The pilot of a US jet has had to abort his take-off after a tyre blew on the plane's nose gear, leaving it crippled on the runway.
Beijing (AFP) - Kicking balls, eating steamed buns and carrying his own umbrella, Xi Jinping is at the apex of Chinese power but has been busy building his "ordinary guy" credentials during his first year in charge.
A helicopter crash in England that has killed four people happened in thick fog, according to authorities.
The confusion in Crimea ahead of the weekend referendum on whether or not to cede from Ukraine has prompted a run on banks.
Tokyo (AFP) - A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off southern Japan early Friday injuring 17 people, reports said as officials warned residents to be alert to the danger of landslides following the tremor.
Sydney (AFP) - Australian police on Friday dropped a proceeds of crime investigation into high-profile drugs trafficker Schapelle Corby, saying events in Indonesia had overtaken the probe.
Continuing signals led searchers to believe the missing Malaysia Airlines plane may have flown more than 1600 km beyond its last confirmed sighting.
Pressure is mounting on Australia to include discussion of climate change on the G20 agenda during its presidency.
Indian Wells (United States) (AFP) - Top seed Li Na edged Dominika Cibulkova in three sets on Thursday, reprising her victory over the Slovakian in the Australian Open final to book an Indian Wells semi-final berth.
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