Photo credit:

Insect named after Donald Trump

“Having a species named after you is almost always an honour,” a scientist said.

Iran President, Hassan Rouhani

Iran rules out review of nuclear deal despite U.S. concerns

U.S. President-elect Trump has expressed displeasure with the nuclear pact.


MH370 families say search for the missing plane must continue

The search for the missing plane was suspended on Tuesday.

Photo: The New Observer

No ban for Germany’s far-right NPD, Constitutional Court rules

Court President Andreas Vosskuhle said that the party’s radical ideology was not enough to merit a ban.


Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia

Officials played down any link between the operation and NATO concerns over Russia.


Trump says Brexit to be a great thing, wants deal with UK

“I think Brexit is going to end up being a great thing,” the President-elect said.


Bahrain executes 3 convicted in deadly police attack

The executions were carried after a top court rejected an appeal filed by the three.

Photo credit: The Seattle Times

Mosque torched in U.S.

The police believe the fire was intentionally set.

Photo credit:

Abbas meets Pope for Palestinian embassy opening in Vatican

The Vatican City officially recognised Palestine as a sovereign state in 2016.

Photo credit: TheWrap

Trump accuses Democrats, Republicans of plotting against him

“Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives both Democrats and Republicans – fake news!”

Photo credit:

Judge denies bail for Volkswagen executive arrested over emissions scandal

Volkswagen this week admitted guilt and agreed to pay $4.3 billion to the U.S. government.


Finally, Trump concedes Russia hacked into U.S. election

Mr. Trump denied that he had links with Russia.

Heathrow airport

Heathrow airport sets new record with 76 million passengers in 2016

Heathrow Airport, the world’s sixth-busiest airport, handled 1.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2016, a rise of 3 per cent.


Norway becomes first country to turn off FM radio

The move would ultimately see both state and commercial broadcasters leave FM radio for DAB.


Tears as Obama delivers farewell speech

“We must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.”


ISIS days are numbered — U.S.

ISIL fighters are surrounded on all sides by a superior force.


U.S. ship fires warning shots at Iranian Guard boats

The crew of the U.S. ship attempted to make contact with the Iranians over the radio, but received no response, an official said.


WikiLeaks rejects U.S. intelligence report that Russia leaked materials

“U.S. intelligence services have been politicised by the Obama administration,” Julian Assange said.


Thailand moves closer to death penalty for corrupt politicians

Thailand last carried out the death penalty in August 2009.

Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president

Syrian govt. ready to negotiate on ‘everything’, Assad says

But Mr. Assad says it is up to the Syrian people to elect their president.

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Former Iranian President

Photo: Famous People

Former Iranian president dies of heart attack – State Media

Rafsanjani was an influential figure in Iran, and headed the Expediency Council.

Malaysian Aircraft

Flight MH370: Malaysia to round off search in two weeks

“We hope we can find the plane and we pray hard that the search will bear fruit on how to locate MH370.”

Photo credit: The Peak

Obama outlines achievements, regrets in goodbye memo

Mr. Obama would deliver his farewell address on January 10 “to say thank you” to Americans.

Photo credit: The New York Times

Obama releases Guantanamo Bay detainees against Trump’s wish

Four more detainees were released.

Speaker of the House John Boehner addresses the 113th Congress in the Capitol in Washington January 3, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. House breaks with Obama, condemns UN resolution on Israeli settlements

The U.S. allowed a UN resolution to pass by abstaining.