A Chinese official says more state-owned companies might be spun off as private entities to help improve economic growth but Beijing will keep control of major industries.
Christie's is holding its first art auction in India, aiming to tap into a budding market for prestige purchasing among the country's fast-growing ranks of millionaires.
The U.S. military has sent two prisoners from Guantanamo Bay back to their native Sudan in the third release this month.
Peru says special forces troops have destroyed 20 clandestine landing strips used to fly drugs out of the jungle to Bolivia and Brazil.
Mexican authorities say five teenage students were killed when they were run over by armed men trying to escape from soldiers in a northern border city.
The U.N. General Assembly has approved a resolution criticizing Iran for serious rights violations including torture and its "alarming" and frequent use of the death penalty.
The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution on Wednesday expressing outrage at "widespread and systematic gross violations" by Syrian authorities.
The U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age on Wednesday in the most vocal global criticism of U.S. eavesdropping.
The United States is urging the U.N. Security Council to condemn violence by all parties in Syria and express outrage at Syrian government airstrikes, especially this week's indiscriminate use of heavy weapons in Aleppo that killed more than 100 people.
Five men were killed in a gunbattle with Mexican security forces early Wednesday near a luxury hotel in the popular Gulf of California resort of Puerto Penasco, also known as Rocky Point, authorities said.
Seaborne Airlines is moving its headquarters from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico.
The United States issued a warning on Wednesday to migrants thinking of crossing the border, saying they won't qualify for any potential immigration reform that might be enacted in the U.S.
Greece has cut off state funding for the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party in keeping with a law that requires that punishment for parties accused of criminal activities.
An antique Stradivarius violin that was stolen from its owner at a London railway station in 2010 has fetched almost 1.4 million pounds ($2.3 million) at auction.
Russia's ambassador to Syria says transport planes have delivered trucks provided by Moscow to help dismantle Syria's chemical weapons.
The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned all military activity on the Golan Heights by the Syrian army and opposition fighters warning that it could "jeopardize the ceasefire" between Syria and Israel.
Nigeria's faction-ridden ruling party lost its majority in the House of Representatives as 37 legislators defected to a new opposition coalition Wednesday, in a major blow to President Goodluck Jonathan before 2015 elections.
Tens of thousands of Austrian civil servants have demonstrated for higher wages in Vienna, in a protest that shut down main avenues for hours.
East Timor has launched legal action claiming that Australian agents illegally seized documents from a lawyer who represents the impoverished Asian nation in a dispute over a multibillion-dollar oil-and-gas deal, the International Court of Justice announced Wednesday.
U.S. health authorities have issued a travel advisory for the French Caribbean dependency of St. Martin because of a mosquito-borne viral disease that is apparently being spread locally at the start of the winter tourist season.
The number of bad loans held by Cyprus' largest bank rose sharply to 48 percent in the third quarter of this year from 36 percent at the end of the previous three-month period as the bailed-out country's battered economy continued to shrink.
The United Nations on Wednesday predicted that the global economy will grow by at least 3 percent annually in the next two years following signs of improvement in many regions.
A pair of Nativity Scenes, one in the dining room for prison camp guards, are apparently causing a bit of a stir among a few troops at this remote outpost. The Albuquerque, N.M., Military Religious Freedom Foundation told the Navy Times newspaper that unidentified service members stationed here want two Nativity scenes moved from the base dining rooms, called galleys, to the Guantánamo base chapel.
The U.N. secretary-general says an estimated $1.2 billion worth of cocaine transits through West Africa each year, and the Security Council is expressing "deep concern" about the drug trade's increasing links to terrorist groups.
A former Puerto Rico government official responsible for investigating complaints about how state agencies are run has been charged with corruption.
The military head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo says he is urgently dispatching a unit of U.N. soldiers to a remote location in eastern Congo where a massacre killed 21 people.
A Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged in the Sept. 11 attacks was ejected from court twice Wednesday for a second straight day for refusing a judge's order to stop speaking out to complain about prison conditions.
A Berlin court says it has convicted a 37-year-old German-Syrian dual national of spying on exiled dissidents in Germany for Syria's intelligence services and given him a nine-month suspended sentence.