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  • Four missing, four injured in explosion at Spain fireworks factory

    Four people were missing and four were seriously injured after an explosion today at a fireworks factory near Zaragoza, northeastern Spain, a spokeswoman for the Aragonese emergency services said. She said the cause of the explosion was unknown.

  • Hundreds of refugees arrive in Vienna, switch trains towards Germany

    Hundreds of refugees arrive in Vienna, switch trains towards Germany

    Updated 7.30pm - Hundreds of refugees arriving from Hungary flooded into Vienna's western railway station this evening and ran towards the next trains heading for Germany, a Reuters reporter said. Looking happy and relieved, the migrants chanted...

  • Thousands petition against rape ordered by Indian village council

    An online petition seeking protection and justice for two low-caste Indian sisters allegedly threatened with rape by a village council has gathered over 175,000 signatures in a week, Amnesty International India said. The human rights group began...

  • Slovakia eyes common central Europe stance on migrants, rejects quotas

    Slovakia eyes common central Europe stance on migrants, rejects quotas

    Slovakia hopes to forge a common position with three other central European states on tackling the migrant crisis engulfing the continent that would include rejecting any EU quotas for redistributing refugees, its prime minister said...

  • Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment

    Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment

    Six scientists are locking themselves inside a 100 square-foot dome in Mauna Loa, Hawaii for the next year. The team will be under constant surveillance via cameras and body movement trackers, and they can only leave the solar-powered dome in a...

  • Russia's Putin, Medvedev pump iron together

    Russia's Putin, Medvedev pump iron together

    The Kremlin has released video of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitrty Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin's rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. Wearing a white T-shirt,...

  • Mystery man in Bangkok bomb probe 'never said a word'

    The evidence seized by police investigating Thailand's deadliest bombing includes an apparently damning trove of explosives, fertiliser, and piles of fake passports, but the shabby-looking foreigner they arrested on Saturday remains a...

  • Islamic State destroys part of ancient Syrian temple

    Islamic State destroys part of ancient Syrian temple

    Islamic State has blown up part of the Temple of Bel - a Roman-era structure in the center of the desert city of Palmyra. Last week, Islamic State detonated explosives in the Baal Shamin temple. The extent of the damage to the World Heritage site...

  • Eni finds a ‘supergiant’ gas field off Egypt coast

    Eni finds a ‘supergiant’ gas field off Egypt coast

    Italian energy company Eni has discovered a “supergiant” natural gas field off Egypt, it revealed yesterday. A company statement is calling it the “largest-ever” natural gas field found in the Mediterranean Sea. Eni said after full development,...

  • Libya tries to woo oil majors in London

    Libya’s National Oil Company and Central Bank chairmen over the weekend engaged in another round of blitz meetings with oil majors in London in a renewed effort to stop its rival wooing its clients. The head of the Tripoli-based NOC, Mustafa...

  • Blair warns against Corbyn

    Blair warns against Corbyn

    Tony Blair yesterday warned Labour supporters to reject the “Alice in Wonderland” appeal of Jeremy Corbyn or risk driving the party into an abyss. In defiance of appeals from the left-winger’s leadership rivals to resist further interventions, he...

  • Air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians

    Air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians

    An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah yesterday, residents said. In another air raid on the...

  • More migrants die at sea

    More migrants die at sea

    Seven people died when a boat carrying migrants sank off Libya’s coast yesterday, the second such fatal accident at sea within days, while European leaders struggled to find a coherent policy on the refugee crisis. The Italian coastguard said some...

  • Britain attacks ‘broken’ EU open borders system

    Britain attacks ‘broken’ EU open borders system

    Europe’s migration system is broken, British Interior Minister Theresa May wrote yesterday, blaming its borderless system for exacerbating a migrant crisis and demanding tighter European Union rules on free movement. A surge in migrants fleeing...

  • Finns protest at asylum seekers’ centre in Salo

    Finns protested yesterday against opening a refugee reception centre in the former home town of Nokia as the recession-hit country struggles to handle an influx of asylum seekers. The demonstrators in the market square of Salo were waving signs...

  • Thailand hunts for suspects

    Thailand hunts for suspects

    Police probing Thailand’s deadliest bombing raided a second location and widened their search for more suspects yesterday after a foreigner was arrested and stacks of fake passports and bomb-making materials found at a Bangkok apartment...

  • Buried Nazi train probably located

    Buried Nazi train probably located

    Poland reiterated over the weekend it was almost certain it had located a Nazi train rumoured to have gone missing near the close of World War II loaded with guns and jewels. Photographs taken using ground-penetrating radar equipment showed a...

  • Renzi dismisses concerns of Senate reform

    Italy’s government has sufficient backing in Parliament to force through its contested reform of the Senate, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said yesterday, dismissing suggestions he might have to seek early elections. The reform, which would turn...

  • Greek leftists to apply bailout but ease pain

    Greek leftists to apply bailout but ease pain

    The leftist Syriza party of former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will challenge Greece’s creditors on unresolved aspects of the nation’s bailout but implement unpopular reforms it has already agreed, it said yesterday. As opinion polls showed...

  • Migrant crisis forces torn Europe to plan for future

    Migrant crisis forces torn Europe to plan for future

    Leaders of the EU declared last week that it has “failed” in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward. The failure is evident. Of millions fleeing war, oppression and misery, hundreds...