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Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. | Video

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EU leaders to threaten extra Russia sanctions, agree new team

BRUSSELS - European Union leaders are likely to threaten Russia with new economic sanctions over its action in Ukraine on Saturday but officials and diplomats said the bloc was not yet ready to order additional penalties.

Russia 7:05am EDT

Indian defense minister says Pakistan border clashes 'extremely serious'

NEW DELHI - A series of clashes along India's border with Pakistan are extremely serious, provocative and not conclusive to talks, Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.

7:15am EDT

China warns foreign powers not to use Hong Kong as a 'bridgehead'

BEIJING - China has warned against any foreign interference ahead of a crucial ruling on the city's political future on Sunday, saying Beijing will not tolerate the use of Hong Kong "as a bridgehead to subvert and infiltrate the mainland".

China 4:07am EDT

Family, sect members mourn South Korea ferry owner at funeral

SEOUL - Family and church members mourned at a private funeral on Saturday a South Korean businessman linked to a ferry that sank in April killing hundreds of children, though his death remained shrouded in mystery.

South Korea 3:48am EDT

Lesotho leader says army attempted military coup: TV

JOHANNESBURG - Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on Saturday accused the country's army of attempting a coup against him, he told South African ENCA television station.

Africa 7:20am EDT

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