North Korea defector who crossed DMZ ‘was shot five times’
A North Korean who defected at the heavily guarded Demilitarised Zone was shot at least five times and is in a critical condition, South Korea says, according to BBC.
The soldier crossed to the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the village of Panmunjom on Monday.
He had driven near the JSA, but had to finish his journey by foot when a wheel came loose, the South..
Spain’s PM vows to end ‘separatist havoc’
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said regional elections next month in Catalonia will help end "separatist havoc" in the north-eastern region, BBC report.
He addressed a campaign event on his first visit there since imposing direct rule on the region a fortnight ago.
Defending his decision in Barcelona, he said he had "exhausted all roads" after the Catalan government's unilateral..
Turkey rejects ‘ludicrous’ Gulen kidnap allegations
Reports that former White House aide Michael Flynn was part of a plot to help forcibly remove a Muslim cleric to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars are "ludicrous", Turkey says, according to BBC.
The Turkish embassy in Washington said the allegations were "utterly false, ludicrous and groundless".
Ex-CIA director James Woolsey revealed an alleged $15m (£11.5m) plan to remove cleric..
Iraq begins fight for IS-held town, Rawa
Iraqi forces have launched an offensive to recapture Rawa, the last town controlled by so-called Islamic State, BBC report.
The town, and a few small parcels of land, are all that remains under the militants' control in Iraq, after the larger town of al-Qaim fell last week.
The group's last urban stronghold in Syria, Albu Kamal, fell afterwards.
Retaking Rawa in the offensive, which began..
Five Argentine friends killed in New York truck attack
Five friends from Argentina were among those killed in a truck attack in New York on Tuesday, BBC report.
Eight people were killed and 11 injured when the driver of the truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan.
A 29-year-old man, an Uzbek immigrant, was shot and injured by police as he left the vehicle. He is under arrest.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told CBS that a note was..
Suspect ‘killed nine over two months’ in Japan
A man who was arrested after police found dismembered bodies in his flat has confessed to killing nine people over two months, Japanese media say, according to BBC.
Police had found two severed heads, and the body parts of seven others, at Takahiro Shiraishi's home on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old reportedly said he cut the flesh off the bodies to dispose of them and put cat litter over the..
Singapore python tries to eat ‘petrified’ pet parrot
A pet parrot in Singapore has been rescued from the jaws of death, after its owners discovered a huge python coiled around their bird's cage, according to BBC.
The 1.5m long (5ft) snake was found on Monday in Melvin Yap's home.
Mr Yap extricated the python with a stick, and passed it to an animal rescue group. He told the BBC that their pet bird, named Nikki, survived unharmed, but was..
Sopranos actress Sciorra alleges rape
Italian-American actress Annabella Sciorra, who starred in US TV series The Sopranos, has accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, BBC report.
She told The New Yorker that Weinstein forced his way into her New York apartment and assaulted her in 1992.
She alleges that he sexually harassed her in the subsequent years. In the article actress Daryl Hannah also says she was harassed..
White farmers receive jail terms
Two white farmers in South Africa who forced a black man into a coffin have been sentenced to jail for more than 10 years each, BBC report.
Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen were convicted in August for attempted murder and kidnapping.
They accused Victor Mlotshwa of trespassing on their land, beat him up, made him get into a coffin and threatened to burn him alive.
Albert Einstein’s theory of happiness sold for $1.5m
Advice on two notes written by Albert Einstein describing his theory for happy living has sold at an auction house in Jerusalem for $1.56m (£1.19m), BBC report.
The Nobel Prize-winning German-born physicist gave the notes to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 instead of a tip.
He told the messenger that if he was lucky, the notes would become valuable.
Einstein devoted his life to science but..
Dead US soldier’s widow says Trump ‘made me cry’
The widow of a dead US soldier says Donald Trump could not remember her husband's name when he phoned to offer condolences, BBC report.
Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt La David Johnson, told ABC News the president's "stumbling" and tone "made me cry".
But President Trump said that he had used Sgt Johnson's name "without hesitation" and described the conversation as "very respectful".
Russia top radio presenter stabbed in neck
One of Russia's top radio presenters is in hospital after being stabbed in the neck by a man who broke into her newsroom at broadcaster Ekho Moskvy, BBC report.
Tatyana Felgengauer's injury is not life-threatening.
The knifeman is under arrest. His motive is not clear, though police say it appears to be a personal grudge.
Ekho Moskvy, an independent station, often broadcasts views critical..
Missing California hikers died
A California couple who went missing in July in the Joshua Tree National Park are believed to have died in a murder-suicide pact, police have said, according to BBC.
Rachel Nguyen, 20 and Joseph Orbeso, 22, were first discovered on 15 October by a search and rescue party that included Mr Orbeso's father.
Police said evidence at the scene suggested that Mr Orbeso shot Ms Nguyen before turning..
China enters “new era”, President Xi Jinping says
China has entered a "new era" where it should "take centre stage in the world", President Xi Jinping says, BBC report.
The country's rapid progress under "socialism with Chinese characteristics" shows there is "a new choice for other countries", he told the Communist Party congress.
The closed-door summit determines who rules China and the country's direction for the next term.
Taliban twin attack kills dozens in Afghanistan
Suicide bombers and gunmen have stormed a police training centre in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez, killing at least 41 people, BBC report.
Some 110 civilians and 48 police were injured. The interior ministry said the local police chief was among the dead.
The Taliban said it was behind the attack, and is being blamed for a second assault in neighbouring Ghazni province.
Murdered journalist Caruana Galizia’s son hits out Malta
The son of an investigative journalist killed in a car bomb attack in Malta has denounced what he called the country's "mafia state", BBC report.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, died in an explosion shortly after she left her home in Bidnija, near Mosta, on Monday.
She was known for her blog accusing top politicians of corruption.
"My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule..
Hurricane Ophelia kills two people in Ireland
A woman in her 50s and a man in his 30s have been killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles, BBC report.
As hurricane-force gusts battered the Republic of Ireland, the woman died when a tree fell on her car.
The man died in a chainsaw accident in Co Tipperary while attempting to remove a tree downed by the storm.
About 120,000 homes in the Irish Republic, and 4000..
Nepalese woman held in Kathmandu for swindling Rs 500 million
A woman has been arrested on charge of swindling Rs 500 million from more than 50 persons in Pokhara from Jaisidev of Kathmandu recently, THT report.
Kaski District Police Office in coordination with Kathmandu Police arrested Devi Kumari Bhujel (42) and her husband Laxman Thapa from Jaisidev.
Bhujel is a permanent resident of Bhat Khola in Syangja district was residing in Chaude..
India Supreme Court bans fireworks in Delhi
India's Supreme Court has banned fireworks in the capital Delhi, in the run-up to the Hindu festival of Diwali, BBC report.
The court said it wanted to test if banning fireworks would make a difference to Delhi's air quality, ranked among the worst in the world.
The ban on the sale and distribution of firecrackers will last until 1 November. Diwali falls on 18 October.
Diwali, the most..
Pakistani teen in scientific first
Only 17 years old and he is already a recognised scientist. Muhammad Shaheer Niazi's research on electric honeycomb was recently published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, according to BBC.
Physicists have known the phenomenon of electric honeycomb for decades. It occurs when a layer of oil is placed in an electric field between a pointy electrode and a flat one - and the instability..