China holds anti-terror drill at Xinjiang airport
Authorities in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang held an anti-terror drill on Thursday at its main airport, state media reported, simulating an attack by axe-wielding assailants.
Yemen blockade 'killing' civilians: humanitarian chief
The Saudi-led military coalition's blockade of Yemen is "killing" as many civilians as the war, the head of aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday during a visit to the country.
US economy revives in second quarter
The US economy revived in the second quarter after a tepid start to the year, boosted by increased consumer spending and exports, official data released Thursday showed.
EU to extend relief for farmers hit by Russia sanctions
The EU said Thursday it will extend until next year a multi-million euro aid package to help struggling European farmers hit by Russian sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
OPEC chief says oil cartel 'not ready' to cut production
OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah El-Badri said on Thursday the oil producers' cartel is not planning to cut production despite the fall in crude prices over recent months and concerns about the possible addition of Iranian oil in the market.
Ocean currents may trace origins of MH370 debris
There are two main Indian Ocean currents which may have caused debris from missing flight MH370 to wash up on the French island of La Reunion, experts said Thursday.
Angolan police 'surround opposition radio station'
Angolan police moved in on a radio station and held a journalist as protesters called for the release of a rapper and other political activists, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Thursday.
India says Punjab attackers came from Pakistan
Three gunmen who stormed a police station and killed seven people in northern India this week came from Pakistan, India's home minister said Thursday.
US delivers F-16s to Egypt ahead of Kerry visit: embassy
The United States began Thursday delivery of eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, according to its embassy in Cairo, the first since Washington fully lifted in March a freeze on arms delivery.
Migrant disruption leaves truckers queuing to leave UK
Truck drivers stuck in Britain waiting to cross into mainland Europe vented their frustration Thursday at their marathon ordeal caused by the migrant crisis on the French side of the Channel.
P&G earnings fall on lower sales, Venezuela charge
Procter & Gamble reported a large drop in quarterly earnings Thursday on lower sales and a hefty charge on operations in Venezuela following major currency fluctuations there.
Greek PM calls party congress on bailout in September
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, under fire from his Syriza party comrades over an unpopular EU-IMF bailout, on Thursday proposed holding an emergency party congress in September to determine government strategy.
Nigeria names head of regional force to fight Boko Haram
Nigeria said Thursday it has appointed a general to lead a new multinational task force created to fight Boko Haram Islamists, in the face of increasingly bloody attacks.
Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death: what now?
The Afghan government's announcement on Wednesday that Taliban chief Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, though not yet officially confirmed by the militants, has major implications for the insurgency and for the future of Afghanistan.
Student protester suicide deepens political row in Taiwan
A student protester who was reportedly among 33 arrested after breaking into the education ministry last week committed suicide Thursday as the row over the island's "China-centric" school curriculum deepened.
Boko Haram 'slits throats of 10 fishermen' near Lake Chad
Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said Thursday.
Burundi opposition leader takes top parliament job despite months of unrest
Burundi's main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa was Thursday elected as deputy head of the national parliament, despite having condemned recent elections and supported months of civil unrest.
Olympics: Beijing and Almaty make final pitch for for 2022 votes
Beijing and Almaty made their final bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics with China's basketball legend Yao Ming countering Kazakhstan's prime minister in the battle to sway decision-makers ahead of Friday's vote.
China dissident artist Ai Weiwei headed for Germany
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei was flying to Germany Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, a week after receiving a new passport.
Ukraine eyes September debt repayment freeze
Ukraine's finance ministry warned Thursday it could declare a technical default in two months should its lenders fail to accept less stringent repayment terms and a possible partial debt write-off.
Court hearing delayed for Zimbabwe lion hunt co-accused
A court hearing for a Zimbabwean landowner who is accused of allowing the hunt that killed Cecil the lion was postponed Thursday amid continuing worldwide outrage at the animal's death.
Al-Jazeera 'outraged' as Egypt court delays retrial verdict
Broadcaster Al-Jazeera said it was "outraged" by an Egyptian court's decision Thursday to postpone a verdict in the retrial of three of its journalists accused of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Clarkson leads 'Top Gear' team to Amazon for new show
British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson, dropped from hit BBC motoring show "Top Gear" for punching a producer, will make a new series about cars for Amazon Prime, the streaming service announced Thursday.
Turkey's pro-Kurdish party in plea not to write-off peace process
The co-chair of Turkey's main Kurdish party on Thursday said the peace process between Turkey and Kurdish militants is "in deep crisis" due to the military offensive by Ankara against the separatist rebels.
Guinea policed protests with 'excessive lethal force': HRW
Guinea's security services used excessive lethal force and were implicated in gang-rape and widespread criminality while policing weeks of violent anti-government protests, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.
Riddle of missing flight MH370 has confounded experts
In what remains one of the biggest mysteries in the history of civil aviation, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 without a trace.
China, Russia to hold joint naval, air drills
China and Russia will hold joint military drills in the waters and airspace of the Sea of Japan, Beijing said Thursday, the latest defence cooperation between the countries.
British PM's 'swarm' of migrants comment sparks outrage
Prime Minister David Cameron faced heavy criticism Thursday for saying a "swarm" of migrants was trying to come to Britain as authorities in France struggle to stop them crossing the Channel.
European stock markets climb on earnings, Fed
European stock markets rose Thursday on company updates and as investors assessed the US Federal Reserve's outlook for the economy.
'A weird thing on the shore' sparks MH370 speculation
Johnny Begue had no idea as he wandered along the shore looking for a pebble to grind up chillies that he would stumble across a piece of plane wreckage which would draw the eyes of the world to his tiny island home.
China activist says warned over Winter Olympics opposition
A Chinese activist who called on Olympic officials to reject Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Games because of human rights violations has been warned over his actions by state security, he told AFP Thursday.