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Abbas And Abu Dis

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said Palestine will not accept Abu Dis as the capital of their future state and will insist on receiving control over east Jerusalem.

Mogadishu Raids

Militants in Somalia’s capital have attacked African Union peacekeepers exactly a year after President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed took political office. Up to 12 people were killed.

Iran Executions

Iran executed two men yesterday alleged to be members of the opposition group Mujahedin Khalq, which is reportedly involved in a mosque bombing in 2008 which killed 13 people.

Murky Stream

French authorities are planning to appeal against the acquittal of former prime minister Dominique De Villepan over allegations of a campaign to smear President Nicholas Sarkozy.

“Urgency Over”

The most urgent relief operations in Haiti are ending as the deliveries of aid received so far are reaching the most immediate needs, according to UN and US aid officials.

The Supertrain Cometh

Overlooked in much of the post-State-of-the-Union discussion was President Obama’s renewed insistence on bringing America’s rail system up to speed for the first time in decades. Amid the countless issues […]

“Fatal Attraction”

While enthusiasts will claim a fatal attraction to Apple’s new touch screen tablet “iPad”, critics have warned that the Wi-Fi and 3G device will suffer for its exclusivity to the AT&T network.

Doggy Diet

Pet owners keeping watch on the girth of their furry friends are faced with “confusing two-fold variation in calorie density, recommended intake and cost” of low-calorie pet foods.


A man accused of attacking Israel’s Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch will be indicted after he reportedly threw both of his sneakers at her in court, striking her in the face.

Simulated Volcanoes

Radical “geoengineering” projects including simulated volcanoes and man-made sun blocks could prove handy weapons in the fight against climate change, scientists are claiming.

Kitchen’s Closed

The man lauded as “the best chef in the world” is hanging up his apron for a 2-year sabbatical claiming his restaurant’s format is so challenging “it is impossible to keep creating”.

Sea Shelling

North Korea has been accused of firing artillery shells near the disputed maritime border with South Korea for two days running, according to local media reports.

Slashing Prices

The art world remains abuzz and aghast at the latest art oopsie incident featuring Pablo Picasso’s 1905 painting The Actor (pictured) and an oncoming art student. When that irresistible force […]

The Crying Game

Whenever I hear the name of Turner Prize-winning artist, Chris Ofili, I unfortunately think of the old Monty Python joke: “What’s brown and sounds like a bell? Dung!” For Americans […]

Paper Cuts It

An artist has created beautiful sculptures by slicing different colored bits of paper and layering them intricately to produce mesmerising kaleidoscopic patterns.

Guiltless Male?

A new study suggests that men are generally less prone to feelings of guilt and that women show a “significantly higher” propensity for it, while men feel “too little” in comparison.

Bugging Plot

Filmmaker James O’Keefe and three others have been charged for an alleged plot to bug Senator Mary Landrieu’s office for which they could face up to ten years in prison.

“2nd Pregnant Man”

The world’s second known pregnant man is expecting a baby boy new month. Scott Moore and his partner, who were both born female, have undergone gender reassignment surgery.

To Boldly Stick

NASA’s Martian rover Spirit will officially rove no more. After being stuck in a sand pit on Mars for the last 10 months, it has been announced that the aging shuttle will not be moved.