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  • Merkel leads anti-Semitism rally

    German chancellor Angela Merkel has led a rally against anti-Semitism, telling thousands of people in Berlin that Jewish life is part of Germany's identity. Germany's Jewish community organised Sunday's rally at the capital's Brandenburg Gate...

  • Sweden votes with center-left opposition holding narrow lead

    Sweden votes with center-left opposition holding narrow lead

    Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt casts his vote in Sweden's general election as opinion polls show the center left opposition is headed for a narrow victory. Vanessa Johnston reports.

  • American sentenced to 6 years hard labour

    American sentenced to 6 years hard labour

    North Korea sentenced US citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the isolated country, a statement carried by state media said today. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his...

  • Fourth Ebola doctor death confirmed

    A fourth doctor has died of Ebola in Sierra Leone after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment. Chief Medical Officer Dr Brima Kargbo confirmed that Dr Olivet Buck has died. Sierra Leone had requested funds from the World Health...

  • UK PM 'to hunt down hostage killers'

    UK PM 'to hunt down hostage killers'

    Britain stands ready to take "whatever steps are necessary" to help an international push to destroy the "evil" extremist group who murdered British aid worker David Haines, David Cameron said. In an emotional statement in Downing Street after...

  • Couples say 'Si' in front of Pope

    Couples say 'Si' in front of Pope

    Pope Francis has married 20 couples in St Peter's Basilica - with one bride already a mother. Pope Francis in his homily today likened families to the "bricks that build society". Among the couples, all from the Rome area, who said 'I do' - or...

  • Tribute to beheaded aid worker

    Tribute to beheaded aid worker

    The brother of British aid worker David Haines, who was beheaded by Islamic militants, has paid tribute to him after a video of his murder surfaced online. Mike Haines, speaking in statement issued by the Foreign Office, said his brother had been...

  • Australian planes for anti-IS force

    Australian planes for anti-IS force

    Australia is preparing to contribute up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement issued that Australia was...

  • Islamic State behead UK hostage David Haines

    Islamic State behead UK hostage David Haines

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria have released a video that purports to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. But the images were consistent with that of the...

  • Ukraine PM slams Putin

    Ukraine PM slams Putin

    Fighting flared near an airport in eastern Ukraine yesterday in breach of a fragile eight-day ceasefire as the prime minister accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of planning to destroy his country. Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said only...

  • British actress tells of sex abuse

    British actress tells of sex abuse

    Award-winning actress Samantha Morton has spoken out for the first time about sexual abuse she suffered while in care as a teenager. The Bafta and Golden Globe winner told how she was aged just 13 when she reported abuse by two men, both...

  • Scottish independence campaign battle draws warning to businesses

    The campaign battle over Scottish independence took a bitter turn yesterday when a senior Nationalist warned businesses such as BP that they could face punishment for voicing concern over the impact of secession. With the fate of the UK on a knife...

  • Iraq halts air offensive on IS-held areas

    Iraq halts air offensive on IS-held areas

    Iraq’s Shi’ite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said yesterday that he had ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilian areas, addressing a condition set by Sunni Muslim tribal figures to support his campaign against Islamic State...

  • War is madness, says Pope

    War is madness, says Pope

    Pope Francis yesterday urged the world to shed its apathy in the face of what he sees as a third world war, intoning “war is madness” at the foot of a Fascist-era monument to soldiers killed in World War I. Francis’ aim in recalling those who died...

  • The Simpsons silver anniversary marked

    Bart and Lisa Simpson, Chief Wiggam and son Ralph, bartender Moe and Apu from Kwik-E-Mart celebrate 25 years of The Simpsons in Hollywood. Those characters are performed by three actors – Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria – who...

  • Muslim Brotherhood leaders to leave Qatar

    Muslim Brotherhood leaders to leave Qatar

    Qatar has asked seven senior figures from Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to leave the country, the movement said on Saturday, following months of pressure on the Gulf Arab state from its neighbours to stop backing the Islamists. Ibrahim...

  • Anger in Kashmir over huge floods

    Residents of Indian Kashmir turned their wrath on state administrators, accusing them of failing to provide them with help after the worst flooding in over a century, and angrily dumped food parcels into gutters. A week into the disaster, which...

  • Loyalists march in Scotland to keep United Kingdom intact

    Loyalists march in Scotland to keep United Kingdom intact

    About 12,000 Protestant unionists, including contingents from Northern Ireland, marched through Edinburgh's Old Town today in an emotional show of support for keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom. With pipe and drum bands, bowler hats and orange...

  • Iraq: 'This can't be America's fight alone' - Obama

    Iraq: 'This can't be America's fight alone' - Obama

    US President Barack Obama laid out his administration's strategy today for combating the Islamic State organisation in Iraq and Syria by forming a broad international coalition against the group. "We're moving ahead with our strategy to degrade...

  • EU seeks billions of euros to revive economy

    EU seeks billions of euros to revive economy

    The European Union sought ways today to marshal billions of euros into its sluggish economy without getting deeper into debt, casting the net wide to consider options from a pan-European capital market to a huge investment fund. Finance ministers...

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