Japan's extended spring holiday period is usually a time for the hardworking nation to relax.
Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic Corp will slash 40,000 jobs over the next two years.
President Barack Obama plans to name CIA Director Leon Panetta as the next secretary of defense and move Gen. David Petraeus, now running the war in Afghanistan, into the CIA chief's job in a major shuffle of the US national security leadership.
The governor of the Afghan jail where hundreds of insurgents this week escaped through a tunnel has been detained along with several top aides.
A wave of tornado-spawning storms strafed the South on Wednesday, splintering buildings across hard-hit Alabama and killing at least 77 people in four states.
Thailand has dispatched troops to a disputed area on its border with Cambodia on Thursday after clashes erupted for the seventh day near two 12th-century Hindu temples
Air pollution poses a threat to the health of about 154 million Americans - or more than half of the US population.
A long-delayed free trade agreement between Washington and Seoul faced more troubles on Thursday after the South Korean cabinet withdrew a bill for its ratification over translation blunders.
Tornadoes and storms killed 45 people in Alabama on Wednesday as severe weather lashed the southeastern US.
Gunfire exchanges between Cambodian and Thai troops over the border area at the Ta Moan temple and Ta Krabei temple in Oddar Meanchey province broke out again Thursday morning.
Until this week, Hawaii officials said they wouldn't release original birth records for anyone, under any circumstances.
US President Barack Obama and his wife returned to Chicago on Wednesday to support Oprah Winfrey in her talk show.