World News Archive

  • Monday 16 February 2015

    Pro-Russian rebels have pounded encircled Ukrainian government forces and Kiev said it would not pull back heavy guns while a truce was being violated, leaving a European-brokered peace deal on the verge of collapse a day after it took effect.

  • Monday 16 February 2015

    Two men suspected of helping the gunman behind the deadly attacks in Copenhagen have appeared in court as Danes mourned the victims of a shooting spree that authorities said may have been inspired by the Paris terror attacks.

  • Monday 16 February 2015

    Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three states hardest hit by an epidemic of Ebola, have said they had set a target of reducing the number of new cases to zero within 60 days.

  • Monday 16 February 2015

    The Syrian boyfriend of US hostage Kayla Mueller who died in the hands of Islamic State (IS) terrorists has said she remained selfless even while she was held captive.

  • Monday 16 February 2015

    A Hong Kong ferry captain has been jailed for eight years over the death of 39 people in the city's biggest maritime disaster in decades.

  • Monday 16 February 2015

    AMERICA's army commander in Europe has admitted he felt like a "knucklehead" after The Herald spotted that he'd got the geography of war-torn eastern Ukraine mixed up.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    A ceasefire that went into effect in eastern Ukraine has largely held, except around the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015
  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    An Egyptian court has put ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi on trial on charges of endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar, furthering a state crackdown on his outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    The world's richest confectionery maker Michele Ferrero, famed for Nutella, died on Valentine's Day.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    A man shot dead by Danish police early today is likely to have been behind the shootings at a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen, an investigator says.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    Nine couples danced their way to victory yesterday, breaking the record for the longest dance marathon in the world in the seaside town of Pattaya, southeast of Thailand's capital Bangkok.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    Fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine yesterday as separatist rebels tried to seize more territory before a ceasefire took effect at midnight, the Ukrainian military said.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    Canadian police foiled a Valentine's Day plot by two suspects who were planning to go to a shopping centre and kill as many people as they could before committing suicide.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    True to all past form the fighting in eastern Ukraine continued throughout yesterday threatening to derail the peace deal created earlier last week by the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    A driver was killed and a polio worker injured by gunmen in north-western Pakistan yesterday.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    Foreigners will be barred from owning land in South Africa and no individual will be able to own more than 12,000 hectares, the equivalent of two farms, under legislation currently in the works, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has responded to overtures from US President Barack Obama amid nuclear talks by sending him a secret letter, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    Heavily armed Boko Haram militants attacked the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe yesterday.

  • Sunday 15 February 2015

    South Sudan has called off elections due in June and its cabinet plans to ask parliament to extend President Salva Kiir's term, a government spokesman said, as a violent power struggle between Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar rumbles on.

  • Saturday 14 February 2015

    One man is dead and three policemen have been wounded in a shooting at a freedom of speech event attended by an artist who drew a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, police said.

  • Friday 13 February 2015

    Two journalists with the Al-Jazeera English network have been released from an Egyptian prison after more than a year behind bars on terror-related charges in a case denounced as a sham by rights groups and the international community.

  • Friday 13 February 2015

    Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels have fought fiercely across the east of the country despite a new peace deal brokered by Germany and France.

  • Friday 13 February 2015

    At least 19 people have been killed in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in a gun and bomb attack on a Shi'ite mosque, the latest sectarian violence to hit the country.

  • Friday 13 February 2015

    A federal judge has ordered an Alabama official to start issuing marriage licences to gay couples in compliance with an earlier order, but couples in most counties were still unable to obtain licences.

  • Friday 13 February 2015

    A bomb detonated by remote control has hit an area near a Turkish police checkpoint close to the Syrian border, wounding three people.

  • Friday 13 February 2015

    The son of actor Jackie Chan has been released from a Beijing jail after completing a six-month sentence for allowing people to use marijuana in his apartment, amid a crackdown on illegal narcotics in the Chinese capital.

  • Friday 13 February 2015

    A"glimmer of hope." That was how German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday described the ceasefire scheduled to begin in eastern Ukraine from Sunday.

  • Thursday 12 February 2015

    Survivors and relatives of those who perished in the Costa Concordia disaster have attacked the 16-year jail sentence given to the captain of the cruise liner.

  • Thursday 12 February 2015

    The widow of the Navy Seal depicted in the Oscar-nominated film American Sniper has given emotional evidence about her final moments with her husband.