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  • California oil spill: 7,700 gallons of oil sopped up in third day of cleanup

    California oil spill: 7,700 gallons of oil sopped up in third day of cleanup

    As much as 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude oil, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific west of Santa Barbara when an underground pipeline running parallel to a coastal highway there...

  • Islamic State claims full control of Syria’s Palmyra

    Islamic State claims full control of Syria’s Palmyra

    Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic city of Palmyra in Syria, days after capturing a provincial capital in neighbouring Iraq, suggesting the growing momentum of the group which a monitor says now holds half of Syrian...

  • Cameron sets immigration red line ahead of EU summit

    Cameron sets immigration red line ahead of EU summit

    Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday restricting European Union migrant access to Britain’s welfare system was a red line in his negotiations with the bloc, ahead of an EU summit he wants to use to launch informal talks on the...

  • Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations

    Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations

    Russia’s media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian internet laws and a spokesman said yesterday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules. Roskomnadzor said it had sent...

  • Suicide bomber kills guards near Libya’s Misurata

    Suicide bomber kills guards near Libya’s Misurata

    A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint near Libya’s western Misurata city yesterday, killing two guards, state news agency Lana quoted a military source as saying. The attack, claimed by Islamic State, targeted forces from the port...

  • Gaddafi’s home town falls to Islamic State

    Gaddafi’s home town falls to Islamic State

    Islamic State (IS) militants have effectively taken over former dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s home city of Sirte in Libya as they exploit a civil war between two rival governments to expand in North Africa. “Every night they open fire on us,” said...

  • Saudi shells hit Yemen aid office, killing refugees

    Saudi shells hit Yemen aid office, killing refugees

    Saudi shells hit an international aid office in Yemen yesterday killing five Ethiopian refugees, a local official said, while efforts con­tinued to mount peace talks between exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government and Houthi...

  • OSCE sees worrying spread of violence in eastern Ukraine

    OSCE sees worrying spread of violence in eastern Ukraine

    One Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and eight wounded in fresh separatist attacks, the military said in Kiev yesterday, as the OSCE security watchdog warned of a “worrisome” spread of violence in eastern Ukraine. Fighting has lessened...

  • ‘Crisis is making EU eastern partnership more important now’

    ‘Crisis is making EU eastern partnership more important now’

    The crisis in Ukraine is making the European Union’s partnership with the bloc’s eastern neighbours more important than ever now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday, insisting that the initiative is not directed against...

  • On top of the world

    On top of the world

    ­Observatory atop newly-constructed World Trade Center building in Lower Manhattan offers stunning panoramic views, painful memories New York’s One World Trade Center on Wednesday treated invited guests to a sneak peek at the panoramic views from...

  • Stone tools used ‘before humans’

    Stone tools used ‘before humans’

    Stone tools were being used 3.3 million years ago by creatures that predated the earliest known ancestors of modern humans, scientists have learned. The discovery, in Kenya, pushes back the origins of the archaeological record by almost a million...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    An animal charity is trying to find the owners of a confused peacock which tried to squeeze through a cat flap. The bird was discovered outside a house near Ordhead, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. He was pecking the windows of the property and then...

  • Auction winner kills rare rhino

    Auction winner kills rare rhino

    A Texan who bid $350,000 to hunt a black rhinoceros in Africa in what was billed as a conservation fundraiser has killed one of the endangered animals, a Dallas Safari Club official has said. Corey Knowlton, of Dallas, shot a black rhino in...

  • Emergency landing for Macedonian PM

    A Macedonian government jet carrying Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski back from talks in Strasbourg has made an emergency landing in Zurich after suffering decompression in the air, officials said. Government spokesman Aleksandar Gjorgjiev told the...

  • Sweden 'intercepts' Russian bombers

    Sweden has scrambled fighter jets to intercept two Russian military planes flying near the country's airspace over the Baltic Sea. Military spokesman Jesper Tengroth says the Russian planes approached across international airspace near the...

  • Hadron Collider sets energy record

    Scientists operating the world's biggest particle collider say they have set a new energy record ahead of the massive machine's full restart in June. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or Cern, says it succeeded late yesterday in...

  • Two jailed over supercar crash

    Two jailed over supercar crash

    Two young men have been sentenced to up to five months in jail for dangerous driving after they crashed a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in a late-night race through Beijing. The Chaoyang District Court found Tang Wentian, 21, and Yu Muchun, 20, guilty...

  • Nine students, two adults dead in Mexico truck accident

    Nine students, two adults dead in Mexico truck accident

      Nine high school students and two adults were killed in Mexico during a crash involving their van and a freight truck. Local media said the truck driver, who escaped injury, was speeding and that residue of marijuana was found in his blood. 

  • UK plans to seize the pay of illegal migrant workers

    UK plans to seize the pay of illegal migrant workers

    Illegal workers will be stripped of their earnings under "radical" new laws to control immigration being unveiled by David Cameron. Foreign criminals who face being kicked out of the country will also be tagged and tracked by GPS satellites while...

  • Islamic State seizes ancient Palmyra

    Islamic State seizes ancient Palmyra

    Islamic State insurgents stormed the historic Syrian city of Palmyra late yesterday, fighting off pro-government forces who withdrew after evacuating most of the civilian population, state television said. The capture of Palmyra is the first time...