Footballer Adam Johnson arrested on suspicion of sex...
English footballer Adam Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a girl under the age of 16. Johnson, ...
Harris Wittels, Parks and Recreation executive produ...
Harris Wittels, an executive producer on the comedy television series Parks and Recreation, has been found dead. The 30...

Welsh historian John Davies dies aged 76
John Davies, highly regarded Welsh historian, has died at the age of 76. Davies worked closely with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) during his career, often as a commentator on BBC Wales. As well as his work as a broadcaster he was also an author and a teacher at several universities across Wales. As an author he won the Glyndwr Award, an award t...

Islamic State execute 21 Coptic Christians held in L...
A video purporting to show the execution of 21 Coptic Christians by supporters of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been released yesterday. The video shows them being beheaded in a location apparently near Tripoli in Libya. The captives, all shown being executed in orange jumpsuits in the video, were picked up in Sirte, a coastal town in Liby...

Benjamin Netanyahu. From file. (Image: US State Department.)Netanyahu calls for European Jews to move to Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has today called for European Jews to emigrate to Israel following the attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen yesterday. The Israeli government is to discuss a plan to allocate $46 million (€40 million) of funds to aid immigration by Jews in France, Belgium and Ukraine. Meeting with the Israeli Cabinet, Netanyahu said: "...

Police shoot dead suspect in Copenhagen attacks
Police in Denmark have shot dead a man they believe was responsible for two gun attacks that killed two people in Copenhagen on Saturday. Police had kept a property in the Nørrebro district of the city under surveillance. When the man returned to the property, they confronted him and shot him in the ensuing fire fight. Jorgen Skov, a police investigator, sa...

Santiago, from file. (Image: "Greifen".)Dominican murder draws light to anti-Haitian sentiment
Only 7,000 of an estimated 200,000 eligible residents have signed up for residency cards, a scheme instigated by the government in the face of international pressure. The deadline to apply for the permits, which allow citizenship after two years, has passed. "They shouldn't have to apply for residency," said Santiago Canton of the Robert F Kennedy Center for ...

A Dhruv helicopter photographed in 2008. (Image: ILA-boy.)Indian army helicopter crash kills two in Jammu and ...
Both bodies are too burned for immediate identification. The Dhruv caught fire after going down in a forest in Bandipora. The crash at around 7:43p.m. local time was during night training over Ganderbal. Search and rescue personnel reached the wreckage in the Laman/Safapora forest at around 9:00p.m. The army, police, and fire service all attended. Night fligh...

File photo of a handgun. (Image: User:Rama.)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, according to police. One of the men, Abdullah Shakur, 65, later died at a local hospital. The other man, Samer Salam, 32, was reportedly in critical condition late Tuesday evening. File photo of a handgun. Image: User:Rama. Police said ...

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 two pedestrians in Bath in South West England. The incident occurred at around 1600 UTC yesterday when the truck rolled down a hill on Lansdown Lane in the city's Upper Weston district in what witness accounts given to police suggest was an acc...

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...

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