Norway is to become the first Scandinavian country to decriminalise drugs as it focuses on treatment rather than punishment.  The majority of the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, backed the historic shift which was supported by the Conservatives (Høyre), Liberals (Venstre), the Labor...
A court in El Salvador has upheld the 30-year sentence of a woman jailed for what she says was a stillbirth. Teodora Vasquez, 37, has been in prison for nearly ten years. She says she called an ambulance and collapsed after suffering severe abdominal...
Britain kept the top spot in global financial services exports last year but Brexit threatens to raise barriers to its biggest market in Europe, TheCityUK said on Friday. The body, which promotes Britain as a financial centre, said banks, insurers, asset managers,...
Russia’s ex-economics minister Alexei Ulyukayev has been found guilty of accepting a bribe, a Moscow judge announced on Friday morning.  Judge Larisa Semenova began reading her verdict at 11.30am local time — aloud in mantra, as is customary in Russia. It may...
In the wake of the enormous Disney-21st Century Fox deal, Deadpool has hinted that he's not delighted about his new home. Ryan Reynolds, whose Twitter account very much bleeds into that of Deadpool's, posted a photo of the superhero being escorted to...
Jurors have convicted an Iowa woman of murder in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter, who weighed only 85 pounds when she died. The 12-person jury found Nicole Finn, 43, guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping and child endangerment in the October...
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Thursday evening about the threat posed by North Korea. A White House statement said the world leaders "discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea". The Kremlin said in a...
White House officials have claimed they purposefully leave information on Russian interference out of Donald Trump’s daily briefings for fear it will upset him. Current and former administration officials told the Washington Post they frequently plan the President’s daily brief (PDB,) around...
Bitcoin has a dirty secret. The cryptocurrency has wowed markets this year with breakneck gains as investors flocked to an asset that exists only in cyberspace. But the laborious creation of each digital bitcoin by private computer networks has real-world consequences in...
 A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children. Henri Michelle Piette is accused of kidnapping Rosalynn Michelle McGinnis...