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 girl with a marked finger after being immunised in Lahore

Fresh wave of militant attacks sees UN suspend its polio programme

New killings follow the murder of six female vaccinators in the country on Tuesday

Exploding bomb or landmine kills 10 young girls in eastern Afghanistan

An exploding bomb or landmine killed 10 young girls as they were gathering firewood outside their village in eastern Afghanistan this morning, an official said.

Uproar in Argentina after high-profile sex slave trial clears accused

The 13 people on trial in the province of Tucuman had faced up to 25 years in jail

Beijing attacks Dalai Lama over islands dispute

Beijing has accused the Dalai Lama of allying with Japanese right-wingers over a disputed archipelago.

Security guard 'shoots himself' dead at Swedish prime minister's home

A security guard at Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's residence was killed by a bullet fired from his own gun today in what police said was being investigated as a suicide or accidental shooting.

US Election Diary: Alabama goes off with a bang; Media race for right results; Joker Jones hangs Obama effigy

Alabama Republicans plan to hold their election night party at a gun range. The idea being that participants can shoot a few rounds as returns come in. Naturally. The Republican Party is inviting supporters to the Hoover Tactical Firearms for a "victory party". Loaded guns will be allowed only on the firing range, and drinking won't be allowed while people are shooting.

Gunman kills at least three people in second shooting in Milwaukee suburb

A second Milwaukee suburb was shaken by a Sunday morning shooting that left at least four dead – including the gunman – and four injured, only months after a man shot six people dead at a nearby Sikh temple.

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire as a car burns at the scene of an explosion in Ashafriyeh, central Beirut

Top security official and seven others killed in 'worst attack in years' as car bomb hits Beirut

A car bomb ripped through Beirut today, killing a top security official and seven others, shearing the balconies off apartment buildings and sending bloodied residents staggering into the streets in the most serious blast the Lebanese capital has seen in four years.

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Cycling: Lance Armstrong retains some support on tour

Lance Armstrong still has some support among riders in elite cycling despite a damning report by the US Anti-Doping Agency that detailed testimony from 26 witnesses, including 11 former teammates.

Philippines rebels agree framework peace deal

Philippine president Benigno Aquino III said his government has reached a preliminary peace agreement with the country's largest Muslim rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long insurgency.

Somali militant stronghold of Kismayo attacked

Kenya's military said its troops have attacked the last remaining port city held by al-Qa'ida-linked insurgents in Somalia during an overnight attack involving a beach landing.

KILLED - Osama bin Laden: Founder and leader of al-Qai'da. Killed by US commandos in May 2011

Former soldier claims Osama bin Laden was unarmed and already dead or dying when Navy Seals burst into room and shot him

Account of the raid in the book 'No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal' appears to suggest soldiers went against mission orders not to 'assassinate' bin Laden if he wasn’t posing a threat.

Blast strikes near Damascus hotel used by UN

A bomb attached to a fuel truck exploded outside a Damascus hotel where UN observers are staying in the Syrian capital, wounding at least three people, Syria's state TV reported.

Tony Blair warns of problems in post-Assad Syria

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the West must do all it can to persuade Syria President Bashar Assad to step down because it will probably be difficult to form a new government in the deeply divided country.

Ms Mayer will be three months in top job when baby arrives

New Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer given £37m pay package

Yahoo is giving its new chief executive Marissa Mayer a compensation package worth more than 59 million dollars (£37m) over the next few years.

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