U.S. ends ‘outdated approach’ to Cuba and restablishes relations
The United States and Cuba have announced a massive policy shift following an exchange of prisoners, including US government contractor Alan Gross.
'A remarkable day': Church of England appoints its first ever woman bishop
The Church of England appointed its first female bishop on Wednesday, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over...
EU backs Palestinian state and removes Hamas from terrorist blacklist
The European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state “in principle” on Wednesday, following a series of votes...
Sydney cafe gunman was removed from terror watch list, Australia PM says
Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born, self-styled cleric described by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as deeply disturbed and who was responsible for...
Taliban gunmen kill 141 after storming army-run school in Pakistan
Taliban gunmen have killed 141 people, including at least 132 children, in a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan.
'Onward': What Jeb Bush's campaign message says about 2016
Jeb Bush is one step closer to getting in – or, as he put it on Facebook Tuesday, he’s now “actively” exploring “the possibility of running”...
G4S guards found not guilty of deportee Jimmy Mubenga’s manslaughter
Three security guards have been cleared of manslaughter over the death of a deportee who was restrained on a plane at Heathrow.
New report: Poor nations ‘lose $1 trillion in dirty money’
Developing countries are losing nearly $1 trillion to crime and corruption, with the disappearance of dirty money hitting some of the world’s poorest...
Who is Sydney hostage taker ‘Sheikh Haron’?
Man Haron Monis, also known as “Sheikh Haron,” is the Iranian refugee who took about 40 people hostage at Sydney, Australia’s Lindt Chocolate...
Uber offers free rides in Sydney after criticism of price surge amid siege
Online car service Uber has offered free rides from Sydney’s central business district following a public backlash over an initial surge in prices...
Hong Kong police clear last pro-democracy protest site in retail hub
Hong Kong authorities started to clear the last of three pro-democracy protest sites on Monday, marking the end of demonstration camps in the city that...
Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending
Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand thanks to Moscow’s investments despite a downturn in global defence spending, a Stockholm-based...
Running for their lives: Gunman holding dozens hostage in Sydney cafe
Five people have fled from a cafe in Australia where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages at the height of the morning rush-hour. Earlier, two...
South African beauty wins Miss World 2014 title in London
Rolene Strauss, a fourth-year medical student from South Africa, has been crowned Miss World 2014.
Turkish police raid media offices and arrest editor critical of Erdogan
Turkish police on Sunday launched a sweeping operation to arrest supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rival, US-exiled imam Fethullah Gulen.
Turkish police raid media offices of backers of Erdogan rival
Turkish police on Sunday launched a sweeping operation to arrest supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rival, US-exiled imam Fethullah Gulen...
D’accord: Lima climate deal reached, stage set for 2015 Paris summit
United Nations members on Sunday adopted a format for national pledges to cut greenhouse gases, the heart of a planned pact to defeat climate change.
Peru burns midnight oil to unblock snarled UN climate talks
Negotiators struggled to unblock U.N. climate talks early Sunday after developing countries rejected a draft deal they said would allow rich countries...
Let nature play a role in climate adaptation, experts urge
When the rainy season comes and floods the fields, poor families in northwest Bangladesh once cut trees to survive or went hungry.
Fingers pointed as climate talks deadlock
Accusations flew at deadlocked UN climate talks in Lima on Saturday, as the United States warned that failure to compromise could doom the 22-year-old...
Dozens killed in Afghanistan fighting as foreign troops head home
The Afghan Taliban killed a Supreme Court official, a dozen mine clearers and several national and foreign soldiers but also suffered heavy losses from...
U.N. climate talks deep in overtime as rich-poor split threatens to derail accord
U.N. talks on a new global warming pact spilled into the weekend as negotiators quarreled over what kind of information to include when countries unveil...
Deadlocked climate talks head for extra time, young activists lose hope
Negotiators scrambled on the final day of U.N. talks Friday to break a deadlock between rich and developing countries on forging the elements of a world...
'Stronger than ever': Extremists kill 5,042 in a month
Attacks around the world in November killed a total of 5,042 people, showing Islamist extremism is “stronger than ever” despite al-Qaeda’s...
$40m U.S. Navy laser gun blasts drone out of the sky
A laser weapon tested for four months by the U.S. Navy can blast drones out of the sky in seconds.
Rare dolphins and Bengal Tigers at risk after Bangladesh oil spillage
Bangladesh officials warned Thursday that an oil spill from a crashed tanker is threatening endangered dolphins and other wildlife in the massive Sundarbans...
U.S. releases final prisoners held in Afghanistan after decade of war
The United States has pulled out of all prisons in Afghanistan and no longer holds any detainees, a U.S.
TIME names Ebola fighters as 2014 Person of the Year for their ‘courage and mercy’
TIME magazine named those fighting Ebola its 2014 “Person of the Year,” applauding the work of medical relief teams, doctors, nurses, ambulance...
UN climate talks in Lima have biggest carbon footprint ever
The current UN climate talks in Lima are expected to have the biggest carbon footprint of any UN climate meeting measured to date.
Dutch govt defends handling of Ukraine crash probe
The Dutch government has rejected a call to hand over the investigation into the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster to the United Nations.