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Record 2,900 migrants die on the way to Europe in 2016 – report

Almost 2,900 migrants have died while crossing the Mediterranean to Europe this year, making the first half of 2016 the deadliest on record, according to the latest report from the International Organization for Migration.

Critics warn of 'another tragedy' as Japan re-embraces nuclear power

The decision by Japan's Environment Ministry to allow the re-use of contaminated soil from the Fukushima disaster has come under fire amid a broader debate on nuclear power, with critics saying Tokyo needs to remember the devastating lessons of the past.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport attackers planned to massacre scores of hostages - report

The terrorists behind the Istanbul Ataturk Airport attack that killed 44 people plotted to take scores more hostage and massacre them, but the police intervened to prevent their plans, Turkish media claim.

Russia, Turkey back at negotiating table after 7-month crisis over downed jet

Russia and Turkey have begun discussions to restore ties following more than six months of political discord, with the foreign ministers of the two countries meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Czech president wants referendum on EU & NATO membership

The president of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, has called for a referendum on his country’s membership in the EU and NATO.

Moscow quiet on alleged proposal for US-Russia military partnership in Syria

The Kremlin has refused to comment on reports in the US media that Washington proposed a new military agreement on Syria.

‘Don’t touch me’: Swedish police offer anti-sexual assault wristband

Swedish police have revealed that they will offer young women wristbands with the slogan “POLICEAVSPÄRRAT #tafsainte” [Police cordon, don’t grope] in Swedish, to prevent sexual assaults.

Taiwan misfires supersonic missile in China’s direction, kills own fisherman

An anti-ship missile fired from a Taiwanese patrol boat towards mainland China by mistake hit a Taiwanese fishing boat many kilometers away.

Ozone layer ‘to heal’ by 2050, hole shrank by 4 million sq km in last 15yrs – researchers

The hole in the ozone layer has diminished by 4 million sq km since 2000 and could heal completely by 2050, scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown in their latest study, which appeared in the journal Science.

Wildfires devastate part of southern Spain (VIDEO,PHOTOS)

Authorities in the Spanish province of Albacete are desperately trying to tackle forest fires, fueled by strong winds in the area.

Rostov rainstorm: Flash flooding devastates southern Russian city (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Torrential rain streaming in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don caused havoc on the streets, killing one person and leaving about a dozen others injured.

Jamaican cannabis kiosks at airports could give tourists legal highs

Jamaica is contemplating giving tourists arriving in the country the chance to get high as soon as they clear customs.

Austrian court cancels presidential election result, orders re-run

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'Go ahead & kill' drug addicts, Philippines president says

New Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has recently declared "a bloody war” on drug cartels, has called on willing Filipinos to “go ahead and kill” drug addicts, amid concerns that “getting their parents to do it would be too painful.” Read Full Article at

Western officials criticize Damascus in public but secretly deal in private not to upset US – Assad

Western politicians have been forced into the awkward position of being obliged to negotiate with Damascus over security under the table in fear of raising Washington’ ire, Syria’s president told Australia’s SBS News in an exclusive interview.

‘Disciplined army, able to win’: China President Xi Jinping states strategic military goal

Chinese President Xi Jinping says China needs to create a modern and disciplined army that would defeat potential opponents.

Russian IL-76 plane with 10 on board disappears while putting out forest fire in Siberia

Contact was lost with a Russian IL-76 fighting a blaze near the city of Krasnoyarsk when it was at an altitude of 3,000 meters (9,900ft).

Canada to send 1,000 troops to E. Europe to boost NATO presence at Russia’s doorstep

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reportedly pledged to send 1,000 troops to Latvia to deter Russia shortly after the US President urged Canada to boost its involvement in NATO.

Brazil freezes $6mn of Facebook funds as WhatsApp refuses to assist police

A Brazilian court has blocked over $6 million of Facebook money held in the country after WhatsApp failed to turn over a message exchange between gang members of drug traffickers to police.