Google is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses.
An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers on board, nearly half of them French citizens, crashed on Thursday after the jet disappeared over northern Mali en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers, an Algerian official said.
Monkeys near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have lower blood cell counts than those living further away, possibly because of exposure to radiation, a study said.
The United States on Thursday threw its weight behind the newly elected president of Iraq, Fuad Masum, and urged him to form a "cohesive government" to help fight Islamic militants.
Germany will step up its counter-espionage activity against some of its allies, government sources said on Thursday, after Berlin opened investigations into two men it suspects of spying for the United States.
Ukraine's ruling parliamentary majority was officially disbanded on Thursday, setting the stage for early legislative elections in the strife-torn ex-Soviet state.
A blast ripped through a bus station in Kano, northern Nigeria, as passengers boarded buses out of the city, witnesses said.
Quiet and bookish, Iraq's president-elect Fuad Masum is different from jocular incumbent Jalal Talabani, but sharp political skills forged in the long battle for Kurdish self-determination are common to both.
Far-right hawk Reuven Rivlin was sworn in as Israel's 10th president earlier today at a formal ceremony in parliament which saw elder statesman Shimon Peres stepping down.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in New Delhi on July 30 on a three-day visit during which he wishes to discuss with the Indian leaders a range of key bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest besides co-chairing the fifth India-US Strategic Dialogue. It will be his first visit to India after the BJP-led government came to power.
The bodies of seven people all members of the same family have been recovered from a collapsed gold mine in western Colombia, authorities said.
A year after a train flew off the tracks on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people, the driver on Thursday asked for forgiveness in an open letter to the victims.
Syrian government forces have stepped up attacks on hospitals and clinics, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said earlier today, and is denying the delivery of medicine and medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas.
A possible truce to halt bloodshed in Gaza during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday next week hinges on complex negotiations that have to give Hamas, Israel and regional powers a chance to claim political and military victories.
A Liberian man has been hospitalised in Lagos with Ebola-like symptoms, but it is not yet clear if he is infected with the killer virus, Nigerian officials said.