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  • Portugal's ex-PM Socrates arrested in corruption probe

    Portugal's ex-PM Socrates arrested in corruption probe

    Portuguese police arrest former Prime Minister Jose Socrates and three other people in an investigation of suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering. Jillian Kitchener reports.

  • Islamic State kills 25 Iraqi tribesmen near Ramadi - official

    Islamic State militants have killed 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe during their assault on a provincial capital west of Baghdad, local officials said on Saturday, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists. They said...

  • Sarkozy looks for political comeback in France

    Sarkozy looks for political comeback in France

    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is hoping for a political comeback in his bid to lead France's right-wing UMP party. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.  

  • Guests flee gas blast at top London hotel

    Guests flee gas blast at top London hotel

    Around 500 guests were evacuated from a top hotel after a gas explosion in the basement caused part of the building to collapse, injuring 14 people. The Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel in Portman Square, central London, was evacuated following the...

  • Planes in sky, cannons on ground as war rages on in Syria

    Planes in sky, cannons on ground as war rages on in Syria

    Amateur video shows tracer bullets, artillery shelling and air strikes as rebel groups fight government forces in war-torn Syria. Justin Mitchell reports.

  • European scientists release recording of noises during comet landing

    European scientists release recording of noises during comet landing

      Scientists have released a recording of the sound that Europe's Philae space probe made while landing on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.   The sound came from instruments in the lander's three feet. Experts are trying to reconstruct the...

  • Two killed as balcony collapses in London

    Two men died yesterday when balcony railings gave way as they carried a sofa into a home in London. The two people, believed to be removal men, died while they were carrying furniture into the premises. One man was pronounced dead at the scene. A...

  • Britain’s anti-EU Ukip party wins second ‘hot’ seat

    Britain’s anti-EU Ukip party wins second ‘hot’ seat

    Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives lost a second parliamentary seat to the anti-EU Ukip party yesterday, an embarrassing defeat heralding a possible fragmentation of Britain’s two-party system in next year’s national election. With...

  • Ebola death toll rises but Cuban doctor­ is ‘stable’

    Ebola death toll rises but Cuban doctor­ is ‘stable’

    The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday. The figures showed an increase of 39 recorded deaths and 106 new...

  • US Biden voices support for Ukraine, denounces Putin

    US Biden voices support for Ukraine, denounces Putin

    US Vice President Joe Biden yesterday condemned Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine as “unacceptable” and urged Moscow to abide by a September peace deal and pull its military forces out of the country. Addressing himself rhetorically to Russian leader...

  • Third Dutch farm also hit by bird flu

    A Dutch bird flu outbreak has spread to a third farm, the government said yesterday, prompting inspections at dozens of other farms in the Netherlands, a leading exporter of eggs and poultry. The latest infection was discovered on a chicken farm...

  • Hollywood mourns Nichols

    Hollywood mourns Nichols

    Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of influential films such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Graduate and Carnal Knowledge, died at the age of 83. The prolific director passed away at his...

  • Man who found Lyme bacteria dies

    Man who found Lyme bacteria dies

    The Swiss researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has died in the US. A spokesman at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Montana said Wilhelm ‘Willy’ Burgdorfer died from complications of...

  • Want to live on the ‘roof of the world’? Grow barley

    Want to live on the ‘roof of the world’? Grow barley

    The Tibetan Plateau, the harsh Asian domain known as the ‘roof of the world’, would not seem an ideal place for people to call home thanks to its extreme altitude, frigid temperatures, relentless winds and low-oxygen conditions. When people did...

  • Still hot in Brazil

    Still hot in Brazil

    Beach lovers enjoy the sun, sea and sand at Vermelha beach in Rio de Janeiro yesterday as the United States is still battling the autumn freeze.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Green Cross Code Man – who featured in child road safety campaigns in the 1970s – is back. And this time the character, played once again by Star Wars actor Dave Prowse, is appearing in safety videos aimed at adults, launched on YouTube by...

  • At least 10 dead in New York snow storms

    At least 10 dead in New York snow storms

    The death toll from New York state's devastating snow storms is still rising with at least 10 confirmed dead. Vanessa Johnston reports.

  • Pope Francis to visit European Parliament

    Pope Francis to visit European Parliament

    Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. He will deliver a formal address to the members in the Chamber. The Pope was invited to the EP by President Martin Schulz during a visit to the Vatican in...

  • Hitler painting to be auctioned

    Hitler painting to be auctioned

    A 100-year-old watercolour of Munich's old city hall is expected to fetch at least €50,000 at auction this weekend, not so much for its artistic value as for the signature in the bottom left corner: "A. Hitler". Nuremberg's Weidler auction house...

  • Law jailing gays for life approved

    The president of Gambia has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, the latest African country to codify harsh penalties for the gay community. A copy of the legislation indicates that President Yahya...