Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass.
US Republicans on Thursday scrapped a congressional vote on a measure to deal with an influx of thousands of Central American children, but could reverse that decision before departing for a five-week break.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to strike hard against graft in the military, urging soldiers to banish corrupt practices and ensure their loyalty to the ruling Communist Party, state media reported on Friday.
Japan said on Friday that it will name five uninhabited islands as part of a group in the East China Sea, a move likely to spark anger from other claimants China and Taiwan.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appealed for more doctors and supplies to help West African nations battle an outbreak of deadly Ebola, warning on Thursday the crisis was "nearing a catastrophe."
Canada's top court on Thursday quashed evidence from a police sting that helped secure guilty verdicts against a man tried for the murders of his twin daughters a ruling which now casts hundreds of convictions in doubt.
US President Barack Obama has nominated yet another Indian-American counsel to the key post of US District Court judge for Washington DC.
Osaka police in Tokyo have admitted they did not report more than 81,000 offences over a period of several years in a desperate bid to clean up the region's woeful reputation for street crime.
A Sudanese Christian woman -- sentenced to death for renouncing Islam but acquitted after international pressure on Khartoum -- has arrived in the United States with her family.
A 72-hour Gaza ceasefire period began on Friday, the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Hamas Islamist-dominated enclave.
At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said, as a search for the cause began.
Google on Thursday told European officials that forgetting isn't easy, especially when details are few and guidelines are murky regarding when personal privacy trumps public interest.
A Thai musician has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for royal defamation, a court official said on Friday, in the latest conviction under a controversial lese majeste law.
US President Barack Obama, whose election in 2008 as the first black American president sparked huge expectations in Africa, will at last hold a summit next week for the continent's leaders
We met our guide and translator, a young woman called Najjam, outside the apartment block where we will be staying for our time in Gaza. It's near the beach, like most of the other hotels where the foreign press pack is camping out.