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Libya's parliament allies with renegade general, struggles to assert authority

Libya's beleaguered elected parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it struggles to assert some authority in a country many fear is sliding into outright civil war. Three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, the oil-producing desert state is in chaos, with Islamists and other militias fighting for territory...

  • Kate and William's second baby due in April - Palace

    Kate and William's second baby due in April - Palace

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed their baby is due in April next year, Kensington Palace has said. Kate, who is expecting her second child, has been suffering from another bout of the illness hyperemesis gravidarum which she...

  • Fierce blaze at UK gas-fired power station under investigation

    Fierce blaze at UK gas-fired power station under investigation

    Fire investigation officers are due to travel to the site of a gas-fuelled power station following a major blaze. More than 25 fire appliances raced to the Didcot B power station last night as flames ripped through a cooling tower. Such was the...

  • Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola is cleared

    Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola is cleared

    The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital, becoming the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa, appears to have overcome the deadly disease, the government said. Tests on...

  • Church should not fear change, Pope tells synod

    Church should not fear change, Pope tells synod

    Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying yesterday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. Pope Francis, who has said he wants...

  • Hopes fade for 40 missing in Nepal blizzard

    Hopes fade for 40 missing in Nepal blizzard

    Hopes faded yesterday for survivors of one of Nepal’s worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government officials for as many as 40 people missing after an unseasonal blizzard killed 39. More than 500 people...

  • Texas lab worker on cruise ship tests negative for Ebola

    Texas lab worker on cruise ship tests negative for Ebola

    A Dallas hospital lab worker who spent much of a cruise holiday in isolation after possible exposure to Ebola has tested negative for the disease, and in Texas some of the dozens of people still being monitored were expected to be cleared...

  • US hospitals set for panic as flu season looms

    US hospitals set for panic as flu season looms

    A young woman complaining of abdominal pain and nausea who had travelled to Africa arrived at a Long Island hospital fearful that she had contracted Ebola. She did not have the virus, but the pregnancy test was positive. The woman had been to...

  • Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

    Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

    The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as Islamic State fighters attacked Kurdish defenders with mortars and car bombs, sources in the town and a monitoring group said yesterday. Islamic State, which...

  • Hong Kong clashes erupt again despite imminent meeting

    Hong Kong clashes erupt again despite imminent meeting

    Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong early yesterday for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police. The worst political crisis in...

  • Barroso warns over Cameron’s plan to change migration rules

    Barroso warns over Cameron’s plan to change migration rules

    Outgoing European Commission president José Manuel Barroso yesterday warned British Prime Minister David Cameron against trying to rewrite the European Union’s freedom of movement principle, saying it was essential to the bloc’s internal...

  • Thousands of Catalans call for early elections

    Thousands of Catalans call for early elections

    Tens of thousands of Catalans crowded central Barcelona yesterday calling for early regional elections after plans for a November 9 referendum on independence from Spain were declared illegal by Madrid. People dressed in yellow T-shirts waved the...

  • ‘Ebola is not going to cause World War Z’

    ‘Ebola is not going to cause World War Z’

    Max Brooks, author of the zombie pandemic book which was turned into a film by Brad Pitt and was partly shot in Malta, says the current outbreak of the deadly disease is not a real-life incarnation of his novel. In 2006, I released a novel about a...

  • Heroes ‘act first and think later’

    Heroes ‘act first and think later’

    Heroic individuals who risk their lives to save strangers really do act without a second thought, research has shown. In fact they do not seem to deliberate at all before stepping in. Scientists studied 51 statements made by recipients of the...

  • Happiness ‘increases as we get older’

    We get happier rather than grumpier with age, according to a British survey which reveals we find our greatest contentment at 58. The research suggests that people in the UK finally manage to get the work-life balance right towards the end of...

  • Alternative Miss World

    Alternative Miss World

    Miss Zero, whose real name is Sasha Frolova, of Russia celebrates winning the Alternative Miss World contest at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London yesterday. The competition, which is open to entrants of any gender or nationality, was started...

  • Church should not fear change, Pope says at synod close

    Church should not fear change, Pope says at synod close

    Pope Francis has closed the Bishops Synod that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying today the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. Francis, who has said he wants a more merciful and...

  • Lufthansa pilots to strike tomorrow and Tuesday

    German pilots' union VC called a strike at Deutsche Lufthansa for tomorrow and Tuesday, targeting the airline's Airbus 320 planes as well as Boeing 737s. The union said the walkout would last from 1pm until 11pn on Tuesday. The pilots are in...

  • Hong Kong street clashes erupt despite imminent talks

    Hong Kong street clashes erupt despite imminent talks

    Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong early today for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police. The worst political crisis in Hong...

  • German train strike strands millions

    German train strike strands millions

    Railway workers across Germany have started a two-day strike, stranding millions of passengers. The action, which started yesterday, comes during half-term holidays. A third of long-distance trains are still running, but many travellers have still...

  • US-led jets pound Isis in Kobani

    US-led jets pound Isis in Kobani

    US-led coalition jets pounded suspected Islamic State targets at least six times in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani yesterday after the fiercest shelling in days by the insurgents shook the town’s centre and hit border areas within...