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Indonesia was rocked by a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake Friday, with the national disaster agency saying that “many” buildings had collapsed in the aftermath of the huge tremor.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she and the leaders of Turkey, Russia and France planned to hold a summit next month on the situation in war-ravaged Syria.

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Iraqi model and Instagram starlet Tara Fares has been shot dead at the wheel of her Porsche convertible in central Baghdad, sending ripples through social media circles.

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Passengers were forced to swim for their lives Friday when an airliner ditched into a lagoon after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island and began sinking.

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Brazilian Presidential Candidate Ciro Gomes, who is running third in the latest opinion polls, has been hospitalised in Sao Paulo, Hospital Sources said on Wednesday.

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Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox said Wednesday it had agreed to sell its 39 per cent stake in Sky to Comcast, giving the US cable and media giant full control of the British television giant.

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US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would present a two-state peace plan for the Middle East in the coming months, voicing confidence the Palestinians would return to talks despite his unwavering support for Israel.

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Eight soldiers were killed on Wednesday by a blast in the troubled north of Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore announced.

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EU countries should not offer Turkey financial help, the commissioner in charge of enlargement issues suggested in a newspaper interview on Wednesday, two days ahead of a visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Germany.

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South Africa on Tuesday announced visa reforms aimed at luring investment and tourists to help lift the continent’s most advanced economy out of recession.

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