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
A storm lashed Scotland and other parts of Britain with gusts of up to 142 mph (228 km/h) Thursday, killing one person and causing the cancellation of all trains and some planes.
More than 25,000 homes were left without power in Scotland and Northern Ireland.Full Story
At least eight people were killed Thursday when a suicide car bomber rammed a convoy in Somalia's northern port of Bossasso, a region harboring Al-Qaida-linked Shebab insurgents where tensions are high ahead of elections in January.
"There was a car bomb attack targeting a vehicle of the security forces, he rammed the convoy and then exploded," Abdullahi Said, a police officer in the port town, told AFP.Full Story
Bangladesh's former military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad threatened to kill himself Thursday after security forces besieged his home following his decision to boycott next month's elections.
"I have loaded four pistols and I've told the government that if they play any tricks with me, I will kill myself," Ershad told a local television crew during an interview inside his home in the early hours.Full Story