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First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

06 February 2016, 11:52

The mosquito-borne Zika virus sweeping through Latin America has claimed three lives in Colombia, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects.

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Albania bans cutting trees for 10 years

05 February 2016, 15:29

Albania has ordered a 10-year ban on cutting down trees for industrial purposes to avert an "ecological disaster" in the impoverished Balkan country.

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UN: Assange detained unfairly, should be freed

05 February 2016, 13:03

A U.N. human rights panel says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been 'arbitrarily detained' by Britain and Sweden since December 2010.

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Tens of thousands flee as Syria regime advances near Aleppo

05 February 2016, 11:36

Tens of thousands of Syrians were apparently streaming towards Turkey on Friday as regime troops pressed a major Russian-backed offensive around Aleppo, while Moscow and Ankara traded barbs over the escalating crisis.

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Chinese Governor fired for 'disloyalty'

05 February 2016, 08:39

The governor of a major Chinese province has been accused of disloyalty to the ruling Communist Party and removed from his post, amid a growing consolidation of power by President Xi Jinping that some have likened to a personality cult

6 found dead in Chicago home

05 February 2016, 07:08

Chicago police have found the bodies of four men, one woman and a child inside a home on the city's South Side in what police said was being investigated as an apparent multiple homicide.

Facebook celebrating its users' friendships for its birthday

04 February 2016, 18:12

Get ready to see collages of your friendships on Facebook as social network celebrates 12th birthday

South America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads

04 February 2016, 14:11

South American health ministers held an emergency meeting Wednesday on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a "nightmare" by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.

Two Israeli Arab teen girls stab bus station guard

04 February 2016, 13:09

Two Arab Israeli teenage girls stabbed and lightly wounded a guard at a bus station in central Israeli city Ramle on Thursday before being arrested, police said.

Germany: Over 91,000 asylum-seekers arrived in January

04 February 2016, 11:41

The German government says more than 91,000 asylum seekers arrived last month, underlining the pressure the country faces to diminish the influx of migrants.

Drone strike kills 6 Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen

04 February 2016, 09:54

An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone has killed six Al-Qaeda suspects in south Yemen, a security official said Thursday.

Assange to accept arrest if UN rules against him

04 February 2016, 08:34

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will accept arrest by British police if U.N. working group on arbitrary detention decides that the three years he has spent holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy does not amount to illegal detention.

Honda to recall 2.2M vehicles over air bag trouble

04 February 2016, 07:03

Honda is recalling another 2.2 million Honda and Acura vehicles because the driver's air bag inflators made by Takata can explode and hurl shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

Obama to make first visit of his presidency to a US mosque

03 February 2016, 17:59

President Barack Obama's first visit to a U.S. mosque comes as Muslim-Americans say they're confronting increasing levels of bias in speech and deeds.

3 Qaeda suspects dead in clash with Yemen loyalists

03 February 2016, 16:03

Three suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a clash Wednesday with forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in southern Yemen, local government sources said.

10 soldiers missing in Himalayan avalanche

03 February 2016, 14:16

Rescuers searched Wednesday for 10 soldiers feared buried in an avalanche in India's remote Himalayas near the de facto border with Pakistan, an army spokesman said.

Georgia executes its oldest death row inmate, age 72

03 February 2016, 13:01

Georgia has executed a 72-year-old man, its oldest death row inmate, for the killing of a convenience store manager during a robbery decades ago.

Gaza tunnel collapse kills two Hamas militants

03 February 2016, 11:35

The collapse of a tunnel in the Gaza Strip has killed two militants from Hamas's armed wing, officials said Wednesday, as concern grows in Israel over the rebuilding of tunnels that can be used for attacks.

Repair worker dies in 7-story fall down elevator shaft

03 February 2016, 10:26

Authorities say an elevator repair worker has fallen seven stories to his death down a shaft at the Galaxy Towers condominium complex in Guttenberg, New Jersey.

US officials report first sexually transmitted case of Zika virus

03 February 2016, 07:26

US authorities say they have received confirmation of the first transmission of the Zika virus through sexual contact.

Thai elephant gores Scottish tourist to death on trek

02 February 2016, 19:53

Thai police say a Scottish tourist has been gored to death by an elephant on which he and his 16-year-old stepdaughter were riding on the resort island of Samui

Google overtakes Apple as World's biggest company

02 February 2016, 17:53

Alphabet, the parent firm for Google, become the world's most valuable company Tuesday as a jump in its share price helped it vault past tech rival Apple.

Man jailed 10 years for Twitter 'terrorism' support

02 February 2016, 16:24

A Saudi who used Twitter to call for the release of prisoners convicted of "terrorism" and security offences has been jailed for 10 years, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

India's top court to review ban on gay sex

02 February 2016, 14:26

India's top court agreed to review a law outlawing gay sex, sparking hope among campaigners that the legislation dating back to the 19th century will eventually be overturned in the world's biggest democracy.

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