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Bulgarian brothers jailed for begging scam

2016-02-12 22:13

Two Bulgarian brothers have been jailed in Sweden for "human trafficking" after exploiting poverty-stricken and disabled people in a begging scheme.

Auschwitz survivors tell of camp horrors

2016-02-12 22:13

Three Holocaust survivors have testified about the horrors they experienced at the Auschwitz death camp, on the second day of the trial of a former SS sergeant on 170 000 counts of accessory to murder.

Unknown DNA on Paris explosive vests

2016-02-12 21:33

The Paris prosecutor's office says unidentified DNA has been found on two explosives belts linked to assailants in the November attacks around Paris.

2 female students die in shooting at US school

2016-02-12 20:53

Two students have been shot and killed at a school in Arizona, in the US, but police say the danger at the campus is over.

Migrants attacked around Calais

2016-02-12 20:25

Mysterious armed groups are on the prowl, targeting migrants in night attacks in Calais and elsewhere in northern France, sowing fear among the displaced travellers living in squalid slums.

5-storey building collapses in Istanbul

2016-02-12 19:15

A five-storey building has collapsed in the Turkish city of Istanbul, but it appears no one was trapped inside, according to local officials.

 
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Assad vows to retake whole country

2016-02-12 21:33

Syria's President Bashar Assad has vowed to retake the entire country, but warned it could take a "long time".

N Korea, Japan tit for tat

2016-02-12 20:25

North Korea has reacted angrily to new sanctions announced by Japan over its recent rocket launch, saying in response it will halt an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago.

Greek farmers clash with riot police

2016-02-12 19:15

Clashes have broken out in Athens between riot police and thousands of farmers from across Greece who are protesting government plans to impose tax hikes and pension changes.

Britain's Independent daily drops print edition: owner

2016-02-12 17:55

British newspaper The Independent will become digital only, and its last print edition will come out in March, owners ESI Media say.

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Dutch serial rapist gets maximum 16yrs

2016-02-12 17:55

A Dutch man found guilty of committing four rapes and suspected of a raft of others about two decades ago, has been sentenced to 16 years in jail.

Powerful 6.5-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

2016-02-12 16:24

A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Indonesia, but no tsunami warning has been issued, US seismologists say.

Canadian man found 30 years after going missing

2016-02-12 13:24

A Canadian man who disappeared 30 years ago is set for an emotional reunion with his family after he suddenly remembered his name, media say.

Man pleads guilty to firing rifle at US mosque

2016-02-12 12:42

A US man is expected to plead guilty to a federal hate crime for shooting at a mosque next to his home shortly after the deadly attacks in Paris last year

CIA director says ISIS group has used, can make chem weapons

2016-02-12 10:30

CIA director John Brennan says that ISIS fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reports.

Clinton: Sanders is making promises that cannot be kept

2016-02-12 08:00

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial support of black and Hispanic voters in a Democratic debate, a polite but pointed contest that marked a shift in the primary toward states with more minority voters.

Russia drops aid for besieged Syrian city

2016-02-11 22:51

Russian cargo planes have delivered humanitarian aid to regime-held neighbourhoods in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor city, a monitor says.

People-smugglers jailed in Austria

2016-02-11 22:51

An Austrian court has sentenced five people to jail for smuggling about 2 000 migrants into the country last year, in what judges described as "excruciating conditions".

Erdogan threatens to send refugees to EU

2016-02-11 22:02

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to EU member states, as Nato agreed to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis.

Israel court weighs sanity of man who burned Palestinian alive

2016-02-11 22:02

An Israeli court has weighed the sanity of a Jewish man found to be the ringleader of the beating and burning alive of a Palestinian teenager in 2014.

Indonesia: Apps must drop same-sex emoticons

2016-02-11 20:12

Indonesia's government has demanded that instant messaging apps remove stickers featuring same-sex couples, in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country

Nato to support anti-ISIS campaign, no direct involvement

2016-02-11 20:05

Nato has agreed to a US request to support the coalition fighting Islamic State with surveillance planes, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says, but these will not be deployed in the air campaign.

Koreas up the ante

2016-02-11 17:35

South Korea has begun removing its citizens from a jointly run industrial park on the border with North Korea, a news report says.

6 dead in 'criminal' attack on Saudi education office

2016-02-11 17:35

A man has killed six employees at an education department office in Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry has said, describing it as a "criminal" attack.

Nato warships ordered to Aegean to help with migrant crisis

2016-02-11 14:05

Nato's chief says three warships are being ordered immediately into the Aegean Sea to help end human smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece

Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 59

2016-02-11 12:16

Taiwan's Ministry of Interior says the death toll from a weekend earthquake has risen to 59, with 76 people still missing and presumed trapped under the rubble of a collapsed residential building.

3 feared dead as Greek navy helicopter falls in Aegean

2016-02-11 11:25

Three Greek navy personnel are feared dead after their helicopter crashed into the Aegean Sea during an exercise, the state Athens News Agency reports.

The Bern giving Hillary a run for her money

2016-02-12 16:24

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money - $27 at a time.

Sanders: Blacks lost half of wealth in economic crisis

2016-02-12 14:36

Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential hopeful, has highlighted the need to tackle alleged systematic discrimination that has taken a disproportionate toll on the finances and basic rights of ethnic minority groups during the country's economic crisis.

NY cop found guilty in 2014 fatal shooting of unarmed black man

2016-02-12 12:42

A jury has found a rookie New York police officer guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man - an incident that fuelled US protests against police tactics.

Pope heads for historic encounter with Russian patriarch

2016-02-12 11:09

Pope Francis has headed to Cuba looking to heal a 1 000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day problems of drug-related violence and migration.

Fear pervasive after Mexican prison riot that killed 49

2016-02-12 09:55

A prison riot that left 49 inmates hacked, beaten or burned to death opened searing questions about gang rule, extortion and human rights violations in Mexico's overcrowded prisons

We explain just what are Einstein's gravitational waves

2016-02-12 08:17

Astronomers have announced that their new billion-dollar US observatory has detected a gravitational wave, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here’s what that breakthrough means.

Last four holdouts in Oregon standoff surrender

2016-02-12 05:27

The last four armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge in Oregon, in the US, have turned themselves in, ending a tense 41-day standoff over grazing rights on federal land.

Hamas stops senior UN staffer from leaving Gaza

2016-02-11 22:51

A UN World Health Organisation official says Hamas has prevented a senior employee of the international group from leaving the Gaza Strip.

UN: Warring parties use Syrians as 'cannon fodder'

2016-02-11 22:02

The various actors in the Syrian conflict are showing less and less regard for civilian lives, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says.

5 indicted in 2015 NYC gas explosion

2016-02-11 22:02

Authorities say a building owner and four others have been indicted on charges that include manslaughter in connection with a 2015 gas explosion that killed two people and leveled three New York City buildings.

Internet is growing market for illegal drugs

2016-02-11 22:02

The internet is now a growing and varied market place for trading illegal drugs in Europe, the European Union's watchdog agency says.

Ex-Auschwitz guard stays silent at start of trial

2016-02-11 20:05

A former SS guard at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp has kept silent at the start of his trial on a charge of being an accessory to mass murder.

Israel, Turkey begin new talks on normalisation

2016-02-11 20:05

Top officials from Turkey and Israel have begun new closed-door talks on a deal to normalise ties more than half a decade after relations were downgraded, a report says.

51 000 displaced as Russian bombs Aleppo

2016-02-11 17:35

Around 51 000 people have been displaced since Damascus, backed by Russian air strikes, launched its latest offensive on the Syrian city of Aleppo last week.

2 on trial over Aylan Kurdi's death

2016-02-11 16:30

Two alleged people-smugglers are on trial in Turkey accused of causing the death of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi - who put a human face on the Syrian refugee crisis after his body washed ashore on a beach.

Dozens dead in Mexico prison riot - reports

2016-02-11 15:31

At least 30 people have died in a pre-dawn prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, reports say.

Afghan policeman opens fire on colleagues

2016-02-11 12:56

An Afghan official says that a policeman in the southern province of Kandahar has killed four of his colleagues and wounded another seven

WATCH: Iron Boy saves Sydney

2016-02-11 11:58

A seriously ill Australian boy has been granted his wish to become a superhero like Iron Man, with police staging an elaborate event on the Sydney Opera House steps as Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr tweeted his support.

Six children dead as school minibus crashes with truck in France

2016-02-11 10:48

A school minibus crashed into a truck in France, killing at least six children, police say, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead.

Vanuatu elects new prime minister

2016-02-11 09:01

Charlot Salwai has been elected the new prime minister of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu following a snap election sparked by a corruption scandal.

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