'Botched' India cataract surgery leaves 15 with sight loss

NEW DELHI, India - At least 15 people in northern India have lost the sight in one eye after having "botched" cataract surgery, local officials told AFP Tuesday.

Faulty rudder system major factor in AirAsia crash off Indonesia: probe

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A fault with the rudder control system was a major factor in the December AirAsia plane crash into the Java Sea that left 162 people dead, Indonesian investigators said Tuesday.

No charges after US boy, 13, shot dead for stealing

CHICAGO, United States - A man who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy as he was stealing from an unlocked car was arrested but US prosecutors declined to press charges, police said Monday.

US says supports Thailand's relationship with China

BANGKOK - The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand said on Monday that the United States supports Thailand's relationship with China, countering suggestions that Thailand has turned to Beijing amid a chill in ties between Bangkok and Washington.

Number of AIDS deaths among young Asians doubles over past decade - U.N.

BANGKOK - The estimated number of adolescents dying of AIDS in the Asia Pacific region has more than doubled since 2005, experts said on Monday, warning of a ''hidden epidemic''.

World headed toward 'suicide' if no climate agreement - pope

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - The U.N. climate conference in Paris is most likely humanity's last chance to thwart global environmental disaster, Pope Francis said on Monday, warning the world was ''at the limits of suicide''.

Nations most at risk of climate change urge lower warming cap

Leaders from a group of 43 countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change called on the first day of U.N. climate talks for a new deal that puts the world on track to limit global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Putin accuses Turkey over IS oil as pilot is returned to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ankara of shooting down a Russian warplane to protect supplies of oil from the Islamic State group to Turkey, after snubbing his Turkish counterpart at a climate conference in France.

With climate at 'breaking point', leaders urge breakthrough in Paris

World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back rising temperatures, with the United States and China leading calls for the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming.

French chefs cook up a storm for climate

France pulled out its culinary big guns Monday for one of the greatest kitchen challenges ever: cooking lunch for the largest one-day gathering of world leaders in history.