Reports: Jailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest

Vladimir Yevtushenkov, a Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets, has reportedly been released from under house arrest.

Palestinian-driven resolution a declaration of war: Israeli minister

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Thursday that the Palestinian-pushed draft resolution submitted overnight to the UN Security Council is a declaration of war.

School massacre prompts intensifies Pakistan anti-Taliban offensive

Pakistani forces have intensified their offensive against Islamist militants, killing 57 rebels in fresh airstrikes and moving ground troops deep into their strongholds.

Cafe siege a 'horrific wake-up call': Aussie PM

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday admitted Sydney's cafe siege was "a horrific wake-up call" as details emerged of the final minutes.

Montana man convicted in 'stand your ground' test case

A man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide.

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy.

Turkey unveils new high speed train to Anatolia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday inaugurated a high speed train link from Istanbul to the Anatolian city of Konya.

Pope lauds arch foes for 'historic' US Cuba accord

Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America.


Iran says resumed nuclear talks 'useful'

Iran welcomed as "useful" Thursday its first round of nuclear talks with the major powers since the two sides gave themselves another seven months to strike a deal.


Chinese village votes to expel HIV-positive boy

The plight of an eight-year-old Chinese boy with HIV, reportedly ordered to leave his village by 200 petitioners, sparked intense online soul-searching.


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