US was embarrassed by ‘fawning’ 2009 Nobel Prize – Norwegian diplomat

The Obama administration reprimanded Norway after Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, saying it was a dubious award for a president who...

Putin: Ukraine must pre-pay for gas

Ukraine must pay in advance for Russian gas supplies starting from next month, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. The move increases pressure on the...

US: Roommates find cash in old couch

Three young US roommates found more than 40,000 dollars (£24,000) in cash in an old sofa they bought from a thrift shop. And they returned...

Counting starts in India elections

(Delhi) India's main Hindu nationalist party was making early gains as officials began counting votes following the country's massive national election. The opposition is looking...

UK: PM makes ‘positive’ case for UK

(London) Prime Minister David Cameron will continue his visit to Scotland today to make "the positive arguments in favour of Scotland remaining part of...

Russia: Moving away from international rating agencies only ‘question of time’

The Russian Finance Ministry believes moving away from international ratings agencies is just a question of time. Russia is eager to break the world...

The making of Conchita Wurst

We look at how an Austrian boy born in the mountains went on to don a gown, grow a beard and win Austria's 1st...

Scolari faces Portugal tax probe

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is under criminal investigation in Portugal for suspected tax fraud and money laundering, according to US court documents obtained...

274 dead in Turkey mine disaster

Rescue workers coated in grime trudged repeatedly out of a coal mine with stretchers of bodies that swelled the death toll to 274 -...

Hague to discuss mine tragedy help

(London) Britain will discuss what help it can provide to Turkey in dealing with the mining disaster which has killed more than 270 workers. Foreign...

Labour leader Miliband vow on ‘clock-watch care’

(London) Ed Miliband pledged to "call time on clock-watch care" by taking action to end the practice of visits lasting just 15 minutes or...

Cameron pushes case for No vote for Scottish referendum  

(London) David Cameron has invoked the memory of former Labour leader John Smith as he campaigns to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. The Tory...

Pakistan: Psy-Ops, ‘media trojan horses’ and role of security forces in...

  By Muhammad Nawaz Khan --- Politics of Balochitan has always been dominated with traditional baloch tribal system. However, underdevelopment in Balochistan is also linked to...

Olympic officials deny asking London to be standby hosts for 2016...

Olympic officials have denied making a secret approach to see if London could be on standby to host the 2016 Games because of Rio de Janeiro's...

Russia’s third largest bank moves money from Europe to Moscow for...

Gazprombank transferred client funds from Belgium and Luxembourg back to home turf, to protect against any future sanctions. The securities were moved from Euroclear Bank...

ICC launches investigation into UK Iraq prisoner abuse claims

The International Criminal Court has reopened a preliminary investigation into claims that UK forces abused detainees in Iraq between 2003 and 2008, after new...

Turkey: Rescuers try to save trapped miners

Rescuers were struggling to reach more than 200 miners trapped underground after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey killed...

Israel: ex-PM Olmert jailed for six years

(Tel Aviv) ) Israel's former prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced today to six years in prison for his role in a wide-ranging bribery...

Parliament to close for three weeks

(London) MPs will leave the Commons for almost three weeks today despite the looming international crisis in Ukraine, provoking warnings Parliament could be "left...

Bank to announce economy forecasts

(London) The Bank of England delivers its latest forecasts for the UK economy today, with any marked improvement likely to be seen as a...