BEIJING - Cross-border human trafficking for forced labor and prostitution is a growing problem along China's southern border, officials said Friday at a conference on the issue.
EDINBURGH, Scotland - The Bush administration has decided to tone down its appeals to NATO allies for more troops and other aid in the fight against the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.
BEIJING - Sirens sounded and students stood at attention Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's notorious wartime massacre of civilians in the Chinese city of Nanjing.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities arrested five ethnic Indian activists Thursday under a security law that allows indefinite detention without trial, a lawyer said.
LISBON, Portugal - European Union leaders signed a new treaty on Thursday that would give the 27-nation bloc a long-term president and streamline its decision-making process.
MOSCOW - Russia and Iran reached agreement Thursday on a schedule for finishing construction of a nuclear power plant that plays a central role in the international tensions over Iran's atomic program, Russian news agencies reported.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Mortar rounds slammed into the biggest market in Mogadishu on Thursday and gunbattles erupted across the city, killing 17 people hours after a government official said radical Muslims had regrouped and were poised to launch a massive attack.
ALGIERS, Algeria - Two convicted terrorists who had been freed in an amnesty carried out the suicide bombings at U.N. and government buildings that killed 37 people, an Algerian security official said Thursday.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Pervez Musharraf will lift Pakistan's state of emergency only after changing the constitution to ensure he cannot be hauled before a court, a senior official said Thursday, as lawyers held more protests against the retired general.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's new president reacted angrily Thursday to U.S. charges that a suitcase full of Venezuelan cash seized by customs was intended to finance her campaign, calling it an example of ''garbage in international politics.''
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Pirates freed a Japanese tanker and its 22 crew members apparently unharmed off the Somali coast Wednesday, a U.S. Navy spokesman said. A man who claimed he was one of the pirates said a ransom was paid for the release.
ROME - Italy's truck drivers agreed Wednesday to call off a protest that has blocked highways for three days, causing shortages of gasoline, medicines and perishable foods across Italy, government officials said.
ATHENS, Greece - Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed central Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki on Wednesday as a general strike to protest government plans to reform the country's debt-ridden pension system brought Greece to a standstill.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - More than 50 Taliban fighters who fled a key southern Afghan town were killed in a two-day battle as the militants tried to attack a nearby government center, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia (AP) - Convicted serial killer Robert ''Willie'' Pickton won't be eligible for parole for a minimum of 25 years, the maximum penalty allowed by law, a judge ruled Tuesday after hearing gripping testimony from victims' relatives.
NAPA, Calif. - A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to rupture, sparked fires and buckled roads.
MIAMI - Tropical Storm Cristobal is moving erratically north-northeastward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast.
KENYA - An estimated 100,000 elephants in Africa have been killed by poachers from 2010-12, according to a new peer reviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The killings have increased as a result of the growing demand for ivory sold on the black-market in China and other Asian countries.
ATLANTA - At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.