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  • Gunman fired over 100 rounds

    Police in Texas say a gunman fired more than 100 rounds at the Mexican consulate in Austin, police headquarters and other city centre buildings before he was killed. Police Chief Art Acevedo said a police sergeant shot at the gunman, who was about...

  • Thailand approves ban on surrogacy

    Thailand's interim parliament has given initial approval to a bill banning commercial surrogacy, the practice of hiring a woman to have a baby. Thailand was rocked by several surrogacy scandals earlier this year. One involved an Australian couple...

  • Italian man wounded in West Bank

    An Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank has been shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces, hospital officials said. Patrick Corsi, 30, was shot during a peaceful protest in the village of Kufr Qadom, near...

  • Update 3: Pope urges Muslims to condemn IS

    Update 3: Pope urges Muslims to condemn IS

    Pope Francis has urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighbouring Turkey for a delicate visit aimed at improving inter-faith...

  • European Commission makes new proposal on EU 2015 budget

    The European Commission has adopted a new draft EU budget for 2015 after negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council did not result in an agreement at the end of the budgetary conciliation period on November 17. The new draft...

  • EU's Juncker survives no confidence vote in EU parliament

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker easily survived a confidence vote in the European Parliament on Thursday brought over revelations that Luxembourg attracted multinationals with super low tax rates during his period as prime...

  • Cameron tells EU: let us curb migrant welfare, or risk UK leaving

    Cameron tells EU: let us curb migrant welfare, or risk UK leaving

    Prime Minister David Cameron hinted today he might recommend a British exit from the European Union if it stops him restricting EU migrants' access to UK welfare benefits, but said he was confident it would not come to that. In a speech designed...

  • Violent thunderstorm hits Brisbane

    Violent thunderstorm hits Brisbane

    The worst storm in decades has lashed Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, with wind, rain and hail cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people. State-owned electricity supplier Energex said up to 90,000 homes had been...

  • North Korea's "princess" moves closer to centre of power

    In her slim-fitting trouser suits and black-heeled shoes, Kim Yo Jong cuts a contrasting figure to her pudgy older brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Yesterday, state media said the younger Kim, 27, had taken a senior position in the ruling...

  • British embassy car bombed, foreign compound attacked

    British embassy car bombed, foreign compound attacked

    The Taliban bombed a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul yesterday morning, killing five people, and attacked a foreign compound in the city centre in the evening, officials and witnesses said. The suicide attack on the British...

  • Mass arrests at California rallies

    Mass arrests at California rallies

    Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson yesterday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury’s decision to clear a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black...

  • UK edges towards federalism with deal on Scotland powers

    UK edges towards federalism with deal on Scotland powers

    Britain agreed to further dismantle its highly centralised system of government yesterday, striking a political deal to grant Scotland new tax-raising powers in a move critics fear could trigger the beginning of the end of the UK. The deal,...

  • EU lawmakers are urging regulators to break up Google

    European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion yesterday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world’s most popular internet search engine. Google has been in the EU’s regulatory sights since 2010,...

  • DNA ‘surprise’ for scientists

    DNA ‘surprise’ for scientists

    DNA can survive re-entry into the atmosphere, raising the possibility of extraterrestrial life molecules arriving on earth from space, research has shown. The discovery came as a total surprise to scientists who attached small double strands of...

  • Earth ‘has Star Trek force fields’

    Earth ‘has Star Trek force fields’

    Earth is wrapped in an invisible force field that scientists have compared with the ‘shields’ featured in Star Trek. A US team discovered the barrier, some 7,200 miles above the earth’s surface, that blocks high-energy electrons threatening...

  • Shakespeare folio found in French library

    Shakespeare folio found in French library

    The accidental discovery in a small library in northern France of an original first folio of Shakespeare’s plays has sent a jolt of excitement around the world of Shakespeare scholars. The find brings the total of known folios in the world to 233,...

  • ‘Vampires’ could have had cholera

    ‘Vampires’ could have had cholera

    Prevalent belief in old Poland was that a person dying from an infectious disease outbreak was more likely to return from the dead as a vampire Six suspected vampires buried with rocks and sickles to prevent them returning from the dead may have...

  • Spider-Man for Thanksgiving

    Spider-Man for Thanksgiving

    A Spider-Man balloon floating down Central Park West during the 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Annual sales of vinyl albums have soared past the million mark for the first time in 18 years – buoyed by veteran rock act Pink Floyd. The format has been undergoing a renaissance with sales gradually increasing in recent years and it has now hit...

  • EU lawmakers want Google break-up

    EU lawmakers want Google break-up

    European Union lawmakers have overwhelmingly backed a motion urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine. Google has been in the EU's regulatory sights since 2010, and is...