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  • Bobby Brown ‘completely numb’ over daughter death

    Bobby Brown ‘completely numb’ over daughter death

    R&B singer Bobby Brown says his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was “an angel” and that the family must find a way to honour her memory. Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of singer Whitney Houston, died on Sunday in hospice care, six months after she...

  • Ann Rule dies at 83

    True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died. Rule, 83, died in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday. Her daughter, Leslie Rule, said her mother had many health...

  • Oldest panda

    Oldest panda

    Giant panda Jia Jia eats beside a birthday cake made from ice and vegetables as she celebrates her 37th birthday yesterday at the Hong Kong Ocean Park. Jia Jia set a Guinness World Records title for “Oldest Panda Living in Captivity” on Tuesday,...

  • Underwater performance

    Underwater performance

    Members of Team Brasil performing underwater in the synchronised swimming team free routine preliminary at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A great-grandmother who decided to try skydiving for the first time aged 89 has described the jump as “a chance of a lifetime”. Joan Wells, from Dornoch in the Highlands, volunteers for the charity Blythswood Care and put herself forward for the...

  • One person injured in Barcelona shooting

    One person injured in Barcelona shooting

    One person has been injured after a gunman opened fire in a street in downtown Barcelona, Spanish police said. A regional police official said two people were standing outside a hotel when the shooter arrived and opened fire on them, wounding one.

  • Iran and European Union 'to hold high-level talks'

    "High-level" talks will soon be launched with the European Union (EU) following a nuclear agreement reached with world powers earlier this month, according to Iran's foreign minister. Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the talks "in the near future"...

  • German doctor charged after woman declared dead awoke at funeral home

    Prosecutors in Germany have charged a doctor with negligent bodily harm for declaring a 92-year-old woman dead, only for her to awaken in a refrigerated room at a funeral home. Essen prosecutor Birgit Juergens said the 53-year-old, whose name was...

  • Greek loan talks held amid tax data plans claim

    Greek loan talks held amid tax data plans claim

    Greece has started talks on a new rescue loan despite the government coming under pressure over claims it had a top-secret plan to prepare for a euro exit that involved accessing citizens' personal tax data. Representatives from Greece's...

  • Saif al-Islam Gaddafi sentenced to death over civil war murder

    Saif al-Islam Gaddafi sentenced to death over civil war murder

    A court in Libya has sentenced a son of Muammar Gaddafi to death by firing squad after convicting him of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 civil war. It is unlikely, however, the sentence against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will be...

  • Updated: Virgin Galactic crash: Early unlocking of brakes triggered structural failure

    Updated: Virgin Galactic crash: Early unlocking of brakes triggered structural failure

    The crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by a catastrophic structural failure triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system early, an investigation found. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said...

  • US Boy Scouts chiefs end ban on gay adults

    The Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay adult leaders in a move to ease a controversy that has embroiled the movement for years. Church-sponsored Scout units, however, have been allowed to carry on excluding gays for religious...

  • Libyan city Benghazi plunges into darkness as fighting hits power plants

    Libya's eastern city of Benghazi has been plunged into darkness as clashes between pro-government forces and Islamist fighters have knocked out three of five power stations serving the city, the country's second largest, officials said. Power has...

  • New Greek bailout talks start

    New Greek bailout talks start

    Talks between Greece and its international creditors on a third bailout began in Athens yesterday but the lenders want to see more reforms turned into law before they disburse the first loans to keep the near-bankrupt country afloat. The...

  • Britain, France see ‘win-win’ in euro reform

    Britain, France see ‘win-win’ in euro reform

    Britain and France agreed yesterday that efforts by eurozone nations to shore up the single currency after the Greek crisis could go hand-in-hand with wider reforms the UK needs to stay in the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron wants...

  • Yemen ceasefire quickly unravels, fighting goes on

    Yemen ceasefire quickly unravels, fighting goes on

    Yemen’s Houthi group carried on fighting across Yemen yesterday despite a ceasefire announcement by its Saudi-led foes, and media controlled by the Iran-allied movement acknowledged that its forces had shelled targets inside Saudi Arabia. The...

  • Turkey wants a buffer zone against Islamic State in Syria

    Turkey wants a buffer zone against Islamic State in Syria

    Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the Nato member’s security and providing a safe haven for...

  • More political openness will strengthen Ethiopia – Obama

    More political openness will strengthen Ethiopia – Obama

    US President Barack Obama told Ethiopia’s leaders yesterday that allowing more political freedoms would strengthen the African nation, which had already lifted millions out of a poverty once rooted in recurring famine. Obama was speaking after...

  • IMF paints dim picture for eurozone prospects

    IMF paints dim picture for eurozone prospects

    The International Monetary Fund warned yesterday that the eurozone’s prospects were modest and that more money printing than planned may be needed. Contrasting the IMF’s relative gloom, however, German think tank Ifo reported improving confidence...

  • Al Shabaab attack hotel in Somalia – at least 13 dead

    Al Shabaab attack hotel in Somalia – at least 13 dead

    The Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel late on Sunday, driving a car packed with explosives through the hotel gate and killing at least 13 people, a first responder and the rebel group said yesterday. A Reuters...