The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al Qaeda.
One of the hostages held during a siege at an Australian cafe last month was killed by a ricochet of at least one police bullet that also injured three other hostages, an inquest into the deaths was told on Thursday.
Sri Lanka is planning an investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of a 26-year civil war amid international frustration at the failure to look into numerous civilian deaths, a government spokesman said on Thursday.
A Saudi Air Force sergeant convicted in the rape of a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas casino hotel was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years to life in prison for the crime, a court spokesperson said.
New Englanders hit by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out Wednesday as some New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown.
For what may be the last time, elderly Holocaust survivors returned Tuesday to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 70 years after its liberation, to urge the world never to forget one of history's worst atrocities.
Opposition Maoists in Nepal on Wednesday decided to boycott the constituent assembly as protest against the move by ruling parties to promulgate the constitution by majority vote.
The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.
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A 19-year-old college girl murdered an elderly woman with an axe and a scarf because she "just wanted to kill someone" news reports in Japan said today. The student from the prestigious Nagoya University hit 77-year-old Tomoko Mori repeatedly with the axe and then strangled her "because she wasn't completely dead", the Asahi Shimbun said.
The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls at the time of the accident, Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee said on Thursday.
The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is under way in Havana.
Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday described India as an “important neighbour” and said Pakistan wanted good relations with all countries of the region.
Jordan proposes prisoner swap, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday termed as "despicable" a new video appearing to show Islamic State captive Kenji Goto saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber.