Republicans to take debate stage in race reshaped by attacks

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican presidential candidates take the debate stage Tuesday night for the first time in a month, their race reshaped by national security threats yet still dominated…

US high school graduation rate ticks up to 82 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. high school graduation rate inched up to 82 percent & the achievement gap narrowed, according to new federal data that raise concern among education officials…

South Africa's ANC rallies round Zuma; Moody's cuts outlook

By Thekiso Lefifi JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa's ruling ANC rallied round President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, rejecting calls for him to stand down after he rocked financial markets last…

Iran's October missile test violated UN ban -expert panel

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The medium-range Emad rocket that Iran tested in October was a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, which makes it a…

Borthwick joins England rugby team as forwards coach

After masterminding Japan's breakthrough performances at the recent Rugby World Cup, Eddie Jones & Steve Borthwick have been reunited in England's restructured coaching set-up. Borthwick, a former England captain, was…

Critics of Thai junta face charges of insulting monarchy

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta is stepping up its offensive against critics, with a military court on Tuesday sentencing a single mother to seven years in jail for posting material…

Dangers for journalists still high in 2015: watchdogs

Journalists faced ongoing threats of jail or abduction for their work in many areas of the world, with China & Egypt imprisoning the largest number of reporters, watchdog groups said…

Top Asian News 5:11 p.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — The president of one of the world's biggest seafood exporters expressed frustration & promised alter Tuesday after saying an Associated Press investigation that linked slave-peeled shrimp to…

Closer Tony Barnette signs 2-year deal with Texas Rangers

DALLAS (AP) — Right-handed closer Tony Barnette has signed a two-year contract with the Texas Rangers after six seasons in Japan. The deal, including a club option for 2018, was…

North Korean girl band cancelled China debut over rumours of tryst between lead singer and Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un's hand-selected girl band Moranbong have called off their much-anticipated performance in Beijing amid rumours their show had to be cancelled because of controversy surrounding an affair between the…