Man arrested after car crash outside Parliament

Two people have been injured and a man has been arrested after a car crashed into security barriers outside parliament. A silver car crashed into security barriers in Westminster at 7.37am, prompting a huge response from armed police. It is being investigated by counter-terror officers. The driver, wearing a white shirt and a black hooded […]

Former Armenian President Freed By Court

Former President Robert Kocharian was released from custody on Monday immediately after Armenia’s Court of Appeals ruled that he cannot be prosecuted for the 2008 post-election violence in Yerevan. A panel of three senior judges overturned a lower court’s decision to allow law-enforcement authorities to arrest Kocharian on coup charges. His defense lawyers appealed against […]

Plane with 9 passengers goes missing in Indonesia

A small plane carrying nine people went missing Saturday during a short flight in mountainous eastern Indonesia, authorities said, with a search and rescue mission underway. The Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft lost contact with air traffic control during what was supposed to be a flight of around 40 minutes in remote Papua province, police said. “Villagers […]

Argentina’s Senate rejects proposed bill to legalize abortion

(CNN)Argentina’s Senate voted against legalizing elective abortion in the early hours of Thursday morning, dashing the hopes of pro-abortion rights advocates in the predominantly Catholic country, homeland of Pope Francis. The Senate rejected the proposed bill 38 to 31, with two abstentions and one absentee. The bill, which fueled contentious debate, would have expanded abortion […]

New South Wales drought now affects entire state

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is now entirely in drought, officials have confirmed. A dry winter has intensified what has been called the worst drought in living memory in parts of eastern Australia. NSW produces about a quarter of Australia’s agricultural output. It was officially listed as “100% in drought” on Wednesday. […]

Heat Wave Reveals German Mines, Grenades and Live Explosives Submerged Since World War II

As Europe wilts under the most intense heat wave for many years, residents in the eastern part of Germany are facing an additional hazard—World War Two explosives uncovered by retreating water. German police have warned people living in the states of Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony that low water levels in the Elbe River are uncovering deadly […]

Tokyo Medical University ‘changed female exam scores’

Reports that one of Japan’s most prestigious medical universities tampered with female applicants’ entrance exam scores have sparked outcry on social media. Japanese paper Yomiuri Shimbun says Tokyo Medical University began altering results in 2011 to ensure under 30% of successful applicants would be women. The private university says it will investigate the discrimination reports. […]