Bitcoin exchange MtGox to start liquidation process

TOKYO (AFP) -- Failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox, whose spectacular collapse hammered the digital currency's reputation, is to be liquidated after a Japanese court on Thursday ordered the start of bankruptcy proceedings, said a lawye...

Obama backs Japan in island row with China

TOKYO (AFP) ― U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its “dangerous” nuclear program...

Aid access in Syria not improving: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) ― Access for foreign aid for millions of Syrians desperately in need has not improved, violating a Security Council resolution passed two months ago, the U.N. chief said in a report Wednesday.In February, the...

Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ― The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new attempt to overcome a seven-year split that has left them divided bet...