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Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. | Video

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In Cairo, one family's story shows rise of radical threat

CAIRO - Fahmy Abdel Raouf and his 13-year old son had been missing for months when their family got word they had been killed in a gun battle with security forces and hailed as "martyrs" by the most dangerous militant group in Egypt.

Egypt 2:20am EDT

Thai government wants more troops in Bangkok as crisis heats up

BANGKOK - Thailand's government is to ask the army to deploy more troops in the capital, Bangkok, as fears mount that the country's lengthy political crisis could move into a more violent phase.

Thailand 5:36am EDT

China believes arms firm did not violate rules in Syria

BEIJING - China's foreign ministry said on Friday that it did not believe that the country's biggest arms maker had violated any international conventions, after a canister bearing its name was shown in footage believed to document a gas attack in Syria.

China, United Nations 4:50am EDT

Obama warns North Korea on nuclear test: South Korean media

SEOUL - U.S. President Barack Obama warned North Korea on Friday against conducting another nuclear test, saying that it would draw a firm international response.

5:31am EDT

Drunk passenger triggers hijack alert on Australian flight to Bali

JAKARTA - The pilot of a Virgin Australia plane flying from Brisbane to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Friday reported a hijacking attempt after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit, an Indonesian transport official said.

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