Officials have said 400 Mawozo gang is demanding $1m per hostage in ransom to release 17 members of missionary group.
Asadullah Haroon Gul was denied access to a lawyer, held for 14 years at Guantanamo without charge; now ordered freed.
Barbados elects first-ever president, replacing British monarchy
The former British colony will replace the UK’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic.
US stocks rise to all-time high lifted by solid corporate results
With stocks flying high, traders are bracing for market swings in the face of rising price pressures.
Syria says 24 executed for starting wildfires
Justice ministry says those executed were ‘criminals’ responsible for the deaths and damage to infrastructure.
Minnesota ex-cop resentenced to 57 months for shooting woman
Mohamed Noor claims he feared for his safety and that of his police partner when he shot the unarmed woman.
Winter is coming? Oil falls from 3-year peak on warmer forecast
A forecast for a warm United States winter put the brakes on a rally fuelled by tight supply and a global energy crunch.
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Brazilian Senate inquiry says Jair Bolsonaro should face crimes against humanity charges for mishandling the pandemic.
Red hot: Houston firefighters pension fund goes crypto
The Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund said it invested $25m in Bitcoin and Ether.