Somalia forces, Shebab in fierce fight over strategic island

Somalia`s al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels on Saturday launched a major offensive against a strategic island in the south of the country, causing heavy casualties, witnesses said.

Asylum-seekers kept at sea by Australia to seek compensation

A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel will seek compensation for their treatment, their lawyers said Monday.

Alcatraz, an island of no escape

Rama Sreekant tells you about her bone-chilling experience at the island of Alcatraz, an icon of American criminal culture and history

Australia denies "offensive" accusations Sri Lanka asylum seekers ill-treated

Australia on Wednesday rejected accusations of mistreatment by Sri Lankan asylum seekers returned to the island nation, saying the move sent a strong message to those thinking of following in their footsteps.

Series of quakes strike off South Pacific islands: USGS

A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the South Pacific islands of Wallis and Futuna in the early hours today, following another powerful earthquake off Tonga.

South Korea holds island live-fire drill, ignores Japan protest

The South Korean navy held a rare live-fire drill near a set of disputed islands on Friday, brushing off angry protests from co-claimant Japan, which called the exercises "deplorable".

China`s Taiwan policy chief to make first visit to island

The head of China`s Taiwan affairs office is to make his first-ever visit to the island, Taiwanese officials announced today, in a further sign of warming ties between the mainland and its former bitter rival.

Nicol David looks to lift Malaysian spirits

Malaysia`s world number one Nicol David warned competition was now tougher than ever as she sets out to defend her title at the world women`s championships on her home island of Penang.

Brazilian island experiences worst drought in 50 years

Almost 340 km out to sea, where one can no longer see the Brazilian coast, the island of Fernando de Noronha, a natural paradise protected by the country`s environmental laws, is suffering through its worse drought of the past 50 years, a dry spell that has virtually exhausted the island`s only fresh water spring, officials said.

Angelina Jolie did not buy `heart-shaped island` for Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie has not bought beau, Brad Pitt a heart-shaped island for his 50th birthday, it has been confirmed.

Severe cyclone in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Several hundreds of people have been evacuated as a severe cyclonic storm with windspeed of above 110 KMPH hit Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday night.

Island shared by China and Russia may be submerged

An island shared by China and Russia may get submerged in the next 10 days due to continuous downpours and water discharges from a reservoir along their border, officials said.

Five persons stuck on Rajasthan island rescued

Five persons, stuck on a small island in Parvati river in Kota district following flash floods, were on Monday airlifted by the Army.

Japan to boost surveillance after China`s airspace intrusion

Japan said it will strengthen the surveillance power of its Air Force, a day after the first-ever intrusion into the country`s airspace by a Chinese government aircraft.

`China-Japan island row could turn into military clash`

The row over the disputed East China Sea islands "could easily veer into a serious military clash", a state-run Chinese daily warned.

Chinese plane spotted over disputed islands, Japan protests

In an incident that could further fuel tensions between Beijing and Tokyo, a Chinese airplane entered the Japanese airspace over disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

`Over 80 pc Japanese feel no friendship towards China`

More than 80 percent of Japanese feel no friendship towards China, a new survey has found.

`China lacks confidence in its own rise`

An editorial in the Global Times said that a rising China has encountered a difficult time as provocations from outside escalate.

Be prepared for combat: Chinese general

A senior Chinese general has urged the Army not to be slack and be prepared for any possible military combat.

China sends 2 armed ships to Senkaku islands controlled by Japan

China has strongly criticised the purchase of three disputed islands in the East China Sea by Japan.