A Saudi court on Tuesday has sentenced 18 people to jail after they were convicted of corruption and bribery. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has vowed to crackdown on corruption, as the kingdom’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seeks to diversify the country’s economy and make it less dependent on oil. It was said […]

Sixteen people were sentenced to death on Thursday for burning alive a Bangladeshi teenager who refused to withdraw sexual assault charges against her headteacher. The case highlights what activists say is a culture of impunity over sexual violence in the South Asian country of 168 million people, as well as abuse rife in around 20,000 […]

South Africa’s embattled former president Jacob Zuma will appeal a court ruling that he stand trial on corruption charges, his lawyer said Tuesday, in a last-minute move delaying a case over bribery allegations dating back to a 1990s arms deal. The trial would have been the first time Zuma faced a court on graft charges, […]

A woman died and another was seriously hurt when they were flung from a chair swing ride at an annual funfair in central France, emergency services said Tuesday. The pair had been more than 10 metres (about 33 feet) up in the air, in one of several “flying” pods attached to large arms spinning around […]

A feisty four-metre (13-foot) king cobra was pulled from a sewer in southern Thailand in an hour-long operation, a rescue foundation today described  the reptile as one of the largest they had ever captured. Footage of the daring capture showed a man chasing the cobra — the world’s longest venomous snake — into a dark […]

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