- Rodman in NKorea to prep for game on leader's Bday
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday to meet leader Kim Jong Un and put the finishing touches on plans to bring 12 ex-NBA players to Pyongyang for a Jan. 8 exhibition game marking the leader's birthday. Rodman said the game is on track despite the recent execution of Kim's uncle in a dramatic political purge.
- India demands that US drop case against diplomat
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's foreign minister demanded Thursday that the United States drop a case against an Indian diplomat who was arrested and strip-searched after being arrested in New York City for alleged visa fraud.
- Markets take Fed tapering in stride
LONDON (AP) — Investors around the world were largely unfazed Thursday by the surprise decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve to reduce its monetary stimulus. Most breathed a sigh of relief that the decision was accompanied by a commitment to low interest rates for a while yet.
- China building fourth Antarctic base
BEIJING (AP) — Burgeoning scientific power China is starting construction on its fourth Antarctic research base to enhance work on climate change and other fields.
- Thai protesters cause gridlock with mass picnic
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's anti-government protesters returned to Bangkok streets Thursday, turning one of the capital's major intersections into a lunchtime picnic spot in their bid to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office.