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Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes

SANAA/ADEN, Yemen - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city. | Video

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Ten killed in stampede during Hindu ritual in Bangladesh

DHAKA - At least 10 people were killed in a stampede during a Hindu ritual attended by thousands of devotees on the banks of a river near the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, police said on Friday.

1:29am EDT

Syria's Assad says West wants to weaken Russia

MOSCOW - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he said had also been used against his own country.

2:58am EDT

South Korea demands release of two men accused by North Korea of espionage

SEOUL - South Korea demanded on Friday the immediate release of two of its citizens that North Korea said it had arrested, accusing them of spying for the South.

South Korea, North Korea 26 Mar 2015

Australia's NSW state election set to greenlight blockbuster energy sell-off

SYDNEY - The Australian state of New South Wales is expected to re-elect its conservative government on Saturday, endorsing the country's largest ever privatization, the partial sale of a state-owned electricity network worth around A$17 billion ($13 billion).

Australia 12:16am EDT

Thailand keeps suspected Uighurs in custody amid Turkey-China tug-of-war

BANGKOK - A family of 17 suspected Uighur Muslims at the center of a diplomatic tug-of-war between Turkey and China will remain in custody after a Thai court on Friday rejected their argument that their prolonged detention was illegal.

China, Turkey, Thailand 12:00am EDT

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