WHO meet refuses to admit Taiwan amid China pressure

Despite impassioned pleas from several countries, the World Health Organization's annual assembly refused Monday to even discuss admitting Taiwan to the meeting, under pressure from China.   Self-governing Taiwan, which China se...

Indonesian police make mass arrests over 'gay sex party'

Indonesian police have detained 141 men including several foreigners for allegedly taking part in a gay sex party at a sauna, an official said Monday, the latest sign of a backlash against homosexuals in the Muslim-majority countr...

Students sexually abused by peers face struggles in court

When children sexually assault other children at school, sometimes the only measure of justice comes through the courts.      The barriers are formidable, and can lead to long, grueling fights: Public schools in many states en...

[Graphic News] Which countries have the best health care?

Neither Canada nor Japan cracked the top 10 and the United States finished a dismal 35th, according to a much anticipated ranking of health care quality in 195 countries, released Friday.Among nations with more than a million peop...

[Graphic News] Cigarette sales rise for 2nd month in April

According to Ministry of Strategy and Finance, sales of cigarettes in South Korea rose despite the government‘s push to print graphic health warnings on the outside of packages.About 305 million 20-pack cigarettes were sold in Ap...

[Newsmaker] Iran's Rouhani: Moderate cleric open to world

President Hassan Rouhani, who won re-election on Saturday, has spent three decades at the heart of Iran’s revolutionary establishment but still faces opposition from hardliners for trying to rebuild ties with the West. The 68-ye...

Rouhani leads initial count; over 70 percent turnout

Iran says incumbent President Hassan Rouhani is ahead of his nearest competitor in an initial count of votes in the election. Interior Ministry deputy minister Ali Asghar Ahmadi told journalists in a televised news conference Satu...

Japan's Princess Mako to marry ocean-loving legal assistant

Princess Mako, the granddaughter of Japan's emperor, will marry an ocean-loving legal assistant who can ski, play the violin and cook.   Japanese nuptials tend to be highly ritualized, especially for a royal family member, and t...

Times Square crash victim was 18-year-old Michigan woman

Police say an 18-year-old woman killed by a car that plowed through pedestrians in Times Square was a tourist from Portage, Michigan.Alyssa Elsman died Thursday when a man drove his car down the sidewalk for three blocks into the ...

Senior State Department official to visit Philippines, China next week

WASHINGTON -- A senior State Department official in charge of Asian affairs will travel to the Philippines and China next week, the department announced Thursday.Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton will visit Manila...

[Graphic News] Number of foreigners in S. Korea growing quickly

The number of foreigners residing in South Korea has been rising at a fast clip over the past decade, with their tax payments increasing more than fourfold, government data showed Tuesday.Foreign residents in the country numbered ...

[Graphic News] Bitcoin used in global cyberattacks

Digital currency bitcoin is worth more than an ounce of gold right now. It’s completely digital and it’s the currency of choice for the cyberattackers who crippled computer networks around the world in recent days.When the attac...

[Newsmaker] Trump shared ‘secret info with Russian officials’

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting last week, The Washington Post reported Monday, prompting strong condemnation from both Democrats an...

Turkey blocks German lawmaker visit to soldiers at air base

Turkey has blocked a request for German lawmakers to visit their country's soldiers at the Incirlik air base, the German government said Monday, increasing the possibility that it might relocate planes supporting the campaign agai...

Putin says intimidation of North Korea must end

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that North Korea's latest missile test was "dangerous", but he warned that Pyongyang was being intimidated and called for a peaceful solution to regional tensions. "We are categoricall...