PARIS - Tens of thousands rallied in Melbourne on Friday to launch a global campaign for climate action ahead of a key summit in Paris, where marches were cancelled amid security fears.
TOKYO - Japan is investigating nearly a dozen suspicious boats recently found drifting off the country's coastline, some with decaying bodies aboard, officials said Friday, as media speculated they came from North Korea.
LOS ANGELES - Michael Bender was hooked by age two. Jennifer Landa got the bug when she was nearly six. Steve Sansweet was well into his 30s when the Star Wars passion was born.
ADELAIDE (AUSTRALIA) - Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and could miss the remainder of the home Test season, team officials said Friday.
A Myanmar military offensive against ethnic rebels in the country's east has uprooted more than 10,000 people, rights groups said, accusing the army of bombing schools and Buddhist temples, firing on civilians and raping women.
Dozens of demonstrators gathered at the United States embassy in Bangkok on Friday to protest against new American ambassador Glyn Davies' criticism of Thailand's lese majeste law.
The Pheu Thai Party demanded Friday that Gen Udomdej Sitabutr resign as the deputy defence minister over alleged corruption in the Rajabhakti Park project.
VALLETTA - Queen Elizabeth II opened the 2015 Commonwealth summit on Friday with a colourful ceremony attended by world leaders gathered for pressing talks on climate change.
ANKARA - At least six children drowned on Friday in two separate incidents when their boats sank off Turkey while trying to make the risky crossing to Greece, state media reported.
JERUSALEM - A Palestinian rammed a car into Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Friday, injuring five of them before being shot dead, the army said.
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