At least 16 people have died in clashes in Bangladesh at the start of a strike called over a death sentence given to an Islamist party leader. Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, of Jamaat-e-Islami, was sentenced on charges including murder, rape and torture during the war of independence in 1971.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez has been receiving chemotherapy since recovering from a severe respiratory infection in mid-January and "continues his battle for life," his vice president said late Friday.
South Africa’s police chief has announced that the officers involved in the death of a cab driver who was dragged by a police vehicle have been suspended and that the local police commander has been removed of his post.
Outgoing Pope Benedict is meeting with his cardinals Thursday before boarding a helicopter and flying to the papal retreat south of Rome, where he will officially end his reign.
Thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square, Rome, Wednesday as Pope Benedict XVI prepared to give his final general audience before making history by being the first pope to resign office since the Middle Ages. The weekly appointment is one he keeps with the faithful and tourists to teach them about the Catholic faith.
British, French, Hong Kong and Japanese nationals are among 19 tourists reportedly killed in a hot air balloon crash near the Egyptian city of Luxor. The balloon was flying at 1,000 ft (300m) when it caught fire and exploded, plunging onto fields west of Luxor, officials said.
TOKYO: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 jolted eastern Japan on Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding that no tsunami warning had been issued.
On the same day as his last public blessing Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI confronted the threat of a fresh scandal within the church hierarchy, with Vatican officials informing him of new allegations that Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric had engaged in inappropriate behavior with priests.