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Hundreds die as desperate migrants head for Europe

TRIPOLI/EISENSTADT, Austria - Libya on Friday recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe while Austria said 71 refugees including a baby girl had been found dead in the back of an abandoned freezer truck. | Video

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Unseen security footage underscores patchy Bangkok blast probe

BANGKOK - Eleven days after Thailand's deadliest bombing police have yet to review CCTV footage taken minutes after the blast which features a man dressed like the chief suspect, Reuters has found.

Thailand 8:17am EDT

Higher prices dent Putin's sky-high popularity: paper

MOSCOW - Russians' concern about rising prices has eroded President Vladimir Putin's approval ratings but these remain extremely high, the daily Vedomosti reported on Friday.

Russia 4:20am EDT

Japan protests against Chinese media call for emperor's apology

TOKYO - Japan has lodged a protest with China over a call by China's Xinhua state news agency for Japan's Emperor Akihito to apologize for its past military aggression, a Japanese government spokesman said on Friday.

China, Japan 3:52am EDT

Iraq's PM orders easier access to streets closed by militias, factions

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered military commanders to make it easier for civilians to get into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone while improving access to streets across the country closed off by political and security factions.

Iraq 3:17am EDT

Japan ruling party sets date for leadership vote PM bound to win

TOKYO - Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Friday set a date for a party leadership election that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is bound to win, effectively assuring him of staying leader of the world's third-largest economy.

Japan 6:01am EDT

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