A billboard in Beijing advocates against domestic violence. (AFP)

Battered women in China could finally get a measure of legal protection

The divergent stories of two abused wives, one American, the other Chinese, led to a landmark proposal.

    Palestinian driver rams into Jerusalem tram stop, injuring 5

    The attacker was shot and wounded by police.

    U.S. denounces award-winning cleric who called 9/11 ‘inside job’

    Zakir Naik, an Indian who founded an Islamic TV channel, was given a prize by U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia.

    Islamic State ‘bulldozes’ ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud

    Iraqi government says extremists “defy the will of the world” with the destruction of ancient heritage.

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    Libya’s warring factions take part in U.N.-backed talks in Morocco

    Libya’s warring factions take part in U.N.-backed talks in Morocco

    Negotiations are aimed at reconciling two rival governments and halting a fight that is edging toward civil war.

    Outcry and fear as Pakistan builds new nuclear reactors in dangerous Karachi

    Outcry and fear as Pakistan builds new nuclear reactors in dangerous Karachi

    Critics note that the site is vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and, potentially, terrorist attacks.

    Kerry seeks to assure Arab states over possible Iran nuclear deal

    Kerry seeks to assure Arab states over possible Iran nuclear deal

    Saudi Arabia and its Arab partners in the Persian Gulf view Iran as a regional threat.

    North Korea: Knife attack on U.S. ambassador was ‘deserved punishment’

    North Korea: Knife attack on U.S. ambassador was ‘deserved punishment’

    Mark Lippert received 80 stitches to his face and had severe hand injuries.

    India blocks film about 2012 New Delhi rape case

    India blocks film about 2012 New Delhi rape case

    When the filmmakers interviewed one of the rapists in prison, he blamed the victim of the attack for her death.

    Australia offers Indonesia prisoner swap to stop executions

    Australia offers Indonesia prisoner swap to stop executions

    It’s a last-ditch bid to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers transferred to an island prison.

    China’s new terrorism law provokes anger in U.S., concern at home

    China’s new terrorism law provokes anger in U.S., concern at home

    Obama joins U.S. companies and human rights groups in expressing serious concerns over the new law.

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    Photos from Around the World

    The Day: A greeting for the Pope, television for chimps

    Greeting the Pope, plane skids off LaGuardia runway, TV for chimps and more.

    An explosion of color as Holi begins in India

    Hindu devotees across the country celebrate the coming spring by dancing and decorating themselves with bright powders.

    Best news photos of the week

    A look at some of the top photos from the week’s news.

    Violence persists in Ukraine despite truce

    As part of the cease-fire, government forces and rebels swapped prisoners.

    These incredible murals show how Hugo Chávez lives on in Venezuela

    Followers have covered walls all across the country with colorful murals depicting their charismatic leader who died two years ago.

    Day in photos

    Loggerhead turtle exam, genetically modified mosquitoes, U.S. ambassador attacked in South Korea and more.

    Villarrica volcano erupts

    One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile.

    Turkish Airlines plane skids off runway in Nepal

    No serious injuries were reported after an airbus crashed while landing in the capital of Kathmandu amid slippery conditions.

    Day in photos

    Health-care rallies at the Supreme Court, Prince William visits China, world’s oldest living person and more.

    Dozens missing after Ukraine mine explosion

    A blast in Donetsk, a city held by rebel forces, killed at least one person, with the fate of more than 30 others still unclear.

    Animal views

    Fun and fascinating creatures around the world.

    Iraqi forces launch offensive to retake Tikrit

    Gaining control of the northern city, captured by the Islamic State in June, would be a key step in pushing out the militants.

    Firefighters battle brush blaze in South Africa

    Five houses have been destroyed and dozens of people have been removed from homes.

    Day in photos

    Holi festival in India, rare goblin shark found off the coast of Australia, a mass wedding in South Korea and more.

    Mourning Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov

    Thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the coffin of the slain Russian opposition leader to pay their respects.

    Prince William visits China and Japan

    The British royal took on a diplomatic role in Beijing, presenting President Xi Jinping with a letter from Queen Elizabeth II.