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  • Japan culls 4,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

    Japan culls 4,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

    Japanese government orders the culling of 4,000 poultry after a bird flu outbreak at a farm in western Japan. Natalie Thomas reports.

  • Court orders autopsy on German lawmaker who criticised Russia

    A German court has ordered an autopsy on a conservative member of parliament who was a prominent critic of Russia's Vladimir Putin in order to rule out any link between his death and his hardline stance towards the Kremlin, state prosecutors...

  • Oil drops to near $59 for first time since 2009

    Oil fell to close to $59 a barrel for the first time since May 2009 today, extending a six-month selloff as slowing Chinese factory activity and weakening emerging-market currencies added to concerns about demand. International benchmark Brent...

  • Siege man 'saw himself as martyr' - compared Australian troops to Hitler's soldiers

    Siege man 'saw himself as martyr' - compared Australian troops to Hitler's soldiers

    Man Haron Monis wrote letters to the grieving families of troops killed in Afghanistan which compared them to "Hitler's soldiers", and he was accused of helping a woman to kill his ex-wife, who was found stabbed and set alight. But the social...

  • Taliban attack school - at least 130 dead

    Taliban attack school - at least 130 dead

    Scores of students have been killed in a Taliban attack on a military school in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, according to reports. A Pakistan minister said at least 130 people had died, including 84 students. The attack started...

  • Australia mourns siege victims

    Australia mourns siege victims

    Australia's prime minister laid flowers at a makeshift memorial in Sydney today for the victims of the cafe' gun siege which left three people dead, including a mother of three. Tony Abbott laid a white floral bouquet at the memorial in Martin...

  • Air strikes near eastern Libyan oil port and border to Tunisia

    Libya's recognised government conducted air strikes against rival government forces trying to seize major oil ports in the east and against targets in the west yesterday, witnesses said. Libya has had two governments and parliaments since a group...

  • Russia raises rates in emergency move as rouble collapses

    Russia's central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 percent in the early hours of this morning in an emergency move to halt a collapse in the rouble as oil prices decline and the country's sanctions-hit economy slides towards recession. The...

  • 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...

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