International  February 09, 2016
Indian scientists study deadly 'meteorite'
Indian scientists inspect the crash site of a suspected meteorite that landed in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu state on February 6, 2016Indian scientists were Tuesday analysing a small blue rock that authorities say was a meteorite that fell from the sky and killed a bus driver. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history.The team from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics was also examining the crater left in the ground by the plummeting object in the southern s...  Full Story
Taiwan developer quizzed over quake collapse as 100 still buried
Rescue workers prepare to enter the remains of a flat during their search and rescue operation in a building that collapsed in the 6.4 magnitude earthquake, in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan The developer of a 16-storey Taiwan apartment complex that collapsed during a quake was taken in for questioning on Tuesday as rescuers deployed heavy machinery to find 100 people still feared trapped in the rubble.Prosecutors in the southern city of Tainan launched an investigation into Saturday's disaster after photos showed cans and foam had be...  Full Story
At least nine dead in German train crash, 100 injured
Two trains have collided in southern Germany, killing "several" people and injuring around 100, police sayTwo commuter trains crashed head-on in southern Germany on Tuesday, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100, in one of the country's deadliest rail accidents in years.Hundreds of rescuers were scouring for more passengers trapped in the wreckage in a wooded area near Bad Aibling, a spa town about 60 kilometres (40 miles) southeast o...  Full Story
Pentagon chief in Europe to drum up anti-IS support
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks at The Economic Club of Washington in Washington, DC, February 2, 2016US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter left for Europe on Tuesday to lead a major summit for key members of the US-driven coalition struggling to defeat the Islamic State group.Carter has in recent weeks chastised members of the 65-nation alliance for not helping enough in the fight against the extremists, who despite suffering some significant setback...  Full Story
More than one million Syrians living under siege: NGOs
More than one million Syrians are living under siege an NGO report saysMore than one million Syrians are living under siege after nearly five years of war, a new NGO report said Tuesday, warning the crisis was "far worse" than UN officials have acknowledged."New data gathered by Siege Watch shows that there are well over 1,000,000 Syrians under siege in locations in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Deir Ezzor and Idlib...  Full Story
UN court confirms death of Mladic's right hand man
Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir is escorted by UN security guards as he arrives at the courtroom of UNBosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir has died in jail in The Hague where he was handed a life sentence for genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the Yugoslav war crimes court confirmed Tuesday."He died overnight," said an official of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) who declined to be named. Once considered t...  Full Story
NATO to take refugee crisis aid requests 'seriously': Stoltenberg
Migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos aboard a Hellenic coastguard ship on February 8, 2016NATO will take any request to help with the refugee crisis "very seriously", chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday after Germany and Turkey said they would seek the alliance's help in combating human smugglers.Defence ministers from the 28-nation alliance will discuss the issue at a meeting in Brussels this week following the request from Berlin and ...  Full Story
Shiver me timbers! Iceland's Pirate Party could seize power
Birgita Jonsdottir (L), leader of IcelandIceland boasts full employment, a peaceful society and a well-functioning welfare state -- yet voters are so frustrated with the political establishment they're ready to elect the Pirate Party to power.The country's legislative elections are still a year away, but the Pirate Party, started by WikiLeaks activist Birgitta Jonsdottir just over three y...  Full Story