Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing four foreigners and five guards, and triggering an hours-long stand-off that ended when two assailants set off a grenade that killed them, officials said.


Delay to firing squad executions

Indonesia will not order the executions of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran for at least another week.

File photo of F16 Jet

At least 10 die as fighter jet crashes

A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during Nato training in Spain, killing at least 10 people.

Voting in Greece

‘Accidentaleconomist’ gets key Greek role

Radical academic will face Brussels veterans in showdown


Lung cancer deaths to top breast cancer cases

Lung cancer deaths among European women are expected to overtake those of breast cancer for the first time this year.


Firebrand with history of agitation

Young, brash and tie-less, former communist Alexis Tsipras has emerged from the shadow of austerity in Greece to become the country’s first radical left-wing prime minister.


Kurdish forces win control of Kobani

Kurdish forces have taken full control of the Syrian town of Kobani, driving out remaining Islamic State fighters to end a four-month battle that became a focal point of the international fight against the ultra-hardline Islamist group.


Cumberbatch apologises for using ‘coloured’

Benedict Cumberbatch last night apologised for referring to "coloured actors" on US television, saying he had been an idiot. The Sherlock star was criticised after using the phrase on a debate on the lack of diversity on British screens.


Data leak fears as Malaysia Airlines website is hacked

The website of Malaysia Airlines has been hacked by a group that proclaimed support for the Islamic State and also vowed to release data stolen from the site.


Greek pop singer Demis Roussos dies, aged 68

Greek singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68.

Prince Philip

Oz PM ‘creating time warp’ with award for Philip

The Australian prime minister has defended his decision to honour the Alexis Tsipras with a knighthood, despite a social media backlash in which many said they thought the news was a joke.

Alexis Tsipras.

Poll result sparks fresh fears for eurozone

The election in Greece of a radical party that wants to overhaul the country’s bailout programme raises new uncertainties for the eurozone. But several European creditor nations hinted they will seek a compromise deal to avoid disastrous scenarios, like Greece falling out of the euro.

Liliane Bettencourt: The L'Orealcosmetics empire heiress.

Suicide attempt in heiress fraud case

One of 10 accused tried to kill himself as L’Oreal case begins

File photo of a quadcopter Drone

White House drone crash admission

A man has come forward to say he was responsible for the drone that crashed in the White House grounds.


Massive glacier under threat

One of the world’s biggest glaciers, holding enough water to raise global sea levels by about six metres, is under threat from warming ocean temperatures.


US north-east braced for a ‘historic’ blizzard

A potentially historic blizzard could dump up to three feet of snow on a large part of the US north-east, the National Weather Service has said.


QUIRKY WORLD...You’ve to kiss a lot of frogs, but scorpions too?

USA: Feeling the sting of rejection? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the chance to “adopt” a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honour of that special ex-someone for Valentine’s Day.