South Africa suspended a senior foreign ministry official yesterday after a charter plane carrying nearly 200 guests for the wedding of a family with close ties to President Jacob Zuma used an Air Force base without military permission.
Kazakhstan has condemned any form of terrorism and and said it is co-operating with the United States after two of its citizens were charged with interfering with the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing.
NORTH Korea has sentenced US citizen Kenneth Bae to 15 years' hard labour for what it said were crimes against the state, a move that will likely see him used as a bargaining chip in talks with Washington.
Workers hit by lower living standards and record high unemployment have staged May Day protests across Europe, hoping to persuade eurozone governments of the case for easing austerity measures and boosting growth.
WASHINGTON: The US Trade Representative's office has designated Ukraine a "foreign priority country," the worst label in its annual report on how well countries around the world protect US patents, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property rights.
BOSTON: Three additional suspects have been taken into custody in the investigation into last month's bombings at the Boston Marathon, the city's police department has said in its official Twitter feed.
BEIJING: China's top newspaper has warned some government officials were avoiding new President Xi Jinping's instructions to be frugal by taking banquets and other lavish displays underground, including hiding liquor in water bottles.
The European Union is considering trade action against Bangladesh, which has preferential access to EU markets for its garments, to pressure Dhaka to improve safety standards after a building collapse killed 402 workers last week.
NEW YORK: The musical Kinky Boots, with music by pop star Cyndi Lauper, led the nominations of Broadway's highest honours, the Tony awards, yesterday with 13, closely followed by British import Matilda with 12.