Damascus (AFP) - A communist lawmaker has registered as the first challenger for the Syrian presidency in an upcoming election expected to return incumbent Bashar al-Assad to power, the speaker of parliament said Wednesday.
Tokyo (AFP) - US President Barack Obama landed in Tokyo Wednesday to launch an Asian tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of "rebalancing" US foreign policy towards a dynamic Asia.
Tokyo (AFP) - A former police officer indicted over a stampede that killed 11 people at a festival in Japan in 2001 was acquitted again Wednesday.
Varanasi (India) (AFP) - Firebrand anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal accused his rivals in India's elections on Wednesday of selling out to big business by accepting hundreds of millions of dollars to bankroll their campaigns.
The grim search for the bodies of students killed in the South Korean ferry disaster has entered a second week, with 152 still unaccounted for.
Moscow (AFP) - Russia will respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as they were in South Ossetia in 2008 which led to war with Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
Seoul (AFP) - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Wednesday urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to make "further efforts" to dissuade North Korea from conducting a fresh nuclear test, warning of serious repercussions for regional stability.
Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - The search for scores of passengers still missing from South Korea's ferry disaster entered a second week Wednesday, to the deepening distress of their grieving, angry and frustrated families.
Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced Wednesday for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis.
Kathmandu (AFP) - Another major mountaineering company has abandoned its Everest expedition after a deadly avalanche killed 16 Nepalese guides, as the government strove Wednesday to save the climbing season, a vital earner for the country.
Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday gave crisis-mired Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to submit her defence against allegations of abuse of power which could see her removed from office.
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