Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi said he did not fear death and defiantly vowed to fight "to the beyond".
The Pakistani and Indian foreign secretaries were scheduled to begin two-day talks in Islamabad later on Thursday.
Four bombs ripped through Shiite neighborhoods, killing at least 40 people in the worst violence the capital has seen in months.
After trying multiple diets and exercise, Jazmine, 17, decided on the Lap-Band treatment with the encouragement of her mother, who recently had a gastric bypass herself.
The US Geological Survey on Wednesday reported at 6.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Honshu, Japan.
The owner of Japan's nuclear plant will pay an estimated $1 billion (88 billion yen) to thousands of residents who evacuated homes.
China extended congratulations to Ban upon his election to serve a second five-year term as secretary-general of the United Nations.
Vietnam and China have concluded two days of joint naval patrols, including a port call in China.
China is ready to seek direct engagement with all sides in Libya, including the powerful opposition, to help resolve the crisis.
Former US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman on Tuesday entered the race to unseat his ex-boss, President Barack Obama.
Russian Emergencies Ministry members carry a survivor of the plane crash, who was transported from Petrozavodsk, at Ramenskoye airfield outside Moscow June 21, 2011.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has successfully completed its second-closest encounter with Saturn's icy moon Helene.