World News Archive

  • Wednesday 31 December 2014

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is launching a nationwide online programme to check whether people are using toilets as part of his cleanliness drive.

  • Tuesday 30 December 2014

    Security forces have clashed with demonstrators outside the home of the detained head of Bahrain's main Shi'ite Muslim opposition group.

  • Tuesday 30 December 2014

    Gunfire erupted around the presidential palace in Gambia's capital Banjul overnight and soldiers blocked a bridge leading to the centre of town but the government denied reports of an attempted coup.

  • Tuesday 30 December 2014

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  • Tuesday 30 December 2014

    A US air strike has killed the intelligence chief of the al-Shabab terror group, according to Somalia's intelligence service.

  • Tuesday 30 December 2014

    Indonesian rescuers searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday, prompting relatives of those on board watching TV footage to break down in tears.

  • Tuesday 30 December 2014

    Flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi have left at least 31 people dead and seven missing in the Philippines, including in areas still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Tuesday 30 December 2014

    Prosecutors in Italy say they fear more bodies will be found aboard the crippled Greek ferry Norman Atlantic, adrift for a third day after a fire broke out on a car deck, with 10 people killed in the ensuing chaos.

  • Tuesday 30 December 2014

    A South Korean court has approved the arrest of a former Korean Air Lines executive who delayed a flight in what has widely been called "nut rage".

  • Tuesday 30 December 2014

    It was the year of the Maidan and MH370, Ebola and ISIL, or is it ISIS?

  • Monday 29 December 2014

    All passengers have now been evacuated from a stricken passenger ferry in the Adriatic, the Italian Coast Guard said.

  • Monday 29 December 2014

    A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official has said, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search.

  • Monday 29 December 2014

    South Korea has proposed to resume stalled talks with North Korea, an overture that comes amid heightened diplomatic tension after Seoul's key ally the US blamed the North for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

  • Monday 29 December 2014

    Russia's currency has extended its losses, declining by 7 per cent as the economy shows the first signs of recession.

  • Monday 29 December 2014

    A man in his 50s surfing off the California coast has survived an attack by a juvenile great white shark.

  • Monday 29 December 2014

    A young British show-jumper and his fiancee are among scores of people rescued from a stricken Italy-bound ferry.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    Search and rescue crews looking for passengers - including a Briton - on board missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 have suspended air operations due to poor weather.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    The trial of two Burmese migrant workers accused of killing two British tourists on a popular resort island in southern Thailand has begun in a case seen as a test of the country's justice system.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    Microsoft and Sony have been working to restore internet platforms for their Xbox and PlayStation games consoles.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    Tens of thousands of police and other mourners filled a New York City church and nearby streets for the funeral of one of two police officers shot dead by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    A leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who has a $3 million bounty on his head, has surrendered in Somalia.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    North Korea has called US President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington for internet outages that it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    Sweden's mainstream parties have reached a deal that will allow the minority centre-left government to remain in office and sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    Bahraini police is to question key members of the mainly Shi'ite Muslim opposition movement al-Wefaq for what it said were "violations" committed during a pro-democracy rally.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    Pakistani planes and ground forces have killed 39 militants as part of a continuing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    Iran's army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    Azerbaijani authorities have raided and closed the bureau of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in an apparent attempt to silence one of the country's last independent media outlets.

  • Sunday 28 December 2014

    Just over one week ago, US warplanes roared into action over Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq to support Kurdish Peshmerga fighters as they struggled to fight their way into the area to liberate hundreds of Iraqis being held captive by the Islamic State (Isis).

  • Friday 26 December 2014

    MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin has said, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance.

  • Friday 26 December 2014

    Beachside memorials and religious services have been held across Asia to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than 250,000 people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.