DANDONG, China/WASHINGTON - North Korea was in seclusion on Tuesday, a day after it announced the death of its leader Kim Jong-il, as concerns mounted over what would happen next within one of the world's most secretive and unpredictable nations.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died of a heart attack at the age of 69, state media has announced.
A mass burial has been organised in the Philippines for scores of people killed by flash floods on the southern island of Mindanao.
An Afghan woman jailed for adultery after a relative raped her has been freed, her lawyer has told the BBC.
Liege, Belgium -- Flowers, teddy bears and candles mark the spot Wednesday where a gunman tossed grenades into a crowded Liege market square a day before, claiming several lives and wounding scores more.
Police in Belgium are trying to determine what motivated a local man to open fire on a busy marketplace in Liege, killing at least four people.
SEOUL - A Dutch architectural firm has apologized for its design of twin skyscrapers in central Seoul which resemble the exploding World Trade Center towers in New York and have infuriated families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
NEW YORK - Hopes the euro zone will figure out a solution to its ongoing debt crisis inspired enough buying to push stocks to a third day of gains on Wednesday in light trading.
SANTIAGO, Chile — Researchers in Chile released a series of time-lapse photos Wednesday showing the dramatic retreat of a glacier in Patagonia.
CHICAGO — The Rod Blagojevich who once challenged a prosecutor to face him like a man, the glad-handing politician who took to celebrity TV shows to profess his innocence, was nowhere to be found Wednesday as he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption.
NASA's Kepler space telescope has found a new planet -- the most Earth-like yet -- circling a yellow star similar to Earth's sun and 600 light-years away, according to the space agency.
JACKSON, Miss. — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered an “extensive and thorough review” of a foreign exchange program that has been used by U.S. businesses as a source of cheap labor and exploited by criminals to import women to work in the sex industry.
Several thousand people have taken to the streets of Moscow shouting "Down with Putin" as international observers in Russia's parliamentary elections speak of flagrant violations.
A low-caste Dalit boy has been killed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh for sharing a name with a man of a higher caste, police say.
Iran's armed forces have shot down an unmanned US spy plane that violated its eastern borders, military sources say.
South-east Asian commentators have been picking over the bones of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent visit to Burma, with some writers dubious about Washington's motives for offering a hand to a pariah state.
A 29-year-old man alleged Wednesday that Penn State University former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him dozens of times over several years during the 1990s, when he was a boy, his lawyer said.
The Norwegian public, politicians and experts alike are expressing surprise at the verdict of the forensic psychiatrists assessing Anders Behring Breivik.
Conrad Murray, the US doctor convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of pop superstar Michael Jackson, has been sentenced to four years in county jail.
Zimbabwean police believe there is a nationwide syndicate of women raping men, possibly to use their semen for use in rituals that claim to make people wealthy.