Iraq's allies have pledged support for Baghdad's plan to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State jihadists, whose advance Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi described as a "failure" for the global community.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday for make-or-break bailout talks with a deadline looming for Athens to make a critical repayment.
Growing optimism over Africa's economic future is set to draw more than 1,250 delegates from governments and international corporations on Wednesday to the three-day "African Davos" in Cape Town, the World Economic Forum said.
President Barack Obama has signed into law landmark legislation ending the government's bulk telephone data dragnet, significantly reversing American policy by reining in the most controversial surveillance programme since 9/11.
Iraq's plan to recapture the western city of Ramadi from Islamic State jihadists will dominate a meeting on Tuesday in Paris of foreign ministers from the international coalition fighting the group, a senior US official said.
Germany and France have urged the EU to find a fairer way to admit and distribute asylum seekers, as their leaders met the European Commission chief in Berlin.
South Korea's health ministry confirmed on Tuesday that two people have died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the country's first fatalities from the virus.
Ship carrying over 450 people sinks in China's Yangtze: state media
A passenger ship carrying more than 450 people has sunk in the Yangtze river in central China, state media reported on Tuesday, triggering a rescue effort hampered by strong winds and heavy rain.
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has attacked its creditors for insisting on what he described as absurd reforms which have only held up progress in negotiations for a deal aimed at preventing his country from defaulting.
Australia's opposition Labor party introduced a bill into parliament on Monday aimed at legalising same-sex marriage, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.
The White House has denounced the US Senate for its "irresponsible" failure to prevent a lapse in crucial counterterror operations, but said 
TransAsia Airways plane crashes in typhoon-hit Taiwan, killing 47

A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said.

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VN smartphone hits shops 1    VN smartphone hits shops

Bkav Corporation yesterday launched the first made-in-Vietnam smartphone, Bphone, which was in development for more than four years.

CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security 1    CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security

The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) has issued a plan for better management and prevention of theft of passengers' baggage and cargo, and to ensure aviation security.

Son makes Dad prize wheelchair 1    Son makes Dad prize wheelchair

Le Van Hoa works through his lunchtime at a workshop at the Hue College of Industry every day, despite the extreme heat. He is finalising an electric wheelchair designed for his father who was paralysed in a motorbike accident 12 years ago.

US show to shoot secret cave special 1    US show to shoot secret cave special

The American television network ABC (American Broadcasting Company) will make a live broadcast of a Good Morning America programme featuring one Viet Nam's natural wonders.

Prime Minister awards merit certificate to swimmer Vien 1    Prime Minister awards merit certificate to swimmer Vien

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien received a Labour Order third class, and a merit certificate from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Monday.