Japan's parliament condemns North Korea rocket launch

Japan's parliament has condemned North Korea's long-range rocket launch, calling it a serious provocation against international peace and demanding the communist nation immediately stop such activity.

Frowning masks and whips highlight Carnival in Brazil town

Far from the glitz and glamour of Rio de Janeiro's famous Sambadrome parades, people in this northeast Brazilian town put a frown on their Carnival celebration.

Gas blast injures 5 migrants held captive in Mexico house

A gas explosion ripped through a house where dozens of abducted migrants were being held captive in a city on the Texas border Monday, injuring five people, two of them gravely, Mexican authorities said.

Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls

Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration has descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies.

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