Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death: what now?
The death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, announced by Kabul and confirmed Thursday by the militants, has major implications for the insurgency and for the future of Afghanistan.
Mullah Omar: The Taliban's mysterious one-eyed supremo
Mullah Omar cast a long shadow over Afghanistan ever since he led a young band of zealots to power almost two decades ago, imposing brutal Islamist rule over the country.
Turkish prosecutors open probe against Kurdish leader Demirtas
Turkish prosecutors on Thursday opened a probe against the leader of Turkey's main Kurdish party over bloody October 2014 protests, the official Anatolia news agency reported.
Death toll in Mexico truck accident rises to 24
At least 24 people, including four children, were killed when a truck plowed into pilgrims after its brakes failed in Mexico, authorities said Thursday as the driver fled the scene of the tragedy.
US stocks fall on mixed earnings
Wall Street stocks fell early Thursday following mixed earnings and government data that showed the US economic rebound in the second quarter was slightly lower than expected.
Rovio's Angry Birds are back in a sequel to save the company
Finnish game maker Rovio launched Angry Birds 2 on Thursday, a sequel to what the company claims is the most downloaded mobile game series of all time.
In Iraq bastions, PKK braces for new war with Turkey
Pointing to a crater left by one of scores of Turkish air strikes in Iraq's Kurdistan region, a PKK rebel official said that "Turkey has declared war against us".
Swissport airport services sold to China's HNA for $2.8bn
Private equity company PAI Partners announced Thursday it is selling airport ground handling and cargo company Swissport International to China's HNA Group for 2.7 billion Swiss francs ($2.8 billion, 2.54 billion euros).
US envoy says 'patience has run out' over South Sudan
The US special envoy to South Sudan said Thursday that patience has run out over the country's civil war, pressing the message that the warring parties were running out of time to strike a deal and stop fighting.
Kurdish party chief dismisses Turkey anti-IS raids as a 'show'
The co-leader of Turkey's main Kurdish party on Thursday dismissed air strikes and police raids by Ankara against Islamic State (IS) jihadists as a "show", saying their real target was Kurdish militants.
Mullah Omar's death: Taliban's loss, Islamic State's gain
Will the Taliban splinter in the wake of its leader's death?
US officer pleads not guilty in death of black man
A white Ohio policeman who shot a black man during a routine traffic stop pleaded not guilty to murder charges Thursday as two of his colleagues were suspended.
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.
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.
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.
US economy revives in second quarter
The US economy revived in the second quarter, shaking off its winter slumber as consumers flung open their wallets and exports rebounded, official data released Thursday showed.
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.
Migrant disruption, ferry cuts leave UK truckers fuming
Truck drivers stuck in Britain waiting to cross into mainland Europe vented their frustration Thursday at long delays caused by migrants trying to cross the Channel and industrial action on ferry services on the French side.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
P&G earnings dive on lower sales, Venezuela charge
Procter & Gamble offered a tepid sales outlook Thursday after reporting a huge drop in quarterly earnings due to lower revenues and a big charge in its Venezuelan operations.
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.