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S. Korea 'regrets' North rejection of dialogue
S. Korea 'regrets' North rejection of dialogue

South Korea voiced regret Monday at North Korea's dismissal of its offer for dialogue, as the South's armed forces remained on heightened alert for an expected missile test by Pyongyang.

S. Korea 'regrets' North rejection of dialogue
Kerry looks to press China on N. Korea
Kerry looks to press China on N. Korea

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Beijing on Saturday to seek China's help to rein in a belligerent North Korea and provide a foundation for Seoul to lower soaring tensions with Pyongyang.

Kerry looks to press China on N. Korea
Obama tells N. Korea to stop 'belligerent approach'
Obama tells N. Korea to stop 'belligerent approach'

The United States slammed North Korea's belligerence Thursday and pressed China to rein in its ally.

Obama tells N. Korea to stop 'belligerent approach'
N. Korea border crossing shut to tourists: China official
N. Korea border crossing shut to tourists: China official

The biggest border crossing between North Korea and China has been closed to tourist groups, a Chinese official said Wednesday as nuclear tensions mounted.

N. Korea border crossing shut to tourists: China official
US vows to defend itself, allies amid N. Korea crisis
US vows to defend itself, allies amid N. Korea crisis

The United States vowed to defend itself and its regional allies Tuesday after North Korea again stepped up its warlike rhetoric and the UN warned that the crisis could spin out of control.

US vows to defend itself, allies amid N. Korea crisis
Serbia, Kosovo fail to find accord at EU talks
Serbia, Kosovo fail to find accord at EU talks

Serbia and Kosovo failed Wednesday to find common ground on how to defuse longstanding tensions at marathon EU-sponsored talks, but the door appeared still open for further discussions.

Serbia, Kosovo fail to find accord at EU talks
US Army General Martin Dempsey. ©REUTERS/Gary Cameron
US military chief to pay rare China visit

Top US military officer General Martin Dempsey will pay a rare visit to China this month as the Pacific powers discuss concern over tensions with North Korea.

US military chief to pay rare China visit
North Korea puts rockets on standby for US strike
North Korea puts rockets on standby for US strike

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered preparations Friday for strategic rocket strikes on the US mainland and military bases after US stealth bombers flew training runs over South Korea.

North Korea puts rockets on standby for US strike
North Korea places South island in crosshairs
North Korea places South island in crosshairs

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un threatened to "wipe out" a South Korean island as Pyongyang came under new economic and diplomatic fire Tuesday from US sanctions and UN charges of gross rights abuses.

North Korea places South island in crosshairs
S. Korea flexes muscles with naval exercise
S. Korea flexes muscles with naval exercise

South Korea staged a naval exercise involving US surveillance aircraft on Tuesday, flexing its military muscles at a time of high tensions on the Korean Peninsula following the North's third nuclear test.

S. Korea flexes muscles with naval exercise
Fresh riots in Belfast despite Clinton's plea for calm
Fresh riots in Belfast despite Clinton's plea for calm

Rioting broke out in Belfast late Friday in the latest flare of violence in Northern Ireland, just hours after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the troubled British province urging peace.

Fresh riots in Belfast despite Clinton's plea for calm
Tensions flare at political rally in Bangkok
Tensions flare at political rally in Bangkok

Thai police fired tear gas and detained dozens of people as tensions flared at an anti-government protest Saturday in Bangkok, the scene of several outbreaks of violent unrest in recent years.

Tensions flare at political rally in Bangkok
ASEAN to press China over sea tensions
ASEAN to press China over sea tensions

Southeast Asian nations are set to press China Monday to quickly begin talks on easing tensions over maritime territorial rows that have shaken the region and overshadowed efforts to boost trade.

ASEAN to press China over sea tensions
Gaza conflict adds tension to Palestinian UN bid
Gaza conflict adds tension to Palestinian UN bid

Israel's air strikes on the Gaza Strip have heightened the tensions surrounding the Palestinian bid for observer membership at the United Nations planned for later this month.

Gaza conflict adds tension to Palestinian UN bid
Stung by shock Israel hit, Hamas response may be limited
Stung by shock Israel hit, Hamas response may be limited

Israel's surprise hit on Hamas's top military commander in Gaza may have enraged the enclave's Islamist rulers, but analysts said it was unlikely the movement would respond in a way which would lead to all-out war.

Stung by shock Israel hit, Hamas response may be limited
Putin, Merkel seek to soothe Germany-Russia tensions
Putin, Merkel seek to soothe Germany-Russia tensions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday with the two sides seeking to soothe tensions over Berlin's recent criticism of the Russian record on rights.

Putin, Merkel seek to soothe Germany-Russia tensions
Multiple new Israeli strikes on Gaza: AFP
Multiple new Israeli strikes on Gaza: AFP

Israeli war planes carried out multiple new air strikes on the Gaza Strip, including several hits on Gaza City on Friday morning.

Multiple new Israeli strikes on Gaza: AFP
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) and Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi. ©REUTERS
UN chief urges Israel to avoid 'new cycle of bloodshed'

UN leader Ban Ki-moon urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ease tensions with Gaza militants Wednesday and also discussed the crisis with Egypt's president.

UN chief urges Israel to avoid 'new cycle of bloodshed'
US urges 'cooler heads' to preserve Asia's stability
US urges 'cooler heads' to preserve Asia's stability

The US on Thursday called for cooler heads to prevail amid regional tensions over disputed island chains, saying it was vital for the world economy to preserve stability in Asia.

US urges 'cooler heads' to preserve Asia's stability
Libya's Misrata tense after death of man who caught Kadhafi
Libya's Misrata tense after death of man who caught Kadhafi

Tension gripped Misrata Tuesday after the death of a rebel from the western city who was credited with capturing late Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, but who was later abducted and tortured in a rival town.

Libya's Misrata tense after death of man who caught Kadhafi