Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe has called for the immediate release of a Japanese
journalist held by Islamic State after an audio recording
claimed that a fellow Japanese captive had been
US President Barack Obama will
visit Saudi Arabia to meet its new King Salman after the
death of his predecessor Abdullah, testimony to Riyadh's
important role in energy markets and the fight against
A German court ruled in favour of mens' right to pee standing
up, after a landlord tried to retain part of a tenant's €3000
deposit for allegedly damaging the marble floor of a toilet
by sprinkling it with urine.
Pope Francis has told the men he will elevate to the high
rank of cardinal next month to be humble and shun lavish
parties in their honour, saying they can do more damage than
alcohol on an empty stomach.
Russia may have to spend more
than $40 billion this year to avert a banking crisis, as the
growing likelihood of a sharp recession threatens to pile
extra costs on a sector suffering from Western sanctions over
Ukraine and a plunge in the rouble.