posted: 12/10/2013 9:33 a.m.
BANGKOK — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Tuesday that she would not resign ahead of national elections set for Feb. 2, while her opponents scorned her declaration and claimed they would appoint their own government in her place.
posted: 12/10/2013 9:21 a.m.
BAGHDAD — A shooting at a construction site and a double bombing on a small Shiite shrine killed 17 people northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.
posted: 12/10/2013 9:13 a.m.
LONDON — The British government says the country's first same-sex weddings can be held March 29.
updated: 12/10/2013 9:16 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela's universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.
posted: 12/10/2013 3:56 a.m.
BANGKOK — Desperate to defuse Thailand’s deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved Parliament’s lower house Monday and called early elections. But protesters seeking to topple her vowed to carry on their fight, saying they cannot win the polls because of corruption.
posted: 12/10/2013 3:54 a.m.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Pakistani leaders Monday that they must resolve protests stalling some military shipments across the border with Afghanistan.
posted: 12/10/2013 3:37 a.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are calling upon law enforcement to restrain from using force against peaceful demonstrators.” World boxing champion and Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, who asked for no further escalation in tensions after riot police dismantled protester’s tents and raided the opposition party’s offices.
posted: 12/10/2013 3:37 a.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — Heavily armed riot troops broke into the offices of a top Ukrainian opposition party office in Kiev and seized its servers Monday, the party said, as anti-government protests crippled the capital for yet another day.
posted: 12/10/2013 3:34 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa prepared Monday for a memorial in a soccer stadium honoring Nelson Mandela, and an eclectic mix of world leaders will eulogize the anti-apartheid icon before a crowd of nearly 100,000 mourners.
posted: 12/10/2013 3:32 a.m.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Technology companies including Apple and Google called on the U.S. government to change surveillance practices after revelations the National Security Agency gained access to private networks to conduct spying.
posted: 12/10/2013 3:31 a.m.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Monday confirmed its purge of Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of supreme leader Kim Jong Un, saying that he abused drugs, disobeyed orders and worked in secret to build up his base of power.
posted: 12/10/2013 2:01 a.m.
GENEVA — Swiss authorities on Monday urged banks to quash their doubts and enter a U.S. voluntary disclosure program aimed at uncovering American tax evaders.
posted: 12/09/2013 9:16 a.m.
BEIRUT — Syrian troops captured a western town near the country's main north-south highway Monday as the government forged ahead with a punishing offensive in a mountainous region near the border with Lebanon, state media said.
updated: 12/09/2013 11:05 a.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — A top Ukrainian opposition party says heavily armed riot police have stormed its office in downtown Kiev. The move comes as the Ukrainian capital has been crippled by anti-government protests.
posted: 12/09/2013 7:52 a.m.
BAGHDAD — A series of attacks, including a car bomb outside a cafe, killed at least 21 people in Iraq on Monday, officials said.