Politics

New Afghan Taliban leader appeals for unity in first public message

The new Afghan Taliban leader appealed for unity in the insurgency in his first public message released on Saturday amid reports his predecessor's family members opposed his selection.

Accident

Three members of bin Laden family killed in UK jet crash: police

Three members of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's family were killed when a private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, British police said on Saturday.

Accident

Airplane debris arrives in France for Malaysia crash investigation

Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to a vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France for investigators to study its origin.

General

Thousands rally across Israel following gay pride stabbing attack

Thousands of Israelis attended demonstrations across the country on Saturday, two days after an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed six people at Jerusalem's gay pride parade.

Crime

Brothers charged with 5 counts of murder in stabbing deaths

Murder charges were formally filed against two Oklahoma brothers accused in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings.

Crime

Zimbabwe calls for dentist to be extradited over Cecil the lion: Is US likely to cooperate?

Zimbabwe has started extradition procedures against Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer. The number of US citizens extradited each year to face charges in other countries is less than 100.

General

Growing California wildfire destroys homes, forces hundreds to flee

Wildfire burned largely unchecked in Northern California's ranch countryafter destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee.

Accident

Death toll 27 after truck hits religious procession in Mexico

The death toll rose to 27 on Thursday and authorities listed 149 others as injured after a truck lost control and slammed into a religious procession in a central Mexico town.

General  

Russia vetoes bid to set up tribunal for downed flight MH17

Russia vetoed a UNSC draft resolution that would have set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger airliner last year.

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua province

A strong earthquake struck Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua early Tuesday panicking people with at least one teenager missing after possibly drowning in a river.

South Korea declares country effectively out of MERS danger

South Korea declared on Tuesday it is effectively out of danger from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), more than two months after the first case was reported

Sepp Blatter deserves Nobel Prize, says Vladimir Putin

Fifa president Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize, says Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, dead at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston, died on Sunday at the age of 22, some six months after suffering irreversible brain damage.

India tightens security on Pakistan border after Punjab attack

India tightened security on the border with Pakistan, on Monday, after heavily armed men stormed a police station in the state of Punjab, killing 6 people & wounding several others.

Politics  

Afghan Taliban name a new leader, but peace talks delayed

The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Omar's longtime deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday.

U.S. says Europeans could help more in South China Sea dispute

The US urged the EU to speak out more forcefully to support Washington in its dispute with China over building and militarization of man-made outposts in the South China Sea.

Myanmar pardons almost 7,000 prisoners

Nearly 7,000 prisoners in Myanmar, including some former military intelligence officials who had been purged by their army colleagues, have been given presidential pardons.

Turkey's Erdogan: peace process with Kurdish militants impossible

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said continuing peace process with Kurdish militants was impossible urging parliament to strip politicians with links to them of immunity from prosecution.

EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region: TV

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major world powers this month will help fight terrorism and bloodshed in the Middle East.

Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State

The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the US-led coalition's campaign against IS ineffective & accused Washington of lacking the will to uproot radical Sunni jihadis.

Environment  

Killing of Cecil the lion triggers probe by U.S. agency: source

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist and trophy hunter Walter Palmer is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

American dentist wanted for killing Cecil the lion

An American dentist is wanted by police in Zimbabwe after a well-known protected lion was killed.

Thousands urged to flee as Typhoon Nangka hits Japan

Japanese authorities urged at least 350,000 people to flee as Typhoon Nangka made landfall in southern Japan.

Strong quake rattles Solomon Islands; no damage reported

A powerful earthquake rattled the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Friday, but officials said there was no tsunami threat and no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Three dead as 6.4 earthquake hits China's Xinjiang

At least three people were killed and more than 20 injured when a strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region on Friday, Chinese officials said.

Kota Kinabalu quake traps climbers on Malaysia mountain

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the state of Sabah on Malaysia's Borneo island early Friday, say US geologists said.

Health  

Kidneys of 23-day old organ donor saves adult's life

Ami and Liam Duggleby took the brave decision to donate the organs of their baby daughter Minnie after she was born with a congenital heart defect.

South Korea reports three new cases of MERS, taking total to 169

South Korea's Health Ministry reported on Sunday three more cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, bringing the total to 169 in an outbreak that is the largest outside of Saudi Arabia.

Schools reopen as South Korea seeks normality in MERS outbreak

Thousands of South Korean schools that were shut by worries over Middle East Respiratory Syndrome reopened as the country sought to return to normal, nearly four weeks into an outbreak.

South Korea seals off two MERS hospitals; worst may be over

South Korea has sealed off two hospitals that treated people with a deadly respiratory disease even as the outbreak that has been spreading through health facilities could have peaked.

South Korea cuts rates as MERS clouds outlook; 14 new cases

A deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) forced South Korea's central bank to cut interest rates on Thursday as authorities reported 14 new cases.

Hong Kong issues 'red alert' against South Korea travel due to MERS

Hong Kong issued a "red alert" advisory on Tuesday against non-essential travel to South Korea, where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported.

Entertainment  

Security  

France hostages: Armed men attack Primark shop near Paris

Gunmen are holding several hostages after what French police sources say was a robbery attempt on a Primark shop north of Paris.

Exclusive: Japan interested in joining NATO missile consortium

Japan is interested in joining a NATO missile building consortium that would give Tokyo its first taste of a multinational defense project, a move the U.S. Navy is encouraging.

China says tourists attacked in Turkey during anti-China protests

China warned its citizens traveling in Turkey to be careful of anti-Beijing protests, warning them that some Chinese tourists have recently been "attacked and disturbed".

Turkey reinforces Syria border, Davutoglu says no incursion planned

Turkey has deployed additional troops and equipment along part of its border with Syria as fighting north of the city of Aleppo intensifies, security sources said.

Colombia capital on edge after two small explosions

Two small bombs exploded in Bogota, Colombia's capital, injuring seven, according to the defense minister, who said he would deploy greater numbers of military and police onto the streets.

Russia 'playing with fire' with nuclear saber-rattling: Pentagon

Russia is "playing with fire" with its nuclear saber-rattling & the US is determined to prevent it from gaining a military advantage through violations, said deputy US defense chief.