World News Archive

  • Tuesday 17 March 2015

    Pakistan has executed 12 people in the country's largest day of executions after a nationwide ban on the death penalty was lifted.

  • Tuesday 17 March 2015

    Japanese gaming firm Nintendo is linking up with a mobile firm company firm to develop games for mobile devices.

  • Tuesday 17 March 2015

    A Burma court has jailed a New Zealand bar manager and his business associates for insulting Buddhism over a flyer that showed a psychedelic depiction of Buddha wearing headphones.

  • Tuesday 17 March 2015

    Nigerian troops have ousted Boko Haram from a north-eastern town while Cameroon soldiers killed several of the extremists in an attack on a Nigerian village.

  • Monday 16 March 2015

    Human rights in Iran have worsened under President Hassan Rouhani despite his reformist agenda, but Tehran may take steps to improve its record if a nuclear deal is concluded, a UN investigator has said.

  • Monday 16 March 2015

    The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has lost years of development progress and must "start anew" following a powerful cyclone that destroyed or damaged 90 per cent of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila, the country's president said.

  • Monday 16 March 2015

    Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have marched peacefully in more than 150 cities around the country to demand President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment and to criticise government corruption amid a sprawling graft inquiry at state-run oil firm Petrobras.

  • Monday 16 March 2015

    Buddhist monks who suffered severe burns during a police crackdown on protesters campaigning against a Chinese-backed copper mine two years ago have launched a lawsuit against Burma's home affairs minister.

  • Monday 16 March 2015

    A 20-year-old man charged with shooting two police officers watching over a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department has told investigators he was not targeting the officers.

  • Monday 16 March 2015

    Robert Durst, a millionaire from one of America's wealthiest families, has been arrested just before the finale of a serial documentary about his links to three sensational murders in which he said he "killed them all".

  • Sunday 15 March 2015
  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    Police in India are hunting a group of raiders who gang-raped a nun in her early 70s when she tried to prevent them from robbing a Christian missionary school in eastern India.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    Premier Li Keqiang has expressed determination to press ahead with reforms meant to reduce the Chinese government's role in the economy in hopes of spurring growth despite what he acknowledged would be pain for "vested interests" that benefit from regulation.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    Suicide bombers blew themselves up near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore yesterday as worshippers were gathered inside.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    Celebrating her 100th birthday with a parachute jump is not enough for South African Georgina Harwood.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    US secretary of state John Kerry has said he would be willing to talk to Syrian president Bashar Assad to stem the nation's violence.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    At least eight people have been confirmed dead in Vanuatu after a massive cyclone tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago and the death toll is likely to rise much higher once communications are restored with outlying islands, aid workers said.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    The US is abandoning plans to cut the number of its forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by the end of the year, bowing to military leaders who want to keep more troops there, officials said.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    One of the Pacific Ocean's most powerful ever storms devastated the island nation of Vanuatu yesterday, tearing off roofs, uprooting trees and killing at least eight people with the toll set to rise, aid officials said.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    A nun in her 70s has been gang-raped by a group of raiders as she tried to prevent them from committing a robbery at a Christian missionary school in eastern India.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    Sierra Leone's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana said yesterday he had requested asylum at the US embassy in Freetown after soldiers surrounded his home following his expulsion from the ruling party this month.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    For the first time in a century, babies of the endangered Pinzon giant tortoise have been born in the wild in the Galapagos islands, scientists said.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    Iraqi forces and mainly Shi'ite militia battling to wrest full control of the city of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) militants paused their offensive for a second day yesterday as they awaited reinforcements.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    Ikea says it is halting its online magazine in Russia because of fears that it violates the country's law banning promotion of gay values to minors.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    Thousands of people have been evacuated as a serious forest fire spread quickly on Chile's coast and threatened to reach the nearby port cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar.

  • Sunday 15 March 2015

    An attack by suspected Somali Islamist gunmen on a convoy of a Kenyan state governor killed three police officers and a regional elder, a regional official said yesterday.

  • Friday 13 March 2015

    Last winter I found myself on the Lebanon-Syria border.

  • Friday 13 March 2015

    The offensive to retake Tikrit has stalled, two days after Iraqi security forces and mainly Shi'ite militia pushed into Saddam Hussein's home city in their biggest offensive yet against the militants.

  • Friday 13 March 2015

    Police, political leaders and civil rights activists have sought to damp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the police department during a protest in Ferguson, which has become a symbol of tensions between police and African Americans.

  • Friday 13 March 2015

    Islamic State militants have accepted a pledge of allegiance by the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, a spokesman for IS said.