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  • Romney will not run for US President

    Romney will not run for US President

    Former US Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for President in 2016. Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff he...

  • EU in call for jihadi 'common law'

    The European Union's counter-terrorism chief says member states need to have common laws against Europeans travelling to Syria and Iraq to join jihadist groups. At the moment, the 28 members of the bloc have different definitions of what...

  • Greece: 'No plan' after bailout runs out

    Greece: 'No plan' after bailout runs out

    A top eurozone finance official says there is no decision so far on what to do after Greece's bailout programme runs out at the end of next month. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutchman who chairs eurozone finance meetings, also said that while Greeks...

  • IS remains silent over two hostages

    IS remains silent over two hostages

    The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot are unknown, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed. "Government institutions are working around the clock on the case of pilot Muath...

  • Robert Mugabe new African Union chairman

    African leaders have appointed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as the new chairman of the 54-nation African Union. The 90-year-old, who has ruled his country since 1980, succeeds Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. The announcement...

  • Russian bank cuts key interest rate

    Russia's central bank has cut a key interest rate, which it had hiked in previous months to support the rouble, in order to help the economy. The rouble dropped 1.6 per cent to 69.8 roubles against the dollar following the announcement. Higher...

  • Teenager held over TV gun incident

    Teenager held over TV gun incident

    A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster is being held in custody as police investigate his motives. Prosecutors and police have not identified the man, who was pictured pacing around a TV...

  • Anguish as hostage swap hopes fade

    Anguish as hostage swap hopes fade

      The agony of the families of a captured journalist and fighter pilot is continuing after a sunset deadline for a possible prisoner swap allegedly set by their Islamic State (IS) kidnappers passed with no clue whether they are still alive. Japan...

  • Trans-Pacific balloon journey eclipses distance record

    Two balloonists crossing over the Pacific Ocean from Japan surpassed a distance record for gas-filled balloon travel and are heading toward a landing in Mexico's Baja California in two days, officials said. Balloon Pilots Troy Bradley, an...

  • UN says planning future Libya talks within country

    UN says planning future Libya talks within country

    Libya’s warring factions who operate rival governments have agreed “in principle” to move future negotiations on ending the crisis from Geneva back to the war-ravaged country, the United Nations said yesterday. Some of the opposing factions met in...

  • Women hold rally in Cairo to demand an investigation into protester deaths

    Women hold rally in Cairo to demand an investigation into protester deaths

    A group of women protested in Cairo yesterday against the death of Shaimaa Sabbagh and around 25 other activists allegedly killed by security forces at recent rallies marking the anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 uprising. Sabbagh, 32, died on Saturday...

  • Ebola cases fall below 100, WHO says tide turning

    Ebola cases fall below 100, WHO says tide turning

    The number of new confirmed Ebola cases totalled 99 in the week to January 25, the lowest tally since June 2014, the World Health Organisation said yesterday, signalling the tide might have turned against the epidemic. “The response to the EVD...

  • Islamic State and Jordan prisoner swap still on hold

    Islamic State and Jordan prisoner swap still on hold

    Jordan said yesterday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset. An audio message...

  • Italy fails to elect new president

    Italy fails to elect new president

    Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting yesterday, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round when the required threshold of votes is lower. Renzi proposed...

  • Russian military aircraft disrupt UK civil aviation

    Russian military aircraft disrupt UK civil aviation

    Russian military planes flying close to UK airspace “caused disruption to civil aviation” on Wednesday, the Foreign Office said. RAF Typhoons were scrambled to escort the Russian jets “throughout the time they were in the UK area of interest”, a...

  • ‘French co-pilot flying AirAsia jet before crash’

    ‘French co-pilot flying AirAsia jet before crash’

    The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls just before the accident, Indonesia’s lead investigator said yesterday. The Airbus A320 vanished from radar screens in bad weather on...

  • Malaysia declares MH370 an ‘accident’

    Malaysia declares MH370 an ‘accident’

    Malaysia declared yesterday the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for the airline to pay compensation to victims’ relatives while the search for the plane goes on. The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared on...

  • Key ‘piece of the puzzle’ in the story of humanity

    Key ‘piece of the puzzle’ in the story of humanity

    A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the...

  • Laser’s co-inventor Charles Townes dies

    Laser’s co-inventor Charles Townes dies

    Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionised science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley...

  • Thorn Birds author dies

    Thorn Birds author dies

    Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 bestselling novel The Thorn Birds became a smash hit television miniseries, has died at the age of 77. McCullough turned to writing after working for more than a decade as a neuroscientist in...