Almost 100,000 boat people have made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe this year, a roughly 60 percent increase on the whole of last year, and about 800 have died in the attempt, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday.
Thousands of people rallied in Seoul on today, 100 days after South Korea's ferry disaster, to push for an independent inquiry into the tragedy that claimed around 300 lives, most of them students.
Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, U.S. software billionaire Bill Gates said, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia.
A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis earlier today after arriving in Italy en route to the United States.
The government today ruled out any change in the July 26 deadline for former ministers and ex-MPs to vacate their bungalows, and eviction proceedings are likely to begin from Sunday.