Sri Lanka president urges fair vote on election eve

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse vowed on Monday to ensure the first post-war nationwide election goes off peacefully.

China casts nervous eye at erstwhile ally Burma

The giant red poster staring over China's Wanding border crossing with Burma proclaims that their "brotherly feelings will last forever".

Ethiopian plane crashes in sea off Beirut, bodies found

An Ethiopian Airlines plane with 90 people on board crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Beirut in bad weather early on Monday.

Haiti quake toll rises to 150 000 and could double

Haiti's government raised the confirmed earthquake death toll to 150 000 ­on Monday, and said the figure could double.

China says internet controls here to stay

China has every right to punish citizens using the internet to challenge Communist Party power and ethnic policies, a senior official said on Monday.

Spirit and strength will pull Haiti’s people through

As the tremors and the NGOs recede, Haitians continue the fight against colonialism that their ancestors began 220 years ago.

World Cup boosts Africa tourism

The Soccer World Cup and the "Obama effect" of a US president of African heritage has sparked a surge in interest in Africa as a tourist destination.

The internet is now the real battleground

One spin-off from the story of Google's difficulties with China is that it may finally spur the West to discard its rose-tinted spectacles.

Miracle survivor found as Haiti teams stand down

Eleven days after the earthquake devastated Haiti, and with the death toll rising to 120 000, rescue teams pull a man alive from the rubble.

Judge says Polanski must return to US for sentencing

A judge on Friday said fugitive film director Roman Polanski must return to the United States to be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Aftershocks rock devastated Haiti capital

A pair of brief but relatively strong aftershocks rocked the devastated Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince on Friday.

Haiti quake survivors still face desperate fight for life

UN-led teams in Haiti have switched their focus away from searching for people trapped in collapsed buildings to providing aid to desperate survivors.

Petraeus calls gunscope inscriptions ‘disturbing’

US General David Petraeus said on Thursday it was "disturbing" that a manufacturer had embossed biblical citations on rifle scopes sent to Iraq.

China media cuts own criticism of Clinton speech

Chinese media on Friday dismissed Washington's call to lift internet censorship, but the critical Chinese reports were then cut from websites.

Haiti earthquake creating a generation of amputees

In overwhelmed hospitals of Port-au-Prince, number of patients having limbs removed indicates a future national crisis.

Haiti rescuers refuse to give up hope

Search teams in Haiti on Thursday refused to abandon hope of finding more survivors of last week's massive earthquake.

Obama admits ‘mistake’ after shock election loss

President Barack Obama has admitted he neglected his direct connection to the American people, after a stunning Republican election win.

Republican wins Senate race in Massachusetts

Republican Scott Brown won a bitter US Senate race in Massachusetts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's legislative agenda.

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