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  • Russian singer booed at Eurovision

    Russian singer booed at Eurovision

    Russian singer Polina Gagarina's performance at the Eurovision Song Contest - an event described by organisers as beyond politics - has been marred by boos apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay attitude. The race...

  • Irish back gay marriage in ‘social revolution’ shift

    Irish back gay marriage in ‘social revolution’ shift

    Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the Bill said yesterday. Final results were not expected until later...

  • Quadruplets joy for 65-year-old

    A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticised by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television has reported. Annegret Raunigk gave birth to a girl, Neeta, and three boys –...

  • Shi’ite militias advance on IS insurgents near Iraq’s Ramadi

    Shi’ite militias advance on IS insurgents near Iraq’s Ramadi

    Shi’ite Muslim militiamen and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State insurgents near Ramadi yesterday, a militia spokesman said, aiming to reverse potentially devastating gains by the jihadi militants. The fall of...

  • Greek PM: we’re on final stretch towards deal with lenders

    Greek PM: we’re on final stretch towards deal with lenders

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said yesterday his government was on the final stretch of negotiations with its international lenders on a cash-for-reforms deal that would not involve further pension cuts and harsh austerity. After four months...

  • Shock as ‘dead man’ moves

    A man was pronounced dead after collapsing at his flat – then began to move his limbs as he was about to be taken to the mortuary. The girlfriend of Thomas Sancomb, 46, had not been able to reach him for two days, and called police asking for an...

  • Mexico gunfight kills 43 in worst violence

    Mexico gunfight kills 43 in worst violence

    Government security forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a firefight in western Mexico on Friday, an official said, one of the bloodiest shootouts in a decade of gang violence wracking the country. National...

  • Slovak PM’s re-election drive with tax cuts, wage hikes

    Slovak PM’s re-election drive with tax cuts, wage hikes

    Slovakia’s centre-left Prime Minister Robert Fico unveiled a plan yesterday to raise the minimum wage and cut the sales tax on groceries, launching a drive for re-election next March for a third term at the eurozone country’s helm. Fico’s Smer...

  • Officer acquitted of shooting pair

    A Cleveland police officer has been found not guilty over the shooting of two unarmed suspects in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire after a high-speed chase. The judge's verdict on 31-year-old Michael Brelo comes after a four-week trial on two...

  • Naked man rescued from drawbridge

    Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge. The South Florida Sun Sentinel quoted witnesses as saying the man was walking across the Florida East Coast Railway railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale when it began...

  • Greece 'ready to do economic deal'

    Greece is ready to accept a "viable and long-lasting" deal with lenders but not on "humiliating terms," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told his ruling Syriza party. Syriza's first four months in power have been dominated by negotiations with...

  • Update 2: Irish vote Yes for gay marriage

    Update 2: Irish vote Yes for gay marriage

    A new era of equality has been heralded in Ireland as the country overwhelmingly voted in favour of gay marriage. Twenty-two years since homosexuality was decriminalised, the Republic wrote itself into history books by becoming the first in the...

  • Mosque blast claim issued by IS

    Mosque blast claim issued by IS

    Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom. Yesterday's attack was the kingdom's...

  • Peru declares State of Emergency

    Peru declares State of Emergency

    Peru declares a state of emergency in Islay province, after fresh protests against a mining project leaves one man dead. Yiming Woo reports.

  • US blocks nuke-free world blueprint

    US blocks nuke-free world blueprint

    The United States, Britain and Canada have blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and others tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbours to meet...

  • Shock as 'dead man' moves limbs

    A man was pronounced dead after collapsing at his flat - then began to move his limbs as he was about to be taken to the mortuary. The girlfriend of Thomas Sancomb, 46, had not been able to reach him for two days, and called police asking for an...

  • Irish cast votes on gay marriage

    Irish cast votes on gay marriage

    Ireland voted yesterday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalising homosexuality, with reports of a high turnout likely to favour the ‘Yes’ side. With the once mighty Catholic Church’s influence ravaged by child abuse...

  • Islamic State fighters now press advance in the east

    Islamic State fighters now press advance in the east

    Islamic State (IS) fighters pressed an advance east of Ramadi yesterday after breaching Iraqi defences outside the city the insurgents overran last weekend in a major defeat for the Baghdad government. The fall of this strategic city comes only...

  • Germany, France usher Greece back to negotiating table

    Germany, France usher Greece back to negotiating table

    European leaders told Greece yesterday to return to the negotiating table for “intensive work” to wrap up a reform agreement before cash runs out, sidestepping Athens’s demand for a comprehensive, long-term solution to its troubles. With his...

  • Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi’ite mosque

    Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi’ite mosque

    A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers during Friday prayers in a packed Shi’ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the Health Minister said yesterday, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group. It was one of the...