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  • US hospital monitors patient for Ebola

    A US hospital has isolated a patient who is showing signs of having the Ebola virus. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said the patient's symptoms and travel history suggest they may have Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000...

  • Fresh tremors fear at Mount Ontake

    Fresh tremors fear at Mount Ontake

    Increased seismic activity has raised concerns about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed last week, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies near the...

  • Hong Kong protesters set deadline

    Hong Kong protesters set deadline

    Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience. A brief...

  • Lufthansa long-haul pilots strike

    Pilots with Lufthansa's long-haul fleet have started a 15-hour walkout at the German airline's main Frankfurt hub in a festering contract dispute. The Vereinigung Cockpit union called members out on strike from 8am local time (0600 GMT) in its...

  • Hamas and IS 'share same creed'

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Hamas and the Islamic State group (IS) are "branches of the same poisonous tree," both bent on world domination through terror, just as the Nazis were. In a blistering speech to the United...

  • Homes raided by anti-terror police

    Homes raided by anti-terror police

    Counter-terrorism police have launched raids in homes across several suburbs in the Australian city of Melbourne where a suspected terrorist was shot dead last week. A joint state and federal police operation supported by surveillance helicopters...

  • White House intruder 'past door'

    White House intruder 'past door'

    An intruder who jumped a fence at the White House made it further inside the building than the US Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, according to reports. The disclosures in the Washington Post and New York Times came ahead of a...

  • Turkey on alert as Islamic State shells border town

    Turkey on alert as Islamic State shells border town

    Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles took up positions on hills overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani yesterday as shelling by Islamic State insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil, a Reuters correspondent said. At...

  • Germany’s government condemns pictures showing abuse of refugees

    The German government yesterday condemned suspected cases of abuse against refugees in which asylum-seekers were maltreated by security guards and even forced to lie in a bed filled with vomit. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert...

  • UK Chancellor freezes benefits for working age

    UK Chancellor freezes benefits for working age

    Working age benefits will have to be frozen for two years, Chancellor George Osborne declared in a fresh assault on welfare spending. Mr Osborne told the Conservative Party conference that it was unfair that increases in State help outstripped pay...

  • Seven Ukrainian soldiers are killed in rebel attack

    Seven Ukrainian soldiers are killed in rebel attack

    Seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed when separatist shelling hit their armoured vehicle near Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine, a military spokesman said yesterday, putting a fragile ceasefire under further strain. It was the largest loss of...

  • Troops insist Russians had captured them

    Troops insist Russians had captured them

    Two Ukrainian soldiers have offered new evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine, saying they were captured by Russian troops in a battle that became a turning point in the conflict. Their testimony, given after being...

  • Hong Kong protesters defy Beijing, call for democracy

    Hong Kong protesters defy Beijing, call for democracy

    Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub yesterday, one of the biggest political challenges for China since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years...

  • New Afghan President is sworn in

    New Afghan President is sworn in

    Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade yesterday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test. The first democratic...

  • Italy unions threatening showdown with Renzi

    Italy unions threatening showdown with Renzi

    The head of Italy’s biggest union yesterday threatened to strike in protest at plans to scrap job guarantees, a key part of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s long-awaited labour market reform. The comments by CGIL leader Susanna Camusso came hours...

  • Scientists grapple with ethics in rush to release Ebola jabs

    Scientists grapple with ethics in rush to release Ebola jabs

    Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait. In an effort to save lives, health...

  • Star couple say ‘I do’ for second time in Venice

    Star couple say ‘I do’ for second time in Venice

    US actor George Clooney and Lebanese-born human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin formalised their marriage in a civil ceremony in Venice yesterday, capping star-studded weekend nuptials. The two, who married at a lavish party on Saturday night, spent...

  • Jane Fonda tells of mother’s abuse agony

    Jane Fonda tells of mother’s abuse agony

    Jane Fonda has told an audience of activists and philanthropists that her mother was sexually abused as a child before eventually committing suicide at 42. Fonda shared the personal story at an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rape...

  • J-Lo’s car hit by ‘drink-driver’

    J-Lo’s car hit by ‘drink-driver’

    A suspected drink-driver crashed into an SUV carrying actress Leah Remini and singer Jennifer Lopez and her two children then fled the scene, it has emerged. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s sergeant Philip Brooks said Remini, who was driving Lopez’s...

  • Floating art

    Floating art

    A sculpture of a giant hippopotamus, “HippopoThames”, built by artist Florentjin Hofman being towed up the Thames past the Houses of Parliament in central London yesterday.