SYDNEY (AFP) - At least two people died when an asylum-seeker boat sank off the Indonesian island of Java and 30 people were rescued, Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.
TOKYO (AFP) - A new island created by a volcanic eruption off Japan's coast is here to stay - for now at least, scientists said on Tuesday, adding the new land mass could withstand erosion for several years.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged China to free Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo as the writer and activist marked five years in detention.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has recognised two former intelligence agents who spent more than 20 years jailed in China after their plane was shot down.
BEIJING (AFP) - A joint Chinese-Brazilian environmental monitoring satellite launched on Monday from northern China failed to enter orbit, state media and experts said, in a rare setback for the country's ambitious space programme.