Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. File photo
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. File photo

US ex-President George H.W. Bush to stay hospitalised

Former President George H.W. Bush will remain overnight Wednesday in a Houston hospital where he was taken after experiencing shortness of breath, a family spokesman said. The 90-year-old... »
A poster of 'The Interview'.

Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans

The Interview became available on a variety of digital platforms on Wednesday afternoon, including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and a separate Sony website. »  
Jamaliah (centre) walks with Raudhatul Jannah (right) and Arif Pratama
in Meulaboh, Aceh province, in October.

10 years after tsunami, Indonesian family reborn

The incredible story of how a mother’s wait for two children lost to the wall of water ended. »  
Islamabad, December 24, 2014

Lakhvi appeals to Pakistan govt for release

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the key planner of 2008 Mumbai attacks, on Wednesday submitted an application with the Pakistan government seeking an end to his detention under a public security order slapp... »
Jaycee Chan
BEIJING, December 24, 2014

Jackie Chan: Ashamed of my son Jaycee

Action film star Jackie Chan told Chinese state media that he feels ashamed of his son, who has been indicted by Beijing prosecutors on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs. Jackie... »
BAGHDAD, December 24, 2014

Suicide bomber kills 33 people in Iraq

A suicide bomber killed 33 people and wounded 55 others in Madaen, about 25 km south of Baghdad, on Wednesday, Iraqi police and medical officials said.The bomber blew himself up near a line... »
AMMAN, December 24, 2014

Islamic State captures pilot after Jordan warplane crashes in Syria

Jordan’s military said one of its warplanes that was on a mission over Syria has crashed in the northern province of Raqqa and the pilot was captured by the Islamic State (IS) group. ... »
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) is presented a diet member's pin on his jacket upon his arrival at the parliament in Tokyo on Wednesday.
TOKYO, December 24, 2014

Japan parliament re-elects Abe as prime minister

Japan’s parliament re-elected Shinzo Abe on Wednesday to serve another term as prime minister after his party won a snap election earlier this month. Mr. Abe won 328 votes out of the 470 ca... »
FILE - In this July 19, 2010 file photo, blood is collected during a blood drive at Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pa. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 recommended an end to the nation’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Jack Hanrahan, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT
WASHINGTON, December 24, 2014

FDA to ease ban on blood donations by gay men

Federal officials have moved closer to overturning a decades-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but activists say the proposed alternative would continue to stigmatize men who h... »
Construction work is under way at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar. It is one of the venues being redeveloped as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup.
Doha/Kathmandu, December 24, 2014

FIFA World Cup: A Nepal worker died every two days in Qatar

Nepalese migrants building the infrastructure to host the 2022 World Cup have died at a rate of one every two days in 2014 — despite Qatar’s promises to improve their working conditions, the Gu... »
Jakarta, December 24, 2014

Indonesia floods displace over 34,000 people

Floods in Indonesia’s Aceh and West Java areas since Thursday have displaced 34,642 people, an official said on Tuesday.In Tamiang district of Aceh in the northern tip of Sumatra island, ab... »
Washington, December 24, 2014

U.S. “concerned” by Lakhvi bail

Breaking its silence for the first time the U.S. State Department on Wednesday hit out publicly at a Pakistani court’s decision to grant bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the Lashkar-e-Taiba commande... »
WASHINGTON, December 24, 2014

U.S. economy grew at fast 5 per cent annual rate in Q3

The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 per cent annual rate in the July-September period, the fastest in more than a decade, boosted by strength in consumer spending and business investment. »

North Korea’s internet collapse exposes China-U.S. rift

Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui sentenced for graft

Sony threatens to sue Twitter over tweets

Pakistan, Russia sign $1.7 billion energy deal

Thousands stage anti-Islam protest in Germany

British singer Joe Cocker dies

Hu aide under investigation

Hypocrisy, spiritual Alzheimer’s stalk Vatican, says Pope

Pak authorities were warned of Peshawar school attack

Dhaka, December 24, 2014

50 injured in clashes as Zia appears in court

At least 22 people have been injured in clashes between opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) activists and government supporters as former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia appeared i... »
MOSCOW, December 24, 2014

Oil spills into Black Sea after pipeline leak

A leak on a major Russian oil pipeline caused an oil spill in the Black Sea near the Russian port of Tuapse, first deputy port captain Sergei Proskurin said. He said the size of t... »
Russian sailors gather in front of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France. File photo
MOSCOW, December 24, 2014

'Fulfil Mistral contract or return money'

Russia's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that France must fulfil a contract to deliver two Mistral helicopter carriers or return Moscow's money as uncertainty over the 1.2 billion euro deal sti... »
Police hold back a crowd on Wednesday, following a shooting at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri.
Washington, December 24, 2014

Police shooting of youth reignites racial tensions

Another African-American youth was shot dead by a police officer on Tuesday night in Berkeley, Missouri, scarcely five miles away from the spot where unarmed teenager Michael Brown was killed by a... »
A demonstration in front of the White House in Washington on Nov 20, 2014 as President Barack Obama announced executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address.
WASHINGTON, December 24, 2014

Judge rejects lawsuit against Obama on immigration

A federal judge on Tuesday night rejected an Arizona sheriff’s lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama’s plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. Refusing to rule on t... »
In this photo taken on Nov. 23, 2014, a child grabs food from a woman in the Meliandou village, Guinea, believed to be Ebola's ground zero. The official theory is that somehow the virus was transmitted from fruit bats to humans and spread through the region plagued with bad roads, dense population, and a problematic health care system along a porous borders that people used to cross regularly –before the outbreak—whether to join family or engage in trade.
United Nations, December 24, 2014

UN peacekeeper recovers from Ebola

A Nigerian peacekeeper serving in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has recovered from Ebola, media reported.“He will resume duties while receiving psychological counselling and close monit... »
Kiev, December 24, 2014

Ukraine abandons nonaligned status

Ukraine’s parliament has dropped the nation’s nonaligned status, possibly paving the way for a bid to join NATO in defiance of the Kremlin’s wishes.Russia, meanwhile, finalised a new econom... »
Austin, Texas, December 24, 2014

Bush Sr. hospitalised

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush (90) was hospitalised in Houston, Texas, late on Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a spokesman for the 41st commander-in-chief said in a statem... »
DHAKA, December 24, 2014

Bangladeshi politician sentenced to death

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) that is trying people for war crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war on Tuesday sentenced right-wing politician Syed Mohammad Qaisar to death by ha... »
BERLIN, December 23, 2014

Police hunt pigeon worth $184,000

Police in Germany are looking for a missing pigeon, and any finder could be in line for a 10,000-euro ($12,250) reward. Duesseldorf police said on Tuesday that the 6-year-old male homing... »

LeJ chief, Malik Ishaq, released from Pak jail

Ahead of polls, Rajapaksa promises inquiry into war crime allegations

North Korea's Internet links restored amid U.S. hacking dispute

66 TN fishermen repatriated

North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

U.S. promises to do “better” after Mumbai intelligence failure

Veteran politician Essebsi wins Tunisian polls

Imran Khan’s party condemns Pakistan Taliban