- Avalanche hits Indian army post on glacier; 10 feared dead Updated: Feb-04-16 10:59 am
SRINAGAR, India - Officials say 10 Indian soldiers are feared dead after an avalanche hit a military post on the Siachen Glacier in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
- Ambassador: US to continue South China Sea flights, sail-bys Updated: Feb-03-16 4:01 am
MANILA, Philippines - The U.S. ambassador said Wednesday joint patrols with the Philippines are possible in the South China Sea, where the United States has asserted its freedom to navigate by sending planes and ships into China-claimed areas.
- UN chief reiterates Israel settlement criticism in NYT op-ed Updated: Feb-01-16 11:21 am
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Israeli criticism of attacks on its settlement policy unsustainable in an opinion piece published Sunday by The New York Times, doubling down on comments that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said justified terrorism.
- 10 years on, AP photographer remembers Pulitzer moment Updated: Feb-01-16 9:12 am
JERUSALEM - Ten years ago today, AP photographer Oded Balilty captured the powerful image of a Jewish settler woman defying Israeli soldiers as they forcibly removed her from a West Bank settlement.
- Sovereignty, legacy factors in Taiwan leader's island visit Updated: Jan-28-16 7:55 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Seeking to assert Taiwan's sovereignty and build his legacy, President Ma Ying-jeou paid a visit Thursday to an even smaller island also claimed by China.
- US criticizes planned island visit by Taiwan president Updated: Jan-27-16 5:30 pm
WASHINGTON - The State Department is criticizing plans by Taiwan's outgoing president to visit a Taiwanese-occupied islet in the disputed South China Sea.
- Road project puts Israel, EU on collision course Updated: Jan-27-16 1:31 am
JERUSALEM - A narrow country road outside Jerusalem has turned into a new battleground between Israel and the European Union, deepening a dispute between the allies over Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.
- Heavy rains cause flooding, strain power supplies in Gaza Updated: Jan-26-16 12:10 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, placing further strain on run-down infrastructure and power supplies in the blockaded Palestinian territory.
- Taiwan stages military drills on island off Chinese coast Updated: Jan-26-16 3:33 am
KINMEN, Taiwan - Taiwan held small-scale military drills on an island it controls just off the Chinese coast Tuesday, in a renewed signal of its determination to defend itself from Chinese threats.
- Animals at Gaza's zoos die of hunger, diseases Updated: Jan-22-16 7:41 am
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - The African tiger at the zoo in southern Gaza Strip was emaciated, its belly shrunken and its striped coat hanging loose. It strode nervously up and down its cage.
- Israeli officials approve West Bank land expropriation Updated: Jan-20-16 4:54 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel's Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that officials have approved the expropriation of some 370 acres (150 hectares) of land in the West Bank near the city of Jericho, in a move that drew sharp condemnation from the Obama Administration.
- Palestinians lambast Airbnb's West Bank settlement listings Updated: Jan-20-16 7:46 am
NOFEI PRAT, West Bank - Like many vacation rental operators around the world, Moshe Gordon has listed his property on Airbnb, luring visitors with a stunning vista of desert landscape and boasting of proximity to both Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. What it doesn't mention is that the "cozy fully furnished" apartment, with its cable TV, Internet and hiking trails, is in a West Bank settlement.
- EU criticizes Israel, builds on anti-settlement policy Updated: Jan-18-16 3:10 pm
BRUSSELS - The European Union said Monday that all its deals with Israel must "unequivocally and explicitly" show that they cannot apply to occupied territories, a move that builds on a November decision to label Israeli products made in the West Bank.
- China, economy tests for Taiwan presidential winner Tsai Updated: Jan-17-16 6:05 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's presidential election victor Tsai Ying-wen will enjoy a broad mandate from her commanding victory and her independence-leaning party's new legislative majority, but managing the island's delicate relations with China will be tricky.
- Sweden says it won't recognize Western Sahara republic Updated: Jan-15-16 12:30 pm
STOCKHOLM - Sweden says it won't recognize a disputed territory in Western Sahara as an independent republic, a move that could end a months-long row with Morocco.
- India, Pakistan reschedule high-level peace talks Updated: Jan-14-16 7:48 am
NEW DELHI - India rescheduled high-level peace talks with Pakistan on Thursday while it evaluated actions taken by Islamabad against Pakistan-based insurgents it blames for an attack on an Indian air force base earlier this month.
- China faces few good options in Taiwan electoral outcome Updated: Jan-14-16 3:46 am
BEIJING - China isn't going to be happy with the likely victory for Taiwan's pro-independence opposition in this weekend's presidential election, but it has limited options to respond: Any angry reaction could further alienate the island's public, while a passive response could weaken Beijing's influence there.
- Gaza journalist says he was tortured in Hamas jail Updated: Jan-12-16 2:43 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian journalist Ayman al-Aloul frequently writes about the hardships of life in the Gaza Strip, and is one of the few voices willing to publicly criticize the rule of the Islamic Hamas movement.
- Japan's ex-foreign minister passes message to Putin Updated: Jan-12-16 4:41 am
MOSCOW - Japan's former foreign minister has visited Moscow and passed a personal message from the Japanese prime minister to Russian President Vladimir Putin.