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  • BlackBerry launches Classic phone

    BlackBerry launches Classic phone

    BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new smartphone called the Classic, featuring a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens. BlackBerry is courting its...

  • Updated: US approach to Cuba 'is outdated'

    Updated: US approach to Cuba 'is outdated'

    President Barack Obama says the US will end its outdated approach to Cuba that has failed to advance US interests. Mr Obama is announcing that the US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties. The...

  • Pope Francis gets a hint of home and hears 'Happy Birthday' on 78th birthday

    Thousands of people sang "Happy Birthday" and danced a mass tango today to celebrate the birthday of the first Latin American pope. Argentinian Pope Francis was born in the birthplace of the tango on Dec. 17, 1936. On Wednesday, he heard versions...

  • No signs of foul play in German Putin critic's death

    A conservative member of the German parliament and prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin died of heart failure or overheating after falling asleep in a sauna and there are no signs of foul play, state prosecutors said today. Andreas...

  • Church of England names first woman bishop

    Church of England names first woman bishop

    The Church of England appointed its first ever female bishop today, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue. It named Reverend Libby Lane as the new Bishop of Stockport in northern England. After...

  • American Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Japan

    American Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Japan

    A US-bound American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Tokyo after hitting severe turbulence, leaving several people injured. Passengers said the plane dropped suddenly and rocked for half a minute. "Some people were...

  • Vietnam races to rescue workers trapped underground as water levels rise

    Vietnamese rescuers are battling to free 12 workers trapped in a tunnel that collapsed during construction of a hydropower plant and said it could take days to get past entrenched mud, sand and debris as water levels rise. The rescue involves...

  • Pakistan begins painful task of burying its dead after school carnage

    Pakistan begins painful task of burying its dead after school carnage

      Pakistan has begun the painful task of burying over 130 students who died during a Taliban killing spree at a military-run school, as anger rises among politicians.  The Taliban said they targeted the campus because the government targeted their...

  • Australia orders sweeping investigation after system fails hostages

    Australia orders sweeping investigation after system fails hostages

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered a sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage crisis after tough new security laws and the courts failed to stop a convicted felon from walking into a Sydney cafe with a concealed shotgun. Three...

  • Kerry hails Russia move on Ukraine ‘constructive’

    Kerry hails Russia move on Ukraine ‘constructive’

    Russia has made constructive moves in recent days towards possibly reducing tensions in Ukraine, US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday. Speaking in London, Kerry said the US and Europe would lift sanctions within days or weeks depending...

  • Children killed in Yemen

    Two suicide car bombers have rammed their vehicles into a Shiite rebels’ checkpoint and a house south of the Yemeni capital as a school bus was travelling nearby, killing at least 25 people including at least 15 primary school pupils, according to...

  • Vatican report on US nuns

    A keenly-awaited Vatican report prompted partly by concerns over a secular mentality among some Roman Catholic nuns in the US praised them yesterday for their social and educational work but urged them to stick closely to Church teachings. The...

  • ‘Lone wolf’ Australian hostage-taker had a violent, unsettled past

    ‘Lone wolf’ Australian hostage-taker had a violent, unsettled past

    The self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harboured deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city’s...

  • 132 students die in Taliban killing rampage

    132 students die in Taliban killing rampage

    At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed yesterday after Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. More than...

  • In the name of Mandela

    In the name of Mandela

    Nelson Mandela’s foundation said it would publish a book next year that South Africa’s first black president began writing shortly before he left office as a sequel to his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Mandela, who died last year aged 95,...

  • ‘Culture’ is word of the year for US dictionary

    Whether popular, corporate or entitled, ‘culture’ was named word of the year by US dictionary Merriam-Webster as a flexible catch-all that can easily identify a subject, idea or issue. Merriam-Webster defines culture as the beliefs, customs and...

  • Bill Cosby is a victim, says wife

    Bill Cosby is a victim, says wife

    Bill Cosby’s wife has rejected sex assault claims against her husband, saying the veteran entertainer being accused by at least 15 women of drugging and having sex with them is “a man I do not know”. In a statement, Camille Cosby dismissed...

  • The taming of the horse

    The taming of the horse

    Speed, smarts and the heart of a champion: using genomic analysis, scientists have identified DNA changes that helped turn ancient horses such as those in prehistoric cave art into today’s Secretariats and Black Beautys, researchers...

  • Nobel prize winner Malala 'heartbroken' by Pakistan school attack

    Nobel prize winner Malala 'heartbroken' by Pakistan school attack

    Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, joint winner of this year's Nobel peace prize for education campaign work and survivor of a Taliban attack in 2012, said she was devastated by a Taliban killing spree at a school in Peshawar that left over 130...

  • Children killed in Yemen bombings

    Yemen's Shiite rebels say two car bombs have exploded south of the capital Sana'a, hitting a school bus travelling near a rebel gathering and killing 10 fighters and at least 15 pupils. The rebel group known as the Houthis blamed al Qaida for the...

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