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"I saw dead people everywhere". Witnesses describe horror of Christchurch mosque attacks

CHRISTCHURCH (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): Witnesses told of the horror at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch as the gunman burst in shooting at worshippers, mowing them down with automatic weapons fire. It was one of two mosques targeted in the city.

Inspired by Columbine, Brazil pair kill eight and themselves in school shooting

SUZANO, Brazil (Reuters) - Two former students opened fire at a Brazilian school on Wednesday and killed at least five teenagers as well as two school officials before committing suicide in an attack that police said was inspired by the 1999 Columbine massacre in the United States.

Pakistan releases captured Indian pilot; confrontation cools

WAGAH, India/MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan handed back a captured Indian pilot on Friday as the nuclear-armed neighbours scaled back a confrontation that has prompted world powers to urge restraint, although shelling continued in the disputed Kashmir region.

Inside a raid in Maduro's crackdown on critics in Venezuela slums

CARACAS (Reuters) - After Venezuelan police officers clad in black military uniforms and masks stopped 27-year-old Yohendry Fernandez at gunpoint in the Caracas slum of Jose Felix Ribas, they asked him if he had a criminal record. He replied yes.

As Taliban talks gather pace, Afghan women fear turning back clock

KABUL (Reuters) - Eighteen years ago, at the height of the Taliban's power in Afghanistan, Roshan Mashal secretly taught her daughters to read and write alongside a dozen local girls who smuggled school books to her house in potato sacks.

Venezuela captures rogue officers after uprising at military outpost

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government said on Monday it had suppressed a small military revolt after a group of officers stole weapons and kidnapped several officials, as a video posted online showed a sergeant demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.

'Sitting ducks': Volunteer describes rescue at besieged Kenyan hotel

NAIROBI (Reuters) - As the sun set on an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi, Serge Medic's phone pinged with a message from his son: "Dad, are you OK?... Don't do anything silly, please."

In death, these horses rest in an unusual cemetery

The Cavalry Brigade is a non-profit that considers itself an educational living history organisation. From April 11-14, 2019, thousands of re-enactors with at least 60 cannons and plenty of horses will camp and “fight” for four days, like soldiers did more than 150 years ago.

Gunmen kill 15 in Kenya hotel compound attack claimed by Somali Islamists

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and sending workers diving under desks to escape an attack claimed by Somalia-based Islamist group al Shabaab.

Ex-boyfriend kills love of his life, security guard, himself in a moment of rage

BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): The estranged ex-boyfriend of a university student killed a security guard before shooting his ex-girlfriend and turning the gun on himself on Tuesday night in Lampang province.