KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has opened the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference in the capital, Kabul, where officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations are gathering to discuss the war-torn country's future.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai opened the conference Wednesday, saying the two-day meeting will examine the challenges of rebuilding Afghanistan after almost 40 years of war.
SYDNEY (AP) — Police say they do not intent to charge Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson over an allegation that he shoved and abused a newspaper photographer who snapped pictures of him and his new girlfriend in Sydney last month.
The Daily Telegraph staff photographer Kristi Miller complained to police about the Aug. 23 altercation with Gibson after he and girlfriend Rosalind Ross were photographed leaving a movie in inner-suburban Paddington.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's maritime agency says a wooden boat carrying about 100 migrants heading to Indonesia capsized Thursday off the country's western coast, and that there were an unknown number of fatalities.
Agency official Mohamad Hambali Yaakup says 12 people have been rescued so far, and several bodies have been recovered but he could not give further details. He said the boat capsized in bad sea conditions not far from the coast and that rescue...
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights chief says United Nations staff have turned up a case of alleged sexual abuse of a girl by a French soldier in Central African Republic.
The announcement by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein follows other allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in the African country that are currently under investigation in France.
Zeid announced Thursday during a trip to Central African...
BANGKOK (AP) — The Turkish Embassy in Thailand is casting doubt on reports that its nationals were involved in the Aug. 17 bombing of a Bangkok landmark that killed 20 people.
A statement posted Thursday on the embassy's website says it has not received any official notification from Thai authorities concerning arrest warrants issued for at least three persons believed to Turkish nationals. It also quotes a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman noting that the embassy has...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament has recognized an ethnic Tamil lawmaker as the opposition leader for the first time in decades in what is seen a positive step toward post civil-war reconciliation with the minority community.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced Thursday that Rajavarothayam Sampanthan, leader of the Tamil National Alliance, was officially recognized for the position.
TOKYO (AP) — An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean has ended a meeting in Japan without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna.
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission was unable to get a consensus on either short term or long term measures to help restore the population of the bluefin, whose population has fallen 96 percent from unfished levels, according to a release by the group....
PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of tractors are descending on Paris in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways in anger over falling French food prices and high taxes.
They are protesting increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high social charges, and seeking more support from the French government and the EU. It's part of a larger debate over the future of European farming, and how to keep it globally competitive.