China under pressure to curb North's new nuclear project

SEOUL, South Korea - China was under pressure Tuesday to curb the atomic ambitions of its ally North Korea, after Pyongyang's latest nuclear claims sparked international alarm.

Cambodia festival stampede leaves more than 340 dead

PHNOM PENH – A stampede in the Cambodian capital has left more than 340 people dead and hundreds injured after panic erupted at a water festival that had attracted millions of revellers.

Hopes fading in New Zealand mine rescue: police

GREYMOUTH, New Zealand – Hopes were fading for 29 men missing after a New Zealand mine explosion, as a stalled rescue operation entered its fifth day, police said Tuesday.

Haiti counts down to elections in a time of cholera

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti counted down towards weekend elections Monday as the death toll from a spiraling cholera epidemic neared 1,350, fueling debate over delaying the key polls in the quake-hit nation.

Irish bailout triggers election

DUBLIN – Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said on Monday he would call a general election in the New Year once parliament passes a crucial budget at the centre of an international bailout.

Barbara Bush hopes Sarah Palin will stay in Alaska

WASHINGTON - Feisty former first lady Barbara Bush said in an interview airing this week that Republican favorite Sarah Palin, who has hinted at having White House ambitions, should instead stay in her remote wilderness state of Alaska.

North Korea nuclear disclosure sparks international alarm

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's claim to have a working uranium enrichment plant sparked anger Monday in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo, with US officials saying the communist state could use it to build more nuclear bombs.

Indonesian rock star stands trial over web sex videos

BANDUNG, Indonesia - An Indonesian rock star went on trial Monday charged with distributing two homemade sex videos on the Internet, in a case that has shocked and fascinated the country in equal measure.

'Very rare' oxygen bottle cause of Qantas jet blast: probe

SYDNEY, Australia - Australian air safety officials on Monday ruled that a "very rare" oxygen bottle explosion was behind a dramatic mid-air blast which forced the emergency landing of a Qantas flight from Hong Kong in 2008.

NZ mine rescue planning for possible loss of life: police

GREYMOUTH, New Zealand - Rescuers at a New Zealand mine where 29 men are missing after an explosion last week were preparing for "possible loss of life," police said Monday for the first time.