UN asks Chad for answers over CAR rebel leader visit
UN officials are demanding the Chadian government explain why a Central African rebel leader was able to travel freely to Chad in defiance of Security Council sanctions against him.
Throwing sex toys 'wrong image' for New Zealand
Dildo throwing is not a good look for New Zealand and an "appalling way" to behave on the country's national day, Prime Minister John Key said Saturday, angered by an attack on a senior government minister.
Hop on down, Miffy the rabbit gets her own museum
To some she's just a plain white bunny, to others she's a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades Miffy has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she's getting a museum of her own.
Fourteen dead, 150 missing after Taiwan quake fells buildings
Relatives of residents trapped in a 16-storey apartment complex felled by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan that killed 14 people were praying for miracles Saturday.
New year, new travel: more Chinese choose tourism over tradition
While hundreds of millions of his Chinese compatriots pack into planes, trains, and automobiles to return to their ancestral homes for the Lunar New Year celebration, Zhang Hao, 30, is getting as far away as he can.
Syria rebels risk collapse after Russia-backed regime gains
Syria's mainstream rebels risk total collapse after a Russian-backed regime advance that severed their main supply line to Aleppo city and threatens to leave them completely besieged there.
UK press takes swipe at Assange and UN panel
British newspaper columnists on Saturday took aim at Julian Assange and the UN panel that found the anti-secrecy campaigner had been "arbitrarily detained".
Vietnam's 12-hour Tet cake worth the wait
She may be edging into her nineties, but Tran Thi Tam still refuses to serve her children store-bought banh chung, the savoury rice cake prepared in a frenzy during Vietnam's lunar new year festival known as Tet.
Satellite images show fuel trucks at N. Korea launch site
Fuel trucks were spotted at North Korea's main satellite centre, according to a US think tank, however the group says it is unlikely Pyongyang has begun fuelling the rocket it plans to launch in the coming weeks.
'Facebook killer' sentenced to life for wife's US murder
A Miami court on Friday imprisoned for life a US man who killed his wife and then splashed a photo of her bloodied body on Facebook, where he confessed to the fatal shooting.
US judge authorizes extradition of Salvadoran over Jesuit murders
A US judge on Friday approved the extradition to Spain of a Salvadoran former colonel linked to the 1989 murders of six Jesuit priests, in a decision lauded by rights groups.
Female comic book artists show opens after sexism row
An exhibition featuring 100 female comic book artists from around the world opened in London Friday, after a row in France when no women were shortlisted for a major prize at one of the genre's biggest festivals.
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Mexico flights offered to US-bound Cubans in C.America
Thousands of US-bound Cubans stranded in Costa Rica and Panama will be able to take direct flights to Mexico, if they can afford the cost, the governments of the Central American countries said Friday.
Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on Moon, dead at 85
US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 people to have walked on the Moon, has died aged 85, his family and NASA said Friday, calling him a "pioneer."
Obama hails Earth, Wind & Fire founder as inspiration
President Barack Obama on Friday mourned Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White for his "quintessentially American sound," hailing the funk legend for bringing together fans across racial lines.
Argentina in 'breakthrough' offer to creditors
Argentina's new government has offered $6.5 billion to settle its long debt battle with "holdout" creditors, the government and a US mediator said Friday, declaring a breakthrough to the impasse.
Russia must stop bombing women, children in Syria
US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia Friday to implement a ceasefire in Syria, saying its bombing campaign was killing women and children in large numbers and "has to stop."
The Monkees return with new album, tour
The Monkees, the original reality TV stars whose band was conceived as a show, are returning with a new album and tour for their 50th anniversary.
Filmmaker Michael Moore hospitalized with pneumonia
Filmmaker Michael Moore was hospitalized with pneumonia and has cancelled plans to promote his upcoming documentary "Where to Invade Next," even though he said Friday he was doing "much better."
Pentagon releases vetted batch of detainee abuse photos
The Pentagon on Friday released a small portion of photographs showing injuries suffered by detainees allegedly at the hands of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan over a decade ago.
Dollar up as US jobs data leaves Fed rate hike in play
The dollar climbed against the euro Friday after a US jobs report showed that unemployment ticked lower and wage growth rose, supporting the Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates.
Three dead after Taiwan quake topples buildings
A 10-month old baby was among three dead after a 16-storey tower block was toppled by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan Saturday, with rescuers battling to free residents still trapped inside.
Owner of Paris attacks restaurant says video row has ruined trade
A Paris restaurant hit in last November's terror attacks officially reopened Friday -- with the owner complaining business had been ruined by claims he sold footage of the onslaught to a British newspaper.
Stone Temple Pilots accept applications for new singer
For fans of 1990s-style grunge rock who never quite made it, a dream job is now available -- vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots.
New Hampshire may be now or never for Jeb Bush
In a state whose motto is "Live Free or Die," New Hampshire's primary Tuesday is do or die for Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.
Congo probes claims of sex abuse by C.Africa peacekeepers
Republic of Congo's government said Friday it had launched an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse involving peacekeepers serving with the UN in troubled Central African Republic.
US stocks sink on rate worries; Nasdaq plunges 3.3%
US investors dumped major technology stocks Friday in a heavy selloff spurred by fresh jobs market data that could support another interest rate rise by the Federal Reserve.
One dead, other captured in real life US 'Bonnie and Clyde'
A US couple went down in a blaze of gunfire Friday, ending a three-state crime spree that drew comparisons to the legendary outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.
US jobless rate falls to 4.9% but hiring slows in January
The US unemployment rate fell to an eight-year low of 4.9 percent but hiring slowed in January, fresh evidence of the US economy hitting a soft patch.
Motor racing: Quadruple amputee makes Le Mans history
French businessman Frederic Sausset will become the first quadruple amputee to drive in the storied but gruelling Le Mans 24 Hour Race, claiming he needs to "give new meaning to my life".