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  • Islamic State will 'stop at nothing' to boost Libya presence: UN envoy

    Islamic State will 'stop at nothing' to boost Libya presence: UN envoy

    Islamic State militants will "stop at nothing" to strengthen their presence in Libya and the urgency of a request by the country for international help to tackle the extremists should not be underestimated, a top United Nations official said...

  • McDonald's USA to phase out human antibiotics from chicken supply

    McDonald's Corp's US restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to change chicken producers' practices in the fight against dangerous...

  • Jawbone fossil pushes back human origins

    Jawbone fossil pushes back human origins

    A 2.8-million-year-old jawbone fossil with five intact teeth unearthed in an Ethiopian desert is pushing back the dawn of humankind by about half a million years. Scientists said the fossil represents the oldest known representative of the human...

  • World's oldest living person celebrates 117th birthday

    World's oldest living person celebrates 117th birthday

      The world's oldest living person, Misao Ohkawa of Osaka, Japan was feted on the eve of her 117th birthday.  The Guinness World Book of Records says she's the oldest woman in the world. Born to a clothing merchant in 1898, Ohkawa married in 1919.

  • Ex-chancellor Schmidt stuns Germans admitting extra-marital affair

    Former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, a personification of probity for many Germans, has admitted at the age of 96 that he had an extra-marital affair many decades ago. Schmidt, who ruled during a turbulent era from 1974 to 1982, said in a...

  • WHO: People must cut sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay

    WHO: People must cut sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay

    Adults and children must cut amount of sugar they consume every day in fizzy drinks and sweet foods to lower their risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organization said today. People should reduce the amount to less than 10 percent...

  • 10 migrants die off Italy, 941 rescued

    10 migrants die off Italy, 941 rescued

    Italy's Coast Guard is taking nearly 1,000 migrants to southern ports from several different boat rescues, but 10 migrants died at sea. The Coast Guard said its vessels and three cargo ships south of Sicily rescued 941 people in seven separate...

  • Don't you want to see a woman President? - Hillary Clinton

    Don't you want to see a woman President? - Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton, the expected Democratic front runner for the 2016 presidential election, got loud cheers at a speech in Washington, DC last night when she played to suggestions that she will officially run for the White House. "Don't you want to...

  • Warning over internet security flaw

    Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack". There is no evidence so far that any hackers have exploited the...

  • Netanyahu warns over Iran deal

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the US that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran paves that country's "path to the bomb". Following Mr Netanyahu's speech to congress in Washington, US president Barack Obama pushed back...

  • Indonesia moves Australians to island for execution

    Indonesia moves Australians to island for execution

    Indonesia transfers two Australian convicts to an island for execution, a move criticised by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Yiming Woo reports.  

  • Stillborn babies 'sent to laundry'

    A Las Vegas hospital mistakenly sent two stillborn babies wrapped in linen to a laundry facility, leading to a grisly surprise for the cleaners, a hospital has said. The remains were in found a load that Spring Valley Hospital sent to the medical...

  • Netanyahu warns Obama against Iran nuclear deal

    Netanyahu warns Obama against Iran nuclear deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned US President Barack Obama yesterday against accepting a nuclear deal with Iran that would be a “countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare” by a country that “will always be an enemy of...

  • Tehran calls US’s 10-year demand ‘unacceptable’

    Iran yesterday rejected as “unacceptable” US President Barack Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported. Iran laid...

  • Russians mourn Nemtsov

    Russians mourn Nemtsov

    Thousands of Russians, many carrying red carnations, yesterday filed past the coffin of Boris Nemtsov, the Kremlin critic whose killing last week, friends say, showed the hazards of speaking out against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Aides to...

  • Thousands evacuated as volcano erupts in Chile

    Thousands evacuated as volcano erupts in Chile

    Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile erupted in the early hours yesterday, sending a plume of ash and lava high into the sky, and forcing the evacuation of nearby communities. The volcano, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon around...

  • Rival forces in Libya carry out tit-for-tat strikes before UN talks

    Rival forces in Libya carry out tit-for-tat strikes before UN talks

    Rival Libyan forces carried out tit-for-tat air strikes on oil terminals and an airport yesterday, escalating their battle for control of the oil-producing country days before United Nations peace talks are to resume in Morocco. The United Nations...

  • Bill Gates named world’s richest person once again

    Bill Gates named world’s richest person once again

    The world’s richest person got even richer this year. Bill Gates’s net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year, Forbes said. That puts him at the top of the magazine’s list of the world’s billionaires for the second...

  • Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight taken to jail medical facility again

    Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight taken to jail medical facility again

    Rap mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight told a judge in Los Angeles that he had fired his attorneys and could not understand court proceedings against him, the Los Angeles Times reported, before he was taken to a jail medical facility. The 49-year-old...

  • Classical composer Laderman dies, aged 90

    Ezra Laderman, a US classical music composer whose works ranged from symphonies to operas to music for Academy Award-winning films, has died aged 90. The Yale School of Music, where Laderman was dean from 1989 to 1995, announced his death on its...