VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis will spend the first anniversary of his election in a spiritual retreat, far from the adoring crowds in Rome and the tensions within the Church hierarchy that have defined the last year.
Beijing: Mystery continued to shroud the Malaysian jetliner six days after it went missing as Vietnam said today that its aircraft and ships have not found any debris said to have been spotted by Chinese satellites.
Islamabad: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the retrogressive move by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) to roll back the Muslim family laws and called on the government to stand in defence of women’s rights, a media report Thursday said.
Kathmandu: Twenty-one months after they split, Nepal's two Maoist parties led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda and Mohan Baidhya 'Kiran' Thursday announced a working alliance which may just be the first step towards their re-unification.
Kuala Lumpur: The mystery behind the missing Malaysia Airlines plane continued to dodge the multinational search operation for the fifth day Wednesday as Malaysia's air force chief denied reports that radar had detected the plane over the Strait of Malacca.
Islamabad: A lawyer of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was Wednesday barred from entering a special court here trying the former army chief for high treason.
PRETORIA, South Africa: Kneeling in court and swinging a cricket bat at Oscar Pistorius' toilet door, a South African forensic analyst demonstrated Wednesday how the double-amputee athlete may have bashed the door to get to the girlfriend he had just fatally shot.
Col J G Vermeulen said he believed Pistorius was on his stumps when he swung his bat at the brown cubicle door.
SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been elected to the country’s rubber-stamp Parliament with a unanimous vote from his district, state media say.
Seoul: South Korea Monday unveiled a set of measures to prevent person al information from being leaked out of financial companies after the worst-ever data leakage incident at three credit card firms.
BANGKOK: With huge numbers of visitors and patchy law enforcement, Thailand has a booming black market for fake identity documents, and it was here that two passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines jet were apparently able to get hold of stolen passports.