What Happened on 16 January 2015

Two killed in anti-terror raid in Belgium

Two suspected jihadists were killed in an anti-terror operation in Belgium as the country continues to remain… Read More.

2 Italian hostages freed from Syria

Two aid workers from Italy held hostage in Syria for over five months have been released. Italy’s… Read More.

Ma Jian, China's spy chief, probed for corruption

Chinese authorities have confirmed that Ma Jian, a top intelligence chief, is being probed for corruption, the latest high-ranking official… Read More.

Pope Francis urges leaders in the Philippines to fight corruption

Pope Francis has urged leaders in the Philippines to combat corruption and bring an end to social… Read More.

Two convicts in drug case to be executed together, says Indonesia

Two Australian nationals convicted in a drugs case in Indonesia will be simultaneously executed, according to attorney general MS Prasetyo.… Read More.

Oklahoma carries out first execution since April's botched one

The US state of Oklahoma has carried out its first execution since April’s botched execution of Clayton… Read More.

Protesters clash with police in Armenia, 12 injured

At least 12 people were injured as protesters clashed with the police in Armenia over the death of six members… Read More.

Head of India's film censor board resigns

Leela Samson, the head of India’s censor board, has resigned following reports that a film rejected by her organization… Read More.

Tech giants reach $415m agreement on 'non-poaching' lawsuit settlement

The world’s biggest technology companies - Google, Apple, Adobe, and Intel - have reached an agreement of a $415 million… Read More.

Google Glass sales come to an end

The sales of Google Glass are coming to an end, according to media reports. Google says it is focusing on… Read More.

Rate of environmental degradation has put life at risk

The human race is “eating away” at its own “life support systems” at an unprecedented rate not seen in 10,000… Read More.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel, 'Birdman' lead Oscar nominations

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Birdman’ have got nine nominations each in this year’s Oscars, according to media reports. ‘Boyhood,’… Read More.