Honduran helicopter crash kills six, including president’s sister
The sister of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and five others died when the helicopter they were travelling in...
California battling third-largest wildfire since 1932
California is battling its third-largest wildfire since 1932, and winds and dry conditions may help the blaze grow even...
Rahul Gandhi takes over as president of Congress party
India’s Rahul Gandhi took over Saturday as president of the main opposition Congress, becoming the sixth member of the...
Nerendra Modi is not a bachelor
Election frontrunner Narendra Modi has acknowledged for the first time that he is married, solving one of the biggest mysteries about the private life of the man tipped to be India’s next prime minister. The 63-year-old is routinely described as a bachelor and is thought to have lived alone... Read more
The “Ultimate Warrior” is dead!
The Ultimate Warrior, one of US professional wrestling’s most celebrated names, has died at the age of 54, days after being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc Hall of Fame, the company said late on Tuesday. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to... Read more
Crazed student stabs 20 others in US
 A student stabbed or slashed around 20 others Wednesday at a high school in the US state of Pennsylvania, officials said. “These are significant injuries,” Chris Kaufmann, the trauma medical director at Forbes Regional Hospital, told the media. Dan Stevens, a spokesman for Westmoreland County emergency management, said the... Read more
Spain rejects Catalonian bid for holding ‘independence’ referendum
Spain’s parliament has overwhelmingly rejected Catalonia’s bid to hold a referendum on independence. After a seven-hour debate 299 lawmakers voted against, 47 voted for and one abstained. All the major parties, including the ruling conservative People’s Party (PP), the main opposition group, the Socialists, and the centrist Union for... Read more
Remnants of the “Interahamwe” Rwanda genocide group still threat to peace in Great Lakes region
The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) is at the heart of two decades of war and instability in Joseph Kabila’s Democratic Republic of Congo, in which millions of people have died from violence, hunger and disease. Founded by members of the Interahamwe Hutu militia that organised... Read more
Thousands of people protest in Tokyo against revision of Japan’s pacifist constitution
While Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continues to push for a more active military, the number of people opposed to the idea has been growing. To publicly protest Abe’s plan of revising Japan’s pacifist Constitution, some 3,000 people headed to central Tokyo on Tuesday to rally against it. Abe... Read more
15,000 Sikhs ready to join in Vaisakhi parade in Derby
UP to 15,000 Sikhs will take to the streets of Derby this Sunday to celebrate one of the biggest events in their religious calendar. The annual Vaisakhi parade, (the Sikh equivalent to Christmas) will see members of all four Sikh temples take part. Sword bearers, stick fighters and traditional... Read more
China media: US defence ties
The US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel met his Chinese counterpart, Chang Wanquan, on Tuesday. Both men reportedly aired their differences over issues including territorial disputes between Beijing and its neighbours. Fan Changlong, the vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, lashed out at Mr Hagel at a press conference, saying... Read more
Israeli forces arrest 16 Palestinians in West Bank
The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday arrested 16 Palestinians from various cities in the West Bank, according to Palestinian sources.The sources reported that the occupation forces raided the cities of Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem and Hebron and arrested the 16 citizens. Read more
Ukraine’s security service says eastern separatists allow 56 people to leave seized building
Ukraine’s Security Service said Wednesday morning that 56 people held inside an agency’s local headquarters in the eastern city of Luhansk occupied by pro-Russian separatists have been allowed to leave the premises. The Luhansk security services building was among several government offices seized by crowds pro-Moscow groups shouting of... Read more
Iraqi security forces kill 25 militants in ambush
Iraqi  soldiers killed 25 militants in an ambush southwest of Baghdad, the capital’s security spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said. Maan said the fighters were part of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and were planning to attack an army base they had attempted to hit... Read more
Nato warns Russia of committing (Yet another) ‘historic mistake’
  Nato’s chief warned Russia Tuesday it would be committing a “historic mistake” if it intervened further in Ukraine, urging Moscow to “step back” after pro-Kremlin militants seized government buildings in several cities in the east in a grim echo of the Crimea Crisis of last month. “I urge... Read more
President Maduro agrees to talks with opposition in Venezuela
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has agreed to sit down with the opposition, at the demand of the Union of South American States, in an aim put an end to tense protests which have swept the country for over two months. The moderate Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition, who are seeking... Read more
UN envoy warns of gross human rights  abuses against the Rohingya
A U.N. human rights envoy says severe shortages of food, water and medical care for Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar are part of a long history of persecution against the religious minority that could amount to “crimes against humanity.” Tomás Ojea Quintana’s statement follows the evacuation of hundreds of... Read more