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  • Obama holds talks with new #Ukraine president

    News - Europe
    US President Barack Obama has met Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko in a show of US support as the country battles a pro-Russian uprising that the West blames on Russia. ...
  • Syrian election vote counting begins

    News - Middle East
    Election officials have started counting votes in a Syrian presidential election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for President Bashar al-Assad but which his opponents have called a charade. ...
  • Irish church faces questions over mass grave

    News - Europe
    The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland is facing fresh accusations of child neglect after a researcher found records for 796 young children believed to be buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage for the children of unwed mothers. ...
  • #Nigeria police say no schoolgirls protest ban

    News - Africa
    Nigerian police said protesters were free to march in the capital Abuja, after an uproar over comments by the police commissioner in which he appeared to ban demonstrations over 223 schoolgirls kidnapped by rebels and still missing. ...
  • Bomber targets renegade Libyan general

    News - Africa
    A suicide car bomber has targeted the home of a renegade Libyan general who has been leading an offensive against armed groups in Benghazi, military officials say. ...
  • Obama and Putin spar over #Ukraine violence

    News - Europe
    US President Barack Obama has condemned what he called Russia's "dark tactics" and "bullying" in Ukraine, prompting President Vladimir Putin to hit back at American "aggression," as diplomatic wrangling between the two countries escalated. ...
  • Taliban release footage of Bergdahl handover

    News - Central/S. Asia
    The Taliban have released footage of the moments of their handover of US army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to US forces after his five years in captivity. ...
  • Pakistani 'thief' has severed hand reattached

    News - Central/S. Asia
    Doctors in Pakistan have re-attached the hand of a man who says it was chopped off by police who arrested him for theft. ...
  • Deadly attacks and shelling hit #Iraq

    News - Middle East
    At least 33 people have been killed in a new wave of violence across Iraq, including shelling of a market in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, medical sources said. ...
  • German artist 'regrows' severed Van Gogh ear

    News - Europe
    A German museum has put on display a living, 3D-printed copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using some of the Dutch artist's genetic material. ...
  • Obama seeks boost for US forces in Europe

    News - Europe
    US President Barack Obama has announced a $1bn effort to boost US military presence across Europe to ease anxiety among NATO allies wary of Russia. ...
  • Libya's new PM promises to tackle violence

    News - Africa
    Libya's new prime minister has warned that fighting extremism without government involvement could split the country, after clashes in Benghazi left 21 people dead and 82 others injured. ...
  • Turkish PM says foreign media brings chaos

    News - Europe
    Turkey's prime minister has accused international media of stirring unrest during the one-year anniversary of mass anti-government protests. ...
  • Heavy fighting rages in east #Ukraine

    News - Europe
    Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine for a second day as the army rolled out an offensive against pro-Russia separatists holding the city of Slovyansk, with dead and wounded on both sides, the Ukrainian government has said. ...
  • Dust storm sweeps over #Tehran

    News - Middle East
    A heavy dust storm hit Iran's capital Tehran, blacking out the sun in a swirling cloud and tearing down trees in a squall that reportedly killed at least four people and injured at least 30. ...
  • #Spain protests call for vote on monarchy

    News - Europe
    Riot police were on standby as tens of thousands took to the streets in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities across Spain on Monday to demand a vote on whether to rid Spain of its royal family. ...
  • Pakistan's Altaf Hussain arrested in UK

    News - Europe
    A Pakistani political leader has been arrested in London and taken into custody on suspicion of money laundering, MWC News has learned.  ...
  • Protesters burn Coptic shops in #Egypt

    News - Middle East
    A crowd of protesters has burned shops owned by Coptic Christians near the ancient city of Luxor on Monday, hours before a trial for a Coptic Christian accused of blasphemy, a security official said. ...
  • UN labour arm denounces austerity measures

    News - Europe
    The United Nation's labour agency has denounced "premature" austerity measures brought in by governments around the world during the financial crisis, saying they have hurt the world's most vulnerable people. ...
  • Indian minister killed in car crash

    News - Central/S. Asia
    A newly appointed Indian government minister has been killed in a traffic accident, just eight days after taking office. ...
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