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Greece says expects bailout deal by Aug 18

ATHENS - Greece expects to conclude a bailout deal with international lenders by Aug. 18, with the drafting of the accord starting on Wednesday, government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said on Tuesday.

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Three killed by PKK mine in southeast Turkey: security sources

DIYARBAKIR - Two Turkish soldiers and an armed guard were killed in a blast from a homemade mine planted by Kurdish militants on Tuesday in the southeastern province of Sirnak, security sources said.

5:43am EDT

Japan suspends work on U.S. base on Okinawa as Abe battles low ratings

TOKYO - Japan said on Tuesday it was suspending construction of a contentious U.S. air base on the island of Okinawa for a month to give time for talks between the central government and island authorities opposed to the facility.

Japan 2:39am EDT

Top German prosecutor accuses Berlin of interfering in treason investigation

KARLSRUHE - Germany's top public prosecutor accused the government on Tuesday of interfering in a widely criticized treason investigation into a news website, in a rare clash between the state and judiciary.

Germany 6:48am EDT

China detains seven Christians opposed to cross demolition

BEIJING - Chinese police have detained seven members of a Christian church for suspected crimes including embezzlement, state media and one of their lawyers said on Tuesday, after they resisted a government campaign to take down their church's cross.

7:27am EDT

Southeast Asian nations back halt to land reclamation in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR - Southeast Asian countries on Tuesday backed a U.S. call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea, underlining unease in the region over Beijing's continued expansion on disputed islands.

China, South China Sea 7:31am EDT

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