The Obama administration has declared its support for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the US military's evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels.
British fighter planes visiting Japan will fly over the South China Sea and Britain will sail aircraft carriers in the Pacific once they are operational in 2020, given concerns about freedom of navigation there, Britain's ambassador to the United States said on Thursday.
Thailand's new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn led prayers for his late father on Friday, his first appearance at Bangkok's Grand Palace since he was officially appointed the day before after a seven week delay.
Dramatic climate cycles on early Mars, triggered by buildup of greenhouse gases, may have caused liquid water to carve out deep canyons and extensive valley networks on the red planet's surface, scientists including one of Indian origin have found.
US President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday warned American firms wanting to relocate abroad that they will face punishment, as he announced a deal with air conditioning manufacturer Carrier to keep jobs in the country.
The morning papers were giddy with hyperbole on Thursday over the news that Donald Trump had spoken to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by phone a day earlier and showered compliments on a country he once accused of "betrayal and disrespect" - even offering to help the nuclear power solve its problems abroad.
President Barack Obama on Thursday marked his final time lighting the National Christmas Tree with a wish that Americans will care for the sick, the hungry and the downtrodden this holiday season and treat one another as they would want to be treated.