World News Archive

  • Friday 29 May 2015

    A SUICIDE bomber has blown himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in an eastern Saudi city and killed four people, in the second deadly bombing targeting the religious minority in a week.

  • Friday 29 May 2015

    Saddam Hussein must be laughing in his grave.

  • Thursday 28 May 2015

    Greece has said it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors that will allow it to receive the desperately needed final instalment of its international bailout plan and keep it from defaulting on its debts.

  • Thursday 28 May 2015

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said he hoped Tehran and world powers would reach a final nuclear deal "within a reasonable period of time" but this would be hard if the other side stuck to what he called excessive demands.

  • Thursday 28 May 2015

    Doctors' leave has been cancelled in India to help cope with the sick after a heatwave killed at least 1,371 people this week as temperatures soar above 47C (117F).

  • Thursday 28 May 2015

    Conservationists say the elephant population in Mozambique has dropped nearly 50 per cent in the last five years because of poaching, but cite good news from Uganda, where the elephant population is increasing.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    AMNESTY International has accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    The Danish prime minister has called an election for June 18 in which her centre-left Social Democrats will face stiff competition from the centre-right Liberals who want more curbs on immigration and limits on state spending.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    Libya's internationally recognised prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, has survived an assassination attempt by gunmen who opened fire as he was leaving a session of the anarchic country's elected parliament.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    More than two dozen marine mammals and nearly 40 birds, most of them pelicans, have been collected dead and alive from along California's oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara in the week since a petroleum pipeline ruptured there.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    Floodwaters have deepened across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another 12 ins of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists in the fourth-largest US city.

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015

    Islamic State (IS) extremists have unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops.

  • Tuesday 26 May 2015

    Recovery teams have resumed the search for 12 members of two families who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Texas carried a holiday home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.

  • Tuesday 26 May 2015

    The US has returned 25 artefacts that were looted from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that had made their way into top US museum, university and private collections.

  • Tuesday 26 May 2015

    A volcano perched atop one of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands has erupted, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas.

  • Tuesday 26 May 2015

    An Iranian security court has held the first hearing in the closed trial of an American-Iranian reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months.

  • Tuesday 26 May 2015

    Australia plans to pass a law within weeks to give the government the power to strip citizenship from dual nationals who are suspected terrorists even if they are not convicted of a crime, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    A Tunisian soldier has opened fire at a military base in the capital, killing seven colleagues and wounding 10 others before being shot dead himself, according to the army which said the shooter had "family problems".

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    A line of storms stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes has dumped record rainfall on parts of the US Plains and Midwest, causing major flooding that forced at least 2,000 Texans from their homes.

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    Islamic State (IS) has poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries renewed efforts to retake the western Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government.

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter.

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    Sydney gunman Man Monis was a self-obsessed fantasist who grew increasingly defiant as he edged closer to launching his deadly attack, an inquest has heard.

  • Monday 25 May 2015

    Voters have punished Spain's mainstream political parties in local elections as many people switched their allegiance to new groups campaigning on a promise of change amid chafing austerity policies, high unemployment and corruption scandals.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Mass graves and suspected human-trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand, the country's home minister has revealed.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has said he was "heartbroken" over a suicide bombing at a Shi'ite mosque in the kingdom that killed 21 people.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Heavy shelling has killed one civilian in the government-controlled town of Avdiyivka in east Ukraine and halted production at one of Europe's largest coke plants.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    The Islamic State (IS) group's takeover of Ramadi is evidence Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight", US defence secretary Ash Carter said.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Police in riot gear have made numerous arrests as protesters took to the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, after a judge cleared a police officer over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a barrage of gunfire.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Government security forces killed 43 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a firefight in western Mexico on Friday, an official confirmed yesterday, one of the bloodiest shootouts in a decade of gang violence wracking the country.

  • Sunday 24 May 2015

    Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival yesterday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.