Asia-Pacific

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An El Nino weather pattern had been developing in recent months, raising ocean temperatures and stressing delicate coral reefs.
Pakistan officials say they have made several arrests relating to the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in Peshawar.
North Korea will come under scrutiny on Monday at the UN Security Council in the first-ever meeting on its dismal rights record, amid calls for Pyongyang to be...

NKorea faces UN Security Council

UN Security Council to scrutinise human rights violations in North Korea which its report says are among the worst in the world.
The grandfather of a Chinese HIV-positive boy has defended his support for a petition to banish him from their village, media reported Saturday, in a case that...
Chinese state media on Saturday slammed the irreverent movie at the centre of a cyber-attack on a Hollywood studio as "senseless cultural arrogance", adding it...
Sony Pictures still hopes to release "The Interview" in some format, despite having cancelled its theatrical release.
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Middle-East

Latest articles belonging to Middle-East.

For only the second time in two months, Egypt has opened the Rafah terminal allowing around more than 600 Palestinians to leave Gaza.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani says the peshmerga have claimed unexpected victories in their fight against the Islamic State group.
A Saudi raid against "terrorists" in a town populated by minority Shi'ites which killed four militants, has also reportedly claimed the life of a teenager.
Seven people including a policeman and paramilitary soldier were killed in two separate incidents when Pakistani security forces hit militant hideouts in the...
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have broken a months-long siege by Islamic State fighters in northwestern Iraq, allowing thousands of trapped Yezidis to leave Mount Sinjar.
Kurdish forces say they have broken a siege by Islamic State fighters in Iraq.
Israeli air planes have struck targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian enclave.
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Europe

Latest articles belonging to Europe.

Eleven people have been injured, two seriously, after a man drove into pedestrians in Dijon in eastern France, while shouting "Allahu Akbar".
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said Saturday that Quito would be giving back about $8.5 million donated by Germany last year, in an environmental row.
Many precious paintings and sculptures in Italy are stashed in museums' basements and warehouses, but could be displayed at hotels.
Around 20 unidentified drones have been spotted over nuclear plants since October throughout France.
A new poll shows almost one out of two French people are now against force feeding geese and ducks to make the national delicacy Foie gras.

World pie eating champs abandoned

The World Pie Eating Championships held at an English pub have had to be abandoned after wrong-sized pies were delivered because of a mix-up.
Scientists have found "homing" signals in the brain that help determine a person's ability to navigate.

Africa

Latest articles belonging to Africa.

Tunisia have turned out for the first free presidential election, with Anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party chief Beji Caid Essebsi already claiming victory.

Ebola death toll climbs to 7,373

Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, has now killed 7,373 people, most of them in west Africa, says the World Health Organisation.
At least 32 people have been killed in a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria, with dozens of women and girls abducted.
A brawl has erupted in Kenyan parliament as a tough anti-terror bill was passed following heated debate.
Violent clashes between the "anti-balaka" Christian militia and the mainly Muslim rebels in Central African Republic have left at least 28 dead.
54 Nigerian soldiers have been sentenced to death after they allegedly refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram Islamists.
Oscar Pistorius's lawyer has rejected a report his client had "thrown a wobbly" after learning prosecutors can appeal to have him convicted of murder.

North America

Latest articles belonging to North America.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley urged bystanders "watch what I'm going to do" before he shot two New York policemen in the head.
A Canadian man has been ordered to pay back about $1.6 million after being convicted of a complex credit card fraud scheme.
A man has shot and killed a Florida police officer, before fleeing the scene.

NKorea threatens strikes on US

North Korea has warned that its 1.2 million-member army is ready to use all types of warfare against the US.
North Korea strongly denies carrying out the Sony hacking attack and invites the US to take part in a joint investigation.
US President Barack Obama on Sunday "unconditionally" condemned the killing of two uniformed New York police officers who were gunned down in their patrol car in...
An elf in New Jersey who had too much Xmas cheer has been busted sleeping in his van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring.

South America

Latest articles belonging to South America.

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said Saturday that Quito would be giving back about $8.5 million donated by Germany last year, in an environmental row.
Cuba's parliament on Friday unanimously ratified a deal reached between Havana and Washington normalising relations after a half-century of hostility.

Colombia's FARC rebels declare peace

Colombia's FARC guerrillas have decided to give peace a chance after 50 years of conflict which has killed 220,000 people and uprooted 5.3 million.
Thirteen people have been killed and a dozen more injured in a tunnel collapse at power plant under construction in Ecuador.
United Nations members have reached an agreement to tackle climate change after marathon negotiations in Peru that ran over by more than a day.

Nations postpone climate final day

The conclusion of climate talks in Peru has been postponed as negotiators try to wrap up a deal on curbing greenhouse gases.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged developing nations to curb carbon emissions even if they feel it is unfair as the climate talks hit a logjam.