World News Archive

  • Sunday 17 August 2014

    Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Pakistan's capital Islamabad in the pouring rain following the arrival of convoys led by a cricket star-turned-politician and a fiery anti-Taliban cleric.

  • Sunday 17 August 2014

    Pope Francis yesterday celebrated a huge open-air mass in Seoul, where he denounced the growing gap between the haves and have-nots, urging people in affluent societies to listen to "the cry of the poor" among them.

  • Sunday 17 August 2014

    The Brazilian Socialist Party is likely to announce environmentalist Marina Silva as its presidential candidate this week, replacing party leader Eduardo Campos who was killed in a plane clash, three leading local newspapers reported yesterday.

  • Sunday 17 August 2014

    Flooding and landslides in western Nepal have killed at least 54 people and a further 142 are missing amid continuous rainfall over the past three days.

  • Sunday 17 August 2014

    Violence continued in northern Iraq yesterday with reports that Islamic State (IS) jihadist fighters had massacred at least 80 men from the Yazidi faith and abducted women and children.

  • Sunday 17 August 2014

    The road towards Mosul from Erbil is strewn with refugee families.

  • Sunday 17 August 2014

    Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the border yesterday, as a separatist leader in eastern Ukraine claimed his forces include 1200 fighters who underwent military training in Russia.

  • Sunday 17 August 2014

    Germany's foreign intelligence agency recorded at least one phone conversation held by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a German magazine said yesterday, potentially embarrassing Berlin, which has itself reprimanded Washington for its surveillance.

  • Sunday 17 August 2014

    The Taliban has executed five people in an opium market in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province and left their bodies hanging overnight after accusing them of kidnapping a businessman, officials said.

  • Sunday 17 August 2014

    Racially charged protests flared overnight on Friday into yesterday in Ferguson, Missouri, in an eruption of fresh anger over the fatal August 9 shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

  • Saturday 16 August 2014

    FOUR couples from the US and Australia have been prevented from leaving Thailand with surrogate babies.

  • Saturday 16 August 2014

    AT least 14 people have been killed in an offensive by African Union peacekeepers against Islamist militants in a suburb of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

  • Saturday 16 August 2014

    IRAQ'S most influential cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, has thrown his weight behind the new prime minister, calling for national unity to contain sectarian bloodshed and an offensive by Islamic State militants that threatens Baghdad.

  • Saturday 16 August 2014

    NATO has accused the Kremlin of escalating the conflict in Ukraine, following reports a small column of Russian armoured vehicles had crossed overnight into an area of Ukraine where pro-Moscow rebels are battling government forces.

  • Saturday 16 August 2014

    POPE Francis has urged Asia's Catholic youth to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of their society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor.

  • Saturday 16 August 2014

    CLASHES have broken out as tens of thousands of ­Pakistani protesters from two anti-government ­movements converged on the capital, presenting the 15-month-old civilian government with its biggest challenge yet.

  • Friday 15 August 2014

    I HAVE a certain affinity with the Iraqi Kurds.

  • Friday 15 August 2014

    POLICE in Ferguson, Missouri, have fired tear gas, stun grenades and smoke bombs to disperse 350 protesters, the fourth night of racially charged demonstrations after police shot to death an unarmed black teenager.

  • Friday 15 August 2014

    POLICE in Indonesia have run psychiatric tests on the teenage daughter of an American woman found dead inside a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.

  • Friday 15 August 2014

    A RENEWED truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding despite a shaky start after both sides agreed to give Egyptian-brokered talks more time to try to end the Gaza war.

  • Friday 15 August 2014

    ARTILLERY shells have hit the centre of Ukraine's separatist-held city of Donetsk for the first time, killing at least one person, as a large Russian aid convoy headed towards the border.

  • Friday 15 August 2014

    Nuri al-Maliki last night dropped his bid for a third term as Iraq's Prime Minister and pledged support for his moderate replacement.

  • Thursday 14 August 2014

    FIVE French climbers have died and a sixth is missing on France's Mont Blanc after a night of snow and wind on Europe's tallest mountain.

  • Thursday 14 August 2014

    NATIONAL security leaker Chelsea Manning is not receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition, it has been claimed.

  • Thursday 14 August 2014

    A MEMBER of the West ­African regional body Ecowas has become the third person in Nigeria to die of Ebola fever.

  • Thursday 14 August 2014

    IRAQ'S Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has said he will not re­linquish power until a federal court rules on what he called a "constitutional violation" by the president to replace him with a member of his own party.

  • Thursday 14 August 2014

    THE estimated death toll in the Ukraine conflict has nearly doubled to at least 2,086 as of the start of this week, from 1,129 on July 26, the United Nations human rights office has said.

  • Thursday 14 August 2014

    PRESIDENT Barack Obama has called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy and urged a thoughtful response after two nights of violent protests, looting and arrests in a St Louis suburb.

  • Wednesday 13 August 2014

    THE grandfather of a seven-year-old boy pictured clutching the severed head of a Syrian soldier has urged the Australian government to bring the child home.

  • Wednesday 13 August 2014

    A NATO soldier has been killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, while three Afghan policemen died in a roadside bombing in the country's south.