The Philippine defense secretary said Thursday it is highly unlikely his country will allow the U.S. military to use it as a springboard for freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China.
A surprise decision by Russia to sell a fifth of its state-controlled oil company to, among others, a Swiss company has raised questions about the impact of Western sanctions and who is behind the deal.
Hungary's prime minister is urging the Hungarian minority in Romania to vote in Sunday's parliamentary election there and "speak up for their own interests." Prime Minister Viktor Orban spoke Thursday during a visit to western Romania, home to a large Hungarian minority.
A human rights group says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men.
A Greek court has rejected the extradition request by Turkey of the last two of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July military coup in Turkey, their lawyer Christos Mylonopoulos says.
President Bashar Assad said in comments published Thursday that Syrian forces' victory in the battle for Aleppo will be a "big gain" for his government but that it will not end of the country's civil war.
Roman Catholic Church authorities in Poland have announced the successor to the retiring archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who had been personal secretary to the late Pope St. John Paul II, a native of Poland.