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Blizzard pounds northern Japan

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A blizzard barrelled into the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido with heavy snow burying some cities and strong winds disrupting traffic.

Indonesia resumes search for AirAsia crash victims

2015-02-01 11:00

Indonesian rescuers have resumed their search for 86 victims still missing from the AirAsia plane that crashed with 162 people on board.

Shock, sadness as Japanese react to ISIS video

2015-02-01 09:00

The news of a video purportedly showing the killing of Kenji Goto, a journalist held hostage by Islamic State militants, have rushed through Japan.

Romney's exit unleashes race for donors

2015-01-31 21:16

Mitt Romney's exit from the 2016 presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and opened up a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to him.

Hebdo protest in Kabul turns violent

2015-01-31 21:16

A protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul, against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, has turned into a violent confrontation between riot police and demonstrators.

North Korea hits back after Obama comments

2015-01-31 14:03

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reportedly says the country will not sit idly by "with rabid dogs barking" about toppling its socialist system, after comments by US President Barack Obama that the regime was doomed.

 
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ISIS claims beheading of second Japanese captive

2015-01-31 23:02

Islamic State militants have released a video which purported to show the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who the al-Qaeda offshoot had been holding hostage.

Plastics factory fire kills 13 in Bangladesh

2015-01-31 21:16

At least 13 people have died after a fire swept through a plastics factory in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, police say.

ISIS fighters acknowledge defeat in Kobani

2015-01-31 17:38

Members of ISIS have acknowledged for the first time that they have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani.

Man sought in San Francisco body parts case

2015-01-31 11:35

Police in San Francisco have appealed to the public for help finding a "person of interest" in a gruesome case involving chopped-up human body parts.

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Zimmerman escapes fresh assault charges

2015-01-31 11:35

George Zimmerman, who was cleared two years ago of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that fuelled debate about racism in the US, won't face charges over recent allegations of assault, according to reports.

Japan says hostage negotiations 'deadlocked'

2015-01-31 08:35

Japan's deputy foreign minister says negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked".

Teen who stormed TV studio says he acted alone

2015-01-31 07:07

A teen who stormed the studios of a Dutch TV station demanding airtime before being arrested, has told detectives that he acted alone.

Human skeletons in bags result in probe

2015-01-30 22:19

Indian officials say dozens of human skeletons have been found inside an unused room at a police campus in India.

Daughter dies in honour killing

2015-01-30 19:02

A man has confessed to strangling his 19-year-old daughter in what German police suspect was an honour killing.

Woman opens fire in central Istanbul

2015-01-30 16:20

Turkish police say they have launched a search for a woman who opened fire with a rifle at police in Taksim Square in central Istanbul.

Japan, Jordan continue worry over nationals

2015-01-30 14:53

Japan and Jordan are working closely to find out what has happened to two of their nationals being held by ISIS.

AirAsia pilots disabled computer

2015-01-30 13:54

The pilots of the AirAsia plane that crashed off Indonesia last month switched off a computer system shortly before the accident, a report says.

Jordan still awaiting proof over pilot

2015-01-30 13:17

Jordan's military chiefs say they are still awaiting proof that a warplane pilot threatened with execution by ISIS is alive.

Moscow: EU must realise Russia sanctions lead nowhere

2015-01-30 13:17

The EU’s decision to extend sanctions against Russia over Ukraine is a destructive policy that will lead nowhere, Russia’s foreign ministry says.

MH370 relatives reject officials' account

2015-01-30 12:14

Many Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airline are demanding that Malaysia officials retract their statement that all aboard died.

Former Bulgarian president dies at 79

2015-01-30 12:15

Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically elected president in 1990, has died, his family says. He was 79.

China targets western textbooks ban

2015-01-30 11:17

Chinese authorities have ordered universities to ban the use of imported textbooks seen as promoting Western values, news reports say.

Taliban claim Kabul airport 'insider' killings

2015-01-30 10:41

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an apparent 'insider attack' at Kabul airport in which three American contractors and an Afghan were killed.

3 US contractors killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

2015-01-30 10:41

An Afghan soldier has killed three US contractors and wounded a fourth at Kabul’s military airport, an Afghan air force official says.

Canada spy agency given more powers to disrupt terror attacks

2015-01-30 10:21

Canada’s main spy agency will get new powers aimed at disrupting potential terror attacks under security legislation yet to be unveiled, reports say.

Obama eyes $1bn for Central America

2015-01-30 09:36

President Barack Obama’s administration hopes to increase funding to Central America to $1bn next year as part of a drive to boost relations with southern neighbours, bolster security and stem illegal immigration.

Texas executes man for 1996 strangling, beating death

2015-01-30 08:50

A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman about two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier has been executed.

New Saudi king makes cabinet reshuffle

2015-01-30 08:33

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has reshuffled the monarchy's government less than a week after ascending to the throne of the oil-rich country.

Teen with fake gun storms Dutch TV show

2015-01-30 07:24

A teenager armed with a fake gun has disrupted Dutch television when he forced his way into the building of public broadcaster NOS and demanded airtime before being overpowered by police.

Romney won't run for US president

2015-01-31 09:37

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday he will not run for the White House again in 2016, ending weeks of intense speculation that he would mount a third campaign.

AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control

2015-01-31 07:29

The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, according to sources close to the investigation.

Indian police rescue child slaves

2015-01-30 22:14

Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in Hyderabad, a report says.

Russia gives $3bn Crimea bridge contract to Putin ally

2015-01-30 21:07

The Russian government has awarded the contract for the construction of a $3bn bridge to Crimea to a long-time ally of President Vladimir Putin.

Toll rises in Pakistan mosque explosion

2015-01-30 17:34

The death toll in a major explosion targeting a Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistani city of Shikarpur has risen to 60.

New US medicine research drive mooted

2015-01-30 15:30

President Barack Obama is to propose that $215m be earmarked for what he calls "precision medicine" research.

12 die in eastern Ukraine violence

2015-01-30 14:54

Officials say 12 people, including seven civilians, have been killed in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine.

Dutch teen 'gunman' had no terrorist links

2015-01-30 13:54

A man who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded to go on live television had no known links to terrorist organisations and had acted alone, police say.

Belgian authorities detain 4 in anti-terror sweep

2015-01-30 13:17

Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an anti-terror sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria.

Strauss-Kahn: a powerful man undone by sex

2015-01-30 13:17

Power can be a heady aphrodisiac and Dominique Strauss-Kahn had plenty of it. But eventually his power, apparently used to feed his voracious sexual appetite, would prove his undoing.

ISIS shoots down Syria warplane

2015-01-30 12:14

ISIS has shot down a Syrian regime warplane that was bombing opposition-held areas, killing the pilot, a monitoring group say.

Bombs in central Baghdad kill 12

2015-01-30 11:17

At least 12 civilians have been killed after two bombs exploded in central Baghdad, security sources say.

Top Iraq Kurd officer among 6 killed in ISIS attack

2015-01-30 11:17

The Islamic State jihadist group has killed a senior Kurdish commander and five other fighters in a major attack in Iraq’s Kirkuk province, an officer and a doctor say.

Philippines mourn 44 police commandos

2015-01-30 10:42

The Philippine president says he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos.

Ukraine peace talks due

2015-01-30 10:21

Negotiations from Ukraine, Russia and Europe are set to hold fresh peace talks in a bid to end a surge in fighting between Kiev and Kremlin-backed rebels.

Indian 'rape victim' sues Uber in the US

2015-01-30 09:36

A woman who alleges an Uber driver raped her in the Indian capital is suing the online taxi service in a US court, accusing it of failing to provide passenger safety.

Survivors recall panic in Mexico City hospital blast

2015-01-30 08:50

Survivors of a Mexico City hospital blast recall the panic and the mayhem after a gas leak caused an explosion.

ISIS hostage swop hopes fading

2015-01-30 08:33

A possible prisoner swap deadline reportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot has passed with no sign of whether the two men are still alive.

Babies found alive after hospital explosion

2015-01-30 07:16

A gas truck explosion has ripped through a maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, killing one woman and two children and injuring dozens, with several babies found alive in the rubble.

Haircuts, shaves and showers for Vatican's homeless

2015-01-29 22:45

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open, the head of Pope Francis' charity office says.

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