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  • Crime groups making millions of euros on boat migrants - prosecutor

    Crime groups making millions of euros on boat migrants - prosecutor

    Criminal networks are making millions of euros a year smuggling migrants across the Mediterranean, with each boatload typically earning €80,000, a top Italian prosecutor said today. Prosecutors in Palermo on Monday broke up a major...

  • Flights grounded as Chile volcano erupts

    Flights grounded as Chile volcano erupts

    Twin blasts from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile have sent vast clouds of ash into the sky, increasing concerns that it could contaminate water, cause respiratory illnesses and ground more flights. The volcano erupted yesterday afternoon for...

  • US admits killing hostages in raid

    US admits killing hostages in raid

    An American and an Italian held hostage by al Qaida, as well as two Americans working with the terror group, were inadvertently killed by US drone strikes earlier this year, the White House said. President Barack Obama said he took "full...

  • Terror suspect 'shot his own leg'

    Terror suspect 'shot his own leg'

    An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented from opening fire on churchgoers only because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said. The 24-year-old computer science student, who was also suspected in the...

  • UN says EU must do more to save migrants, admit refugees

    Europe must urgently set up an effective rescue operation for migrants at sea and commit to receiving significantly higher numbers of refugees, top UN officials and the International Organisation for Migration said. "A tragedy of epic proportions...

  • Conjoined twins in Peru to be separated

    Conjoined twins in Peru to be separated

    These baby girls in Peru were born joined at the abdomen, but doctors say they will soon perform surgery to separate the two. So far, they're healthy. They were born at 35 weeks and each weigh about five pounds. The twins share a liver and doctors...

  • Mystery as jet passengers black out

    A SkyWest Airlines flight from Chicago has made an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, after three passengers mysteriously lost consciousness. The flight carrying 75 passengers left O'Hare Airport bound for Bradley in Connecticut, but was...

  • China fines Mercedes $56.5 million for price fixing

    A local pricing regulator in China said today it has fined Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz 350 million yuan for price fixing. The regulator said the luxury German carmaker had pressured dealers to set minimum sales prices on some of its cars and spare...

  • Greek cash seen lasting into June, no EU deal imminent

    Greek cash seen lasting into June, no EU deal imminent

    Greece can scrape together enough cash to meet its payment obligations into June, eurozone and Greek officials said yesterday, playing down fears of an imminent default as hopes receded of a deal with its creditors to release fresh aid. The...

  • Russia is cutting space funding as economic crisis starts to bite

    Russia is cutting space funding as economic crisis starts to bite

    Russia is cutting spending on its space programme by more than a third over the next 10 years because of the country’s economic crisis, forcing it to scrap plans to develop a super-heavy launch rocket. Space exploration is a subject of national...

  • France arrests heavily armed man over church attack plans

    France arrests heavily armed man over church attack plans

    An Algerian man suspected of planning an imminent attack on a church has been arrested in Paris, with police discove-ring Kalashnikovs, hand guns and ammunition in his possession, top officials said yesterday. The 24-year old electronics student,...

  • Ethiopians rally to mourn compatriots who were killed by Islamic State militants in Libya

    Ethiopians rally to mourn compatriots who were killed by Islamic State militants in Libya

    Demonstrators hurled stones and police fired teargas as emotions ran high at a mass rally in Ethiopia’s capital yesterday while commemorating 30 compatriots shot and beheaded by Islamic State militants in Libya, witnesses said. Protesters started...

  • Iran and US do not agree over sanctions relief

    Iran and US do not agree over sanctions relief

    The timing of sanctions relief is the main sticking point in nuclear talks that resumed yesterday with a meeting between delegates from Iran and the European Union. Arriving in Vienna, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi reiterated Iran’s...

  • Pope Francis to visit Cuba en route to United States

    Pope Francis to visit Cuba en route to United States

    Pope Francis will visit Cuba en route to the United States in September, the Vatican said yesterday, capping his success in bringing the former enemies together after more than half a century of distrust. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi...

  • Harry Potter stories ‘castspell on brain’

    Harry Potter stories ‘castspell on brain’

    Scientists find ‘significant correlations ’ between activity in brain regions which process emotions and passages from J.K. Rowling’s novels about boy wizard Certain words and sentences from Harry Potter stories cast a spell on the brain,...

  • Better time by world most accurate clock

    Better time by world most accurate clock

    Modifications to the world’s most accurate clock mean it is not expected to lose or gain a second in 15 billion years − a period of time greater than the age of the universe. The experimental strontium lattice clock built by scientists in the US...

  • Unidentified drone

    Unidentified drone

    In this Kyodo photo shot yesterday, police and security officers investigate an unidentified drone (under the blue cover) which was found on Tuesday on the rooftop of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence in Tokyo. Measuring...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Stunt biker Danny MacAskill has completed a spectacular challenge, jumping two Highland cows and their handlers as he promoted the Mountain Bike World Cup in Scotland this summer. The stunt attracted the attention of dozens of workers in central...

  • Indian farmer kills self at rally

    An impoverished Indian farmer has hanged himself in front of hundreds of other farmers who had gathered for a protest in the capital. It was the latest in a wave of suicides that has left at least 40 farmers dead in recent weeks - and some 300,000...

  • Travel chaos amid Brussels strike

    Much of the transport in Brussels came to a halt as public sector workers held a one-day strike over Belgian government austerity measures. International train lines like Thalys and Eurostar, the national SNCB railway system, bus and underground...