An apparent suicide bombing at a crowded Muslim shrine in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, has killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens of others. Authorities say the blast ripped through hundreds of worshippers at the Bari Imam shrine on the outskirts of Islamabad early today (Friday).
The United Nations says a severe food shortage in North Korea is growing worse by the day and is approaching crisis proportions.
Burma's largest opposition party is marking the 15th anniversary of its landslide election victory, which the military government never recognized. National League for Democracy party officials invited diplomats and journalists to today's (Friday's) commemoration in Rangoon.
An international human-rights group says Burma's military is waging a campaign of torture, rape and murder against civilians in the country's Shan state. New York-based Human Rights Watch says in a report today (Friday) that 100,000 Burmese army troops have recently begun an offensive against the Shan State Army (SSA).
Counter-terrorism experts say Thursday's closure of the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia was prompted by tips found posted on the Internet showing the most effective ways to attack the sprawling compound.
Japanese officials are investigating whether two men that have been hiding in the mountains in the southern Philippines may be former Japanese soldiers from World War Two.
Mudslides caused by heavy rains have killed at least 14 people in northeastern India. Police say the casualties occurred at a village in (Mokokchung district,) a hilly area of Nagaland state.
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