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  • Torture widespread after Turkey coup attempt, says UN report

    Torture widespread after Turkey coup attempt, says UN report

    Sweeping security measures adopted in Turkey after a failed July 15 coup attempt created an environment conducive to the torture and ill-treatment of detainees despite the presence of legal safeguards, a UN expert has said. Briefing reporters in...

  • Pro-EU party wins British local election in Brexit 'shockwave'

    Pro-EU party wins British local election in Brexit 'shockwave'

    Britain's pro-European Union Liberal Democrats party won a parliamentary seat previously held by the ruling Conservatives in a major upset it hailed as a rejection of a "hard Brexit" that would pull the country out of the single market. Liberal...

  • Trump nominates 'Mad Dog' as defence secretary

    Trump nominates 'Mad Dog' as defence secretary

    US president-elect Donald Trump is nominating controversial retired general James Mattis to be his defence secretary. Mr Mattis, 66, retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 after serving as the commander of the US Central Command. But his selection...

  • Man executed in 1995 for rape and murder has been exonerated

    Man executed in 1995 for rape and murder has been exonerated

    China's highest legal body on Friday exonerated a 21-year-old executed in 1995 following a conviction of rape and murder, saying the evidence against him had been insufficient. Nie Shubin was found guilty 21 years ago of raping and killing a woman...

  • Grief turns to fury over Colombia air crash 'no fuel' reports

    Grief turns to fury over Colombia air crash 'no fuel' reports

    Authorities prepared to fly home the bodies of dozens of victims of the Colombia plane crash as grief turned to anger over indications the jet ran out of fuel before smashing into the Andes. Bolivian aviation chiefs announced they were suspending...

  • No fuel on board: One of the rarest types of plane crash

    No fuel on board: One of the rarest types of plane crash

    Colombian officials probing Monday's crash that killed 71 people including most of a Brazilian soccer team face one of the rarest types of accidents and perhaps one of the hardest for families to comprehend, amid reports that the airplane had run...

  • Hollande will not seek second presidential mandate

    Hollande will not seek second presidential mandate

    French President Francois Hollande said this evening that he would not seek a second term in office in the presidential election in 2017, an unprecedented move that leaves the way open for other left-wing candidates. It is the first time in...

  • Russian space cargo ship destroyed after launch

    Russian space cargo ship destroyed after launch

    An unmanned space craft loaded with more than 2-1/2 tons of food and supplies for the International Space Station was destroyed about six minutes after liftoff, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Twitter. A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying...

  • Libyan coastal cities making millions from people smuggling

    Libyan coastal cities making millions from people smuggling

    The head of a EU military task force in the Mediterranean Sea says Libya's coastal cities are generating up to 325 million euro in revenue each year from people smuggling. Rear Adm Enrico Credendino cites the figure in a confidential report...

  • Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin medically evacuated from South Pole

    Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin medically evacuated from South Pole

    Buzz Aldrin, the former US astronaut and the second person to set foot on the moon, was evacuated from the South Pole because of a medical condition, a tourism company said. Aldrin, 86, was visiting the South Pole as part of a tourist group when...

  • Chinese bishop excommunicated by Vatican takes part in ordination

    A Chinese Catholic bishop excommunicated by the Vatican took part in the ordination of a new bishop in China yesterday, a move that some experts said could complicate Pope Francis' drive to heal a decades-old rift with the Communist government in...

  • Italian police arrest powerful organised crime boss

    Italian police arrest powerful organised crime boss

    Italian police have arrested the fugitive boss of a powerful 'Ndrangheta clan who ran illegal operations from the southern Calabria region north to Lombardy. Police video show an unarmed Marcello Pesce being taken into custody before dawn on...

  • Protesters disrupt Australian parliament

    Protesters disrupt Australian parliament

    Protesters demanding an end to Australia's policy of detaining asylum seekers on remote South Pacific islands have targeted the Australian parliament for a second day, bypassing security to abseil above the main entrance of the house in...

  • 'Complete failure, no fuel' - pilot's plea to air traffic controllers before crash

    'Complete failure, no fuel' - pilot's plea to air traffic controllers before crash

    The pilot of the doomed chartered plane carrying a Brazilian football team told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel and pleaded desperately for permission to land before crashing into the Andes, a leaked recording of the flight's final...

  • Frantic search for four missing miners in Poland after cave-in

    Frantic search for four missing miners in Poland after cave-in

    Rescue workers are using bare hands in a desperate attempt to save four missing miners at a Polish copper mine that was hit by a tremor and a cave-in. Four other miners were killed in the tragedy, the mine's director said. The tremor occurred...

  • Cuba returning Castro's ashes to birthplace of the Revolution

    Cuba returning Castro's ashes to birthplace of the Revolution

    A procession carrying Fidel Castro's ashes sets out from Havana today on a long trek to a final resting place in Santiago de Cuba, where the first shots in the Cuban Revolution were fired and where Castro claimed victory in 1959. Castro, who...

  • Oil jumps 8 percent on prospects for big OPEC output cut

    Oil prices jumped more than eight per cent today to a five-week high as some of the world's largest oil producers gathered in Vienna to try to agree a production cut that could be bigger than expected. Brent crude futures for delivery in January...

  • Earthquake demolishes Polish mine, two dead, six missing

    Earthquake demolishes Polish mine, two dead, six missing

    Two people have been confirmed dead and six are still missing after a massive cave-in at a copper mine in south-western Poland following an earthquake. The tremor happened shortly after 9pm local time, some 1,100m underground in the Rudna mine in...

  • Data leak on Europol terror group investigations - Dutch TV

    Data leak on Europol terror group investigations - Dutch TV

    Information on numerous international investigations into terrorism groups compiled by Europol was accidentally left online, unguarded by any password, a Dutch television programme reported. Europol, which helps European Union national police...

  • Lufthansa say pilots strikes cost €10-15 million a day

    Lufthansa say pilots strikes cost €10-15 million a day

    Strikes by Lufthansa pilots, which have entered their sixth day, are costing the German carrier about 10-15 million euros a day, a spokesman said today. A further 890 flights were cancelled this morning, with the walkout affecting short and...