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

Russian police arrest gay rights activists at St. Petersburg rally

Russian police have arrested several gay rights activists and anti-gay rights demonstrators who confronted them at a rally in St. Petersburg.

Rugby star Craig Mitchell ordered to pay compensation to man he punched in Australian bar

A Wales rugby player who punched a man in an Australian hotel bar while celebrating a British and Irish Lions win must pay thousands of pounds in compensation to his victim.

Qatar's 'historic day': Emir abdicates and hands power to his son Sheikh Tamim

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed news of Qatar's new leader as a “historic day”.

New-born baby found wrapped in a plastic bag and dumped in a sewer in Alicante

Baby was discovered after neighbours reported meowing noises emerging from a communal drain

Gulf oil spill lawyer is suspended for alleged BP scam

Allegations of misconduct have surfaced against a lawyer working for the administrator charged with assessing claims connected to BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pakistan: Gunmen storm hospital after Quetta bus bombing which killed 14 female students

Another four injured in second blast at hospital where victims were being treated

A large explosion and fire tore through a chemical plant in the US state of Louisiana today reportedly leaving at least 30 injured

Blast at Louisiana chemical plant leaves 'at least 30' injured

A large ball of flame and thick column of smoke could be seen coming from the plant

Investigators found chains attached to walls in Ariel Castro’s basement

Ariel Castro faces 329 charges including murder, kidnap and rape in Cleveland missing women case

A man accused of holding three women captive in his run-down home in Cleveland for a decade and fathering a child with one of them has been indicted on 329 charges including murder, kidnapping and rape, prosecutors said.

White House defends massive NSA collection of Verizon customers' phone records as key anti-terror tool

Court order says network must hand over electronic data on 'ongoing, daily basis'

Iraq's May death of over 1,000 is worst since 2008, UN says

The United Nations mission to Iraq says more than 1,000 people were killed in violence in the country last month - the highest monthly death toll in years.

Eric Holder authorised the seizure of the phone records of AP reporters

US media snubs peace talks with Attorney General, Eric Holder, over snooping row

Efforts by the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, to smooth American media feathers ruffled by recent revelations of aggressive snooping by the government on reporters hit a snag, as major news organisations turned down an invitation to meet with him.

Obama officials are 'criminalising journalism', says Republican senator

Administration’s efforts to trace leaks called ‘heavy-handed’ after private emails seized

Oscar Pistorius has been fined for unpaid taxes revealed during his ongoing murder trial

Athelete Oscar Pistorius fined by tax authorities over undeclared assets during trial for Reeva Steenkamp's murder

The Olympian and Paralympian will appear in court again next month

Nascar legend Dick Trickle

Nascar legend Dick Trickle kills himself after warning police about body

Shortly before he was found dead, Trickle called officers to tell them 'there would be a dead body and it would be his'

Beyoncé blames 'dehydration and exhaustion' as she cancels Belgium concert amid pregnancy rumours

Beyoncé is canceling her concert in Belgium because of dehydration and exhaustion.

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