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  • Woman is held over deaths of three children

    A woman is being held by police on suspicion of murder after three young children were found dead at a house in south London. The 42-year-old is suspected of killing a four-year-old girl and twin boys, aged three, who are all said to have suffered...

  • Renzi wins confidence vote to ease labour rules

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi easily won a confidence vote yesterday over his plans to ease rules for companies that hire temporary workers, part of a broader plan to overhaul labour regulations. The lower-house of Parliament voted 344 to...

  • ‘Madeleine may have been victim of serial offender’

    Madeleine McCann may have been among the victims of a series of sexual assaults on British children in Portugal, probably carried out by a single offender around the time she went missing seven years ago, British police said yesterday. Madeleine...

  • Computer is replaced by spacewalkers

    Two US astronauts wrapped up a speedy spacewalk outside the International Space Station yesterday, replacing a failed computer that backs up one used to control critical systems such as the station’s solar panel wings. Flight engineers Rick...

  • Serendipity helps Egypt recover stolen heritage

    When French Egyptologist Olivier Perdu saw a fragment of a pharaonic statue on display in a Brussels gallery last year, he assumed it was a twin of an ancient masterpiece he had examined in Egypt a quarter of a century earlier. The reality was an...

  • Complex music is ‘sexy’

    Naturalist Charles Darwin’s theory that music’s primary function is sexual courtship may have been proved right, according to research. His argument has been supported by a study from the University of Sussex which shows that during the most...

  • Risk of asteroid hitting Earth ‘high’

    The chance of a city-killing asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists previously believed, a non-profit group building an asteroid-hunting telescope said. A global network that listens for nuclear weapons detonations detected 26 asteroids...

  • World briefs

    A red squirrel has been hailed as a supermum after giving birth to her 48th kitten in seven years. Named Tortoiseshell, she has proved to be one of the UK’s most successful breeding red squirrels, regularly producing litters since 2008. Along with...

  • Squeeze on marijuana 'coffee shops'

    Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district, stepping up a crackdown on the city's freewheeling lifestyle. Marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but possession of small amounts is not...

  • Astronauts finish urgent repair job

    Spacewalking astronauts have replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station and got their orbiting home back up to full strength. The two Americans on board, Rick Mastracchio and Steven Swanson, hustled through the urgent repair...

  • Russia vow over Ukraine 'interests'

    Russia's foreign minister has promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine - a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled...

  • Suspected mass grave excavated

    Experts have started excavation on a mass grave in Serbia believed to contain at least 250 bodies of ethnic Albanians who were killed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war. The Serbian government official dealing with the wartime missing, Veljko Odalovic,...

  • Bieber sorry over war shrine visit

    Justin Bieber has apologised to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honours 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war...

  • Top officer killed in Egypt blast

    A senior Egyptian police officer was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb, officials said. Meanwhile another officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's second-largest city. The...

  • Sherpas strike after Everest deaths

    Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's Base Camp today, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. With the...

  • Toyota sales stay on top of world

    Toyota has kept its pole position for world vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen. The Japanese manufacturer said it sold 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, ahead of...

  • Violence erupts in 'pacified' slum

    A Rio de Janeiro slum has erupted in violence following the killing of a popular local figure, with residents starting fires and hurling home-made explosives and bottles in the city's main tourist zone. Intense exchanges of gunfire were heard when...

  • Russia 'must defuse Ukraine crisis'

    US secretary of state John Kerry has told Russia he is deeply concerned over what he describes as the lack of positive steps by Moscow to de-escalate the violence in eastern Ukraine. In a phone call Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, Mr Kerry...

  • Updated: Beach material probed in jet search

    Unidentified material that has washed ashore in south-western Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane, authorities have said. Police secured the material, which washed ashore 10km east of Augusta in Western Australia...

  • Ferry bodies search moves to cabins

    Divers must now rip through cabin walls of the submerged South Korea ferry to retrieve more victims as their grim work brought the official death toll to 146. The victims were overwhelmingly pupils of a high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than...