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  • Prince died without a will

    Music superstar Prince left no will when he died last week, his sister said in court documents filed today. The sister, Tyka Nelson, asked in documents filed in a state court in Carver County, Minnesota that a special administrator be appointed to...

  • Ukraine marks 30 years since Chernobyl disaster

    Ukraine marks 30 years since Chernobyl disaster

    Ukraine is marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which permanently poisoned swathes of eastern Europe and highlighted the shortcomings of the secretive Soviet system. In the early hours of April 26, 1986, a botched test...

  • Russia supplying S-300 missiles to Iran ahead of schedule

    Russia is supplying its S-300 air defence missile systems to Iran ahead of schedule and is now in talks with the Islamic Republic on deliveries of other military equipment, the head of Russia's federal arms exports service, FSVTS, said. "The talk...

  • 'Dentist of horror' gets 8 years

    'Dentist of horror' gets 8 years

    A Dutchman dubbed the "dentist of horror" has been sentenced to eight years in jail and banned from ever practicing again for mutilating patients' mouths and defrauding social security services. Jacobus van Nierop, 51, “took pleasure” in the...

  • Police failings led to "unlawful killing" of fans in UK's Hillsborough soccer disaster

    Police failings led to "unlawful killing" of fans in UK's Hillsborough soccer disaster

    Police failures were to blame for the deaths of 96 Liverpool soccer fans in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium crush, a jury concluded today after two years of hearings into Britain's worst sporting disaster. The verdicts of "unlawful killing", which...

  • Gay couple win custody battle against Thai surrogate mother

    Gay couple win custody battle against Thai surrogate mother

    A same-sex American-Spanish couple have won a high-profile custody fight against a Thai surrogate mother who decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were gay. Bangkok's Juvenile and Family Court ruled that the legal guardian of...

  • Mediterranean crossings claim 1,200 lives in first four months of 2016

    Mediterranean crossings claim 1,200 lives in first four months of 2016

    More than 1,200 people have drowned while seeking a new life in the Mediterranean in the first four months of 2016, International Office of Migration statistics show.The IOM reckons that an estimated 181,476 migrants and refugees have entered...

  • Medics at picket lines as first all-out NHS strike under way

    Medics at picket lines as first all-out NHS strike under way

    UK Doctors have joined picket lines at NHS hospitals across the country as they begin the first all-out strike in the organisation's history. There were several dozen medics in place at King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill, south London, for...

  • Protesters hold competing rallies over North Carolina's LGBT laws

    Protesters hold competing rallies over North Carolina's LGBT laws

    Supporters and opponents of a new North Carolina transgender law have been holding competing rallies on the first day of the state's legislative session. A single supporter of the law got into a shouting match with several people at a rally...

  • North Korea 'puts mid-range missile on standby'

    North Korea 'puts mid-range missile on standby'

    North Korea is believed to have placed a new, powerful mid-range missile on standby for an impending launch, reports claim. The reported launch plans came two days after North Korea claimed to have successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from...

  • Libyan unity government extends control over Tripoli ministries

    Libya's U.N.-backed unity government said today it taken administrative control of seven ministries in Tripoli including the foreign ministry, as it pushes to extend its control over the capital. The unity government, whose leaders arrived in...

  • Philippines says severed head found as captives' ransom deadline passes

    The Philippine army said a severed head was found on a remote island today, five hours after the expiry of a ransom deadline set by Islamist militants who had threatened to execute one of four captives. The army would not immediately confirm...

  • BHS folds in the UK - Malta operation awaiting news

    BHS folds in the UK - Malta operation awaiting news

    UK High street retailer BHS has collapsed into administration, putting 11,000 jobs at risk and threatening the closure of up to 164 stores. It is the biggest retail failure since Woolworths went bust in 2008. In Malta, Tonio Camilleri, speaking...

  • Bomb-hit Brussels subway station reopens one month after terror attack

    Bomb-hit Brussels subway station reopens one month after terror attack

    The Brussels subway station where 16 people were killed by a suicide bomber has reopened just over a month after the attacks. Security remains high across the underground network, which was hit during the March 22 peak morning travel period. The...

  • Cruz and Kasich merge campaigns in shock bid to cripple Trump

    Cruz and Kasich merge campaigns in shock bid to cripple Trump

    Donald Trump's Republican rivals have announced shock plans to co-ordinate primary strategies in upcoming states to deprive the front-runner of the delegates he needs to win the party nomination. In an extraordinary move, Ted Cruz and John Kasich...

  • Australian teen charged with planning ANZAC attack

    Australian teen charged with planning ANZAC attack

    Australia's New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says a teenager has been arrested and charged with a terrorism offence related to planning an attack at today's ANZAC commemorations. The 16-year-old boy was arrested near his Sydney...

  • Ohio family massacre 'sophisticated, planned executions'

    Ohio family massacre 'sophisticated, planned executions'

    The murders of eight family members in rural Ohio were sophisticated, planned executions, authorities have said. It also emerged that several marijuana-growing operations were found at the crime scenes but investigators said it was unclear what,...

  • Pro-EU parties set to claim convincing win in Serbia elections

    The incumbent pro-EU populists have dominated Serbia's parliamentary election, leaving pro-Russia nationalists far behind, initial unofficial results show. The apparent triumph by prime minister Aleksandar Vucic's Progressive Party means Serbia...

  • Damascus celebrates Palm Sunday for first time in 5 years

    Damascus celebrates Palm Sunday for first time in 5 years

    For the first time since the Syrian civil war began five years ago, Orthodox Christians march through the streets of Damascus to celebrate Palm Sunday. Diane Hodges reports.

  • Pope to teens: happiness is not an app

    Pope to teens: happiness is not an app

    Pope Francis holds a Jubilee Year Mass for tens of thousands of youth, urging them to shun materialism, and calls on kidnappers to release religious hostages in Syria. Diane Hodges reports.