Meet the people who are still 'untouchables' after all these years

Lalitha Devi is 65 and remembers how, during her childhood, when she worked in the fields of a high caste landowner, she used to get thirsty and ask for water.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 8:15 pm

Gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

Armed insurgents stormed Kabul's largest hotel Saturday, setting off an explosion and sparking a fire, trapping an unknown number of hotel guests inside, Afghan officials confirmed.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 7:41 pm

A woman called the ‘serial stowaway’ sneaked past airport security — again — and flew to London

A woman notorious for stowing away on commercial airplanes made it past two Transport Security Administration agents at O'Hare International Airport by hiding her face with her hair, and then stayed overnight at the airport before sneaking onto a plane and flying to London, prosecutors said Saturday.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 7:10 pm

Trump campaign ad says Democrats are 'complicit' in crimes by illegal immigrants, raises heat during shutdown

President Donald Trump released a provocative campaign ad on the anniversary of his inauguration, charging Democrats with being "complicit" in killings by immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 6:50 pm

Syria promotes tourism, despite devastation of civil war

Across Syria, buildings lie in ruin. Millions have fled their homes. And historic sites have been shattered, either by military bombardment or at the hands of the Islamic State group.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 6:21 pm

Two dead, several hurt in Prague hotel fire

Two people died and nine were injured in a fire at a hotel in the centre of Prague on Saturday night, fire and rescue officials said.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 5:19 pm

Turkey attacks US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria

With airstrikes and artillery fire, Turkey on Saturday defied US appeals and opened a long-anticipated offensive on Afrin, an enclave in Syria for Kurdish militias backed by the United States.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 5:07 pm

What happens in a US government shutdown?

Washington: The US Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to keep the US government open and prevent agencies from shutting down.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 4:41 pm

Paul Bocuse, French chef who became cultural star, dies at 91

Paul Bocuse, who became one of the 20th century's most influential chefs by building on the traditions of French haute cuisine with a distinctive style that emphasised simplicity and freshness, has died. He was 91.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 4:32 pm

Women's March protesters blast Trump as president touts gains

Thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against US President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 4:23 pm

He ate raw fish almost every day - until a 5-foot-long tapeworm slithered out of his body

He told an emergency room physician he had a liking for raw fish - specifically, salmon sashimi.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 1:27 pm

North, South Korea put on united front for Olympics

North and South Korea solidified plans to march together under a unified flag at next month's Winter Olympics and agreed to compete with a joint women's ice hockey team in a rare show of unity amid heightened tensions about Kim Jong Un's nuclear program.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 9:16 am

Trump blames Democrats for government shutdown

For President Donald Trump, this weekend was supposed to be a celebration.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 8:42 am

Protect the Amazon from big business and greed, Pope Francis urges

Francis has issued a ringing defence of the people and the environment of the Amazon.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 4:30 am

US government shutdown begins as budget talks falter in senate

Much of the federal government officially shut down early Saturday after Senate Democrats blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 4:28 am

Russia influence: Is this the collusion we were waiting for?

This is one of those episodes that is easy to lose track of amid the avalanche of evidence connecting the Trump administration and Russia.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 4:18 am

What should scare us about Trump's porn star scandal

The salaciousness entertains us, and it repulses us, too. But it's the secrecy that should scare us.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 4:03 am

Turkey begins offensive against US-backed Kurdish in Syria

Turkey has started firing shells into the northern Syrian region of Afrin targeting US-backed Kurdish militias, despite warnings from the United States.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 3:07 am

Senate Democrats block funding bill, US government shuts down

Senate Democrats have blocked passage of a stopgap spending bill to keep the US government open.

Posted on: 20 January 2018 | 12:10 am

Zimbabwe politician dies in US air crash

Leading Zimbabwean opposition politician Roy Bennett and four others, including his wife, have been killed in a helicopter crash

Posted on: 19 January 2018 | 11:41 pm

Hundreds of police in Thailand block anti-junta march

The planned protests are a rare display of public discontent in the junta-ruled country.

Posted on: 19 January 2018 | 10:53 pm

It was never about the Boris Bridge, so get over it

Theresa: “Boris, I don’t think that summit with France went very well.” Boris: “Oh, build a bridge and get over it… Hang on, that gives me an idea.”

Posted on: 19 January 2018 | 9:15 pm

Facebook to serve 'trustworthy' news over fake news, says CEO

"This sounds like extremely good news for news publishers that aren't hated by one side or the other."

Posted on: 19 January 2018 | 9:11 pm

Tom Petty died due to accidental drug overdose: coroner

Rocker Tom Petty died in October due to "multisystem organ failure" brought on by an accidental overdose of seven medications.

Posted on: 19 January 2018 | 7:42 pm

Las Vegas shooter's Australian girlfriend Marilou Danley 'cleared'

Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines at the time of the massacre, initially had been described as a "person of interest".

Posted on: 19 January 2018 | 7:26 pm