Feb 23, 2015

Two Thai students to be sentenced for 'insulting' royals

Two young Thais accused of insulting the monarchy in a university play braced for sentencing Monday as the ruling junta intensifies its crackdown on perceived royal slurs under the kingdom’s controversial lese majeste law. Student Patiwat Saraiyaem, 23, and activist Porntip Mankong, 26, pleaded ...

Nigeria, neighbors to send 8,750 troops to fight Boko Haram

Feb 8, 2015

Nigeria, neighbors to send 8,750 troops to fight Boko Haram

Nigeria and its four bordering countries announced plans Saturday to deploy an 8,750-strong force by next month to combat the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram. Details of the proposed deployment were revealed at the end of a three-day meeting in Cameroon in ...

Australia's Abbott to fight party vote to oust him

Feb 6, 2015

Australia's Abbott to fight party vote to oust him

Party critics of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a dramatic bid Friday to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. The move comes after Abbott’s much-ridiculed decision to award Britain’s Prince Philip ...

Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Jan 27, 2015

Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott was Tuesday facing a backlash over his surprise move to knight Britain’s Prince Philip. The announcement prompted ridicule and questions about his leadership even from conservative supporters. Abbott, whose personal approval rating has plunged in recent opinion polls, said ...

King Tut mask can be fixed: expert

Jan 25, 2015

King Tut mask can be fixed: expert

Epoxy that was used to glue a blue-and-gold braided beard back on the burial mask of Egypt’s ancient King Tutankhamun can be removed and the mask can be properly restored, a German expert summoned to Cairo to examine it said Saturday. Speaking at a ...

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Jan 24, 2015

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Long-standing ties between the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, and Saudi Arabia, an ultraconservative Islamic absolute monarchy, have strained at times, but the unlikely allies remain bound by mutual interests in regional stability and oil. The depth of the complex relationship was highlighted ...