US toddler dies after accidentally shooting himself in head

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A 2-year-old US boy has died several days after he picked up a loaded handgun lying in a Virginia home and accidentally shot himself in the head.

US court orders monthly releases of Clinton e-mails

2015-05-28 05:31

A US judge has ordered the State Department to begin releasing tens of thousands of e-mails by White House hopeful Hillary Clinton every month.

US military mistakenly transfers live anthrax to lab

2015-05-27 22:28

The US military has mistakenly sent at least one live anthrax sample to a private laboratory in Maryland and possibly sent others to eight other states, a US defence official says.

Dispute over MLK Bible, Nobel prize headed for mediation

2015-05-27 21:30

A legal battle over civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King Jr's travelling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize is headed for court-ordered mediation.

Bangladesh plans to move Rohingya to island

2015-05-27 19:56

Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official has said.

Denmark to hold general election in June

2015-05-27 18:23

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has called a general election for June 18, even as opinion polls show her centre-left coalition trailing the opposition.


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Falling museum visitor grabs at ancient vase

2015-05-27 22:28

Greece's culture ministry says a millennia-old pottery vase has been damaged after a visitor who lost her balance tried to hold onto the exhibit and crashed down with it.

Barman sentenced after Frenchman does 56 shots and dies

2015-05-27 19:56

A French barman got a suspended jail sentence after he was convicted of manslaughter for letting a man do 56 shots during a drinking contest that led to his death.

ISIS kills 20 in Palmyra amphitheatre - monitor

2015-05-27 18:23

Islamic State militants have shot dead around 20 men in an ancient amphitheatre in the Syrian city of Palmyra, accusing them of being government supporters.

British ex-PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy

2015-05-27 17:36

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has resigned as envoy of the Middle East Quartet diplomatic group after eight years in the job, his office says.

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Pakistan seeks FBI help to investigate fake diploma scandal

2015-05-27 16:03

Pakistan has asked US authorities to help it investigate Axact, a software firm accused of earning millions of dollars from the international sale of bogus university degrees online, officials say.

Cameron outlines his plans for the UK in Queen's Speech

2015-05-27 14:19

Britain's first all-Conservative government in two decades has unveiled its plans for power, including laws to hold a referendum on European Union membership, give Scotland more autonomy and toughen immigration policies.

30 people killed as Saudi-led coalition hits Yemen forces

2015-05-27 14:19

A Saudi-led coalition has targeted the headquarters of Yemen's special forces in the capital, killing at least 30 people, medical officials say.

20 000 evacuated after World War II bomb discovery in Germany

2015-05-27 13:27

About 20 000 people have been evacuated in the west German city of Cologne after a 1 000kg bomb dating back to World War II was discovered in the city's north-east.

Police search for motive in deadly Wal-Mart shooting

2015-05-27 12:36

Police in Grand Forks, North Dakota, are trying to find out what prompted a US airman to walk into a Wal-Mart Supercentre and kill one worker, injure another and then fatally shoot himself.

Kids who break terrorism laws will face prosecution - Abbott

2015-05-27 11:43

An Australian boy who was photographed holding the several head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the PM to warn that children as well as adults who break terrorism laws face prosecution.

South Korea, US, Japan discuss North Korea nuclear concerns

2015-05-27 10:39

Nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan and the United States have met in Seoul, seeking a way forward to revive long-stalled, six-party talks with North Korea on its nuclear weapons programme.

Sydney siege gunman may have had schizophrenia

2015-05-27 08:44

The gunman who carried out a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have suffered from chronic schizophrenia, a psychiatrist who had treated him tells an inquest.

Militants killed in siege in upscale Afghan neighbourhood

2015-05-27 05:39

An all-night siege in an upscale neighbourhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of the morning with the deaths of four heavily armed attackers, but not civilian casualties, an Afghan official says.

Militants lay siege to guesthouse in Afghanistan capital

2015-05-26 22:54

Heavy gunfire and explosions echoed through an upmarket neighbourhood in Kabul, as Afghan police surrounded a guesthouse popular with foreigners thought to be under attack by insurgents.

Clinton snaps at Merkel's heels in powerful women list

2015-05-26 21:40

German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a fifth year tops the Forbes list of the world's most powerful women, but for the first time Hillary Clinton is snapping at her heels, the magazine has said.

Cleveland announces overhaul of police dept

2015-05-26 20:58

Cleveland has agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of a federal monitor in a settlement with the US Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers.

Sanders to kick off 2016 bid from Clinton's left

2015-05-26 20:58

Bernie Sanders, the self-described "democratic socialist" senator from Vermont, aims to jumpstart his challenge to Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination with a kickoff event.

EU to relocate 40 000 immigrants within union

2015-05-26 20:34

The European Union will seek to shift the migration burden away from Italy and Greece by relocating 40 000 asylum seekers to other EU countries.

US returns 25 looted artefacts to Italy

2015-05-26 19:14

The US has officially returned 25 artefacts that had been looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books.

Syrian army raid kills 140 ISIS fighters

2015-05-26 19:14

The Syrian air force has killed at least 140 members of Islamic State in an air raid on a military base held by the group in the north of the country, state news agency SANA says.

Pakistan executes 11 prisoners - officials

2015-05-26 18:02

Pakistan has hanged 11 prisoners, bringing the total number put to death since executions resumed last December to 128, officials say.

Multiple Taliban raids kill 26 Afghan police

2015-05-26 16:57

At least 26 Afghan police or soldiers have been killed in multiple Taliban attacks in the volatile south, including a 16-hour siege of a college dormitory, officials say.

Indonesian prisoner released early in name mix-up

2015-05-26 14:51

Authorities on Indonesia's resort island of Bali are hunting for a drug convict released from prison after confusion with a namesake, an official says.

Boy faces terrorism charges in 'Playstation' case

2015-05-26 13:41

A 14-year-old Austrian boy will face charges of preparing to join militants in Syria and researching how to build a bomb after downloading plans onto his Playstation games console.

UN: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty

2015-05-27 14:18

The UN says the number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty.

Irish gay marriage vote defeat for humanity - Vatican

2015-05-27 13:25

The Irish vote to allow same-sex marriage was a 'defeat for humanity', a senior Vatican official has said in the first high-level reaction from the Holy See to last week's landmark referendum.

US flood victim: It's devastating

2015-05-27 11:43

Torrential rains have killed at least 17 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1 000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous US city.

Pope's finance chief ready to appear at Australia child abuse inquiry

2015-05-27 11:43

Pope Francis’ finance chief says he is willing to give evidence at a child abuse inquiry in his native Australia, as the country’s most notorious paedophile priest gives evidence.

Tony Abbott promises 'full and frank' debate on gay marriage

2015-05-27 09:41

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised a 'full and frank' debate on gay marriage in response to an opposition-backed push for reform, but says the issue was not a priority for his conservative government.

Papua New Guinea must stop 'sorcery' killings

2015-05-27 07:48

The Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea must crack down on crimes against people suspected of sorcery after a mob hacked a woman to death, Amnesty International says.

Nuclear Iran 1 000 times worse than ISIS: Netanyahu

2015-05-26 21:40

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that a nuclear-armed Iran would be "a thousand times more dangerous and more destructive" than the ISIS group, his office says.

Houston submerged after wild weather

2015-05-26 21:09

Torrential rain has left large parts of Houston submerged and trapped fans at an NBA basketball game.

Obama urges Senate to reach deal on surveillance programme

2015-05-26 20:34

President Barack Obama has urged the US Senate to resolve its impasse over legislation authorising collection of Americans' telephone records.

Capitol building evacuated, tourists forced out

2015-05-26 19:01

The US Capitol building was being evacuated after an audible alarm was sounded, US Capitol Police have said.

Chinese firefighters punished over on-the-job selfies

2015-05-26 19:14

Firefighters in southwestern China have taken heat for snapping photos of themselves while responding to an emergency, state media reports.

Iran says it foiled US cyber attack on oil ministry

2015-05-26 18:02

Iran said it has foiled a cyber-attack on the Islamic republic's oil ministry, and that those behind the hacking attempt were based in the United States.

Saudi executes 88th person this year, topping 2014 total

2015-05-26 16:57

Saudi Arabia carried out its 88th execution so far this year, surpassing the total for all of 2014 despite activists' concerns that trials are not conducted fairly.

Washington Post reporter stands trial in Iran for spying

2015-05-26 16:57

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has gone on trial behind closed doors in Iran on charges of spying, a case that has clouded a rapprochement with the United States.

Austrian police arrest 3 for smuggling people into US

2015-05-26 14:52

Austrian police have detained three suspects for allegedly smuggling people onto flights bound for the US or Britain.

Turkish opposition candidate shot in knee while campaigning

2015-05-26 13:42

An official says an opposition party candidate has been hospitalised after being shot in the knee while campaigning for Turkey's general elections on June 7.

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