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  • Are you moody and neurotic?

    Are you moody and neurotic?

    If you are a tense, moody neurotic, take heart – you could also be a creative genius. A new theory suggests that neurotic misery and imagination go hand-in-hand. It could explain why so many original thinkers, such as the famously neurotic Vincent...

  • Picture this? If you can’t you may have aphantasia

    If counting sheep is an abstract concept, or you are unable to visualise the faces of loved ones, you could have aphantasia – a newly-defined condition to describe people who are born without a “mind’s eye”. Some people report a significant impact...

  • On the beat!

    On the beat!

    Revellers and police officers enjoying the Notting Hill Carnival 2015 parade on Ladbroke Grove, in west London yesterday. The two-day event is one of the largest street carnivals in the world.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A collection of royal memorabilia devoted to a 19th-century Princess Charlotte is to go on sale. Princess Charlotte of Wales – George IV’s only child – was destined to become the nation’s Queen, but tragically died giving birth nearly 200 years...

  • Eni finds 'supergiant' natural gas field off Egypt

    Eni finds 'supergiant' natural gas field off Egypt

    Italian energy company Eni has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, it revealed. A company statement today is calling it the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea. Eni said after full development, the discovery will be...

  • EU-bound refugees fill latest train from Macedonia

    EU-bound refugees fill latest train from Macedonia

    Carrying their children,bottles of water and few belongings, hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees boarded a train in southern Macedonia today to continue their journey towards Serbia and ultimately EU countries further north. Around 500 migrants...

  • Police detain fifth suspect over Austria truck migrant deaths

    Police detain fifth suspect over Austria truck migrant deaths

    A fifth man suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in neighbouring Austria has been detained, Hungarian police said. A national police statement said the Bulgarian national was arrested yesterday evening. Police...

  • Pope: Let's stop crimes like deaths of migrants in trucks

    Pope: Let's stop crimes like deaths of migrants in trucks

    Pope Francis is urging people to work together to stop crimes against migrants, including the 71 who perished in a smuggler's truck on the main Budapest-Vienna highway. Pope Francis invited faithful in St Peter's Square in Rome to pray silently...

  • Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments

    Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments

    Egypt's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador over comments he made in court after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting "false news." The ministry said it objected to John...

  • Updated: At least 11 killed in fire at Saudi oil company residence

    Updated: At least 11 killed in fire at Saudi oil company residence

    A large fire in the basement of a residential complex in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich east has killed at least 11 people and injured more than 200, officials said. The blaze began early this morning in a multi-story residential compound known as Radium...

  • Europe fails on electronics recycling goals

    Europe fails on electronics recycling goals

    Only a third of Europe's electronic waste is properly recycled, with vast numbers of cellphones, computers and televisions illegally traded or dumped, a study led by the United Nations and Interpol said. Sweden and Norway were close to European...

  • Egyptian court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to prison

    Egyptian court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to prison

    An Egyptian court sentenced three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison yesterday for operating without a press licence and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt, a case that has stirred an international outcry. The verdict in a...

  • Poll lead for Greece’s Syriza narrows

    Former Greek premier Alexis Tsipras urged supporters yesterday to give him a mandate to complete the country’s political transformation, as a poll showed his leftist Syriza party’s lead slipping ahead of elections next month. Tsipras abruptly...

  • Three children found critically ill in new Austria migrant van

    Three children found critically ill in new Austria migrant van

    Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van in Austria, crammed in with 23 other refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, police said yesterday. The incident follows the discovery of the...

  • Thai bombing suspect arrested

    Thai bombing suspect arrested

    Thai authorities have arrested a foreigner with a fake Turkish passport and bomb-making materials, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. “He is most likely related to the bombing,” deputy...

  • Malaysia’s protests call for PM to go

    Malaysia’s protests call for PM to go

    Malaysia’s former leader Mahathir Mohamad made a surprise appearance yesterday among tens of thousands protesting to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister over a multi-million-dollar payment into an account under his name. The rally in...

  • UN: satellite images confirm Palmyra temple destruction

    UN: satellite images confirm Palmyra temple destruction

    Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after the hardline Islamic State group claimed responsibility for blowing up the structure a week ago. Islamic State...

  • Turkish jets in IS Syria strikes

    Turkish jets in IS Syria strikes

    Turkey has announced that its fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. A Foreign Ministry statement said the jets began attacking IS targets late yesterday...

  • Libya arrests three suspects over migrant boat disaster

    Libyan authorities have arrested three people on suspicion of involvement in launching a boat packed with migrants that sank off the country's Mediterranean coast, killing up to 200 people, a security official said yesterday. The vessel, with up...

  • Thousands rally in central Beirut

    Thousands rally in central Beirut

    Thousands of protesters waving Lebanese flags and chanting anti-government slogans converged on a square in central Beirut yesterday for a rally against political leaders they say are incompetent and corrupt. Similar protests descended into...