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'Shouldn't we move?' Ferry evacuation under scrutiny

National shock at a ferry disaster that may have claimed the lives of hundreds of South Korean schoolchildren was mixed with fury Thursday at growing evidence that many passengers were denied a proper chance to escape the sinking vessel.   0 comments

Easter bunny on the menu in New Zealand

A New Zealand pizza chain noted for provocative advertising is welcoming Easter with a billboard made of 550 rabbit pelts to advertise its rabbit pizza, a special for the holiday weekend.   0 comments

'Disgruntled' worker derailed China train: Report

A passenger train derailment in China that injured 15 people and made national headlines was caused by a "disgruntled" worker, state-run media reported Thursday.   1 comments

Nigerian military: 121 kidnapped students free

Nigeria's military says all but eight of 129 female students kidnapped from a northeastern school by Islamic militants are free.   0 comments

Australian state leader quits over $2,800 wine

The leader of Australia's most populous state quit as premier on Wednesday in the face of mounting evidence that he failed to declare a 3,000 Australian dollar ($2,800) bottle of wine that arrived as a gift on his Sydney doorstep.   2 comments
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Putin tells Merkel Ukraine now 'on verge of civil war': Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine was now on the verge of civil war after the Kiev government sent in the army against separatists in the east of the country, the Kremlin said Wednesday.   0 comments

One dead as South Korea ferry with 450 passengers sinks

South Korea's coastguard said Wednesday one person had been killed as it struggled to rescue 476 people - mostly high school students - aboard a ferry that ran aground and sank off the southern coast.   0 comments

More than 100 girls kidnapped from high school in Nigeria

Desperate Nigerian parents pleaded Wednesday for an end to their “nightmare” after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in the embattled northeast.   10 comments

Grisly discovery of seven infant corpses in Utah mother's garage

A Utah court set bail at 6 million dollars on Monday for a woman charged with giving birth to six infants and then killing them, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday.   3 comments

Michael Jackson's mom to pay promoter $800,000

Michael Jackson's 83-year-old mother Katherine has agreed to pay over $800,000 to tour promoters AEG Live for costs incurred to defend a failed lawsuit she brought, lawyers said Monday.   0 comments

9 facts that explain why there is a hunger crisis in South Sudan

According to the World Food Programme (WFP), over a million South Sudanese have been displaced by the on-going conflict since December.   0 comments

Bride runs naked through hotel after hubby beat her up

A NEWLYWED bride ran naked through a hotel in terror when her drunken husband attacked her after their reception.   43 comments

Mass DNA testing in French school to find rapist

More than 500 male students and staff at a French school will undergo DNA tests from Monday in a bid to discover who raped a 16-year-old girl in a dark school toilet.   0 comments

Crocodile caught wandering around California mall

Don't shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall.   4 comments

Pope meets ex-prostitutes, condemns "scourge" of human trafficking

Pope Francis met four former prostitutes on Thursday, condemning the crime of human trafficking to which they fell victim as "a scourge upon the body of Christ."   0 comments

Hilton worldwide to build hotel in Haiti

Hilton Worldwide says it will build a new hotel in Haiti.   0 comments

US woman convicted in husband's hammer death

A woman was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.   4 comments

Drunk on democracy? Poll-bound India awash with free whisky

Rickshaw puller Rampal Singh remembers vividly the "feast" of democracy he enjoyed last time India went to the polls in 2009: it included a free hot meal, a bottle of whisky and a banknote.   2 comments

Ecuador TV anchor forced to apologize to gays, blacks

On orders from Ecuador's media regulator, a television news presenter publicly apologized Wednesday for having used the words "fags" and "blacks" in an on-air comment.   1 comments

Thailand's divorce rate surges

Thailand's divorce rate rose 38 per cent between 2003 and 2012, a media report said Tuesday.   0 comments

South Korea blocks Ashley Madison adultery website

South Korea has blocked the newly launched Korean version of the global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison, saying Wednesday that it threatened family values in a country where marital infidelity is a crime.   3 comments

Taiwanese tourists hurt in Japan deer rampage

Visitors to one of usually-safe Japan's most celebrated spots are being warned to be on the lookout, after two Taiwanese tourists were injured in a rampage by a wild deer.   0 comments

Italy IVF patient pregnant with wrong embryos: Report

A woman who underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Rome became pregnant with the twins of another couple after their embryos were mixed up, press reports said Sunday.   0 comments

Missing plane's black box batteries may have died

Following four strong underwater signals in the past week, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, meaning the batteries in the plane's all-important black boxes may finally have died.   0 comments

Ukraine says Russia waging 'war' in separatist east

Ukraine's acting president accused Russia on Sunday of waging war in his country's separatist eastern rust belt and declared the launch of a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" that left at least two dead.   0 comments

Woman mugged on Brazil TV while discussing crime

Brazilian TV is showing footage of a woman being robbed while being interviewed on television about crime near Rio de Janeiro's main train station.   3 comments

China woman held for nursery poisoning that killed 2

A Chinese woman has been detained for killing two children at a preschool nursery and making 30 others ill with poisoned food, state media said.   0 comments

Chile woman dismembers partner, boils corpse

A Chilean woman shot and dismembered her partner, before boiling the corpse for hours in a pot.   22 comments

Egypt court gives men 3-8 years for homosexuality

A judicial official says an Egyptian court has convicted four men of committing homosexual acts and sentenced them to up to eight years in prison.   0 comments

Lightning kills more than 60 cows in Chile

Ranchers in southern Chile say a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars.   0 comments

Morocco's mentally ill await deliverance from their 'demons'

A thin mist hangs in the air as a handful of troubled souls wander aimlessly around the Bouya Omar mausoleum in central Morocco, the occasional chilling cry rising from behind its walls.   3 comments

MH370: What do we know? What will we ever know?

At the time - the evening of March 24 - it seemed like the breakthrough the world was waiting for.   1 comments

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