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Hundreds die as desperate migrants head for Europe

TRIPOLI/EISENSTADT, Austria - Libya on Friday recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe while Austria said 71 refugees including a baby girl had been found dead in the back of an abandoned freezer truck.

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Nepal says will not let protests derail constitution

KATHMANDU - Nepal's government has vowed that protests in which 14 people have been killed will not derail a constitutional process that is in the final stretch, even though pressing ahead could further anger ethnic minority groups on the southern plains.

South Asia, Top News 2:18pm IST

U.S., China stress positives ahead of Xi trip

BEIJING - China and the United States stressed the positives in their complex relationship on Friday during meetings between U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Chinese officials ahead of a U.S. visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next month.

4:54pm IST

Japan protests against Chinese media call for emperor's apology

TOKYO - Japan has lodged a protest with China over a call by China's Xinhua state news agency for Japan's Emperor Akihito to apologize for its past military aggression, a Japanese government spokesman said on Friday.

Japan 1:24pm IST

Ending standoff with North Korea boosts South's President Park

SEOUL - Beset by crisis, scandal and a sluggish economy in the first half of her single five-year term, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's approval rating soared in a poll released on Friday after a pact with North Korea brought back the rivals from the brink of conflict.

2:43pm IST

U.N. plans new Libya talks next week in Geneva - official

SKHIRAT, Morocco - The United Nations plans a new round of talks between Libya's warring factions next week in Geneva in an effort to form a unity government and end the country's crisis, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

Libya 5:44pm IST

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