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  • IS launch new attack on Kobani

    Fighters from the Islamic State group have launched a new offensive on the northern Syrian town of Kobani after shelling the area from their positions nearby, activists said. Heavy fighting took place in Kobani and a large number of mortar shells...

  • Italians protest over job reforms

    Italians protest over job reforms

    Hundreds of thousands of protesters have rallied in Rome to protest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plans for job reform. Two marches took place in the heart of the Italian capital, snarling traffic for hours. Protesters cheered CGIL union head...

  • Number of Ebola cases passes 10,000

    Number of Ebola cases passes 10,000

    The World Health Organisation says the number of people believed to have Ebola has risen above 10,000. The UN health agency said the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Of those, 4,922 people have died. The WHO...

  • Google vice president jumps from stratosphere beating world record

    Google vice president jumps from stratosphere beating world record

    Google's vice president, Alan Eustace, jumped from the stratosphere on Thursday breaking Felix Baumgartner's world altitude record performed over New Mexico. Eustace was lifted up 41,420 metres by an enormous balloon while wearing a specially...

  • A march against Ebola and ignorance in New York

    A march against Ebola and ignorance in New York

    Demonstrators took to the streets of New York yesterday calling for action against Ebola and an end to the stigmatization the diseased has caused. About 80 people marched from Times Square to the United Nations. They carried banners, waved the...

  • Woman hanged for killing 'rapist'

    Iran has hanged a woman convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her. The official IRNA news agency said Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged for premeditated murder. It quoted the court ruling as rejecting the claim of attempted rape and...

  • Scared states in Ebola quarantine

    Alarmed governors of New Jersey and New York have ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly Ebola disease in west Africa. The first person to...

  • Fierce storm causes flooding in Athens

    Fierce storm causes flooding in Athens

      Torrential rains in Athens has turned streets into rivers, uprooted trees and flooded houses and stores. The downpour in Greece's capital trapped commuters in their vehicles and overturning parked cars. In some districts, cars were seen stacked...

  • Canada attacker had troubled past

    The gunman who killed a soldier in Ottawa and then raced through Canada’s Parliament before being shot dead was a misfit and perhaps mentally ill, according to police, friends and family, while his troubled and transient past included robbery and...

  • US doctor tests positive for Ebola, nurse is virus-free

    US doctor tests positive for Ebola, nurse is virus-free

    A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City yesterday after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its...

  • Tunisian forces kill six during standoff with militant group

    Tunisian forces kill six during standoff with militant group

    Tunisian security forces yesterday killed six people, including five women, after a standoff with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis two days before a parliamentary election, authorities said. The raid on the house in Oued Ellil,...

  • Putin accuses the US of damaging world order

    Putin accuses the US of damaging world order

    Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States yesterday of endangering global security by imposing a “unilateral diktat” on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West. In a 40-minute diatribe against...

  • Student opens fire at Washington school

    Student opens fire at Washington school

    A student opened fire at a high school in Washington state yesterday, wounding an unknown number of victims before killing himself with a gun, the Seattle Times reported. Local media reported that at least two people were wounded in the shooting...

  • Not so isolated after all

    Not so isolated after all

    They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 3,700 kilometres west of South America and 1,770km from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides. But the ancient Polynesian...

  • Old, cold and bold

    Old, cold and bold

    In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships. Scientists on Thursday described the world’s...

  • Beckham and Williams back Unicef campaign

    Beckham and Williams back Unicef campaign

    David Beckham and Robbie Williams are no strangers to the camera but this time they are posing for a good cause − to highlight a campaign to protect children. The footballer and the singer are both long-standing ambassadors for Unicef and have...

  • Cliff Richard police raid ‘inept’

    The search of Cliff Richard’s house by police investigating allegations of child sex crimes, which was broadcast live on television, was “inept” and caused “irreparable damage” to the British singer’s reputation, lawmakers said yesterday. Officers...

  • One's first Tweet

    One's first Tweet

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth presses a button to send her first Tweet during a visit to the Information Age Exhibition at the Science Museum in London yesterday. It read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Ed Balls has been photobombed by a spider during a live interview on the BBC News channel. The creature, which appeared large due to its position in the shot, dropped into the frame as the shadow chancellor was talking about economic growth. It...

  • Update 2: Killer schoolboy guns down pupils

    Update 2: Killer schoolboy guns down pupils

    A boy targeted his school in a deadly gun rampage, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself. Witnesses said Jaylen Fryberg walked into the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in...