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 was only one year into his first term, a Norwegian...

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 struggling neighbour as Moscow voiced dismay over what it said...

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 the money to the 91-year-old widow whose couch had been...

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 to end the ruling Congress party's decade-long reign. The Election Commission...

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 the UK". The Prime Minister is expected to speak to young...

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 monopoly of rating systems and create its own rating giants. “At...

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 Eurovision title in 48 years. Conchita Wurst is the creation of...

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 by The Associated Press. Portuguese tax authorities suspect 7.4 million euros...

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 - the worst such disaster in Turkish history. Hopes faded for 150...

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 Secretary William Hague will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart...