World News Archive

  • Tuesday 26 May 2015

    Recovery teams have resumed the search for 12 members of two families who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Texas carried a holiday home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.

  • Tuesday 26 May 2015

    The US has returned 25 artefacts that were looted from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that had made their way into top US museum, university and private collections.

  • Tuesday 26 May 2015

    A volcano perched atop one of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands has erupted, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas.

  • Tuesday 26 May 2015

    An Iranian security court has held the first hearing in the closed trial of an American-Iranian reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months.

  • Tuesday 26 May 2015

    Australia plans to pass a law within weeks to give the government the power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    A Tunisian soldier has opened fire at a military base in the capital, killing seven colleagues and wounding 10 others before being shot dead himself, according to the army which said the shooter had "family problems".

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    A line of storms stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes has dumped record rainfall on parts of the US Plains and Midwest, causing major flooding that forced at least 2,000 Texans from their homes.

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    Islamic State (IS) has poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries renewed efforts to retake the western Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government.

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter.

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    Sydney gunman Man Monis was a self-obsessed fantasist who grew increasingly defiant as he edged closer to launching his deadly attack, an inquest has heard.

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    Voters have punished Spain's mainstream political parties in local elections as many people switched their allegiance to new groups campaigning on a promise of change amid chafing austerity policies, high unemployment and corruption scandals.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Mass graves and suspected human-trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand, the country's home minister has revealed.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has said he was "heartbroken" over a suicide bombing at a Shi'ite mosque in the kingdom that killed 21 people.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Heavy shelling has killed one civilian in the government-controlled town of Avdiyivka in east Ukraine and halted production at one of Europe's largest coke plants.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    The Islamic State (IS) group's takeover of Ramadi is evidence Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight", US defence secretary Ash Carter said.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Police in riot gear have made numerous arrests as protesters took to the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, after a judge cleared a police officer over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a barrage of gunfire.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Government security forces killed 43 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a firefight in western Mexico on Friday, an official confirmed yesterday, one of the bloodiest shootouts in a decade of gang violence wracking the country.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival yesterday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said yesterday his leftist-led government was on the final stretch of negotiations with its international lenders on a cash-for-reforms deal that would not involve further pension cuts and harsh austerity.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    An Egyptian court yesterday acquitted 17 people of charges related to a street protest earlier this year, judicial sources said, a rare decision since Egypt introduced a strict protest law in late 2013.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Saudi Arabia's top Sunni cleric yesterday branded a deadly attack on Shi'ite Muslims a bid to sow chaos, after villagers targeted in the bombing vented their anger at what they saw as the Sunni-dominated government's indifference to their safety.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    The United Nations said it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes last week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticised by medical professionals because of her age.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    One of India's most powerful politicians, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, was sworn in as chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu following a nine-month break, after a court overturned her conviction in a corruption case.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and five wounded in clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists over the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire, Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said yesterday.

  • Saturday 23 May 2015

    In a little brick cottage, a teenage girl tells me very quietly that she is HIV positive but that she keeps it a secret from her friends.

  • Friday 22 May 2015

    The barbarians are at the gate.

  • Thursday 21 May 2015

    Saudi shells have hit an international humanitarian aid office in northern Yemen, killing five Ethiopian refugees and wounding ten.

  • Thursday 21 May 2015

    Two young men have been sentenced to up to five months in jail for dangerous driving after they crashed a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in a late-night race through Beijing.

  • Thursday 21 May 2015

    Qatar is failing to deliver on reforms for its migrant workers a year after the wealthy Gulf nation announced plans to improve conditions for low-paid labourers building its highways, hotels, stadiums and skyscrapers, Amnesty International has said.