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  • Duchess of Cambridge takes control of fighter plane

    The Duchess of Cambridge relegated her husband to the role of an onlooker when she turned down his offer to jump into the back seat - of a fighter jet. Yesterday she suggested he try an alpaca toupee, and this morning she took control of a...

  • French journalists free

    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June were found by Turkish soldiers on its border with Syria today, Turkish media reported, and French President Francois Hollande said the four were in good health. Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres,...

  • Updated: 13th body found on Everest

    Search teams have recovered a 13th body from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, a day after an avalanche swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Another three...

  • Allergy-hit Cyrus postpones US tour

    Miley Cyrus is postponing her US tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August. Cyrus' representative said the singer will resume the US tour on August 1 in Uniondale, New York. The...

  • Update 2: Captain faces charges over sinking

    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested today on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members were also taken into custody, including a newly recruited...

  • Pope presides as prisoners, elderly and homeless carry cross

    The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died. The Pope, in the run-up...

  • US drone is risking damage in search for missing jet

    An underwater drone scouring the Indian Ocean floor for a missing Malaysian jetliner has dived to its deepest ever level, putting its equipment at unprecedented risk, as hopes dwindled that it might soon turn up some sign of wreckage. The US...

  • Strong quake rattles Mexico

    A powerful earthquake struck Mexico yesterday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage. The magnitude 7.2 quake was centred in the southwestern state of...

  • Blast in Homs kills 14

    A bomb went off in front of a mosque and killed 14 people in Homs, Syrian state TV said yesterday, with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad looking close to wresting the symbolic central city back from rebels. “Fourteen people were killed...

  • Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

    Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said yesterday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down. The agreement,...

  • Libyan kidnappers of diplomat demand Islamists are released

    Libyan militants who kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli on Thursday have demanded the release of Islamist fighters detained in Tunisia, its Foreign Minister said yesterday. Such kidnappings have become commonplace as Libya’s political...

  • Teacher rescued from sinking ferry commits suicide

    The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said yesterday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 274 missing alive. The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers...

  • Malala painting set to fetch €58k

    A painting of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, is set to fetch up to €58,000 when it goes up for auction next month. The portrait of the 16-year-old was created by Jonathan...

  • World briefs

    Greek police arrested a football fan accused of dumping a crate of fish on the bench of a visiting team. The stunt by the PAOK fan in Thessaloniki delayed a tense Greek Cup semi-final against Olympiakos for more than an hour. Another six PAOK...

  • End for Nasa's moon-orbiting robot

    Nasa's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the Moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to...

  • Strong earthquake shakes Mexico

    A powerful earthquake calculated at 7.5 magnitude has shaken central and southern Mexico. The US Geological Survey said it was centred near the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are enjoying an Easter break. An Associated Press...

  • 14 killed by car bomb at mosque

    Fourteen people have been killed by a car bomb that exploded outside a mosque in a pro-government district of the central city of Homs, Syrian state television reported. The report says the bombing occurred as worshippers were leaving the Bilal...

  • Texas seizes polygamist group ranch

    The secluded Texas ranch where followers of imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs lived in near isolation has been seized by state agents, nearly six years after the FBI raided the property and removed hundreds of children amid child sex...

  • Indonesia boat sinks, many missing

    A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession has capsized in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and at least seven dead. Rescuers and fishermen saved 30 injured people who were rushed to a hospital, police...

  • Bin Laden library at girl's school

    A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, has named the school's new library in honour of Osama bin Laden. According to his spokesman, Tehsin Ullah, cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz wanted to pay...

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