Norwegian software maker Opera signed a deal to take over the browser building unit of Microsoft's Nokia mobile phone unit and reported second-quarter earnings above expectations on Thursday, sending it shares sharply higher.
Thursday August 21, 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Suspected Malaysian militants loyal to the extremist Islamic State movement bought bomb-making material ahead of a proposed attack on a Carlsberg brewery near the capital Kuala Lumpur, a top anti-terrorism official said.
Thursday August 21, 2014, Beijing, China
China aims to double domestic spending on tourism by 2020 by offering financial and other support to develop the sector, the government said on Thursday, as it seeks to boost spending at home to spur economic growth.
In a significant revelation, NASA researchers have shown that the earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source, decades after the compound was banned worldwide.
Thursday August 21, 2014, Washington, United States
After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of Aug. 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for US air strikes on the militant group Islamic State.
A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced 18 men to prison terms of 10 months to 25 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets between 2003-06, state media reported late on Wednesday.
A second round of talks are expected today between Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI, and the Nawaz Sharif government which is seeking to end a week-long impasse, that has included a protest by about 30,000 people in the heart of capital city Islamabad. Mr Khan is expected to attend.
An overseas rights group says three more Tibetan protesters shot and detained by Chinese authorities have died in jail after being denied medical treatment for their injuries, which would bring the death toll in recent violence to five.