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  • Fidel Castro ‘in good health’

    Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in good health, appearing skinny but lucid, a Brazilian theologian who met him told official Cuban media. Castro, 88, who stepped down from power in 2008, has not been seen in public in a year and his...

  • Starting young...

    Starting young...

    A Palestinian boy wearing a military costume arrives at a military-style graduation ceremony for Palestinian youths who were trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps in Gaza City yesterday. Hamas's armed wing organised “Liberation Youths...

  • Icy refuge

    Icy refuge

    A church made entirely of ice is seen during the night at Balea Lac resort in the Fagaras mountains, Romania, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Dippy the Diplodocus has become a monster trending hit on Twitter as supporters rally to stop him being put out to pasture by the Natural History Museum. News that the 26-metre-long plaster dinosaur skeleton is to be moved out of the museum’s main...

  • 25 killed in spate of Sinai attacks

    At least 25 people, including civilians, have been killed in a spate of attacks by militants on more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula. The simultaneous attacks involved a car bomb and mortar rounds,officials...

  • Updated: TV gunman 'claimed to be hacker'

    Updated: TV gunman 'claimed to be hacker'

    A gunman who stormed into the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS demanding airtime today claimed to be from a "hackers' collective", according to a reporter who spoke to him. NOS was off air for around an hour. When it came back, it...

  • EU extends sanctions against Russia

    The European Union has decided to extend a first set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russian separatist officials which were due to expire in March by six months because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine. Dutch foreign minister...

  • Updated: Seven dead in Mexico hospital blast

    Updated: Seven dead in Mexico hospital blast

    A powerful fuel truck explosion has shattered a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City, killing seven people including three children and injuring dozens. Luis Felipe Puente, the head of the country's civil protection agency, confirmed...

  • EU brings passport seizure powers

    The European Union has introduced new measures to help member nations seize the travel documents of people suspected of trying to join terrorist organisations outside the EU. France and some EU partners are contemplating taking away the travel...

  • Terror suspect extradited to France

    A French man wanted in connection with deadly terrorist attacks in Paris has been extradited from Bulgaria to France, where he is facing charges of links to terrorism, judicial officials say. Fritz-Joly Joachin was arrested on January 1 on an...

  • Updated: Jordan demands proof of life

    Updated: Jordan demands proof of life

    Jordan has demanded proof of life of a military pilot held by Islamic State militants before moving ahead with any possible swap to bring about his release. The militants have apparently threatened to kill the air force pilot, Lieutenant Muath...

  • Crew tried to eject in jet crash

    The crash of a Nato jet in Spain that left 11 people dead came after the Greek crew tried to eject from the plane during a failed take-off, French officials say. The head of France's air force, General Denis Mercier, said the crash was accidental...

  • Target now to end Ebola outbreak

    Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the spread of the deadly virus, the World Health Organisation says. The UN health agency said the three most affected countries - Guinea, Sierra...

  • Malaysia plane crash 'an accident'

    Malaysia plane crash 'an accident'

    The MH370 plane crash has been officially declared an accident by Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority. The move fulfils a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul...

  • Boy, 8, quizzed over Charlie attack

    An eight-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has been detained and questioned by police for defending terrorism. Fabienne Lewandowski, deputy director for public security...

  • Facebook profits beat expectations

    For the seventh quarter in a row, Facebook's results have beaten profit and revenue forecasts as the firm continues to win more mobile advertising revenue as users shift to using the site on smartphones. The world's biggest online social network...

  • First officer flying AirAsia jet at time of crash

    First officer flying AirAsia jet at time of crash

    The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls at the time of the accident, Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) said. Mardjono Siswosuwarno, head investigator...

  • US Air Force picks Boeing 747-8 to replace Air Force One

    US Air Force picks Boeing 747-8 to replace Air Force One

    The US Air Force has announced it will use Boeing Co's commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of two Air Force One presidential aircraft, one of the most visible symbols of the United States. The decision comes a month after Boeing...

  • Updated: IS hostage 'deadline message' examined

    Updated: IS hostage 'deadline message' examined

    Experts are examining a recorded message said to have been from hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan's prisoner-swap release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber linked to al Qaida. The message, read by a voice claiming to be...

  • Jordan proposes prisoner swap with Islamic State

    Jordan proposes prisoner swap with Islamic State

    Jordan offered yesterday to hand over an Iraqi woman on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State is freed. Government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani made no mention of Japanese hostage Kenji...