China yesterday sent a warship to help in the search for the missing AirAsia plane, which a top official warned was probably at the bottom of the sea.


For the black community of Ferguson, the killing of Michael Brown was the last straw in a long train of abuses that they have suffered daily at the hands of the local police.


The former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid admitted for the first time at a London court yesterday that he had hacked the voicemails of Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry, and William's wife Kate Middleton.

Six Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush between the insurgent bastions of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk in the east of the country yesterday.

Swiss surrealist designer Hans Ruedi Giger, who won an Oscar for the monster he created for Ridley Scott's Alien, has died, a museum dedicated to his work said yesterday.

At least 14 migrants have died after a boat carrying hundreds of people sank in international waters north of Libya, according to the Italian navy.

Prosecutors will apply to have Oscar Pistorius committed for one month of mental evaluations after a psychiatrist told his murder trial the Paralympian suffered from an "anxiety disorder".

Dutch police stormed a Greenpeace ship yesterday and ended environmentalists' attempts to block a Russian tanker carrying oil from the Arctic Ocean from mooring at Rotterdam Port. In all, 31 activists were detained.

Abe's nasty track record - his denial of the aggressive nature of Japanese intrusions during WWII, his lack of remorse for Japan's historical sins, and his crooked approach to territorial disputes - disqualifies him from having an opportunity to explain, face to face, to Chinese and South Korean leaders his motive and purpose. His tribute to Yasukuni has slammed the door to dialogue shut.

Joseph Nye Jr, American political scientist and former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, will discuss "soft power" during the Nu Skin Master Forum at the Asia World Expo, Lantau.

As a businessman who has dealt with the Filipino people for more than 20 years, I share the views of Renata Lopez ("Some things never change in the Philippines", November 21) on their penchant for drama. Top billing must go to Joseph Estrada, the mayor of Manila.

Two "unarmed" US B-52 bombers, on a "long-planned" "training mission", made an "overflight" through China's East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone on Tuesday, according to the Pentagon.

It sounds as if Japan is telling the world that it cannot do much to cut its greenhouse gas emissions unless it revives its nuclear power generation. The government says its new goal for reducing the nation's greenhouse gas emissions - which aims at a 3.8 per cent cut from 2005 levels by 2020 but allows for a 3.1 per cent increase from the 1990 levels - is the best it can pledge.

The scandal-plagued Toronto mayor Rob Ford was stripped of the last of his powers at a heated city council meeting. Defiant to the last, 44-year-old Ford argued with members of the public, railed at hecklers and knocked a female council member down as he lunged across the chamber.

Turkish police arrested a "mentally unstable" man carrying a fake bomb outside the office of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday, officials said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday backed a proposed security pact with the United States that will see up to 15,000 foreign troops stay in the country, but said it would not be signed until after next year's election.

French President Francois Hollande is in Israel as France wins praise from the Jewish state for taking a tougher line than its Western partners last week in Geneva talks aimed at resolving the impasse over Iran's nuclear programme.

No single typhoon, flood or drought anywhere in the world can be blamed on global warming, but the inexorable rise of the global thermometer is nevertheless an indicator of worse to come. Much of the developing world is within and around the tropics, where cyclones are a seasonal hazard.

Egypt planned to lift a three-month state of emergency and curfew yesterday, two days earlier than expected, government sources and a security source said.

"It was frightening. The wind was so strong, it was so loud, like a screaming woman. I could see trees being toppled down," said Liwayway Sabuco, a saleswoman from Catbalogan, a major city on Samar, in the path of Typhoon Haiyan.


Britain's top spy chiefs claimed in a rare televised appearance yesterday that the intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden had left its enemies "rubbing their hands with glee" and caused terror groups to change the way they communicate.

The artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet, Sergei Filin, yesterday dramatically confronted the former dancer accused of plotting to blind him with acid and rejected allegations of an affair with a top young ballerina.

Novak Djokovic reigned in Beijing for the fourth time in five years when he beat Spanish rival Rafael Nadal to win the China Open. Djokovic's 6-3 6-4 win in the final was some compensation for losing his world No1 ranking to Nadal, who had beaten him in three previous meetings.

Lew Mon-hung was charged with conspiracy to defraud by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Lew was already facing a charge of perverting public justice by seeking to influence an investigation into Pearl Oriental Oil.

The Nobel Prize committee in Norway awarded the peace prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The OPCW was considered a dark horse, as it saw off a better- known favourite, the Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban and seen as a heroine in fighting for girls' right to education.

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen's monthly press conference in Brussels promises to be a a delicate matter, with defence alliance members divided over possible military attacks on Syria over alleged use of chemical weapons.