China, Vietnam agree to set up hotline
China and Vietnam agreed on Wednesday to set up a hotline to resolve fishing incidents in disputed South China Sea waters that have been a frequent source of tensions between the two ideological allies.
Iceland: 'informal talks' about Snowden asylum
Iceland says a WikiLeaks spokesman who claims to represent Edward Snowden has reached out to government officials about the potential of the NSA leaker applying for asylum in the Nordic country.
Thailand cuts rice-buying subsidy after big losses
Thailand said Wednesday that it would slash the price paid to rice farmers under a controversial scheme that caused the kingdom to lose its place as the world's top exporter of the commodity last year.
Hezbollah fighters 'fight rebels near Syria capital'
Fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah joined Syrian troops battling rebels near Damascus on Wednesday, monitors said, as President Bashar al-Assad's regime kept up a push to cut off the insurgents' supply lines.
Iraq officials say suicide attack kills politician
Iraqi officials say a suicide attack has killed a local political leader and four of his relatives in northern Iraq.
Japan beat Canada in Pacific Nations Cup
Full back Ayumu Goromaru scored all the points to lead Asian champions Japan to a 16-13 victory over Canada in the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament in Nagoya on Wednesday.
Flood damages Austrian UNESCO heritage site
A flash flood unleashed by a major thunderstorm has inundated the Austrian village of Hallstatt, which has been awarded special status by the U.N.
Palestinian party toughens line on Israel talks
An adviser to the Palestinian president says Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement wants him to stick to long-standing demands for resuming talks with Israel.
China's Xi harks back to Mao in party 'cleanup'
China's new leader Xi Jinping is commanding wayward Communist Party cadres to purify themselves of corruption, and he's summed it up in a pithy slogan as Mao Zedong might have done: Look in the mirror, take a bath.
England bowl out S. Africa for 175 in Trophy semi
South Africa were bowled out for 175 in 38.4 overs after being sent in to bat by England in the Champions Trophy semi-final at the Oval in London on Wednesday.
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