World News Archive

  • Monday 23 February 2015

    Turkey's military incursion into Syria to relocate a tomb surrounded by Islamic State (IS) militants and evacuate the soldiers guarding it was a temporary move to safeguard their lives and not a retreat, President Tayyip Erdogan has said.

  • Monday 23 February 2015

    Kiev has accused pro-Russian rebels of opening fire with rockets and artillery at villages in south-eastern Ukraine, all but burying a week-old European-brokered ceasefire deal.

  • Monday 23 February 2015

    Australia will strengthen immigration laws and crack down on groups that incite hatred under a series of counter-terrorism measures which have come into force.

  • Monday 23 February 2015
  • Monday 23 February 2015

    North Korea has banned foreign runners from participating in an international marathon scheduled to be held in the capital in April, citing fears about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

  • Monday 23 February 2015

    Two theatre activists have each been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for insulting Thailand's monarchy.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    KHARKIV: Two suspects, whom the Ukraine government said had been armed and instructed in Russia, have been arrested after at least two people were killed when a blast struck a crowd at a pro-Ukrainian rally far from eastern Ukraine's war zone.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    Turkish soldiers have evacuated dozens of besieged troops guarding an Ottoman tomb in Syria, moving the crypt back into Turkey.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    DHAKA: At least 15 people have died after a river ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized in central Bangladesh after being hit by a cargo vessel.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    Pro-Russian separatists are building up forces and weapons in Ukraine's south east the Ukrainian military said yesterday.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    Gunmen in war-ravaged South Sudan have abducted at least 89 boys, some as young as 13, from their school in oil-rich Upper Nile State, the United Nations said yesterday.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    At least four people were killed yesterday in a car bomb that exploded in a hospital car park in the town of Qardaha in Latakia province, western Syria, state media said.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    Pope Francis urged members of Italian organised crime groups yesterday to repent, saying the Catholic Church would welcome them if they promised to stop serving the cause of evil.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe turned 91-years-old yesterday showing no sign of giving up power as the West slowly eases pressure on a man who has been an international pariah for the last decade.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    Boko Haram militants have attacked an island on Niger's side of Lake Chad and heavy fighting ensued as the army sought to repel them, residents and security sources said.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    An academic has asked a court in the US to order a death certificate for Billy the Kid to settle questions about whether the infamous outlaw was actually killed in 1881.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    India's filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, while nearly all of the country's 1.2 billion citizens are breathing in harmful pollution levels, according to research.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    Attackers fired rockets at eastern Libya's Labraq airport yesterday, an airport source said, targeting one of the oil producer's few functioning air hubs in a country gripped by violence.

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    Yemen's former president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his official residence after weeks of house arrest by the Houthi militia yesterday and flew to his home town of Aden, witnesses and a political source said.

  • Saturday 21 February 2015

    One of the world's tallest residential towers caught fire in Dubai's Marina district, sending bright yellow flames high into the air.

  • Friday 20 February 2015

    BENGHAZI: Three car bombs ripped through the eastern Libyan city of Qubbah on Friday, killing 40 people and wounding 70 in what officials described as a revenge attack for Egyptian air strikes on Islamist militant targets.

  • Friday 20 February 2015

    Police have broken into Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma's office and carted off the long-time critic of Venezuela's socialist government.

  • Friday 20 February 2015

    Two powerful cyclones smashed into northern Australia, knocking out power to thousands, tearing roofs off houses and prompting coastal residents to flee their homes.

  • Friday 20 February 2015

    Somalia's deputy prime minister has been injured and two people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a hotel near the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

  • Friday 20 February 2015

    Royal Air Force jets being scrambled to intercept Russian 'Bear' bombers off the British coast.

  • Thursday 19 February 2015

    Greece has formally requested a six-month extension to its euro zone loan agreement, offering major concessions as it raced to avoid running out of cash within weeks and overcome resistance from sceptical partners led by Germany.

  • Thursday 19 February 2015

    Niger, Chad and Cameroon are seeking to pin down Boko Haram within Nigeria's borders ahead of a ground-and-air offensive by a regional taskforce due to start from the end of next month, a senior Niger military official has said.

  • Thursday 19 February 2015

    Thailand's attorney general has pressed criminal charges against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for negligence related to her government's money-losing rice subsidy scheme.

  • Thursday 19 February 2015

    Syrian rebels have captured 32 soldiers and pro-government gunmen near the northern city of Aleppo, according to activists.

  • Wednesday 18 February 2015

    Government forces have pulled out of an encircled town in eastern Ukraine after a fierce assault by Russian-backed separatists which Kiev and Europe said violated a crumbling ceasefire.