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The beheading of an American journalist by an extremist with a London accent has prompted deep reckoning among Britons over the vicious role their countrymen are playing in the destabilisation of...

22 Aug 2014 - 12:54am

US forces tried but failed to rescue reporter James Foley and other US hostages held in Syria by the so-called Islamic State, officials and reports said on Wednesday.

21 Aug 2014 - 10:01pm

Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in an air strike on the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the clearest signal yet that Israel is intent on eliminating the group’s military leadership after a...

21 Aug 2014 - 11:52pm

Outrage over the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager is giving way to anger that the white police officer who pulled the trigger might never face justice.

21 Aug 2014 - 11:32pm

Brazil's Socialist party (PSB) has named popular environmentalist Marina Silva as its presidential candidate, reshaping the political landscape after her running mate Eduardo Campos died in a...

21 Aug 2014 - 11:35pm

Russia ramped up its scrutiny of McDonald’s restaurants on Thursday, as the state food safety watchdog began unscheduled checks in several Russian regions, a day after four branches in Moscow were...

21 Aug 2014 - 7:26pm

American journalist James Foley's jihadist captors had demanded a ransom of €100 million (HK$1 billion) for his release, his employer GlobalPost said yesterday.

22 Aug 2014 - 1:26am


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The number of foreigners travelling to Switzerland for assisted suicides doubled over four years, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

21 Aug 2014 - 10:07pm

With lavishly embroidered costumes, elaborate make-up and acrobatics, a troupe of nearly 90 Peking Opera performers and musicians began a special US tour this week at New York's Lincoln Centre.

21 Aug 2014 - 10:01pm

An Australian grandfather has become the oldest person to swim the English Channel, celebrating his feat by having a couple of beers "for medicinal purposes".

21 Aug 2014 - 9:37pm

Far from wiping out the Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two groups to share ideas...

21 Aug 2014 - 9:45pm

A senior doctor who treated Nigeria's first Ebola patient has died, taking the death toll in Africa's most populous country to five, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said.

21 Aug 2014 - 4:55am

Israeli air strikes killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza, including the wife and infant son of Hamas’s military leader, Mohammed Deif, in what the group said on Wednesday was an attempt to assassinate...

20 Aug 2014 - 10:08pm

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said yesterday that he would not seek the removal of the county prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old...

21 Aug 2014 - 9:57am

Airlines are on alert as one of Iceland's biggest volcanoes rumbles to life, threatening ash clouds that could force flight cancellations across the North Atlantic, the busiest international...

20 Aug 2014 - 10:21pm

Texas Governor Rick Perry struck a tight smile for his mug shot and issued a spirited defence against charges of abusing his power, vowing "to fight this injustice with every fibre of my being"....

20 Aug 2014 - 9:15pm

Columns by CNN host Fareed Zakaria, who was disciplined after a plagiarism controversy two years ago, are under scrutiny after new accusations from an anonymous internet watchdog.

21 Aug 2014 - 1:33am

Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels left dozens of civilians dead yesterday as Ukrainian troops pushed on with a bloody offensive to break the insurgency in the east...

21 Aug 2014 - 1:33am

In a move that could permanently cripple the internet's unchecked hoax industry - and ruin at least a couple of decent punchlines - Facebook this week announced that it is experimenting with a tag...

21 Aug 2014 - 9:27am

Saudi Arabia's top cleric said that extremism and the ideologies of groups like Islamic State and al-Qaeda were Islam's No 1 enemy and that Muslims had been their first victims.

20 Aug 2014 - 10:07pm

A political strategist who ran US President Barack Obama's winning campaign in 2008 has hopped on board at controversial smartphone car-hailing service Uber.

20 Aug 2014 - 9:19pm

Islamic militants released a video showing the beheading of a man they said was kidnapped US journalist James Foley, and threatened to kill a second American unless President Barack Obama calls...

21 Aug 2014 - 5:32pm

The family of an avid climber is grieving after the man fell 100 metres to his death in Yosemite National Park just hours after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal atop a mountain.

20 Aug 2014 - 9:19pm

The last time she took to the stage, the prototype of the mobile phone was undergoing its first trials. As she emerges from her 35-year hiatus to perform once again in Britain, singer Kate Bush is...

20 Aug 2014 - 9:19pm

The octopus's ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, US researchers said.

20 Aug 2014 - 9:19pm

Fifteen bodies have so far been recovered from the site of a rocket strike on a refugee convoy of buses and cars in eastern Ukraine, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.

19 Aug 2014 - 7:28pm

They slipped into southwest France 10 years ago in a pottery shipment from China and have since invaded more than half the country, which is fighting back with drones, poison and even chickens.

20 Aug 2014 - 9:20pm


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