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U.S. says joint South Korea war games not on the negotiating table

BEIJING/SEOUL The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North Korea and its ally China to halt the contentious exercises.

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Three young Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed for months

HONG KONG A Hong Kong appeal court on Thursday jailed three prominent young Hong Kong democracy leaders for several months for "unlawful assembly" linked to the city's months-long pro-democracy protests in 2014.

4:30am EDT

Australia's Hanson wears burqa to parliament in bid to ban them

CANBERRA Australian far-right senator Pauline Hanson wore a burqa to parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign to ban the all-enveloping garment worn by some Muslim women, drawing a quick rebuke from the government and Muslims.

Australia 2:04am EDT

War crimes court holds Islamist liable for $3.2 million in damages to Timbuktu shrines

AMSTERDAM Judges at the International Criminal Court ruled on Thursday that a former Islamist rebel who was jailed for wrecking holy sites in Timbuktu was liable for damages of 2.7 million euros ($3.2 million).

4:44am EDT

Turkey criticizes Merkel, says Germany can't dictate EU policy

ANKARA Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about halting the expansion of a customs union between Ankara and the European Union harmed the credibility of the bloc.

Turkey 4:21am EDT

Britain confident of making progress in Brexit talks by October

LONDON Britain is confident it will make "sufficient progress" in negotiations with the European Union by October to move on to the next phase of the talks and discuss future ties with the bloc, the government said on Thursday.

4:12am EDT

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