{FD} East Timor vote highlights young nation’s uneven progress

Almost two dozen parties are contesting parliamentary elections in East Timor this weekend that are likely to return independence heroes to power despite frustration in the young democracy with lack of economic progress and warnings the country could be bankrupt within a decade.

{FD} North Korea firing squad carries out public executions in school yards, report says

Kim Jong Un's brutal North Korean regime shot so-called "criminals" to death in school yards and fish markets in a twisted attempt to create an "atmosphere of fear" throughout the dictatorship, a Wednesday report from a human rights group revealed.

{FD} Philippines cancels talks with communist rebels amid attacks

The Philippine government scrapped preliminary peace talks with communist rebel leaders in Europe due to continuing guerrilla attacks, including new violence Wednesday that killed a government militiaman and wounded at least four presidential guards in the country's south, officials said.

{FD} China, Tunisia call for new efforts to stabilize Libya

The foreign ministers of China and Tunisia are calling for new efforts to reach a negotiated peace in Libya and prevent the unstable North African nation from dissolving into a humanitarian disaster on a level with Syria.