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  • US Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

    US Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

    US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire today after a series of security lapses came to light that showed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, who had been in her position since March...

  • European Parliament holds up confirmation of Britain's commissioner

    European Parliament holds up confirmation of Britain's commissioner

    The European Parliament summoned the British nominee to oversee the bloc's financial services sector to a new confirmation hearing next week after he failed to convince a committee of his suitability, lawmakers said. Members of the committee from...

  • World wildlife 'halved in 40 years'

    Wildlife populations around the world have more than halved in just four decades in the face of unsustainable human consumption, a report has warned. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined on average by 52% from 1970 to 2010,...

  • 12 dead after trains crash in India

    12 dead after trains crash in India

    At least 12 people were killed and another 45 injured when two passenger trains crashed in northern India last night. The collision took place around 11.15pm local time in Uttar Pradesh. The death toll has been rising as rescuers worked through...

  • Spanish cave explorer rescued

    Spanish cave explorer rescued

    Spanish cave explorer rescued after being trapped in an underground cave for 12 days. Julie Noce reports.

  • Jamaica drafts new cannabis laws

    Legislation has been drafted to decriminalise cannabis on Jamaica, where the drug has been pervasive, but prohibited for a century. The Caribbean island's justice minister Mark Golding told reporters that parliamentarians should make possession of...

  • Hong Kong protesters remain determined on National Day

    Hong Kong protesters remain determined on National Day

    Pro-democracy protesters continue to line the streets of Hong Kong today as China begins National Day celebrations, showing little sign of flagging momentum in their campaign to increase pressure on the pro-Beijing government. Protests have spread...

  • City mayor shot dead after 'row'

    The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb has been shot dead during an argument with his wife. Daniel Crespo, 45, was pronounced dead at a hospital, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Crystal Hernandez said, while his wife was taken into custody. Mr...

  • First Ebola case diagnosed in the US - symptoms developed days after traveller's arrival

    First Ebola case diagnosed in the US - symptoms developed days after traveller's arrival

    A patient at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States. The patient is in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which had announced a day earlier that the...

  • ‘EU states must show solidarity’

    The need for member state solidarity when it came to burden sharing in migration was highlighted yesterday by Migration Commissioner designate Dimitris Avra­mopoulos in his presentation to the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and...

  • Luck and instinct determined fates of volcano hikers

    Luck and instinct determined fates of volcano hikers

    Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air. Some survivors of the eruption of Mount Ontake made a split-second decision to hide...

  • Protesters in Hong Kong start stockpiling supplies

    Protesters in Hong Kong start stockpiling supplies

    Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters filled the streets of Hong Kong late yesterday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day. On...

  • US and RAF strikes help Iraqis advance against IS

    US and RAF strikes help Iraqis advance against IS

    Iraqi Kurdish forces captured a strategic border crossing and several villages from Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq yesterday, scoring gains as the militants were pounded by heavy US-led air strikes, which yesterday included RAF Tornadoes...

  • EU keeps Russia sanctions in place

    The European Union decided yesterday to keep in place a package of economic sanctions against Russia over its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine despite what it called “encouraging developments” on the ground after a ceasefire...

  • Hardline Buddhists in anti-Islamist pact

    A Myanmar monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims and a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka said yesterday they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists. Ashin Wirathu, who...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Gorillas at a zoo have thrown a goodbye party for one of their troop, who is off to start a new family. Namoki (left) was born at Bristol Zoo Gardens nine years ago and is now mature enough to have babies of her own. The western lowland gorilla is...

  • Microsoft reveals Windows 10, unveils the future of Windows

    Microsoft reveals Windows 10, unveils the future of Windows

    Microsoft has unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and given a first look at an early Technical Preview for the PC, highlighting advancements designed for business, including an updated user experience, enhanced security and...

  • British jets launch first attack in Iraq

    British jets launch first attack in Iraq

    British jets have launched strikes against Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq for the first time. RAF Tornadoes successfully destroyed a heavy weapons post and vehicle with a mounted machinegun in support of Kurdish troops, the Ministry of Defence...

  • Body parts were sent to schools, Canada trial told

    Packages of body parts, pink papers and hand-drawn black hearts were sent to elementary schools and political parties, according to evidence shown in the trial of a Canadian man who has admitted to killing and dismembering a Chinese student. The...

  • Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies, fear fresh police advance

    Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies, fear fresh police advance

    Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets today, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National...