World News Archive

  • 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.

  • Friday 26 December 2014

    ISTANBUL: A Turkish high school student arrested on charges of insulting President Tayyip Erdogan was released on Friday pending trial but could still face up to four years in prison if convicted, local media reported.

  • Friday 26 December 2014

    Kiev and pro-Russian separatists will exchange hundreds of prisoners soon, an aide to the head of Ukraine's SBU state security service has said, as the military reported a slight increase in rebel attacks.

  • Thursday 25 December 2014

    VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the "brutal persecution" of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world.

  • Thursday 25 December 2014

    AMMAN: The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria said he did not consider his son a hostage and called on his captors to treat him as a "guest".

  • Thursday 25 December 2014

    Pakistan's prime minister has announced the country will set up special trial courts under the supervision of military officers to prosecute terrorism cases in the wake of the Taliban school massacre.

  • Thursday 25 December 2014

    The US mayor of a St Louis suburb appealed for calm after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old.

  • Wednesday 24 December 2014

    Former US president George HW Bush has been taken to a Texas hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath.

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  • Tuesday 23 December 2014

    A 114-year-old woman who challenged Facebook after the social media site would not let her list her real age has died.

  • Tuesday 23 December 2014

    A Canadian man has been found guilty of killing and dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties around the country.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    Eleven people were hurt, five seriously, when a van drove into a Christmas market in France.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    A Spanish judge has ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    A boy of five and his seven-year-old brother are recovering in hospital after surviving with their father for 10 days in a remote Australian national park before being discovered by a farmer.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    An 88-year-old veteran of Tunisia's political establishment has won the country's presidency, according to official results, capping a four-year-long democratic transition.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    Pope Francis has issued a blistering critique of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they are supposed to be joyful men of God.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    French officials have called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions after two weekend attacks - one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    Big-city police departments and union leaders around the US are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them dead inside their patrol car.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    LAHORE - Pakistani Christians attend a prayer service for the victims killed in Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar yesterday at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore, Pakistan.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    HAVANA - Three men who served long US prison terms for spying have received a standing ovation in Cuba's parliament, as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington will not change the communist system he leads.

  • Monday 22 December 2014
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    NEW DELHI - The head of India's most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister's economic reform agenda.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    KABUL - Afghanistan's Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were victims of the insurgents.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    UNITED STATES - Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has been admitted to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia.

  • Monday 22 December 2014

    MOSCOW - Uzbeks went to the polls on Sunday to vote in parliamentary elections at which all four parties support President Islam Karimov, ensuring that the ballot will further reinforce his 23-year grip on power.