• Int'l day against nuclear test to be observed on Friday

    Lovers of world peace will commemorate the International Day against Nuclear Tests on Friday by observing a minute of silence in memory of all victims of nuclear weapons testing.

  • EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs

    Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics.

  • Nigeria Ebola patient hid from government

    A man who contracted Ebola in Nigeria after coming into contact with a traveler from Liberia evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died, Nigerian health authorities announced Thursday.

  • India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts

    India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.

  • Israelis skeptical of PM's Gaza victory claim

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.

  • Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined

    The massive undersea search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean could be extended farther south based on new satellite analysis, only weeks before the multimillion dollar, yearlong sonar hunt for wreckage is due to begin, officials said Thursday.

  • Global media forum produces road map for future media

    A three-day global forum in Bali has produced a road map for realizing the media's potential to contribute to sustainable development and promote media freedom and independence, which is one of the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • SBY, UN secretary-general discuss tolerance in Bali

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Thursday morning during the 6th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Bali.

  • M'sian sex addict doctor deported from Australia

    Dr Suresh Nair, the sex addicted neurosurgeon, who was responsible for the deaths of two prostitutes, has been deported to Malaysia.

  • Fugitive M'sian sex blogger not in Singapore

    The hunt is on for Malaysian sex blogger Alvin Tan after he jumped bail. But contrary to media reports, The Straits Times understands that he is currently not in Singapore.

  • Shooting by 9-year-old US girl stirs gun debate

    The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has intensified a debate over youngsters and guns, with many Americans wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

  • Global trash burning more polluting than expected

    Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a scientific study estimating more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned.

  • Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

    Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers.

  • Afghan candidate pulls out of election audit

    One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud in a move that throws the already contentious election into further crisis.

  • UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

    An independent U.N. commission said Wednesday that the Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians and that the Islamic State group committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.

  • Journalist's killing highlights freelancers' role

    Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all shared one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria: the title "freelance journalist."

  • Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

    The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results.

  • Australia and Indonesia agree on code of conduct

    Australia and Indonesia have settled their disagreement over what to call their latest agreement.

  • Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

    An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.

  • Japan sees 1st local dengue case in over 60 years

    Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years.