US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said in his State of the Union address that over the next year, another 34,000 US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan.
US regulators have approved CNOOC's $15.1-billion bid to buy Nexen Inc, a deal that will be the biggest overseas takeover made by a Chinese company.
A US Senate panel approved Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense on Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote on his confirmation by the full Senate, possibly this week.
As China celebrates Spring Festival with exuberant displays of fireworks at night, the cost to pay is deteriorating air quality.
Two US police officers were injured in a shoot-out with fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner on Tuesday, according to US media reports.
In 2012, the Chinese central government for the first time allocated 200 million yuan ($32.08 million) to finance non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
China's central government is spending more on helping low-income people, rural residents with poor living conditions as well as vagrants and beggars, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has said.
An international nuclear test monitoring agency said on Tuesday that it had detected an "unusual seismic event" in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
China reported fewer coal mine deaths last year but safety hazards still abound in coal production.
Ireland would order Irish meat processors to carry out DNA tests to reassure consumers worried by the discovery of horsemeat in some beef products.