The jihadists are apparently using their captive to show they are still in control of the disputed town.
Philip Wen To set foot in a real estate expo in China is to run a frantic gauntlet of sales staff thrusting glossy pamphlets into every open hand they can find.
David Tweed Beneath the surface of the South China Sea off the tropical Chinese resort island of Hainan, an underwater tunnel guides submarines into a lair reminiscent of a James Bond spy movie.
Two children of a passenger on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 have sued the company and the Malaysian government for damages, the first lawsuit to be filed over the aircraft which disappeared in...
Nick Anderson and Valerie Strauss A witness says students were caught checking smartphones during the exam.
Ishaan Tharoor A leading Hong Kong businesswoman has urged protesters seeking further democratic reforms be more patient, saying American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years...
Stepped-up flights by Russian fighters, long-range bombers and tanker aircraft are aggravating security concerns.
Tony Perry Lawyers for the man had argued that he needs immediate treatment for post traumatic stress disorder.
Selcan Hacaoglu About 150 Iraqi peshmerga fighters have brought artillery into the besieged town of Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border and have begun fighting Islamic State, a Kurdish lawmaker says.
China has completed its first return mission to the moon with the successful re-entry and landing of an unmanned probe.
Nick O'Malley The midterm elections in Kansas, where the polarising policies of Governor Sam Brownback have caused many Republicans to denounce him, will be a litmus test for the Tea Party.
An Israeli judge has released from jail and placed under house arrest a 15-year-old American of Palestinian descent whose apparent beating by Israeli police has drawn US concern.
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Russia began a counter-terrorism operation in a southern province that borders the Krasnodar region, where the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi in less than a month, after...
Richard Clough As Orbital Sciences halts rocket launches for potentially a year or more while it investigates a catastrophic explosion seconds after liftoff this week, rivals are poised to jockey for a new slate of...
Nick Miller Rolf Harris has been denied permission to appeal his indecent assault convictions.
Ruth Pollard AS THE night-time temperature in Syria drops closer to freezing and the rains begin, it is difficult to imagine how those who have barely survived without electricity, water or enough food this year...
Paul McGeough The capture of a prisoner wearing a "nappy'' bomb and a suicide capsule in his belly button has revealed much about the operations of the so-called Islamic State. Paul McGeough spoke to him this week.
Jon Swaine Around a reflecting pool, a unique September 11 memorial unites families, friends and colleagues.
John Garnaut In Guangzhou LATE on Thursday night Matthew Ng dropped his head to his hands and sobbed uncontrollably as defence lawyer Chen Youxi's closing submission reached its climax.
Ben Doherty, Khudayar Khan In Islamabad PAKISTAN has said it was an ''intelligence failure'' it had no idea Osama bin Laden was living on its soil, but few in international intelligence believe no one in the government and military...