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Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting. | Video

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Gold, diamonds feed Central African religious violence

NDASSIMA Central African Republic - Three young rebels, their AK47s propped against wooden stools in the afternoon heat, guard the entrance to the giant Ndassima goldmine carved deep into a forested hilltop in Central African Republic.

Africa, United Nations 4:21am EDT

Philippines to propose no action to raise tension in sea disputes

MANILA - The Philippines will propose a freeze on all activity that raises tension in disputed waters in the South China Sea as part of a three-part plan at a regional security meeting next month, Manila's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

China 6:23am EDT

China's war games don't faze Japan but disrupt civilian air traffic

BEIJING - China is holding some of its most extensive military exercises this week off its eastern seaboard, and although rival Japan is unperturbed, they are causing massive disruptions in civilian air traffic in Shanghai and other cities.

Japan, China 5:49am EDT

South Korea ferry boss's driver who may hold key to mystery turns self in

INCHEON South Korea - The driver of a South Korean businessman wanted over the sinking of a ferry that killed 304 people turned himself in on Tuesday, potentially unlocking the mystery of the businessman's final days after the country's worst maritime disaster in 44 years.

South Korea 5:34am EDT

Australia issues arrest warrants over Syria severed head photos

SYDNEY - Australia has issued arrest warrants for a pair of Australian citizens believed to be fighting in Syria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday, after images emerged of the two holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers.

Australia, Syria 3:58am EDT

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