World News Archive

  • Sunday 30 November 2014

    Extremists from Islamic State (IS) have launched an attack on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey - a first in the ongoing siege.

  • Sunday 30 November 2014

    Voters in Bahrain have returned to the polls for a run-off election for the country's first new parliament since widespread Arab Spring-inspired protests nearly four years ago.

  • Sunday 30 November 2014

    French president François Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea, where thousands lined the roads to see the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by ebola.

  • Sunday 30 November 2014

    Taiwan's premier announced his resignation yesterday after a candidate backed by the pro-independence opposition party was elected as the next mayor of Taipei, ending the ruling Kuomintang's 16-year hold on the capital.

  • Sunday 30 November 2014

    An Egyptian court has dropped its case against former president Hosni Mubarak over the killing of 239 protesters in the 2011 revolt that ended his three-decade rule.

  • Sunday 30 November 2014

    Germans probing the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency have uncovered a legal loophole that allows the country's foreign intelligence agency to spy on its own citizens.

  • Sunday 30 November 2014

    The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda has appointed actor Robert De Niro as special economic envoy of the twin-island nation in the eastern Caribbean.

  • Saturday 29 November 2014

    THE worst storm in decades has lashed Brisbane, Australia's third largest city, with wind, rain and hail cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people.

  • Saturday 29 November 2014

    AN ARMY brigadier general has been shot dead by unknown assailants in the Cairo district of Gesr al-Suez.

  • Saturday 29 November 2014

    POPE Francis has called for an end to all forms of fundamentalism and said fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, was key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out "grave persecutions" in Syria and Iraq.

  • Saturday 29 November 2014

    AT least 13 prisoners have died of drug overdoses after inmates stormed a prison hospital in Venezuela during protests demanding better living conditions.

  • Saturday 29 November 2014

    A VOLCANO in southern Japan is blasting out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.

  • Saturday 29 November 2014

    BURKINA Faso's interim prime minister has pledged to open inquiries into the deaths of a revered former president and an investigative journalist - key demands of protesters who swept veteran ruler Blaise Compaore from power last month.

  • Friday 28 November 2014

    I ONCE spent three months hiding in the Hindu Kush mountains with Afghan guerrilla fighters combating the Soviets.

  • Friday 28 November 2014

    BUSINESS owners and residents have boarded up windows and cleared away debris as Ferguson sought a return to normal after two nights of unrest.

  • Friday 28 November 2014

    MORE than 700 people, mostly refugees from Syria, have arrived on the Greek island of Crete following a harrowing journey on a smuggling ship that broke down in gale-force winds while trying to reach Europe.

  • Friday 28 November 2014

    THE European Commission's new president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has comfortably survived a no-confidence vote brought over news that Luxembourg had lured multinational businesses with super-low tax rates during his period as prime minister.

  • Thursday 27 November 2014

    Australia batsman Phil Hughes has passed away two days after being struck on the head by a bouncer.

  • Thursday 27 November 2014

    Hong Kong police have cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from Beijing's control.

  • Thursday 27 November 2014

    Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several US cities.

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    ALGERIA'S military has killed a militant involved in the abduction and beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel in September, Justice Minister Tayeb Louh said yesterday.

  • Thursday 27 November 2014

    European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court.

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  • Thursday 27 November 2014

    British precious stones miner Gemfields Plc claims it had found a 40.23-carat rough ruby at its Montepuez deposit in Mozambique - and it has termed the find as "one of the most important rubies unearthed in recent times".