US stocks gain ahead of jobs report
Wall Street stocks finished modestly higher Thursday despite another drop in oil prices ahead of Friday's eagerly anticipated US jobs report for January.
New tarantula is named after music legend Johnny Cash
Scientists scouring the fields of Folsom, California found a new kind of black tarantula which they have named after Johnny Cash, the American music legend who sang of the jailhouse blues.
Whale washes ashore on British beach
A sperm whale washed up in shallow water off a beach in Britain on Thursday, the 29th such stranding in Europe in the last two weeks.
Oregon standoff leader and followers indicted
The leader of an armed standoff at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon has been indicted along with several of his followers, including the four still holed up at the site, authorities said Thursday.
President Ouattara says 'won't send any more Ivorians to ICC'
President Alassane Ouattara on Thursday said he would "not send any more Ivorians" to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where his longtime rival Laurent Gbagbo is currently on trial over deadly violence sparked by disputed 2010 polls.
EU leaders not happy with 'Brexit' offer
No European leaders are satisfied so far with proposals for a deal to keep Britain in the EU, which Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to secure at a summit this month, sources close to the negotiations told AFP.
Zika weighs on new Emirates flights to Panama
New direct Emirates Airline flights starting next month between Dubai and Panama will boost trade, officials predicted Thursday -- but the spread of the Zika virus through Latin America could deal a blow to passenger numbers.
Saudi ready to join anti-IS ground op in Syria
Saudi Arabia is ready to join any ground operation the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria might decide on, a general from the kingdom said on Thursday.
WHO sounds Zika blood warning as Europe sees first pregnancy case
The World Health Organization on Thursday advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who have travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus, as Spain announced Europe's first known case of the disease in a pregnant woman.
Ukraine minister's reasons for exit a 'concern'
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Thursday the abrupt resignation of Ukraine's reformist economy minister, who cited government corruption, was a troubling sign for its bailout program.
Venezuela opens debate on political prisoner amnesty
Venezuelan lawmakers opened debate Thursday on an amnesty bill for political prisoners, a key legislative initiative for the opposition majority that risks unleashing another political crisis with President Nicolas Maduro's administration.
Morocco launches first solar power plant
King Mohammed VI on Thursday inaugurated Morocco's first solar power plant, a massive project that the country sees as part of its goal of boosting its clean energy output.
Actress 'will not go' to Mexico to be quizzed on 'El Chapo'
Actress Kate del Castillo is ready to answer questions about her links to drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, but only if quizzed on US soil, her attorney said Thursday.
Joe Alaskey, voice of Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, dies
Joe Alaskey, the voice behind some of the most beloved cartoon characters including Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird, has died at the age of 63.
Latvia up in arms over BBC's Russian invasion drama
A BBC television drama depicting a Russian-backed rebellion in Latvia has triggered an outcry in the small Baltic NATO and EU state, with the foreign minister slamming the plot as "rubbish".
Nigeria's ex-security czar faces probe for alleged military offences
Nigeria's former national security advisor remains in custody as he is under investigation for alleged offences committed decades ago when he was an army officer, a state prosecutor said Thursday.
US proposes to curb illegal fishing by tracing imports
Shrimp, swordfish, cod and crab are among more than a dozen types of seafood that would be subject to increasing scrutiny under a US plan to curb illegal imports, US officials said Thursday.
Clinton, Sanders fight for New Hampshire in Thursday debate
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face off Thursday in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire.
WHO advises against blood donations from people returning from Zika areas
The World Health Organization on Thursday advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who had travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus.
Formula One: Ex-Ferrari chief has no 'good news' on Schumacher
Sombre ex-Ferrari chief Luca de Montezemolo admitted Thursday that he did not have "good news" regarding the condition of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.
UN Security Council to meet Friday on Syria
The UN Security Council will meet on Friday to hear UN envoy Staffan de Mistura explain his decision to suspend Syrian peace talks until the end of the month.
IS forces rise in Libya, drop in Iraq and Syria: US official
Islamic State fighters have streamed into Libya in recent months, a US official said Thursday, heightening fears that the extremists are gaining ground and influence in the north African country.
Israel suspends detention without trial of Palestinian hunger-striker
Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday suspended the detention without trial of a Palestinian journalist who has been on hunger strike for more than two months, but he cannot leave hospital without permission.
UN urges missing Sierra Leona people to come for Ebola testing
United Nations officials in Sierra Leone on Thursday appealed to nearly 50 people wanted for Ebola testing to come forward, as the country seeks to stamp out a fresh outbreak of the virus.
Amazon teams up with Spotify for wireless speaker
Amazon said Thursday that its Echo wireless system will play songs from Spotify as the retail giant delves further into the booming sector of streaming.
Syrian cancer kid first to use new Italy humanitarian corridor
A Syrian child with eye cancer was flown into Italy for treatment Thursday, becoming the first to benefit from a new humanitarian corridor hoping to stop desperate refugees from attempting an often deadly Mediterranean crossing to Europe.
Rwanda recruiting refugees to oust Burundi president
Rwanda recruited and trained refugees from Burundi, among them children, whose ultimate goal was to remove President Pierre Nkurunziza from power, UN experts told the Security Council.
IMF chief sees risks in emerging-markets slowdown
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned Thursday that the slowdown in emerging-market economies could lead to rising inequalities in the global economy.
Completion of Panama Canal expansion pushed back to June
A multi-billion-dollar expansion of Panama's canal to triple its capacity will likely miss yet another completion deadline and now won't be finished until June, according to the waterway's administrator.
Timeline of WikiLeaks founder's extradition fight
Here are key dates in the five-year legal saga of Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Fresh sex abuse claims rock UN mission in C.Africa
The UN's troubled mission in Central African Republic announced seven new claims of sex abuse by peacekeepers Thursday, the latest in a barrage of allegations of troops assaulting the civilians they are supposed to protect.