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

US Navy insists it had no option after killing 'fisherman' in Gulf

Tensions and patrols rise as ship opens fire on small boat said to have ignored warnings

The remains of 520 newly identified victims of the massacre were buried during a commemoration ceremony at the memorial centre in the nearby town of Potocari

Thousands of Muslim Bosnians commemorate 1995 Srebrenica massacre

Thousands of Muslim Bosnians commemorated the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in the city today during an annual ceremony that carried special significance this year, with the trial of former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic - allegedly responsible for Europe's worst atrocity since World War II – finally under way in The Hague.

Man in Afghan uniform shoots Nato troops

A man in an Afghan army uniform shot and wounded a number of coalition troops in eastern Afghanistan, the US-led Nato coalition said today.

Russian and Polish fans clash in Warsaw

Russian football fans clashed with police and Poland supporters in separate incidents in Warsaw today, just hours before the two teams were to meet in an emotionally charged match at Euro 2012. Several people were injured.

Luka Rocco Magnotta is wanted by authorities in Canada

Police investigate possible link between gay porn star 'cannibal killer' Luka Rocco Magnotta and body parts under Hollywood sign

Police investigating the discovery of body parts under the Hollywood sign have contacted Montreal authorities about a possible connection to a gay porn actor who stands accused of murder, cannibalism and dismemberment.

Bodies of the massacred lie in Qubair

Second Syrian massacre: Qubair's killing fields

First came Houla. Now, in a nearby village, another atrocity of shocking brutality has been committed against innocent Syrian people – to the fury and frustration of an impotent international community

Naked Miami man shot dead after being found eating another man's face

A Miami police officer yesterday fatally shot a naked man who was chewing on the face of another man on a downtown causeway off-ramp, police and witnesses said.

Man who shot Trayvon accuses police of cover-up

Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman publicly accused police of covering up the beating of a homeless black man by the son of a white officer more than a year before he shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, it emerged today.

Palestinian shot as Israeli troops stand by

An Israeli human rights group has released a video that suggests Israeli soldiers stood by while Jewish settlers opened fire on Palestinians in the West Bank, wounding one.

Teenage girl in Cambodia killed during violent eviction

Security forces fatally shot a teenage girl today during a clash with villagers armed with axes and crossbows in eastern Cambodia, in the latest of several violent evictions aimed at clearing land for development.

JPMorgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon survives shareholder push

The CEO of JPMorgan Chase survived a shareholder push today to strip him of the title of chairman of the board, five days after he disclosed a $2 billion trading loss by the bank.

The US wants to capture the bomb maker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri

Leaks that revealed British agent's role in foiled bomb plot investigated by FBI

Consternation grew on both sides of the Atlantic yesterday at leaks in the US media over the foiled al-Qa'ida bomb plot – the latest of them that the key infiltrator into the terrorist organisation's Yemen network was a British citizen apparently of Saudi origin who was recruited, according to some accounts, by MI5.

In this January 1965 file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, the sun breaks through dense jungle foliage around the embattled town of Binh Gia, 40 miles east of Saigon, as South Vietnamese troops, joined by US advisers, rest after a cold, damp and tense night of waiting in an ambush position for a Viet Cong attack that didn't come.

Horst Faas, the photographer whose images defined the Vietnam War, dies aged 79

Horst Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who changed the way photojournalists covered conflict, has died aged 79.

Vatican investigates Legion of Christ priests for sex abuse

The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors and another two for other alleged crimes, The Associated Press has learned.

Underwear bomb plot foiled by CIA raid in Yemen

Updated version of 2009 device is seized as al-Qa'ida planned attack during flight

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