Xu Caihou, former Chinese general, dies aged 71
Xu Caihou, a former Chinese general who was once the second in command within the People's Liberation Army, died yester...
54 dead after bus crash in southern Brazil
A bus carrying 60 passengers to a religious event in the Santa Catarina state of Brazil plunged over a cliff on Saturda...

Simon died at San Quentin State Prison on Thursday (Image: Jjz3d83.)Convicted murderer J.C.X. Simon dies in prison, aged 69
J.C.X Simon, one of the convicted 'Zebra Killers', has died at the age of 69 in San Quentin State Prison. His death came shortly before midnight on Thursday, with the cause remaining unknown. Simon was convicted alongside three others for the killing spree known as the 'Zebra Killings' in San Francisco in the 1970s. A statement released by prison officials sa...

Best selling British author Sir Terry Pratchett dies...
British author Terry Pratchett, best known for the Discworld series of fantasy novels, has died at the age of 66. Pratchett was diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's in 2007, following his diagnosis he donated to Alzheimer's charities and became a public face of the disease Pratchett spoke out for the right of an individual to assisted suicide. However,...

Mvoko was broadcasting for SABC at the time of the mugging (Image: Zaian.)South African TV journalist mugged while preparing f...
On Wednesday, Vuyo Mvoko, a television journalist, was mugged moments before he was due to start a live broadcast in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the incident, two men approached Mvoko and demanded his mobile phone while he stood near the Milpark hospital. When Mvoko refused to hand over the phone he was reportedly threatened with a gun. Video footage ca...

File photo of a 'Eurocopter', similar to the aircraft involved in the collision. (Image: Elisabeth Klimesch.)Ten killed in helicopter crash in Argentina, French ...
Three French sport stars are among the dead following a helicopter crash on Monday in Villa Castelli, Argentina. In total, ten people died after the crash, which involved two helicopters. The dead included passengers and both pilots in the mid-air collision. The victims were taking part in the French reality television show 'Dropped' when the accident happened...

Ecstasy is among the drugs temporarily legal in Ireland (Image: DEA, US.)Hard drugs temporarily legal in Ireland due to const...
The drug possession case of Stanislav Bederev led to the legal loophole; his lawyers arguing the 2010 addition of several drugs to the country's controlled substances list, governed by the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977, was unlawful. They contended it was unconstitutional to add these substances to the list without consulting the Oireachtas — i.e., parliament. Th...

Clarkson is one of the presenters of motoring programme 'Top Gear' (Image: Ed Perchick.)BBC suspend presenter Jeremy Clarkson over 'fracas' ...
Jeremy Clarkson, one of the presenters on the BBC's motoring programme 'Top Gear' has been suspended by the corporation. Clarkson, responsible for several prior controversies, was suspended Tuesday, after allegedly 'punching' a producer last week. The next two episodes of 'Top Gear' have been pulled from broadcast, with a third — the season finale — also unlik...

Simon pictured in 2008 at the 2008 World Series of Poker (Image: Matt Waldron.)Sam Simon, 'The Simpsons' co-creator, dies aged 59
Sam Simon has died, at the age of 59, on Sunday of colon cancer, a disease he was diagnosed with in 2012. One of the co-creators of the television series The Simpsons, Simon helped create the hugely successful series in 1989 alongside Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. He left the show in 1993 after roles as writer and character developer among others. Before...

Edgar Lungu was elected President of Zambia in January (Image: US Embassy Addisababa.)Zambian President Edgar Lungu to undergo treatment a...
Edgar Lungu, the current President of Zambia, is to undergo medical treatment aboard after collapsing while on stage in Lusaka on Sunday during a ceremony for International Women's Day. The Presidency announced yesterday that Lungu will have throat surgery abroad. Doctors on Sunday diagnosed him with malaria. Lungu spoke to the press from hospital on Sunday s...

The attack took place in the capital city of Bamako (Image: Arensond.)Five dead after bar attack in Bamako, Mali
Five people, including two Europeans, have been killed by gunmen during an attack on a bar in Bamako, the capital city of Mali, early on Sunday morning. At least nine others were injured during the attack in which the assailants used machine guns and grenades. Three Malians, a French national, and a Belgian security official who was working for the European U...

Nigeria allies join fight against Boko Haram
Military forces from Chad and Niger yesterday engaged Boko Haram militants within the borders of Nigeria. This follows African Union endorsement on Friday of the creation of an 8000-plus strong regional force to combat the threat posed by the militant group. Along with Cameroon, both Chad and Niger have previously engaged Boko Haram forces who have crossed ...

Delta Air Lines jetliner skids off New York airport'...
A Delta Air Lines passenger jet skidded off the runway at New York City's LaGuardia Airport in snowy weather on Thursday, causing a shutdown of the airport, according to officials. The jetliner was carrying 127 passengers and five crew. The MD-88, operating as flight 1086, was flying in from Atlanta when it lost control after landing. There were a few minor...

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Kolobov (pictured) served under President Viktor Yanukovich)Spanish authorities arrest Yuriy Kolobov, former Ukr...
Yuriy Kolobov, the former finance minister of Ukraine has been arrested in Spain on charges of fraud and embezzlement. Kolobov was wanted, along with former President Viktor Yanukovych, accused of fraud which cost Ukraine billions of dollars in assets. The Spanish civil guard arrested him Wednesday, at a flat in Altea, in the Province of Alicante. A brief sta...

Alabama Judicial Building, home of the Alabama Supreme Court (Image: Chris Pruitt.)Alabama Supreme Court orders judges to stop issuing ...
The Supreme Court of Alabama yesterday ordered all judges to halt in issuing same-sex marriage licenses in the state. The ruling goes against an earlier order by the United States Supreme Court, allowing judges to issue same-sex couples a marriage license. The ruling said "As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ betwe...

Mushashi near Brunei, heading to the battle. (Image: Tobei Shiraishi.)Explorers find shipwreck thought to be massive WWII ...
Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen yesterday announced his ocean exploration team has found a wreck thought to be the Musashi, one of the largest warships ever built. The Musashi was a Japanese battleship sunk by US forces during World War Two. The wreck was discovered yesterday local time under a kilometre of water in the Sibuyan Sea, off the Filipi...

Snowden from file. (Image: Praxis Films.)Edward Snowden in talks to return to United States
Edward Snowden, a US National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower who has been in exile since 2013, would like to return to the United States providing he is guaranteed a "fair and impartial trial", said Anatoly Kucherena, his Russian lawyer, yesterday. Snowden from file. Image: Praxis Films. The US Attorney General has promised Snowden he will not be ...

Beverly Hall, indicted public school superintendent,...
Dr. Beverly Hall, a central figure in an Atlanta, Georgia public schools cheating scandal since 2009, died at the age of 68 on Monday. The cause of death was reported as breast cancer, a disease she had been suffering from since 2004. At the time of her death Hall was still facing criminal charges relating to the cheating scandal. No official statement was ...

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, who currently plays for Sunderland A.F.C. , was arrested yesterday morning at his home. Durham Police confirmed they had arrested a "27-year-old man [...] on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16." A neighbour of Johnson's spoke...

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-year-old was found unresponsive at his home in Los Angeles by his assistant on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have announced they are investigating the possibility of a drug overdose. Wittels had a history of drug ab...

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