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  • Plane 'was punctured by shrapnel'

    Plane 'was punctured by shrapnel'

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel, according to recovered flight data recorders. Ukraine's national security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the plane suffered "massive explosive decompression"...

  • Pakistan mob kills woman, girls, over "blasphemous" Facebook post

    Pakistan mob kills woman, girls, over "blasphemous" Facebook post

    A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities. The...

  • US releases images it says show Russia fired on Ukraine

    US releases images it says show Russia fired on Ukraine

    The US State Department releases images that it says offer evidence that Russian forces fired across the border at the Ukrainian military last week. Nathan Frandino reports. The images appear to show what the US says are artillery strikes...

  • NY Times editorial calls for a repeal of marijuana "prohibition"

    NY Times editorial calls for a repeal of marijuana "prohibition"

    The New York Times has called for a federal marijuana ban to go up in smoke, comparing the ban on the most widely used illicit drug to the "prohibition" on alcohol between 1920 and 1933. Nathan Frandino reports. The newspaper this weekend...

  • Gaza baby delivered from dying mother

    Gaza baby delivered from dying mother

    A Palestinian baby was delivered at a hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip from the womb of her mother, whom medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike.  "The mother and father were killed. The pregnant mother was brought here...

  • Netanyahu accuses Hamas of violating its own ceasefire

    Netanyahu accuses Hamas of violating its own ceasefire

    Fighting subsided in Gaza yesterday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end their conflict with Israel. Hamas said it had endorsed a call by the United...

  • Occupied West Bank is glowing with anger over Gaza destruction

    Occupied West Bank is glowing with anger over Gaza destruction

    While the Gaza Strip burns, the occupied West Bank is smouldering, with violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces raising the spectre of a new popular uprising after years of relative calm. In just a three-day period late last week,...

  • Pope hits out at the mafia again

    Pope hits out at the mafia again

    Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse on Saturday during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra...

  • Fighting complicating Ukraine air crash probe

    Fighting complicating Ukraine air crash probe

    Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed further complicated an investigation yesterday as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict. At least thirteen people were killed...

  • Boko Haram kidnap wife of Cameroon’s vice PM

    The wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said. A local religious leader, or lamido, named...

  • Syria retakes Homs gas field

    Syria retakes Homs gas field

    The Syrian army said yesterday it recaptured a gas field east of the central city of Homs that was seized by hardline Islamic State fighters earlier this month. Syrian television showed footage of soldiers running and deploying in a vast desert...

  • Runaway S. Leone Ebola patient dies in ambulance

    Runaway S. Leone Ebola patient dies in ambulance

    A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment centre and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, a health official said...

  • US doctor treated for deadly virus

    US doctor treated for deadly virus

    An American doctor is receiving intensive medical treatment in Liberia after he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while treating patients in the West African nation, a spokeswoman for an aid organisation said yesterday. Kent Brantly was in...

  • UN aviation body to hold safety meeting with IATA

    UN aviation body to hold safety meeting with IATA

    The UN civil aviation agency will hold a broad international meeting to discuss airline safety in the industry’s most coordinated response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, two sources familiar with the matter said. The meeting of ICAO and...

  • Russia’s smartest people are leaving their country

    Russia’s smartest people are leaving their country

    Most of Vladimir Paley’s clients want him to dig up their family history with one goal in mind: making a case to obtain foreign citizenship and leave Russia. Six months ago the soft-spoken genealogist had few such requests, but this month he hired...

  • Trove of Ice Age fossils

    Trove of Ice Age fossils

    For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable secrets of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave discovered in the...

  • Interior of Mount St Helens volcano to be mapped

    Interior of Mount St Helens volcano to be mapped

    A series of explosions set off by a team of scientists rattled Washington state’s Mount St Helens as researchers map the interior of the volcano, whose 1980 eruption was the deadliest in US history. Mount St Helens, 150 kilometres south of Seattle...

  • California wildfire

    California wildfire

    Firefighters protecting an evacuated home while the fast-moving wildfire called “Sand Fire” burns behind, near Plymouth, California yesterday. The fire, which started on Friday, has burned five homes, 1300 acres, and is 20 per cent contained,...

  • All for scrap!

    All for scrap!

    Tug boats towing the Costa Concordia cruise ship yesterday as they arrived outside Genoa’s port, in northern Italy, where it will be broken up for scrap.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A hundred couples tied the knot yesterday in a mass wedding held in the first post-World Cup event inside the Brazilian capital’s Estadio Nacional. The collective civil marriage ceremony was held on the football stadium’s pitch. It was the 10th...