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At least five people were killed and several others injured after a gun rampage in the beachfront city of Santa Monica

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At least five people were killed and several others injured after a gun rampage in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, police say. The attack began at a house and ended on a college campus where police say they shot the gunman in the library. Police initially put the death toll at six, but later revised it to five people dead, including the shooter. The gunman was in his late 20s and...

Activist and programmer Aaron Swartz took his life in his New York apartment

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Aaron Swartz, a celebrated internet freedom activist and early developer of the website Reddit, has died at the age of 26. The activist and programmer took his life in his New York apartment, a relative and the state medical examiner said. His body was found on Friday. Aaron Swartz began computer programming as a child, and at 14 co-authored an early version of the RSS specification. He later bec...

Pope Francis has renounced the grand papal penthouse on the top floor of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace in favor of a modest two-room residence

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...e to use the papal library on the second floor of the Apostolic palace for receiving official guests and will appear on Sundays at the window used by previous popes to address pilgrims in St Peters Square. About half the 105 suites in the residence are occupied by Vatican staff, who had to move out of their rooms to accommodate visiting cardinals during the holding of the recent conclave at which...

Tony Nicklinson was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a stroke in 2005 and described his life as a "living nightmare"

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...Tony Nicklinson had told her two days after the ruling he was “crestfallen, totally devastated and very frightened”. Tony Nicklinson had added: “I fear for the future and the misery it is bound to bring. “I suppose it was wrong of me to invest so much hope and expectation into the judgment but I really believed in the veracity of the argument and quite simply could not unde...

Il Giornale, owned by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has caused controversy by printing a front page headline which said “Fourth Reich” above a picture of German chancellor Angela Merkel

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...ery worried about “the growing resentment in the Italian parliament against Europe, against the euro and against the Germans”. Mario Monti also added that leaders should not let themselves be tied down by the domestic agendas of their national parliaments in EU negotiations and said: “If governments let themselves be bound completely by the decisions of their parliaments without maintaining their...

Prosecutors in France have opened a murder inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat

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...amallah to analyze his remains. Yasser Arafat led the Palestine Liberation Organisation for 35 years and became the first president of the Palestinian Authority in 1996. He fell violently ill in October 2004 and died two weeks later, at the age of 75, in a French military hospital. French doctors bound by privacy rules did not release information about Yasser Arafat’s condition. In 2005, the...

Saudi Arabia is planning to build a new city exclusively for women as it bids to combine strict Sharia law and career minded females, pursuing work

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...women-only industries in various parts of the kingdom.” As part of a mass overhaul of its workforce and its bid to get women into work the state is also attempting to replace foreign salespeople with Saudi women. This summer, women started replacing staff in cosmetics and perfume shops, only half a year after they replaced male sales staff in lingerie stores. But despite some progress, women̵...

A layer of varnish added later to protect Van Gogh work Flowers In A Blue Vase is in fact turning the yellow to a greyish-orange color

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...ers In A Blue Vase – this time from a pigment called cadmium yellow – had turned greyish and cracked. Normally, cadmium yellow grows paler and less vibrant as it ages. So the team again took tiny samples of the work to some of Europe’s largest sources of X-rays: the ESRF in France and Desy in Germany. Both use vast particle accelerators to speed up electrons, which spray out X-ra...

An 11-year-old boy from UK boarded a plane from Manchester to Rome on his own without a passport, tickets or boarding pass

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...The spokesman said: “It is clear that documentation has not been checked correctly at security and the boarding gate. “The boy went through full security screening, so the safety of passengers and the aircraft was never compromised.” Transport Secretary Justine Greening said: “I treat security breaches very, very seriously indeed, so we are now reviewing urgently with Manch...

American novelist Philip Roth has criticized Wikipedia after he was unable to convince the site to change an entry about one of his novels

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...Wikipedia entry was changed and a section noting the debate inserted near its end. Wikipedia entries and edits are policed by administrators, who have the power to delete pages, or protect those being vandalized. Recent reports suggest the number of people being approved to run the site is on the decline. Wikipedia by numbers English Wikipedia: • 4,005,000 articles • If printed and bound, it would...

Libya wants to try Abdullah al-Senussi for crimes allegedly committed during his time as Colonel Gaddafi's right-hand man

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...a-bound flight. A witness at the airport was quoted as saying Abdullah al-Senussi was not handcuffed and seemed in good spirits as he boarded the plane. In March, Abdullah al-Senussi was arrested at Nouakchott airport in Mauritania after flying in from Morocco. He was disguised as a Tuareg chieftain and was carrying a fake passport. He was later charged with illegally entering the country and usin...

Jennie Garth has lost a significant amount of weight after the split, with many conceding that she may well be another victim of the heartbreak diet

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Jennie Garth recently split from her husband Peter Facinelli after 11 years of marriage. And since the couple announced their break-up, Jennie Garth, 40, has lost a significant amount of weight, with many conceding that she may well be another victim of the “heartbreak diet”. And the extent of her weight loss was all too evident over the weekend, when the actress slipped into a yellow bikini to p...

Patrick Devillers had close ties to Bo Xilai and his wife, Gu Kailai, a suspect in the death of British man Neil Heywood

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Patrick Devillers, a French architect with alleged links to scandal-hit Chinese politician Bo Xilai has left Cambodia for China, officials say. Patrick Devillers was detained in Phnom Penh on 13 June at China’s request. He reportedly had close ties to Bo Xilai and his wife, Gu Kailai, a suspect in the death of British man Neil Heywood. Cambodia had said he would not be sent to either China...

Peruvian police officials say they have found the wreckage of a helicopter missing in the south of the country, and all 14 on board are dead

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...lice officials say they have found the wreckage of a helicopter missing in the south of the country, and all 14 on board are dead. The helicopter had left the Amazon region of Madre de Dios on Wednesday bound for Cusco. The 12 passengers were mostly South Korean but included a Dutchman, a Czech, a Swede and a Peruvian, police said. The two members of the crew were Peruvian. The wreckage was at 4,9...

A Dana Air passenger plane with at least 162 people on board has crashed into a building in Nigeria's main city of Lagos

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A Dana Air passenger plane with at least 162 people on board has crashed into a building in Nigeria’s main city of Lagos, officials say. Witnesses told Reuters news agency they saw the Dana Air plane strike the two-storey building and burst into flames. At least 162 people were thought to be on board, but the head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said he doubted any could have survi...

In this photo taken four years ago, Zhang Ziyi is seen holidaying with her former fiancé Aviv Vivi Nevo in St Barts

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...ch time. Zhang Ziyi confirmed on Wednesday she had met with lawyers from Hong Kong law firm Haldanes and sent an official notice to Apple Daily following the allegations. She said in a message of her Weibo page (the Chinese version of Twitter): “I met with my lawyer in Hong Kong in the morning to discuss legal measures and just arrived in Hainan. The truth is bound to come to light. And since I ha...

Gunmen have attacked Ikhbariya TV, a Syrian pro-government TV channel, killing three people

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...in the town of Drusha, some 20 km (14 miles) south of the capital. State TV showed pictures of burnt and wrecked buildings, with fires still smouldering. Syria’s information minister, on a visit to the site, said the three victims had been abducted, bound, and killed in cold blood. Gunmen have attacked Ikhbariya TV, a Syrian pro-government TV channel, killing three people On Monday, the sta...

FBI has opened an investigation after needles were found in turkey sandwiches served on four Delta Air Lines flights

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...n investigation after needles were found in turkey sandwiches served on four Delta Air Lines flights bound for the US from the Netherlands. The needles, which the authorities said appeared to be small sewing needles, were found in six sandwiches prepared by the Amsterdam-based Gate Gourmet. One person flying to Minneapolis was injured. Needles were also found on two flights to Atlanta and one to S...

With a face full of make-up, Isabella Rossellini has proved a picture-perfect fit for luxury goods and jewellery brand Bulgari last week

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...the one released image, Isabella Rossellini, 60, is perched upon a plush couch, wearing a navy frock and carrying a red calf-leather tote handbag from the forthcoming collection. With a face full of make-up, Isabella Rossellini has proved a picture-perfect fit for luxury goods and jewellery brand Bulgari The product features a rock crystal twist lock and is no doubt bound to become the It bag of...

Last September, nearly 200 people died when an overcrowded boat with 800 people aboard sank off Zanzibar

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...ration told Reuters news agency the ferry was now “bottom-up”. “Twelve dead bodies and 10 survivors have been recovered so far. Rescue operations continue in bad weather,” Mwinyihaji Makame, state minister in the Zanzibari president’s office, told journalists, AFP reports. The route between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar is a busy crossing, popular with both Tanzanians an...

A jab that allows damaged hearts to heal themselves and could be given by paramedics in the back of ambulances is being developed at Imperial College London

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A jab that allows damaged hearts to heal themselves and could be given by paramedics in the back of ambulances is being developed at a British university. Scientists at Imperial College London hope that giving heart attack victims an injection of stem cells will trick the organ into repairing itself, saving lives and greatly cutting the odds of further ill health. Crucially, and unlike other tech...

Astronomers studying Titan, Saturn's largest moon, have described it as "a weirdly Earth-like place" when it comes to geology

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...ers which carve out channels in the moon’s surface, as its atmosphere is so thick with methane and nitrogen that the landscape is not visible from Earth. Intrigued by the discovery of the methane rivers, researchers from MIT and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville wanted to investigate the history of Titan’s geology. However, despite the visible river networks, the astronomers fou...

All Syrian planes have been banned from Turkish air space

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All Syrian planes have been banned from Turkish air space, Turkey’s foreign ministry has announced. The ban follows similar restrictions imposed by Syria, after a Syrian plane alleged to be carrying Russian munitions was intercepted by Turkey. Turkey’s ban came in on Saturday night and was communicated to Syria, but was only made public on Sunday. It applies to civilian aircraft, as militar...

Freelance photographer Chris Guerra was struck by a vehicle on Tuesday night after taking pictures of Justin Bieber's white $200,000 Ferrari in Los Angeles

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...d Bieber was in the vehicle. Justin Bieber today released a statement in which he said his “thoughts and prayers” were with Chris Guerra’s friends and family. In his statement, Justin Bieber said: “While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim. “Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legisla...

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West during a romantic trip in Italy to celebrate her 32nd birthday on October 2012

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...ip in Italy to celebrate her 32nd birthday on October 2012 Certainly sounds like the recipe for love and the perfect backdrop to make another Kardashian baby. Kim Kardashian is believed to be roughly around the 12 mark period. On Monday Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were spotted for the first time since their pregnancy news as they headed through Los Angeles International Airport bound for Las Veg...