World News Archive

  • Wednesday 4 March 2015

    Dozens of miners have been trapped underground and are feared dead after a blast at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk, with rescuers saying the chance of finding many survivors was slim.

  • Wednesday 4 March 2015

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has said the killing of a key opposition figure is a "disgrace" to Russia.

  • Wednesday 4 March 2015
  • Wednesday 4 March 2015

    Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found a massive Japanese Second World War battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, his representatives said.

  • Tuesday 3 March 2015

    Iraqi troops and Shia militias have battled against Islamic State (IS) south of the militant-held city of Tikrit, though roadside bombs and suicide attacks slowed their advance on Saddam Hussein's hometown.

  • Tuesday 3 March 2015

    Thousands of mourners and dignitaries have filed past the white-lined coffin of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia's beleaguered opposition.

  • Tuesday 3 March 2015

    A UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia has charged two former cadres of the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime with crimes against humanity over their alleged roles in the deaths of an estimated 1.8 million people.

  • Tuesday 3 March 2015

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong has warned his country had the power to deter an "ever-increasing nuclear threat" by the US with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.

  • Tuesday 3 March 2015

    One of the men convicted of raping and killing a woman in a brutal gang attack on a New Delhi bus in 2012 has said in a TV documentary that if the victim had not fought back she would not have been killed.

  • Monday 2 March 2015

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has met with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow.

  • Monday 2 March 2015

    A Saudi Arabian diplomat has returned to Riyadh after being released by kidnappers in Yemen where he spent three years as a hostage.

  • Monday 2 March 2015

    Iraqi security forces, backed by allied Shia and Sunni fighters, have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS).

  • Monday 2 March 2015

    North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion.

  • Monday 2 March 2015

    Estonia's ruling Reform Party has emerged as the overall winner in the Baltic country's general election dominated by economic issues and security concerns over Russia's actions in Ukraine.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    Defying US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has flown to Washington to warn Congress about the risks of a possible nuclear deal with Iran in a speech that has imperiled ties between the two allies.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin promised the mother of murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov yesterday that everything will be done to find and punish her son's killers, the Kremlin said.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on his followers to take a "historic" decision to lay down their arms, according to a statement yesterday, a crucial step in Turkey's drive to end a 30-year insurgency by Kurdish rebels.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a US appeal court has ruled.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    Wild giant pandas in China are doing well.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday announced a budget that put boosting growth before painful reforms, slowing the pace of fiscal deficit cuts and seeking to put domestic and foreign capital to work.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    Germany is prepared to sell tank howitzers to Lithuania.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    The people of Nigeria, Africa's most populous country with the continent's largest economy, were meant have begun voting yesterday in the second stage of a general election against the background of an existential national crisis.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish party by the spectacular Victoria Falls yesterday, prompting many Zimbabweans to question once again when he would leave office and who would succeed him.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    A series of car bombs today ripped through a crowded marketplace and a Shiite militia's checkpoint, killing 19 people in separate attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    Romania's coast guard rescued 70 migrants - mostly Syrians and Iraqis - packed on to a small fishing boat that was in danger of sinking as they attempted to make the crossing to Europe in stormy seas yesterday.

  • Sunday 1 March 2015

    Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord on Friday, former primary school teacher Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, delivering a boost to a government battered by gang violence.

  • Saturday 28 February 2015

    Charismatic former deputy prime minister-turned Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been killed in a drive-by shooting on a Moscow bridge.

  • Friday 27 February 2015

    French president Francois Hollande has taken his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.

  • Friday 27 February 2015

    A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism has been hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife.