North Korea conducted a nuclear test today, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the US Geological Survey.
North Korea's powerful politburo has vowed to continue firing "powerful long-range rockets," but a statement made no mention of Pyongyang's promise to conduct a nuclear test.
North Korea appeared to have carried out a threatened nuclear test on Tuesday, with international monitoring agencies reporting a seismic event near the site of Pyongyang's nuclear test site.
The US Geological Survey has detected a magnitude 4.9 earthquake in North Korea. It isn't immediately clear whether North Korea has conducted its widely anticipated third nuclear test.
Scientists in Japan said Tuesday the earth tremor measured in the northest of the Korean peninsula was "different from a normal earthquake", reports said.
Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants clashed fiercely with a larger rebel group they had long coexisted with, leaving at least 21 combatants dead in the southern Philippines, police said today.
Finance minister P Chidambaram Wednesday hoped that parliament would by the end of this year approve the constitutional amendment needed to introduce the goods and services tax (GST) regime.
The death toll from floods in Indonesia's capital has climbed to 14 after searchers pulled three more bodies from the waters.
Eleven people have died in flood-related incidents in Jakarta, and more than 18,000 people were forced to leave their homes, Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said today.
Another monk has committed self-immolation in Tibet, the Tibetan government-in-exile said in Dharamsala today.
Fresh analysis of new satellite imagery confirms apparent North Korean preparations for an imminent long-range missile test -- perhaps as early as next week -- a US think tank said today.
President Barack Obama met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today, in the highest-level exchange between the two sides since the US election and an engineered power transfer in China.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today held bilateral talks with Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei.
Meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Phnom Penh today, outgoing Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao remarked that it was their 14th meeting in eight years, and probably also the last time the two met officially.
Israel’s defence minister said Tuesday that the country had interpreted Iran’s conversion of some enriched uranium to fuel rods for civilian use as evidence that Iran had delayed ambitions to build a nuclear weapon.