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  • 14 killed in Iraq bombings

    14 killed in Iraq bombings

    Car bombs ripped through commercial areas in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad today, killing at least 14 civilians. The deadliest attack took place in Khilani Square, a busy commercial area in central Baghdad, where a car bomb killed at least...

  • Brother says accused Tunisian was forced to captain migrant boat at gunpoint

    Brother says accused Tunisian was forced to captain migrant boat at gunpoint

    The Tunisian man accused of piloting a migrant boat that sank off Libya, killing more than 700 people, is himself a migrant who was forced at gunpoint to captain the ship because of his experience as a fisherman, his brother said on...

  • Updated: 2,000 confirmed dead in Nepal quake

    Updated: 2,000 confirmed dead in Nepal quake

    At least 2,152 people are now confirmed dead in the massive earthquake that hit just outside Kathmandu, an official in Nepal said today. Deputy inspector general of police Komal Singh Bam gave no further details. Saturday's 7.8 magnitude quake...

  • Updated: World mobilises to help Nepal earthquake survivors

    Updated: World mobilises to help Nepal earthquake survivors

    World leaders and charities are preparing emergency aid for the survivors as they try to grasp the scope of the earthquake that devastated tiny, mountainous Nepal - but worrying how to make sure it gets there. With internet and mobile phone...

  • Obama pokes fun at himself and opponents at "nerd prom"

    Obama pokes fun at himself and opponents at "nerd prom"

    At the gathering he jokingly called "a night when Washington celebrates itself," US President Barack Obama took light-hearted aim at a range of political friends and foes, including the people running to succeed him. Obama's comedy routine at the...

  • Isolated in talks, Greek finance rebel getting the cold shoulder

    Isolated in talks, Greek finance rebel getting the cold shoulder

    As the buses carrying European finance ministers left for a gala dinner in the Latvian capital on Friday night, one of the party hung back at the hotel and then wandered off alone into the dusk. Greece’s Yanis Varoufakis had other dinner plans, he...

  • Germany is ready for ‘Plan B’

    Germany is ready for ‘Plan B’

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (photo), hinted yesterday that Berlin was preparing for a possible Greek default, drawing a parallel with the secrecy of German reunification plans in 1989. At a briefing with reporters after a tense...

  • New Yemen UN envoy

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named a Mauritanian diplomat yesterday as his envoy to Yemen, charged with trying to broker peace in the Arabian Peninsula country. Ban notified the UN Security Council on Thursday of his intention to...

  • Devastating quake kills over a thousand in Nepal

    Devastating quake kills over a thousand in Nepal

    A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India yesterday, killing more than 1,000 people, toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu and touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. There were reports...

  • Pakistani security to investigate the murder of activist

    Pakistani security to investigate the murder of activist

    Pakistan’s military intelligence agencies will investigate the murder of a human rights activist, shot after she hosted a talk on disappearances and killings in Baluchistan province where the army is fighting separatists, the military said...

  • IS takes military barracks, dam in Iraq’s Anbar

    Islamic State militants in Iraq took partial control of a water dam and military barracks guarding it in the western Anbar province after fierce fighting through the night that continued yesterday, security sources and witnesses said. The Iraqi...

  • Insurgents seize large parts of Syrian town

    Insurgents seize large parts of Syrian town

    Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria Nusra Front yesterday captured large parts of the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour for the first time in the four year conflict. Syrian activists and a violence monitoring group...

  • Countdown appears to start for execution of foreigners in Indonesia

    Countdown appears to start for execution of foreigners in Indonesia

    A lawyer for one of 10 mostly foreign national drug convicts facing execution in Indonesia says seven of the inmates have received their 72-hour notice. Nathan Frandino reports.

  • Death prompts push for Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

    Death prompts push for Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

    A widower from Ohio steps onto the national stage as the lead petitioner in a potentially historic Supreme Court case on the legality of same-sex marriage bans. Katharine Jackson reports.

  • Eight killed in Everest avalanche

    Eight killed in Everest avalanche

    An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake in Nepal smashed into a base camp at the foothills of Mount Everest today, killing at least eight climbers and guides. Many others were injured and an unknown number have been reported as missing near...

  • Surfer critical after shark attack

    A surfer is in critical condition after a shark attacked him in southern Australia. Police said in a statement that the 26-year-old man suffered "serious leg injuries" when he was attacked today about 25 miles south of Port Lincoln in South...

  • Update 3: Hundreds die as quake rocks Nepal

    Update 3: Hundreds die as quake rocks Nepal

    A powerful earthquake struck Nepal today, killing at least 906 people across four countries as the violently shaking earth toppled houses, levelled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mount Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the...

  • Book 'em Danno! No smoking under 21

    A history-making bill that would make Hawaii the first US state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 is heading to the governor. It is unclear whether David Ige will sign the measure and a spokeswoman for the politician said he was not immediately...

  • Thousands mark Gallipoli centenary

    Thousands mark Gallipoli centenary

    Thousands line the shores of Gallipoli to mark the 100th anniversary of the doomed World War One campaign. Paul Chapman reports.  

  • Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot

    Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot

    Italian police have arrested 10 people and are looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point, the Vatican. Some of the suspects,...