A fierce storm battered northern Europe Thursday, leaving three people dead or missing, causing mass transport disruption and threatening the biggest tidal surge in decades.
Winds of up to 142 miles (228 kilometers) per hour battered northern Britain while authorities evacuated residents and boosted flood defenses in low-lying areas across the region.Full Story
Spanish police seized over 550 kilos (1,200 pounds) of cocaine from a sailboat in the Atlantic and arrested three people, including two French crew members, the interior ministry said Thursday.
One of the crew members tried to set fire to the boat when a Spanish navy ship with police on board neared the sailboat about 500 nautical miles from Spain's Canary Islands, the ministry said in a statement.Full Story
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych met China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing Thursday, while opposition street protests continue at home in the nation's worst political crisis in a decade.
Yanukovych said that China and Ukraine were working to build a "bright future", while Xi described him as "an old friend of the Chinese people" and called for further cooperation between the two countries.Full Story
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday denounced European "hysterics" over Ukraine's rejection of a historic EU deal that would have pulled it out of Moscow's orbit for the first time.
"This situation is linked to the hysterics that certain Europeans went into over the fact that Ukraine, using its sovereign right, decided at this stage not to sign certain agreements that Ukrainian experts and authorities found disadvantageous," the Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying in Kiev.Full Story
Around 100 protesters in East Timor threw rocks at the Australian embassy Thursday and police responded with tear gas as a spying row between the nations intensified.
East Timor has expressed outrage over reports that Australia secretly bugged ministerial deliberations in Dili in 2004 to gain leverage in negotiations on an oil and gas revenue-sharing deal.Full Story
More than 100 national and provincial legislators staged a protest on Thursday in the Pakistani capital Islamabad against U.S. drone strikes on suspected militants in the country's tribal belt.
"We will continue our protest against drone strikes and...we will not allow NATO supplies to pass through the (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) province," former cricket star Imran Khan told the gathering outside parliament.Full Story
A British marine who executed a severely injured Afghan insurgent was named for the first time Thursday, after a judge dismissed his claim that his identity should be protected for his own safety.
Sergeant Alexander Blackman is facing a possible life sentence after he was found guilty at a court martial last month of murdering the insurgent while deployed in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province in 2011.Full Story
Two Spanish ex-policemen refused on Thursday to be extradited to Argentina to stand trial for allegedly torturing prisoners during the Franco dictatorship, a court said.
Dozens of angry supporters of the victims demonstrated near the courthouse in Madrid as Juan Antonio Gonzalez Pachecho, 67 -- known as Billy the Kid -- and Jesus Munecas Aguilar, 78, arrived for their hearing.Full Story
Jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko on Thursday called on the West to impose sanctions against Ukrainian President Vladimir Yanukovych and his family amid the nation's worst political crisis in a decade.
"Targeted sanctions against him and his family are the only language he understands," the former prime minister was quoted as saying by her lawyer Sergiy Vlasenko in a message from detention.Full Story
Japan's parliament appeared set Thursday to pass a controversial law protecting state secrets, despite widening criticism that it represents a power grab by an already-opaque government.
Ruling party lawmakers pushed the bill through an upper house committee earlier in the day, provoking anger in the chamber, and forwarded it to the full house for final approval expected later Thursday.Full Story