Azerbaijani official Samir Sharifov accused of spying
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Official Presidential portrait. (Image: Agência Brasil.)Former President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silv...
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil, was detained yesterday as part of ongoing investigations into corruption related to Petrobras, the state-run oil company. A raid occurred at 0600 local time (0900 UTC) at a number of locations including President Lula's house in São Bernardo do Campo, near São Paulo. President Lula was held for questioning...

 ()Gunmen murder Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres
fobox noprint" style="margin-left: 5px; float: right; width: 200px; background: #edf7ff; border: solid #666666 1px; padding: 0px; font-size: x-small; clear:right;"> Honduras Related articles 4 March 2016: Gunmen murder Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres 12 July 2014: Texas governor voices criticism regarding US federal border policies 26 September 2013...

 ()Curfew in Haryana as protesters demand reservation f...
ss="published">Sunday, February 21, 2016  India Related articles 21 February 2016: Curfew in Haryana as protesters demand reservation for Jat quota 20 December 2015: Chennaiyin FC score late goal, beat Goa 3-2 to win Indian Super League 2015 28 October 2015: Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan 21 October 2015: Indian cricketer Sehwag announces intern...

Umberto Eco, 2005. (Image: Università Reggio Calabria.)Italian writer Umberto Eco dies, age 84
Umberto Eco, semiotician, philosopher, and novelist, died on yesterday night at the age of 84 at his home in Milan, according to his family. He had cancer. Eco was born in Alessandria, northern Italy, on January 5, 1932 and attended University of Turin, focusing on Medieval philosophy and literature. In 1956–1964 worked closely with the Italian television sta...

Antonin Scalia. (Image: US Supreme Court.)US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies, aged 79
Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, died at the age of 79, according to a Saturday afternoon statement by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Reports indicate Scalia died of apparently natural causes while on a trip this weekend in Texas. He was nominated for his Supreme Court position by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Scalia's...

 ()North Korea launches long-range missile
fobox noprint" style="margin-left: 5px; float: right; width: 200px; background: #edf7ff; border: solid #666666 1px; padding: 0px; font-size: x-small; clear:right;"> North Korea Related articles 8 February 2016: North Korea launches long-range missile 21 August 2015: North Korea puts military in 'quasi-state of war' 12 August 2015: Report: Vice-premier of Nor...

 ()Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits southern Taiwan
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit southern Taiwan around 4:00am today local time (2000 yesterday UTC) southeast of Tainan, a city with about two million people, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). By various reports, as many as thirteen or fourteen people may have died, more than 100 may be missing, and Associated Press put the injured at wel...

 ()Detroit teachers stage sickout to protest working co...
ss="published">Thursday, January 21, 2016  United States Related articles 21 January 2016: Detroit teachers stage sickout to protest working conditions as Obama visits 23 December 2015: Suicide bombing in Afghanistan kills six US NATO members 13 December 2015: Wikinews interviews Steve Burke, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate 12 December 2015: U...

File photo of Rickman (Image: Justin Hoch.)Alan Rickman dies at 69 due to cancer
Today, the family of English actor Alan Rickman announced his death at the age of 69 in London from cancer. As per the family statement "he was surrounded by family and friends" at the time of death. File photo of Rickman Image: Justin Hoch. Rickman started his film career as an antagonist in Die Hard — in which he played the role of Hans Gruber in 1988...

 ()Man threatens police with knife at Paris police stat...
According to officials, a man, whose identity was not disclosed, entered a Paris, France police station yesterday brandishing a knife before police fatally shot him. Investigators said they have found evidence indicating the attacker was associated with the militant group ISIS. A witness account to French news network i-Télé said police first told the man t...

File photo of Dira Square, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where public executions are carried out under Sharia Law; Saudi officials said the 47 people executed were not executed publicly, but rather within prisons. (Image: Luke Richard Thompson.)Saudi Arabia executes 47 people as 'terrorists'
Some of those executed were reportedly Al-Qaeda militants behind terrorist attacks. Before the executions, an Al-Qaeda branch from Yemen threatened Saudi authorities with violence if they executed their members. Among those executed was a Shia Muslim cleric who criticized both the royal family of Saudi Arabia and that of Bahrain; he condemned Bahrain's suppre...

File photo of the hotel, which is pictured as the skyscraper on the left; this view is from the Burj Khalifa. (Image: Danny15.)Fire breaks out at Dubai, United Arab Emirates hotel...
A fire broke out at a high-rise hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) at local night yesterday, apparently involving a large portion of the hotel. A crowd had gathered around The Address Hotel for the New Year’s celebration, but they were evacuated due to the fire. The cause of the fire was unclear, and there were conflicting reports on the number of peop...

 ()Boko Haram attack in Nigerian city kills at least fi...
ss="published">Monday, December 28, 2015  Nigeria Related articles 28 December 2015: Boko Haram attack in Nigerian city kills at least fifteen 26 September 2015: Civilian government restored as Burkina Faso coup ends 9 March 2015: Nigeria allies join fight against Boko Haram 19 September 2014: Fifteen people killed in attack on Nigerian college 17 August 2...

File photo of a Mac's Convenience Store in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Image: Myke2020.)Three accused of murdering Edmonton, Alberta conveni...
Yesterday, three people, all of whom had previous criminal offenses, appeared in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada court accused of first degree murder; they allegedly killed two Mac's convenience store clerks during robberies at two different stores on Friday. According to police, the victims were alone in their respective stores when the gunmen arrived. The clerks ...

 ()Slovenians reject referendum to recognize same-sex m...
On Sunday, Slovenians voted on a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage. The referendum failed to pass, with opposing majority. Slovenia, whose population largely practice Roman Catholicism, neither recognizes marriage between nor allows full child adoption by two persons of the same sex. Even as a member of the European Union, its position has not changed....

St. Lawrence County highlighted in red. (Image: David Benbennick.)Wikinews interviews Steve Burke, U.S. Democratic Par...
Macomb, New York Councilman Steve Burke took some time to speak with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination. Burke, an insurance adjuster and farmer, was elected councilman in Brookhaven, New York in 1979. He left the town after being accused and found not guilty of bribery in the 1980s. Since 1987 he has serv...

File photo of Donald Trump (Image: Gage Skidmore.)UK's 'ban Trump' petition passes half-million mark
A petition on the UK government's website, calling for US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be barred from entering the country, has now passed a half-million signatories becoming the most-popular petition ever posted on the site. The signatories include a majority of UK MPs. The petition was originally submitted late November by campaigner Suzanne Kelly f...

Donald Trump defended his policy on Tuesday of banning Muslims from the US (Image: Gage Skidmore.)Petition calls for Trump UK ban
A petition reached over 300,000 signatures today urging Donald Trump, considered the front runner to become the Republican Party's candidate for President of the United States, be banned from entering the United Kingdom. This follows Mr Trump's comments that Muslims should be blocked from entering the US. Donald Trump defended his policy on Tuesday of ban...

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