• US global database for passports, visas crashes

    The U.S. State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.

  • Abu Sayyaf militants free anti-poverty workers

    Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have freed three abducted aid workers in the southern Philippines after the government withheld anti-poverty funds, prompting an impoverished town to pressure the rebels to release the captives, officials said Wednesday.

  • UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

    The U.N.'s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes.

  • Typhoon rains hit China; plane crashes in Taiwan

    The second typhoon to hit China in a week quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it reached the country's heavily populated southeastern provinces on Wednesday after passing across Taiwan overnight.

  • Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 trapped, feared dead

    A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and a transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

  • Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine's restive east as fighting flared in the region.

  • Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

    A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine.

  • Kuwait shuts down pro-opposition TV, newsapper

    Kuwait said it revoked the licences of pro-opposition Al-Youm television and Alam Al-Youm newspaper and ordered them to shut down immediately on Tuesday.

  • Australian PM congratulates Jokowi on Indonesia win

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday said he was looking forward to working closely with Joko "Jokowi" Widodo after the governor of Jakarta won the Indonesian presidential election.

  • US congratulates Indonesia's president-elect

    The U.S. says it looks forward to working with Joko "Jokowi" Widodo who was elected Tuesday to become Indonesia's next president.