Accident

Co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing Germanwings jet

A young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board.

General

Oil prices fall more than $1 as supply threat eases

Oil prices fell more than $1 on Friday, after sharp gains in the previous session, as worries of a disruption to crude supplies due to Saudi Arabia-led air strikes in Yemen eased.

General

Indian nun rape case: Police make first arrest

Police investigating the rape of an elderly nun in the Indian state of West Bengal have made their first arrest, more than 12 days after the crime.

Politics

Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters

Saudi Arabia & Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden.

Accident

Recording shows pilot locked out of crashed Airbus cockpit: NYT

Cockpit voice recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down.

Politics

U.S.-led coalition, Iraqis pound Islamic State in Tikrit

U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Tikrit on Wednesday, officials said.

General

Oil prices surge after Saudi air strikes in Yemen

Brent crude oil shot up nearly 6 percent after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen, although importers saw little immediate threat to supplies.

General

2-year-old Indian girl sets new national record in archery

Dolly Shivani Cherukuri- who turns three next week - became the youngest Indian to score more than 200 points at a trial event on Tues

General  

Germanwings airliner crashes in French Alps

An Airbus A320 airliner has crashed in the French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne, French aviation officials and police have said.

Oil prices drop after Saudi Arabia says it will not cut output alone

Oil prices dropped around a percentage point in early Asian trade on Monday after Saudi Arabia said over the weekend that it would not unilaterally cut its output to defend prices.

Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 U.S. military personnel

Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, U.S. addresses & photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them.

Retreating Boko Haram leaves mass of throat-slit corpses near Nigerian town

Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people

Black man found hanging from Mississippi tree last seen alive at casino

A black man found hanging by a bed sheet from a tree in Mississippi whose death is under investigation by the FBI had last been seen over two weeks earlier by a friend who dropped him off

Yemen mosque bombings death toll hits 77

At least 77 people were killed and 121 others wounded Friday in triple suicide bombings that targeted mosques attended by Shiite Huthis in the Yemeni capital, a medical official said.

Politics  

U.S. drone strike kills 11 Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan, sources say

A U.S. drone strike killed 11 Pakistani Taliban militants in northeastern Afghanistan, including six or seven senior commanders, intelligence officials said on Wednesday.

Obama slows withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama on Tuesday granted Afghan requests to slow the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and said he would maintain a force of 9,800 through the end of 2015.

U.S. pledges to keep funding Afghan forces

The United States assured Afghanistan's leaders on Monday it would keep funding Afghan security forces at a targeted peak level of 352,000 personnel at least into 2017.

Yemen edges toward civil war

Yemen's top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to Saudi Arabia & its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war.

Pakistan military holds first Republic Day parade in seven years

Pakistan held its first Republic Day parade in seven years on Monday, full of flag-waving pomp and aerial military expertise, a symbolic show of strength in the war against the Taliban.

Pakistan says 80 militants killed in heavy Khyber clashes

Pakistani troops killed 80 militants in heavy clashes in the lawless northwest, near the mountainous border with Afghanistan, a spokesman said on Sunday.

Environment  

Record numbers evacuated in Malaysia's worst floods in decades

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes by authorities in five northern states of Malaysia hit by the Southeast Asian' nation's worst monsoon floods in decades.

3 killed in Sri Lanka floods and mudslides

Three people died and more than 60,000 had to be evacuated to safer locations due to floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains around Sri Lanka, officials said Tuesday.

Health  

Mystery kidney killer spreads fear in Sri Lanka

Most of the 1,000 villagers have come here on foot and have stood for hours under the hot sun — not because they feel sick, but out of fear.

Entertainment  

Oscars 2015: Full list of winners

British actor Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything, while Julianne Moore picked up best actress for Still Alice. Dark Comedy won the best picture.

Sony cancels The Interview release amid threats

Sony Pictures has cancelled the planned US release on 25 December of the film The Interview, after major cinema chains decided not to screen it.

Security  

Islamic State releases Bangladeshi hostages in Libya oilfield attack

Two Bangladeshi citizens, among a group of foreign workers taken hostage by the Islamic State militant group in an attack on a Libyan oilfield, have been released after more than two weeks.

Iran rejects 'bullying' as West stresses unity in nuclear talks

Iran's top leader voiced mistrust on Saturday of U.S. efforts to reach a nuclear deal, even as Washington and its allies spoke of real progress and urged Tehran to take "difficult decisions"

U.S. likely to delay planned closure of two Afghanistan bases

The U.S. military bases in Kandahar and Jalalabad are likely to remain open beyond the end of 2015, a senior U.S. official said.

Syria claims shooting down of US drone over Latakia

The Syrian military says it has shot down a US drone near the city of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad in north-west Syria.

'Jihadi John' linked to failed London bombers

Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi, identified as 'Jihadi John', was a member of a network in contact with one of the men convicted of trying to bomb the British capital's underground railway

Syria willing to suspend Aleppo air strikes for six weeks: U.N.

The Syrian government is willing to suspend its aerial bombardment and artillery shelling of the northern city of Aleppo so that a local ceasefire can be tested.