Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

US probes 'stray Syria air drop'

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

The US Pentagon says it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants with a weapons bundle intended for Kurdish fighters.

Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization.

Sam released by Dallas Cowboys

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Michael Sam, who hopes to be the first openly gay athlete to play in an NFL game, is released by the Dallas Cowboys.

US $7bn fails to stop opium growth

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

US counter-narcotics efforts costing $7.6bn fail to stop production of opium poppies in Afghanistan reaching an all-time high, a new report says.

North Korea frees detained US man

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Jeffrey Fowle, one of three US citizens held in North Korea, has been released and is on his way home, US officials say.

Infant bodies found in Canada locker

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

The bodies of up to four infants "of a very young age" have been found in a storage locker in Winnipeg, say police.

'Negligence' behind Total boss death

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the boss of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet.

Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search.

Canada seized car killer's passport

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one of them, had had his passport seized by police for suspected terror ties.

US marine missing at murder hearing

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

A US marine has failed to appear in a Philippines court after being accused of murdering a transgender Filipino.

Yahoo profits surge on Alibaba sale

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Technology giant Yahoo reports profits of $6.8bn for the third-quarter, buoyed mostly by earnings from the firm's stake in Chinese firm Alibaba.

Ukraine faces cluster bomb claim

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

A leading human rights group says it has evidence Ukraine attacked populated areas of Donetsk with cluster bombs, which are widely banned.

Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

The Pakistan Taliban sack their spokesman Shahidullah Shahid after he pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS).

Australian teen surfaces in IS video

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

An Australian teenager who joined IS militants in Iraq and Syria surfaces in a video addressing PM Tony Abbott and US president Barack Obama.

LGBT Jamaicans 'targets of violence'

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jamaicans face "intolerable levels of violence and cannot rely on the police" for protection, Human Rights Watch says.

McDonald's and Coke see profits fall

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

McDonald's and Coca Cola post profits down sharply in the three months to the end of September, with both seeing sales under pressure in the US.

Rapper: Australian flag linked with racism

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Australian hip hop artist 360 provoked a fierce debate when he said he associated his country's national flag with bigotry.

Man vs. Subway

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014

How racing the tube became a worldwide trend.

Did liberalism win the US culture war?

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014

Recent shifts in public opinion on gay marriage have some celebrating victory - or lamenting defeat - in the cultural battles that have divided liberals and conservatives for 20 years.