British candy manufacturer Cadbury has stepped up its defence against a hostile takeover bid from US-based Kraft Foods worth $17.4bn.
The last surviving member of the group who helped shelter Anne Frank’s family from the Nazis, Miep Gies, has died in a Dutch nursing home aged 100.
An Iranian nuclear scientist has been killed by bomb in a booby-trapped motorbike which exploded outside his home in a suburb of Tehran.
China has “successfully tested a missile interceptor” according to state media – with officials insisting the technology is “defensive” and “not targeted at any country”.
Product safety officers are launching an investigation into the presence of the toxic metal cadmium in children’s jewelry import from China after evidence of the substance was found.
Heineken is planning on buying the beer operations of Mexican brewers Femsa in an all-share transaction valued at $7.6 billion.
A cure may have been found for a defective alcohol metabolism enzyme that affects and estimated 1 billion people worldwide, according to research by the NIAAA.
A New Jersey company called TrueCompanion has unveiled the world’s first “sex robot” – a woman replica called “Roxxxy” who has different personalities and responds to touch.
The Pope has denounced the violent clashes between Italians and illegal immigrants which has left dozens injured in the southern town of Rosarno in the last few days.
North Korea has called for a formal peace treaty with the US in exchange for returning to international talks about its nuclear weapons programme.
Two further churches have been firebombed in Malaysia yesterday, bringing the total to six, as the row over the translation of Muslim “Allah” for the Christian “god” escalates.
The United Arab Emirates has issued a law restricting the use of tobacco and its marketing unless specific standard requirements are met.
Angolan security forces have arrested two people following a deadly attack on Togo’s football team at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Can Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone’s new documentary show us the “human side of Hitler?” asks The Independent’s Stephen Foley.
No deaths have been reported after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck thirty three miles off the coast of northern California.