November 1, 2014
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  • 28/09/2014 | Argentina

    ‘It is the first time an int’l institution will investigate vulture funds’

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman praised the resolution passed at the United Nations Human Rights Council condemning US hedge funds that took Argentina to court. The official pointed out that it is the first time the so called vulture funds will be subjected to an investigation by an international institution.

  • 05/10/2014 | Argentina

    Vulture funds 'undermine development, make workers suffer' - UN Advisory Committee head

    The head of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee to investigate US hedge funds that took Argentina to court, Swiss expert Jean Ziegler, said that the speculative funds “undermine development (of debtor countries) and make workers suffer.”

  • 08/10/2013 | Argentina

    Microsoft awards over $100,000 to expert for finding bugs

    James Forshaw, who heads vulnerability research at London-based security consulting firm Context Information Security, won Microsoft's first $100,000 bounty for identifying a new "exploitation technique" in Windows, which will allow it to develop defenses against an entire class of attacks, the software maker said.

  • 05/11/2013 | Argentina

    US Senate panel approves intelligence authorization bill

    A US Senate panel approved its annual authorization of funding for intelligence operations, including measures to increase spy agencies' ability to prevent leaks of classified information like those by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 11/09/2014 | Argentina

    Banks warn they'll head to London if Scotland quits UK

    The battle for the hearts and heads of the Scottish people intensified as two banks said they would shift their registered head offices to London if Scotland voted to break away from the United Kingdom in a referendum next week.

  • 10/09/2013 | Argentina

    S&P reduces Argentina’s debt note

    Standard & Poor's cut its long-term sovereign foreign currency credit rating on Argentina to CCC-plus from B-minus in the wake of a US appellate court upholding an order for Buenos Aires to pay holdout investors on unrestructured debt.

  • 24/09/2013 | Argentina

    CFK demands answers over AMIA attack

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner referred during the 68th United Nations assembly to the AMIA attack in 1994, asking the new president of the middle-eastern nation to give a definitive response over the accord signed almost a year ago.

  • 04/07/2013 | Argentina

    Pope Francis meets with Scioli, urges him to 'fight against wild capitalism'

    Pope Francis met with Buenos Aires province governor Daniel Scioli at the Santa Marta residence in Vatican City and urged him to fight "against wild capitalism."

  • 25/07/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina sends condolences to Spain after train tragedy

    The national government expressed the “more sincere and deep condolences”, as result of the train accident where at least 80 people lost their life, and more than 178 were hurt.

  • 24/08/2013 | Argentina

    Hedge funds celebrate US Court ruling: ‘Argentina is not above the law’

    Hedge funds celebrated the decision by the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, denying the payment strategy presented by the national Government to cancel an unpaid debt from 2001.

  • 19/03/2012 | Argentina

    World Bank considering additional US$3 billion credit for Argentina

    President Cristina Fernández de Kircher met with the World Bank’s regional vice president for Latin America Hasan Tuluy for over an hour in the Government House and discussed with him the possibility of increasing Argentina’s credit for an additional $3 billion. 

  • 16/08/2012 | Argentina

    'The world is falling apart and no one can escape it,' Marcó del Pont

    The Central Bank governor Mercedel Marcó del Pont warned on Thursday that “the world is falling apart and no one can escape it,” although she said people must “move faster and come up with the right predictions in order to minimize the effects of the crisis.”

  • 25/08/2012 | Argentina

    'Argentina is gaining autonomy in a difficult world,' Feletti

    National deputy for the Victory Front caucus Roberto Feletti said today that “Argentina is gaining autonomy in the face of a difficult world,” and sustained that with the current policies in place, “the Government is moving in the right direction.”

  • 13/04/2011 | Argentina

    World Bank doesn't doubt Argentine stats

    By Liliana Franco, from Washington DC.- Traditionally, Latin America has always been one of the main interests in the yearly meetings, usually due to the economic crises that the region was facing: high indebtedness, heterodox economic policies, social inequality and labour rigidity among others. Now, however, it is interesting that the region has been labeled “an example” due to the way it dealt with the crisis.

  • 21/06/2011 | Argentina

    World media takes notice of CFK's announcement

    Media outlets around the world took notice of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s decision of seeking reelection, which she announced this afternoon while addressing the nation on live television.

  • 23/10/2011 | Argentina

    World media reacts to news of CFK's landslide win

    News sites across the globe reacted to the news of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s landslide victory, with which she will begin a second term until 2015. Opinions on the news of the head of State’s reelection were varied, with some attributing her win to the country’s economic recovery, while others focused on her widowhood gaining her votes.

  • 29/10/2014 | World

    US health officials attend Ebola meeting in Cuba

    US government officials joined health experts from throughout the Americas at an Ebola conference in Cuba, the latest show of cooperation between the historic adversaries on fighting the disease.

  • 30/10/2014 | World

    Apple's Tim Cook says 'proud to be gay'

    Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he wanted to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation.

  • 30/10/2014 | World

    Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist

    Israeli police today shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.

  • 27/10/2014 | World

    New York City hospital says boy tests negative for Ebola virus

    A 5-year-boy who recently visited West Africa tested negative for the Ebola virus, said the New York City Health Department and the city hospital where he underwent screening.

  • 28/10/2014 | World

    Texas nurse leaves hospital Ebola-free

    A Texas nurse who contracted Ebola in the United States will be released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after being found free of the virus, the hospital said.

  • 28/10/2014 | World

    Thousands mourn at funeral of Canadian soldier slain

    Thousands of mourners packed a church and lined the streets outside it in industrial Hamilton, Ontario, today for the funeral of the soldier shot dead in last week’s attack on the nation’s seat of government.

  • 26/10/2014 | World

    Britain ends combat role in Afghanistan, last US Marines hand over base

    British troops ended their combat operations in Afghanistan today as they and US Marines handed over two huge adjacent bases to the Afghan military, 13 years after a US-led invasion launched the long and costly war against the Taliban.

  • 26/10/2014 | World

    Designer Oscar de la Renta's funeral to be private New York affair

    Oscar de la Renta, the renowned fashion designer who died on Monday at the age of 82, will be buried at a private funeral in New York early next month.

  • 27/10/2014 | World

    Top Canada officials to face Parliament questioning after attacks

    Top Canadian security officials are due to testify today before a parliamentary committee about threats facing the nation in the same building where a man described as an homegrown militant opened fire last week as Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with lawmakers.

  • 25/10/2014 | World

    US FDA issues emergency authorization for two new Ebola tests

    Federal health regulators granted emergency authorization today for two new tests made by BioFire Defense that detect Ebola in humans, highlighting new steps by the government to prevent a severe outbreak in the United States.

  • 26/10/2014 | World

    Pro-Europe parties enjoy big election win in Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has hailed a sweeping victory for pro-Europe parties in an election, saying the vote showed people backed his plan to end a separatist conflict, his pro-Western course and democratic reforms.

  • 26/10/2014 | World

    US diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

    The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, arrived in Guinea's capital Conakry to see first hand how the global response is failing to stop the deadly spread of Ebola in West Africa.

  • 24/10/2014 | World

    Attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 30 security personnel

    Two attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed 30 security personnel today, security sources said, in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

  • 25/10/2014 | World

    Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State

    Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.

  • 25/10/2014 | World

    Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai

    Egypt is considering expanding the jurisdiction of military courts and displacing thousands of residents to enlarge a military buffer zone near the border with the Gaza Strip following an attack on security forces in the area.

  • 23/10/2014 | World

    Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls in Nigeria

    Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses to the attack said, despite talks aimed at freeing more than 200 other female hostages the militants seized in April.

  • 23/10/2014 | World

    Massive gold nugget goes on sale for $400,000 in San Francisco

    A 5-pound gold nugget dug up in Northern California this past summer and believed to be the largest privately held piece of its kind from the state was offered for sale at $400,000 today.

  • 24/10/2014 | World

    Libyan army claims control of large Islamist camp in Benghazi

    Libya's army and its allies have taken control of one of the largest camps of Islamist forces in the eastern city of Benghazi, military officials said today.

  • 22/10/2014 | World

    Active shooting in Canadian Parliament

    A gunman shot and wounded a Canadian soldier in Ottawa and then entered the country's parliament buildings chased by police, with at least 30 shots fired, according to media and eyewitness reports.

  • 22/10/2014 | World

    Palestinian driver kills baby in Jerusalem attack

    A baby died and eight other people were hurt when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians at a Jerusalem light railway stop, then police shot the driver as he fled, police and a hospital official said.

  • 23/10/2014 | World

    Canada's PM vows crackdown after fatal attacks

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country's fight against "terrorist organizations" abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city.

  • 22/10/2014 | World

    Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of US prisoner, restates terms for talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards de-nuclearisation.

  • 22/10/2014 | World

    Hong Kong protests continue after talks fail

    About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader today to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.

  • 22/10/2014 | World

    Behind the scenes of Snowden documentary 'Citizenfour'

    US documentary maker Laura Poitras has found herself in many a risky situation in Iraq and Yemen. But she never felt in as much danger as when she was filming Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel while he prepared to blow the whistle on massive secret surveillance programs run by the US government.

  • 21/10/2014 | World

    Canadian soldier dead after hit by suspected 'radicalized' driver

    One of two Canadian soldiers run down by a car driven by a suspected Islamic militant has died, police said, the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.

  • 21/10/2014 | World

    Francis to visit Turkey as Christians flee IS persecution

    Pope Francis will travel to Turkey next month, the Vatican said today, his first visit to the predominantly Muslim country which has become a refuge for Christians fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants in neighbouring Syria and in Iraq.

  • 21/10/2014 | World

    Spanish nurse infected with Ebola officially cleared of disease

    The Spanish nurse infected with Ebola in Madrid while caring for a priest who later died of the virus has been cleared of the deadly disease after testing negative two times in a row, doctors said on Tuesday.

  • 20/10/2014 | World

    Second royal baby due date confirmed for April

    The second child of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate is due to be born in April, his office announced.

  • 20/10/2014 | World

    US airdrops weapons, medicine to Kurds

    The US Central Command said US Air Force C-130 aircraft had dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to allow the Kurdish fighters to keep up their resistance in the town which is called Kobani in Kurdish and Ayn al-Arab in Arabic.

  • 21/10/2014 | World

    Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies

    Oscar de la Renta, one of the most sought-after fashion designers of the last half century, dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his classic silhouettes, died today at the age of 82.

  • 19/10/2014 | World

    Texas lab worker on cruise tests negative for Ebola

    A Dallas hospital lab worker who spent much of a cruise holiday in isolation after possible exposure to Ebola has tested negative for the disease, and in Texas some of the dozens of people still being monitored were expected to be cleared today and tomorrow.

  • 19/10/2014 | World

    Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

    The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as Islamic State fighters attacked Kurdish defenders with mortars and car bombs, sources in the town and a monitoring group said.

  • 20/10/2014 | World

    Nigeria declared 'Ebola-free'

    The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola virus today after six weeks with no new cases, an achievement with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus.

  • 19/10/2014 | World

    Church should not fear change, Francis says at synod close

    Pope Francis today closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to reach out to homosexuals and divorced people, saying the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.

  • 19/10/2014 | World

    Nigerians doubtful of girls' release after Boko Haram truce breached

    A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents.

  • 19/10/2014 | World

    Catalans crowd Barcelona to call for early elections

    Tens of thousands of Catalans crowded central Barcelona today calling for early regional elections after plans for a November 9 referendum on independence from Spain were declared illegal by Madrid.

  • 18/10/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Poroshenko says it's agreed interim gas price with Russia

    Ukraine's and Russia's leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said today.

  • 19/10/2014 | World

    North and South Korea exchange gunfire at border in latest clash

    North and South Korea exchanged gunfire when the North's soldiers approached the military border and did not retreat after the South fired warning shots, the South Korean Defence Ministry said.

  • 19/10/2014 | World

    Hong Kong clashes erupt despite imminent talks

    Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police.

  • 17/10/2014 | World

    UN Security Council urges stronger campaign against Islamic State

    The United Nations Security Council today pushed for a bombing campaign in Iraq against Islamic State militants and associated extremist groups to be strengthened and expanded.

  • 18/10/2014 | World

    Hong Kong democracy street battles rage on despite imminent talks

    Violent clashes erupted in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week.

  • 18/10/2014 | World

    US-led coalition jets strike Kobani, ISIS shells hit Turkey

    US-led coalition jets pounded suspected Islamic State targets at least six times in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani today after the fiercest shelling in days by the insurgents shook the town's centre and hit border areas within Turkey.

  • 16/10/2014 | World

    Malaysia, Venezuela, Angola, N. Zealand, Spain win UN Council seats

    Venezuela, Malaysia, Angola and New Zealand won seats on the United Nations Security Council today for two years from January 1, 2015, while Spain beat Turkey in a third round of run-off voting.

  • 16/10/2014 | World

    Ramped-up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Syrian town

    Two days of heavy air strikes by US warplanes slowed an advance by the Islamic State against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani.

  • 17/10/2014 | World

    Courts knock down gay marriage bans in Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming

    Barriers to gay marriage fell in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming following a series of federal court actions in the latest in a series of legal victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America.

  • 15/10/2014 | World

    US believes several hundred militants killed in Syria strikes

    The US military believes it has killed several hundred Islamic State fighters in air strikes in and around the Syrian town of Kobani. The coalition had conducted 21 attacks on the militants over Monday and Tuesday.

  • 15/10/2014 | World

    Obama promises more aggressive Ebola response in United States

    The US leader pledged federal officials would oversee the response to Ebola cases in that country in a more aggressive way, and said the Centers for Disease Control would send a "SWAT team" to any hospital encountering a new case of the disease.

  • 16/10/2014 | World

    Iran says 'progress in all fields' made in Vienna nuclear talks

    Iran's foreign minister said that progress was made in "very difficult" nuclear talks with top US and EU diplomats this week when possible solutions were discussed, sources who attended his briefing for Iranian media said.

  • 14/10/2014 | World

    Obama administration claims US citizen died fighting in Syria

    US government agencies are investigating claims that a US citizen fighting with the Islamic State militant group died recently in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

  • 14/10/2014 | World

    Hong Kong tensions rise as police use pepper spray on protesters

    Hundreds of Hong Kong police used pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters in the early hours of Wednesday to clear a major road that had been barricaded with concrete slabs, heightening tensions in the financial hub.

  • 15/10/2014 | World

    Cameron says Britain should stand up for Hong Kong rights

    Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain should stand up for the rights of people in Hong Kong, a former British colony, after more than two weeks of protests over Chinese restrictions on how the island chooses its next leader in 2017.

  • 12/10/2014 | World

    Cyclone Hudhud blasts India, at least five dead

    Cyclone Hudhud blasted India's eastern seaboard with gusts of up to 195 km per hour, uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least five people despite a major evacuation effort.

  • 12/10/2014 | World

    At least 17 arrested in protests against police violence in St. Louis

    Riot-gear clad police arrested at least 17 people after they refused orders to disperse from a spontaneous sit-in outside a convenience store in St. Louis during a weekend of otherwise peaceful protests against police violence.

  • 14/10/2014 | World

    Twitter allows money transfer

    One of France's largest banks launched a service today to allow its customers to transfer money to other people via tweets on social network Twitter.

  • 12/10/2014 | World

    Putin orders Russian troop withdrawal from Ukrainian border

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after military exercises in Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, the Kremlin said, in a sign of some tension easing before a key meeting next week.

  • 12/10/2014 | World

    New US Ebola case caused by breach of care protocol

    A breach of care protocol caused a healthcare worker in Texas looking after a patient sick with Ebola to contract the disease, a top US medical official said.

  • 12/10/2014 | World

    Signs of hope for Spanish nurse with Ebola

    Spanish health authorities have said there were signs of hope for a nurse infected with Ebola in Madrid as the levels of the virus in her body were diminishing, though they also said she remained in a serious condition.

  • 11/10/2014 | World

    Kurds urge more air strikes in Kobani

    While Islamic State has been able to reinforce its fighters, the Kurds have not. Islamic State has besieged the town to the east, south and west, meaning the Kurds' only possible supply route is the Turkish border to the north.

  • 11/10/2014 | World

    US Defense Secretary sees long-term fight against Islamic State

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today that the embattled Syrian city of Kobani was a very difficult problem but added that air strikes had made some progress in driving back Islamic State militants.

  • 12/10/2014 | World

    Texas health worker tests positive for Ebola

    A health worker in Texas at the hospital where the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died last week has tested positive for the deadly virus in a preliminary test, the state's health department said.

  • 10/10/2014 | World

    Global Ebola fears spread after false alarm in Vegas

    A commercial plane was briefly quarantined on a Las Vegas airport tarmac today, sending airline shares down as worldwide fears increased that Ebola could spread outside West Africa, where it has killed more than 4,000 people.

  • 10/10/2014 | World

    Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Idaho

    A county clerk in Idaho began issuing the state's first marriage licenses to gay couples today, after the US Supreme Court lifted a temporary hold it imposed days earlier, capping a week of victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America.

  • 11/10/2014 | World

    Bombings kill 45 in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad and outskirts

    At least 45 people were killed in bombings in Baghdad and its rural outskirts today as the government continued to defend the capital against jihadists who four months ago seized major cities in northern Iraq.

  • 09/10/2014 | World

    IS takes over Syrian town despite air strikes

    Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces nearby looked on without intervening.

  • 09/10/2014 | World

    Britain to start screening passengers for Ebola

    Britain said it would start screening passengers entering the country through London's two main airports and the Eurostar rail link with Europe for possible cases of the Ebola virus.

  • 10/10/2014 | World

    Turkey to support training, equipping Syrian opposition

    Turkey has agreed to support the training and equipping of moderate opposition groups in Syria, the US State Department said today, saying a US military planning team would visit Ankara next week to further talks on the matter.

  • 09/10/2014 | World

    Palestinian unity gov't meets for the first time

    Palestinian technocrat prime minister Rami Hamdallah arrived in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip today and convened the first meeting of a unity government there since a brief civil war in 2007 between Hamas and forces loyal to the Fatah party.

  • 09/10/2014 | World

    Health of Spanish nurse with Ebola worsens

    The health of the 44-year-old Spanish nurse with Ebola has worsened, a hospital official said today, without giving further details.

  • 08/10/2014 | World

    Dallas Ebola patient on ventilator, kidney dialysis

    The Ebola patient fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital is on a ventilator and a kidney dialysis machine to help stabilize his health, the hospital.

  • 08/10/2014 | World

    WB estimates financial impact of Ebola at $32.6 bln in Africa

    The regional impact of West Africa's Ebola epidemic could reach $32.6 billion by the end of 2015 if it spreads significantly beyond the worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Bank.

  • 07/10/2014 | World

    Turkey says Syrian town about to fall as Islamic State advances

    Turkey's president said the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani was "about to fall" as Islamic State fighters pressed home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes.

  • 07/10/2014 | World

    Canada lawmakers approve air strikes against Islamic State

    Canadian legislators today approved government plans to send fighter jets to Iraq, where they will take part in US-led air strikes against Islamic State militants for up to six months.

  • 08/10/2014 | World

    UN medic tests positive for Ebola in Liberia

    An international medical official with the UN Mission in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is receiving treatment, the UN said today.

  • 07/10/2014 | World

    Four hospitalised in Spain after first Ebola transmission outside Africa detected

    Four people have been hospitalised in Spain to try to stem the spread of Ebola after a Spanish nurse became the first person in the world known to have contracted the virus outside of Africa. Twenty-two people who came into contact with the nurse are being monitored, health authorities said.

  • 07/10/2014 | World

    Pope Francis to visit France next year

    Pope Francis will be travelling to France next year, the Vatican has announced, giving no further details.

  • 07/10/2014 | World

    Putin celebrates 62th birthday in Siberian wilderness

    Russian president Vladimir Putin decided to celebrate his 62th birthday in the Siberian taiga (a vast forested area) away from the supporters who created tributes in his honour across the country.

  • 06/10/2014 | World

    Ebola patient arrives in US, man in Dallas remains 'critical'

    The fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa arrived in the United States for treatment on Monday as the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus on US soil fought for his life at a Dallas hospital, officials said.

  • 06/10/2014 | World

    Spanish nurse tests positive for Ebola in Madrid

    The Spanish nurse who treated priest father Manuel García Viejo, who died in a hospital in Madrid after being airlifted from Sierra Leone, has tested positive for the disease in initial tests, becoming the first case of infection in the European continent.

  • 05/10/2014 | World

    Dallas Ebola patient 'fighting for his life,' US health official says

    The Ebola patient hospitalized in Dallas is "fighting for his life," a top US health official said, a day after the man's condition worsened from serious to critical.

  • 06/10/2014 | World

    Hong Kong democracy protests fade, activists strive to keep up the campaign

    Pro-democracy protests in Chinese-controlled Hong Kong subsided as students and civil servants returned to school and work after more than a week of demonstrations, but activists vowed to keep up their campaign of civil disobedience.

  • 06/10/2014 | World

    British NHS 'at breaking point'

    British National Health Service (NHS) is at “breaking point” and its “founding principles” are at stake “under the twin crises of rising demand and flat-lining budgets”, a coalition of leading doctors, nurses and charity bosses warned.

  • 05/10/2014 | World

    British hostage freed in Libya

    A British man who had been held hostage by militants in Libya has been released, the British Foreign Office said.

  • 05/10/2014 | World

    Francis opens synod, urges bishops to stop in-fighting

    Pope Francis opened a global Roman Catholic assembly showing his apparent irritation with Church leaders who have waged a sometimes bitter public battle between progressives and conservatives on family issues.

  • 05/10/2014 | World

    Swedish woman world's first to give birth after womb transplant

    A Swedish woman has become the world's first to give birth after having a womb transplant, opening up the possibility for thousands of infertile women to have babies, the doctor in charge of the research project said.

  • 04/10/2014 | World

    Ebola patient in Dallas takes turn for worse

    The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States took a turn for the worse, slipping from serious to critical condition, as health officials reported fielding scores of possible cases around the country that proved to be false alarms.

  • 04/10/2014 | World

    Ebola ruled out for ill passenger escorted off plane in Newark

    US disease-control agents in biohazard suits removed a sick passenger and his daughter from a United Airlines jet that landed today in Newark, New Jersey, but federal health officials later said they had ruled out Ebola as a concern.

  • 05/10/2014 | World

    Hong Kong student leaders urge protesters to regroup

    Student leaders in Hong Kong called on pro-democracy supporters today to decamp from outlying protest sites and join the bulk of demonstrators in the heart of the Asian financial centre as they gear up for a potential showdown with police.

  • 03/10/2014 | World

    ISIS beheads British hostage in new video

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video today that purported to show the beheading of a man it identified as British citizen Alan Henning.

  • 03/10/2014 | World

    Obama 'strongly condemns' killing of British citizen

    US President Barack Obama strongly condemned the killing of British citizen Alan Henning by Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria and said the United States would seek to bring his killers to justice.

  • 03/10/2014 | World

    Tensions surge in Hong Kong protests amid scuffles, signs of backlash

    Fresh scuffles broke out between Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters and opponents of the week-long demonstrations, reigniting concerns that the Chinese-controlled city's worst unrest in decades could take a violent turn.

  • 02/10/2014 | World

    Health officials say up to 100 possibly exposed to US Ebola patient

    Up to 100 people may have had direct or indirect contact with the first person diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States, and four people have been quarantined in a Dallas apartment, health officials have said.

  • 02/10/2014 | World

    Dubai detectives to use Google Glass to fight crime

    Dubai police plan to issue detectives with Google Glass hands-free eyewear to help them fight crime using facial recognition technology, a police spokesman in the wealthy Gulf Arab emirate said.

  • 02/10/2014 | World

    Hong Kong leader refuses to resign but offers talks with protesters

    Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying defied pro-democracy protesters' demands to step down, with pressure also increasing from Leung's backers in Beijing over one of the most serious political challenges they have faced in decades.

  • 01/10/2014 | World

    Kim Jong-Un reappears after ankle surgery reportedly for wearing heels

    The mistery of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un failure to appear in public in over a month has come to an end, after local State TV, in a rare admission, acknowledged its leader was ill and showed footage of him limping.

  • 02/10/2014 | World

    Philippines IS militants threaten to behead German hostage

    Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militants in the Philippines said they will kill one of two German captives on October 17 unless their demands are met.

  • 02/10/2014 | World

    Prince Williams warns papparazzi against 'harassing' baby George

    Britain's Prince William has warned two photographers against trailing his baby son George during walks in London parks with his nanny, saying their behaviour amounted to "harassment".

  • 30/09/2014 | World

    New video of IS hostage John Cantlie released

    A new footage featuring British Islamic State’s hostage John Cantlie, the third in the so called “Lend me your ear” propaganda series, has been released today. Dressed in an orange suit, the hostage speaks against US president Barack Obama and criticizes US “disappointingly predictable” action against the militants.

  • 30/09/2014 | World

    Wave of attacks in Shi'ite parts of Baghdad kill 35

    At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad today, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

  • 01/10/2014 | World

    Queen Elizabeth looking to hire bubble-gum cleaner

    England’s Queen Elizabeth II has posted an official advert for a “bubble-gum remover” to “arrange for the removal of chewing gum” left by guest at the Historic and State Apartments.

  • 29/09/2014 | World

    Hong Kong protesters defy Beijing with calls for democracy

    Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub today, one of the biggest political challenges for China since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago.

  • 30/09/2014 | World

    Francis summons M. East envoys to discuss IS

    Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a response to the crisis, the Vatican said.

  • 30/09/2014 | World

    Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies, fear fresh police advance

    Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets today, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.

  • 28/09/2014 | World

    Khorasan leader killed by US strike in Syria

    A Twitter account run by an Qaeda member said the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Khorasan group was killed in a US air strike in Syria, SITE monitoring service said today, following several days of uncertainty over whether he survived the raid.

  • 28/09/2014 | World

    Air France pilots end strike

    Air France pilots decided to end to a two-week strike that crippled the French airline. "I can confirm that the SNPL (the airline's main union) has decided to put an end to the strike," Julien Doboz, spokesman for the sister Air France pilot union SPAF, said.

  • 28/09/2014 | World

    Ex Pope Benedict attends Francis' Mass for elderly

    Elderly people, including former Pope Benedict, attended a gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican, where Pope Francis denounced the neglect and abandonment of the old as "hidden euthanasia".

  • 27/09/2014 | World

    Russia accuses US, allies of bossing world around

    Russia used its annual appearance at the UN General Assembly today to accuse the United States and its Western allies of bossing the world around, complaining they were attempting to dictate to everyone "what is good and evil."

  • 27/09/2014 | World

    Thousands rally in Hong Kong as democracy campaign heats up

    Tens of thousands of people massed in the heart of Hong Kong today to demand more democracy, as tensions grew over Beijing's decision to rule out free elections in the former British colony.

  • 28/09/2014 | World

    Hong Kong democracy protesters defy tear gas, baton charge

    Riot police advanced on Hong Kong democracy protesters in the early hours of Monday, firing volleys of tear gas after launching a baton-charge in the worst unrest there since China took back control of the former British colony two decades ago.

  • 26/09/2014 | World

    Palestinian president urges 'firm timetable' to end occupation

    There is no value in peace talks with Israel unless the goal is ending its 47-year occupation of the Palestinian territories within a "firm timetable", Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly today.

  • 26/09/2014 | World

    Russia's Lavrov questions legality of US airstrikes on Syria

    Russia questioned today the legality of US and Arab air strikes in Syria to target Islamic State militants because the action was taken without the approval and cooperation of Moscow's ally Damascus.

  • 26/09/2014 | World

    Iran and six powers make little progress in nuclear talks

    Iran and six world powers made little progress today in overcoming significant disagreements in the most recent round of nuclear talks, including on uranium enrichment, Iranian and Western diplomats close to the negotiations said.

  • 25/09/2014 | World

    Germany: We've never been so close to nuclear deal with Iran

    Six world power have never been so close to a deal with Iran that would resolve the decade-long nuclear standoff once and for all, but the final phase of the negotiations will be the hardest, Germany's foreign minister said.

  • 25/09/2014 | World

    UK parliament set to approve Iraq air strikes against Islamic State

    British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to win approval from parliament to join US led air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq at a specially convened session on Friday.

  • 26/09/2014 | World

    ISIS tightens siege of Syria border town; more Europeans join alliance

    Islamic State fighters tightened their siege of a town on Syria's border with Turkey today despite US-led air strikes aimed at defeating the militants in both Syria and Iraq, in a coalition which has now drawn widespread European support.

  • 25/09/2014 | World

    Iran blames 'errors' of outsiders for rise of ISIS

    Iran President Hassan Rouhani blamed the rise of the Islamic State group and other militants on "certain intelligence agencies", saying the solution to stopping them must come from the Middle East region itself and not the West.

  • 25/09/2014 | World

    US Attorney General Holder to stay until successor in place

    Eric Holder is stepping down but has agreed to stay on until a successor is named and confirmed.

  • 25/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine prime minister Yatseniuk says Russians 'want us to freeze'

    The prime minister of the Kiev government accused Russia of attempting to freeze Ukraine in the coming winter by using natural gas as a weapon to subjugate the former Soviet Republic.

  • 24/09/2014 | World

    Obama to the UN: 'IS must be destroyed'

    US President Barack Obama vowed at the United Nations today to keep up the military pressure on Islamic State militants and urged those who have joined the extremist group in Iraq and Syria to "leave the battlefield while they can."

  • 24/09/2014 | World

    Splinter IS group behead kidnapped Frenchman in Algeria

    Algerian militants have released a video that appears to show them beheading Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped on Sunday, in what the group said was a response to France's action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

  • 25/09/2014 | World

    Iraqi Prime Minister says IS planning attacks on Paris, US subways

    Iraq has received "credible" intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to launch attacks on subway systems in Paris and the United States, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said today.

  • 23/09/2014 | World

    Australia counter-terror police kill man after two officers stabbed

    Australian police said they shot dead an 18-year-old man after he stabbed two counter-terrorism officers, just days after sweeping raids involving hundreds of police thwarted what they said was an imminent plot to behead a member of the public.

  • 24/09/2014 | World

    Brazil’s Rousseff calls for Security Council reform in UN speech

    Following the opening remarks by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff was the first head of state to address the General Assembly today. She called for a “relaunching of global economy” and a “true reform” of the UN Security Council.

  • 24/09/2014 | World

    BlackBerry bets on squares with new 'Passport' smartphone

    BlackBerry launched an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport today as it embarked on what may be the most critical phase of its long turnaround push.

  • 23/09/2014 | World

    Obama vows to fight, build coalition against IS

    US President Barack Obama vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State fighters following the first US-led airstrikes targeting the militant group in Syria, and pledged to build even more international support for the effort.

  • 23/09/2014 | World

    US predicts Ebola cases could reach between 550,000-1.4 million by January

    Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus by January 20, 2015, according to a report issued on Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • 23/09/2014 | World

    Three killed in US shooting at UPS facility

    A man in a United Parcel Service uniform fatally shot two workers and then killed himself at a UPS facility in Birmingham, Alabama, police said.

  • 22/09/2014 | World

    New Zealand's PM calls for flag change referendum, pushes to remove Union Jack

    New Zealand may vote next year on changing its flag, newly re-elected prime minister John Key has said, as the country looks to assert an identity independent of colonial ties to Britain.

  • 22/09/2014 | World

    Over 10 million new iPhones sold in three days

    Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays.

  • 23/09/2014 | World

    Francis calls for int'l cooperation on migration

    Pope Francis called for countries to join forces to help the rising number of migrants, thousands of whom have died this year on perilous journeys to flee poverty and war.

  • 21/09/2014 | World

    Russians protest against war in Ukraine

    Thousands of Russians marched in protest against the armed conflict in Ukraine in the first major anti-war rally since the start of the standoff between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels.

  • 22/09/2014 | World

    IS calls for attacks against US, French, Canadian, Australian citizens

    Islamic State urged its followers to attack citizens of countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said the intervention by the US-led coalition would be the "final campaign of the crusaders."

  • 22/09/2014 | World

    Germany's Merkel 'impressed' with French reforms

    The German chancellor said after meeting French premier Manuel Valls that she was impressed by the number of reforms Paris had launched, but deferred to Brussels on the halting French efforts to reduce its public deficit.

  • 21/09/2014 | World

    Catalonia president to call for independence vote 'in the next days'

    The president of Spain's Catalonia region said he would formally call "in the next days" for a vote on independence from Spain which has been scheduled for November 9.

  • 21/09/2014 | World

    Afghan presidential rivals sign power-sharing deal

    Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates signed a deal to share power after months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the nation at a crucial time as most foreign troops prepare to leave.

  • 21/09/2014 | World

    Iran Judiciary gives gov't a month to block social media

    Iran's hardline judiciary has given the government one month to block WhatsApp and other popular instant messaging services, as pressure mounts on reformist President Hassan Rouhani to scale back his social and political liberalisation.

  • 19/09/2014 | World

    Kiev, rebels agree to extra measures to ensure Ukraine ceasefire

    Pro-Russian separatists and representatives from Kiev and Moscow agreed today on further measures to ensure a cease-fire between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.

  • 21/09/2014 | World

    Pope: 'Let no one consider themselves the 'armor' of God'

    Francis strongly criticized Islamist militants during a one-day visit to Albania, an impoverished Balkan country hailed by the pontiff as a model of inter-faith harmony because of good relations between its majority Muslim community and its Christian denominations.

  • 21/09/2014 | World

    Salmond says Scottish 'tricked' out of independence

    Alex Salmond, the defeated leader of Scotland's nationalists has accused Prime Minister David Cameron and other London politicians of tricking Scottish voters out of independence by making a false "vow" about granting them new powers.

  • 18/09/2014 | World

    US Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

    The US Senate approved Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants today, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group.

  • 18/09/2014 | World

    Obama says Congress vote shows Americans united against Islamic State

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday that strong bipartisan support in the US Congress for the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants.

  • 19/09/2014 | World

    White House press and staff allowed back in after brief evacuation

    White House staff and reporters returned to the building after being briefly evacuated tonight because of an intruder on the grounds, a Reuters witness said.

  • 18/09/2014 | World

    Scots vote against independence in four small constituencies

    Scotland voted against breaking apart the United Kingdom in four small constituencies, early referendum results showed, as Scots agonized over the fate of their country following a divisive independence campaign.

  • 18/09/2014 | World

    IS beheading plot thwarted in Australia

    Militants connected with radical group Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, after hundreds of police raided homes in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation.

  • 18/09/2014 | World

    Amazon unveils six new, upgraded Kindles Inc ramped up its push into hardware with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet.

  • 16/09/2014 | World

    Britain pledges Scotland more funds than England ahead of vote

    Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence.

  • 16/09/2014 | World

    Ban Ki-moon backs US air strikes against IS

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries with the capacity to do so to take decisive action against Islamic State militants, who have taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria. He praised recent US strikes for "helping the UN and other actors to (...) save a lot of human lives."

  • 17/09/2014 | World

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a very rare and aggressive type of cancerous tumor in his abdomen, his doctor said today, adding he would start chemotherapy treatment within days.

  • 15/09/2014 | World

    US calls for 'strong, robust and united' UK

    The White House weighed in carefully on the Scottish independence referendum, saying Washington would respect the outcome of the vote but would prefer the United Kingdom to remain "strong, robust and united."

  • 16/09/2014 | World

    Argentine cardinal's car reportedly used to transport drugs

    A car with diplomatic plate belonging to Argentine Cardinal Jorge María Mejía was intercepted on Sunday at the French Alps with four kilograms of cocaine and 200 grams of marihuana, France’s judiciary authorities have reported.

  • 16/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine ratifies landmark EU association pact

    Ukraine's parliament has ratified a landmark agreement on political association and trade with the European Union, the rejection of which last November by then President Viktor Yanukovich led to his downfall.

  • 15/09/2014 | World

    Record pre-orders for new iPhones

    Apple Inc said it received a record four million first-day pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning many customers will have to wait until October for their new phones.

  • 15/09/2014 | World

    Sanctions are testing Russia's strength, says Medvedev

    Russia's strength is being tested by sanctions imposed by the West and the country must react in a level-headed way, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told members of the country's ruling party, United Russia.

  • 15/09/2014 | World

    About 500 migrants believed drowned off Malta coast

    Some 500 migrants are believed to have died in the Mediterranean after traffickers rammed their boat off Malta's coast last week, the International Organisation for Migration said today.

  • 14/09/2014 | World

    Ukraine says NATO countries have begun arms deliveries

    Ukraine's defence minister said today that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • 15/09/2014 | World

    US says Arab countries will help fighting IS, UK remains cautious

    Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • 15/09/2014 | World

    ‘There are no specific threats against the Pope’

    Ahead of Pope Francis trip to Albania this weekend, and as Italian news report Albanian authorities’ concern about Muslim militants returning from Iraq and Syria might pose a threat to the Pontiff, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi no extra security measures have been taken to protect the Pontiff.

  • 14/09/2014 | World

    Pro-democracy activists stage 'black cloth' march in Hong Kong

    Thousands of pro-democracy activists clad in black marched silently through Hong Kong, holding banners saying they felt betrayed and angry at Beijing's refusal to allow fully-democratic elections for the city's next chief executive in 2017.

  • 14/09/2014 | World

    US citizen sentenced to hard labour in N. Korea

    North Korea sentenced US citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country.

  • 14/09/2014 | World

    Pope Francis marries couples who cohabited, had children

    Pope Francis married 20 couples, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants the Catholic church to be more open and inclusive.

  • 12/09/2014 | World

    Obama says need to 'snuff out' militant groups like Islamic State

    President Barack Obama said the goal of an international coalition he is helping to form is to "ultimately snuff out" the type of extremism demonstrated by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

  • 13/09/2014 | World

    ISIS video purports to show beheading of UK hostage David Haines

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video today which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

  • 14/09/2014 | World

    Britain's Cameron calls emergency meeting for Haines murder

    Britain's PM David Cameron chaired a meeting of the government's emergency response committee under growing pressure to sanction air strikes after an Islamic State video showed the beheading of a British hostage.

  • 12/09/2014 | World

    US raises estimate of number of ISIS fighters

    The US intelligence community has sharply raised its estimate of the number of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria to between 20,000 and 31,500, from its estimate in June of about 10,000.

  • 12/09/2014 | World

    US intensifies sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions to punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine.

  • 12/09/2014 | World

    Russia wins delay in EU, Ukraine trade pact

    The European Union and Ukraine agreed today to delay the implementation of their free-trade pact until the end of next year in a concession to Russia, which had complained its industry would be hurt by the deal.

  • 11/09/2014 | World

    Kerry wins Arab states' support for US campaign against Islamic State

    The United States signed up Arab allies today to a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier.

  • 11/09/2014 | World

    Russia faces new sanctions over Ukraine crisis

    European Union governments agreed to begin their new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis on Friday but could lift them next month if Moscow abides by a fragile truce, while the United States prepared its own fresh sanctions.

  • 12/09/2014 | World

    Kerry says comfortable US will form broad anti ISIS coalition

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was comfortable that the United States would form a broad-based coalition to fight Islamic State militants but said it would not be appropriate for Iran to be involved in the efforts.

  • 11/09/2014 | World

    Russia warns fight against IS 'must comply with international law'

    The fight against Islamist militants should only be carried out in compliance with international law and with respect for the territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.

  • 11/09/2014 | World

    Obama, victims' relatives remember 9/11 attacks

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  • 11/09/2014 | World

    IMF says markets could fall if Scotland leaves UK

    A decision by Scotland to break away from the United Kingdom next week could prompt negative market reaction in the short-term due to uncertainty over the country's future economic policies, the IMF said.

  • 10/09/2014 | World

    'Armed patriots' secure US borders in Texas

    The Patriots, a group of heavily armed private citizens, use displays of force to intimidate people attempting to cross the border illegally. Since early summer the Patriots have patrolled an area near Brownsville, Texas.

  • 10/09/2014 | World

    Obama orders US airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

    President Barack Obama told Americans he had authorized US airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

  • 10/09/2014 | World

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with tumor

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who gained global notoriety after a well-publicized battle with addiction, has been admitted to hospital with a tumor in his abdomen.

  • 09/09/2014 | World

    Syrian blast kills Ahrar al-Sham leader

    An explosion killed the leader of one of Syria's most powerful Islamist insurgent groups Ahrar al-Sham, the group said, and an organisation that monitors violence in the civil war said at least 28 of its senior commanders had died.

  • 09/09/2014 | World

    China deploys troops to UN force to protect South Sudan oilfields

    China has begun deploying 700 soldiers to a UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan to protect oil fields and Chinese workers amid a rebellion in the African country, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • 10/09/2014 | World

    US Kerry arrives in Iraq to back newly formed gov't in battle against IS

    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad today in an unannounced stop on a Middle East anti-jihadist tour to build military, political and financial support to defeat Islamic State militants controlling parts of Iraq and Syria.

  • 08/09/2014 | World

    Pope Francis: ‘God is not a magician. He is the Creator!’

    Francis dedicated his homily to Creation today saying that “God is not a magician, He is the Creator.” The Pontiff pointed out that God gave men “an autonomy that is freedom.”

  • 08/09/2014 | World

    Pope accepts resignation of Irish Cardinal involved in abuse scandal

    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the Vatican said, drawing a line under a career plagued by accusations that he kept quiet about the sexual abuse of children by clergy.

  • 08/09/2014 | World

    Jack the Ripper identified from DNA traces

    Jack the Ripper, a serial killer who terrorised London in the 1880s, has finally been identified from DNA evidence from the blood-soaked shawl of one of his victims, according to a new book.

  • 07/09/2014 | World

    Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli police

    Scores of Palestinians rioted in East Jerusalem after hearing that a youth from their neighbourhood had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Israeli police last week.

  • 07/09/2014 | World

    Greece unearths two sculpted female figures in major discovery

    Archaeologists have unearthed two sculpted female figures, known as Caryatids, as they slowly make their way into an ancient tomb recently discovered in Greece's northeast, the country's culture ministry said.

  • 08/09/2014 | World

    US expands air strikes against IS

    US warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam today, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement.

  • 05/09/2014 | World

    Plane carrying Americans leaves Iran for Dubai

    A chartered aircraft carrying about 100 Americans from the US airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan, has left for Dubai after it was diverted to Iran because of issues with its flight plan, a US official and the Fly Dubai airline said.

  • 06/09/2014 | World

    Greek PM announces cuts to crisis era taxes

    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced cuts to unpopular taxes introduced at the height of Greece's debt crisis, in a bid to show that over four years of austerity are finally nearing an end.

  • 06/09/2014 | World

    Artillery attack challenges ceasefire in east Ukraine

    Ukrainian government forces came under artillery fire today near the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, in the first serious violation of a ceasefire declared only about 30 hours earlier.

  • 04/09/2014 | World

    Syrian raids kill eighteen IS foreign jihadists

    Eighteen foreign fighters from the Islamic State, including an American jihadist, were killed in a Syrian air raid on a town near the militant group's main stronghold city of Raqqa in eastern Syria, a human rights monitoring group said.

  • 05/09/2014 | World

    Plane from Afghanistan landed in Iran over 'flight plan issue'

    A charter aircraft flying from the US airbase at Bagram in Afghanistan to Dubai was re-routed to Bandar Abbas, Iran, because of "issues with the flight plan," a US State Department official said.

  • 05/09/2014 | World

    Sotloff lauded at Florida service as journalist 'committed to truth'

    Nearly 1,000 people including relatives, friends and prominent Florida politicians attended a memorial service for Steven Sotloff, who was killed by Islamic State militants, recalling him as a journalist committed to revealing the truth.

  • 02/09/2014 | World

    Australian PM Abbott doesn't rule out boots on ground in Iraq

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott declined to rule out sending combat troops to support US air strikes in Iraq, amid a growing confrontation with radical Islamists who have seized large swaths of that country and neighbouring Syria.

  • 03/09/2014 | World

    France says cannot deliver first helicopter carrier to Russia

    France will not deliver the first of two helicopter carriers to Russia for now because of Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine, the French president's office said.

  • 03/09/2014 | World

    Putin unveils Ukraine ceasefire plan

    President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine but Ukraine's prime minister dismissed the proposal, while France expressed its disapproval of Moscow's support for separatist forces by halting delivery of a warship.

  • 02/09/2014 | World

    Internally displaced number more than doubles in Ukraine

    The number of internally displaced people in eastern Ukraine amid the fighting around Donetsk, Luhanks and neighbouring towns has more than doubled in the past month, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said.

  • 02/09/2014 | World

    US strikes Somali militant camp in bid to kill al Shabaab leader

    A US military airstrike in Somalia has targeted the leader of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, but officials added it may take time to determine whether Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed.

  • 02/09/2014 | World

    Obama sending more troops to protect US Embassy in Baghdad

    President Barack Obama has ordered about 350 more troops to Baghdad to protect the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the White House said.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    Pro-Russian rebels claim first attack on Ukrainian ship

    Ukraine said one of its naval vessels came under artillery attack from the shore, in what pro-Russian rebels claimed as the first sea victory of their separatist war.

  • 01/09/2014 | World

    Louis Vuitton pioneer Carcelle dies aged 66

    Yves Carcelle, an energetic, self-made man who headed Louis Vuitton for more than two decades until 2012, died of cancer. He was 66 years old.

  • 01/09/2014 | World

    Britain condemns Israel's West Bank appropiation

    The British government has said it deplored an Israeli decision to appropriate a large swathe of land inside the occupied West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    Putin calls for 'statehood' talks between rebels, Kiev

    President Vladimir Putin called for meaningful talks between pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and the Kiev government on issues including "political organisation and statehood" to protect people.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    Israel claims West Bank land for possible settlement use

    Israel announced a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    At least 4 killed as Paris building collapses in blast

    A building in a Paris suburb collapsed after an explosion on Sunday morning, killing two children and two women, and teams were searching the rubble for four other people still missing by evening.

  • 30/08/2014 | World

    Health workers strike at major Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone

    Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, hospital staff told reporters today, a further blow to efforts to contain the deadly virus.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    Moscow, Kiev agree on troops swap

    Ukraine and Russia swapped soldiers who had entered each other's territory near the battlefield in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev says Moscow's forces have come to the aid of pro-Russian insurgents advancing for an assault on a major port.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    China closes the door on full Hong Kong democracy

    China's parliament has said it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests in the city's Central business district by disappointed democracy activists.

  • 29/08/2014 | World

    UN was told Golan peacekeepers seized ‘for their protection’

    The United Nations said it had been informed that the Islamist militants who seized 44 Fijian peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights did so "for their own protection" and that all the detained blue-helmeted soldiers are safe.

  • 30/08/2014 | World

    UN Philippines peacekeepers rescued from militants in Golan

    Thirty-two UN peacekeepers were rescued today from Islamist militants who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, the United Nations said.

  • 30/08/2014 | World

    Iraqi, Kurdish forces in bid to break Islamic State siege of town

    Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said.

  • 28/08/2014 | World

    UN says 43 Golan Heights peacekeepers seized by Syria militants

    A group of 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been detained by militants fighting the Syrian army, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said.

  • 28/08/2014 | World

    Obama stops short of calling Russia actions in Ukraine an invasion

    President Barack Obama said the United States and its allies would look for ways to expand economic sanctions on Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of moving troops into southeastern Ukraine, but he stopped short of calling the recent Russian aggression an invasion.

  • 29/08/2014 | World

    UN tries to locate Fijian peacekeepers seized on Golan Heights

    UN officials shuttled along the rocky frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, trying to establish the whereabouts of 44 United Nations peacekeepers seized by al-Qaeda-linked militants inside Syria.

  • 27/08/2014 | World

    Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel captured by rebels

    Syrian jets shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year, rebels and residents said.

  • 28/08/2014 | World

    Hamas leader says Gaza only 'milestone to reaching our objective'

    Hamas will not cease resisting Israel until all its demands are met, the group's overall leader Khaled Meshaal said, adding the latest Gaza conflict was only "a milestone to reaching our objective".

  • 28/08/2014 | World

    Israel first lady visits Tregerman family

    Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the family of Daniel Tregerman, the 4-year-old with Argentine roots who was killed by a Hamas mortar last Friday.

  • 27/08/2014 | World

    Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion

    Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday's talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis.

  • 27/08/2014 | World

    Syria chemical arms team to disband Sept. 30

    A joint mission of the United Nations and the global anti-chemical arms watchdog that has overseen the destruction of Syria's toxic gas stocks will shut down on Sept. 30 though a successor unit will continue investigating, the UN chief said.

  • 27/08/2014 | World

    US seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

    The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said.

  • 26/08/2014 | World

    Captured Russian soldiers video clouds Putin-Poroshenko first meeting

    Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers today, only hours before the two countrie's presidents were due to meet for the first time, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow's alleged backing for separatist rebels in the east of the former Soviet republic.

  • 26/08/2014 | World

    Ex-banker named economy minister in French cabinet reshuffle

    President Francois Hollande has replaced his maverick leftist economy minister with a former Rothschild partner in a reshuffle intended to reconcile his efforts to revive the stagnant French economy with deficit-cutting orthodoxy.

  • 27/08/2014 | World

    IMF's Lagarde under investigation in French fraud probe

    IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister.

  • 25/08/2014 | World

    US Army's Fort Lee clears reported 'active shooter incident'

    Following a report of an “active shooter incident” earlier today in US Fort Lee Army base in King George County, Virginia, the authorities cleared the incident through its Facebook verified account saying a female soldier "turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself."

  • 25/08/2014 | World

    Media reports warn Francis has become target of IS terrorists

    Pope Francis has become a target by Islamic State (IS) terrorists, as part of the group’s plan against the West, the Roman newspaper Il Tempo reported, citing Italian secret service and Israeli sources.

  • 25/08/2014 | World

    Scientist grow fully functional organ in living mice

    A team of scientist from the University of Edinburg have created a fully functional organ for the first time by reprogramming and then injecting cells into living mice, in a breakthrough that could be used in the future in organ transplants.

  • 24/08/2014 | World

    Britain reveals close to identifying Foley beheading suspect

    Britain is close to identifying a suspected British national shown beheading US journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic State militants, the British ambassador to the United States has said.

  • 24/08/2014 | World

    US hostage missing since 2012 freed in Syria

    Kidnappers in Syria today freed a US journalist missing since 2012 following Qatari efforts to win his release.

  • 25/08/2014 | World

    US journalist missing since 2012 freed in Syria

    Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria freed an American writer missing since 2012 following what officials said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state of Qatar to win his release.

  • 24/08/2014 | World

    Netanyahu warns civilians to leave as Israel destroys 13-storey building in Gaza

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower.

  • 24/08/2014 | World

    British Ebola victim leaves Sierra Leone for Britain

    A Royal Air Force plane carrying a British healthcare worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone - the first Briton to catch the deadly virus - took off from the capital Freetown bound for Britain.

  • 24/08/2014 | World

    Iran says it shoots down Israeli drone

    Iran said it had shot down an Israeli spy drone that was heading for its Natanz nuclear enrichment site, Iranian media reported.

  • 23/08/2014 | World

    Obama orders review of US police use of military hardware

    US President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • 24/08/2014 | World

    Defiant Ukraine celebrates national day as war rumbles on

    Armoured vehicles and soldiers paraded in Kiev in a defiant national day display of military power that President Petro Poroskenko said was being mobilised for an historic war of independence from Russia.

  • 24/08/2014 | World

    Largest quake in 25 years hits San Francisco, injures dozens

    A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked wine country north of San Francisco early today, injuring dozens of people, two of them seriously, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa.

  • 22/08/2014 | World

    Fed's Yellen calls for caution on rates; Draghi says ECB ready to act

    The Federal Reserve should move cautiously in deciding when to raise interest rates given the US labor market remains bruised from the Great Recession, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said amid calls from policy hawks for a near-term rate hike.

  • 22/08/2014 | World

    National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Missouri town

    National Guard troops began departing Ferguson, Missouri, in a sign authorities are increasingly confident they have quelled the worst of the violence that erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager.

  • 23/08/2014 | World

    “I just want peace”, says mother of 4 –year-old Daniel Tregerman

    By Damian Pachter Staff

    After the death of her four –year-old son Daniel, Gila Tregerman called today for a peaceful solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and stated “I just want peace,” during a phone conversation with the

  • 21/08/2014 | World

    Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen', Pentagon

    The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, US military leaders said.

  • 22/08/2014 | World

    Washington Post editorial board no longer using word 'Redskins'

    The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word "Redskins" when referring to Washington's football team, it announced, saying the term denigrates Native Americans.

  • 22/08/2014 | World

    UN Security Council urges defeat of ISIS

    "This incident is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists face every day in Syria," it said. "It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL (Islamic State), which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people."

  • 21/08/2014 | World

    Hamas official admits group abducted Israeli teens

    A top Hamas official said members of his militant group kidnapped three Israeli teenagers whose deaths in June provoked a spiral of violence that led to the war in Gaza, the first acknowledgement of the movement's involvement.

  • 21/08/2014 | World

    Ebola-stricken US doctor treated with experimental drug to be discharged

    An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged today by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with an experimental drug.

  • 21/08/2014 | World

    Flights to Libya cancelled after war jets attacks

    Tunisia and Egypt's Cairo airport cancelled most flights to and from Libya, officials said, days after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli.

  • 20/08/2014 | World

    Death toll from Ebola outbreak reaches 1,350

    The death toll from the Ebola oubreak in West Africa has risen to 1,350, the World Health Organization said today, with 106 new deaths reported between August 17-18 in three countries.

  • 20/08/2014 | World

    Liberian police open fire against people trying to break out of quarantine

    Police in the Liberian capital Monrovia fired live rounds and tear gas to disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying to break out of a quarantine imposed on their neighbourhood because of the Ebola virus, witnesses said.

  • 20/08/2014 | World

    Fed debates merits of earlier rate hike given US jobs gains

    The US Federal Reserve hinted that a surprisingly strong jobs market recovery could lead it to raise interest rates earlier than it had been anticipating.

  • 19/08/2014 | World

    Kiev recovers bodies from civilian convoy attacked by artillery strike

    Fifteen bodies have been recovered from the site of an artillery strike on a refugee bus convoy in east Ukraine, but further operations have been suspended due to renewed fighting in the area, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

  • 19/08/2014 | World

    Islamic State says beheads US journalist

    Islamic State insurgents released a video purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

  • 20/08/2014 | World

    US Attorney General visits Ferguson after protests

    US Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson, Missouri, hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in the 11th straight night of demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

  • 19/08/2014 | World

    Israel, Palestinians seek deal before ceasefire ends

    Israel and the Palestinians struggled to reach a lasting deal in Egyptian-mediated talks before a day-long extension of a Gaza ceasefire runs out.

  • 19/08/2014 | World

    31 arrested in Ferguson 'heavy gunfire'

    Police came under "heavy gunfire" and 31 people were arrested, authorities said, during racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days ago.

  • 19/08/2014 | World

    Gaza truce collapses, Netanyahu orders negotiators home

    A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed, with Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel, prompting Israeli air strikes that health officials said killed a woman and a young girl.

  • 18/08/2014 | World

    Gunmen takes 250,000 euros from Saudi prince in Paris

    Armed robbers attacked a Saudi Arabian prince's convoy in Paris on Sunday night, police said, taking what the victims told police was around 250,000 euros in cash and some sensitive documents.

  • 18/08/2014 | World

    Unarmed Ferguson black teen shot six times, autopsy shows

    The black teenager whose killing by a white police officer has set off a week of protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, was struck by at least six bullets, a lawyer for the deceased's family said.

  • 18/08/2014 | World

    Kiev accuses rebels of attacking civilian convoy, killing dozens

    Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed fleeing fighting in eastern Ukraine when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said.

  • 18/08/2014 | World

    Pope urges Korean reconciliation, reaches out to China

    Pope Francis called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula and sent a further message of goodwill to China, wrapping-up a five day trip to South Korea and the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years.

  • 18/08/2014 | World

    WHO request Ebola-hit countries to screen all departing travellers

    Authorities in countries affected by Ebola should check people departing at international airports, seaports and major border crossings and stop any with signs of the virus from travelling, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

  • 18/08/2014 | World

    Lawmakers quit Pakistan's Parliament to force PM to resign

    Lawmakers from Tehreek-i-Insaaf, Pakistan's third largest party, will resign from parliament to try to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down.

  • 17/08/2014 | World

    Thousands protest in Pakistan demanding PM's resignation

    Tens of thousands joined protests in Pakistan's capital today led by opposition figures Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, demanding the "corrupt" prime minister Nawaz Sharif step down. 

  • 18/08/2014 | World

    National Guard deployed to Ferguson

    Missouri's governor said he would send the National Guard into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson to restore calm after authorities forcibly dispersed a crowd protesting last week's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by police.

  • 18/08/2014 | World

    Assange hopeful to leave Ecuador's Embassy

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years inside Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, said he planned to leave the building "soon", but his spokesman said that could only happen if Britain let him.

  • 17/08/2014 | World

    Netanyahu says undeterred by Hamas' 'long war' threat

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said any deal on Gaza's future at truce talks in Cairo must be contingent on Israel's security needs, cautioning Hamas against carrying out its threat of a long war if Palestinian demands are not met.

  • 17/08/2014 | World

    Plant-based drugs production advance as big pharma stands aside

    Biotech drug production techniques based on plants, which may prove to be faster, higher yielding and cheaper than current methods using mammalian cells, haven't caught on with the biggest pharmaceutical companies.

  • 17/08/2014 | World

    Ukraine makes breakthrough in Luhansk

    Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev said, in what could be a breakthrough in Ukraine's efforts to crush pro-Moscow separatists.

  • 16/08/2014 | World

    Missouri governor declares emergency, sets curfew in Ferguson

    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in Ferguson following a week-long series of racially charged protests and looting over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

  • 17/08/2014 | World

    One shot, seven arrested after curfew in Ferguson

    One person was shot and critically wounded and seven arrested as police in Ferguson, Missouri, clashed with protesters when a curfew was imposed following days of unrest over a black teenager being shot dead by a white police officer.

  • 17/08/2014 | World

    Francis calls Asian nations to further dialogue with Vatican

    The Pope, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to "come as conquerors".

  • 14/08/2014 | World

    Putin makes dovish remarks in Crimea

    President Vladimir Putin said Russsia would stand up for itself but not at the cost of confrontation with the outside world. "We must calmly, with dignity and effectively, build up our country, not fence it off from the outside world," he said in a conciliatory note after months of tough rhetoric over the crisis in Ukraine.

  • 15/08/2014 | World

    Pope Francis denounces wealth gap in Seoul mass

    Pope Francis celebrated a huge open-air Mass in the centre of Seoul, where he denounced the growing gap between the haves and have nots, urging people in affluent societies to listen to "the cry of the poor" among them.

  • 16/08/2014 | World

    ISIS executed 700 people from Syrian tribe

    The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said.

  • 13/08/2014 | World

    Pope Francis begins South Korea trip

    Pope Francis began his first apostolic journey to Asia as he boarded the Alitalia plane that will take him from Rome’s International Airport to Seoul, in South Korea, where he is expected to arrive tomorrow at 10.30 (local time).

  • 13/08/2014 | World

    Gaza ceasefire extended for five days

    Israel and Palestinian factions negotiating in Cairo agreed to extend a truce for five more days to allow them to reach a lasting agreement to end the fighting in Gaza, the head of the Palestinian delegation said.

  • 13/08/2014 | World

    US says rescue mission for Iraq's Yazidis less likely after visit

    A US mission to evacuate Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by Sunni militant fighters is far less likely after a US assessment team sent there found the humanitarian situation not as grave as expected, the Pentagon said.

  • 12/08/2014 | World

    Tension mounts as Russia sends aid convoy to Ukraine despite warnings

    A Russian convoy carrying food, water and other aid set off for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory.

  • 12/08/2014 | World

    Iraq's new PM backed by US, Iran

    Iraq's new prime minister-designate won swift endorsements from uneasy mutual allies the United States and Iran as he called on political leaders to end crippling feuds that have let jihadists seize a third of the country.

  • 12/08/2014 | World

    Obama calls Missouri shooting death tragic, urges reflection

    President Barack Obama called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy and called for thoughtful response after two nights of violent protests, looting, arrests and tear gas in a St. Louis suburb.

  • 11/08/2014 | World

    Beautiful supermoon around the world

    The moon was at perigee stage -at closest point to Earth- yesterday and offered a beautiful show. View the photo gallery.

  • 12/08/2014 | World

    WHO approves use of experimental drugs in Ebola outbreak

    It is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines to people infected or at risk in West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak, a World Health Organisation panel of medical ethics experts ruled, but cautioned supplies will be limited.

  • 12/08/2014 | World

    Ebola claims first European victim

    Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, the first European infected by a strain of Ebola that has killed over 1,000 people in West Africa, has died in hospital in Madrid.

  • 10/08/2014 | World

    ‘War is not to be waged in the name of God’

    Pope Francis renewed his call for prayer and assistance for Iraq in the traditional Angelus prayer at St. Peter’s Square. He also offered appeals for peace in Gaza and expressed his concern over the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

  • 10/08/2014 | World

    Kiev closes in on rebel-held Donetsk as talks of ceasefire collapse

    Artillery shells slammed into the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk as government forces tightened the noose around the rebel-held redoubt and called on pro-Russian separatists to surrender.

  • 10/08/2014 | World

    Israel, Hamas agree on new 72-hour ceasefire

    Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza starting at 2100 GMT, officials from the warring sides said.

  • 10/08/2014 | World

    At least 38 killed in plane crash in Tehran's airport

    An Iran-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran with 48 passengers and crew on board crashed on a road near Tehran's Mehrabad airport, killing at least 38 people, Iranian state media reported.

  • 10/08/2014 | World

    Netanyahu: 'Israel will not negotiate under fire'

    Israel said it was prepared for protracted military action in Gaza and would not return to Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks as long as Palestinians kept up cross-border rocket and mortar fire.

  • 10/08/2014 | World

    Erdogan wins Turkey's first presidential election

    Tayyip Erdogan has secured his place in history as Turkey's first directly elected president, sweeping more than half the vote in a result his opponents fear heralds an increasingly authoritarian state.

  • 07/08/2014 | World

    UN chief, Security Council urge international help for Iraq

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council today called for the international community to help Iraq's government and people as the country struggles against a sweeping advance by Islamist militants.

  • 07/08/2014 | World

    Obama orders air strikes in Iraq

  • 09/08/2014 | World

    Palestinians say to leave Cairo if Israel does not resume Gaza talks

    Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without setting conditions, the head of the delegation Azzam Ahmed said.

  • 07/08/2014 | World

    Snowden granted three-year Russian residence permit

    Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking extensive secrets of its electronic surveillance programmes, has been given a three-year residence permit by Russia, his Russian lawyer said.

  • 07/08/2014 | World

    Sierra Leone army blockades Ebola areas, Liberia declares emergency

    The army has blockaded rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, after neighbouring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst outbreak of the disease, which has killed 932 people.

  • 07/08/2014 | World

    Islamic State surges in N.Iraq, near Kurdistan border

    Islamist militants surged across northern Iraq toward the capital of the Kurdish region today, sending tens of thousands of Christians fleeing for their lives, in an offensive that prompted talk of Western military action.

  • 06/08/2014 | World

    Senior Hamas official Marzouk says "no agreement on extension" of Gaza truce

    A senior Cairo based Hamas official said there was no agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians over the extension of a 72-hour Gaza ceasefire that took effect on Tuesday.

  • 06/08/2014 | World

    Obama: no need yet for more US military aid to Ukraine

    US President Barack Obama said Ukraine did not need additional military assistance to help fight insurgents in the eastern part of the country but a Russian invasion would raise "a different set of questions."

  • 05/08/2014 | World

    US general killed, German general wounded in Afghan attack

    A US general was killed and more than a dozen people were wounded, including a German general, in the latest insider attack by a man believed to be an Afghan soldier, US, German and Afghan officials said.

  • 06/08/2014 | World

    Ebola death toll rises to 932, WHO Committee gathers in Geneva

    The death toll from West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 932 after 45 patients died from August 2 to August 4, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement. The WHO Emergency Committee regarding Ebola is gathered in Geneve for a two-day meeting to discuss the epidemic.

  • 06/08/2014 | World

    Rosetta becomes first probe to orbit comet

    European spacecraft Rosetta became the first ever to catch up with a comet, a landmark stage in a decade-long space mission that scientists hope will help unlock some of the secrets of the solar system.

  • 05/08/2014 | World

    Egypt to dig new Suez Canal

    Egypt plans to build a new Suez Canal alongside the existing 145-year-old historic waterway in a multi-billion dollar project aimed at expanding trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

  • 05/08/2014 | World

    Thailand to probe surrogacy clinics after surrogate baby case

    Authorities in Thailand are to inspect all the clinics in the country offering surrogacy services to see if they are operating within the law after a Thai woman who carried twins for an Australian couple was left caring for a baby with Down Syndrome, causing controversy in both countries.

  • 05/08/2014 | World

    Palestinian Authority seeks ICC war crimes case against Israel

    Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said there was "clear evidence" of war crimes by Israel during its offensive in Gaza as he met International Criminal Court prosecutors today to push for an investigation.

  • 03/08/2014 | World

    Ebola-stricken US doctor improving

    An American doctor stricken with the deadly Ebola virus while in Liberia and brought to the United States for treatment in a special isolation ward is improving, the top US health official said.

  • 05/08/2014 | World

    Thousands join Austrian class action against Facebook over privacy

    More than 17,000 people have signed up to join an Austrian law student's class action against Facebook over the social media group's alleged violations of its users' privacy.

  • 03/08/2014 | World

    Islamic State takes two towns, oil field over Kurds in Northern Iraq

    Islamic State Sunni insurgents have captured two northern Iraqi towns and an oil field in their first major victory over Kurdish fighters.

  • 03/08/2014 | World

    At least 10 killed on UN-run Gaza school as Israel renews shelling

    An Israeli air strike killed at least 10 people and wounded about 30 others in a UN-run school in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said, as dozens died in Israeli shelling of the enclave and Hamas fired rockets at Israel.

  • 03/08/2014 | World

    At least 367 killed in China after 6.3 quake

    A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck southwestern China today, killing at least 150 people in a remote mountainous area of Yunnan province, causing some buildings, including a school, to collapse.

  • 02/08/2014 | World

    Ukrainian forces advance in east as Russia

    Government forces tightened the noose around the main stronghold of pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine and, with diplomacy stalled, Moscow and the West stepped up their war of words.

  • 02/08/2014 | World

    Israel PM Netanyahu says Hamas will pay heavy price for more attacks

    Israel will go on fighting Hamas in the Gaza Strip even after the army completes its core mission of destroying the cross-border tunnels used by Palestinian militants to attack its territory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

  • 02/08/2014 | World

    Israeli soldier feared abducted by Hamas was killed in action

    Hadar Goldin, an Israeli soldier feared abducted by Hamas Islamist militants in the Gaza Strip, was determined to have been killed in action during Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip, an army statement said.

  • 31/07/2014 | World

    Delays in issuing US visas due to technical problems

    Sources in the US Consulate in Buenos Aires said they are not taking any interviews for visa applications as requested by the US Department of State, but expressed optimism that the problem, which is global, will be solved soon.

  • 31/07/2014 | World

    Israel, Hamas agree to 3 day Gaza truce

    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip starting on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today.

  • 01/08/2014 | World

    Israeli soldier may have been killed in ambush, Hamas armed wing says

    The Hamas Islamist group's armed wing in the Gaza Strip said it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused them of abducting, adding he may have been killed during an ambush.

  • 29/07/2014 | World

    Pope Francis to travel to Sri Lanka, Philippines in January

    The Pope will be travelling to Sri Lanka and the Philippines on January 12-19 next year.

  • 29/07/2014 | World

    UN says more rockets found at one of its Gaza schools

    The United Nations agency that looks after Palestinian refugees said it had found a cache of rockets at one of its schools in the Gaza Strip and deplored those who had put them there.

  • 30/07/2014 | World

    At least 19 killed at UN school in Gaza, Israel offers 4-hour ceasefire

    At least 19 Palestinian sheltering in a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp died today, victims of Israeli shelling. Hours later, the Israeli military offered a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire today in some areas of the Gaza Strip.

  • 28/07/2014 | World

    Dinosaurs extinct because of 'colossal bad luck'

    Dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact when they were at their most vulnerable, according to a new study. Its author, Dr. Steve Brusatte said they might have survived if the asteroid had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier and called it "colossal bad luck".

  • 28/07/2014 | World

    Giant conflagration in Tripoli airport as anarchy sweeps across Libya

    A rocket hit a fuel storage tank today in a chaotic battle for Tripoli airport that has all but closed off international flights to Libya, leaving fire-fighters struggling to extinguish a giant conflagration.

  • 27/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine fighting prevents expert crash site visit

    Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed further complicated an investigation today as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict.

  • 27/07/2014 | World

    Costa Concordia completes its voyage to the scrap yard

    The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into its last port. It was towed to the Italian city of Genoa to be broken up for scrap, two-and-a-half years after running aground and sinking with the loss of 32 lives.

  • 27/07/2014 | World

    Diplomats pull out as clashes escalate in Libya

    At least 36 were killed in Benghazi, where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed. More than 150 lost their lives amid the deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi that forced foreign diplomats to pull out of the country.

  • 27/07/2014 | World

    Pope Francis' plea: 'Please stop!'

    Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

  • 27/07/2014 | World

    Hamas accepts 24-hour humanitarian truce

    Hamas Islamist militants have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in their conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the group has said, hours after fighting between the sides resumed.

  • 27/07/2014 | World

    Boko Haram abducts wife of Cameroon's vice PM

    The wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on the vice prime minister's home in the northern town of Kolofata.

  • 25/07/2014 | World

    Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

    Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a UN requested 12 hour humanitarian truce to begin on Saturday morning, and efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire moved ahead.

  • 26/07/2014 | World

    Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in region scarred by toxic waste

    Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse today during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra mafia.

  • 24/07/2014 | World

    Wreckage of Air Algerie flight spotted

    Mali's President Ibrahim Keita said that the wreckage of a missing Air Algerie flight had been spotted in his country's desert north. The flight lost contact en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers and 6 crew on board.

  • 24/07/2014 | World

    Raúl Castro daughter denies rumours of her being on Air Algerie flight

    Cuban president Raúl Castro’s daughter, Mariela Castro, denied the rumours of her death that began after Ouagadougou’s airport informed that she was one of the passengers of the Air Algerie flight that crashed today after taking off in Burkina Faso.

  • 25/07/2014 | World

    Global calls for peace in Gaza spread


  • 23/07/2014 | World

    Pro-Russian rebels shoot down Ukrainian fighters near Donetsk

    Pro-Russian rebels have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in the self-proclaimed independent republic of Donetsk, less than 20 kilometers away from the site where the Malaysian airliner MH17 was shot down last Thursday killing its 298 passengers.

  • 23/07/2014 | World

    First MH17 bodies flown in the Netherlands

    The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last Thursday arrived back in the Netherlands amid grief tinged with anger.

  • 23/07/2014 | World

    Khamenei calls for end to "murderous" Israeli regime

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today called for a referendum canvassing the Arabs and Jews that live in Israel in order to end the "Zionist state", but said until such a vote could be held, armed resistance was necessary.

  • 21/07/2014 | World

    Prince George to celebrate his first birthday

    No public celebrations are planned for the birthday, although the Royal Mint will strike a commemorative sterling silver 5-pound coin to mark the occasion. A private party will take place at the family home in Kensington Palace.

  • 21/07/2014 | World

    UN Ban Ki-moon requests 'immediate' Gaza ceasefire

    United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate end to hostilities between Israeli troops and Hamas in Gaza, adding that events of the past days in the Palestinian territory were unacceptable as he spoke from Egypt.

  • 22/07/2014 | World

    Kerry urges Hamas to accept Egyptian peace proposal

    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas to seek peace negotiations based on an Egyptian truce proposal that the Islamist militant group has rejected.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    Kerry makes US case against Russia over MH17 downing

    Secretary of State John Kerry laid out what he said was overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine as he made the US case against Moscow in the most emphatic and explicit terms yet.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    More than 100 killed in Gaza's bloodiest day

    Hamas's armed wing said it had captured an Israeli soldier, as fighting in Gaza led to the bloodiest losses in a nearly two-week military offensive, with some 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    Iran eliminates sensitive stockpile under interim nuclear deal

    Iran has moved to eliminate its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under an interim nuclear deal reached with six world powers last year, according to an update by the UN nuclear watchdog.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    Francis calls for peace in Ukraine, Middle East

    Pope Francis called for peace in the Middle East and Ukraine, speaking after the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. He also expressed his concern for the plight of Christian communities in the Iraqi town of Mosul.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    Iraqi bishop urges world to act for fleeing Catholics

    A senior Iraqi bishop urged the world to act today after Islamic hardliners drove Mosul's Christians from the northern Iraqi city, effectively ending a presence there dating back to Christianity's earliest years.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    US jury awards $23.6 billion to smoker's widow

    A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years ago record punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker.

  • 18/07/2014 | World

    Israel steps up Gaza offensive as Hamas fires more rockets

    Israeli forces on Saturday pressed ahead with a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian militants kept firing rockets deep into Israel's heartland, pushing the death toll past 300 in almost two weeks of conflict.

  • 19/07/2014 | World

    Gaza fighting enters 13th day; no solution in sight

    Israel fired shells into the Gaza Strip and militants kept up rocket fire into the Jewish state on Sunday with no sign of a diplomatic breakthrough to end the worst fighting between Israel and Hamas in two years.

  • 20/07/2014 | World

    Basque separatist group ETA announces full dismantlement

    Armed Basque separatist group ETA has dismantled its military wing and set up a group to finalise the deactivation of any remaining weapons and explosives, according to an ETA statement in a Basque newspaper.

  • 18/07/2014 | World

    UN chief to travel to Middle East in bid to end fighting

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Middle East on Saturday in a bid to end the fighting between Israel and Palestinians, alarmed at a serious escalation that includes a ground offensive by Israel, said a senior UN official.

  • 18/07/2014 | World

    Iran, six powers agree to 4-month extension of nuclear talks

    Iran and six world powers today agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal that would gradually end sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme, diplomats close to the talks said.

  • 18/07/2014 | World

    Gunmen prevent OSCE monitors to access Ukraine crash site

    Gunmen prevented monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe from observing the site where a Malaysian airliner crashed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine today, the rights and security watchdog said.

  • 16/07/2014 | World

    Shelling kills four boys on Gaza beach; Israel, Hamas set five-hour truce

    Israeli shelling killed four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach today, an incident the military called tragic, and Israel and Hamas said they would cease attacks for five hours on Thursday for a humanitarian truce requested by the United Nations.

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Hong Kong formally asks China to allow democratic reform

    Hong Kong's leader formally asked Beijing to allow electoral reform, paving the way for a city-wide leadership election in the Asian financial hub in 2017.

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza Strip

    Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop militants' rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll in civilian lives.

  • 16/07/2014 | World

    Syria's Al-Assad swears in, vows to take back the country

    Bashar al-Assad was sworn in as Syria's president for a new term, after an election his opponents dismiss as a sham but his supporters say proves a rebellion to unseat him has failed after three years of war.

  • 16/07/2014 | World

    Israel sets temporary Gaza humanitarian truce

    Israel said it would temporarily halt fire in the Gaza Strip on Thursday for a five-hour period, citing humanitarian reasons.

  • 16/07/2014 | World

    US imposes toughest sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis

    The United States today imposed its most wide-ranging sanctions yet on Russia's economy, including Gazprombank and the Rosneft Oil Co, and other major banks and energy and defense companies.

  • 15/07/2014 | World

    Fed's Yellen says US recovery incomplete, defends loose policy

    The US economic recovery remains incomplete, with a still-ailing job market and stagnant wages justifying loose monetary policy for the foreseeable future, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told a Senate committee today.

  • 15/07/2014 | World

    Henry Kissinger undergoes heart surgery in New York

    Former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger underwent heart surgery at a New York City hospital today and was resting comfortably, hospital officials said.

  • 15/07/2014 | World

    Suicide attack kills at least 89 in Afghanistan

    A car packed with explosives exploded as it sped through a crowded market in Afghanistan's province of Paktika, killing at least 89 people, in one of the most violent attacks in the country in a year.

  • 15/07/2014 | World

    Thousands flee as powerful typhoon threatens the Philippines

    Thousands of people in the Philippines fled from their homes as the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year made landfall, toppling trees and cutting power as it made its way straight towards the capital, Manila.

  • 15/07/2014 | World

    Eurosceptic Hammond appointed UK foreign minister

    British Prime Minister David Cameron pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting Eurosceptics to senior roles, among them former defence minister and prominent Eurosceptic Philip Hammond.

  • 13/07/2014 | World

    Thousands flee town in Gaza after Israel warning

    Israeli forces dropped leaflets into the town of Beit Lahiya near Gaza's northern border with Israel. They read: "Those who fail to comply with the instructions to leave immediately will endanger their lives and the lives of their families. Beware."

  • 14/07/2014 | World

    Israel says three confess to revenge murder of Palestinian

    Three Israeli Jews arrested for the murder of a Palestinian teenager have confessed to abducting him and burning him alive, officials said, an incident that helped trigger a week of Israeli-Hamas fighting around the Gaza strip.

  • 15/07/2014 | World

    Gaza ceasefire fails as rocket attacks, air strikes resume

    Israel resumed air strikes in the Gaza Strip today after agreeing to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks.

  • 13/07/2014 | World

    Major disputes persist in Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said major differences persist between Iran and six world powers negotiating on Tehran's nuclear programme, remarks echoed by Tehran, with a July 20 deadline for a deal approaching.

  • 13/07/2014 | World

    Israeli commandos clash with Hamas militants

    Israeli naval commandos have clashed with Hamas militants in a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip, in what appeared to be the first ground assault of a six-day Israeli offensive on the territory aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket fire.

  • 13/07/2014 | World

    Iraqi government talks fail again as fighting rages

    Iraq's parliament has failed to break a damaging political deadlock which is holding up the formation of new government to tackle an Islamist-led insurgency raging less than 80 km from Baghdad.

  • 12/07/2014 | World

    Israel fires into Lebanon after rockets launched over border

    Rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanon today and Israel's army responded with artillery fire, Lebanese security sources and the Israeli military said, in the second such incident in two days.

  • 12/07/2014 | World

    US encourages Ukraine President Poroshenko

    Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today, to pursue talks that could lead to a ceasefire with rebels and said Washington continued to pursue efforts to raise pressure on Russia, the White House said.

  • 13/07/2014 | World

    Israeli commandos clash with Hamas, Gaza death toll rises to 149

    Israeli navy commandos clashed with Hamas gunmen during a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip today, the first such gunfight of a six-day Israeli offensive on the territory aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket fire.

  • 10/07/2014 | World

    Obama tells Israel US ready to help end hostilities

    President Barack Obama expressed concern to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today about the risk of an escalation of hostilities in the region and said the United States was ready to help bring them to an end, the White House said.

  • 11/07/2014 | World

    Federal Reserve fears risks posed by exit tools; plan almost done

    US Federal Reserve officials are cautiously nearing completion of a new plan for managing interest rates, concerned that some of the new tools they are likely to rely on could pose unintended risks in a crisis.

  • 11/07/2014 | World

    Gaza death toll passes 100; Israel to counter rockets 'with all power'

    An airstrike outside a family home early Saturday pushed the Palestinian death toll past 100 in four days of cross-border fighting as Israel showed no sign of pausing despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire with the militants.

  • 09/07/2014 | World

    UN Security Council to meet on Israel, Palestinian hostilities

    The UN Security Council will meet at 11 am (1400 GMT) on Thursday to discuss escalating Israel and Palestinian hostilities and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is likely to brief the 15-member body, diplomats said.

  • 09/07/2014 | World

    Shooting leaves several dead in Texas

    Several people were shot to death today in the Houston suburb of Spring, Texas, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said, with local media reporting five people killed.

  • 10/07/2014 | World

    Smuggled dinosaur fossils headed home to Mongolia from New York

    US authorities today agreed to ship the remains of 18 dinosaurs back to Mongolia after finding the smuggled fossils during a criminal investigation.

  • 09/07/2014 | World

    Snowden asks Russia to extend asylum

    Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has asked Moscow to extend his asylum in Russia, his lawyer said. Russia granted Snowden a one-year visa in August 2013 despite the United States wanting Moscow to send him home to face criminal charges.

  • 09/07/2014 | World

    At least 53 killed in Hamas enclave, Gaza rocket land deep in Israel

    Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare that Palestine said has killed at least 53 people in the Hamas-dominated enclave.

  • 09/07/2014 | World

    Federal Reserve mulls policy exit, eyes October end of asset purchases

    The Federal Reserve has begun detailing how it plans to ease the US economy out of an era of loose monetary policy, indicating it will end its asset purchases in October and appearing near agreement on a plan to manage interest rates in the future, according to minutes of the last Fed policy meeting.

  • 08/07/2014 | World

    Vatican bank nearly wipes out profit as part of clean-up process

    The Vatican bank has blocked the accounts of more than 2,000 clients and ended some 3,000 "customer relationships" as part of a clean-up process that nearly wiped out its profit, a inancial statement showed.

  • 08/07/2014 | World

    Israel intensifies Gaza air strikes after Palestinian rocket attacks

    Israel bombarded dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip today, stepping up what it said might become a long-term offensive against Islamist Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns.

  • 08/07/2014 | World

    Moscow accuses the US of kidnapping Russian hacker

    Russia accused the United States of violating a bilateral treaty and "kidnapping" a Russian accused of hacking into US retailers' computer systems to steal credit card data.

  • 06/07/2014 | World

    US tightens airport security, focus on electronic devices

    The US Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on US-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, the agency said.

  • 06/07/2014 | World

    UK's David Cameron urged to launch child abuse investigation

    British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing calls to launch a full-scale inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s, after an official said the government had lost files that may shed light on the matter.

  • 07/07/2014 | World

    Afghanistan's Ghani winner of messy presidential elections -preliminary results

    Afghanistan declared former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani the winner of last month's presidential election on the basis of preliminary results from a messy vote that has threatened to split the country along ethnic lines.

  • 06/07/2014 | World

    Germany demands US 'clarification' on double agent case

    The German government wants a quick and clear explanation from Washington for US intelligence's apparent contact with a German man arrested last week on suspicion of being a double agent.

  • 06/07/2014 | World

    IMF's Lagarde hints at world growth forecast cut

    Global economic activity should strengthen in the second half of the year and accelerate in 2015, although momentum could be weaker than expected, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said, hinting at a slight cut in the Fund's growth forecasts.

  • 05/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine government forces recapture separatist stronghold

    Ukrainian forces routed pro-Russian rebels in a flashpoint area of eastern Ukraine today and raised the country's blue and yellow flag again over what had for months been the separatist redoubt of Slaviansk.

  • 06/07/2014 | World

    Six suspects arrested for Palestinian teen murder

    Israel has arrested six Jewish suspects in the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teenager whose death sparked violent protests in Jerusalem and Israeli Arab towns.

  • 06/07/2014 | World

    Ukraine seizes rebel stronghold of Slaviansk

    Ukrainian security officials said they were in full control of the former rebel stronghold of Slaviansk after re-taking it in a victory which President Petro Poroshenko said could mark a turning point in the fight against rebels.

  • 03/07/2014 | World

    Washington seeks sharp reduction of Iran's enrichment capacity

    Iran must drastically reduce its capacity to enrich uranium if it wants to reach a nuclear deal with six world powers that would lead to a gradual lifting of the crippling international sanctions on Tehran, a senior US official revealed today.

  • 04/07/2014 | World

    Egypt to raise fuel prices by up to 78 percent

    Egypt was set to raise mainstream fuel prices by up to 78%, an Oil Ministry source told reporters, in a long-awaited step to cut energy subsidies to ease the burden on its swelling budget deficit.

  • 05/07/2014 | World

    Israel investigating police beating of Palestinian

    The United States called for speedy investigation of an incident in which it said a US citizen of Palestinian descent appeared to have been badly beaten by Israeli paramilitary police during riots in East Jerusalem this week.

  • 02/07/2014 | World

    Sarkozy: 'I have never commited an act against the Republic'

    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the country's legal system was being used for political means after he was put under formal investigation for corruption. He stressed he had never betrayed the French nor "committed an act against the Republic's principles and the rule of law".

  • 02/07/2014 | World

    American woman arrested in Denver accused of supporting militant group ISIS

    Federal authorities in Denver arrested a woman today accused of providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, designated as a foreign terrorist organization, court documents showed.

  • 03/07/2014 | World

    Families caught in crossfire in eastern Ukraine

    When the daily shelling starts in this besieged city in eastern Ukraine, those who have not yet fled the fighting grab their children and head underground.

  • 02/07/2014 | World

    Jacques Cousteau's grandson breaks underwater stay record

    Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, emerged from the turquoise waters off the Florida Keys, marking the end of a record-breaking, 31-day stay in an underwater habitat with a team of scientists and documentary filmmakers.

  • 02/07/2014 | World

    Palestinian teen found dead in possible revenge attack

    The discovery of a body in a Jerusalem forest has raised suspicions that a missing Palestinian youth had been killed by Israelis avenging the deaths of three abducted Jewish teens.

  • 02/07/2014 | World

    Iran says 'will not kneel' in nuclear talks

    Iran is ready to take concrete steps to ensure its nuclear programme remains peaceful but will not "kneel in submission" to do a deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said before a resumption of talks with major powers.

  • 01/07/2014 | World

    Syria, Iraq 'caliph' incites Muslims to holy war

    The leader of the al Qaeda offshoot now calling itself the Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the "caliphate" it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil.

  • 01/07/2014 | World

    Bomb kills 20 in Nigeria market, girls' abduction suspect held

    A bomb in a van carrying charcoal exploded in a busy market in northeast Nigeria today, killing at least 20 people in the latest suspected attack by Islamist militants, witnesses said.

  • 01/07/2014 | World

    JPMorgan's Dimon has throat cancer, to begin treatment shortly

    JPMorgan Chase & Co Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said he has been diagnosed with throat cancer but that the ailment is curable and he plans to remain actively involved in the largest US bank's business.

  • 01/07/2014 | World

    Suspects in Madeleine McCann's disappearance to be questioned in Portugal

    A number of suspects related to the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal will appear before police in Portugal this week.

  • 01/07/2014 | World

    Israel: ‘Hamas responsible for kidnappings, murders’

    After the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, Tel Aviv intensified its strikes to Hamas, blaming the Palestinian Islamist group for the abduction and killings. “We will continue to pursue the murderers of the teen,” Israeli defence minister said.

  • 01/07/2014 | World

    Thousands protest for democracy in Hong Kong

    Pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong after 800,000 people voted for full democracy in an unofficial referendum, in what could turn out to be the biggest and most passionate challenge to Chinese Communist Party rule in more than a decade.

  • 30/06/2014 | World

    US Supreme Court rules business owners can refuse healthcare law contraceptive mandate

    The US Supreme Court ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires closely held companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

  • 30/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Poroshenko ends ceasefire, vows to 'attack, free our lands'

    The Ukrainian leader has affirmed he would renew operations against pro-Russian rebels, a statement on his website said, hours after a ceasefire to make way for peace talks with the rebels had expired.

  • 01/07/2014 | World

    Sarkozy held for questioning in alleged corruption case

    Ex French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been held for questioning over suspicions that he received leaked details of an inquiry into irregularities in his 2007 election campaign.

  • 30/06/2014 | World

    Iraqi troops battle for Tikrit after caliphate declared

    Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al Qaeda splinter group from the city of Tikrit today after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across a swathe of Iraq and Syria.

  • 30/06/2014 | World

    US Court revives Abu Ghraib torture case

    A federal appeals court today revived a lawsuit against CACI International Inc in which the defense contractor's employees were accused of directing the torture of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.

  • 30/06/2014 | World

    Chinese top military officer on trial as gov't battles against corruption

    China will court-marshal one of its most senior former military officers on charges of corruption, the highest-ranking official to date felled in President Xi Jinping's battle against deep-rooted and pervasive graft.

  • 29/06/2014 | World

    N. Korea launches missiles, defies UN ban

    North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into seas east off its coast today, South Korea's military said, defying a UN ban on the isolated country testing such weapons.

  • 29/06/2014 | World

    Emperor Penguin population to fall due to global warming

    Global warming will cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100 as the sea ice on which the birds breed becomes less secure.

  • 29/06/2014 | World

    ISIL declares Islamic 'Caliphate'

    An offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said.

  • 27/06/2014 | World

    Armed US aircraft now flying over Iraq, defense officials

    The Obama administration is flying armed aircraft over Iraq, defense officials said today, adding that the flights were aimed at gathering intelligence and ensuring the safety of US personnel on the ground rather than conducting strikes.

  • 29/06/2014 | World

    Pope Francis back in public after health concerns

    Pope Francis has led a religious ceremony at the Vatican, his first public appearance since concerns for his health were raised when he abruptly cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital two days ago.

  • 29/06/2014 | World

    Israel bombs the Gaza Strip after rocket attacks

    Israeli aircraft has attacked at least six militant targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after rockets fired from the Palestinian territory set a factory in Israel on fire, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

  • 26/06/2014 | World

    Vatican says Church should welcome children of gay couples

    The Roman Catholic Church must be less judgmental of homosexuals and, while still opposing gay marriage, should welcome children of gay couples into the faith with equal dignity, a Vatican document said.

  • 26/06/2014 | World

    Insurgents take Iraqi gas field town, close in on Baghdad

    Militants took a town an hour from Baghdad that is home to four natural gas fields today, another gain by Sunni insurgents who have swiftly taken large areas to the north and west of the Iraqi capital.

  • 26/06/2014 | World

    Obama seeks $500 mn from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels

    President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to Syria's opposition, asked the US Congress today to approve $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 24/06/2014 | World

    Kerry urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse

    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region today to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country.

  • 25/06/2014 | World

    Insurgents attack Iraqi air base, seize oilfields upon US adviser's arrival

    Militants attacked one of Iraq's largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields today as US military experts arrived to set up an operations centre to help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency.

  • 25/06/2014 | World

    Russian parliament revokes right to send troops to Ukraine

    The Russian parliament has revoked the right it had granted President Putin in March to order a military intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev is struggling with a rebellion by Russian speakers in the east.

  • 24/06/2014 | World

    Sudanese Christian woman re-arrested a day after release from death row

    Sudanese authorities has re-arrested a Sudanese woman hours after she was freed from death row, and detained her and her family as they tried to board a plane in Khartoum.

  • 24/06/2014 | World

    Shopper finds 'exhausted labour' tag in Primark dress

    Welsh shopper Rebecca Gallagher was looking for the washing instructions of a new dress she had bought for £10 at Primark's Swansea store when she found a heartbreaking message sewn on the label. “Forced to work exhausting hours,” it read.

  • 24/06/2014 | World

    US begins deploying military assessment teams in Iraq

    The US military began deploying assessment teams in Baghdad today to evaluate the state of Iraqi security forces and decide how to help them counter an Islamist insurgency that has overrun part of the country, the Pentagon said.

  • 23/06/2014 | World

    Israeli kills 10 members of Syria's army in response to deadly rocket fire

    Israeli air strikes on Syrian military positions killed at least 10 members of Syria's army, a monitoring group has said, a day after Israel said an attack from inside Syria killed an Israeli boy in the Golan Heights.

  • 23/06/2014 | World

    Ebola epidemic 'out of control' in West Africa

    An Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is out of control and requires massive resources from governments and aid agencies to prevent it from spreading further, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières said today.

  • 24/06/2014 | World

    Boko Haram suspected of kidnapping up to 91 women, children

    Nigeria is investigating a possible mass kidnapping of villagers in the northeast state of Borno where Boko Haram Islamist militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls two months ago.

  • 22/06/2014 | World

    Putin urges Kiev to stop fighting, begin dialogue

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that artillery was used in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine and urged Kiev to cease fighting and begin dialogue with the rebels.

  • 22/06/2014 | World

    Kerry visits new Egypt President Sisi in Cairo

    US Secretary of State John Kerry today held talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo over concerns about Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the threat which the conflict in Iraq poses to the Middle East.

  • 23/06/2014 | World

    Kerry pledges 'intense, sustained" support for Iraq

    Secretary of State John Kerry said that US support for Iraqi security forces will be "intense and sustained" to help them combat an Islamist insurgency that has swept through the country's north and west.

  • 20/06/2014 | World

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah visits Egypt's president Sisi in Cairo

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah stopped in Cairo late to meet with Egypt's new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to show his strong support through a symbolic visit.

  • 20/06/2014 | World

    White House announces steps to address immigrant surge

    The White House stepped up efforts to slow the flow of illegal children into the country, expanding the government's ability to process and deport people and announcing new funding to boost security in crime-plagued Central American countries.

  • 22/06/2014 | World

    Iran's Khameini rejects US action in Iraq, ISIL tightens border grip

    Iran's supreme leader accused the United States of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents drove toward Baghdad from new strongholds along the Syrian border.

  • 18/06/2014 | World

    A quarter of India's land is turning to desert

    About a quarter of India's land is turning to desert and degradation of agricultural areas is becoming a severe problem, the environment minister said, potentially threatening food security in the world's second most populous country.

  • 18/06/2014 | World

    In Washington, growing chorus calls for Iraq's Maliki to go

    President Barack Obama came under pressure from US lawmakers today to persuade Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step down over what they see as his failed leadership in the face of an insurgency threatening his country.

  • 19/06/2014 | World

    Chinese mogul invites poor Americans to a Central Park lunch

    A Chinese recycling tycoon who has been angling to buy the New York Times Co aims to throw feasts for 1,000 homeless Americans, starting with a lunch in New York City's Central Park next week, where he also plans to perform a song.

  • 18/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine's Poroshenko sets out 14-step peace plan proposal

    After a late-night telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has set out proposals for a peace plan for eastern Ukraine involving a unilateral ceasefire by government forces.

  • 18/06/2014 | World

    Syrian army bombs refugee camp, activists say

    Syrian army helicopters have bombed a refugee camp along the Jordanian border today, killing at least 20 people, mostly children and women, residents and opposition activists said.

  • 18/06/2014 | World

    Forty Indian workers kidnapped in Iraq

    Unknown assailants have kidnapped 40 Indian construction workers from Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, which fell to Sunni insurgents last week, India's foreign ministry said.

  • 17/06/2014 | World

    UN warns of 'regional war' in the Middle East

    The Middle East appears on the brink of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents wantonly kidnapping, torturing and killing civilians, UN human rights investigators said.

  • 17/06/2014 | World

    Pakistan kills at least 25 Talibans in major military operation

    Pakistani combat aircraft destroyed a bomb making factory in the tribal region of North Waziristan and at least 25 militants were killed in a wave of air strikes, as part of a major operation against Taliban insurgents in response to a deadly militant attack this month on Pakistan's biggest airport.

  • 17/06/2014 | World

    US captures suspected ringleader of Benghazi attack

    The United States said it had captured a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a raid that killed four Americans including the US ambassador, and ignited a political firestorm in Washington.

  • 16/06/2014 | World

    Hillary Clinton: 'I want the US to have a woman leader soon'

    Hillary Clinton has told a German magazine the United States should follow Germany, where Angela Merkel is chancellor, and have a woman in charge.

  • 16/06/2014 | World

    Air strikes an option in Iraq, Kerry says

    The United States is considering air strikes to help the Iraqi government fend off an Islamist insurgency as well as possible discussions with neighboring Iran, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

  • 17/06/2014 | World

    Insurgents close in on Baghdad, gov't shuts down Iraq's biggest oil refinery

    Scores of Iraqis were killed during a battle for a provincial capital, and fighting shut the main oil refinery as an uprising by Sunni insurgents threatens Iraq's survival as a state.

  • 15/06/2014 | World

    Insurgents spread to Northwestern Iraq

    The insurgent offensive that has threatened to dismember Iraq spread to the northwest of the country today, when Sunni militants launched a dawn raid on a town close to the Syrian border, clashing with police and government forces.

  • 15/06/2014 | World

    Pakistan launches military operation after deadly airport attack

    Pakistan sent troops, artillery and helicopter gunships to the troubled North Waziristan region in a long-expected military operation just a week after a deadly insurgent attack on the country's biggest airport.

  • 16/06/2014 | World

    Israel expands military operation in West Bank hunt for missing teens

    Israeli armed forces has swept through half a dozen Palestinian towns and arrested more Hamas officials, expanding a search for three teenagers into a crackdown on the Islamist group accused of abducting them.

  • 15/06/2014 | World

    Kosovo's parliamentary candidate shot dead

    A parliamentary candidate from the party of Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has been shot dead, police said, one week after an inconclusive general election in the tiny Balkan nation.

  • 15/06/2014 | World

    Israel blames Hamas for teens kidnapping

    Israel said Hamas militants had abducted three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank, warning of "serious consequences" as it pressed on with a search and detained dozens of Palestinians.

  • 15/06/2014 | World

    Afghan presidential candidates both say they're leading the run-off

    Rival camps in Afghanistan's presidential race each proclaimed to be leading the contest, a day after the run-off was held and as officials were still tallying the hundreds killed or injured in election-related violence.

  • 13/06/2014 | World

    Israeli forces search for three missing Jewish teens in West Bank

    Israeli forces are searching for three Jewish teenagers who went missing in the West Bank late on Thursday, the military said on today.

  • 13/06/2014 | World

    Fossil found during bachelor party

    A fossil mastodon skull found by a group attending a bachelor party at a New Mexico lakeshore is more than 10 million years old and will take at least six months to clean, a museum paleontologist said today.

  • 14/06/2014 | World

    Israeli PM Netanyahu confirms three teenagers 'definitely' kidnapped

    Israel has sent more troops to the occupied West Bank to step up searches for three Israeli teenagers believed to have been abducted by Palestinians, with a military source saying it was not known if they were dead or alive.

  • 12/06/2014 | World

    Turkey negotiates with Islamists for the release of 80 hostages in Iraq

    Turkey is negotiating for the release of 80 nationals held by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and cannot confirm reports that some of them have been freed, government officials said.

  • 12/06/2014 | World

    US Senate confirms Fischer as vice chairman of the Fed

    The US Senate confirmed today Stanley Fischer to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve and approved Jerome Powell and Lael Brainard as members of the central bank's board, bolstering the Fed as it prepares to wind down its extraordinary stimulus.

  • 12/06/2014 | World

    Pentagon confirms freed war prisoner Bergdahl leaves Germany for US

    Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released on May 31, left a US military hospital in Germany headed to San Antonio, where he will receive further treatment, the Pentagon said.

  • 11/06/2014 | World

    Pope reappears, dennounces corruption, child labour

    Pope Francis reappeared in good form after cancelling his official agenda for two days to rest. In his weekly audience, the Pope dennounced corrupt businessmen, human trafficking and child labour.

  • 11/06/2014 | World

    Iraq insurgents take Saddam's home town in lightning advance

    Sunni rebels from an al Qaeda splinter group overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in the country, making further gains in their military advance against the Shi'ite-led government.

  • 12/06/2014 | World

    Iraq calls on UN Security Council for military aid

    Iraq's ambassador to France called on the UN Security Council to approve extra military aid for Baghdad, including air and drone support, after sunni insurgents seized control over Mosul and Tikrit yesterday and appeared to be marching towards Baghdad.

  • 11/06/2014 | World

    Insurgents close in on Iraq's biggest oil, seize Turkish consulate

    Sunni insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group closed in on Iraq's biggest oil refinery after seizing the northern city of Mosul in a devastating show of strength and seized the Turkish consulate.

  • 11/06/2014 | World

    JK Rowling gives a million pounds to Scottish anti-independence campaign

    JK Rowling, Britain's best-selling author and creator of teenage wizard Harry Potter, has donated 1 million pounds (1.68 million dollars) to the campaign against Scottish independence, saying she believed Scotland was better off staying in the United Kingdom.

  • 11/06/2014 | World

    Taxi drivers protest in European cities against US Uber app

    Taxi drivers sowed traffic chaos in Europe's top cities by mounting one of the biggest ever protests against Uber, a US car service which allows people to summon rides at the touch of a button.

  • 10/06/2014 | World

    Reuven Rivlin to succeed Shimon Peres as Israel's President

    Reuven Rivlin, a right-wing legislator opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, has been elected Israel's president and will replace the dovish Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post.

  • 10/06/2014 | World

    France's National Front ousts Jean-Marie Le Pen over anti-Semitism remarks

    Marine Le Pen had rebuked her father for what she called a 'political mistake' after he used a term linked to the French word for 'oven' when talking about a Jewish singer - a remark that critics said was an implied reference to the death camps of the Holocaust.

  • 10/06/2014 | World

    Ireland to investigate Catholic church homes

    The Irish government has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the treatment of children at Catholic church homes for unmarried mothers, including accusations of forced adoptions and unusually high mortality rates among children housed there.

  • 09/06/2014 | World

    Egypt's Al-Sisi keeps PM, seeks continuity

    Newly inaugurated President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has reappointed Egypt's prime minister, signalling continuity as he sets out to fix the economy and overcome political divisions after a long period of turmoil and bloodshed.

  • 10/06/2014 | World

    Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap up to 30 women in Nigeria

    Suspected Islamist Boko Haram militants have kidnapped up to 30 women from nomadic settlements in Nigeria's northeast, close to where the group abducted more than 200 schoolgirls, residents and Nigerian media said.

  • 10/06/2014 | World

    Pakistani Taliban launch second assault near airport

    Pakistan's Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility for an attack on a security academy at Karachi's airport, less than 48 hours after an all-night siege by Taliban gunmen at Pakistan's busiest airport that killed more than 30 people.

  • 09/06/2014 | World

    Taliban gunmen kill at least 27 in deadly attack on Pakistani airport

    Taliban militants disguised as security forces have stormed Pakistan's busiest airport and at least 27 people were killed in a dramatic night-long battle at one of the country's most high-profile targets.

  • 09/06/2014 | World

    Re-elected Al-Assad announces amnesty

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced a wide-ranging amnesty, less than a week after he was re-elected in the midst of civil war.

  • 09/06/2014 | World

    The world's oldest man dies at 111

    The world's oldest man, Alexander Imich, has died in New York at age 111, according to the senior citizen residence where he lived.

  • 07/06/2014 | World

    Ukraine's new leader stands up to Moscow over Crimea and Europe

    Ukraine's new president Petro Poroshenko said his country would never give up Crimea and would not compromise on its path towards closer ties with Europe, spelling out a defiant message to Russia in his inaugural speech.

  • 08/06/2014 | World

    Egypt's Sisi swears in as president

    Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as president of Egypt in a ceremony with low-key attendance by Western allies.

  • 08/06/2014 | World

    Thailand: Junta prepares heavy security force to smother protests

    Thailand's junta has prepared a force of over 6,000 troops and police for deployment in Bangkok to smother protests and prevent opposition to the May 22 coup from gaining momentum.

  • 05/06/2014 | World

    Obama: 'no apologies' on deal to free Bergdahl from Taliban

    US President Barack Obama said he would make "no apologies" for agreeing to a deal that released Taliban detainee Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, despite controversy in Washington that Congress was not notified ahead of time.

  • 05/06/2014 | World

    Angered by Palestinian unity gov't, Israel to build more settler homes

    Israel announced plans to build some 3,000 more settler homes in response to the inauguration of a Palestinian unity government formed with the backing of Hamas Islamists opposed to Israel's existence.

  • 06/06/2014 | World

    D-Day memories still fresh 70 years later

    Seventy years after D-Day, Carl Proffitt Jr. can still remember the bodies of soldiers washing up on France's Omaha Beach in the Allied invasion that helped turn the tide against Nazi Germany in World War Two.

  • 03/06/2014 | World

    Obama defends operation to rescue US soldier amid criticism

    President Barack Obama has defended his administration's operation to rescue Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity amid mounting criticism, saying the United States was committed to freeing its prisoners of war regardless of how they were captured.

  • 03/06/2014 | World

    Al-Sisi wins Egyptian presidential elections with 96.9% of vote

    Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi secured a landslide victory in the country's presidential vote last week, the election commission has confirmed, with 96.91 percent of the vote.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    Newly freed soldier's Idaho hometown cancels rally amid backlash

    US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's hometown, feeling a backlash over allegations that he was a deserter, has canceled a rally planned for later this month celebrating his release from five years of Taliban captivity, city officials said.

  • 31/05/2014 | World

    Turkish police fire teargas at protesters on anniversary of unrest

    Turkish police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse protesters in central Istanbul who sought to mark the one-year anniversary of the country's biggest anti-government demonstrations in decades.

  • 01/06/2014 | World

    Nearly 800 killed in Iraq's bloodiest month this year

    Nearly 800 people were killed in violence across Iraq in May, the United Nations said, making it the deadliest month so far this year.

  • 03/06/2014 | World

    China defends Tiananmen crackdown on eve of 25th anniversary

    China defended the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing's Tiananmen Square today on the eve of the 25th anniversary, saying it had chosen the correct path for the sake of the people.

  • 29/05/2014 | World

    Al-Sisi wins in Egyptian elections challenged by low turnout

    Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a landslide victory in a presidential election today but a low turnout may have deprived him of the strong mandate he needs to fix the economy and face down an Islamist insurgency.

  • 30/05/2014 | World

    LA college evacuated after report of man allegedly armed

    A Los Angeles college and nearby occupational centre were being evacuated and locked down after reports that a missing and suicidal man could be armed and in the vicinity, police said.

  • 30/05/2014 | World

    US gov't says American citizen was suicide bomber in Syria

    The US State Department confirmed that an American citizen had carried out a suicide bombing in Syria.

  • 27/05/2014 | World

    Fire at hospital for elderly kills 21 in South Korea

    A fire at a rural South Korean hospital for chronically ill elderly patients  killed 21 people and injured eight in the second major fire this week as the country still mourns victims of a ferry disaster last month.

  • 28/05/2014 | World

    Egypt's Sisi sweeps to victory in presidential vote

    Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, swept to victory in a presidential election, provisional results showed, joining a long line of leaders drawn from the military.

  • 28/05/2014 | World

    China offers cash to tourist who visit restive Xinjiang

    The Chinese government offers 500 yuan (80 dollar) bonuses to travellers willing to visit troubled Xinjiang region, after a series of terrorist attacks linked to separatists rebels.

  • 26/05/2014 | World

    Al-Sisi set to win in Egyptian elections

    Egyptians voted in an election expected to install former army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as president, with supporters brushing aside concerns about political freedom and hailing him as the strong leader the country needs.

  • 27/05/2014 | World

    Egypt election extended by one day

    Egypt's presidential election was extended by a day in an effort to boost lower than expected turnout that threatened to undermine the credibility of the frontrunner, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

  • 27/05/2014 | World

    Obama plans to end US troop presence in Afghanistan by 2016

    US President Barack Obama outlined a plan to withdraw all but 9,800 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and pull out the rest by the end of 2016, ending more than a decade of military engagement triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

  • 22/05/2014 | World

    Security Council committee blacklists Nigeria's Boko Haram

    UN Security Council committee on al Qaeda sanctions blacklisted Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram after the insurgents kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls, diplomats said.

  • 24/05/2014 | World

    Three people killed in shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum

    Two women and a man were killed and one person seriously injured during a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels today, with Belgian officials saying anti-Semitic motives could not be ruled out.

  • 25/05/2014 | World

    Weak demand halts production of India's iconic Ambassador car

    The maker of the iconic Ambassador has halted production of the car that was long the choice of Indian officialdom, citing weak demand and a lack of funds, casting doubt on the future of a vehicle that has looked essentially the same for more than five decades.

  • 20/05/2014 | World

    Obama gov't to disclose justification for drone strikes on US citizens

    The US government has decided to disclose its legal justification for the use of drones against US citizens suspected of terrorism, a senior Obama administration official said today.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    Egypt: Mubarak sentenced to three years in jail

    An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on charges of stealing public funds.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    Federal Reserve begins policy exit talks

    Federal Reserve policymakers last month began laying groundwork for an eventual retreat from easy monetary policy with a discussion of how to best control interest rates as they remove trillions of dollars from the financial system.

  • 18/05/2014 | World

    Britain's rich, richer than ever

    Britain’s wealthiest people are richer than they have ever been, with a combined fortune of 518.9 billion pounds ($874 billion) – equivalent to a third of the nation’s gross domestic product, according to an annual study.

  • 19/05/2014 | World

    S. Korean President apologises for ferry disaster

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye, tears rolling down her cheeks, formally apologised today for a ferry disaster that killed about 300 people, mostly school children, and said she would dismantle the coast guard for failing in its duties.

  • 19/05/2014 | World

    Maliki wins most seats in Iraqi elections

    Prime Minister Nouri Maliki won the largest share of Iraqi parliamentary seats in last month's national elections, according to preliminary results.

  • 17/05/2014 | World

    Bush's dog, Miss Beazley, dies after battle with lymphoma

    Miss Beazley, a Scottish terrier who was a frequent companion to George W. Bush and his wife, Laura in their White House years, was "put to rest after a battle with lymphoma," the former president revealed today.

  • 17/05/2014 | World

    Separatists recapture their leader on the eve of peace talks in Ukraine

    Pro-Russian separatist leader Valery Bolotov was detained by Ukrainian border guards today then freed by armed supporters in a firefight at the checkpoint, a Ukrainian spokesman said.

  • 13/05/2014 | World

    Scientists, drugmakers, charities sign UK deal on animal research

    More than 70 medical bodies in Britain including Big Pharma's Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca have signed a pledge to be more open about their use of animals in scientific experiments.

  • 13/05/2014 | World

    Six powers and Iran to restart nuclear talks

    Six world powers and Iran launch the decisive phase of diplomacy over Tehran's nuclear work during three-day talks starting in Vienna, with the aim of resolving their decade-old dispute by July 20 despite scepticism a deal is possible.

  • 14/05/2014 | World

    New York Times replaces top editor Abramson

    The New York Times Co abruptly ousted the newspaper's top editor, Jill Abramson, after less than three years in the job and named managing editor Dean Baquet to replace her.

  • 08/05/2014 | World

    Families of S.Korea ferry dead march on presidential palace

    Parents of children killed when a passenger ferry sank last month led a sombre march on South Korea's presidential palace in the early morning today, where they demanded to meet with President Park Geun-hye.

  • 08/05/2014 | World

    Fiat Chrysler CEO confirms headquarters will be in London

    The headquarters of the newly merged Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will be moved to London, Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne clarified today, cementing a politically sensitive shift away from Italy, Fiat's home for the past 115 years.

  • 30/04/2014 | World

    IMF approves $17 billion bailout for Ukraine

    The International Monetary Fund's board signed off on a $17 billion two-year aid program for Ukraine to help the ex-Soviet republic's economy recover after months of turmoil.

  • 02/05/2014 | World

    Rebels down two Ukraine helicopters

    Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian helicopters, killing two crew, as troops tightened their siege of separatist-held Slaviansk and Moscow accused Kiev of launching a "criminal" assault that wrecked hopes of peace.

  • 20/04/2014 | World

    Pope Francis calls for peace and the end of hunger in Easter address

    Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.

  • 25/04/2014 | World

    Multiple attack kills 28 people on Shi'ite political rally in Iraq

    A series of explosions killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 40 at a Shi'ite political organisation's rally in Iraq, police sources said.

  • 30/04/2014 | World

    Fed shows faith in US economy, announces bond-buying reduction

    The Federal Reserve looked past a dismal reading on first quarter US growth and gave a mostly upbeat assessment of the economy's prospects as it announced another cut in its massive bond-buying stimulus.

  • 18/04/2014 | World

    Mega salaries are evil, papal preacher tells Good Friday service

    The Vatican's official preacher, at a Good Friday service attended by Pope Francis, said huge salaries and the world financial crisis were modern evils caused by the "cursed hunger for gold".

  • 18/04/2014 | World

    NASA robotic spacecraft crashes into the moon

    A robotic US spacecraft ended a pioneering mission to map dust and gases around the moon with a planned, kamikaze crash into the lunar surface today, NASA officials said.

  • 18/04/2014 | World

    Avalanche kills 12 on Mount Everest

    An avalanche sweeping down Mount Everest killed 12 Nepali guides at the start of the main climbing season, the tourism ministry said, in what may be the deadliest single incident on the world's highest peak.

  • 10/04/2014 | World

    Israel imposes sanctions against Palestinians

    Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate US efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline.

  • 15/04/2014 | World

    Israelis and Palestinians to restart negotiations

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the US State Department said.

  • 18/04/2014 | World

    Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal

    Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    Kerry says willing to take blame for US foreign policy failures

    US Secretary of State John Kerry bristled at fierce criticism from US senators, saying he would accept blame for foreign policy failures but was at least trying to make progress on Middle East peace and the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    Catalan leader says parliament rejection won't halt referendum

    Catalonia President Artur Mas said he would forge ahead with his region's plans to hold a referendum on independence in November after Spain's parliament overwhelmingly rejected the petition.

  • 09/04/2014 | World

    Netanyahu freezes negotiations with Palestinian Authority

    Israel announced a partial freeze in high-level contacts with the Palestinians and also threatened economic steps after they signed international conventions, deepening a crisis menacing US-brokered peace talks.

  • 29/03/2014 | World

    Hollande braces for losses in low turnout for French mayoral vote

    France's ruling Socialists braced for big losses in local elections today and the far-right National Front was poised to win a handful of cities for the first time since 1995, as turnout looked set to hit a new low.

  • 03/04/2014 | World

    Russia protests over German minister's Nazi-Crimea comparison

    Russia protested to Germany over remarks by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble likening Russia's annexation of Crimea to Nazi Germany's expansion under Adolf Hitler. "We consider such pseudo-historical references by the German minister provocative," the Russian foreign ministry said.

  • 04/04/2014 | World

    Uganda arrests US staffer over gay law

    A US-funded health project in Uganda has suspended operations after police arrested a staff member on suspicion of promoting homosexuality, highlighting the mounting legal risks confronting the gay community in the east African state.

  • 26/03/2014 | World

    Washington state mudslide death toll at 24, expected to rise

    Search teams picked through mud-caked debris for a fifth day looking for scores of people still missing from a deadly Washington state landslide, while local officials fended off criticism of property development in the area after previous slides.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    US appeals court upholds restrictive abortion law

    A US appeals court upheld a Texas law that places restrictions on abortions, saying a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was a reasonable regulation.

  • 29/03/2014 | World

    Another earthquake rattles S. California

    Residents of southern California were rattled by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake, the largest of more than 100 aftershocks following Friday's 5.1 rumbler that caused light scattered damage around the Los Angeles area.

  • 21/03/2014 | World

    Furious reaction after Turkey bans Twitter

    Turkey's ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections brought a furious reaction at home and abroad, with users of the social networking service denouncing the move as a "digital coup" and the president expressing his disapproval.

  • 21/03/2014 | World

    AI pattern decodes false pain expressions

    In the ever-expanding contest between artificial intelligence and the ordinary human mind, you can chalk up another one for the computer.

  • 25/03/2014 | World

    Spanish court declares Catalonia sovereignty claim unconstitutional

    Spain's Constitutional Court partially struck down a sovereignty claim approved by lawmakers last year in the northern region of Catalonia, a vital step toward a referendum on full independence.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Draft UN resolution declares Crimea referendum invalid

    A draft UN Security Council resolution declares that Sunday's planned referendum on Crimea's status "can have no validity" and urges nations and international organizations not to recognize it, according to a copy obtained by Reuters.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Kerry and Lavrov fail to reach breakthrough

    The US and Russia found no middle ground on the Ukraine crisis, with the Russians saying they would respect an independence referendum in Crimea and the Americans vowing to impose sanctions if they do.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    Russian forces seize two Ukrainian bases in Crimea

    The United States warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Pope invited to address US Congress

    US House Speaker John Boehner invited Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress - an unprecedented event - during an expected visit to the United States next year.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Facebook CEO Zuckerberg phoned Obama to complain about spying

    Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blasted the US government's electronic surveillance practices, saying he'd personally called President Barack Obama to voice his displeasure.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Russia vows to veto US draft at UN declaring Crimea vote illegal

    The United States circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that would declare Sunday's planned referendum on independence for Ukraine's Crimea region illegal, but Russia has vowed to veto it, council diplomats said.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    A whale of a find: Fossil sheds light on cetacean sonar's origin

    The deadly threat posed by German submarines during World War One helped spur scientists to develop sonar, using underwater sound signals to locate objects like subs that might be taking aim with a torpedo.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemns rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a series of rocket attacks against Israel that originated in the Gaza Strip and provoked swift Israeli retaliation.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Gaza rockets pepper Israel though truce called

    Four rockets launched from the Gaza Strip struck Israel despite an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire announced by Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad after the most intense cross-border violence since 2012.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    European states seek backing for banking union reform

    European ministers agreed to strengthen a scheme to tackle troubled banks, seeking to win the blessing of EU lawmakers for a reform to fortify the euro zone against crises.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    Europe fails to bridge divide on banks reform

    Europe appeared far away from making good its crisis pledge to tackle weak banks as lawmakers and country representatives failed to bridge differences over how to close down troubled lenders.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    Israel's parliament toughens referendum-on-peace law

    Israel's parliament toughened a law requiring a public referendum on potential land-for-peace deals involving withdrawals from land annexed by Israel.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    Investigators say missing Malaysian jet may have disintegrated in mid-air

    Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board suspect it may have disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said, as Vietnam reported a possible sighting of wreckage from the plane.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    UN chief says Rouhani has not increased freedoms in Iran

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has failed to fulfil campaign promises to allow greater freedom of expression and there has been a sharp rise in executions since his election, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    First Japanese astronaut takes command of space station

    Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata assumed command of the International Space Station the first Japanese national to oversee a manned space mission.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    US won't recognize Crimea annexation

    The United States will not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia if residents of the region vote to leave Ukraine in a referendum next week, US national security official Tony Blinken said.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    Pope departs Vatican on frugal retreat ahead of anniversary

    Pope Francis left the Vatican ahead of the first anniversary of his papacy, which he will pass with the Roman Curia on a Lenten spiritual retreat held outside the city state for the first time in decades.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    Malaysian jetliner may have turned back before vanishing

    A missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have turned back from its scheduled route before vanishing from radar screens, military officers said, deepening the mystery surrounding the fate of the plane and the 239 people aboard.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    Putin defends Crimea's decision to hold referendum

    Russian President Vladimir Putin defended breakaway moves by the pro-Russian leaders of Crimea in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Little progress made in diplomatic efforts to solve Ukraine crisis

    High-level diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine made little apparent headway at talks in Paris with Moscow and Washington at odds and Russia's foreign minister refusing to recognise his Ukrainian counterpart.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Obama and Cameron consult on Ukraine

    President Barack Obama spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron about the situation in Ukraine, the White House said.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    US Congress steps into action on Ukraine

    The US House of Representatives approved a bill backing $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine, the first formal response by US lawmakers to the worst crisis in US-Russia relations since the Cold War.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Bieber police video may be released, minus genitalia

    A judge ruled that video images of a partially-clad Justin Bieber while the pop singer was in police custody in Florida can be released, but only after blocking out his genitals.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    China's Xi says Russia can push for political solution in Ukraine

    Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he believes Russia can push for a political settlement to the Ukraine crisis in coordination with other parties, China's foreign ministry said.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Britain to freeze assets of 18 Ukrainians

    Britain's finance ministry said it would join other European Union countries in freezing the assets of 18 Ukrainians suspected of misappropriating state funds, in line with an agreement reached by the EU earlier in the day.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    First patient fitted with Carmat artificial heart dies

    The first patient fitted with an artificial heart made by the French company Carmat has died, the hospital that had performed the transplant in December said.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Russia says it would retaliate for US sanctions as Kerry visits Kiev

    Russia warned the United States from taking unilateral sanctions against its country, while Secretary of State John Kerry visited Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Egypt's al-Sisi signals he will run for president

    Egypt's armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signalled that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the "majority" of Egyptians who want him to do so, state news agency MENA reported.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    Russian markets plunge as Putin tightens Crimea grip

    Russia paid a heavy financial price for its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    US prepares sanctions against Russia

    The United States is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region although no decisions have yet been made, the US State Department said.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    At White House, Israel's Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama that Israelis expected their leader not to compromise on their security even as the US president sought to reassure him on Iran diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    German foreign minister Steinmeier against excluding Russia from G8

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged world leaders to work to calm the crisis in Ukraine and defended Russia's membership of the Group of Eight leading economies, which enabled the West to talk directly with Moscow.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Medvedev warns Ukraine's new leaders they won't last

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook that Ukraine's leaders had seized power illegally, and predicted their rule would end with "a new revolution" and new bloodshed.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    Amid Ukraine crisis, Obama meets Netanyahu

    Even as he grappled with the Ukraine crisis, President Barack Obama turned to White House talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to nudge him forward in Middle East peace efforts and ease his suspicions about diplomacy with Iran.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Ukraine mobilises after Russia's 'declaration of war'

    Ukraine mobilised for war, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Kerry condemns Russia's 'incredible act of aggression' in Ukraine

    US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia's "incredible act of aggression" in Ukraine and threatened "very serious repercussions" from the United States and other countries, including sanctions to isolate Russia economically.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    NATO meets on Ukraine, says Russia risks destabilizing Europe

    NATO's secretary-general warned Moscow it was threatening peace in Europe with its seizure of Crimea and should "de-escalate tensions", but diplomats said the alliance was unlikely to agree on major steps to rein Russia in.

  • 22/02/2014 | World

    US welcomes release of Ukraine's Tymoshenko

    The United States on Saturday welcomed the release from prison of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and pledged to work with its allies, Russia and international organizations to support a unified and democratic Ukraine.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    UN authorizes sanctions regime for Yemen

    The UN Security Council authorized sanctions against anyone in Yemen who obstructs the country's political transition or commits human rights violations but stopped short of blacklisting any specific individuals.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    US space telescope spots 715 more planets

    Scientists added a record 715 more planets to the list of known worlds beyond the solar system, boosting the overall tally to nearly 1,700, astronomers said.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Despite China warnings, Obama meets Dalai Lama

    President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in a show of concern about China's human rights practices, and in spite of warnings from China that the visit would "seriously damage" ties with Washington.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Italy's Renzi to be sworn after unveiling cabinet

    Italian centre-left leader Matteo Renzi unveiled his cabinet after formally accepting the mandate to form a government he said would remain in place until 2018.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    North Korea rejects UN human rights report as "lies and fabrications"

    North Korea rejected the findings of a UN panel, which accused the state of crimes against humanity that evoked Nazi-era atrocities, saying they were based on "lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs."

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    US Federal Reserve adopts tough capital rules for foreign banks

    The US Federal Reserve adopted tight new rules for foreign banks to shield the US taxpayer from costly bailouts, ceding only minor concessions despite pressure from abroad to weaken the rule.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Fed keeps reduction of monetary stimulus

    The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve decided to maintain the reduction of their monetary stimulus policy “at a moderate rate,” official acts revealed.

  • 20/02/2014 | World

    EU hits Ukraine with sanctions, threatens more

    The European Union agreed to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the pressure if the situation there got worse.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    Italian Court confirms Berlusconi’s divorce

    The tribunal of Monza has officially confirmed the divorce between former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his second wife, Miriam Raffaella Bartoloni (known as Verónica Lario), local media informed.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    Snowden elected as Glasgow University Rector

    Former NSA analyst Edward Snowden was elected as the students delegate in the Scottish University of Glasgow.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    UN urges prosecution of North Korea crimes

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged world powers to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor following a report documenting crimes against humanity.

  • 13/02/2014 | World

    Italy PM Letta to resign after party withdraws support

    Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he would tender his resignation on Friday, opening the way for centre-left leader Matteo Renzi to take the helm of Italy's third government in less than a year.

  • 14/02/2014 | World

    Thousands flee Syrian rebel-held town as 'major assault' looms

    Thousands of people have fled a rebel-held town in Syria after it was bombed and shelled in an operation that has prompted fears of a major assault by ground troops, the United Nations said.

  • 14/02/2014 | World

    US to let banks do business with licensed Marijuana shops

    The Obama administration made it easier for banks to do business with licensed marijuana companies with less fear of prosecution, further encouraging US states that are experimenting with legalization of the drug.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Iran says warships sailing towards US

    An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach US maritime borders as a response to the stationing of US vessels in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Majority of Americans support normalizing relations with Cuba

    A strong majority of Americans - and an even greater percentage of Floridians - support normalizing relations with Cuba, according to a poll released by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank.

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Obama says US will deal harshly with violators of Iran sanctions

    President Barack Obama issued a sharp warning to companies eyeing business deals with Iran, saying the United States would come down like a "ton of bricks" on those that violated sanctions against Tehran.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Khamenei: US would overthrow Iranian government if it could

    Iran's Supreme Leader said the United States would overthrow the Iranian government if it could, adding Washington had a "controlling and meddlesome" attitude towards the Islamic Republic, Iranian media reported.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Al Capone's gangster manse on the market in Miami Beach

    One of Miami Beach's most notorious pieces of real estate is back on the block: the asking price is almost $8.5 million.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Egypt's Sabahi says to contest presidency

    Egyptian leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi announced he would be running for the presidency in a forthcoming election, enlivening a race that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Moscow accuses US of fomenting Ukraine coup

    An east-west struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of US diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    Turkish forces seize suspected hijacker on plane in Istanbul

    Turkish special forces seized a passenger who is suspected of making a bomb threat and trying to hijack a plane, demanding to go to the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi, CNN Turk and other Turkish media said.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    Princess Cristina to give testimony in royal corruption case

    Spain's Princess Cristina - younger daughter of King Juan Carlos - will appear in court for questioning by a judge in a corruption case that has deepened public anger over ruling class graft at a time of government spending cuts.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Hundreds of thousands without power after US Northeast storm

    Utility crews worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the US Northeast after a snow and ice storm slammed the region. But flights began returning to normal after thousands of delays or cancellations.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Fashion Week kicks off in snowy New York with anoraks, sweaters

    A gala week of designer fashion shows kicked off in New York, where insiders said to expect everything from fringe and shearling to pared-down monochrome on styles coming down the runways.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    US targets businesses for evading sanctions on Iran

    The Obama administration targeted a host of businesses across Europe and the Middle East for evading sanctions against Iran, a signal that Washington aims to keep pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    Israel's finance minister halts funds to West Bank settlements

    Israel's finance minister halted the transfer of government funds to West Bank Jewish settlements, and ordered a probe into allegations that money meant to support municipalities had been funnelled to a pro-settler political group.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    West offers treatment to Ukrainian injured activist

    Western governments pressed Ukraine's president to compromise with protesters camped on the streets, prompting a war of words with Russia and offering treatment to an opposition activist who says he was tortured.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    NJ Gov Christie booed at Super Bowl event

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was greeted with audible boos and a few loud cheers during a Super Bowl-related appearance in New York City, a day after a former appointee said the popular Republican knew about politically motivated lane closures near a busy commuter bridge.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    Gunfire, explosions rock protest-hit Thailand on elections eve

    Dozens of gunshots and two explosions raised tension amid anti-government protests in Thailand's capital, a day ahead of a general election seen as incapable of restoring stability in the polarised country.

  • 29/01/2014 | World

    Erdogan visits Iran to improve ties

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited Iran to bolster trade and energy ties, state TV said, in what also looked like a bid to defuse tensions over Syria by capitalising on Tehran's diplomatic opening to regional rivals and the West.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    US official warns over Syria Al-Qaeda attack

    US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has alleged that a Syrian faction of al Qaeda seeks to perform an attack on US soil.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    Obama nominates new NSA chief

    Navy Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, the head of US Fleet Cyber Command, is not expected immediately to change the NSA, shaken by revelations by former contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 25/01/2014 | World

    Thirty-two presumed dead in massive Quebec seniors' home fire

    Thirty-two people were presumed to have died in a fire that swept through a wooden retirement residence in the eastern Canadian province of Quebec on Thursday, police said.

  • 28/01/2014 | World

    Gunmen kill Egyptian general; ousted Morsi defiant at trial

    Islamist militant gunmen on a motorcycle killed a top Interior Ministry official in the latest blow to a military-backed Egyptian government struggling to curb violence and suppress dissent.

  • 29/01/2014 | World

    NY Times editorial criticises CFK's policies

    In an article published by the editorial board of the New York Times, the newspaper expressed that “Argentina needs to do a lot more to address inflation,” and criticized President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration for “picking unnecessary fights with private businesses and investors.”

  • 24/01/2014 | World

    Syrian govt, opposition to discuss aid for Homs

    The Syrian government and opposition have agreed to discuss over the next two days a possible deal to provide humanitarian access to the besieged city of Homs as part of confidence building measures, diplomatic sources said.

  • 25/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine opposition seek more after offer of top government posts

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered the opposition several top government posts, hoping to coax his opponents into ending protests that threaten to bring the country to a standstill.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine opposition meet protesters after Yanukovich talks

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called for an emergency session of parliament to end the country's political crisis and violent unrest, in a sign he might be ready to soften his hardline stance and strike a compromise.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    Iraq hangs 11 convicted of terrorism, justice ministry spokesman

    Iraq hanged 11 people convicted of terrorist offences, the justice ministry said, pursuing what a UN official has criticised as a "conveyor-belt of executions".

  • 24/01/2014 | World

    North Korea warns US/SK military drills could spark disaster

    North Korea took its demand for the US and South Korea to halt joint military drills to the UN, holding a rare news conference to warn the exercises could get "out of control and plunge into disaster."

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    China says all issues on table in Syria talks

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that talks to end the war in Syria should cover all topics of concern to the two sides, including the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    UN envoy meets Syria foes to salvage talks after bitter start

    A UN envoy was to meet delegations from Syria's government and its foes on Lake Geneva, trying to salvage peace talks after an acrimonious start by focusing on local ceasefires and prisoner swaps rather than a political deal.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    Rouhani wants 'constructive engagement' with Iran

    Iran is negotiating with the United States as part of a "constructive engagement" with the world community and wants Washington to back up its words with actions, President Hassan Rouhani said.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Russian lawyer says Snowden in danger after hostile remarks

    Edward Snowden needs better security after a news report quoted unnamed US intelligence officials saying they wanted the former spy agency contractor dead and discussing ways to kill him, his Russian lawyer said.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    Iraq PM: 'Time to end al Qaeda presence in Falluja'

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said it was time to clear al Qaeda-linked militants out of the rebel-held city of Falluja, but set no deadline for any military assault.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    Iran's Rouhani says possible to overcome animosity with US

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said it was possible to turn more than three decades of enmity with the United States into friendship if both sides made an effort.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Pope urges Davos elite to serve humanity with wealth

    Pope Francis challenged business leaders assembled in Davos to put their wealth at the service of humanity instead of leaving most of the world's population in poverty and insecurity.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    One dead in shooting at Purdue University

    At least one person died during a shooting this afternoon at Purdue University, Indiana, campus police Chief reported. The suspected was arrested.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    Iran says won't join Syria talks if required to accept 2012 deal

    Iran's UN ambassador issued Tehran's most unambiguous statement so far on Iranian participation in this week's peace talks on Syria, saying that Iran will definitely not take part if it is required to accept a June 2012 deal agreed in Geneva.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    More infected in fresh wave of China bird flu

    Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, adding to at least 24 new cases last week and confirming a fresh surge in the virus.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    What would Martin Luther King Jr. do in 2014?

    Visions of what Martin Luther King Jr. would do to promote civil rights in 2014 marked speeches and commemorations to honour his memory. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the civil rights leader would want school children to hear it as a call to stay in school and become educated to better the world.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    French first lady Valerie Trierweiler leaves hospital

    French first lady Valerie Trierweiler left hospital in Paris, a week after reports emerged that her partner, President Francois Hollande, was having an affair with the actress Julie Gayet, a member of Trierweiler's staff said.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    US begins sanctions relief on Iran

    The United States has followed through on promised sanctions relief for Iran covering oil exports, trade in precious metals and automotive services as part of a nuclear agreement that began taking effect this week.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    Former Prosecutor says Pope won't be lenient with predator priests

    Pope Francis will not show leniency towards paedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor said.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    Iran diplomat dead after resisting kidnap attempt in Yemen

    An Iranian diplomat was killed in Yemen's capital Sanaa when he resisted gunmen who were trying to kidnap him near the ambassador's residence, the Iranian Foreign Ministry and Yemeni security sources said.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    UN, IMF officials among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack

    A Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing 21 people including three United Nations staff and the IMF's top representative in Afghanistan.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    At least four killed in clashes across Egypt

    At least four people were killed as clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police flared up across Egypt, security sources said.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Obama: ‘I'm not going to dwell on Snowden's actions or motivations’

    Obama on Friday took a swipe at Edward Snowden, the former US spy contractor whose revelations about American surveillance practices tarnished relations with foreign allies and prompted reforms in Washington.

  • 18/01/2014 | World

    Egypt president expected to call for elections in March

    Egypt's president will announce that presidential elections will be held in March, in a statement expected to come hours after the final results of a constitutional referendum are made public, a newspaper reported.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Russia steps up military lifeline to Syria's Assad

    In recent weeks Russia has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armoured vehicles, drones and guided bombs, boosting President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the insurgency against him, sources with knowledge of the deliveries say.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Ukraine leader signs laws against protests

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich signed into force a set of tough new laws that would ban virtually all forms of anti-government protests despite an outcry from Western governments which have criticised them as anti-democratic.

  • 15/01/2014 | World

    Polls in Egypt close after final day of voting on new constitution: state media

    Polls across Egypt closed, state media reported, after a second and final day of voting on a draft constitution that could pave the way for a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

  • 15/01/2014 | World

    US House approves $1.1 trln measure to fund gov't through Sept. 30

    The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that quashes the threat of a government shutdown through Sept. 30 and offers lawmakers a chance to end four years of chaotic, crisis-driven budgeting.

  • 16/01/2014 | World

    Egyptians back constitution

    Egyptians overwhelmingly approved a new constitution by referendum, state media reported, a widely expected outcome that nudges army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ever closer to a bid for the presidency.

  • 14/01/2014 | World

    Israeli defence chief calls Kerry messianic

    Israel's hawkish defence minister drew rare US condemnation over reports he had denounced Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

  • 14/01/2014 | World

    Israel Defence minister apologises to Kerry over scorn for peace drive

    Israel's hawkish defence minister apologised to US Secretary of State John Kerry after a newspaper quoted him scorning the diplomat's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

  • 15/01/2014 | World

    Pope removes four cardinals in shake-up of Vatican bank

    Pope Francis shook up the scandal-plagued Vatican bank, removing four of five cardinals from an oversight body in a break with the clerical financial establishment he inherited from his predecessor.

  • 13/01/2014 | World

    Obama urges Congress to avoid new sanctions on Iran

    President Barack Obama urged Congress to resist the temptation to approve new economic sanctions against Iran and said lawmakers instead should give diplomacy and peace a chance to work.

  • 13/01/2014 | World

    Egyptians vote in constitutional referendum seen boosting General al-Sisi

    Egyptians voted in a constitutional referendum, the first ballot since the military overthrew Islamist Morsi and an event likely to spawn a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

  • 11/01/2014 | World

    General Sisi says would run for president at request of people

    Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said that if he runs for president it must be at the request of the people and with a mandate from the army, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported.

  • 11/01/2014 | World

    Obama says joins Israelis in honoring Sharon's commitment to Israel

    President Barack Obama said on Saturday he joined Israelis in honoring the late Ariel Sharon's commitment to Israel and he affirmed traditional US support for Israel's security.

  • 11/01/2014 | World

    African Republic's capital tense as former leader heads into exile

    Central African Republic's president flew into exile in Benin and a new interim team started the process of identifying leaders who might restore order to a nation gripped by months of inter-religious violence.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Tunisian premier Larayedh resigns for caretaker gov't, protests hit south

    Tunisia's Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh resigned on Thursday to make way for a caretaker government in an agreement with secular opponents to complete the country's transition to democracy.

  • 10/01/2014 | World

    Iran, EU make progress in atom deal implementation talks

    Iran and the EU appeared to make progress in resolving outstanding differences on how to implement a landmark nuclear deal in talks in Geneva but the United States said discussions were not yet finalised.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Khamenei says nuclear talks show US enmity

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that nuclear negotiations with world powers had revealed US "enmity" towards the Islamic state.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Wall Street up after claims data

    US stock index futures rose ahead of labor market data, with Macy's raising the bar for retailers after a stellar holiday season.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Ariel Sharon's condition worsens

    The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma since 2006, has deteriorated sharply in recent hours and he is close to death, the hospital treating him told today.

  • 08/01/2014 | World

    Priest hitches ride on popemobile during papal general audience

    An Argentine priest hitched a ride on Pope Francis' popemobile during the pontiff's general audience in St. Peter's Square today after the pope recognised him in the crowd.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Egypt court sentences 63 Brotherhood supporters over violence

    An Egyptian court sentenced 63 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to three years in jail each today on charges including rioting, thuggery and weapons possession, a judicial source said.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Germany will help dispose of Syrian chemical weapons

    Germany will help destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons materials as part of an international disarmament programme, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

  • 08/01/2014 | World

    Wall Street to open flat after jobs data; Fed minutes due

    US stocks were set to open little changed today, a day after the S&P 500 posted its largest gain in three weeks and after a report showed private sector payrolls rose the most in 13 months.

  • 08/01/2014 | World

    Hamas frees Fatah men, urges rival to reciprocate

    The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip freed seven imprisoned members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction today, saying it was trying to promote reconciliation with its West Bank-based rival.

  • 08/01/2014 | World

    Morsi misses court hearing after bad weather

    The trial of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on charges of inciting murder of protesters was postponed today until Feb. 1 after officials said that bad weather had prevented him being flown to court.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    Who is Janet Yellen?

    Janet Yellen was confirmed by the US Senate on Monday to become the next chair of the Federal Reserve. She will succeed Ben Bernanke when his term expires on Jan. 31.

  • 07/01/2014 | World

    Syria ships out first batch of chemical weapons materials

    Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament programme that has been delayed by war and technical problems.

  • 07/01/2014 | World

    United States sending more troops and tanks to South Korea

    The United States said today it will send 800 more soldiers and about 40 Abrams main battle tanks and other armored vehicles to South Korea next month as part of a military rebalance to East Asia after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    US SC halts gay marriage in Utah temporarily

    The US Supreme Court on Monday halted same-sex marriages in Utah - permitted for less than three weeks - while the state appeals a lower-court ruling legalizing them, as the justices again left their imprint on the debate over gay nuptials.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    US steps up military deliveries to Iraq to help fight al Qaeda

    The White House said that the United States is accelerating its deliveries of military equipment to Iraq to help the country fight al Qaeda-linked militants, part of a strategy to isolate the insurgent groups.

  • 04/01/2014 | World

    Putin eases curbs on protests in Sochi for Winter Olympics

    President Vladimir Putin has eased curbs on demonstrations in the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi in a gesture likely to burnish Russia's image ahead of an event dogged by security and human rights worries.

  • 04/01/2014 | World

    Kerry says making progress towards Israeli-Palestinian deal

    Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace agreement but they are not there yet, US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters.

  • 04/01/2014 | World

    Syrian rebels launch offensive against al Qaeda

    Syrian rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-west Syria in the heaviest clashes between President Bashar al-Assad's opponents in nearly three years of conflict, activists said.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Christmas bombings kill 34 in Iraq

    At least 34 people died in bomb attacks in Christian areas, some by a car bomb near a church after a Christmas service.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Iranian MPs propose bill to enrich uranium

    Iran's hardline lawmakers are seeking to increase uranium enrichment under the country's nuclear programme to a level that can produce bomb-grade material, according to a state-run website.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Egyptian gov't designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group

    The Egyptian government formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, accusing it of carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a police station that killed 16 people.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Russia drops charges against Greenpeace activists

    Russia formally dropped criminal charges against Greenpeace activists arrested in a protest against Arctic oil drilling and was expected to shortly do the same for all 30, the environmental group said.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Atheists, work with us for peace, Pope says on Christmas

    Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, called on atheists to unite with believers of all religions and work for "a homemade peace" that can spread across the world.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Sinai-based group say bombed Egypt police station

    Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis said it had carried out a bomb attack on an Egyptian police compound in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura which killed 16 people and wounded about 140.

  • 23/12/2013 | World

    Pope Francis and Benedict pray together in Christmas meeting

    Pope Francis made a Christmas visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict and said he found his 86-year-old predecessor looking well, according to television footage released by the Vatican.

  • 23/12/2013 | World

    Virus kills over 1,000 bottlenose dolphins along US east coast

    More than 1,000 migratory bottlenose dolphins have died from a measles-like virus along the US Eastern Seaboard in 2013 and the epidemic shows no sign of abating, a marine biologist said.

  • 21/12/2013 | World

    Egypt sends Morsi to trial in third case

    Egypt's deposed Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, and 129 others including members of Hamas and Hezbollah, were referred to trial today on murder and other charges related to a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

  • 21/12/2013 | World

    Israel plays down importance of alleged spying by US and UK

    Israeli officials said they were not surprised by allegations the United States and Britain had spied on the country's leaders and played down the importance of any information its allies may have gleaned.

  • 20/12/2013 | World

    US, UK spies targeted Israeli PM

    British and US spies targeted a senior European Union official, German government buildings, and the office of an Israeli prime minister, according to the latest leaked documents from Edward Snowden published today.

  • 20/12/2013 | World

    Obama: 'Now is not the time for new Iran sanctions'

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he understands why some US lawmakers want to "look tough" on Iran but insisted now is not the time to impose new sanctions on Tehran while it is set to negotiate over a long-term nuclear deal with world powers.

  • 20/12/2013 | World

    Tom Cruise drops defamation lawsuit against publisher

    Actor Tom Cruise dropped a $50 million defamation lawsuit against a German media company that published a report saying the Hollywood star had "abandoned" his daughter, Suri, after his divorce from actress Katie Holmes.

  • 17/12/2013 | World

    British surgeon jailed in Syria dies in detention

    A British surgeon who was arrested last November within 48 hours of arriving in Syria to volunteer as an emergency doctor has died in jail, his family and a senior British official said on.

  • 18/12/2013 | World

    US Senate passes budget deal, focus shifts to spending

    The US Senate passed a two-year budget deal to ease automatic spending cuts and reduce the risk of a government shutdown, but fights were already breaking out over how to implement the budget pact.

  • 19/12/2013 | World

    New Mexico Supreme Court rules to allow same-sex marriage

    The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled to allow same-sex marriage statewide, ending a patchwork arrangement in which some counties permitted gay nuptials while others prohibited them.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    France says 'pessimistic' on Syria, has doubts about peace talks

    France's foreign minister said he was "pessimistic" about the situation in Syria and had great doubts about the success of a proposed peace conference to be held in Switzerland next month.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    Kerry says US has not abandoned ex FBI agent missing in Iran

    Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States has not abandoned a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran six years ago and that he personally has raised the issue, according to an interview with ABC News.

  • 17/12/2013 | World

    NATO says would have to plan for Afghan pullout by spring

    NATO would have to start planning for a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by early next spring if President Hamid Karzai refuses to sign a security pact allowing foreign troops to stay on, the alliance's top military commander said.

  • 13/12/2013 | World

    Kerry says Israeli-Palestinian deal possible by end April

    Shrugging off gloomy predictions of failure, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israelis and Palestinians remained committed to peace talks and were on course to wrap up a full deal by April.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    Police in Colorado probe motives of dead high school gunman

    Police sought to learn why a teenager stormed through his suburban Denver school with a shotgun and Molotov cocktails, opening fire on a fellow student before taking his own life in the latest burst of US school gun violence.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    Thai crisis deepens as PM's supporters weigh in

    Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra's red-shirted supporters said they were ready to defend her government in the streets from an elite-backed protest movement seeking to install an unelected "People's Council".

  • 12/12/2013 | World

    Catalonia sets referendum date next year, Spain says no

    Separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia region set Nov. 9 next year as the date for a proposed independence referendum and agreed the wording, but the Spanish government poured cold water on the plan.

  • 12/12/2013 | World

    UN Iran panel chair urges states to keep enforcing sanctions

    The Australian chairman of the UN Security Council's Iran sanctions committee urged the United Nations' 193 member states to continue enforcing UN sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.

  • 07/12/2013 | World

    Obama defends interim Iran deal, seeks to assure Israel

    President Barack Obama defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    US to consider sanctions on Ukraine but no decision yet

    The US State Department said it is considering all options, including sanctions, toward Ukraine, where riot police moved against demonstrators overnight after weeks of protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    Gruesome gift that keeps on giving: $200 to sponsor museum skulls

    A Philadelphia museum has the perfect holiday gift idea for the person who has everything, including a love of science and a dark sense of humor.

  • 04/12/2013 | World

    First Israeli cabinet minister visits Turkey since 2010

    A member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government and former defence chief flew to Istanbul, becoming the first Israeli cabinet minister to visit Turkey since ties ruptured in 2010 over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

  • 04/12/2013 | World

    Cyber experts uncover 2 mln stolen passwords to global Web accounts

    Security experts have uncovered a trove of some 2 million stolen passwords to websites including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo from Internet users across the globe.

  • 05/12/2013 | World

    Obama says he will propose NSA reforms

    President Barack Obama said he intends to propose National Security Agency reforms to reassure Americans that their privacy is not being violated.

  • 27/11/2013 | World

    Syrian opposition to attend Geneva peace conference

    The Syrian National Coalition opposition group will attend the long-delayed "Geneva 2" talks in January aimed at ending the country's civil war, the group's president, Ahmad Jarba, said.

  • 30/11/2013 | World

    Hagel voices US concern over new Egyptian law limiting protest

    Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel telephoned his Egyptian counterpart to voice US concerns about a new Egyptian law that curbs protests and has prompted the arrest of a group of Egyptian girls and political activists, a spokesman said.

  • 26/11/2013 | World

    Britain protests to Spain over Gibraltar diplomatic bag incident

    Britain accused Madrid of a "serious infringement" of international protocol, saying Spanish police had opened a British diplomatic bag on the border with its contested territory of Gibraltar.

  • 26/11/2013 | World

    First book printed in US sells for record $14.2 million at auction

    The Bay Psalm Book, one of 11 surviving copies of the first book printed in America, sold for $14.2 million at Sotheby's in New York, setting a new world auction record for any printed book.

  • 27/11/2013 | World

    US affirms support for Japan in islands dispute with China

    Washington pledged support for ally Japan in a growing dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea and senior US officials accused Beijing of behavior that had unsettled its neighbors.

  • 22/11/2013 | World

    Civil rights group asks US judge to halt NSA phone data program

    The American Civil Liberties Union urged a federal judge to halt the US government's sweeping collection of phone data, arguing that the controversial program goes beyond what Congress authorized and violates the constitutional rights of all Americans.

  • 22/11/2013 | World

    US Kerry to travel to Geneva for Iran talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry will leave for Geneva to join nuclear talks between six major powers and Iran, the State Department said.

  • 23/11/2013 | World

    China bolsters East China Sea claim, warns of 'defensive measures'

    China bolstered its claim to islands that Japan says it owns, warning that it would take "defensive emergency measures" against aircraft that failed to identify themselves properly in airspace over them.

  • 20/11/2013 | World

    Afghanistan, US reach draft security agreement

    The United States and Afghanistan reached a draft agreement laying out the terms under which US troops may stay beyond 2014, one day before Afghan elders are to debate the issue.

  • 21/11/2013 | World

    After 11 years in jail for murder, Kennedy cousin out on bail

    Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who spent 11 years in prison for the 1975 murder of a teenage neighbor in Greenwich, Connecticut, walked free after a judge granted him bail ahead of a new trial.

  • 22/11/2013 | World

    Women enslaved in London beaten and emotionally abused

    Three women enslaved for 30 years in a London house were beaten and subjected to psychological abuse, in one of the worst cases of domestic servitude to emerge in Britain, police said.

  • 19/11/2013 | World

    German intelligence agency to step up counterintelligence

    Germany's domestic intelligence agency is planning to expand its counterintelligence operations to include friendly countries following revelations about the United States' extensive spying programme, a senior German security official said.

  • 19/11/2013 | World

    NASA puts out call for commercial space taxis

    Despite budget uncertainties, NASA issued a solicitation for a commercially operated space taxi to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, an attempt to break Russia's monopoly on crew transport by 2017.

  • 20/11/2013 | World

    Israeli leader lobbies in Russia against Iran deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Russia to insist world powers set tough terms for Iran in any deal reached in the standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme.

  • 16/11/2013 | World

    Islamist rebels behead fellow fighter by mistake

    A group of Syrian Sunni Muslim rebels linked to al Qaeda have beheaded one of their own wounded fighters after mistaking him for a foreign Shi'ite fighting for President Bashar al-Assad, a monitoring group said.

  • 16/11/2013 | World

    Iran, world powers close to nuclear deal: Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov

    Global powers and Iran are close to a preliminary deal to rein in Tehran's nuclear programme and should not pass up a "very good chance" to clinch it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in remarks broadcast.

  • 15/11/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P close at new highs; Exxon Mobil leads Dow

    The Dow and the S&P 500 hit new highs for a sixth straight week of gains, as investors continued to take cues from Federal Reserve Chair nominee Janet Yellen, who told a Senate Committee it was too early to end the central bank's stimulus.

  • 15/11/2013 | World

    Berlusconi party at risk as splinter group formed

    The secretary of Italian centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi's party said he would form a breakaway group that would back Prime Minister Enrico Letta's fragile coalition in defiance of the media magnate, who faces expulsion from parliament this month.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    Palestinian peace talks delegation resigns

    Palestine's Mahmoud Abbas said his delegation of peace negotiators has resigned over the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks with Israel.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    Hawaii legalizes gay marriage

    Hawaii's governor signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, capping 20 years of legal and political rancor in a state regarded as a pioneer in advancing the cause of gay matrimony.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    Toronto Council asks Mayor Rob Ford to take leave of absence

    Toronto City Council asked embattled Mayor Rob Ford to take a break from his job to deal with "personal issues", which he admits include both buying illegal drugs and smoking crack cocaine.

  • 12/11/2013 | World

    Saudi rejects UN Security Council seat, opening way for Jordan

    Saudi Arabia officially notified the United Nations of its decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council, which UN diplomats said clears the way for the likely election of Jordan as a replacement.

  • 12/11/2013 | World

    New York's One World Trade Center deemed tallest US skyscraper

    The skyscraper at New York's World Trade Center has been designated the tallest building in the United States by virtue of its spire, surpassing Chicago's Willis Tower, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    'Pink Star'diamond sells for world record at auction

    The "Pink Star", a huge flawless pink diamond, was auctioned for 68 million Swiss francs ($73.99 million) in Geneva, a world record price for a gemstone, Sotheby's said.

  • 08/11/2013 | World

    Obama calls Netanyahu after criticism of Iran nuclear plan

    US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Israeli leader delivered a stinging rebuke to Washington over a deal taking shape in talks between Iran and world powers seeking to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

  • 09/11/2013 | World

    Iran nuclear deal unlikely as split emerges in Western camp

    Barring a last-minute breakthrough, talks between Iran and six world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions were set to end without a full agreement as a split emerged between France and the other Western powers, diplomats said.

  • 09/11/2013 | World

    Brief unity in Venezuela over Miss Universe win

    Squabbling bitterly every day over politics and economics, Venezuelans of all creeds could at least unite briefly to hail their latest beauty queen.

  • 06/11/2013 | World

    Wal-Mart website glitch gave shoppers super bargains, temporarily

    Shoppers looking for a bargain got some big ones, if only temporarily, at

  • 07/11/2013 | World

    Rubber duck, game of chess enter US Toy Hall of Fame

    Rubber Duckie you're the one. The world's most popular bath toy sunk fierce competition to be named one of two 2013 inductees to the United States' National Toy Hall of Fame.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    Iran negotiator says outline nuclear deal possible this week

    Mohammad Javad Zarif said that a framework deal with world powers on its nuclear programme was "possible this week", although it would not be a disaster if there were a further delay.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    Liberal Democrat de Blasio wins New York mayor's race

    Liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio cruised to victory in the race to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, marking the first time a Democrat has captured City Hall in two decades, local media reported.

  • 06/11/2013 | World

    Spain tells UN no rethink on post-Franco amnesty

    Spain told a critical United Nations panel that a 1978 amnesty for political crimes committed during the 1936-39 civil war and the right-wing dictatorship of Francisco Franco would not be reviewed, despite growing calls for a rethink.

  • 01/11/2013 | World

    German, Brazilian UN draft urges halt to excessive spying

    Germany and Brazil circulated a draft resolution to a UN General Assembly committee that calls for an end to excessive electronic surveillance, data collection and other gross invasions of privacy.

  • 02/11/2013 | World

    Holocaust memorabilia found on eBay

    EBay has removed from its listings around 30 items of memorabilia from the Nazi Holocaust, including clothes worn by concentration camp victims, after a newspaper investigation discovered they were on sale on the e-commerce website, Britain's Mail said.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    US Russia fail to agree Syria peace talks date

    The United States and Russia failed to agree a date for a Syrian peace conference, remaining divided over what role Iran might play in talks to end the civil war and over who would represent Syria's opposition.

  • 31/10/2013 | World

    German lawmaker meets Snowden, says he may help German spy inquiry

    A German lawmaker said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow and the fugitive former US spy agency contractor was willing to help German investigations into reports the United States tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.

  • 31/10/2013 | World

    Biden urges US lawmakers to hold off on any new Iran sanctions

    Vice President Joe Biden led a high-powered delegation to Capitol Hill to try to persuade US lawmakers to hold off on any more sanctions against Iran and let delicate diplomatic talks over Tehran's nuclear program unfold.

  • 01/11/2013 | World

    Obama tells Iraqi leader US wants 'inclusive' Iraq

    President Barack Obama told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the United States wants an inclusive, prosperous Iraq free of violence.

  • 27/10/2013 | World

    German paper says Obama aware of spying on Merkel since 2010

    A German newspaper said that US President Barack Obama knew his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, contradicting reports that he had told the German leader he did not know.

  • 28/10/2013 | World

    German parliament meets to discuss US spying scandal

    Germany's parliament will hold a special session on reports the United States tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone and left-wing parties demanded a public inquiry calling in witnesses including former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden.

  • 29/10/2013 | World

    Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners in amnesty

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help US-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides.

  • 25/10/2013 | World

    Merkel to seek 'no spy deal' within EU as well as with US

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the European Union's 28 member states to reach a "no spy deal" similar to an agreement France and Germany seek with the United State following allegations Washington tapped her mobile phone.

  • 25/10/2013 | World

    Egypt's top TV satirist back on air, pokes fun at all political camps

    Egypt's most prominent television satirist, Bassem Youssef, known for his fierce jabs at ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, returned to the airwaves following a summer break, poking equal fun at the fan frenzy surrounding Egypt's defense minister that has gripped the nation in recent months.

  • 26/10/2013 | World

    Hundreds march in Washington against NSA surveillance programs

    Hundreds of protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington to protest the US government's online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 19/10/2013 | World

    Arab states urge Saudi to keep UN Security Council seat

    The Arab Group at the United Nations urged Saudi Arabia to reconsider its decision to renounce a rotating seat on the Security Council to protest the 15-nation body's failure to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues.

  • 22/10/2013 | World

    Apple gives away Mac software, unveils iPad Air

    Apple Inc will give away operating and work software free to Mac computer users, challenging Microsoft Corp's near-stranglehold on personal computing as the latter starts to make inroads into the mobile market.

  • 23/10/2013 | World

    Pakistan prime minister urges Obama to end drone strikes

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged US President Barack Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan, touching on a sore subject just as relations between the two countries improve after years of suspicion over Afghanistan and the US counterterrorism fight.

  • 18/10/2013 | World

    Murdoch re-elected Twenty-First Century Fox chairman

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch was re-elected chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc despite protests from shareholder groups who sought to separate the chairman and chief executive positions of the family-dominated company.

  • 18/10/2013 | World

    NY man arrested, charged with al Qaeda ties

    US officials arrested a 25-year-old man from suburban New York and charged him in a five-count indictment with attempting to travel to Yemen to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    Israel urges maintaining Iran sanctions despite Geneva proposals

    Israel urged Western powers not to give up economic sanctions on Iran until Tehran proves it is dismantling its nuclear program that the United States and its allies believe is aimed at developing atomic weapons.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    'Edward Snowden has more secrets to share', father says

    The father of the ex US spy agency contractor said his son has more secrets to share and should stay in Russia "to make sure the true story is told."

  • 17/10/2013 | World

    Google Internet revenue rises 23 percent in Q3

    Google Inc said that its consolidated revenue increased 12 percent to $14.89 billion in the third quarter, even as losses deepened at its Motorola mobile phone business.

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    Twitter to list on NYSE, more than doubles quarterly revenue

    Social networking website Twitter Inc said it would list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange, dealing a blow to the tech-heavy Nasdaq which bungled rival Facebook's initial public offering.

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    Obama: When you're the president, everyone takes your calls

    The coolest thing about being the leader of the free world? Everyone will take your call, said President Barack Obama in a television interview.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    Facebook lifts restriction on teen users sharing with public

    Facebook Inc removed a restriction for users under 18 that previously limited who could see their online postings from photos to musings on the world-wide social network.

  • 10/10/2013 | World

    Iran up for UN disarmament panel post, US objects

    Iran is running for the vice chairmanship of the UN Disarmament Commission, which the United States said was unacceptable in light of Tehran's many breaches of Security Council demands that it halt its controversial atomic work.

  • 11/10/2013 | World

    G20 urges US to act quickly to avoid default

    Finance officials from the world's biggest economiespressed the United States to head off a potentially devastating default and vowed to proceed carefully when the time comes to normalize monetary policy.

  • 11/10/2013 | World

    Elephant accidentally kills Missouri zoo keeper

    An elephant in a Missouri zoo accidentally killed a long-time zoo manager, city officials said.

  • 05/10/2013 | World

    Suicide bombers target Iraq Shi'ites, killing 32

    Two suicide bombers targeted Shi'ite Muslims in Iraq, killing at least 32 people on the eve of the anniversary of one of their imams' deaths, police and medics.

  • 05/10/2013 | World

    Obama says Iran a year or more from nuclear weapon capability

    The United States believes Iran is a year or a more away from being able to produce a nuclear weapon, President Barack Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press released, although he described the estimate as "conservative."

  • 09/10/2013 | World

    Pentagon begins review of Guantanamo detainees held without charge

    The Pentagon said it had begun re-examining the evidence for the continued detention of terrorism suspects held without charge at Guantanamo, Cuba, more than two years after President Barack Obama directed it to develop a review process.

  • 02/10/2013 | World

    Fukushima nuclear plant operator says another tank is leaking toxic water

    The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said another tank holding highly contaminated water is leaking, and that some of the liquid may have reached the Pacific Ocean, the second such breach in less than two months.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Syria submits further details of its chemical arms program

    Syria has given international experts additional details about its chemical weapons program that go beyond a Sept. 21 declaration of its poison gas arsenal.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Evacuations ordered as Tropical Storm Karen nears US coast

    Authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for low-lying areas south of New Orleans as a weakened Tropical Storm Karen closed in on the Louisiana coast after disrupting US energy output in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • 27/09/2013 | World

    Jesse Jackson arrives in Cuba on mission of reconciliation

    US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson arrived in Cuba where he said he hoped to facilitate improved relations with the United States and see imprisoned US contractor Alan Gross.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    Iran sanctions in US Senate delayed before Geneva talks

    Under pressure not to squeeze Iran too hard, the US Senate is unlikely to impose a fresh round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic until after Tehran holds nuclear talks with world powers later this month, lawmakers and congressional aides said.

  • 26/09/2013 | World

    Timerman to meet with Iran government over AMIA case

    Argentine foreign minister Hector Timerman has confirmed that he will meet Iranian counterpart Javadi Zarif, in a talk designed to throw light on the current status of the AMIA agreement.

  • 26/09/2013 | World

    Six major powers, Iran agree to meet in Geneva next month

    Six major powers and Iran agreed to meet in Geneva next month for further talks on resolving the standoff with Tehran on its nuclear program, the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

  • 27/09/2013 | World

    Obama speaks by phone to Iran's Rouhani, sees chance for progress

    US President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone, the highest-level contact since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and a sign that both sides are serious about reaching a pact on Iran's nuclear program.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    President Putin says US strike on Syria could escalate conflict

    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against a US strike on Syria, saying such action risked escalating the conflict beyond that country and unleashing terrorist attacks.

  • 24/09/2013 | World

    Rouhani blasts sanctions against Iran in UN speech

    Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, blasted international sanctions against Iran comparing them to the widely criticized punitive measures against Iraq while the late Saddam Hussein was in power.

  • 25/09/2013 | World

    Iran says it wants to resolve nuclear row within months

    Iran's new government, stepping up a campaign to project a more moderate image abroad, said it wants to jump-start talks with world powers to resolve a decade-long dispute over its nuclear program and hoped for a deal in three to six months.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    WTO cuts 2013 world trade forecast to 2.5%

    World trade is expected to grow by 2.5 percent this year and 4.5 percent in 2014, the World Trade Organisation's new chief, Roberto Azevedo, said today, revising down previous estimates.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Russia cancels emergency UN meeting on Syria chemical weapons

    An emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria was canceled after Russia withdrew its request for the session, Australia's UN envoy said, as Western powers and Russia disagreed over a plan for Syria's chemical arsenal.

  • 07/09/2013 | World

    Conservative leader Abbott sweeps into power in Australian elections

    Australia's conservative leader Tony Abbott swept into office in national elections as voters punished the outgoing Labor government for six years of turbulent rule and for failing to maximise the benefits of a now fading mining boom.

  • 07/09/2013 | World

    EU's Ashton says evidence points to Syria government

    The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the EU's 28 nations agreed that available information seemed to show strong evidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical attack on civilians in August.

  • 07/09/2013 | World

    Egypt army hits Sinai militants, at least 30 killed

    The Egyptian army mounted a major operation against Islamist militants in North Sinai, killing or wounding at least 30 people, security officials said.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    Expect simple, modern looks at New York's Fashion Week

    Designers from around the world began unveiling their latest looks at New York Fashion Week, as fashion buyers and editors assembled to see what will be au courant for spring with trend watchers expecting a season of simple silhouettes.

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    US tightens embassy security in Lebanon and Turkey, warns Americans

    The United States tightened security at diplomatic missions in Lebanon and Turkey because of potential threats, ordering some personnel out of Lebanon and offering to evacuate those in Adana in southeastern Turkey.

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    N.Korean leader meets former U.S. basketball star Rodman again

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again met former US basketball star Dennis Rodman during his second visit to North Korea this year, North Korea's state news agency said but made no mention on whether the two discussed the fate of a jailed American missionary.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    New NASA spacecraft to investigate moon mystery

    More than 40 years after the last Apollo astronauts left the moon, NASA is preparing to launch a small robotic spacecraft to investigate one of their most bizarre discoveries.

    More than 40 years after the last Apollo astronauts left the moon, NASA is preparing to launch a small robotic spacecraft to investigate one of their most bizarre discoveries.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    CFK on ‘vulture funds’: 'Go and ask Obama'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has spoken out about the US refusal to discuss Argentina’s dispute with the so-called ‘vulture funds’, during the G-20 meeting in Moscow, Russia.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    US sees no sign Iran is addressing concerns on nuclear program

    The United States voiced disappointment that Iran's new president has not moved more swiftly to allay international concerns about the country's atomic program, saying Tehran is undermining hopes of ending its nuclear standoff with the West.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Thousands of Islamists take to Egypt's streets

    Thousands of supporters of overthrown Islamist president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets in towns and cities across Egypt to denounce Egypt's new military-backed rulers - their second show of mass support in four days.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    US Senate panel reaches deal on military authorization for Syria

    Leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they reached an agreement on a draft authorization for the use of military force in Syria that was much narrower than the request made by President Barack Obama, paving the way for a vote by the committee.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Strike against Syria unlikely to provoke clash with Russia

    Secretary of State John Kerry said a US military strike on Syria over its chemical weapons use was unlikely to provoke a clash with Russia, a key Syrian ally that has blocked efforts to sanction Damascus at the UN Security Council.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Obama discusses Syria with Britain's Cameron, France's Hollande

    President Barack Obama discussed Syria in phone calls with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande, a senior administration official said.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    UN investigators to exit Syria, chemical probe may take weeks

    A team of UN experts finished gathering evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people in suburbs near Damascus last week, the United Nations announced, though envoys said analyzing the samples may take weeks.

  • 31/08/2013 | World

    Hollande reaffirms will to sanction Syria

    French President Francois Hollande reaffirmed to US President Barack Obama in a telephone call his will to sanction Syria for a chemical attack this month, a source close to Hollande told Reuters.

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    UK's Cameron loses parliamentary vote on Syria action

    British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vital parliamentary vote meant to pave the way for Britain to join a looming military strike on Syria, in a move that appeared to all but rule out British involvement in such action.

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    UK defence minister: Britain won't take part in Syrian military action

    British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that Britain would not take part in any military action against Syria after the government unexpectedly lost a vital parliamentary vote on the issue.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Turkish PM says Syria intervention should aim to end Assad rule

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said that any international military intervention against Syria should be aimed at bringing an end to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    US allows states to legalize recreational marijuana within limits

    In a move marijuana advocates hailed as a historic shift, the Obama administration began giving US states wide leeway to experiment with pot legalization and started by letting Colorado and Washington carry out new laws permitting recreational use.

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    UK's Cameron loses parliamentary vote on Syria action

    British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vital parliamentary vote meant to pave the way for Britain to join a looming military strike on Syria, in a move that appeared to all but rule out British involvement in such action.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Syrian gas attack must draw reaction, Merkel and Cameron agree

    The leaders of Germany and Britain believe that Syria's government should not to go unpunished for an apparent poison gas attack on its own people, Berlin said.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Obama makes case for punishing Syria over gas attack

    Barack Obama vowed that the Syrian government would face "international consequences" for last week's deadly chemical attack, but made clear any military response would be limited to avoid dragging the United States into another war in the Middle East.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    China urges restraint over Syria, calls for calm

    China's foreign minister urged restraint in the growing tensions over Syria, saying any military intervention in the crisis would only worsen turmoil in the Middle East.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    US security agencies say Android mobile main target for malware

    Google Inc's Android, the dominant mobile operating system, is by far the primary target for malware attacks, mostly because many users are still using older versions of the software, according to a study by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    JPMorgan's former 'London Whale' supervisor arrested in Spain

    Spanish police arrested former JP Morgan Chase trader Javier Martin-Artajo as he prepares to fight possible extradition to the United States over a $6.2 billion financial scandal at America's largest bank.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Taliban attack base in Afghanistan, seven killed

    Seven people were killed in an attack claimed by the Taliban on a base operated by Polish and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan, officials and a Reuters witness said.

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Cameron, Obama see 'increasing signs' of Syria chemical attack

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama agreed on Saturday on the need to deter the use of chemical weapons, and were concerned about "increasing signs" that Syria attacked civilians, a spokesperson for Cameron said.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    At least two killed in southern Egypt clash

    At least two supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi were killed in clashes with residents and security forces in the southern city of Beni Suef, a security source said.

  • 23/08/2013 | World

    Bombs kill 42 outside mosques in Lebanon's Tripoli

    Bombs hit two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, killing at least 42 people and wounding hundreds, intensifying sectarian strife that has spilled over from the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

  • 23/08/2013 | World

    Microsoft CEO Ballmer to retire within 12 months

    Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer unexpectedly announced his retirement, ending a controversial 13-year reign as the head of the world's largest software company and sending the company's shares up 7 percent.

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Obama weighs possible military response after Syria chemical attack

    US President Barack Obama considered options for a possible military strike on Syria in response to a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds as Syria sought to avert blame by saying its soldiers had found chemical weapons in rebel tunnels.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    China's Bo Xilai goes on trial, culmination of dramatic fall

    Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai appeared in public for the first time in more than a year to face trial in eastern China, the final chapter of the country's most politically charged case in more than three decades.

  • 22/08/2013 | World

    Fear of new showdown on Egypt streets

    Supporters of Egypt's deposed president will stage a "Friday of martyrs" of mass protests, risking more potential bloodshed to show they can still claim the streets after a week in which hundreds were gunned down and their leaders jailed.

  • 17/08/2013 | World

    Muslim Brotherhood faces ban as Egypt rulers pile on pressure

    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood risks political elimination, with the new army backed government threatening to ban the Islamist organisation after launching a fierce crackdown on its supporters that has killed hundreds.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Facebook led project seeks Internet access for all

    Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg has enlisted Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Qualcomm Inc and other technology companies to help him in a project aimed at making Internet access affordable for the 5 billion people around the world who are not online.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Guantanamo guards gave 'Shades of Grey' novel to prisoner, lawyer says

    Prison guards gave one of the alleged 9/11 conspirators a copy of the erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey," according to a defense lawyer who suggested that the unwanted gift was part of a campaign aimed at discrediting his client.

  • 16/08/2013 | World

    Military judge finds Manning's WikiLeaks acts 'wanton and reckless'

    The military judge who will determine how long US soldier Bradley Manning will spend in prison for the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history said she found that his acts were "wanton and reckless."

  • 16/08/2013 | World

    Muslim Brotherhood calls rallies across Egypt after day of bloodshed

    The Muslim Brotherhood defiantly called for a week of protests across Egypt starting on Saturday, a day after more than 100 people died in clashes between Islamists and the security forces that pushed the country ever closer to anarchy.

  • 14/08/2013 | World

    US asks Mexico to detain drug lord for extradition

    The United States has asked Mexico to detain freed drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero to face charges brought decades ago by a US court, the Mexican attorney general's office said, setting the stage for a formal extradition request.

  • 14/08/2013 | World

    Egypt seethes under curfew after hundreds killed

    Security forces struggled to clamp a lid on Egypt after hundreds of people were killed when authorities forcibly broke up camps of supporters protesting the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, in the worst nationwide bloodshed in decades.

  • 15/08/2013 | World

    UN Security Council urges end to violence in Egypt

    The UN Security Council urged all parties in Egypt to end the violence and exercise maximum restraint after hundreds of people were killed when troops and police crushed protests seeking the return of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

  • 12/08/2013 | World

    Merkel's chief of staff says US spies did not break German law

    Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Monday that fears of mass US spying on Germans were unfounded, hoping to end a controversy that threatened to damage the chancellor as she seeks re-election next month.

  • 13/08/2013 | World

    Talks resume as Israel frees Palestinians, pursues settlements

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners to keep US sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state.

  • 14/08/2013 | World

    West warned Egypt's Sisi to the end: don't do it

    Western allies warned Egypt's military leaders right up to the last minute against using force to crush protest sit-ins by supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, arguing they could ill afford the political and economic damage.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    US Russia agree to prepare for Syria peace talks

    US and Russian officials agreed on the need to convene a long-delayed Syrian peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible, but they offered no concrete plan to bring the warring government and rebels to the table.

  • 10/08/2013 | World

    Car bombs kill nearly 80 in Iraq, target end of Ramadan festivities

    A series of car bombs in mainly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad killed 57 people and wounded more than 150, in what appeared to be coordinated attacks on people celebrating the end of Ramadan.

  • 10/08/2013 | World

    Assange calls Obama reform plans 'victory of sorts' for Snowden

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called President Barack Obama's announcement of plans to limit sweeping US government surveillance programs a victory of sorts for fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. 

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    Swiss luxury shop denies racism towards Oprah

    The owner of a luxury goods shop in Zurich has denied that racism was involved when Oprah Winfrey was discouraged from buying a 35,000 Swiss franc ($38,100) handbag.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    Obama pledges greater transparency in surveillance programs

    President Barack Obama announced plans to limit sweeping US government surveillance programs that have come under criticism since leaks by a former spy agency contractor, saying the United States "can and must be more transparent."

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    US to reopen 18 of 19 embassies closed amid security concerns

    Eighteen of the 19 US embassies closed this month due to worries about potential terrorist attacks will reopen on Sunday, the US State Department said.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    Japan says Fukushima leak worse than thought, govt joins clean up

    Highly radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tonnes a day, officials said, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up.

  • 08/08/2013 | World

    Rare Sumatran tiger cubs born at Washington Zoo

    A pair of rare Sumatran tiger cubs has been born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., under a program designed to help the species survive.

  • 08/08/2013 | World

    US NSA to cut system administrators by 90% to limit data access

    The US National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said it intends to eliminate about 90 percent of its system administrators to reduce the number of people with access to secret information.

  • 06/08/2013 | World

    Egyptian government to say mediation failed to end crisis

    Egypt's army installed government is expected to announce that foreign mediation designed to end the country's political crisis has failed, a state-run newspaper said.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    US military satellite, paid for by Australia, launched into orbit

    An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday carrying a communications satellite for the US military and its partners, including Australia, which paid for the spacecraft and launch services.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    Britain and Spain agree to try to defuse Gibraltar row

    Britain and Spain have agreed to try to find a way to defuse tensions over the contested British overseas territory of Gibraltar to avoid damaging relations, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said.

  • 27/07/2013 | World

    US: Egypt's leaders must pull nation back from brink

    Egypt's leaders must pull their country "back from the brink," US Secretary of State John Kerry stated, saying Egypt was at a pivotal moment after the killing of dozens of protesters.

  • 30/07/2013 | World

    Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Iraq bombings

    An al Qaeda affiliated group claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings across Iraq that killed 60 people and the Interior Ministry said it was facing an "open war" from insurgents bent on plunging the country into sectarian strife.

  • 03/08/2013 | World

    Syrian rebels seize anti-tank missiles in raid on army base

    Syrian rebels captured an ammunition depot north of Damascus from President Bashar al-Assad's forces, activists said, seizing a hoard of anti-tank missiles and rockets which will strengthen their firepower after a string of defeats.

  • 25/07/2013 | World

    Quinn overtakes scandal hit Weiner in NY

    New disclosures of explicitly sexual online chats have cost former Congressman Anthony Weiner the lead in the New York City mayor's race and helped City Council Speaker Christine Quinn pull ahead among Democratic voters, according to a recent poll released. 

  • 25/07/2013 | World

    Turmoil hits Tunisia after secular politician slain

    Tunisian opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead in the second such assassination this year, setting off violent protests against the Islamist-led government in the capital and elsewhere.

  • 27/07/2013 | World

    Violence deepens Egypt turmoil, deposed leader probed for murder

    At least seven people were killed and hundreds wounded in scattered violence across Egypt during mass rallies for and against the army's overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was placed under investigation for murder.

  • 21/07/2013 | World

    Iran denies missing World Bank payments, blames sanctions

    Iran denied it had failed to make payments on its loans to the World Bank for the last six months, blaming Western sanctions for preventing an intermediary from forwarding funds to the global lender, Iran's IRNA state news agency said.

  • 23/07/2013 | World

    Bulgarian protesters block parliament, scuffle with police

    Hundreds of protesters built barricades around Bulgaria's parliament, effectively trapping over 100 lawmakers, ministers, and journalists in the building for more than seven hours following a brief scuffle with police.

  • 24/07/2013 | World

    Gunmen shoot dead 13 police in Iraq, militants ambush a minibus

    Militants ambushed a minibus carrying Iraqi soldiers and in a separate attack opened fire on a checkpoint in the north of the country, killing at least thirteen people in total, police said.

  • 17/07/2013 | World

    US suggests Egyptian military averted civil war

    Egypt avoided a possible civil war this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, making it hard for Washington to conclude that the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was a military coup.

  • 19/07/2013 | World

    Israel and Palestinians ready for peace talks

    Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork for resuming peace talks after an almost three-year stalemate, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, though he cautioned the deal was not final and required more diplomacy.

  • 19/07/2013 | World

    Morsi supporters rally, army shows muscle

    Three Egyptians were killed during clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed President Morsi, after thousands rallied in Egyptian cities demanding the reinstatement of the Islamist leader.

  • 12/07/2013 | World

    Bomb attack in Iraqi city of Kirkuk kills 31

    A bomb attack on a tea house in the ethnically mixed Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed at least 31 people, police and medics said.

  • 16/07/2013 | World

    Snowden signs asylum request

    The Russian media got a hold of former CIA analyst Edward Snowden's temporary political asylum request to Russia, which he wrote with a pen on a blank piece of paper while still at the Moscow airport hidden from the US authorities.

  • 16/07/2013 | World

    Egyptian army camp attacked with rockets in Sinai

    Assailants using rockets and machineguns attacked an Egyptian army camp in the restive Sinai Peninsula near the border with the Gaza Strip, witnesses and security sources said.

  • 06/07/2013 | World

    Venezuela says no contact with Snowden since asylum offer

    Venezuela said it had not had any contact with former US security contractor Edward Snowden, a day after President Nicolas Maduro offered him asylum in defiance of Washington.

  • 11/07/2013 | World

    Egypt has less than two months imported wheat left

    Egypt has less than two months' supply of imported wheat left in its stocks, ousted President Mohamed Morsi's minister of supplies said, revealing a shortage more acute than previously disclosed.

  • 11/07/2013 | World

    US Navy ships in Red Sea move close to Egypt

    Two US Navy ships patrolling in the Middle East moved closer to Egypt's Red Sea coast in recent days, the top Marine Corps general said, in what appeared to be a precautionary move after the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.

  • 06/07/2013 | World

    Obama says U.S. not aligned with any Egyptian party

    President Barack Obama condemned the violence in Egypt and said that the United States was not working with any particular Egyptian political party or group as the country reels from a military takeover.

  • 06/07/2013 | World

    Egypt's political process stalls, Islamists call protests

    Egypt's political transition after President Mohamed Mursi's ousting by the military has stumbled at the first hurdle, as the choice of liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei as interim prime minister was thrown into doubt by Islamist objections.

  • 06/07/2013 | World

    US urges Egypt's army commander on peaceful civilian transition

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held three conversations with the head of Egypt's armed forces on Friday and Saturday, emphasizing the need for "a peaceful civilian transition in Egypt," the Pentagon said.

  • 05/07/2013 | World

    At least 17 dead as Islamist protests spread across Egypt

    At least 17 people died across Egypt as Islamists opposed to the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi took to the streets to vent their fury at what they say was a military coup.

  • 05/07/2013 | World

    Egypt Brotherhood leader Shater arrested

    A deputy leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, former presidential candidate Khairat El-Shater, has been arrested, security sources, his party and state news agency MENA said.

  • 05/07/2013 | World

    Islamist protests hit cities across Egypt, at least 24 dead

    At least 24 people died across Egypt as Islamists opposed to the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi took to the streets to vent their fury at what they say was a military coup.

  • 03/07/2013 | World

    Obama urges Egyptian military to return to democratic government

    President Barack Obama expressed deep concern about Egypt's removal of President Mohamed Morsi tonight and called for a swift return to a democratically elected civilian government.

  • 04/07/2013 | World

    Doctors say Mandela still 'critical but stable'

    South Africa's ailing anti-apartheid hero and former President Nelson Mandela remained in a "critical but stable" condition after nearly four weeks in hospital, the government said.

  • 04/07/2013 | World

    Islamist gunmen stage multiple attacks in Sinai

    Islamist gunmen staged multiple attacks on security forces in Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula, two days after the army overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, security sources and state television reported.

  • 03/07/2013 | World

    Egypt army topples president Morsi

  • 03/07/2013 | World

    Crowds celebrate across Cairo after army statement

    Jubilant crowds across Cairo cheered, chanted pro-army slogans and set off fireworks after the military suspended the constitution and overthrew President Mohamed Morsi today.

  • 03/07/2013 | World

    Argentina and the International community reacts to Egypt’s coup

    Argentina’s Foreign Ministry declared that “the Argentinean government follows with concern the recent events in Egypt that led to the interruption of the democratic process, the destitution of its legitimate authorities, and a complex political and social situation”, stated the official document.Mixed reactions were presented by a number of world leaders on President Morsi’s removal by Egyptian Armed Forces tonight after one year in office.

    World leaders presented mixed reactions to the news of President Morsi’s removal by the Egyptian Armed Forces after one year in office.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Egypt army says ready to die in "final hours"

    Egypt's high command said today the army was ready to die to defend Egypt's people against terrorists and fools, in a response to Islamist President Mohamed Morsi that was headlined "The Final Hours".

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Death toll in Cairo University clash rises to 16

    The death toll in violence involving Islamist supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi near Cairo University rose to 16 today and 200 people were wounded, state television quoted a Health Ministry spokesman as saying.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Egypt: seven deaths in protests

    Seven people died today, in a new round of confrontations between supporters and detractors of president Mohamed Morsi, in the Egyptian suburb of Guiza.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Mursi says he is the legitimate president, must continue

    Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi told Egyptians in a televised address today that he would defend the legitimacy of his elected office with his life and urged them to reject challenges to the legal order.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Bolivia says Morales' plane diverted, possibly over Snowden

    Bolivia said that President Evo Morales' plane had to make an unscheduled stopover in Vienna while traveling back to his country from Moscow, noting that there were "unfounded suspicions" that former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was on the aircraft.

  • 28/06/2013 | World

    Bombs hit Iraq funeral and football stadium, killing 22

    A series of bombs near a bakery, at a funeral, inside a senior police officer's car and at a football stadium killed at least 22 people across Iraq today, police and medics said.

  • 28/06/2013 | World

    American among dead as Egypt violence goes on

    Two people, one an American, were killed when protesters stormed an office of Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria today adding to growing tension ahead of mass rallies aimed at unseating the Islamist president.

  • 29/06/2013 | World

    Bombs target soccer players, spectators in Iraq

    Bombs targeting soccer players and young men who had gathered to watch a match in Iraq killed seven people today.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Battle intensifies between Egyptian state and broadcasters

    The owner of an Egyptian TV channel that satirises Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was banned from leaving the country today, hours after Mursi attacked him by name, authorities shut down another channel and a state TV anchor resigned on air.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    British rebate fears allayed to seal budget deal

    European leaders unanimously backed a deal on the EU's long-term budget at a late-night summit, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Friday, after British concerns over its long-cherished budget rebate were soothed.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Former senior US general targeted over leak investigation

    Retired US General James Cartwright is the target of a Justice Department investigation into the leaking of secret information about the Stuxnet virus attack on Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010, NBC News reported today, citing unidentified legal sources.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Mursi invites parties to amend constitution

    Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said today he was forming an all-party committee to propose amendments to the constitution and was inviting party leaders to start work on it on Thursday.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Obama urges US House to approve Senate backed immigration plan

    President Barack Obama urged the House of Representatives today to follow the lead of the Senate and approve a sweeping overhaul of immigration laws.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    China lifts 17-year ban on Dalai Lama photos at Tibet monastery -group

    Chinese officials have lifted a ban on Tibetan monks displaying photographs of the Dalai Lama at a prominent monastery, a rights group said today, an unexpected policy shift which could ease tensions in the restive region.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Mursi defiant before protests, clashes kill two

    President Mohamed Mursi blamed "enemies of Egypt" for paralysing its new democracy in a speech today that criticised street protests ahead of mass rallies against Islamist rule this weekend.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Spain's Repsol rejects offer for YPF

    Spanish oil giant Repsol’s council of administration decided to unanimously reject Argentina’s compensating offer after last year's expropriation.

  • 22/06/2013 | World

    Scattered, smaller protests continue in dozens of Brazilian cities

    Scattered protests took place in dozens of Brazilian cities today, although fewer people took to the streets in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, where vandalism and clashes with police have rocked the country in recent days.

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Young Qatar emir likely to remain Gulf Arab exception

    Ageing Gulf Arab rulers swiftly congratulated Qatar's young new emir on his accession today, but will be in no rush to emulate his father's abdication - for them, hereditary rule is for life. 

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Obama, Karzai 'reaffirm' Afghan-led peace process with Taliban

    US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on today discussed stalled peace talks with the Taliban as US officials struggled to get the discussions on track.

  • 21/06/2013 | World

    By meeting privacy board, Obama seeks to reassure public on spying

    By meeting a privacy oversight board today, President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans worried about losing their privacy after revelations that the US government engaged in a vast monitoring of phone and Internet data.

  • 22/06/2013 | World

    Iraq attacks kill more than 30

    A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shi'ite mosque in northern Baghdad killing at least 12 people during evening prayers, police and medics said, in the deadliest of a series of attacks that claimed more than 30 lives across Iraq today.

  • 22/06/2013 | World

    Canada's oil capital to be shut for days after flooding

    Southern Alberta braced for more disruption today from floods that killed at least three people, forced about 100,000 from their homes and blacked out the center of Canada's oil capital, Calgary.

  • 20/06/2013 | World

    Icelandic businessman says plane ready to take Snowden to Iceland

    An Icelandic businessman linked to WikiLeaks said he has readied a private plane to take Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed secret US surveillance programmes, to Iceland if the government grants him asylum.

  • 20/06/2013 | World

    EU to decide who pays when banks fail

    The European Union will seek on Friday to forge rules to force losses on large savers when banks fail, a sensitive reform that could shape how the euro zone deals with its sickly banks.

  • 21/06/2013 | World

    Merkel tells Putin Germany wants looted art returned

    Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that German art seized by the Soviets in the wake of World War Two should be repatriated to Germany, a claim the Russian leader swiftly rejected.

  • 19/06/2013 | World

    US to restart migration talks with Cuba

    The United States and Cuba have agreed to resume regular migration talks in a possible sign of thawing relations after more than three years of tensions over Cuba's jailing of a US government contract worker.

  • 19/06/2013 | World

    FBI admits to using surveillance drones for work on US soil

    The United States uses drones for surveillance in some limited law enforcement situations, FBI Director Robert Mueller said, sparking additional debate about President Barack Obama's use of domestic surveillance.

  • 20/06/2013 | World

    Suicide bomber kills 7 after close of Iraq polls

    A suicide bomber killed seven people at an Iraqi vote counting centre today, police said, hours after polls closed in two Sunni Muslim-dominated provinces.

  • 15/06/2013 | World

    Police raid on Istanbul park triggers riots

    Thousands of people took to the streets of Istanbul overnight on Sunday, erecting barricades and starting bonfires, after riot police firing teargas and water cannon stormed a park at the centre of two weeks of anti-government unrest.


  • 15/06/2013 | World

    Hong Kong rally backs Snowden, denounces allegations of US spying

    A few hundred rights advocates and political activists marched through Hong Kong to demand protection for Edward Snowden, who leaked revelations of US electronic surveillance and is now believed to be holed up in the former British colony.

  • 18/06/2013 | World

    United States to meet Taliban to seek Afghan peace

    The United States will meet the Taliban this week for talks aimed at achieving peace in Afghanistan, where US.-led forces and the insurgents have fought a bloody and costly war for the past 12 years, US officials said today.

  • 14/06/2013 | World

    "Tweet", "dad dancing" and "geekery" make Oxford Dictionary

    "Tweet", "dad dancing" and "geekery" are three of more than 1,200 new or revised words in the latest version of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

  • 14/06/2013 | World

    US House votes to block Obama plan to close Guantanamo

    The US House of Representatives passed a massive defense bill on Friday that includes measures to block President Barack Obama's plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, underscoring the tough fight ahead for the White House as it seeks to shutter the controversial detention camp.

  • 15/06/2013 | World

    Morsi cuts Egypt's Syria ties, backs no-fly zone

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said he had cut all diplomatic ties with Damascus on Saturday and called for a no-fly zone over Syria, pitching the most populous Arab state firmly against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 25/04/2013 | World

    Iran 'ready to resume talks with world powers'

    Iran is ready to resume talks with world powers on its disputed nuclear program and awaits word from the European Union on timing and details, Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator said today.

  • 12/06/2013 | World

    World Bank cuts growth outlook as world enters 'new normal'

    The World Bank cut its outlook for global growth, saying the economy should expand more slowly this year than last as it cited a deeper-than-expected recession in Europe and a recent slowdown in some emerging markets.

  • 15/06/2012 | World

    Fitch:New threats and old risks to global recovery

    Fitch Ratings says a new round of adverse shocks centred on the eurozone is slowing the fragile global economic recovery. In its latest quarterly Global Economic Outlook (GEO), Fitch forecasts real GDP growth of major advanced economies (MAE) to remain weak at 1.1% in 2012, before only a modest rebound to 1.7% in 2013 and 2.2% in 2014.

  • 01/11/2012 | World

    UK risks sliding to EU exit, Deputy PM Clegg warns

    Britain faces a crisis that could end with the world's sixth largest economy leaving the European Union, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned ahead of a showdown over budget spending with other states in the 27-member bloc.

  • 02/12/2012 | World

    Netanyahu brushes off world condemnation of settlement plans

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off world condemnation of Israel's plans to expand Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto UN recognition of statehood.

  • 27/02/2012 | World

    Nepali villager, 72, declared world's shortest man

    Home to Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, the scenic country of Nepal on Sunday added another height-related superlative - of having the world's shortest man.

  • 16/04/2012 | World

    Obama praises Kim, calls World Bank process transparent

    US President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed the selection of Jim Yong Kim as president of the World Bank, saying the selection process had been "open and transparent" and praising the man he proposed for the post for being an inclusive leader.

  • 17/04/2012 | World

    'World economy fragile faces uneasy calm,' IMF says

    Global growth is slowly improving as the U.S. recovery gains traction and dangers from Europe recede, but risks remain high and the situation is very fragile, the International Monetary Fund said.

  • 11/11/2011 | World

    The other six natural wonders

  • 14/11/2011 | World

    OECD: All major economies headed for slowdowns

    None of the world's major economies will escape a slowdown, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said, highlighting increasing signs that growth momentum is dwindling across the board.

  • 11/07/2011 | World

    OECD: Major economies heading for slowdown

    The world's leading economies are headed for a slowdown, the OECD said in its latest monthly economic overview, highlighting signs the US economy is reaching a turning point in its growth cycle.

  • 11/10/2011 | World

    Tuberculosis cases decline for first time ever, WHO says

    The number of people falling ill with tuberculosis declined last year for the first time while the death toll from the disease reached its lowest level in a decade, the World Health Organization said.

  • 12/10/2011 | World

    Obama speaks to Saudi King on alleged Iran plot

    US President Barack Obama spoke to Saudi King Abdullah about the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, according to the White House.

  • 03/05/2011 | World

    World population to pass 7 billion on Oct. 31, UN

    The world's population is projected to pass 7 billion on Oct. 31 as it heads toward 10 billion or more by the end of the century, a new UN report said.

  • 09/06/2011 | World

    Clinton denies World Bank rumours, sources reaffirm report

    The US Department of State denied that Hillary Clinton has been in discussions with the White House about leaving her job next year to become head of the World Bank. However, sources reaffirmed that "Clinton wants the job."

  • 06/07/2011 | World

    Obama tweets for the first time, tweaks Republicans

    US President Barack Obama took to Twitter today to press his economic agenda, using the popular social media site to tweak Republicans and advocate for a deal to reduce the deficit.

  • 04/04/2011 | World

    IMF urged to use gold profits to aid poor nations

    A global coalition of development groups urged the International Monetary Fund to use windfalls from the sale of 403.3 tonnes of IMF gold to write off the debts of poor countries.

  • 05/04/2011 | World

    S&P hovers near resistance but weak volume persists

    The S&P 500 failed to break a key technical resistance level for a second day as low trading volume raised further questions about the market's strength.

  • 07/04/2011 | World

    Wall Street slips on Japan aftershock; retailers rise

    Wall Street slipped after a major aftershock in Japan reignited fears about nuclear crisis, but greater faith in the US economy's steady path held losses in check. 

  • 23/03/2011 | World

    Materials lead Wall Street higher but turmoil remains

    US stocks advanced as materials shares rose, but rising commodities prices due to turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa could keep rallies modest.

  • 30/03/2011 | World

    Wall Street rides winners at quarter's end

    US stocks rose with activity dominated by money managers buying recent winners, including energy and small-caps, as the quarter nears its end.

  • 31/03/2011 | World

    Wall Street ends a strong quarter optimistic on payrolls

    US stocks ended a solid quarter with the barest of moves, as investors looked ahead to Friday's US jobs report to provide a catalyst to push indexes to new highs for the year.

  • 04/12/2013 | Latin America

    Mexico finds stolen radioactive material amid dirty bomb fear

    Mexican police have found dangerous radioactive medical material stolen by thieves that the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a "dirty bomb," the country's national nuclear safety commission CNSNS said.

  • 22/07/2014 | Latin America

    China’s Xi Jinping arrives in Cuba to boost bilateral cooperation

    Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a two day visit to Cuba, the last stop of a regional tour that took him to Brazil for the BRICS Summit, Argentina and Venezuela. At his arrival in Havana, Jingping pledged “friendly, mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries”.

  • 23/11/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuelan opposition marches, leader's aide arrested

    Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Venezuela to pressure President Nicolas Maduro's government before Dec. 8 local elections after their leader denounced the pre-dawn arrest of an aide.

  • 29/11/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuela's Maduro vows stricter business inspections

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said a stricter wave of inspections for suspected price-gouging would begin on Saturday in an aggressive pre-election "economic offensive" aimed at taming the highest inflation in the Americas.

  • 30/11/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuelan gov't occupies local unit of Irish group Smurfit Kappa

    Venezuela's government said it was temporarily occupying the local subsidiary of multinational packaging company Smurfit Kappa, accusing the company of using its dominant position in the market to inflate prices.

  • 12/08/2013 | Latin America

    Kerry backs peace talks during visit to Colombia

    Secretary of State John Kerry promised strong US backing for peace talks aimed at ending Colombia's half century of conflict, calling the country a success story in a world where many states have failed or are failing.

  • 13/08/2013 | Latin America

    Mexico to fight release of drug lord behind US agent's murder

    Mexico said it would seek to void a court decision that freed a Mexican drug boss imprisoned for ordering the 1985 torture and murder of a US drug enforcement agent, a ruling that has angered the United States.

  • 14/11/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuela says 100 'bourgeois' businessmen jailed in crackdown

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that authorities had arrested more than 100 "bourgeois" businessmen in a crackdown on alleged price-gouging since the weekend.

  • 14/09/2014 | Sports

    Federer beats Italy's Fognini, takes Switzerland to final

    Roger Federer secured Switzerland's place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Fabio Fognini in Geneva.

  • 07/08/2014 | Sports

    Prosecutor calls Pistorius' defence 'devoid of any truth' in final stage of trial

    South African state prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the judge in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial today to reject the Olympic and Paralympic track star's defence as "devoid of any truth", a day before the long-overrun trial ends.

  • 31/08/2014 | Sports

    Zidane, Maradona, Messi, Neymar to play for peace

    Soccer icons will meet at the Olympic Stadium in Rome for an exhibition game called by Pope Francis to promote peace and inter-religious understanding. The Pontiff wished the players a “good match” during the Angelus prayer.

  • 01/09/2014 | Sports

    Icardi hat-trick hands victory to 'Pupi' in Match for Peace

    Javier Zanetti's Pupi Foundation team came out victors in a special Match for Peace organised by Pope Francis, winning 6-3 over Diego Maradona's Scholus thanks to three goals from Mauro Icardi.

  • 13/06/2013 | Sports

    FIFA urges Brazil fans to collect ordered Cup tickets

    Almost 250,000 Confederations Cup tickets bought on the internet by Brazilian fans have not been collected with only two days until the tournament starts, FIFA's general secretary said on Thursday.

  • 06/01/2014 | Sports

    Rodman lands in N.Korea for basketball on Kim's birthday

    Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea today with a team of retired professional basketball players to mark the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

  • 14/07/2012 | Sports

    Mónaco through to Stuttgart final

    Second-seeded Juan Mónaco soared through to the Mercedes Cup final in Stuttgart today, after beating Spanish player Guillermo García López (87) in the semis by 6-3, 3-6, and 7-5 in a 2 hour and 40 minute match.

  • 05/08/2012 | Sports

    Russia’s Kashirina sets snatch world record

    Russia’s Tatiana Kashirina set a world record in the Olympic weightlifting women’s super heavyweight category, completing a 151 kilogramme snatch lift that surpassed the previous record by three kgs.

  • 04/05/2012 | Sports

    FIFA frets over pace of Brazil World Cup building work

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed concern about the slow pace of preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and said he wanted the delays to be made up as soon as possible.

  • 06/06/2012 | Sports

    FIFA Rank: Argentina moves to 7th; Uruguay climbs to 2nd

    Argentina climbed two places to seventh in the latest FIFA rankings published today, while the high tone was given by Uruguay, who have moved above Germany to become the second-highest ranked team behind world and European champions Spain.

  • 06/06/2012 | Sports

    Beer to be sold at Brazil World Cup

    Beer must be sold at all venues hosting matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as the neighbouring country’s President Dilma Rousseff enshrined it in a law after the constant pressure coming from the football's world governing body FIFA.

  • 13/03/2012 | Sports

    Blatter to meet with Brazil president

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter will meet Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday to clear the air following the recent spat over preparations for the 2014 World Cup, soccer's governing body said.

  • 22/03/2012 | Sports

    Brazil puts off World Cup law again, vexes FIFA

    Brazil's Congress postponed a key World Cup bill again, a move that is likely to frustrate officials of football's governing body who say its passage is crucial to preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

  • 16/04/2012 | Sports

    Mónaco moves up to No.14 after Houston win

    After his victory in Houston, Juan Mónaco tied his career best and climbed two positions in the World Ranking to No. 14; while Juan Martín del Potro remains No. 11 after the ATP revealed today the new tour’s rankings after the weekend’s activity.

  • 22/11/2011 | Sports

    World Cup has more respect now, says McDowell

    The World Cup has gained extra prestige after changing to a biennial rather than an annual team event, according to 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell.

  • 06/12/2011 | Sports

    Blatter confirms goal-line technolgy for Brazil 2014

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed that goal-line technology will be introduced for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to avoid "phantom goals."

  • 16/02/2012 | Sports

    Bebeto joins Brazil World Cup organizing committee

    Bebeto, the fleet-footed former striker who helped Brazil win the 1994 World Cup, was appointed to the local committee in charge of organising the 2014 tournament in the South American country.

  • 13/10/2011 | Sports

    Wales bring form and lack of fear to semis

    Wales bring form, confidence and a fearless attitude to the first rugby World Cup semi-final against France at Eden Park on Saturday.

  • 17/10/2011 | Sports

    Cardinals beat Brewers to reach World Series

    The St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the World Series after a 12-6 victory over Milwaukee in Game Six sealed the National League Championship Series.

  • 17/10/2011 | Sports

    All Blacks relax before serious business begins

    A New Zealand side forged in adversity and mindful of a history they are not allowed to forget relaxed before getting into the serious business of preparing for their first rugby World Cup final for 16 years.

  • 07/01/2011 | Sports

    2022 World Cup will probably be in January

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will probably be staged in January rather than June or July, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said for the first time.

  • 14/09/2011 | Sports

    Sheridan departs World Cup as injuries mount

    England prop Andrew Sheridan and French flyhalf David Skrela hobbled home from the rugby World Cup just as Samoa entered the fray with a resounding win and New Zealanders fretted about the back of prized asset Dan Carter.

  • 14/09/2011 | Sports

    Parks boots Scotland past Georgia

    For the second time in a week, Scotland were forced to dig deep by one of the World Cup outsiders and able to produce enough spirit and quality to find a way home as they beat Georgia 15-6 in teeming rain.

  • 05/09/2014 | Arts and Media

    Sheer fabrics, draped pants, take center stage at NY Fashion Week

    Sheer fabrics, backless dresses, draped pants, slit skirts and pastel gowns were the dominant look as designers presented their spring 2015 collections in New York.

  • 27/09/2014 | Arts and Media

    Venice becomes Hollywood for Clooney wedding

    The world's most famous bachelor, George Clooney, turned Venice's Grand Canal into an aquatic red carpet today as star-studded festivities began in earnest for his wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

  • 14/01/2014 | Arts and Media

    Police raid Justin Bieber's home in LA

    Police searched teen pop star Justin Bieber's California home in a vandalism investigation, and while the Canadian singer was neither arrested nor exonerated, a man at the house was arrested for drug possession, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said.

  • 26/04/2014 | Arts and Media

    New Mexico dig uncovers 'E.T.' video games buried after 1980s flop

    Documentary filmmakers digging in a New Mexico landfill unearthed hundreds of "E.T the Extra-Terrestrial" cartridges, considered by some the worst video game ever made and blamed for contributing to the downfall of the video game industry in the 1980s.

  • 24/07/2014 | Arts and Media

    NY Met Opera threatens to lock out musicians in labour dispute

    New York's Metropolitan Opera said it will lock out its musicians and other unionized employees next week if a new contract agreement is not reached, in an escalation of a labor dispute that threatens to derail an entire opera season.

  • 10/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    Academy announces this year's Oscar nominations

    US presidential drama "Lincoln" led the pack of Oscar nominees today with 12 nominations including a nod for best picture, in the race for the world's top film honours.

  • 30/07/2013 | Arts and Media

    Facebook stock almost hits IPO price, 14 months after rocky debut

    Facebook Inc's stock came within a hair of reclaiming its $38 debut price for the first time since going public in 2012, a milestone in the social networking company's effort to wipe away Wall Street's skepticism of its business.

  • 14/11/2013 | Arts and Media

    Fans pay tribute to rocker Lou Reed at NY memorial

    Hundreds of fans gathered at a public memorial in New York for rocker Lou Reed, the frontman of the 1960s band The Velvet Underground who died last month of liver disease at the age of 71.

  • 28/10/2014 | Multimedia

    IS releases video of new hostage Cantlie from Kobani

    Britain is analyzing the latest video of British hostage John Cantlie released by the Islamic State (IS) yesterday, the Foreign Office said. The footage apparently shows Cantlie as a combat correspondent in the Syrian town of Kobani, near the Turkish border, forecasting IS victory despite waves of US airstrikes.

  • 30/10/2014 | Multimedia

    Debris found on Pacific island believed to be from Earhart's plane

    Researchers probing the 1937 disappearance of famed American aviator Amelia Earhart's plane said they now believe a slab of aluminum found decades ago on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean came from her aircraft.

  • 23/09/2014 | Multimedia

    IS posts second video of UK hostage criticizing war buildup

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video that appears to show British journalist John Cantlie criticizing preparations for US-led attacks on the militant group.

  • 25/09/2014 | Multimedia

    Video: Life in IS-controlled Syria

    A Syrian woman with a hidden camera filmed life in the city of Raqqa under the control of the Islamic State (IS).

  • 27/10/2014 | Multimedia

    British PM Cameron 'shoved' by man in Leeds

    British Prime Minister David Cameron was bundled into his official car by his bodyguards after a member of the public ran into him in what looked like a serious security breach, video footage showed.

  • 28/05/2014 | Multimedia

    Hundreds of migrants make it across Spain's Melilla fences

    More than 1,000 would-be immigrants tried to force their way over razor-wire barriers into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, with about half succeeding. It is the largest number in almost a decade.

  • 05/08/2014 | Multimedia

    Jets escort Qatar Airways plane into Manchester airport after bomb threat

    Britain scrambled two fighter jets today to escort a Qatar Airways plane into Manchester airport after the pilot reported a possible explosive device on board. A passenger was later arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat.

  • 18/09/2014 | Multimedia

    IS releases new video of British hostage 'series'

    The Islamic State (IS) has launched what seems to be a new communicational strategy, announcing a “series of videos” to show “the truth” about the IS. In a footage entitled “Lend me your ears” British journalist John Cantlie -captured by the IS in 2012- delivers a case against “Western media” portrayal of the IS.

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