Two men shot during robbery in Houston, Texas
Two men were shot during a robbery at a car stereo and alarm business in the city of Houston, Texas yesterday evening, ...
Four die in dump truck crash in Bath, England
Four people have died and at least four more have been seriously injured after a dump truck hit multiple vehicles and t...

The crashed aircraft, photographed in April. (Image: Oka Sudiatmika.)Divers retrieve 100th corpse from Java Sea jet crash
Divers yesterday recovered three bodies from December's air disaster in the Java Sea. Added to four retrieved on Friday, they bring the total to 100. An additional 62 victims remain to be recovered. The crashed aircraft, photographed in April. Image: Oka Sudiatmika. There were no survivors when Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed on December 28. The s...

Cancer kills Niki Quasney, Indiana gay marriage pioneer
Niki Quasney, who together with wife Amy Sandler became the first married gay couple in Indiana, died of cancer on Thursday. She was 38. They knew that by coming forward they could help accelerate equality for all same-sex couples in Indiana by demonstrating the urgency of their need for equal dignity - The couple's lawyer Indiana, US had only recognised...

Emergency services on-scene in the immediate aftermath. (Image: M940504.)Taipei plane crash toll reaches 40
The death toll from Wednesday's plane crash in Taipei, Taiwan reached 40 today with the recovery of five more bodies. There were 58 on board when TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crashed into the city's Keelung River. Fifteen survived and three more remain missing. Tzu Chi Foundation volunteer Lee Hung Shu-ying said today cold weather meant the families of the mi...

Huizhou, from file. (Image: User:长夜无风.)Chinese market fire kills seventeen, child detained
Police detained a nine-year-old after a blaze started in a wholesale market in Huizhou, Guangdong, southern China on Thursday afternoon. Seventeen died. Huizhou, from file. Image: User:长夜无风. According to police the child was playing with matches in a warehouse on the top-floor of the four-storey Yiwu Commodity Mall. Soon the entire floor was engulfed, l...

Man steals dying lorry crash victim's purse in Great...
Police were alerted to the collision between the truck and the 82-year-old woman, in the town of Leigh, at approximately 1145 UTC on Wednesday. The woman died at the scene, in what one nearby resident called "a horrible thing to have happened". Witnesses subsequently told police a man stole the victim's purse in the aftermath of the crash. "This is one of t...

Connecticut ex-death row inmate Robert Courchesne dies
Courchesne, now 57, stabbed heavily pregnant Demetris Rodgers to death in 1998. In 2004 he was convicted of her murder and that of her unborn baby, delivered minutes after the murder by cesarean section. Baby Antonia Rodgers spent over a month on life support before death was confirmed. Using legislation that provided the death penalty to multiple murderers th...

Richard von Weizsäcker, former President of Germany,...
Richard von Weizsäcker, the President who oversaw German reunification in 1990, was announced to have died yesterday. He was 94. von Weizsäcker served as a Nazi soldier during World War II, earning promotions and an Iron Cross. He would later describe Germany's defeat as a liberation and encouraged his countrymen to acknowledge their collective past, includ...

Firefighters in front of the partially destroyed building. (Image: Sergey Leschina.)Fire ravages large academic library in Moscow
A fire Friday night and Saturday morning caused major damage to the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences in Moscow, Russia. It is among the nation's largest academic libraries. The fire began at 10p.m. local time on the third floor, damaging much of one wing. Russian Academy of Sciences boss Vladimir Fortov called it "a great loss to science...

South African apartheid assassin Eugene de Kock gran...
South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha yesterday announced he is granting parole to Eugene de Kock, an apartheid-era assassin who has spent twenty years in prison. After South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994 de Kock was arrested and subsequently detailed his actions to the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of a ...

Gas explosion flattens Mexico City maternity hospital
An explosion on Thursday morning destroyed a state maternity hospital in Mexico City, Mexico. A nurse and two babies are dead. Initially reports placed the fatalities at seven. Local officials including Mexico City Health Secretary Armando Ahued and Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera have since revised the figure downwards. Over 70 people including 20 infants are w...

President Martelly, seen here in 2012, is ruling by decree after the collapse of parliament. (Image: World Economic Forum.)UN Security Council heads to Haiti amid political in...
Representatives of the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) fifteen member states flew to Haiti yesterday. The nation is moving to hold new elections with President Michel Martelly presently ruling by decree. Martelly swore in a new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of nine members yesterday. It is Martelly's fifth CEP in four years. Last month a pres...

Greg Abbott in 2012. (Image: Gage Skidmore.)Perry out, Abbott in: Texas gets new governor
Thursday, January 22, 2015  Greg Abbott was sworn in on Tuesday as the first new governor for the state of Texas in fourteen years. Abbott replaces Rick Perry, who was elected in three consecutive elections as the state's Governor. Although Perry was not, Abbott is an attorney and recently served as the state's Attorney General. Greg Abbott in 2012. Imag...

Ukrainians rally in memory of Donbass dead
Thousands of Ukrainians in Kiev took part on Sunday in marches in memory of reported victims of Donetsk People's Republic militants in a tragedy on January 13 near Volnovakha in Donetsk Oblast. On that day reportedly thirteen people on a bus were killed and sixteen wounded when separatists struck the bus with a Grad missile launcher near a Ukrainian checkpoint...

Electron micrograph of Ebola virus. (Image: Centers for Disease Control / Dr. Frederick Murphy.)Priests beaten in Forecariah, Guinea over Ebola fears
Three Baptist priests in Guinea were assaulted and held hostage yesterday by local villagers after being mistaken for campaigners promoting awareness about Ebola, the BBC has reported. They were visiting Kabac, a village in the sub-prefecture of Forécariah, to spray insecticide for the treatment of wells and pit latrines. Locals reportedly thought they were br...

Tom Wolf, 47th Governor of Pennsylvania, was inaugurated yesterday. (Image: Tom Wolf for Governor.)Tom Wolf inaugurated as Pennsylvania Governor
Democrat Tom Wolf was inaugurated yesterday as the 47th Governor of the U.S. commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He succeeds Republican Tom Corbett, whom he defeated in the election last November. The inauguration took place in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. Wolf, 66, and his running mate, newly sworn-in Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, defea...

Electron micrograph of Ebola virus, from file. (Image: Centers for Disease Control / Dr. Frederick Murphy.)US soldier who died after serving in Liberia tests n...
Tests yesterday proved negative for Ebola on the remains of a US soldier who died in Texas after deployment to Liberia. The 24-year-old had been monitoring potential symptoms of the disease. An initial screen was clear yesterday but a more conclusive test, mandated by the Center for Disease Control, was required. That also proved negative and state and nati...

A goshawk in Croatia in 2013, from file. (Image: Krzysztof Wiśniewski.)Scottish gamekeeper jailed for bird crime in nationa...
A Sheriff in Aberdeen yesterday jailed gamekeeper George Mutch for crimes against birds of prey. It is believed to be the first time anybody has been imprisoned for raptor persecution in Scotland. Wildlife criminals must expect no sympathy from now on —RSPB Mutch, 48, killed a protected goshawk, and used illegal traps to capture a buzzard and a second go...

Marchers in Paris. (Image: Yann Caradec.)Millions march in France and around the world in sup...
Following the shootings at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, millions of people turned out yesterday for marches in Paris, in cities across France, and around the world. Reported estimates of between 1.5 and 2 million people rallied in Paris, and the French interior ministry estimated 3.7 million or more rallied across France. 44 world leaders attended the Pari...

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