A 50-year-old man with a history of family problems shot himself dead on Thursday in a Paris primary school near the Eiffel Tower, in front of about a dozen stunned children.
Carrying a sawn-off shotgun, the man forced his way into the school in central ParisFULL STORY
An Australian politician taking his morning jog through the national capital came out second best on Thursday after crossing a kangaroo.
Shane Rattenbury, a minister in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government, which administers the city of Canberra, said he was running on a sidewalk inFULL STORY
The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has given the go-ahead for the construction of what will become the country’s tallest hydroelectric dam, despite acknowledging it will have an impact on plants and rare fish.
The dam, with a height of 314m, will serve the Shuangjiangkou hydropowerFULL STORY
An Australian man who raped and strangled his Indian student neighbor and threw her body into a canal in a suitcase was jailed yesterday for 45 years for the “horrifying” murder.
Daniel Stani-Reginald, 21, had plotted to rape and murder a woman for years before choosingFULL STORY
The dire manners and “uncivilized behavior” of some Chinese tourists abroad are harming the country’s image, said a top official, who lamented their poor “quality and breeding,” according to state-run media.
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang (汪洋) singled out for condemnation “talking loudly in public places,FULL STORY
China’s television regulator has ordered a crack down on dramas about the country’s battles with Japan during and before World War II and demanded they be more serious, state media said yesterday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines.
Ties have been shadowed for years by whatFULL STORY
Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote a note before his capture in which he called the victims “collateral damage” for US action in Afghanistan and Iraq, local media reported on Thursday.
“When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” Tsarnaev also scribbled on the insideFULL STORY
A smuggling ring that made a fortune selling more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York may have funneled some of the illicit proceeds to terrorist groups, authorities said on Thursday.
The traffickers lived modestly and had alleged links to known terrorists, includingFULL STORY
Two brothers who belong to a New Orleans gang were charged with opening fire at a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans where 20 people were shot, police said on Thursday.
Sunday’s shooting at a crowded parade filled with families shocked the Big Easy, which isFULL STORY
A mother whose four-year-old was being abducted chased the suspect down and crashed her vehicle into his car, triggering a manhunt that led to the arrest of the suspect, Albuquerque police said on Thursday.
The young girl was playing in her yard at the St Anthony’sFULL STORY
A US man was found guilty of murder on Thursday after his paralyzed victim identified him by blinking during a police interview.
The defense had tried to block a police video of the interview, saying David Chandler’s blinking was inconsistent and unreliable. A jury convicted RicardoFULL STORY
A man convicted of breaking into a Boise zoo last autumn and beating to death one of two Patas monkeys has been ordered to spend up to a year in a treatment program at a state prison.
Michael Watkins, 22, was sentenced on Thursday for hisFULL STORY
Minister ‘liked’ ‘sneaky nuts’
A politician says he has learned a valuable lesson in social networking after he “liked” a Facebook photo without realizing that it showed a teenage prankster exposing himself. Western Australia Minister for Education Peter Collier said he clicked the “like” button underFULL STORY