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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

SEOUL North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to "catastrophic consequences".

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ASEAN gives Beijing a pass on South China Sea dispute, cites 'improving cooperation'

MANILA Southeast Asian leaders took a softer stance on disputes in the South China Sea during a summit that ended on Saturday, avoiding tacit references to China's building and arming of its manmade islands, according to the chairman's statement.

South China Sea, China Apr 29 2017

Turkey fires 3,900 in second post-referendum purge

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey on Saturday expelled more than 3,900 people from the civil service and military as threats to national security, in the second major purge since President Tayyip Erdogan was granted sweeping new powers.

French presidential hopeful Le Pen names nationalist as prime minister

PARIS French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday chose defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister, a bid to attract his voters and help her to victory over centrist favorite Emmanuel Macron. | Video

Apr 29 2017

Wary of Trump, EU courts Iran to bolster moderates ahead of polls

TEHRAN Wary of U.S. President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to signal to its commitment to a nuclear deal and holding out the promise of its economic payoff ahead of May 19 presidential polls, EU diplomats say.

United Nations, Davos Apr 29 2017

Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit

MOSCOW Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. | Video

Russia Apr 29 2017

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