News Dmytro Bulatov,a Ukrainian opposition activist, says he was kidnapped and tortured

He led AutoMaidan protest movement that organised motorcades outside the houses of politicians and oligarchs

A $110m legal circus as Ringling Brothers owner is sued by his sister

Warring Feld siblings prepare for courtroom battle this week over damages for alleged assault

Al-Qa'ida confirms Bin Laden's death

Al-Qa'ida confirmed the killing of Osama bin Laden today and vowed revenge, saying Americans' "happiness will turn to sadness" in the first statement by the terror network since its leader was killed in a US commando raid against his Pakistani hideout.

Activists report clashes between Syrian army units

A witness and human rights groups say there have been clashes between Syrian army units over the crackdown on anti-government protesters in the southern city of Daraa.

Clashes along Thai-Cambodia border spread east

Boonhome Surasuk has slept in a bomb shelter in his mostly abandoned village since late last week when the deadliest fighting in years erupted between Thailand and Cambodia.

War crimes trial told of 'fabricated' ID card

Lawyers representing the suspected Holocaust camp guard John Demjanjuk demanded that Germany suspend his war crimes trial yesterday after producing an FBI report which suggested that a key piece of evidence against him could have been fabricated.

At least seven dead in Belarus metro blast

An explosion tore through a key subway station in the Belarusian capital of Minsk during evening rush hour today, killing at least seven people and wounding 35, the official state news agency said

Dutch mourn shopping mall shooting victims

Church services were held Sunday in a quiet suburb outside Amsterdam to mourn six people killed by a gunman at a crowded mall, as investigators puzzled over his motive and struggled to explain how he was able to obtain and legally own five firearms in the Netherlands.

At defiant march, Syrians shout 'No more fear!'

Syrians chanting "No more fear!" held a defiant march yesterday after a deadly government crackdown failed to quash three days of massive protests in a southern city — an extraordinary outpouring in a country that brutally suppresses dissent.

Charlie Sheen hits back after Warner Bros sacking

Charlie Sheen was fired from the TV situation comedy Two and a Half Men by Warner Bros Television following the hard-living actor's bouts of wild partying, repeated hospital stays and a bitter media campaign against his studio bosses.

Video: Shark attack in Australia

Police say a diver has been killed by two great white sharks off the south Australian coast.

Ryan Phillippe - The thirty-something teen star clicks at last

As Reese Witherspoon's husband, Ryan Phillippe hated being a target for paparazzi. So it took a change of heart to play a snapper in his latest role. By Kaleem Aftab

Lawyer who toiled in the oil fields as a child

Pablo Fajardo knows a thing or two about the ways of the oil companies he battled in court – from the age of 14, the lawyer from a desperately poor family toiled in the oil fields himself, struggling on paltry wages to provide for his younger siblings.

Olazabal the popular choice to lead defence of Ryder Cup

Jose Maria Olazabal will be introduced as the Europe Ryder Cup captain here in Abu Dhabi today and so steal an early march over his opposite number. Davis Love will not be named as the US captain until Thursday.

George, Condi and Ricky welcome Piers to prime time

The boy can't help himself. As his new bosses at CNN yesterday encouraged America to "Get to Know Piers Morgan," the British presenter was doing his best to confuse his new American audience with abstract outpourings on Twitter about his rival self-publicist "Baron Sugar of Clapton" and the latest performance of the Arsenal reserves.

Japanese whalers and activists clash off Antarctica

Japanese whalers shot water cannons at anti-whaling activists today, the conservationist group's founder claimed, hours after the activists tracked down the hunting fleet in the remote and icy seas off Antarctica.

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