Jessica Phelan


Jessica Phelan is based in Fukuoka, Japan. She has written from GlobalPost from Germany and France and was formerly editor of GlobalPost Morning Chatter, which she wrote daily until December 2013. 

Germany: Escaped leopard turns out to be cuddly toy


Police were called to investigate reports of a leopard on the loose in Bochum, Germany – only to find that the wild beast was not what it seemed.

Israel says Muamen Abu-Daf, Al Qaeda-linked terrorist, killed in Gaza air strike


Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female prime minister, returns to power with election win


Israel revokes pardon for Zakaria Zubeidi, former Palestinian fighter turned theater director

Iran war games in Strait of Hormuz enter ‘power phase’


Syria: Arab League observers witness government snipers in Deraa


Arab League observers in the town of Deraa in Syria have witnessed government snipers stationed on rooftops, reports said today.

Lee Myung Bak, South Korea president, sees ‘turning point’ for Koreas


Lee Myung Bak, South Korea’s president, said the Korean peninsula had reached a “turning point” in his new year speech today.

Man detained in connection with Los Angeles arson attacks

Police in Los Angeles said they detained a man this morning in connection with a spate of arson attacks across the city.

NASA’s second Grail satellite sent to map Moon’s gravity

NASA has successfully put the second of its two identical Grail satellites into orbit around the Moon, where they will map its gravity in search of clues to what lies beneath the surface.

Cars, dogs, pot plants… British police reveal what thieves steal from police stations


British police have published a list of – often surprising – items stolen from police stations over the past five years.