Red Cross

Captive Red Cross worker killed in 'barbaric act'

The body of a British Red Cross worker held captive in Pakistan since January has been found in an orchard, his throat slit and a note attached to his body saying he was killed because no ransom was...

Atrocity claims as Syrians bar Red Cross

A woman holds a machine gun during an anti government slogans in a town in north Syria, Friday, March 2, 2012. Syria has faced mounting international criticism over its bloody crackdown on the uprising, which started with peaceful protests but has become increasingly militarized.

Peter Beaumont, Mona Mahmoud Syrian authorities have blocked the Red Cross from entering the Baba Amr district of Homs, where civilians have endured days of fierce fighting, amid reports that soldiers and armed gangs have been...

Former gadfly, now apologetic, resurfaces after arrest in china

Chris Buckley Charles Xue, a US businessman who once embodied the raucous energies testing internet censorship in China before his arrest in a prostitution case, has returned to prominence as the opposite: a...

Solomon Islands floods: search continues for missing

Houses fell into the Matanikau River as a result of the flooding.

Tearful residents and aid workers in the flood-ravaged Solomon Islands are continuing to scour debris for bodies three days after flash floods tore through the capital Honiara.

Ten dead after truck hits bus full of students in California

Flames rise from the crash, as a Fed-ex truck hit a school bus, killing ten and injuring dozens.

Matt Stevens, Paige St. John and Chris Megerian Five high students are among the dead after a FedEx truck slammed into a university-bound bus, causing a series of explosions.

New York buildings collapse: searchers scour rubble for survivors after gas explosion kills 7

A man is loaded onto a stretcher by emergency service workers near the scene of where two buildings collapsed after a gas-leak explosion.

Verena Dobnik New York: Rescuers working amid cold, gusty winds and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose on Thursday...

In Kiev, it is state-sanctioned murder

David Blair In Ukraine's capital Kiev, protesters are picked off in the street by police marksmen.

Floods kill at least 60 in Burundi

Families attempt to identify children killed during flooding in Bujumbura. The bodies are not pictured.

Esdras Ndikumana The death toll continues to rise after torrential rain swept away hundreds of homes in the Burundi capital.

Bombings in Beirut kill at least five

In the bomb's wake: A wounded woman is carried away from an explosion in the southern suburbs of Beirut.

Two explosions kill at least five and wound 128 as violence spills over from the war in neighbouring Syria.

Syrian regime and rebels discuss Homs ceasefire

The opposition: Louay Safi, a spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition, speaks at a press conference in Geneva.

Richard Spencer After nearly three years and more than 130,000 deaths, Syria's government and opposition have finally sat down at the same table to discuss ending the country's civil war.

Haiyan leaves trail of grief and despair in its wake

A victim of super typhoon Haiyan.

Lindsay Murdoch There is nowhere to bury the dead. Estela Paragoso sits amid the ruins of St Peter's funeral home, refusing to leave the body of her husband.

Killer storm, tornadoes claim at least 2 in US

An active tornado in Washington, Illinois

James B. Kelleher A fast-moving storm system triggered multiple tornadoes in Illinois and Indiana on Sunday, killing at least two people, injuring about 40 and flattening large parts of the city of Washington,...

Typhoon Haiyan: Australians start saving lives

Australian Medics

Lindsay Murdoch Within hours of opening a tent hospital amid the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, Australian doctors had saved the lives of three people, one of them a five-year-old girl with a fractured skull.

Australian and US aid effort highlights meagre response by China


Lindsay Murdoch Not since the decisive Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 have United States warships massed in such strength off the islands of the central Philippines.

North Korea detains US Korean War veteran

Merrill Newman

Laila Kearney North Korea has detained an 85-year-old Korean War veteran from California visiting the country as a tourist, pulling him off a plane as he was about to leave the reclusive nation last month, his son...

French troops pour into Central Africa

French soldiers patrol in Bangui in the Central African Republic.

French troops have received a triumphant welcome as they arrive in strife-torn Central African Republic.

French troops to disarm gunmen in Central African Republic

A French sniper holds his rifle in Bangui in the Central African Republic.

Emmanuel Braun France said it will start disarming fighters in the Central African Republic by force if necessary on Monday, as relative calm returned to the capital Bangui following three days of heavy fighting...

South Sudan on the brink of civil war


World leaders have stepped up efforts to pull South Sudan back from the brink of all-out civil war, as fighting rages across the country including in a key oil-producing region.

British doctor who died in Syria is buried

Fatima Khan, mother of Dr Abbas Khan 32, who died while being held in custody in Syria, is comforted by her son at a service for the British doctor at Regent's Park mosque in central London, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.

A British doctor who died while being held in custody in Syria has been buried, with his brother describing him as "our star".

Deadly violence erupts in central Africa

A young man reacts after his friend was badly injured by passing Chadian troops, during a protest outside Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Deadly violence, including reports of cannibalism and widespread looting, erupted in the capital of the Central African Republic after the resignation of its ex-rebel president.