Asia Pacific

13 'high value' detainees escape Philippine prison

At least 13 'high-value' detainees facing drug charges stormed out of Philippine jail by cutting through metal grilles.


Tributes for 'brave, dedicated' reporter killed in Iraq

Kurdish journalist was killed by a roadside bomb blast while covering the Iraqi forces' push against ISIL in Mosul.


Amid media row, Trump to skip correspondents' dinner

Reporters' group covering the White House says April 29 event will go ahead after US president says he will not attend.

Middle East

Homs blasts threaten to derail Syria talks in Geneva

Officials and rebels spar over attacks targeting government positions as UN envoy suspects 'spoilers' behind violence.


Protests in Kyrgyzstan after opposition leader detained

Ata Meken leader held on corruption charges but supporters call the move politically motivated before elections.


I won't step down, Mugabe says at 93rd birthday bash

The world's oldest leader said he has no plans to step down in his lavish birthday party.


Record-high temperatures as US basks in winter warmth

Exceptionally high temperatures are being recorded across much of the country.


Saudi foreign minister visits Iraq after 27-year gap

Adel al-Jubeir, kingdom's first foreign minister to visit since 1990, promises to build ties and install new ambassador.


US Democrats elect Tom Perez as new leader

Ex-Obama administration official defeats Congressman Keith Ellison to become chair of party's administrative arm DNC.

Middle East

Palestinian diaspora holds first global conference

Palestinians from 50 countries gather in Istanbul to discuss forming new political entity to represent their views.


Pakistani flight investigated for flying over capacity

International flight of Pakistan's national carrier with seven passengers on board without seats comes under scrutiny.


South Koreans hold rival rallies over Park impeachment

Demonstrations in Seoul come as court prepares to hold final hearing on president's impeachment over corruption scandal.