Athletics: Coe admits Eugene world championship decision was wrong - report
IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who is at the centre of controversy over his links to Nike, has admitted that the process by which the 2021 world championships were awarded to Eugene in America was wrong, The Times newspaper reported Thursday.
Oil market dips in Thanksgiving lull
World oil prices drifted lower Thursday in muted trading conditions amid the Thanksgiving Day holiday in top consumer United States.
Arrests in Chicago, NY at protests over police shootings
Multiple arrests were made overnight in Chicago and New York during protests over police shootings of two black males, US media reported.
Former Algeria counterterrorism chief jailed for 5 years
Algeria's former counterterrorism chief was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for destroying documents and disobeying military orders, his lawyer said.
Olympics: Hamburg vote crucial for German sports - Hoermann
Germany's Olympic Sports chief Thursday urged Hamburg voters to support a bid to host the 2024 Games, warning that a no-vote could hurt the future of sports in the country.
French give nod to plain cigarette packaging
Cigarettes will have to be sold in plain packaging in France from next year after the French parliament narrowly voted through a proposal which has drawn the ire of tobacconists.
Migration to Britain reaches record high
Migration to Britain has reached a new record high, according to official data released Thursday that could make uncomfortable viewing for the government of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Syrian paper recounts rescue of downed Russian pilot
Syrian special forces launched an operation "behind enemy lines" to rescue the surviving crew member of a Russian warplane downed by Turkey, Syria's Al-Watan newspaper reported on Thursday.
Frontrunners for Burkina's top job share controversial past
The two frontrunners in Burkina Faso's race for the presidency were both linked ironically to controversial former strongman Blaise Compaore, ousted by a popular uprising a year ago.
After roller-coaster year, Burkina votes for new president
After a rocky year that saw Burkina's people rise up to oust a longtime leader and then repel a military coup, the west African nation on Sunday elects a new president in a vote hailed as a fresh start for the country.
Indonesia jails three Hong Kong men for drugs
An Indonesian court Thursday handed three Hong Kong men long jail terms for drug trafficking, two weeks after a drug lord from the Chinese city was sentenced to death in the country.
Abengoa shares in free fall as bankruptcy looms
Shares in Spain's Abengoa went into free fall Thursday after it emerged the renewable energy giant is close to bankruptcy following years of unsustainable expansion.
Damon Albarn musical whisks 'Alice' into the virtual world
A troubled teenage girl who seeks refuge in a fantastical online world is the star of a new musical co-written by Blur frontman Damon Albarn to mark the 150th anniversary of "Alice in Wonderland".
Cameron makes case for Britain to join Syria air strikes
Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday argued his case to MPs for Britain to join air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria, amid signs that opposition was weakening after the Paris attacks.
Private sector loans growing fast in eurozone
The volume of loans to the private sector in the euro area expanded in October, with a bigger bounce recorded than the previous month, ECB data showed on Thursday, suggesting a massive stimulus programme may be working.
Declare Mumbai attacks fishermen dead, say families
Seven years since a deadly attack on Mumbai in which three Indian fishermen went missing when Islamist gunmen hijacked their boat, the families of the three have asked the government to declare the men dead and provide compensation.
South African judge lifts domestic ban on rhino horn trade
A South African judge on Thursday lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horns, in a direct challenge to government policy put in place in 2009 to try to stem rocketing poaching numbers.
Thai summit to spotlight Myanmar, Bangladesh over migrant crisis
Myanmar and Bangladesh face renewed pressure to tackle "the root causes" of an annual migration crisis after Thailand on Thursday announced a regional summit ahead of the new sailing season.
No nudity please, we're Singaporeans
Singapore has drastically cut its blacklist of banned books and publications, finally allowing citizens to read an erotic novel first published in the 18th century, but a host of adult magazines remain proscribed.
PetroChina sells pipeline stake amid reforms push
State-owned Chinese oil giant PetroChina will sell half of a subsidiary that operates pipelines across central Asia for $2.4 billion, it said, raising hopes of possible reforms among nationalised firms.
Britain axes £1 billion carbon capture scheme
Britain has quietly cancelled a competition to develop carbon capture and storage technology, reversing support for a tool intended to help combat global warming ahead of a climate summit in Paris next week.
Venezuelan regional opposition leader shot dead at campaign event
A regional opposition leader was shot dead Wednesday during a rally for Venezuela's upcoming legislative elections, an event also attended by the wife of a jailed opposition leader, an official said.
Canadian mine digs up gold, Mexico town digs up bodies
The Mexican villagers found the latest clandestine grave among bushes off a dirt path, a short drive from a Canadian-owned gold mine in the country's gang-plagued south.
Russia tightens control over Turkish food imports
Russia said Thursday that it would reinforce control over Turkish food imports citing frequent violations of safety standards, as tensions surged with Ankara over the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border.
Philippine growth misses forecast as risks loom
The Philippine economy grew slower than expected in the third quarter, as risks from a leadership change next year and the El Nino dry spell loomed, the government said Thursday.
'Tokyo Story' star Setsuko Hara, muse of Ozu, dies at 95
The Japanese actress who starred in famed director Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" and a host of other classic films has died aged 95 -- with the news only emerging nearly three months after her passing.
China authorities 'shut down' anti-violence art show
An art show highlighting domestic violence has been shut down at the last minute by Beijing authorities, organisers said Thursday, apparently the latest victim of Chinese cultural controls.
Bangladesh police kill Shiite shrine blast chief suspect
Bangladesh police shot and killed a top militant who was the main suspect behind deadly bomb blasts at a Shiite shrine during late-night raids, officers said Thursday.
Legal battle over health of media billionaire Redstone
An ex-girlfriend has set in motion a legal battle over whether 92-year-old billionaire Sumner Redstone, who controls Viacom and CBS, is able to make his own health care decisions.
Japan pledges $10.6 bn for climate policies in developing nations
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday pledged to give $10.6 billion more to developing nations in 2020 to help them implement policies against global warming, ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris next week.
Last NZ chopper crash bodies retrieved from glacier
The last remaining bodies from a New Zealand helicopter crash that claimed seven lives were airlifted from a glacier Thursday after rescue crews took advantage of a break in the weather.