Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it.

UN envoy: New Iraq government plans to uproot IS extremists

Iraq's new government plans to intensify efforts to uproot cells of the Islamic State extremist group and introduce "robust measures" to achieve sustainable security throughout the country, the country's U.N. envoy said Tuesday.

Macedonia to seek arrest in Hungary of former prime minister

Macedonia will seek the arrest with an international warrant of conservative former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski after confirming he fled to Hungary to avoid serving a two-year prison sentence for corruption, authorities said Tuesday.

Lebanese premier accuses Hezbollah of blocking government

Lebanon's prime minister-designate on Tuesday accused Hezbollah of hindering the formation of a new government six months after parliamentary elections were held, a reflection of growing tensions amid serious concerns over the country's faltering economy.

Coalition, Yemen rebels agree on informal truce

An informal agreement to reduce hostilities between Saudi-led coalition forces and rebels in and around Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeida has taken hold, military officials said Tuesday, in a move that could be a prelude to peace talks that would end the ruinous war in the poorest Arab country.

North Korean defector on Kim Jong Un’s “lies,” surviving torture, and supporting Trump policy

Concerns are increasing that North Korea is deceptively surging ahead with its ballistic missile program – despite historic diplomacy negotiations with the United States – according to satellite imagery released last week, which purports to show sixteen covert bases. For one of North Korea’s most outspoken activists, there is only one solution to his homeland’s problem.

Mahathir slams Myanmar’s Suu Kyi for handling of Rohingya

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed sharply criticized Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday for her handling of an ethnic crisis that led to mass killings and the exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from her country.