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

Nigerians strike over fuel hike

Normally bustling streets were empty as trade unions began a paralysing national strike in oil-rich Nigeria today, angered by soaring fuel prices and decades of government corruption.

Grounded cargo ship breaks up off the coast of New Zealand

A cargo ship grounded off the New Zealand coast since October has split in two, spilling sea containers and debris and sparking fears of a fresh oil spill, maritime officials said today.

Optimistic US shoppers calm fears of fresh slump

Eyes turn to whether Europe can follow suit and gain stability to help lift stock markets

Men look at the wreckage of a car following a bomb blast at St Theresa Catholic Church outside the Nigerian capital Abuja

Scores killed in deadly bomb attacks at churches in Nigeria

Terror attacks across Nigeria by a radical Muslim sect killed at least 39 people, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass.

The Republican candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman Jnr before Thursday's televised debate in Sioux City

Phoney war ends with Republican race still wide open

At the conclusion of the GOP's last debate, there is still no clear front-runner who can unite the party

Terrorist convictions reach 35,000

At least 35,000 people worldwide have been convicted as terrorists in the decade since the 11 September attacks on the United States. But while some bombed hotels or blew up buses, others were put behind bars for demonstrating or blogging.

Five killed as 'freak wind' blows down Indianapolis festival stage

An investigation has been launched into safety failures that may have led to the collapse in strong winds of a concert stage in Indianapolis that killed five people and left more than 40 injured, some of them seriously.

Mysterious orange goo leaves Alaskan villagers baffled

A neon orange goo that appeared in a remote Alaskan village last week has scientists baffled.

Old vial of blood may reveal serial killer Ted Bundy's secrets

Ted Bundy, the prolific serial killer who confessed to murdering at least 30 young women in the 1970s, could soon have more deaths added to his toll. Police in Florida have found a vial of his blood, allowing them to create for the first time a full DNA profile that they hope will help solve a string of cases.

Amy Winehouse left trove of unreleased music

Amy Winehouse left a trove of unreleased music, but no decision has been made about whether it will be released, people close to the singer say.

'Argument' led woman to cut off husband's penis

Prosecutors say an argument over houseguests led a woman in Southern California to cut off her estranged husband's penis and put it down a garbage disposal.

Experts doubt Amanda Knox DNA evidence



Some of the DNA traces used to convict American student Amanda Knox of murdering Briton Meredith Kercher may have been contaminated, independent experts say.

How Bin Laden 'planned to give al-Qa'ida an image makeover'

Osama bin Laden, holed-up in his Pakistan hideaway, contemplated changing the name of al-Qa’ida in order to rebrand the organisation and make it more attractive to potential recruits, according to documents recovered from his compound.

Did Bin Laden really have secret porn stash?

Claim by US officials provokes widespread ridicule and suspicion

Business Diary: The bottom dollar for Jobs and Pandit

Pass the collection plate round. Associated Press has just published a survey of America's lowest-paid chief executives – and there's a tie for first place. Both Steve Jobs of Apple and Vikram Pandit of Citigroup earned just $1 last year. Pandit has vowed not to take more than that until Citi has put the financial crisis well and truly behind it, while Jobs has drawn only a dollar a year from Apple for many years now, though he does own 5.5 million shares in the company and is hardly on his uppers. It's an example that a few other chief executives might care to follow.

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