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,...
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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...

 ()UK court remands man in custody over Leytonstone kni...
A UK court has remanded a man in custody after he appeared in court over a stabbing incident in the capital London. Muhaydin Mire, a 29-year-old from east London, was charged with attempted murder after reportedly at least two people were injured, one seriously, in Leytonstone tube station on Saturday. The suspect, who spoke only to confirm personal details in...

File photo: A car bomb explodes in Iraq. (Image: SPC Ronald Shaw Jr., U.S. Army.)Car bombing kills Yemen government official; ISIS cl...
Yesterday, at least seven people including Aden, Yemen governor Jaafar Mohammed Saad died in a car bomb attack on their convoy in the city of Aden, according to local officials. An online claim of responsibility on behalf of militant group ISIS called Saad a "tyrant". An online post purportedly from the group claimed they detonated the bomb as Saad's convoy p...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, from file (Image: FNDE.)German MPs vote for action against IS in Syria
Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, brought the vote for military action against IS to parliament following the Paris attacks on November 13. The approved action does not allow for German combat against IS, but approves the military to provide 1,200 troops, and reconnaissance and tanker aircraft as well as a frigate to support allies attacking IS in Syria. F...

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, from file. (Image: Chatham House.)UK begins airstrikes against IS in Syria
RAF Tornado bombers based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus attacked oilfields in Syria which are controlled by and fund IS. UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the airstrikes were designed to deliver "a very real blow on the oil and revenue" of IS. A Ministry of Defence statement said six "elements of the oilfield infrastructure were targeted" by the Tornados w...

The crashed aircraft, photographed in April 2014. (Image: Oka Sudiatmika.)Investigators blame pilot error for AirAsia crash in...
Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee yesterday declared pilot error to be behind the crash of Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501. All 162 passengers and crew died when the plane crashed into the Java Sea a year ago. The crashed aircraft, photographed in April 2014. Image: Oka Sudiatmika. The Airbus A320-200 was around 40 minutes from Surabaya...

 ()Gunman attacks Planned Parenthood clinic, killing th...
ss="published">Saturday, November 28, 2015  Colorado Other stories from Colorado 28 November 2015: Gunman attacks Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three, before surrendering 7 January 2015: FBI investigating explosion near NAACP office in Colorado Springs 6 March 2014: Jon Lujan named United States flag bearer for 2014 Winter Paralympics opening ceremony...

File photo of Dira Square, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where public executions are carried out under Sharia Law. (Image: Luke Richard Thompson.)At least 52, including six Shia Muslim activists, to...
James Lynch, Middle East and North Africa deputy director of Amnesty International, said Saudi Arabia was settling "political scores" under "the guise of counter-terrorism." The three Shias, Ali al-Nimr, Abdullah al-Zaher, and Hussein al-Marhoon, said they have confessed to their supposed criminal acts under torture, according to Lynch. More than 150 people ...

UK Prime Minister David Cameron wants to join allies in Syria to tackle Islamic State (Image: Zasitu.)UK Prime Minister David Cameron calls for British ai...
Prime Minister Cameron's address to MPs responded to a Foreign Affairs Committee report from early this month which discouraged UK involvement against IS in Syria. MPs on the committee raised concerns that there is not a "coherent international strategy" on how to tackle IS in Syria and how to end the ongoing conflict in Syria. The report also questioned the l...

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