A MONSTROUS tornado at least a half a mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening neighbourhoods and destroying a school as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200mph.
Religious observers are asking: “Is Pope Francis an exorcist?” after an incident in St Peter’s Square.
A Burmese python nearly 19ft long and weighing 128lbs has been captured in South Florida setting a new record.
Russia is investigating an alleged vote theft at the Eurovision Song Contest.
A woman running a private banking operation in China has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of defrauding investors.
Two tourists died and 23 others were injured when two hot air balloons collided in mid-air during a sightseeing tour in Turkey, causing one to crash.
Syrian troops have pushed into a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border, fighting house-to-house and bombing from the air.
About two dozen members of Shiv Sena, a Hindu right-wing political party, burn an effigy of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as they demonstrate near India’s Parliament, in New Delhi, India.
The UK’s most successful Everest mountaineer reached its summit for the 11th time yesterday, ahead of the 60th anniversary of the first conquest by Sir Edmund Hillary.
A TODDLER pulled from the wreckage of a car crash that killed five family members was sent to a morgue in a body bag in the belief he was dead.
Syrian troops backed by tanks and warplanes have launched an assault on a strategic rebel-held town near the Lebanese border, killing at least 30 people and forcing residents to scramble for cover, activists said.
A human rights group says it has found documents and physical evidence indicating Syrians were arbitrarily detained and tortured in government prisons in the eastern city of Raqqa.
The Moroccan woman at the centre of a sex scandal involving former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has testified that a young woman attending one of his “bunga bunga” parties dressed up like a nun, danced provocatively and stripped down to her underwear for the then-premier at his in-house disco.
Thieves ripped out a small safe from the wall of a hotel room near the Cannes Film Festival and made off with about $1m (£650,000) of jewellery, French police say.
More than 2,000 people in southern China yesterday unfurled banners in a demonstration against plans for an oil refinery.
Two US soldiers were among 15 people yesterday killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul.
tornadoes have devastated parts of Texas, killing at least six people, injuring dozens more and destroying or damaging scores of homes.
Indian actor Sanjay Dutt has surrendered to a Mumbai court to go to jail for a weapons conviction linked to terrorism in the city in 1993.
US President Barack Obama has ousted the acting commissioner of the federal tax agency, moving to quell a growing uproar over revelations that conservative political groups were improperly targeted for scrutiny when they filed for tax-exempt status.
Film director Steven Spielberg and actress Nicole Kidman were in focus yesterday at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival where they will both be on the jury judging a host of new movies for awards including the prestigious Palme D’Or. Opening the festival yesterday was the new adaptation of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio and British actress Carey Mulligan which has received mixed reviews from critics.
Syrian rebels have launched a coordinated assault on the main prison in the northern city of Aleppo in an attempt to free hundreds of regime opponents believed to be held there.
One of the largest Mayan pyramids in Belize has been nearly destroyed by a road-building company, prompting the government to order a “vigorous” inquiry.
An American sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for what North Korea has described as hostile acts against the state has started life at a “special prison”, state media said.
FASHION chain Benetton has become the latest global retailer to agree to sign a pact to improve safety at Bangladesh factories following a building collapse that killed more than 1,100 workers.
A SPACE capsule carrying a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely early yesterday on the steppes of Kazakhstan.
police have identified a 19-year-old as a suspect in the shooting of about 20 people during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans, saying several people had identified him as the gunman captured on CCTV.
The Japanese military’s forced prostitution of Asian women before and during the Second Word War was necessary to “maintain discipline” in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle, an outspoken politician has claimed.
A Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station landed safely this morning on the steppes of Kazakhstan.
Bangladesh has agreed to allow garment workers to form trade unions without permission from factory owners, in the latest response to the building collapse that killed more than 1,100 people.
Turkish citizens believed to have links to the Syrian intelligence agency have been detained in connection with twin car bombings that shattered a Turkish border town on Saturday, officials said.
Pakistan’s new government can begin to tackle the country’s “very serious challenges” following a successful and “sound” election, Britain said yesterday.
Pope Francis has given the Catholic church new saints, including hundreds of 15th-century martyrs who were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, as he led his first canonisation ceremony before tens of thousands of people in St Peter’s Square.
The burial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a secret ceremony appears to be legal, police say.
A seamstress buried in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory building for more than two weeks was rescued yesterday, a miraculous moment set against a scene of horror, where the death toll shot past 1,000.
OJ Simpson will return to the Las Vegas courthouse where he was convicted of leading an armed sports memorabilia heist to ask a judge for a new trial on the grounds that his lawyer botched his case.
A worldwide gang of criminals stole £29m in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of pre-paid debit cards then draining cash machines around the world, US prosecutors said.
The Foreign Office has temporarily withdrawn some staff from the British Embassy in Libya in response to the “ongoing political uncertainty” in the country.
Prosecutors may seek the death penalty against the man accused of imprisoning three women at his Ohio home for a decade.
Prince Harry’s support of a landmine clearance charity was praised as he began a tour of America by visiting an exhibition highlighting its work.
A man has appeared in court on charges of rape and kidnapping days after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home.
Bangladesh has been rocked by a clothing factory fire as the death toll from last month’s disaster rose past 900.
Gunmen have attacked an election rally in Pakistan’s southern Punjab province and abducted the son of a former prime minister, intensifying what has already been a violent run-up to tomorrow’s nationwide elections.
EMOTIONAL reunions were underway last night as three kidnapped women embraced the families they were snatched away from a decade ago.
NEIGHBOURS of one of the brothers suspected of abducting three women and holding them prisoner for a decade have described the dramatic moment one victim broke free from her captor’s clutches.
A Spanish court has dropped plans to call King Juan Carlos’ daughter as a suspect in a corruption case, following an appeal by prosecutors.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Russian president Vladimir Putin for a tougher stance on Syria at a time when Israeli air strikes against the Middle Eastern nation have added an unpredictable factor to the talks.
A British man who plotted to rape, kill and eat a child in a dungeon built at his home faces up to 27 years in an American prison before he is deported back to the UK, US authorities have said.
Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf headed by Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, rally at the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan in Karachi, Pakistan yesterday.
YouTube is to announce a series of channels that will require payment, a source said.
THREE women who went missing as girls in separate incidents 10 years ago have been found alive and well in the US after being held prisoner by three brothers.
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