The number of foreign arrivals to Thailand hit a record high of 3.5 million in December 2017, jumping 16 percent year on year.
The two Koreas agreed on Wednesday (January 17th) to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and field a united women's ice hockey team for the Games in a further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula.
A plane with 168 people aboard skidded off a runway onto a seaside cliff after landing at an airport in northern Turkey at the weekend, but no one was injured in what one passenger called a "miracle".
Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced.
A high-level South Korean delegation left on Tuesday (January 9th) for rare talks with North Korea after months of tensions over the North's nuclear weapons programme, with Seoul's chief delegate vowing to work towards improving long-strained ties.
While much of the U.S. is in deep freeze, Sydney is smouldering under its most severe heatwave in 80 years.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday (January 3rd) welcomed the reopening of a hotline between North and South Korea, and voiced hope for more diplomatic initiatives to end the peninsula's nuclear standoff.
Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday (January 2nd) "to make a difference," the body's president said.
On Christmas Eve, U.S. President Donald Trump took calls from children, asking them what they wanted most from Santa, and revealing what was on his own wish list.
Cuban President Raul Castro will step down in April 2018 straight after his successor is chosen by a top governing council, according to a vote on Thursday (December 21st) in the island state's National Assembly.
Saudi Arabia will begin issuing tourist visas in the first quarter of 2018, its top tourism official said, a first for the kingdom as it undergoes major economic and social reforms.
An Amtrak passenger train travelling on a new route for the first time derailed on Monday (December 18th) in Washington state, killing "multiple" people as cars plunged off a bridge onto a busy highway at the height of morning rush hour, officials said.
The Trump administration put new requirements in place on Friday for the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, including that they use U.S. counterterrorism data to screen travelers, officials said.
British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May in a key Brexit vote on Wednesday (December 13th), asserting their authority over the EU exit process by demanding a final say on the divorce deal.
Saudi Arabia on Monday (December 11th) lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (December 6th) said he would seek a new six-year term in the country's March elections.
(VNF) - Life in the seas risks irreparable damage from a rising tide of plastic waste, Lisa Svensson, UN oceans chief has warned.