WARSAW, Poland: Five Polish seamen, including the captain and three officers, have been abducted from a ship on Nigerian waters, Poland’s government said Friday.
TOKYO: Thailand is “highly likely” to seek membership of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) but would first need to weigh up the impact of the free-trade accord on its export-led economy, a deputy prime minister said on Friday.
VALLETTA, Malta: Queen Elizabeth II opened the Commonwealth summit Friday on the Mediterranean island of Malta — a meeting that this year will focus on climate change and the threat of extremist violence.
ANKARA: At least six children drowned on Friday in two separate incidents when their boats sank off Turkey while trying to make the risky crossing to Greece, state media reported.
TOKYO: Japan is investigating nearly a dozen suspicious boats recently found drifting off the country’s coastline, some with decaying bodies aboard, officials said Friday, as media speculated they came from North Korea.
JURUSALEM: A Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli soldiers at a bus station in the occupied West Bank Friday before being shot dead, police said.
NEW YORK: Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now Thanksgiving Day is the new tradition for some shoppers.
BAMAKO: Malian special forces have arrested two men over last week’s attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 19 people, according to a statement distributed Friday morning.
HANOI: Death sentences imposed on corrupt Vietnamese officials will now be commuted to life in prison if they pay back at least 75 percent of the illegal money they made.
DHAKA: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh that killed one and wounded three others, the US-based monitoring organisation SITE said Friday.
MANILA: Eight members of a criminal gang that pledged allegiance to Islamic State jihadists were killed in a firefight with the military in the southern Philippines, officials said Friday.
MEXICO CITY: A landing gear on a Boeing 737 of the Mexican airline Magnicharters partially collapsed as the plane landed at Mexico City’s international airport Thursday evening, but no one was injured, authorities said.
BEIJING: Chinese naval forces involved in anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden have held their first joint drill with NATO ships carrying out the same mission, China’s Defence Ministry said on Friday, as China seeks a greater global security role.
SAN SALVADOR: El Salvador’s Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday it has suspended a well-known priest, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl.
Police rush after hearing man scream "I'm going to kill you, you're dead! Die, Die"...only to find a big spider [VIDEO]
SYDNEY: Piercing screaming and shouts of “I’m going to kill you” prompted Australian police to rush to a Sydney home at 2am, only to find an embarrassed man and a large spider.
PARIS: France on Friday will mourn the 130 people killed in the November 13 Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande leading a solemn ceremony in honour of the victims.
JOHANNESBURG: The number of adolescents dying from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, most of them having acquired the disease when they were infants, according to figures released Friday by UNICEF.
WASHINGTON: A man draped in an American flag jumped over the fence of the White House while President Barack Obama was inside with his family celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, officials and US media said.
BERLIN: Berlin police said they carried out two raids targeting Islamists Thursday and arrested two men suspected of preparing to carry out “a serious act of violence representing a danger for the state.”
ANKARA: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu vowed Thursday that Ankara would not apologise to Moscow over the downing of a warplane on the Syrian border.
DHAKA: Bangladesh police commandos killed the suspected military chief of a banned Islamist group in a shootout in the capital, a police commissioner said on Thursday, as security forces step up a hunt for militants behind a spate of attacks.
ISLAMABAD: Baluch separatist rebels in Pakistan released a video on Thursday purporting to show that leader Allah Nazar, who the Pakistani government believed it had killed in a raid in August, was alive and leading the insurgency.
PRETORIA: A South African judge on Thursday lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horns, in a direct challenge to government policy put in place in 2009 to try to stem rocketing poaching numbers.
PARIS: French President Francois Hollande will hold talks on Thursday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin as part of his diplomatic marathon to forge a broad coalition against Islamic State jihadists in the wake of the Paris attacks.
WASHINGTON: A large but very deep 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit western Brazil Thursday, the US Geological Survey said.
LONDON: Neighbours and people in contact with Maoist cult leader Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, and members of his collective, described them as “odd” and “strange”, hardly mixing with other people and living in a house with windows and doors always shut.
LISBON: An anti-austerity alliance including radical leftist parties takes power. A shaky economy and huge debts menace the national economy. The rest of Europe watches with a wary eye.
SEOUL: The South Korean government said Thursday it had ordered Volkswagen to recall 125,500 diesel vehicles, after tests confirmed the German automaker had faked emissions results from the cars’ engines.
BALTIMORE: A police report says four passengers were removed from a flight at Baltimore’s international airport after a fellow passenger said she saw one of them receive a text with the word “dynamite”.
SYDNEY: A Facebook user calling himself "Phuc Dat Bich" said Wednesday his viral postings about discrimination by the social network due to his name were a hoax.
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