DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has issued new legislation aimed at combatting intolerance that outlaws actions which stoke religious hatred and discriminate based on religious or ethnic background.
The law's introduction comes amid growing alarm among Gulf nations over the rise of militant Islamic extremists, particularly the Islamic State group.
The official state news agency WAM announced the law Monday following its...
BEIJING (AP) — China's state media say former President Hu Jintao's top aide has been stripped of his party membership, removed from all government positions, and will be criminally prosecuted on corruption charges.
Xinhua News Agency said Monday that an internal investigation found that Ling Jihua, who once served as head of the Communist Party's general office, took huge bribes and used his position to seek benefits for others.
LONDON (AP) — Teams of census-takers have taken to the River Thames for the colorful annual count of Queen Elizabeth II's swans — a blend of science and ceremony that dates to the 12th Century.
Swan wardens and zoologists count, measure and mark the swans in order to safeguard the population and determine its health in an event known as swan upping. By tradition, the monarch owns all the swans found in Britain's open waters, and the event assesses their overall well-...
PERTH, Australia (AP) — An oil tanker crew reported seeing a wooden boat suspected to be carrying asylum seekers off the Australian coast in a rare failure of the country's tight surveillance of its northern seas.
Gary Kennedy, a manager of the oil and gas company Modec Australia, told The West Australian newspaper that the boat carrying an unknown number of people was spotted Monday within Australia's offshore oil and gas fields.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency is reporting that Germany and the Islamic Republic will hold their first economic conference in a decade. That will to lay the groundwork for businesses in both countries to do more work in the wake of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
IRNA's report Monday quoted Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh as saying the conference will be held in late summer or early autumn. The last such event was held in 2002 before...
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's national security chief says 109 ethnic Uighur refugees who were involuntarily sent back to China from Thailand this month have been treated well since their return.
National Security Council Secretary General Anusit Kunakorn was among five Thai officials who traveled to China last Wednesday, one week after the deportation that sparked international criticism and an attack on the Thai Consulate in Istanbul.