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  • ‘Scots tricked out of independence’

    ‘Scots tricked out of independence’

    Defeated Scottish nationalist chief Alex Salmond accused Britain’s political leaders yesterday of tricking Scots out of independence after a dispute about how and when to give them more powers. Salmond, who is stepping down as leader of the...

  • Ebola burial team ends up attacked in Sierra Leone

    Ebola burial team ends up attacked in Sierra Leone

    A team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone’s capital , a member of Parliament said yesterday, as a small group defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record. In one of the most extreme...

  • ‘White House intruder was armed with knife’

    ‘White House intruder was armed with knife’

    The Texas man arrested on Friday for charging at the White House was armed with a knife when he climbed a fence and made it into the executive mansion after President Barack Obama had departed, the US Attorney’s Office said yesterday. Previously,...

  • Tribesmen fight security forces in southern Libya

    Tribesmen fight security forces in southern Libya

    Soldiers and police have clashed in the last few days in southern Libya, near the country’s biggest oilfield, with ethnic Tibu fighters who had been trying to smuggle in fellow tribesmen from Algeria, medics and residents said yesterday. Up to 12...

  • Cairo bomb kills three police officers, including key witness against Morsi

    Cairo bomb kills three police officers, including key witness against Morsi

    A bomb blast beside Egypt’s foreign ministry killed three policemen yesterday, including a key witness in a trial of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The blast, the worst attack in Cairo for months, killed two police lieutenant colonels...

  • Why human faces lookso different

    Why human faces lookso different

    They may be attractive or ugly, but there is a reason why human faces all look so different, research suggests. Scientists believe we evolved individual features because of the importance of our eyes in social interactions. Many animals use smell...

  • Separated by a ‘sense of fairness’

    Separated by a ‘sense of fairness’

    A sense of fairness separates apes and humans from other animals and evolved to promote the benefits of long-term cooperation, experts claim. Two US scientists came to the conclusion after studying the ‘evolutionary puzzle’ for more than 10...

  • Hormone link to poor maths

    Children who are bad at maths could have trouble with numbers because of their mother’s hormone levels during pregnancy, a new study suggests. Youngsters born to mothers with low levels of thyroid hormones during pregnancy are almost twice as...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    The former frontman of 1980s band Frankie Goes To Hollywood says he now lives “like a nun”. Holly Johnson, who has HIV, said he takes “copious amounts of vitamins and medications”, and does “everything possible to support my health”. Speaking to...

  • Pope condemns Islamist militants

    Pope condemns Islamist militants

    Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said today no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be "the armour of God". Francis made his comments during a one-day visit to Albania, an...

  • White House intruder was armed with knife

    The Texas man arrested on Friday for charging at the White House was armed with a knife when he climbed a fence and made it into the executive mansion after President Barack Obama had departed, the US Attorney's Office said. Previously, the...

  • Released Turkish hostage describes capture by IS militants

    Released Turkish hostage describes capture by IS militants

    A woman held hostage by Islamic State has described the confusion inside the Turkish consulate in Mosul as militants began taking prisoners. Forty-six Turkish hostages returned to Ankara, months after Islamic State militants stormed the Turkish...

  • Thousands of Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as IS advances

    Thousands of Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as IS advances

    Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens of villages close to the border and are advancing on a Syrian town. Turkey opened a stretch of the...

  • Munitions factory hit in Ukraine's Donetsk

    Munitions factory hit in Ukraine's Donetsk

    The Ukrainian city of Donetsk was rocked by blasts yesterday even as government forces and pro-Russian separatists prepared to create a buffer zone to separate the warring sides. A memorandum signed early yesterday calls for the withdrawal of...

  • Britain, France agree to tackle UK-bound illegal immigrants

    Britain and France have agreed to improve border controls and cooperate more closely in an effort to control a growing number of illegal immigrants trying to cross the English Channel from the French port city of Calais to Britain. The port has...

  • Turkey secures release of hostages

    Turkey secures release of hostages

    Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey yesterday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue...

  • Storm leaves 200,000 displaced

    Storm leaves 200,000 displaced

    Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan yesterday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding. Most schools on the main...

  • Man jumps White House fence

    A man jumped over the White House fence and made it to the front doors of the executive mansion before being apprehended on Friday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Barack Obama departed for the weekend. Omar...

  • Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized in northern Iraq

    Turkish intelligence agents brought 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey this morning after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation. The...

  • Brown unveils plans for Scotland reform

    Brown unveils plans for Scotland reform

    Updated 1 pm Former prime minster Gordon Brown has set out proposals for a united Scotland after the historic referendum returned a No result and pledged that the promises made on further devolution would be delivered. At a speech in Fife, a day...