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  • ‘Cute concept’ hardwired

    ‘Cute concept’ hardwired

    Children as young as three recognise ‘cute’ features that encourage care-giving in adults, a study has found. Even before they start school, children rate puppies, kittens and babies as ‘cuter’ than their adult counterparts. Cuteness is wrapped up...

  • Prince George turns 1

    Prince George turns 1

    Prince George is seen walking in an official photograph released to mark his first birthday. It was taken during a visit with his parents to the Sensational Butterflies outdoor exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum. The youngster will...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    The only British prime minister to be assassinated has been remembered as Parliament revived the spot near where he was shot. Spencer Perceval is said to have uttered “Oh, I have been murdered” after he was gunned down by John Bellingham on May...

  • Train leaves crash site with bodies

    Train leaves crash site with bodies

    A refrigerated train bearing the bodies of many of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster has pulled away from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine. Reporters saw the train leave, destination unknown, from the town of Torez,...

  • Israeli shells hit Gaza hospital, kill four - medics

    An Israeli tank shell hit the third floor of Al-Aqsa hospital in the central Gaza Strip, killing four people and wounding 70, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said. The spokesman said the third floor housed an intensive care unit and...

  • Demands over train carrying bodies

    Demands over train carrying bodies

    Dutch forensic investigators told armed separatists guarding train cars full of bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet that the train must be allowed to leave within hours. The experts from the Dutch National Forensic Investigations Team -...

  • Dutch anger over treatment of dead

    Dutch anger over treatment of dead

    It is no longer only grief and mourning sweeping across the Netherlands in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It is now anger. The Dutch have widely condemned the way the bodies of loved ones have been treated in Ukraine...

  • Knifeman in China attacks children

    A man with a kitchen knife has killed a one-year-old boy and injured two other children in the southern Chinese city of Zhongshan near Hong Kong, police said. The 23-year-old man attacked the children in a rented room in Zhongshan, a police...

  • 47 killed in Libya militia clashes

    Forty-seven people have been killed in clashes between rival militias fighting for control of the international airport in Libya's capital, Tripoli, government officials said today. The health ministry said on its website that 120 other people...

  • 21 more jet crash bodies recovered

    21 more jet crash bodies recovered

    Another 21 bodies have been found in the sprawling fields of east Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed last week, killing all 298 people on board. Local rescue workers piled 21 black body bags by the side of the road in Hrabove...

  • Putin condemns crash 'exploitation'

    Putin condemns crash 'exploitation'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has lambasted those he claims are using the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine for "mercenary objectives", the Kremlin said today. In a statement posted on the Kremlin website, Mr...

  • Jet bodies stacked in boxcar train

    Jet bodies stacked in boxcar train

    Pro-Moscow rebels have piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines jet into four refrigerated boxcars in eastern Ukraine as cranes moved chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing condemnation from Western leaders over tampering with the...

  • Can tragedy-hit airline survive?

    Can tragedy-hit airline survive?

    Malaysia Airlines is in uncharted territory after the disappearance of Flight MH370 in March with 239 people aboard was followed by the downing of another of its jets, carrying 298 people, over Ukraine. Before the disasters the carrier had one of...

  • Gaza's deadliest day; deathtoll passes 500

    Gaza's deadliest day; deathtoll passes 500

    The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the coastal strip has reached 501, health officials said, as the two sides count their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign. Ashraf al-Kidra, a...

  • ‘Russian missile used to shoot down Malaysian jet’

    ‘Russian missile used to shoot down Malaysian jet’

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that the evidence indicates that a Russian missile was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, while Britain said Moscow faced “pariah” status and the threat of further economic...

  • Crash victims put in refrigerated wagons

    Crash victims put in refrigerated wagons

    Dozens of bodies from the site where a Malaysian airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine were loaded into refrigerated wagons at a rebel-held rail station early yesterday to be sent home for burial. But their departure from the war zone was delayed as...

  • At least 62 dead in Israeli attack on Gaza suburb

    At least 62 dead in Israeli attack on Gaza suburb

    At least 62 Palestinians were killed yesterday in Israeli shelling of a Ga­za neighbourhood that left bodies strewn in the streets and thousands fleeing for shelter to a hospital packed with wounded, Palestinian witnesses and officials said. The...

  • Heavy clashes erupt over Tripoli airport – four dead

    Heavy clashes erupt over Tripoli airport – four dead

    Heavy fighting erupted yesterday around Tripoli International Airport, where rival militias have been battling for control, killing at least four people and forcing thousands from their homes, local residents and witnesses said. The airport...

  • Christians in Iraq’s Mosul forced to flee

    Christians in Iraq’s Mosul forced to flee

    A senior Iraqi bishop urged the world to act yesterday after Islamic hardliners drove Mosul’s Christians from the northern Iraqi city, effectively ending a presence there dating back to Christianity’s earliest years. “The world must act, speak...

  • Snowden wants to develop anti-surveillance technology

    Snowden wants to develop anti-surveillance technology

    Edward Snowden, a former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of major US surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around...

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