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Syria's Nusra Front says ending al Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo

BEIRUT Al Qaeda's powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians. | Video

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Exclusive: New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money

DHAKA The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has asked the Philippines' central bank to help Bangladesh Bank recover the $81 million that was stolen by hackers in February from its account held at the Fed, boosting Dhaka's efforts to retrieve the money.

Tech, Cybersecurity Jul 28 2016

China says to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea

BEIJING China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.

Two children abused in Australian prison being counter-sued by state

SYDNEY Two of the six aboriginal children teargassed by police while in custody in Australia are being counter-sued by the Northern Territory government for damaging the prison in an escape attempt, according to court documents.

Australia Jul 28 2016

Japan's Suga: PM Abe to reshuffle cabinet on August 3

TOKYO Japan's top government spokesman said on Friday that Prime Minster Shinzo Abe will reshuffle his cabinet on Aug. 3 to accelerate his "Abenomics" economic policies.

Japan 12:12am EDT

Australian PM says won't back former leader Rudd for top U.N. job

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dealt a serious blow on Friday to his former rival Kevin Rudd's bid to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations, declining to endorse him and declaring him unfit for the job.

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