Swiss central bank introduces negative interest rate

18 Dec 2014

Switzerland's central bank today announced it was introducing negative interest rates, in a bid to stop the Swiss franc -- a safe haven ...

41 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to prison

18 Dec 2014

At least 41 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced today from one to 15 years in prison in Egypt for torching five churches, the ...

Asylum-seeker babies to stay in Australia in 'one-off' deal

18 Dec 2014

Thirty-one babies born to asylum- seeker parents in Australia will be allowed to stay in the country in a "one-off" arrangement, the ...

US Navy tests robotic 'shark'

18 Dec 2014

The US Navy has successfully tested an autonomous underwater drone that looks and swims like a shark and can gather data on tides, currents ...

Airbags could have expiry date: Japan auto industry chief

18 Dec 2014

Japanese carmakers are mulling the idea of introducing expiration dates for airbags, the head of the country's auto industrial body said ...

Heavy snow kills 5, disrupts travel in Japan

18 Dec 2014

At least five people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan, reports said today, with more than two metres lying in ...

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

18 Dec 2014

Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see ...

Personality outsmarts intelligence at school

18 Dec 2014

Personality is more important than intelligence when it comes to success in education, according to a new study which also identified the ...

China arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction

18 Dec 2014

A police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 had been arrested, the official ...

S.Korea cancels planned border 'Christmas tree'

18 Dec 2014

A South Korean Christian group today scrapped a plan to construct a new Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea, ...

Pak-born poet awarded Britain's Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry

18 Dec 2014

Pakistan-born British poet Imtiaz Dharker, whose works include 'The Terrorist at my Table' and 'Over the Moon', has been awarded the ...

China makes inroads into Balkans

18 Dec 2014

China has enhanced its presence in the Balkans by reaching an understanding with three Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries to ...

Pakistan prepares to execute 55 death row inmates

18 Dec 2014

Pakistan is preparing to execute 55 inmates on death row after the country ended the moratorium on death penalty in terror-related cases ...

Global carbon dioxide emissions at all-time high: study

18 Dec 2014

Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reached an all-time high in 2013, mainly due to continuing steady increase ...

Australian PM says cafe siege 'horrific wake-up call'

18 Dec 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today admitted Sydney's cafe siege was "a horrific wake-up call" as details emerged of the final ...

Smart window that tints and powers itself invented

18 Dec 2014

Scientists have developed a smart window which can darken or brighten without the need for an external power source and it can also ...

Earth may have formed with oceans in its interior

18 Dec 2014

Earth may have formed with oceans in its interior and has been continuously supplying water to the surface via plate tectonics, a new study ...

4 die as military plane crashes during Egypt-UAE joint drill

18 Dec 2014

Four military officials, two of them Egyptian and two from UAE, were killed when a military aircraft crashed during a joint exercise ...

Lanka think tank calls for a genuine truth seeking mechanism

18 Dec 2014

A leading Sri Lankan think tank has called for a "genuine and credible domestic process" to probe allegations of human rights abuses in the ...

New lens-free microscope to detect cancer

18 Dec 2014

Researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with ...

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