Better ties with Russia possible: new Nato chief

Nato's new secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg told reporters he finds "no contradiction" between his desire for a strong Nato and the quest for better ties with Russia.

Japanese volcano toll rises to 47

The death toll from Saturday's eruption on Mount Ontake in central Japan rose to 47, Nagano police said in a statement.

Myanmar police seize 200 kg of heroin

Myanmar authorities have seized more than 200 kilograms (440 lbs) of heroin on their side of the infamous "Golden Triangle".

Bloody back-to-school day in Ukraine's Donetsk

Ten people were killed, some of them teachers and parents showing up for the first day of school, as rebel-controlled Donetsk was shaken by violence on Wednesday.

Iraq September death toll passes 1,100

The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher.

Tough new security laws place restrictions on Australian media

New laws cracking down on media reporting of Australian security operations were passed by the parliament in Canberra on Wednesday as part of tougher security legislation.

12 killed as 2 trains collide in Northern India

A passenger train overshot a stop signal and ploughed into another train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens of others.

Tutu rallies support for Hong Kong

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has called on all who believe in democracy to support the people of Hong Kong in their protests, his foundation said on Wednesday.


Women unite against abuse

Eighteen months ago, India and South Africa were flung together by two similar acts of violence against women.


Israel tourism industry takes a knock from Gaza war

It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted travelers to cancel trips.


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