• Turkey standoff
    Apr 01, 2015 15:15 IST

    Turkey detains 22 suspected radicals after hostage standoff

    Turkish authorities on Wednesday detained 22 suspected radical leftists in the southern city of Antalya, a day after a hostage siege in an Istanbul courthouse in which a senior prosecutor and his leftist captors were killed.

  • Saudi air strikes
    Apr 01, 2015 15:09 IST

    37 dead in bombing of dairy in west Yemen: Governor

    At least 37 workers were killed when a dairy in western Yemen was bombed overnight, an official said on Wednesday after a seventh night of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels.

  • Bakhtawar Bhutto and Bilawal Bhutto
    Apr 01, 2015 14:15 IST

    Pakistan: Is Bakhtawar Bhutto set to replace Bilawal in PPP?

    With Bilawal Bhutto, the chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party sulking in London over differences with his father on how to run the party, it is believed that his place in Pakistan will now be taken by sister Bakhtawar Bhutto whose political career is to be launched later this week.

  • Misao Okawa
    Apr 01, 2015 12:29 IST

    The world's oldest person, Misao Okawa, dies at age 117

    Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman recognised as the world's oldest person who credited her longevity to "eating delicious things" and getting plenty of rest, died at the age of 117 on Wednesday, Japanese media reported.

  • Andrew Getty's house
    Apr 01, 2015 14:42 IST

    Grandson of Getty oil founder discovered dead in Los Angeles home

    Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the Getty oil fortune, died on Tuesday at the age of 47 in his Los Angeles mansion, news reports said. The deceased was a grandson of Jean Paul Getty, founder of Getty Oil, who used his wealth to become one of the biggest art collectors of his era.

  • Iran nuclear talks
    Apr 01, 2015 11:15 IST

    Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; Russia says 'key aspects' agreed

    Six world powers and Iran missed a Tuesday deadline to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran's nuclear programme, extending talks into an extra day as they edged toward a deal but failed to agree crucial details such as the lifting of UN sanctions.

  • Thailand, Prayuth Chan-ocha
    Apr 01, 2015 13:22 IST

    Thailand slammed for 25-year lese majeste jail term

    Rights groups Wednesday lambasted a Thai military court for jailing a businessman for 25 years for making allegedly defamatory Facebook posts about the monarchy, one of the toughest known sentences for lese majeste.

  • Website for cannibalism fetishists
    Apr 01, 2015 12:10 IST

    German cop awaits verdict in cannibalism website killing

    A verdict is expected Wednesday in the trial of a German former police officer who allegedly killed a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists.

  • Yasue Tomita
    Apr 01, 2015 13:01 IST

    Adults only: 61-year-old debuts in Japan's 'silver porn' industry

    Dressed in a kimono and kneeling silently on a tatami mat floor, 61-year-old Yasue Tomita looks as if she might be about to perform a Japanese tea ceremony — instead she's debuting as a porn actress.

  • Anwar Ibrahim
    Apr 01, 2015 09:00 IST

    Malaysia denies pardon for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

    Malaysia has rejected a petition seeking a royal pardon for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is serving a five-year prison term for sodomy, court officials and his lawyers said on Wednesday.

  • Acid mine discharge from the coal stockpiles
    Apr 01, 2015 12:42 IST

    Nine dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide: state media

    Rescuers are searching for more than 20 miners buried by a landslide at a jade mine in remote war-torn northern Myanmar that killed at least nine people, state media reported on Wednesday.

  • Nigeria
    Apr 01, 2015 09:40 IST

    Buhari wins in Nigeria, defeating Goodluck Jonathan

    Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator in a historic transfer of power officially announced early Wednesday following the nation's most hotly contested election ever.

  • Turkey
    Apr 01, 2015 02:22 IST

    Prosecutor dies of wounds after Istanbul hostage shootout

    An Istanbul prosecutor died from his wounds after security forces stormed the office where members of a far-Left Turkish group took him hostage on Tuesday, killing his two captors.

  • A320 cockpit
    Apr 01, 2015 08:40 IST

    Video 'shows cabin chaos' in seconds before Germanwings crash

    A video purportedly showing the final seconds inside the cabin of the ill-fated Germanwings airliner minutes before it crashed emerged Tuesday, with two European media claiming to have seen the footage.

  • Amos Yee
    Mar 31, 2015 11:13 IST

    Singapore arrests teenager over video critical of Lee Kuan Yew

    A Singaporean teenager arrested for posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity was charged Tuesday with jailable offences including obscenity and hurting religious feelings.