Israeli navy vet wants to sink smugglers with sea of data
Israeli navy veteran Ami Daniel points at his computer screen and explains why the ship he was tracking should have been stopped and searched.
Russia ready to discuss Syria ceasefire at international talks
Russia said Thursday it was ready to discuss a ceasefire in Syria as foreign ministers gathered in Munich in a bid to kick-start peace talks derailed by the regime onslaught on the besieged city of Aleppo.
Over 30 Hong Kong protesters in court over riot
More than 30 protesters appeared in court in Hong Kong Thursday charged with rioting after the worst clashes the city has seen since mass pro-democracy protests.
Athletics: Kenya doping bribe claims by banned runners
Top Kenyan athlete Francisca Koki, suspended for doping, said she and fellow runner Joyce Zakari were asked to pay nearly $50,000 in bribes to the national athletics federation chief to help the case.
Cambodian government warns students of Valentine's Day perils
Cambodia's government has hit out at Valentine's Day, warning students against losing the "dignity of themselves and their families" in a note sent to schools across the country.
Schools shut in India's Bangalore after 'leopard sighting'
A reported leopard sighting close to where a big cat injured five people at the weekend forced the closure of 130 schools in the southern Indian city of Bangalore Thursday, the education authority said.
Sweden cuts key interest rate to record low
Sweden's central bank on Thursday cut its key interest rate by 15 basis points to a new all-time low of -0.5 percent, citing the risk of slowing inflation and falling confidence in its monetary policy.
Paris, Frankfurt stocks markets dip more than 3 percent
Shares on the French and German stock exchanges fell sharply in early trading Thursday, dipping below three percent, over oil price worries and after Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen raised concerns about the global economy.
German retail giant Metro says sales up in Q1
German retail giant Metro said Thursday that profits rose strongly in the first quarter, helped by strong Christmas business and gains from divestments.
Banners and selfies as Iranians mark revolution anniversary
Iranians waved "Death to America" banners and took selfies with a ballistic missile Thursday as they marked 37 years since the Islamic revolution, weeks after Iran finalised a nuclear deal with world powers.
Russia claims US planes bombed Syria's Aleppo
Russia's defence ministry on Thursday accused the United States of bombing the Syrian city of Aleppo after the Pentagon said Moscow's air strikes had destroyed two hospitals in the city.
Rio Tinto slumps into annual net loss as slowdown bites
Rio Tinto on Thursday posted an annual net loss of US$866 million in what the world's number two miner said was a "highly challenging environment" as commodity prices plunge and a growth slowdown in key market China bites deep.
Mortar attack targeting Somali capital airport
Insurgents in Mogadishu fired "several" rounds of mortar shells targeting the Somali capital's airport, witnesses said Thursday.
Indian avalanche soldier dies three days after rescue
An Indian soldier, rescued nearly a week after being buried in eight metres (25 feet) of snow by a deadly Himalayan avalanche, died in hospital on Thursday of his injuries, the army said.
Bangladesh upholds Islamists' death sentence for UK envoy attack
A Bangladesh court Thursday upheld the death sentence of a top Islamist militant and two of his followers for a 2004 failed assassination attack on the British ambassador that left three people dead.
Inauspicious start to Year of the Monkey for Hong Kong as stocks tank
Hong Kong stocks plunged nearly four percent Thursday as dealers returned from a three-day Lunar New Year holiday to play catch-up with a worldwide market rout fuelled by concerns over the global economy.
Two dead, one missing as Greek navy helicopter crashes in Aegean
Two Greek navy airmen died on Thursday and a third was missing after their helicopter crashed into a small islet in the Aegean Sea during an exercise, the armed forces said.
Dementia rates slowing, says US study
Dementia rates in the United States may be falling, an influential study released Wednesday said, offering hope that some cases of the disease might be delayed or even preventable.
Thai pro-democracy 'Red Shirts' to reject army charter
Thailand's pro-democracy "Red Shirt" movement will vote against a new junta-scripted charter in a looming referendum, their leader said Thursday, a move that could deepen the country's political impasse.
Adidas optimistic for year after beating 2015 targets
Adidas said Thursday that it performed better than expected in 2015 and is confident for this year, even if the US market still appears to be something of an Achilles' heel for the German maker of sportshoes and equipment.
Nokia profit fell in 2015 ahead of Alcatel-Lucent acquisition
Finnish telecom equipment giant Nokia's net profit fell by 29 percent in 2015, to 2.45 billion euros ($2.8 billion) ahead of acquiring its French-American rival Alcatel-Lucent, the company said on Thursday.
Russian Patriarch leaves for Cuba to meet Pope
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill left on Thursday for Cuba where he will hold a historic first meeting with Pope Francis after centuries of estrangement between the two Christian churches.
Asia markets suffer fresh rout as Hong Kong, dollar dive
Asian markets extended their rout and the dollar hit 15-month lows against the yen Thursday after Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen raised concerns about the global economy, essentially quashing the chances of another US rate hike any time soon.
'Iron Boy' saves Sydney as Downey Jr tweets support
A seriously ill Australian boy was Thursday granted his wish to become a superhero like Iron Man, with police staging an elaborate event on the Sydney Opera House steps as Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr tweeted his support.
Rio Tinto slumps into annual net loss as slowdown bites
Rio Tinto Thursday posted an annual net loss of US$866 million in what the mining giant said was a "highly challenging environment" as commodity prices plunged and the Chinese slowdown hit hard.
Saint Laurent debuts new collection in glittering LA show
Saint Laurent showed its new men's collection in Los Angeles on Wednesday in front of a host of stars amid persistent rumors over the future of its artistic director Hedi Slimane.
Vanuatu elects new prime minister
Charlot Salwai was Thursday elected the new prime minister of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu following a snap election sparked by a corruption scandal.
S.Africa's under fire Zuma to address nation
Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma addresses the nation Thursday against a background of concerted efforts in the courts, parliament and on the streets to throw him out of office.
Calls for safety overhaul in Taiwan after quake disaster
As rescuers continue the grim task of digging bodies from the rubble of an apartment complex that collapsed in a Taiwan earthquake, anger is growing over the shoddy construction of the building and the island's questionable safety record.
Leaders hope to kick-start Syria talks despite Aleppo onslaught
Foreign ministers were gathering in Munich Thursday, with the West desperate to breathe new life into a Syrian peace process that has all but collapsed in the face of a Russian-backed onslaught against the opposition.
Australia mulls helping orphans of Islamic State couple
Australia said Thursday it will "carefully consider" if it can help the orphans of an Islamic State fighter and their Sydney-born mother, who both reportedly died in Syria, warning the children could pose a threat later in life.