Bahrain is adopting a zero tolerance policy toward "torture, inhuman treatment and degrading detention" practices toward political prisoners -- one of a number of recommendations made by an independent commission looking into claims of abuse during a crackdown on protesters earlier this year.
The mother of an American on trial in Iran denied allegations that her son is a spy for the CIA, saying that anything he confessed to was coerced.
The Chinese police have killed seven members of the Uighur ethnic group in the restive western region of Xinjiang in order to free two hostages, a local government official said Thursday.
Huge crowds assembled in Pyongyang on Thursday at a national memorial service for the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the second day of state-orchestrated ceremonies to mourn his death.
An explosion early Thursday in a neighborhood of the Myanmar city of Yangon killed 20 people and injured more than 95, state-run television MR TV reported.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul is withdrawing its personnel from an Afghan media center, saying it is reviewing and reassessing its relationship.
Imagine a future in which you always know the date of baseball's opening day. Or that your birthday is always on a Tuesday (sorry). Or that New Year's Eve is always on a Saturday. As the people of the world prepare to hang their 2012 calendars, two professors at Johns Hopkins University are proposing one you can keep forever, each date falling on the same day of the week as it did the year before.
An Arab League observer steps into a mosque in the city of Homs and is shown the tiny "martyr," one of thousands of people killed in Syria during the past nine months.
MORELIA, Mexico (AP) - Mexican prosecutors say teeth and clothing remnants were used to identify a suburban Chicago teenager whose charred remains were found on Christmas Eve in we..
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's efforts to ensure more children have health coverage have earned it a nearly $17 million performance bonus from the U.S. Health Department. &..
One Oregon police chief was killed when a man allegedly took the officer's gun and shot him in the head. A policeman in Arizona was fatally shot when he went to a suburban Phoenix ..
ATLANTA (AP) - An Oklahoma baby is the third infant this month sickened by bacteria sometimes associated with tainted infant formula. The child, from Tulsa County..
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - When the Federal Emergency Management Agency mailed out 83,000 debt notices this year to victims of Hurricane Katrina and other 2005 storms, one of the letters s..
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a longshot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, said Wednesday he is leaving the GOP in favor of running..
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One presidential campaign claims an impressive effort in Iowa this year: eight offices opened, 350,000 phone calls to potential supporters and 1,280 events ..
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Newt Gingrich says a luxury cruise he took through the Greek Isles earlier this year that prompted top aides to quit his campaign was designed to show he's ..
HAVANA (AP) - Cuba appears to be making quick progress in meeting a pledge to free 2,900 pardoned prisoners, most of them convicted of minor crimes. Human rights ..
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - A two and a-half-hour funeral procession for North Korean leader Kim Jong Ill has ended with a 21-gun salute. His son and successor,..
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy's 5th fleet is warning Iran that any disruption of traffic flowing though the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil route..
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - A Saudi official says for the first time, women in the conservative kingdom will not need a male guardian's approval to run or vote in municipal electio..