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Deadly car bomb at Yemen ministry
A car bomb explodes at Yemen's defence ministry building in the capital Sanaa causing deaths and injuries, security officials say.
Thailand king urges mutual support
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej urges people to support each other for the country, in a birthday address amid anti-government protests.
World dementia cases 'set to treble'
The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050, according to a new analysis.
Biden in 'direct' China zone talks
The US and China had "very direct" talks about China's new air defence identification zone, says US Vice-President Joe Biden.
Mexico radioactive material found
Stolen radioactive material, cobalt-60, is found in Mexico, but officials warn the thieves may have been exposed to deadly radiation levels.
Plan to increase pension age sooner
The UK government plans to bring forward the date when the state pension age is raised from 65 to 68, Chancellor George Osborne will announce later.
Heavy arms fire heard in CAR capital
Heavy arms fire is heard in the capital of the Central African Republic hours before the UN votes on sending in peacekeepers to restore law and order.
Close 'torture camps', N Korea urged
Amnesty International urges North Korea to close two political prisoner camps, where it says torture is rampant and execution commonplace.
Change EU free movement rules - UK
Britain wants to change the rules governing the free movement of people across the EU, Home Secretary Theresa May will tell European ministers.
Obama: US must fix 'unequal economy'
President Barack Obama calls for government action to remedy what he describes as profound income inequality and a lack of social mobility in the US.
Venezuela: Maduro fixes car prices
After legislating on the prices of electronics, toys and clothes, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signs a decree controlling the prices of cars.
Brazil to miss Fifa stadium deadline
Brazil admits that all its stadiums still under construction for the 2014 football World Cup will not be ready by Fifa's original 31 December deadline.
Leg bone gives up oldest human DNA
The retrieval of high quality DNA from a 400,000-year-old human has opened up a new frontier in the study of our ancient ancestors.
'Roman' skeleton in sewer trench
A skeleton, thought to date back to Roman Britain, has been discovered in a sewer trench in a North Yorkshire town.
VIDEO: BBC inside Ukraine protest site
Protests sparked by the Ukrainian government's decision not to sign an association deal with the EU are continuing in the capital Kiev.
VIDEO: Bhutan's magical mask dances
Bhutan is known for its mask dances which are an integral part of the country's remarkable cultural and religious traditions.
VIDEO: Banksy works to go under the hammer
A number of works by the artist Banksy are to be auctioned in Beverly Hills, California.
VIDEO: One-minute World News
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VIDEO: Is this Julia's best performance yet?
The film August: Osage County is being tipped for Oscar success, in particular Julia Roberts' performance, as Talking Movies Tom Brooks explains.
VIDEO: Oldest DNA may hold evolution clue
Scientists have discovered the oldest known genetic material ever to be recovered from an early human.
Yahoo World News
Anarchy at door, West starts to rebuild Libyan army
By Patrick Markey TRIPOLI (Reuters) - On a dusty parade ground outside Tripoli, young recruits march and bark out slogans for the new Libyan army that Western powers hope can turn the tide on militias threatening to engulf the North African country in anarchy. Their boots are new and their fatigues pressed, but Libya's army recruits will need more than drills to take on the hardened militiamen, Islamist fighters and political rivalries testing their OPEC nation's stability. Two years after NATO missiles helped rebels drive out Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is under siege from former rebel fighters who now flex their military muscle to make demands on the state, seize oilfields and squabble over post-war spoils. With Libya's army still in the making, Western powers are keen to halt chaos in the key European oil supplier and stop illicit arms spilling across North Africa.
Suicide bomber attacks Yemen's Defense Ministry: source
A suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into the gate of Yemen's Defense Ministry on Thursday causing a large number of casualties, a source at the ministry told Reuters. Violence is common in Yemen, where an interim government is grappling with southern secessionists, al Qaeda-linked militants and northern Houthi rebels, as well as severe economic problems inherited from veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh who was forced out of office in 2011. "The attack took place shortly after working hours started at the ministry when a suicide bomber drove a car into the gate," the Defense Ministry source said.
China's airspace zone has caused apprehension: Biden
By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - China's new air defense identification zone over the East China Sea has caused "significant" unease in the region, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday, adding he had stated Washington's firm objection to the move during talks in Beijing. Biden had around five hours of discussions with President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, with both leaders laying out their perspective on an issue that has rattled East Asia. In response, China's Foreign Ministry said Biden had been told the zone accorded with international law and that the United States should respect it.
Thaksin's homecoming hopes dashed as Thai crisis reignites
By Martin Petty BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's political future is cloudier than ever, but one thing is for certain - self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra won't be coming home soon. The chances of another round of political conflict seemed slim a few months ago as the government of Thaksin's sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, entered its third year in office after a fairly smooth ride, much to do with outwardly cordial ties with her brother's enemies, among them generals, royal advisers and opposition politicians. Having fled into exile to avoid a jail sentence for graft in 2008, Thaksin had hoped the climate was ripe for him to try to return. Protesters have marched for weeks in Bangkok streets, clashing with riot police and vowing to overthrow the "Thaksin regime" and replace it with "good people", effectively suspending Thailand's democratic system.
Schools close in smog-enshrouded eastern China
Hazardous air pollution forced schools to shut or suspend outdoor activities in at least two cities in eastern China, where residents complained of the yellow skies and foul smells that are symptomatic of the country's crippling smog crisis. China's stability-obsessed leadership has become increasingly concerned by the abysmal air quality in cities, as it plays into popular resentment over political privilege and rising inequality in the world's second-largest economy. In Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, the sun was the color of "salted egg yolk" on Wednesday as the government raised the "red alert" for poor air quality for the first time, state-run news media reported. Levels above 300 are considered hazardous, while the World Health Organization recommends a daily level of no more than 20.
Toronto Mayor Ford may have tried to buy crack video: police documents
By Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have offered cash and a car to buy a video allegedly showing him using crack cocaine, according to notes from police wiretaps. Ford admitted early last month he had smoked crack cocaine, saying it was probably "in one of my drunken stupors," but he said he is not an addict and does not need help. The existence of an alleged video was initially reported in May by the Toronto Star newspaper and media website Gawker. Ford said at the time that he could not comment on a video he had not seen "or does not exist." But according to police notes of a recorded phone conversation involving two suspected gang members, Ford was aware of the video's existence in March, and offered to buy it.
OSCE meeting opens in Kiev, gripped by protests
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Foreign diplomats have converged on a tense Ukrainian capital, which is gripped by massive protests against the government's decision to freeze ties with the EU and turn to Moscow instead.
Biden says 'significant apprehension' over China air zone
US Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday China's air zone had caused "significant apprehension" and Beijing needed to reduce Asia-Pacific tensions to protect its growing stake in regional peace and stability. Biden, speaking to about 60 US business leaders in the Chinese capital, expressed alarm over the country's move to expand its military influence in the skies over the East China Sea, and said he discussed the issue during more than four hours of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. "China's recent and sudden announcement of the establishment of a new air defence identification zone has, to state the obvious, caused significant apprehension in the region," Biden said. China declared last month that it had established an air defence identification zone (ADIZ), over an area off its southeast coast that includes a group of islands disputed with Japan.
Biden says disputes remain over treatment of U.S. journalists in China
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the United States and China have "profound disagreements" over the treatment of American journalists in the country. The comments by Biden are the highest-level statement out of Washington on the state of press freedoms in China. Biden's statement came two days after the United Kingdom protested to China for barring a Bloomberg News reporter from an event in Beijing attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Japan may set up UK-style decommission agency for Fukushima plant
By Yoshifumi Takemoto TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's ruling party could set up a British-style agency to shut down the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, taking control of a project now managed by the station's embattled operator, a senior party policymaker said on Thursday. A huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 triggered three meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, and exposed a lack of preparation by Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco. Tepco has proceeded with initial decommissioning steps, including the tricky removal of spent fuel rod assemblies from a badly damaged reactor building. "It is likely that the government will eventually have to take responsibility" for the decommissioning, Tadamori Oshima, head of the Liberal Democratic Party's task force on disaster reconstruction, told Reuters.
Iraq forces end Kirkuk mall siege, release hostages
Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Security forces early Thursday ended an hours-long siege at a mall in the northern city of Kirkuk but not before militants killed nine people, security officials and medics said. Attacks by militants were also launched Wednesday in Baghdad, Mosul, Tikrit and Fallujah, but the assault on the Jawaher Mall in Kirkuk was the deadliest.
Australian royal prank DJ settles case, resigns
An Australian DJ whose royal prank call to a London hospital resulted in the suicide of a nurse has settled her workplace lawsuit with the network and resigned. Mel Greig also won a public concession from her employer, Southern Cross Austereo, that she had not been responsible for broadcasting the call and had suggested it be edited before being aired. "Mel Greig wishes to make it clear that, as an announcer, she was not responsible for the decision to broadcast the hoax call," Austereo said in a statement published late Wednesday. The concessions were made in an announcement from Austereo that it had "amicably resolved" an industrial tribunal case with Greig, who had filed a workplace safety complaint over the prank.
Thai king urges people to do their duty, declines comment on crisis
Protesters are attempting to bring down the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and five people have been killed in clashes over the past week. The two sides reached a truce to mark the king's birthday. The 86-year-old king is the only monarch most Thais have ever known and has been a father figure who has defused previous crises. "All Thais should realize this point a lot and behave and perform our duties accordingly, our duty for the sake of the public, for stability, security for our nation of Thailand," the king told a gathering of the country's top leaders.
Guards battle armed men inside Yemen Defense Ministry: source
SANAA (Reuters) - A gun battle was taking place inside the Yemeni Defense Ministry in Sanaa on Thursday after gunmen in military uniforms infiltrated the compound following a suicide car bomb attack at the gate, a source inside the ministry said. The source estimated that more than 20 people have either been killed or wounded in the blast and ensuing battle. (Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari, writing by Sami Aboudi; editing by Patrick Graham)
Dead, wounded in Sanaa suicide car bombing
A suicide car bombing at the defence ministry in the heart of Sanaa left dead and wounded on Thursday, Yemeni security sources said. "A car bomb driven by a suicide bomber tried to force its way into the western entrance of the ministry complex," a security official told AFP. The bombing comes at a time when Yemen is experiencing a surge of violence, and follows a spate of hit-and-run attacks on military and other officials in Sanaa by militants on motorbikes.
Explosion at Yemen Defense Ministry wounds 20
ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Military and hospital officials in Yemen say a large explosion at the Defense Ministry complex in the center of the capital, Sanaa, has wounded 20 people, many of them seriously.
Jordanian reporter recovering after Philippine kidnap ordeal
Jolo (Philippines) (AFP) - A Jordanian TV reporter on Thursday described escaping captivity by Islamic militants in the southern Philippine jungle following an 18-month kidnap ordeal that saw him lose a third of his body weight. Looking gaunt and haggard, with his cheeks hollowed out, Bakr Atyani said from hospital that he sneaked out after his guards from the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group went to get supplies.
Ukraine government doesn't rule out discussing snap polls
The government of Ukraine does not rule out discussing snap elections with the opposition, a high-ranking official said ahead of a meeting of top European diplomats in Kiev Thursday. "We have to hold negotiations," said First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Arbuzov when asked by Ukrainian Channel 5 late Wednesday if he considers snap parliamentary and presidential elections a solution to the ongoing standoff by pro-EU demonstrators across the country. Arbuzov, 37, is seen as a key member of the so-called "Family" of close allies around President Viktor Yanukovych who have a strong influence on his decision-making. The comments came after nearly two weeks of protests in Ukraine against the decision by the government not to sign a key political and trade agreement with the EU.
Mexico finds stolen radioactive material
Tepojaco (Mexico) (AFP) - Mexican soldiers set up a safety perimeter around a cancer-treating device containing dangerous radioactive material that was stolen along with a truck from a gas station. The people who stole the truck and removed the device from a steel-reinforced wooden box and left it in a rural area north of Mexico City are probably already dead or dying, the national nuclear safety board said.
Mexico plans how to safely box up recovered cobalt
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican troops and federal police kept a nighttime watch on a rural field where thieves abandoned a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, while officials began planning the delicate task of recovering the dangerous material.
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BBC Americas News
Obama: US must fix 'unequal economy'
President Barack Obama calls for government action to remedy what he describes as profound income inequality and a lack of social mobility in the US.
Not guilty plea in US teacher murder
A student in the US state of Massachusetts who is accused of killing his maths teacher pleads not guilty to murder, rape and robbery.
Newtown massacre 911 calls released
Authorities release emergency recordings of callers pleading for police help as last year's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, unfolded.
Beached whales dead in Florida
Ten whales die and as many as 30 more are stranded after a pod beached off Florida's Everglades National Park.
Rockwell painting in record sale
A Normal Rockwell painting sells for $46m (£28m) in New York, a new record for a piece of American art sold at auction.
Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC
Martin Bashir resigns from liberal US news and chat network MSNBC after "offensive" remarks about former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Canada rocked by soldier suicides
Canada's military is soul searching after the suicides of up to four soldiers in just a week, raising questions over post-traumatic stress disorder.
Biden urges Chinese to test leaders
US Vice-President Joe Biden begins a high-profile trip to China by encouraging people to "challenge the government".
Writer Suri honoured for bad sex
Novelist Manil Suri has won the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction prize for his description of an erotic scene involving three characters.
Man jailed in Cuba seeks Obama's aid
Alan Gross, a US man jailed in Cuba, asks President Obama to intervene personally to help win his release, on the fourth anniversary of his arrest.
Crash and fire killed Hollywood star
Hollywood star Paul Walker was killed by impact and a fire in a car crash in California on Saturday, a post-mortem examination finds.
NY train crash driver 'lost focus'
The driver of a New York commuter train that derailed on Sunday, killing four, lost focus moments before the crash, a union official says.
VIDEO: Obama: Income gap bigger than race
President Barack Obama says the nation must stop viewing its expanding opportunity gap as a strictly minority issue if US income inequality is to be combated.
VIDEO: Big cat roams in Hollywood Hills
Footage has emerged of a male cougar first seen in Griffith Park in Los Angeles almost two years ago.
VIDEO: Biden: US concerned by China zone
The US remains "deeply concerned" about China's new air defence identification zone, Vice-President Joe Biden tells Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.
VIDEO: Burgundy guests on real life TV news
Actor and comedian Will Ferrell became his alter ego Ron Burgundy when he co hosted a news programme in America.
VIDEO: UK cycling 'can learn from New York'
Former Olympian Chris Boardman and New York City transport policy director Jon Orcott explain how making space for bikes has helped improve safety for everyone in the city.
AUDIO: Mugger's online apology, 35 years on
A mugger has apologised to his victim on Facebook - three and a half decades after stealing his bus pass.
VIDEO: Millions at NY Thanksgiving parade
The New York Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade sets off, with its giant balloons given the all-clear to fly despite earlier concerns about bad weather.
VIDEO: Obamas on life post-White House
President and Mrs Obama speak about how they are preparing as a family for life after the White House, and which of them would make a better president.
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