Suicide bomber strikes Damascus Justice Palace, dozens injured – reports
An IED has been detonated at the Justice Palace in al-Hamidiyeh, Damascus, the Syrian Arab News Agency reports. It’s reported dozens have been killed or injured in the blast.
Kim's identity confirmed using child's DNA: Malaysia
Malaysia has used a DNA sample from one of Kim Jong-Nam's children to confirm the identity of the assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, the deputy prime minister said Wednesday.
Indonesia vows action after UK cruise ship ruins coral reef
Indonesia on Wednesday vowed to take action after a British-owned cruise ship smashed into pristine coral reefs and caused extensive damage, as residents of the popular tourist site lamented "paradise" had been ruined.
Prosecutors summon impeached South Korean leader for questioning
South Korean prosecutors summoned ousted leader Park Geun-hye on Wednesday for questioning next week about a corruption scandal that led to her dismissal as president, the prosecutors' office said.
Malaysia to deport 50 North Koreans despite ban: deputy PM
Malaysia will deport 50 North Koreans for overstaying their visas, the deputy prime minister said Tuesday, in an apparent exception to a departure ban imposed after the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam.
Iraqi govt must prevent war crimes & heavy civilian casualties as troops liberate Mosul – HRW
The Iraqi authorities must prevent collective punishment being meted out to relatives of suspected IS militants and ensure that the army doesn’t displace civilians and move them to prison-like camps, Lama Fakih, HRW deputy Middle East director, told RT.
US defense secretary arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit, reportedly for discussions on defeating the Islamic State terrorist group.
Moment of Kim Jong-nam ‘assassination’ captured on security camera (CCTV VIDEO)
CCTV footage allegedly showing the moment of the deadly attack on the half-brother of North Korea’s supreme leader has emerged online as tensions between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur escalate over his killing.
Jury out in corruption trial of Hong Kong ex-leader
Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang will soon learn his fate as the jury in his high-profile corruption trial began deliberating Thursday.
3rd suspect in Kim Jong-nam murder arrested in Malaysia - police
Malaysian authorities have arrested a third person in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
US intel agencies keep Trump in dark citing alleged ‘Russian contacts’ – media
US intelligence officials may have kept sensitive information from President Donald Trump due to concerns of potential leaks.
Palestinians support Trump’s call for Israeli settlements ‘pullback’, wary of ‘one state’ idea
The Palestinian president fully supports Donald Trump’s call on Israel to “pull back” on settlement expansion, but is yet to comment on a trending idea that a peace deal might not necessarily include an independent Palestinian state.
Venezuela pulls CNN from air for 'distorting truth'
President Nicolas Maduro's government ordered the suspension of CNN's Spanish-language service from Venezuela's airwaves on Wednesday, accusing it of distorting the truth in coverage.
Female arrested in Malaysia over ‘Kim Jong-nam murder’ – police
A woman has been arrested at Kuala Lumpur airport in connection to the death of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to Malaysian police.
Gen. Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Advisor over contacts with Russia
Michael Flynn, national security advisor to President Trump, stepped down over his phone talks with the Russian ambassador. The Kremlin spokesman, however, denied that lifting economic sanctions was discussed during the conversations.
Trump administration defends ‘lawful’ travel ban
The US government on Monday defended President Donald Trump’s travel ban as a “lawful exercise” of his authority, and urged an appeals court to reinstate the suspended measure in the interests of national security.
Thousands hanged in secret in notorious Syrian prison, says Amnesty
As many as 13,000 people were hanged in five years at a notorious Syrian government prison near Damascus, Amnesty International said Tuesday, accusing the regime of a "policy of extermination."
Iranian woman to be blinded in ‘eye-for-an-eye’ retribution punishment – report
An Iranian woman is to be blinded in one eye as punishment for an acid attack that left her victim without sight, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled, local Tasnim agency has reported, as cited by Reuters.
We will not impose our way of life, but we will shine for others to follow - Trump
Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. In his inaugural address, he has promised to give the government back to the people and put "only America first."
Three dead, 20 hurt as car rams Melbourne shoppers
A car ploughed into pedestrians on a popular shopping strip in the heart of Australia's second-largest city on Friday, killing three people including a young child and injuring dozens more.
Croc kills Australian man at dangerous river crossing
A large crocodile has killed a man at a notorious crossing on the East Alligator River in northern Australia, police said Friday.
Dozens of firefighters feared dead after Tehran high-rise collapses
Dozens of firefighters were feared trapped under the rubble after Iran's oldest high-rise, the 15-storey Plasco building in downtown Tehran, collapsed live on TV on Thursday following a fire.
Doctors' despair drives Kenya's longest medical strike
The first patient Cynthia Waliaula lost was a baby who stopped breathing while she carried him in her arms through the hospital, desperately trying to find an oxygen tank.
Thai Airways to probe Rolls-Royce corruption
Thailand's flagship airline on Thursday said it had launched a probe into revelations that Rolls-Royce paid millions of dollars in bribes to win contracts, including to airline employees and government officials.
Al Qaeda affiliate says Gao attack ‘punishment’ for Malians working with France
Al Qaeda’s North African affiliate said a suicide bomb attack on a military camp in northern Mali that killed up to 60 people and wounded more than 100 others on Wednesday was punishment for groups there cooperating with France.
Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy: experts
President-elect Donald Trump could enact sweeping changes to environmental policy in the beginning days of his administration, with far-reaching effects both in the United States and around the world, experts say.
Obama warns Trump, tells supporters 'we'll be okay'
Barack Obama vowed to speak up if Donald Trump threatens core US values and reassured Americans "we'll be okay" Wednesday, in a political swansong after eight years as president.
No word from Gambia leader Jammeh as deadline to cede power passes
After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power.
Russia says Snowden can stay two more years
Russian authorities have extended US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's Russian residency permit by two years, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.
Australia, Malaysia, China halt MH370 underwater search
The deep sea hunt for missing flight MH370 has been suspended after nearly three years without result, the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments said Tuesday.
Building torched as Bahrain Shiites protest executions
A municipal building was set ablaze overnight in Sunni-ruled Bahrain, the government said Monday, as fresh violence erupted over the executions of three Shiites convicted of a deadly bomb attack on police.
Inmates beheaded in new Brazil prison riot
Twenty-seven inmates were killed in a Brazilian prison riot that broke out on Saturday, adding to chaos in a penitentiary system in which some 140 inmates have died in gang warfare since the start of the year.
Trump calls CIA chief ‘fake news leaker’ after Brennan warns him about ‘talking & tweeting’
Donald Trump branded outgoing CIA chief Brennan “the leaker of fake news” after he told Trump to grasp the “Russia threat” instead of “talking and tweeting,” stirring up another feud between the incoming administration and the intelligence community.
26 to hang for Bangladesh abductions and murders: court
A Bangladesh court sentenced 26 people, including three senior officers from the country's elite security force, to death Monday after convicting them of murdering seven people who were abducted outside a cricket stadium.
S.Korea prosecutors seek to arrest Samsung heir in bribery scandal
South Korean prosecutors asked a court Monday for the arrest of the heir to giant conglomerate Samsung for bribery in connection with a political scandal that has seen President Park Geun-Hye impeached.
Trump: NATO 'obsolete', Brexit a 'great thing'
President-elect Donald Trump, in remarks published on Sunday, described NATO as "obsolete" and suggested a deal with Russia that would reduce nuclear arsenals and ease sanctions on Moscow.
‘It’s not how hacking works’: Anonymous activist deconstructs ODNI report on ‘Russia hackers’
A member of the hacktivist network Anonymous has debunked the assertion that US intelligence report on Russia’s alleged hacking of the DNC proves a particular party’s guilt, explaining that such claims show a lack of understanding of how hackers operate.
Hostages beg Trump to negotiate release in Taliban video
The Taliban released a video Wednesday showing an American and an Australian who were kidnapped in August, the first time they have been seen since their abduction.
US sanctions N. Korean officials for rights abuses
US authorities on Wednesday announced sanctions against North Korean government agencies and senior officials -- among them leader Kim Jong-Un's sister -- in response to Pyongyang's "serious" human rights abuses and censorship activities.
Russia has no compromising info on Trump or Clinton, report is ‘total bluff’ – Kremlin
Moscow says documents alleging that Russia has compromising information on Donald Trump are a fabrication and a “total bluff.”
'Yes, we did!' Obama bids a tearful farewell
President Barack Obama delivered a tearful farewell speech Tuesday night, thanking the American public for helping make the country a "better, stronger place" during his time in office, while warning of the threats facing the nation and its values.
51 inmates refuse orders to return to cells at Massachusetts max security prison
Prisoners defying orders to return to their cells have caused the evacuation of correctional officers from a unit of Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts.
Hong Kong's former leader abused power: prosecution
Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang abused power and was "hopelessly compromised" while in office, prosecutors said Tuesday in opening arguments at his high-profile corruption trial.
Mourners attend funeral of former Iranian leader Rafsanjani
Hundreds of thousands of mourners led by Iran's supreme leader gathered at Tehran University early on Tuesday for the funeral of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Obama's says goodbye in last presidential speech
Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency on Tuesday, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters felled by Donald Trump's shock victory.
‘Witch hunt’: Kremlin slams ODNI report claiming Russia hacked US elections
Moscow has slammed the recent ODNI report which claims Russia hacked the US elections. The Kremlin spokesman said it was “reminiscent of a witch hunt,” adding that Moscow is “tired” of “amateurish” US hacking intelligence.
Bahrain court confirms bomb blast death sentences
A Bahraini court on Monday upheld death sentences against three people convicted of killing police including an Emirati officer in a bomb attack, a judicial source said.
100s more US tanks arrive in Europe to keep ‘peace & freedom’ at Russian borders (VIDEO)
Another shipload of America military hardware has arrived at the German port of Bremerhaven to reinforce US commitment to its allies against the perceived Russian threat, and ensure Europe remains “whole, free, prosperous, and at peace.”
‘Putin’s not on our team’: Obama urges Trump to trust US intelligence community
Outgoing US President Barack Obama has warned Americans and his successor Donald Trump that Vladimir Putin is an “adversary” who should never be trusted over the US intelligence community.
US-led coalition admits killing at least 188 civilians in Syria & Iraq
The US-led coalition has admitted to “unintentionally” killing at least 188 civilians in Syria and Iraq since 2014 when the airstrikes against Islamic State began.
Political retribution? Trump press sec questions Russia sanctions, brings up unanswered ‘China hack’
The incoming White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, said it makes him wonder if President Obama’s anti-Russian measures were “political retribution,” given that a massive hack of federal data in 2015 linked to China saw “not one thing happen” in response.
At least 32 killed, 61 wounded as blast hits Sadr City area of Baghdad – media citing police
A car bomb that went off in Baghdad’s Sadr City area has left at least 32 people dead and 61 wounded, AFP reported, citing police sources.
Putin: Russia will not expel anyone in response to US sanctions
The Russian president has rejected a suggestion of the foreign ministry to expel 35 American diplomats in response to a similar move by the US.
Russian FM proposes expulsion of 35 US diplomats in sanctions tit-for-tat
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has proposed expelling 35 American diplomats in response to the recent sanctions imposed by Washington.
Beijing returns seized US underwater drone in ‘smooth’ handover at S. China Sea
A US sea drone seized by China last week was returned at an agreed location in the South China Sea, Beijing has confirmed.
Putin: Russian ambassador's murder provocation aimed at undermining Syria peace process
The fatal attack on Russia's ambassador to Turkey, who was killed by a gunman on Monday, is "clearly a provocation" aimed at undermining both Russian-Turkish relations and the settling of the Syrian crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
Seven-year-old Syria war symbol evacuated from Aleppo
Seven-year-old Bana al-Abed, whose Twitter account has offered a tragic account of the war in Syria, was evacuated from the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, a Turkish NGO announced on social media.
Saudi prince Alwaleed says women must drive
An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince has called for an "urgent" end to his country's ban on women driving.
Embattled South Korean president offers to step down
South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment.
Thailand's parliament moves to name crown prince as new king
Thailand's parliament on Tuesday named Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as the new king, completing a formal step for the heir to take the throne following the death of his father last month.
Plane carrying football players from Brazil crashes in Colombia
An airplane with 81 people on board, including players from a Brazilian football team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport, local officials say.
'Millions voted illegally' in US election, Trump claims
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that he won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 election "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally", though he provided no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Fidel Castro, Cuba’s longtime leader, dies at 90
After years of dealing with failing health, Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban revolution who steered the country through decades of a US economic blockade, has died, state media report.
Green Party candidate pushes for vote recount in Wisconsin
Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Thursday launched a bid to seek a vote recount in Wisconsin, the first of three Rust Belt states won by Donald Trump where she intends to challenge the result.
32 bodies, 9 human heads found in Mexico mass graves
Authorities have exhumed 32 bodies and nine heads from several clandestine graves in Mexico's violence-plagued southern state of Guerrero this week, officials said.
Power plant collapse kills scores in eastern China
At least 40 people have died and others are still trapped after a platform under construction at a power plant’s cooling tower in eastern China’s Jiangxi province collapsed on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said.
Sri Lanka bans use of young elephants for work
Sri Lanka unveiled tougher laws Wednesday, including a ban on using young elephants for logging and other physical work, as part of a crackdown on cruelty to domesticated wild animals.
Colombia to sign new peace deal with FARC
Colombia's government and FARC guerrillas will sign a new peace accord Thursday, after a previous agreement to end their half-century-old war was defeated in a referendum, both parties said.
Court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders
Cambodia's UN-backed court upheld life sentences for two top former Khmer Rouge leaders on Wednesday for crimes against humanity, delivering a blow to their hopes of release as they face a second trial for genocide.
Trump backtracks on climate, threat to jail Clinton
Donald Trump signaled Tuesday his campaign trail dismissal of the threat of climate change may have been hot air after all, saying he was "open minded" on supporting global accords.
Palestinian wielding knife shot dead in West Bank: Israel police
A Palestinian was shot dead at a West Bank checkpoint on Tuesday after walking towards guards with a knife in his hand, Israeli police said.
Japan man dies after rice ball eating contest
A 28-year-old man died in Japan after choking on a rice ball at a speed-eating contest, an event organiser said Tuesday.
Egypt court quashes one of Morsi life sentences: lawyer
An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday quashed one of two life sentences handed down against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi since his 2013 overthrow, his lawyer and a judicial source said.
Iraqi Shiite militia closes in on strategic IS group-held town west of Mosul
Convoys of military vehicles loaded with Shi’ite paramilitary fighters hurtled across desert terrain in northwestern Iraq towards the Islamic State-held city of Tal Afar, chanting religious slogans and covering their faces to keep out the dust.
Several children killed in US school bus crash
Several children were killed Monday in the US state of Tennessee when a school bus carrying up to 35 students plowed into a tree, officials said.
Venezuela suspended from Mercosur beginning December
Venezuela will be suspended from South American trade bloc Mercosur at the beginning of next month, a top official said Monday.
Trump vows to withdraw US from TPP, lays out strategy for first 100 days
Donald Trump on Monday announced the United States would signal its withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal on his first day in the White House, part of six immediate steps.
Malian soldiers killed in election-related violence
Alleged jihadists killed five Malian soldiers transporting ballot boxes while a civilian also died in separate attacks aimed at sabotaging Mali's municipal elections, security sources told AFP on Monday.
'I was the only one alive' says India train survivor
The last thing Uttam Kumar remembers is a huge bang as his carriage was violently crushed. When he came to, he was trapped upside down in the wreckage of an Indian train that derailed on Sunday, killing more than 140 people.
India train disaster toll rises to 142, more dead feared
The death toll from India's rail disaster rose to 142 on Monday after workers toiled through the night removing victims from the wreckage, with grim warnings that more bodies were trapped inside.
Exhume Marcos, Philippine court asked after hero burial
Campaigners launched legal action Monday to exhume the body of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, just three days after his burial in a national heroes' cemetery triggered street protests.
Fed-up MH370 families to hunt for debris in Madagascar
Relatives of MH370 passengers will travel to Madagascar next month in hopes of re-kindling efforts to find and recover seaborne debris from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines jet, next-of-kin association Voice370 said Monday.
Obama says goodbye to world stage after eight years
US President Barack Obama bid farewell to the world stage Sunday, pondering his legacy, offering advice to his successor and discussing his post-presidential life at the end of his final foreign tour.
Trump agrees to pay $25 million to settle fraud suits against his university after long fight
For more than 6 years, Donald Trump fought hard against a civil lawsuit in which former customers of his now-defunct Trump University accused him of fraud.
Mexican ex-mayor arrested after drug cartel kills hundreds, 'burns remains in ovens'
The former mayor of a Mexican town was arrested for his alleged role in one of the worst massacres by the notorious Zetas drug cartel in the border state of Coahuila.
Myanmar 'exorcist' in court over deaths of three children
A self-proclaimed sorcerer who allegedly beat three children to death in an exorcism ritual appeared in a Yangon court on Friday, telling reporters he was possessed by a "dark spirit" at the time of the killings.
Philippine dictator Marcos given hero's burial
Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the national heroes' cemetery in a secretive ceremony Friday, outraging opponents who said it whitewashed his brutal rule and tainted the famous 1986 "People Power" revolution that toppled him.
Ex-general Flynn offered national security adviser post, reports say
President-elect Donald Trump has offered the influential post of national security adviser to his controversial campaign adviser, former general Michael Flynn, US media reported Trump officials as saying Thursday.
Japan PM has 'great confidence' in Trump after meeting
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he believes Donald Trump is a leader in whom he can have great confidence after meeting with the president-elect Thursday.
Japan's Abe heads for New York for first talks with Trump
Japan's premier Shinzo Abe headed to New York Thursday for talks with Donald Trump, the first leader to meet with the president-elect whose campaign pledges provoked anxiety over US foreign policy.
Obama to pass torch to Merkel on farewell visit
US President Barack Obama pays a farewell visit Thursday to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, widely seen as the new standard bearer of liberal democracy since the election of Donald Trump.
Russia strikes kill at least 30 jihadists in Syria: ministry
Russian air strikes have killed at least 30 jihadists in rebel-held Idlib province in northwestern Syria, the defence ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
Prosecutors request 20 years for Mauritanian anti-slavery activists
Prosecutors at a Mauritanian appeal court have requested 13 anti-slavery activists have their sentences increased to 20 years each for protesting against a forced slum clearance, a judicial source said.
Trump has spoken with Turkey's Erdogan, India's Modi, others
US President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming vice president have now spoken to 29 foreign leaders and dignitaries, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump's aides said Wednesday.
Trump-led US could become Syria’s ‘natural ally’ if it fights terrorism – Assad
Syrian President Bashar Assad said that while it’s hard to say if US President-elect Donald Trump will stick to his promises after moving into the White House, the US may become Syria’s “natural ally” if it starts fighting terrorists instead of shielding them.
Russia, Syrian regime resume Aleppo bombardment
Intense air strikes resumed in rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo after a weeks-long pause on Tuesday, killing at least three people, residents and a war monitor said.
Why The West's Right Wing Admires Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin is widely admired by right-wing leaders in Western democracies – including Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen – a stark reversal from when conservatives were the staunchest of Cold Warriors.
‘War crimes of torture’: ICC prosecutor signals charges against US armed forces, CIA
The US may have committed war crimes of torture, cruel treatment and rape, when it interrogated dozens of people in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2004, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says.
Putin & Trump discuss Syria and US-Russia relations in phone call – Kremlin
US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held their first telephone call, in which the two leaders discussed Syria and agreed to improve and develop bilateral ties, the Kremlin said in a statement.
Stargazers prepare for biggest supermoon in nearly 69 years
The brightest moon in almost 69 years will be lighting up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe.