World News Archive

  • Sunday 31 May 2015

    A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan yesterday, shaking buildings in Tokyo but with no immediate reports of damage, public broadcaster NHK said.

  • Sunday 31 May 2015

    Blues pioneer BB King was yesterday remembered in the Mississippi Delta as a man whose talent was equalled by his generous spirit.

  • Sunday 31 May 2015

    The man who created the underground drug-selling website Silk Road has been sentenced to life in prison.

  • Sunday 31 May 2015

    Nigerian troops pushed back an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the outskirts of Borno state capital Maiduguri in the early hours of yesterday, reporters and military sources said.

  • Sunday 31 May 2015

    More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said yesterday.

  • Sunday 31 May 2015

    A drought in North Korea could lead to huge food shortages this year, the top UN official in the country has told journalists in an interview.

  • Sunday 31 May 2015

    The vice president of Burundi's election commission has fled the country ahead of the poll, sources said yesterday, amid a political crisis triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.

  • Friday 29 May 2015

    NEW Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to eradicate the "mindless, godless" militant group Boko Haram and rescue hundreds of women and children held captive, including 200 girls taken from the town of Chibok a year ago.

  • Friday 29 May 2015

    CROATIA'S parliament has adopted a law granting compensation to rape victims in the 1991-95 war of independence from Yugoslavia.

  • Friday 29 May 2015

    SOUTH AFRICA will impose tough new entry rules for minors from Monday aimed at preventing child trafficking, which airlines and travel agents say could hurt the important tourism industry.

  • Friday 29 May 2015

    CHINA has said a 44-year-old South Korean man has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China's first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in 38 people who had been in close contact with him.

  • Friday 29 May 2015

    THE upsurge of boat people in South-east Asia has reached an "alarming level", Thailand's foreign minister said today.

  • Friday 29 May 2015

    A VOLCANO erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan today, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash nearly 6 miles (9km) into the sky.

  • Friday 29 May 2015

    A SUICIDE bomber has blown himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in an eastern Saudi city and killed four people, in the second deadly bombing targeting the religious minority in a week.

  • Friday 29 May 2015

    Saddam Hussein must be laughing in his grave.

  • Thursday 28 May 2015

    Greece has said it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors that will allow it to receive the desperately needed final instalment of its international bailout plan and keep it from defaulting on its debts.

  • Thursday 28 May 2015

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said he hoped Tehran and world powers would reach a final nuclear deal "within a reasonable period of time" but this would be hard if the other side stuck to what he called excessive demands.

  • Thursday 28 May 2015

    Doctors' leave has been cancelled in India to help cope with the sick after a heatwave killed at least 1,371 people this week as temperatures soar above 47C (117F).

  • Thursday 28 May 2015

    Conservationists say the elephant population in Mozambique has dropped nearly 50 per cent in the last five years because of poaching, but cite good news from Uganda, where the elephant population is increasing.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    AMNESTY International has accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    The Danish prime minister has called an election for June 18 in which her centre-left Social Democrats will face stiff competition from the centre-right Liberals who want more curbs on immigration and limits on state spending.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    Libya's internationally recognised prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, has survived an assassination attempt by gunmen who opened fire as he was leaving a session of the anarchic country's elected parliament.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    More than two dozen marine mammals and nearly 40 birds, most of them pelicans, have been collected dead and alive from along California's oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara in the week since a petroleum pipeline ruptured there.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    Floodwaters have deepened across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another 12 ins of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists in the fourth-largest US city.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    Islamic State (IS) extremists have unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops.

  • 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.