TOKYO: A 19-year-old college girl murdered an elderly woman with an axe and a scarf because she “just wanted to kill someone” news reports in Japan said today.
JERUSALEM: Israeli aircraft struck two Syrian army positions early today, the army said, in retaliation for rockets launched at the Israel-occupied Golan Heights a day earlier.
BANGKOK: A Thai court sentenced a leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement to two years in prison for defaming a former premier, in a move analysts said was the latest attack against critics of the military regime.
TOKYO: The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists appealed publicly to Japan’s leader to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat.
HANOI: An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said.
MEXICO CITY: Captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will not be extradited to the United States anytime soon, Mexico’s top prosecutor.
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s civilian search and rescue agency said today it would continue to search for remains of victims from the AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea killing all 162 people on board.
DETROIT: Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche are recalling more than 93,500 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix fuel leak problems.
TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slammed as “utterly despicable” an Islamist militant threat to kill a Japanese hostage within 24 hours unless Jordan releases a jihadi bomber.
MEXICO CITY: Investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero state, the Mexican attorney general said.
TOKYO: Japan is working closely with Jordan for the early release of captives held by Islamic State, including Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said after a video appeared to show Goto saying he could be killed in 24 hours,
ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico: A woman drove a van for more than 13 years without realising there was marijuana hidden inside.
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple’s quarterly profit soared to a record US$18 billion on the back of booming iPhone sales, especially in China.
TRIPOLI: Nine people including at least five foreigners were killed Tuesday in an assault on a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the security services said.
MONTPELLIER: At least five people were arrested during anti-jihadist operation in southern France that was still ongoing early Tuesday, a security source said.