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  • Veteran US broadcaster Don Pardo dies at 96

    Veteran broadcaster Don Pardo, the seldom-seen, booming-voiced announcer for NBC’s television sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live for nearly 40 years, died aged 96, the New York Times and other media reported. Pardo, who began his...

  • Time on their hands

    Time on their hands

    Cleaners abseil down one of the faces of Big Ben, to clean and polish the clock face, above the Houses of Parliament, in central London yesterday. A week has been set aside for the cleaning of what is officially known as the Great Clock, which is...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Sweden’s Social Affairs Minister had a pie thrown in his face while campaigning for next month’s parliamentary election. The incident happened in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, where Goran Hagglund (picture) was giving a campaign speech...

  • Israeli military urges bomb shelters to open beyond Tel Aviv area

    The Israeli military has urged Israelis living as far as 80 kilometres (50 miles) away from Gaza, or beyond the Tel Aviv area, to open bomb shelters  as militants fired dozens of rockets when a truce broke down. Hamas said after a deadly Israeli...

  • New Gaza fighting erupts as negotiators seek long-term truce

    Israel said militants fired rockets from Gaza today in violation of a truce and that it struck back with attacks in the Palestinian enclave, fighting that put talks in Cairo on a long-term ceasefire in jeopardy. An Israeli official said Prime...

  • Pope Francis grieves as relatives die in car crash

    Pope Francis grieves as relatives die in car crash

    Pope Francis was deeply grieved, the Vatican's official broadcasting service said today, after the deaths of three relatives killed when their car slammed into the back of a truck on a highway in central Argentina. A nephew of the pope, Emanuel...

  • Pope Francis says he expects to live for 'two to three years'

    Pope Francis says he expects to live for 'two to three years'

    Pope Francis has spoken publicly about the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself 'two or three years' before he meets his maker. In a press conference aboard his jet as he returned from a trip to South Korea, Pope Francis...

  • Egypt dishes back criticism - urges US restraint over Missouri unrest

    Egypt has urged US authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year. It is unusual for...

  • Islamic State message to America: "we will drown all of you in blood"

    Islamic State message to America: "we will drown all of you in blood"

    The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans "in any place" if the raids hit its...

  • Ukraine says dozens killed in attack on civilian convoy

    Ukraine says dozens killed in attack on civilian convoy

    Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed fleeing fighting in eastern Ukraine yesterday when their convoy of buses was hit by rocket fire, military spokesmen said. Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels of targeting the convoy,...

  • Backed by US strikes, Iraq Kurds claim recapture of strategic dam

    Iraqi Kurdish forces said they recaptured Iraq's biggest dam from Islamist militants yesterday, as the United States launched air strikes to secure what has become a vital strategic objective in fighting that threatens to break up the...

  • Pope says right for world to stop Islamists in Iraq

    Pope says right for world to stop Islamists in Iraq

    Pope Francis said yesterday the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq, but that it should not be up to a single nation to decide how to intervene in the conflict. The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion...

  • Autopsy shows police shot unarmed black teen 6 times

    An unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer has set off a week of protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, was struck by at least six bullets, a lawyer for the deceased’s family said yesterday. The path of one bullet...

  • Unless blockade ends, Gaza faces years of misery – UN

    Unless blockade ends, Gaza faces years of misery – UN

    Unless negotiations to end the Gaza war succeed in lifting a blockade of the territory, Gazans will not see any improvement in their lives for at least another 15 years, the head of a UN relief agency said yesterday, as a five-day truce was due to...

  • Syrian forces hit Islamic State in Raqqa, destroy water plant

    Syrian forces hit Islamic State in Raqqa, destroy water plant

    Syrian government forces struck Islamic State positions in and around the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, residents said yesterday, part of a growing campaign against hardline militants who control a third of the country. Raqqa is a major stronghold...

  • Liberia hunts 17 escaped victims

    Liberia hunts 17 escaped victims

    Liberia struggled yesterday to track down 17 suspected Ebola carriers who fled quarantine at the weekend, while the UN health agency urged affected West African nations to screen all departures in a bid to contain the worst outbreak of the...

  • Assange out ‘soon’

    Assange out ‘soon’

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid a sex crimes inquiry in Sweden, said yesterday he planned to leave the building “soon”, but Britain signalled it would still arrest him if he...

  • Pakistan opposition to stage protests in capital

    Pakistan’s opposition leader Imran Khan said yesterday he plans to lead demonstrations into the capital’s central “Red Zone”, a heavily protected area and home to major government offices and Western embassies. Khan, who is trying to force the...

  • Dog who saved 100 lives in WWII hailed as hero

    Dog who saved 100 lives in WWII hailed as hero

    A World War II rescue dog credited with saving more than 100 lives is among a new Hall of Heroes celebrating heroic figures from centuries of history. Rip the rescue dog, who searched for people buried in the rubble after bombing raids during the...

  • King Richard was ‘driven to drink’

    King Richard was ‘driven to drink’

    The pressures of power drove King Richard III to drink, according to new evidence uncovered in a documentary about the medieval monarch. Researchers, who carried out tests on his skeleton after it was unearthed from a council car park in Leicester...