The number of children doing hazardous work dropped by half to 85 million from 2000 to 2012, but the rate of progress isn't fast enough to meet the goal of having no child laborers by 2016, the U.N. labor agency reported Monday.
Russia's top Islamic cleric has protested a provincial court order to declare a translation of the Quran as extremist and to destroy it.
Israel's prime minister said Monday he wants to strengthen Jewish settlement in Hebron, the West Bank's largest Palestinian city, and hopes to see settlers move into a contested house there.
A chemist and an actor — both with family roots in Senegal — have become Germany's first black federal lawmakers, according to official election results released Monday.
China criticized Japan on Monday for its plans to install a cutting-edge U.S. military radar system to monitor North Korean missile launches, saying that could impact regional stability and upset the strategic balance.
Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Monday in the third day of clashes with thousands of garment workers demanding better minimum wages amid escalating tension over the country's main export business.
One of the imprisoned members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot declared a hunger strike on Monday to protest what she described as inhumane working conditions and threats to her life at a women's penal colony.
Kenyan security forces were in the final stages of flushing out Islamic extremist terrorists from a besieged shopping mall, the vice president said late Monday, two days after the upscale mall was seized by members of a Somali group linked to al-Qaida.
The defense ministry says two Romanian soldiers have died after they stepped on an improvised explosive device during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan.
Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died in Spain on Monday. He was 72.
Iran said Monday it had freed 80 prisoners arrested in political crackdowns, offering another potential diplomatic boost for the country's new president and his outreach to the West at this week's U.N. gathering.
The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia, now on trial over the deadly disaster, blamed his helmsman Monday for botching a last-minute corrective maneuver that he contends could have prevented the massive cruise ship's collision with a reef off an Italian island.
With Angela Merkel's conservatives five seats short of a parliamentary majority, her possible new partners aren't rushing to join her in a new German coalition government.
East Timor police say there will be zero tolerance against those who continue to practice a local martial art after the government banned all clubs following deadly gang violence, an official said Monday.
In an unprecedented decision, judges at the International Criminal Court excused Kenya's deputy president from his crimes against humanity trial Monday for a week so he could return home to help deal with his nation's mall hostage crisis.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provided the U.N. with a memorable moment last year when he displayed a cartoon bomb illustrating what he said was Iran's march toward the development of a nuclear weapon. When he addresses the world body next week, he is expected to again call for a hard line to stop Iran's suspect nuclear program, backed by the credible use of force.
The U.S. Navy says it has suspended the search for two missing airmen after a helicopter crash in the Red Sea. Three other crew members were rescued earlier.
The price of oil slipped closer to $104 a barrel Monday despite positive economic news out of China and Europe, as the risk premium associated with the Syrian crisis diminished.
Venezuela's interior minister says two National Guard sergeants and one lieutenant have been arrested for alleged involvement in the smuggling of 1.4 metric tons of cocaine to Paris on an Air France flight in three dozen suitcases.
An overnight Taliban assault on a border post in southern Afghanistan left 11 police officers dead, while in the north of the country gunmen assassinated a district intelligence chief on his way to work, officials said Monday.
The attack on the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya's capital has killed dozens of people, from Africa, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and the Americas. Here are details about some of the victims.
Pakistani Christians rallied Monday to denounce the deadliest attack ever in this country against the religious minority as the death toll from the church bombings the day before climbed to 85.
Markets drifted lower on Monday despite solid economic indicators out of China and Europe and an unexpectedly strong showing by Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany's national elections.
A group of Muslim rebels opposed to peace talks with the Philippine government stormed a southern town Monday and seized several hostages while engaging troops in clashes that killed eight combatants, military officials said.
It carried hippies through the 1960s, hauled surfers in search of killer waves during endless summers and serves as a workhorse across the developing world, but the long, strange trip of the Volkswagen van is ending.
Mainland Chinese stocks edged up Monday after a survey showed manufacturing in the world's No.2 economy rose to a six-month high last month. Stock markets were subdued elsewhere in Asia.
The Cambodian opposition boycotted the opening of parliament Monday over alleged widespread cheating in the July elections, putting the country's political crisis at a critical juncture.
A tiny exotic snake was found on a Qantas Boeing 747 airliner, leading to 370 passengers being grounded in Sydney overnight, the airline said Monday.
Prolific Colombian writer and poet Alvaro Mutis Jaramillo died in Mexico's capital Sunday. He was 90 years old.
The strong performance by Angela Merkel's conservatives in Sunday's German election was not only a victory for her Christian Democratic Union but also vindication of her strategy of transforming a party long dominated by Roman Catholic men.
Police in Jamaica say gunmen broke into a home in the island's capital and killed two women and a man in their 20s. Detectives say a 19-year-old man was shot to death by police during a confrontation after officers arrived to investigate.
Security forces in Guinea's capital used tear gas to break up clashes that erupted Sunday between supporters of the opposition and ruling parties campaigning for long-delayed and hotly-contested legislative elections, resulting in multiple injuries, witnesses said.
Soon after gunmen stormed a Kenyan shopping mall on Saturday, killing dozens in a spray of bullets and grenades, triumphant tweets swept the Internet.
A U.S. Virgin Islands official is urging Washington to reconsider a rate used in calculating the Caribbean territory's anticipated revenue from rum taxes.
Twin suicide bombers attacked a Christian congregation in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar at the end of Sunday worship services, killing at least 78 worshippers, including 34 women and seven children, and critically wounding 120 others.
Here are 10 things to know about al-Shabab, the Somali Islamic extremist group that has claimed responsibility for the attack on Kenya's premier shopping mall that killed dozens of civilians.
Libya's prime minister says that conditions on the ground are not favorable for a successful probe into attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans last year.
A look at the major terror attacks in East Africa, outside of Somalia:
British police have charged two U.K. citizens in an investigation of suspected terrorism in Syria.
Yemeni security officials say clashes between tribes and al-Qaida militants have killed seven people and wounded another eight from both sides.
The U.S. Navy says a helicopter has crashed in the Red Sea and a search is underway for five crew members aboard.
The attack on the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya's capital has killed dozens of people and wounded scores of others. The dead include Africans, Europeans, Asians and North Americans. Here are details about some of the victims.
A 50-member panel tasked with amending Egypt's Islamist-drafted constitution will complete its work by early November, a spokesman for the body said Sunday, wrapping up the first step of a military-backed roadmap in place since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.
The U.S. Embassy in Iraq says it has no information on the whereabouts of seven Iranian dissidents allegedly missing following a deadly shooting on their compound north of Baghdad this month.
The attackers struck at the conclusion of Sunday mass at All Saints Church in Peshawar. One terrorist attacked the entrance of the church, firing a pistol at police guards, killing one, then detonated his suicide vest. A second attacker was already inside and, 30 seconds later, detonated his suicide jacket in the midst of the terrified congregation.
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