Afghan forces backed by NATO-led troops eliminated 27 Taliban militants in the eastern Ghazni province, an army officer in the province Daud Shah Wafadar said Wednesday.
The ROK army said it will hold its largest-ever live-fire drill near the military border with the North on Thursday in a show of force in the wake of Pyongyang's attack on one of its islands last month.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is contemplating a request by Jonathan Pollard to issue a public, formal call to US President Barack Obama to order his immediate release from prison.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu on Tuesday continued to urge all parties involved to exercise restraint to avoid any further confrontation after the Republic of Korea (ROK)'s live-fire drill on a border island.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 jolted Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific early Wednesday, said the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), which issued a tsunami warning.
The Iraqi parliament on Tuesday approved the new cabinet submitted by Prime Minister-designate Nuri al-Maliki after more than nine months after the country's parliamentary elections.
India and Russia Tuesday inked 30 pacts in defense, nuclear and space, and signed two framework agreements on setting up of two more nuclear reactors in this country, said Indian officials.
The Israeli air force has hit seven suspected militant sites in Gaza while the Palestinian militants sent a rocket into southern Israel in a flare-up along the Israel-Gaza border.
Thai cabinet decided to lift the state of emergency in Bangkok and three surrounding provinces effective on Wednesday, government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said on Tuesday.
The DPRK said that it "was not worth reacting" to "military provocation" in a statement from its army command referring to the hour-long live-fire artillery drills conducted by the ROK on Monday.
UN fails to reach consensus on Korean crisis
At least five people were killed in an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude that jolted southeastern Iran on Monday, damaging buildings in outlying mountainous areas, the region's governor said.
Security forces began allowing passengers back into Newark Airport's Terminal A after the terminal was shut for more than half an hour early on Monday because of a suspicious package, a Reuters witness said.