US astronaut John Glenn - "ultimate hometown hero" - dies at age 95

Former astronaut and US senator John Glenn, who shot to fame in 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at age 95, the governor of Ohio, Glenn's home state, announced on ...

Donald Trump named Time magazine's Person of the Year

Time magazine named US president-elect Donald Trump as the 2016 Person of the Year, a pick that its editor called a "straightforward" choice given the way he has shaken up US society before even...

"Mother" of India's Tamil Nadu state, Jayalalithaa dies aged 68

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, one of India's most powerful and popular politicians, died at a hospital in Chennai on Monday, a day after she suffered a cardiac arrest, doctors said.

Fidel Castro laid to rest in private funeral

Fidel Castro, who led Cuba through five decades of revolution, resistance and repression, was laid to rest on Sunday in a "solemn and private" ceremony in Santiago de Cuba.

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole

Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, was evacuated Thursday from the South Pole, the US National Science Foundation said.

Fiat scion briefly detained on fake kidnap claims, US prosecutors say

A member of the Italian family that controls the car giant Fiat-Chrysler was briefly detained by New York authorities after trying to collect ransom through a fake kidnapping scheme, prosecutors...

Top British photographer accused of rape found dead in Paris flat

A prominent British photographer who had recently been accused of rape by several of his former subjects has been found dead in his flat in Paris, security sources told dpa early Saturday.

Stephen King announces social media strike after Trump victory

The social media accounts of horror author Stephen King were silent on Sunday, after he announced he was "shutting down" after the US presidential election victory of Donald Trump.

Snowden's lawyer rejects speculation of pending extradition to US

US state intelligence worker turned whistleblower Edward Snowden's lawyer said Friday that it is groundless to believe he will be extradited from Russia.

Steven Seagal gets Russian citizenship upon Putin's decree

US action film star and martial artist Steven Seagal has received Russian citizenship upon a decree by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said Thursday.

EU's Georgieva returns to World Bank after missing out on top UN post

European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, who missed out earlier this month on the top job at the United Nations, is leaving her Brussels post to rejoin the World Bank group, she...

Assange interview with Ecuadorean prosecutor postponed one month

A formal interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a suspected rape in 2010 has been postponed until November, Swedish and Ecuadorean authorities said Thursday.

Paris opens judicial inquiry into Kardashian West heist

French authorities have opened a judicial investigation into the robbery of US reality television star Kim Kardashian West in Paris slightly more than a week ago.

Kim Kardashian West robbed at gunpoint in Paris hotel room

Reality television and social media star Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint of millions of euros worth of jewelry while inside her Paris hotel room, her spokesperson and a French judicial...

Peres believed he "stopped Netanyahu from attacking Iran," paper says

Israel's leaders were preparing for an attack on Iran, fearing that the Islamic republic might be gearing up to develop a nuclear weapon, but Shimon Peres believes he slammed the breaks on the...