people convicted of terrorism, including three for their roles in an attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, Xinhua reported.

'Aggressive' Chinese fighter jet flies dangerously close to U.S. Navy plane updated 8 days ago

A Chinese fighter jet made several "dangerous" and "unprofessional" passes at a U.S. Navy plane this week -- coming as close as 20 feet at one point -- in what the White House called a "deeply concerning provocation."

Death toll in Japan landslides rises to 50 updated 8 days ago

Residents combed through mud looking for bodies of their loved ones after heavy rains triggered landslides that swallowed up homes in Hiroshima, Japan.

Exchange of fire on Pakistan-India border; deaths reported updated 9 days ago

Pakistan and India exchanged fire near the border in the disputed Kashmir region early Saturday, killing at least two people from each country.

Malaysian passengers aboard shot down Flight MH17 repatriated updated 10 days ago

More than a month after the airliner they were traveling on was shot down above Ukraine, the bodies of 20 Malaysian passengers arrived back in Kuala Lumpur.

Water-starved Beijing residents dig wells outside their homes updated 10 days ago

The Shuimo Community has grown rapidly in recent years and freshwater supplies can't keep up with the expansion.

India acid attack survivors pose for 'ground breaking' photo shoot updated 11 days ago

It was a photo shoot that caught India's attention -- five courageous survivors of acid attacks posed for portraits.

Malaysian couple charged with alleged theft from MH370 passengers updated 11 days ago

Malaysian police have charged two people over the alleged theft of around $35,000 from the bank accounts of four passengers on missing airliner MH370.

Clive Palmer "mongrel" tirade draws ire and support in China updated 11 days ago

Offensive remarks about China made by Australian tycoon and politician Clive Palmer have struck a chord on Chinese social media.

Jackie Chan responds to son's drug bust: 'I'm extremely furious' updated 11 days ago

Kung fu movie star Jackie Chan says he "takes responsibility" for the drug charges laid against his son, 32-year-old Jaycee Chan, in Beijing.

Army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha named Thailand's new prime minister updated 11 days ago

The military leader who took control of Thailand in a coup in May has been named the country's prime minister.

Anti-government protesters advance on Pakistan parliament, no clashes reported updated 12 days ago

Anti-government protesters have managed to breach a high-security zone in Pakistan's capital, despite the presence of thousands of security personnel.

Malaysian police: Planned militant attacks not ISIS but similar ideology updated 12 days ago

No immediate links between 19 people arrested on terror charges in Malaysia and ISIS, police said Wednesday.

China arrests 1,000 members of banned religious cult 'Eastern Lightning' updated 12 days ago

Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a banned religious group, state media reported.

Anxious parents fear for babies as Thai military tightens surrogacy laws updated 12 days ago

A Texan couple faces an agonizing wait for the birth of their baby boy to a surrogate, some 14,000 kilometers away, in a country now under military rule.

Rare pale-headed crocodile kills man in Australia updated 13 days ago

A man has died after being attacked by a pale-headed saltwater crocodile nicknamed "Michael Jackson" in Australia's Northern Territory.

Indonesian boat sinking survivor: We had to swim for shore updated 13 days ago

Indonesian rescuers have expanded the search for two tourists missing more than three days after their boat sank.

School bus bombed in Pakistan updated 13 days ago

Six people, two of them children, were killed Tuesday when a school bus was struck by a remote-controlled bomb in northwestern Pakistan, authorities said.

Jackie Chan's son held in anti-drugs crackdown in China's capital updated 13 days ago

The 32-year-old son of actor and kung fu star Jackie Chan has been arrested in Beijing on drugs charges, as authorities clamp down on celebrity offenders.

Want a divorce? Come back tomorrow (or not), say Chinese officials updated 13 days ago

Getting divorced is never an easy thing, but a city district in northwestern China wants to make it just a bit harder.

India calls off Pakistan talks over separatist meetings updated 13 days ago

Kashmiri separatist leaders on Monday slammed New Delhi's decision to call off talks with Pakistan, scheduled for August 25 in Islamabad.

Shoppers or smugglers? China cracks down on 'daigou' boom updated 13 days ago

Chinese are turning to overseas "personal shoppers" to get their hands on authentic luxury goods at lower prices but customs are cracking down on the trade.

Pro-government protesters hit back with huge Hong Kong rally updated 14 days ago

Thousands of people marched in Hong Kong to protest Occupy Central, a group that has threatened civil disobedience unless Hong Kong gets universal suffrage.

Hopes that Christianity is coming in from the cold in North Korea updated 14 days ago

They were once referred to as the "Vatican's spies." But one Christian hopes attitudes towards missionaries are changing in North Korea.

Malaysia searches for Pakistani suspect over alleged MH370 theft updated 14 days ago

Malaysian police are still searching for a Pakistani national over the alleged theft of money from bank accounts belonging to four people aboard MH370.

2 tourists missing after cruise boat sinks in Indonesia updated 14 days ago

Search crews in Indonesia have suspended efforts to locate two tourists, still missing two and half days after the tourist boat they were traveling in sank. The head of the rescue mission says the search will resume on Tuesday morning.

Hundreds dead as monsoon brings chaos to northern India, Nepal updated 14 days ago

Dozens of people have been killed in flooding in northern and eastern India, while the death toll in Nepal has passed 100.

India's kabaddi wrestles its way back into sporting limelight updated 14 days ago

Kabaddi -- one of India's oldest indigenous sports and a mix of school-yard tag and wrestling, is making a comeback.

Americans charged in death of woman found in suitcase in Indonesia updated 15 days ago

Two Americans are charged in the death of a Chicago woman whose body was found in a suitcase in Indonesia.

Thousands join Khan, Qadri anti-government march on Pakistan's capital updated 16 days ago

Thousands of anti-government supporters join a march to Islamabad to demand the resignation of the country's prime minister.

The future of Christianity in China: Sino-theology and the pope updated 17 days ago

Detentions, the kidnapping of bishops, tearing down churches -- these are the actions against Christians China has been guilty of.

K-Pop stars gear up for Pope Francis' visit with papal tributes updated 17 days ago

What could bring together the biggest names in the Korean pop industry? A visit by the Pope will do it.

Pope Francis arrives in South Korea for his first Asia visit updated 17 days ago

Pope Francis arrived in Seoul Thursday, marking the first papal visit to the country in 25 years.

Reuniting soldiers with dogs they left behind updated 18 days ago

Pen Farthing's nonprofit group has reunited animals with nearly 700 service members from eight countries.

Huge 'march of independence' sparks fears of clashes in Pakistan updated 18 days ago

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters are expected to join a march on Pakistan's capital as the country celebrates its independence.

Couple held in Bali after American woman's body found in suitcase updated 18 days ago

A 62-year-old American woman's body was found inside a suitcase at a luxury hotel in Bali.

Suspected Australian militant holding severed heads offers $1,000 bounty updated 18 days ago

Security has been stepped up around a prominent Australian Muslim leader after Twitter threats from a Sydney-based militant seen in recent photos clutching severed heads in Syria.

World's first surviving panda triplets are 'very healthy' updated 19 days ago

Very few pandas are born each year, but even fewer of the fragile cubs stay alive.

Family of detained American in North Korea asks for his return updated 19 days ago

The family of Jeffrey Edward Fowle, a U.S. tourist detained in N. Korea for apparently breaking an unspecified law, has apologized to the reclusive state.

Chinese tech hopefuls challenge Silicon Valley heavyweights at TechCrunch updated 19 days ago

San Francisco-based TechCrunch brought a taste of Silicon Valley to Beijing this week, with more than 100 startups showcasing their innovations to tech fans and investors at a two-day event in the Chinese capital.

'Radicalized' father of Australian boy holding severed head has mental illness updated 19 days ago

A proud father's boast accompanies an image the U.S. secretary of state on Tuesday called "one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed."

Japan's defense plans raise hackles in China updated 19 days ago

Japan's defense white paper has done little to mend fences with Beijing, amid claims the "China threat" is being used to justify a bigger defense budget.

International Youth Day: Priyanka Chopra inspires girls to aim high updated 20 days ago

Bollywood actress and UNICEF India Ambassador Priyanka Chopra met with young women in Chandrapur, India, to mark International Youth Day.

Jiang Zemin Fast Facts updated 21 days ago

Here's a look at the life of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

Tour bus accident in Tibet kills at least 44, Chinese media says updated 21 days ago

A tour bus accident in southwest Tibet left at least 44 people dead, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported via Twitter Saturday.

China convicts two corporate investigators linked to bribery allegations updated 21 days ago

An expatriate corporate investigator, Peter Humphrey, has been sentenced to two and a half years in a Chinese jail.

GSK-linked investigator's trial begins in China updated 21 days ago

An expatriate corporate detective based in Beijing and Shanghai, who worked with GlaxoSmithKline's under-fire Chinese wing, could soon discover the cost of allegedly falling afoul of China's often hazy corporate law.

Without legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli faces uncertain future updated 21 days ago

The retirement of beloved Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki means the studio he founded faces an uncertain future.

U.S. general killed in Afghanistan; gunman shot from 100 yards, officials say updated 23 days ago

A high-ranking U.S. general was shot and killed in an attack in Afghanistan Tuesday; U.S. officials believe gunman was an Afghan soldier.

Top Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of crimes against humanity, sentenced to life in prison updated 23 days ago

Two former top leaders in Cambodia's notorious Khmer Rouge, which ruled the Southeast Asian country between 1975 and 1979, were found guilty of crimes against humanity by a specially-convened Cambodian court Thursday.

New rules for mobile IM in China: Will it hamper innovation? updated 24 days ago

China's 700 million smartphone users will no longer be able to share stories about politics without official approval, according to new regulations announced by authorities on Thursday, which took immediate effect.

Kerry makes stop in Afghanistan over election crisis updated 25 days ago

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Afghanistan on an unannounced trip.

Death toll rises in China earthquake updated 25 days ago

The death toll has risen to 615 after Sunday's earthquake in southwest China's Yunnan province, China's state-run CCTV reported Thursday evening.

Nine babies seized as Thailand cracks down on suspected illegal surrogacy updated 25 days ago

Thai authorities have raided two premises and seized nine babies -- allegedly fathered by one Japanese man -- as part of the country's crackdown on suspected illegal surrogacy.

Chinese police take a shine to dazzling traffic offenders updated 25 days ago

How's this for a bright idea? Police in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are responding to headlight infractions with an eye-for-an-eye punishment.

Surrogate mom vows to take care of ill twin 'abandoned' by parents updated 25 days ago

His name is Gammy. He's just seven months old and is attracting attention to the murky world of surrogacy in Thailand, as the military-led country cracks down on the industry.

A timeline of the Khmer Rouge regime and its aftermath updated 25 days ago

At least 1.7 million people -- nearly a quarter of Cambodia's population -- were killed by execution, disease, starvation and overwork under the Khmer Rouge's brutal rule from 1975 to 1979.

Top Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of crimes against humanity, face life sentences updated 25 days ago

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Australian couple defends decision to leave Down's baby with Thai surrogate updated 25 days ago

What was supposed to be a straightforward cash deal to carry a child for desperate parents has turned into an international spat over who said what, and exposed the darker side of a business credited with creating happiness for many couples.

Chinese city bans beards, Islamic-style clothing on buses during event updated 25 days ago

People wearing Islamic-style clothing and large beards are banned from riding public buses during the Xinjiang Sports Games in northwestern China.

People power pulls passenger pinned between train, platform updated 26 days ago

A man in Perth, Australia, somehow slipped and got his leg stuck in the narrow space between a commuter train and the platform Wednesday.

Chinese socialite's fall from grace capped with salacious televised confession updated 26 days ago

A televised confession this week detailing a life of illegal gambling and paid-for sex has capped the dramatic fall from grace of Guo Meimei.

Record-breaking skyscraper threatened by sinkholes updated 26 days ago

The construction of what would be Seoul's tallest building has hit a snag following the appearance of a number of mysterious sinkholes in and around the neighborhood where it is being built.

7 killed in Pakistan drone strike, sources says updated 26 days ago

Seven suspected militants were killed in Pakistan, intelligence and government officials said.

Divers' failure to find sunken Bangladesh ferry dismays grieving relatives updated 26 days ago

A full day after a passenger ferry with as many as 300 people on board sank in Bangladesh, hundreds of anxious people waited on the bank of the Padma river until late evening as a search for bodies failed to turn up any sign of survivors.

Insider attacks: Why do some Afghan forces turn and kill allies? updated 26 days ago

They dress like allies, but they kill like enemies. Why do some Afghan forces turn on their coalition partners?

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