Wellington (AFP) - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday called a general election for September 20, when his centre-right government will seek a third term in office on a platform of strong economic management.
An American lawyer has agreed to plead guilty to being a member of the Boy Lovers pedophile ring that preyed on a young Australian boy.
MalÃ© (Maldives) (AFP) - The Supreme Court in the Maldives has sacked the elections chief and handed him a suspended jail term after he criticised judges during last year's chaotic contest to choose a president.
Shanghai (AFP) - A total of 72 people died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in China in the first two months of this year, government figures showed, far more than in the whole of 2013.
Tokyo (AFP) - Astronaut Koichi Wakata has become the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station, according to the country's space agency.
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea's state media confirmed Monday what was never in doubt -- a 100 percent, no-abstention poll victory for leader Kim Jong-Un in the country's stage-managed parliamentary election.
Beijing (AFP) - China's state-run media on Monday lashed out at Malaysia and its national carrier over their handling of the missing passenger jet, calling for a swifter response effort and tightened airport security.
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysia's interior minister said two passengers who used stolen passports to board a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing with 239 people aboard had "Asian facial features", according to a report.
Seoul (AFP) - The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has made an official debut of sorts, consolidating the grip on power of the ruling Kim dynasty's third generation.
In telephone talks with David Cameron and Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to look into setting up direct talks with Ukraine.
Researchers say changes in the blood may signify Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stages.
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