A criminal justice bill passed by the Senate would give judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and would boost prisoner rehabilitation efforts and has been hailed by scores of conservative and liberal advocacy groups.
Philippine military officials say communist guerrillas abducted two soldiers and several militiamen and seized several rifles in an attack on an army base in the country's south in the latest flare-up of a nearly half-century-long insurgency.
Japan's top diplomat has urged South Korea's government to make a political decision to bring an end to their recent legal dispute stemming from that country's court rulings on former Korean forced laborers.
Volkswagen says it is changing the pay system for its senior management, dropping personal performance bonuses and increasing the extent to which the company's performance is reflected in variable pay.
Voters have begun casting their ballots are across the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar Wednesday to select a new president in a runoff election that pits two former leaders against each other.
China and the United States have traded barbs again at the World Trade Organization, with the U.S. ambassador accusing China of theft of technology and an envoy from Beijing retorting that the U.S. was "finger-pointing.".
Israel's prime minister is calling on the U.N. Security Council to condemn the "wanton acts of aggression" of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, designate it a terrorist organization and heighten sanctions on it.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Greece violated a prohibition on discrimination by applying Islamic religious law to an inheritance dispute among members of the country's Muslim minority.