Police in Texas are checking for bombs in the car of two men who were shot dead after shooting a security guard outside a Mohammed cartoon contest.
Kathmandu (AFP) - Mountaineering companies Sunday called off their spring expeditions to Mount Everest, marking the second year with virtually no summits after an quake-triggered avalanche killed 18 on the world's highest peak.
Basit Usman, a Jemaah Islamiyah bomb maker with a $US1 million bounty on his head has been killed in his native Philippines.
Rome (AFP) - Another 5,800 migrants desperate to reach Europe were rescued this weekend as they tried to cross the Mediterranean on rickety boats, more than 2,150 of them on Sunday, the Italian coastguard said.
Beijing (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Russia this week to attend World War II anniversary celebrations, the foreign ministry announced Monday, with Kazakhstan and Belarus also on his itinerary.
A strong magnitude 5.8 earthquake, centred near Wanaka, has been widely felt across New Zealand's South Island.
Seoul (AFP) - Two South Koreans awaiting trial in North Korea on espionage charges have admitted to spying for Seoul in interviews with CNN in Pyongyang conducted in the presence of North Korean minders.
Sydney (AFP) - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said Australia and Europe were in talks on how to stop asylum-seeker boats after the success of his government's controversial polices on the issue.
Aden (AFP) - The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen sent a "limited" force to the city of Aden, Yemeni sources said, in what would be its first ground deployment inside the country.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson told a TV station that he is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea said on Monday its titular head of state would attend a World War II anniversary in Russia this week, after leader Kim Jong-Un cancelled his much-anticipated trip to the Moscow event.