JAPAN'S new trade minister has called his support group's spending at a racy bar "inappropriate" but declined to sell shares in Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant his ministry supervises.
A Palestinian with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded railway station in Jerusalem, killing a three-month-old baby girl and injuring eight people in what police called a terror attack.
UKRAINIAN Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk has warned of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine and ordered a full security mobilisation to prevent terrorist acts being carried out.
AIR strikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists have said as fighting flared yesterday in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.
A CANADIAN soldier standing guard at a war memorial was shot dead before a gunman entered the parliament buildings and opened fire outside a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was hosting a meeting.
ABOUT 200 Hong Kong protesters have marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.