• Tokyo's largest district OKs same-sex partner certificates

    Tokyo's largest district has said it will start issuing "partnership" certificates to same-sex couples from November, becoming the second in Japan to recognise such unions following a pioneering move by the capital's bustling Shibuya ward.

  • Australian museum to display 'world's finest opal'

    An Australian museum said Monday it would exhibit what it believes is the best opal stone ever found -- a 6.0-centimetre (2.4 inch) multi-coloured gem unearthed in the Outback named the Virgin Rainbow.

  • Gov't reaction criticized in case of Mexico slain journalist

    Mexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation into the killing of a photojournalist whose body was found along with four slain women in the capital, where he had fled because of harassment in the state he covered.

  • Obama to unveil 'biggest step ever' in climate fight

    US President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacy.

  • Lawyer provided to assist victims of violence in Cairo: Embassy

    The Indonesian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, said on Sunday that it had hired an Egyptian lawyer to assist Indonesian victims in a robbery case.

  • Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera English verdict to Aug. 29

    An Egyptian court on Sunday again postponed announcing a verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists, extending the long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

  • Malaysia seeks help in finding more possible MH370 debris

    Malaysian officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane debris.

  • Zimbabwe confirms lion named Jericho has not been shot

    Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe on Sunday dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion killed by an American hunter in early July.

  • Mexico news photographer found slain in capital

    A photographer for the Mexican investigative magazine Proceso, who had fled his home state after being harassed, was among five people found slain early Saturday in an apartment in Mexico City, according to the magazine.


  • Q&A on possible extradition for US dentist who killed lion

    Zimbabwe has called for an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage to be extradited and face as-yet filed charges. But it isn't clear whether Walter James Palmer, a 55-year-old from Minnesota, can be extradited or, if so, can fight having to go back to the African nation. Palmer has said he relied on his guides to ensure the hunt was legal.

  • Researcher in Zimbabwe doubts report of 2nd lion killing

    A lion researcher in Zimbabwe on Saturday cast doubt on a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a famous lion killed by an American hunter in early July.

  • Biden associates resume discussion about presidential run

    Vice President Joe Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a possible 2016 presidential run after largely putting aside such deliberations during his son's illness and following his death earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any planning for a potential campaign, according to several people close to the vice president.

  • Bush does first Spanish-language TV interview of campaign

    In his first Spanish-language television network interview since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush fielded questions ranging from the upcoming presidential debate to Latin American foreign policy to whether he had ever experienced discrimination.

  • Paratroopers' Day

    Belarus soldiers of airborne forces perform as they celebrate the Paratroopers' Day in Minsk on Saturday.

  • Top Russian, US and Saudi diplomats to meet in Qatar

    Russia's foreign minister has scheduled a trilateral meeting in Qatar with his U.S. and Saudi counterparts.

  • South Sudan: Thousands risk starvation amid Nile blockade

    Aid agencies say thousands of civilians in South Sudan's Upper Nile state face starvation after the government blocked aid groups from using the Nile River to deliver relief food.

  • "We are all Ali Dawabsha"

    The parents and brother of the Palestinian toddler are fighting for their lives, as protests over the arson attack in the occupied West Bank entered a second day.

  • Peak of the Furnace

    A helicopter flies past as lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise "Peak of the Furnace" volcano, on the southeastern corner of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion Saturday.

  • Donkey riders

    Afghan children ride donkeys carrying containers as they head to collect water from a river on the outskirts of Herat on Friday.

  • Japanese journalist pulls a 'Weiner' in Thailand

    Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi apologised Saturday after its Bangkok bureau chief posted an image of his genitals on a mobile forum set up by Thailand's foreign ministry, which warned of "consequences".