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Three men survive freezing waters after helicopter crashes off New Zealand

18 min ago
Three men miraculously survived after their helicopter crashed into the freezing sub-Antarctic waters off New Zealand's southern tip by swimming to shore at night and camping on an island for hours until they were rescued.

Top Sri Lankan officials deliberately withheld intelligence on attacks: minister

19 min 22 sec ago
Senior officials deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks on Sri Lanka, where a rash of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday killed at least 359 people, the leader of parliament said on Wednesday.

Algeria's billionaire Kouninef brothers placed in temporary custody: Ennahar TV

29 min 59 sec ago
Four brothers from the Kouninef family - billionaires close to Algeria's former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika - have been placed in temporary custody by a judge, Ennahar TV reported on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Gold worth billions smuggled out of Africa

40 min 58 sec ago
Billions of dollars' worth of gold is being smuggled out of Africa every year through the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East – a gateway to markets in Europe, the United States and beyond – a Reuters analysis has found.

Japan's Heisei era: Changes, growth and tragedies

45 min 8 sec ago
Japanese Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30 will end the three-decade Heisei era that began on Jan. 8, 1989, one day after he inherited the throne upon the death of his father, Hirohito.

U.S. believes there is ongoing terrorist plotting in Sri Lanka: envoy

55 min 45 sec ago
The United States had no prior knowledge of the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, but now believes there is ongoing terrorism plotting in the country, Washington's ambassador to Colombo said on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka deputy defense minister one of nine bombers was a woman

1 hour 2 min ago
One of the nine bombers that detonated explosives in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday was a woman, deputy defense minister Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters on Wednesday.

Japan nuclear regulator to halt reactors without anti-terrorism systems

1 hour 3 min ago
Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday said it would start ordering shutdowns on any reactors for which power companies have not met deadlines for installing anti-terrorism safety features.

Italy approves growth plan after cabinet infighting

1 hour 4 min ago
Italy's government approved an economic growth plan in the early hours of Wednesday after an extraordinarily bad-tempered cabinet meeting that exposed deep divisions in the ruling coalition.

Sri Lanka says 60 people arrested since Easter Sunday blasts

1 hour 17 min ago
More than 60 people have been arrested since the rash of Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed at least 359 people, the leader of the country's parliament said on Wednesday.

North Korea's Kim enters Russia for summit with Putin

1 hour 26 min ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border into Russia on Wednesday by train, Russian media reported, for his first trip there aimed at galvanizing support from President Vladimir Putin while nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo.

Japanese to compensate victims of forced sterilization

1 hour 43 min ago
Japan on Wednesday passed a law compensating tens of thousands of people who were sterilized, often without their consent, under a government program to prevent the birth of "inferior descendants" that remained in effect until 1996.

More detentions as death toll in Sri Lanka attacks rises to 359

1 hour 44 min ago
Sri Lankan police said on Wednesday they had detained 18 more people for questioning over the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels, claimed by the Islamic State group, as the death toll climbed again to 359.

Sri Lanka police carry out controlled explosion near Colombo cinema

1 hour 45 min ago
Sri Lankan police said on Wednesday they carried out a controlled explosion of a suspicious motorscooter parked near the popular Savoy cinema in the capital Colombo.

Four Hong Kong 'Occupy' leaders jailed for 2014 democracy protests

1 hour 50 min ago
A Hong Kong court jailed four leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy "Occupy" movement on Wednesday amid heightened concerns over the decline of freedoms in the China-ruled city nearly five years after activists took to the streets in mass protests.

Fear consumes Sri Lankan blast survivor after scenes from hell

2 hours 9 min ago
Ab Nirmala had just recounted how a day earlier she had found her daughter alive amid the body parts and bloody corpses strewn across the nave of St Anthony's Church, when a car exploded outside her home, plunging the 54-year-old woman deeper into the trauma consuming all of Sri Lanka.

Explainer: What was Hong Kong's 'Occupy' movement all about?

2 hours 54 min ago
Occupy Central is the name given to the protests that paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for 79 days in late 2014.

Hong Kong pro-democracy 'Occupy' activists jailed for role in mass protests

2 hours 54 min ago
A Hong Kong court on Wednesday jailed key leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy "Occupy" movement in a move that highlights political divisions nearly five years after protests rocked the China-ruled city.

Death toll from Sri Lanka bombing attacks rises to 359: police

2 hours 56 min ago
The death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said on Wednesday without providing any further details.

Afghanistan civilian casualties fall amid fewer suicide attacks-UN report

3 hours 4 min ago
Civilian casualties from the Afghan conflict dropped by almost a quarter in the first three months of the year, amid freezing winter weather and a sharp fall in the number of suicide attacks, the United Nations said in a report on Wednesday.