In Laiza, the headquarters of the rebel Kachin Independence Army, residents have dug bomb shelters close to their houses and camouflaged them with pieces of bamboo.
At least three people, including a suspect, have been shot at a college in the US state of Texas on Tuesday, authorities said.
Two new key members of US President Barack Obama's Cabinet may create an opportunity for improving Sino-US ties in Obama's second four-year term, analysts said.
Free of re-election pressures, US President Barack Obama used the inauguration speech for his second term to spell out an unabashedly liberal agenda.
Gunmen suspected to be militants of the Boko Haram sect killed 18 hunters in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, a senior military source told Xinhua on Tuesday.
The Japanese government on late Monday confirmed seven Japanese were killed in a hostage crisis in Algeria, local media reported.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said during a Monday meeting with ROK president-elect Park Geun-hye's special envoy Kim Moo-sung that China looks forward to a stronger partnership with the Republic of Korea (ROK).
As the annual travel peak approaches, Chinese-Japanese tourism remains near rock bottom, and industry insiders say they expect no speedy recovery because of the Diaoyu Islands dispute.
Beijing is involved in negotiations on a draft UN Security Council resolution regarding Pyongyang's December rocket launch in "a constructive way", the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
Thailand's largest retail conglomerate hopes to attract more high-end Chinese tourists with a new luxurious shopping mall.
A president at the beginning of a second term is in need of a legacy and expectations are running high for improved relations after US President Barack Obama was sworn in for another four years.