KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S.-led international coalition in Afghanistan said today that it is investigating an airstrike it launched that killed a child and injured two women, leading to a condemnation of the attack by the country’s president.
BEIJING — China today played down a U.S. challenge to its newly created air defense zone in the East China Sea, saying two American B-52 bombers that transited the area “were monitored the whole time and identified.”
ISLAMABAD — A political party opposed to U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan revealed what it said was the name of the top CIA spy in the country today and called for him and the head of the agency to be tried for a recent missile strike.
KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai brusquely rejected Sunday the recommendations of a special grand council he personally convened to vote on whether Afghanistan should sign a security agreement with the United States. After the council, or loya jirga, enthusiastically endorsed the pact, Karzai refused to sign and launched an angry diatribe against the United States. It ended in a tense face-off with the elderly loya jirga chairman, who supports the deal.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Juan Orlando Hernandez has all but won the hotly contested presidential race in Honduras, electoral authorities said late Monday, giving the National Party another four years governing this country plagued by violence and poverty.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued the mission statement for his papacy today, outlining how the Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a more missionary-focused and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it seeks out the poor and oppressed.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been charged with murder in a case related to a teenage boy who died after the doctor performed surgery on him for appendicitis in 2006, his lawyer said today.
RIGA, Latvia — Hordes of shoppers were picking up food after work in the Latvian capital when an enormous section of the supermarket’s roof caved in. Firefighters rushed in to save them, only to be crushed themselves when a second part of the roof collapsed.
PARACHINAR, Pakistan — A suspected U.S. drone carried out a rare missile strike today in northwest Pakistan outside the country’s remote tribal region, killing five people, including three senior Afghan militants, Pakistani police and intelligence officials said.
BEIJING — An 85-year-old tourist from Palo Alto, Calif., was buckled in his seat last month on a plane preparing to depart Pyongyang, North Korea, when a flight attendant pointed him out to two men in uniform. They promptly escorted him off the plane.
WASHINGTON — Global spending on pharmaceuticals is expected to surpass $1 trillion for the first time next year, propelled in large part by the rising demand for cheap generic drugs in China and other emerging markets, according to a new forecast from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
LONDON — In what was described as an unusually unanimous decision, “selfie” has been chosen as Word of the Year by the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, beating out “twerk” and a host of other Internet and social media-related terms, such as “bitcoin.”
CAIRO — Protesters early today vandalized the pedestal of a memorial dedicated to demonstrators killed in Egypt’s revolutionary turmoil only hours after the prime minister inaugurated it in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
MOSCOW — The pilots of a Boeing 737 that nose-dived into the ground at 280 mph at the Kazan airport, killing all 50 aboard, lost speed in a steep climb then overcompensated and sent the plane into a near-vertical dive, a preliminary report by Russian aviation experts reported today.
BEIJING — China will loosen family planning rules that limit many couples to a single child in the first substantial change to the unpopular policy in nearly three decades, as leaders seek to address a rapidly aging population.
TACLOBAN, Philippines — Close your eyes and hold your breath, and you could imagine you are in a normal sports stadium. You hear a ball bouncing and the children’s cheers echoing under the cavernous dome.