John Boehner re-elected as US House Speaker despite ...
Representative John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday despite a right-win...
FBI investigating explosion near NAACP office in Col...
An explosion that took place in a barber shop next door to the Colorado Springs, Colorado office of the National Associ...

Twelve dead in shooting at offices of French satiric...
At least twelve people have been killed today in a shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Three men in hoods armed with Kalashnikov rifles entered the magazine's office in the 11th arrondissement and shot dead ten journalists and two police officers before making a getaway in a car driven by a fourth collaborator. ...

Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb (Image: United States Congress.)Jim Webb campaign addresses first 2016 presidential ...
Yesterday, a spokesperson for former U.S. Senator Jim Webb, a potential 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate, attacked the Business Insider for its report Monday that Webb's Political Action Committee (PAC) paid nearly US$100,000 (about €80,000) to Webb's wife and daughter over the course of the past six years. Ashleigh Owens, who represents Webb's Bor...

The crashed aircraft, photographed in April. (Image: Oka Sudiatmika.)AirAsia disaster: Bodies, wreckage found
Search and rescue teams today began recovering bodies after debris from Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 was spotted in the sea near Borneo. The flight from Surabaya to Singapore vanished from radar screens early on Sunday morning over the Java Sea. 155 passengers and seven crew were on board. Most were Indonesians, with three South Koreans, one Malaysian, one...

The missing aircraft, photographed in April. (Image: Oka Sudiatmika.)AirAsia jet vanishes over Indonesia, 162 missing
An AirAsia Indonesia jet vanished over the Kumai region today. The flight is reportedly carrying 162 people. Among the 155 passengers and seven crew flying from Surabaya to Singapore are three Koreans, one Malaysian, and one person variously reported as a French or UK national. The rest are Indonesians. There are sixteen children and an infant. The plane wa...

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. (Image: United States Congress.)U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to announce presidential...
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, revealed through the Associated Press (AP) yesterday that he plans to announce by March whether to run for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Sanders, a self-identified Socialist who champions against income inequality, says he will make a "gut decision" about...

File photo of Rafah border crossing, 2009. (Image: gloucester2gaza.)Egypt opens Rafah border crossing for additional day
On Sunday, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing for two days, allowing many people, who had been waiting since it closed two months ago following a terror attack in the Sinai peninsula, to cross the border with the Gaza Strip in both directions. On Monday, Egyptian authorities announced they were opening the border crossing for another day. During the first...

Multiple fatalities in bin lorry crash in Glasgow, S...
Several fatalities are thought to have resulted this afternoon from a bin lorry crashing in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland. The accident occurred at about 1430 UTC today, when the vehicle hit multiple pedestrians on Queen Street, then crashed into Millennium Hotel alongside George Square, located in the city centre. BBC Scotland reporter Laura Bicker repor...

A hangman's noose, from file. (Image: Chris 73.)Jordan ends eight-year stay on executions, hangs eleven
Jordan yesterday ended a moratorium on executions that had stood since 2006, executing eleven men. The Interior Ministry made the announcement via official news agency Petra. The ministry did not identify the men, but said all had been convicted of murder in either 2005 or 2006. All were Jordanian citizens and had exhausted all appeals, according to the min...

File photo of Selek. (Image: Streetpepper.)Istanbul court acquits bomb accused Pinar Selek for ...
A court in the Turkish capital Istanbul yesterday cleared exiled academic Pinar Selek of killing seven in a bomb attack in 1998. It is the fourth time the courts have cleared her. Forensic investigators blamed the explosion, which also injured 127, in the city's Spice Bazaar on an inadvertent gas leak. Selek was arrested two days after the explosion. She sp...

Nation mourns, world condemns Taliban attack on Paki...
In the wake of of Tuesday's high-school attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTK) on an army public school, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced a three-day period of official mourning. In addition to condemnation from world leaders — who include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, and Deputy director David Gr...

The Gulf of Suez from file. The Gulf is the left of the two channels, with the main Red Sea below. (Image: NASA.)Freighter hits fishing boat in Gulf of Suez; thirtee...
A freighter hit a fishing boat around midnight on Sunday morning in the Gulf of Suez in the Red Sea. Of the 40 Egyptian fisherman on board, thirteen are dead and thirteen more missing. Survivor Al Sayyed Mohamed Arafat told local media he jumped from the fishing boat, named Badr al-Islam, as the container ship approached. He says he hung onto a wooden crate f...

Laurent Lamothe during a foreign visit earlier this year. (Image: U.S. Department of State.)Laurent Lamothe resigns as Haitian PM
Laurent Lamothe on Saturday announced his resignation as Prime Minister of Haiti amid political paralysis and anti-regime protests. Lamothe's resignation had been recommended on Friday by a commission set up by President Michel Martelly. Martelly appointed Lamothe in 2011, the year after a major earthquake caused widespread devastation. Elections to the Sen...

Palestinian Authority accepted as observer state in ICC
On Monday, the Palestinian National Authority (PA) was granted the status of an Observer State in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. This decision promotes the PA toward permanent membership in the court, and helps establish the PA's status in the international arena. The ICC is an independent organization, in which 122 states are members....

Logo of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. (Image: US Government.)Senate publish report on CIA torture and misinformation
A report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday concluded that the CIA misinformed the White House and Congress about its imprisonment and interrogation of suspected terrorists. The committee released an executive summary today ahead of its full 6,000-page report. The summary documented instances where detainees were kept awake for as long ...

New Delhi orders Uber cease operation following alle...
Following Friday's alleged rape of a woman in New Delhi by an Uber taxi driver, the city administration has directed Uber, and all other unapproved radio cab and internet-based taxi companies, to halt operations in the city. In the notification, issued by the Delhi transport department on Tuesday, it was said that only six radio cab companies are properly regi...

Embraer Phenom 100, similar to the accident aircraft. (Image: WPPilot)Small plane crashes near Maryland airport, killing six
A small jet has crashed in Gaithersburg, Maryland near Montgomery County Airpark yesterday (Monday) at about 10:45 am local time (1545 UTC), causing a house fire. Officials said six people were killed in the accident — three on the plane and three on the ground. Montgomery County's fire chief said all three people aboard the plane were killed in the crash. ...

French National Assembly acknowledges Palestinian State
With a majority of 339 supporters against 151 opposers, France's lower house of Parliament voted yesterday for French recognition of a Palestinian State. The non-binding vote calls on the French government “to recognize the state of Palestine in view of reaching a definitive settlement to the conflict“. French MP Élisabeth Guigou, who drafted the motion,...

Trial for Texas lawyer accused of murder enters thir...
The trial of a former Texas justice of the peace, accused of killing three people in Kaufman county in early 2013, entered its third day this morning. The defendant, Eric Williams, is being tried for one of the three murders, specifically involving the death of Cynthia McClelland. Media reports indicate the prosecution in the case intends to rest its case t...

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