New York: All 17 miners rescued from rural elevator shaft

Seventeen salt miners who had been trapped in an elevator shaft at an upstate New York mine have been rescued, officials said on 7 January and the mines owner said it would inspect the property to see what had caused the incident. Jan 7, 2016

Syria: Protests as besieged citizens starve to death

Syrian state media has said two towns near Idlib, Kefraya and Fua, have been besieged by anti-government fighters for two years. One protester accused the Syrian government of violating the terms of the agreement. Jan 7, 2016