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Eight children killed in Australia in mass stabbing

Eight children killed in Australia in mass stabbing

Eight children were killed and a woman injured during a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns. Australia is already in a state of heightened alert after police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning to end a 16-hour hostage standoff in which three people were killed, including the hostage-taker. Queensland state police said...

  • Three dead as Australian forces storm hostage cafe

    Three dead as Australian forces storm hostage cafe

    Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe yesterday and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people were killed and four wounded. New South Wales police said two...

  • Captives made to display Islamic flag

    Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its escalating action against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, has been on high alert for attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East. News footage showed hostages...

  • Chinese dissident says: I was tortured while in detention

    Chinese dissident says: I was tortured while in detention

    A dissident who had been one of China’s longest-serving political prisoners until his release last week was tortured while in detention and has been threatened since he was let out, he said in a statement released yesterday. The ethnic Mongol...

  • Flights, trains halted by Belgian unions

    Flights, trains halted by Belgian unions

    Belgian unions grounded all flights, halted all trains and closed hundreds of factories and offices in a nationwide strike on Monday in protest over the government’s planned pension reforms and budget cuts. In the country’s first general strike...

  • ‘Chinese fighting alongside Islamic State’

    About 300 Chinese people are fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a Chinese state-run newspaper said yesterday, a rare tally that is likely to fuel worry in China that militants pose a threat to security. China has expressed...

  • ‘Libyan turmoil could destabilise neighbours’

    ‘Libyan turmoil could destabilise neighbours’

    The United Nations special envoy to the Sahel region said yesterday talks to resolve a crisis in Libya had stalled and warned that several countries in the region are risking being destabilised unless the situation is resolved quickly. Hiroute...

  • Tsunami orphans to open Sri Lanka home

    Tsunami orphans to open Sri Lanka home

    Two brothers, who lost both parents during the 2004 Boxing Day earthquake and ensuing tsunami, set to open a children’s home in country where they were orphaned Two brothers orphaned in the Boxing Day tsunami 10 years ago are set to open a...

  • Earthquake risk ‘underestimated’

    Earthquake risk ‘underestimated’

    The risk of a large earthquake in the Indian Ocean was “significantly underestimated” at the time of the Boxing Day tsunami a decade ago, an expert has said. Tim Henstock, senior lecturer in ocean and earth science at the University of...

  • Mel B’s husband denies hitting her

    Mel B’s husband denies hitting her

    X Factor judge Mel B’s husband has publicly denied hitting his wife after her return to The X Factor sparked speculation about the cause of her mystery illness. The former Spice Girl, 39, was absent from the ITV show on Saturday night but was back...

  • Bill Cosby breaks silence

    Bill Cosby has broken his silence amid a flood of rape accusations in a very brief interview with The New York Post’s Page Six. “Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do...

  • ‘Essential’ tips for the office party

    ‘Essential’ tips for the office party

    If you do not want your name to appear on the office naughty list after your Christmas staff party, it is important to put a plan in place beforehand to avoid being embarrassed. By taking a few precautions and exercising good judgement, you can...

  • MH370: Malaysia initially ignored crucial evidence

    Critical days were lost in the search for MH370 because Malaysian authorities initially rejected evidence from the British satellite company that the Boeing 777 with 239 aboard was in the Southern Indian Ocean. Sources told AirlineRatings.com...

  • Tragic centenary year for air travel

    Tragic centenary year for air travel

    Airlines need cooperation from governments to address security threats raised by aviation disasters this year, but would like to see a quicker relaxation of economic controls, Tony Tyler, head of the International Air Transport Association,...

  • Miss World 2014

    Miss World 2014

    Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World 2014 during the final of the Miss World 2014 contest at the ExCel arena in London on Sunday. Over a 100 girls participated in the contest. Malta was represented by Joanne Galea of Żejtun.

  • Christmas truce commemorated

    Christmas truce commemorated

    A sculpture, called “All Together Now”, by Andrew Edward was unveiled in the remains of St Luke’s Church in Liverpool, England, yesterday. The sculpture, depicting the Christmas Day football match between German and British soldiers fighting on...

  • Cold snap

    Cold snap

    People take pictures inside a giant Christmas ball, part of New Year and Christmas holiday season decorations, in central Moscow yesterday.

  • Police storm Sydney hostage scene - Three dead

    Police storm Sydney hostage scene - Three dead

    Updated 4.19 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Three people are dead after a hostage drama in a Sydney cafe ended in heavy gunfire as security forces stormed the building, Australian police said. The lone hostage-taker was among those killed. Heavy gunfire and...

  • Listening devices found in Oslo, prompting spying investigation

    Norwegian police are investigating a possible spying operation by a foreign power after electronic devices designed to intercept telephone conversations were discovered near government buildings. In its own two-month investigation, the daily...

  • Three held as Ghent hostage freed

    Three held as Ghent hostage freed

    Belgian police have detained three men after they took a hostage in an apartment building in the western city of Ghent. It is still unclear why the men took the hostage - who was released unharmed - but it was not an act of terror, federal police...

  • Hostages 'forced to call media', used as human shields

    Hostages 'forced to call media', used as human shields

    Hostages in the Sydney cafe siege have reportedly been forced to call a number of media outlets in Australia. Tom Steinfort, a journalist with broadcaster Channel Nine Australia, said it had been contacted by three hostages, including one who had...