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  • Ukraine rebels launch offensive

    Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have rejected a previously signed peace deal and announced a new multi-pronged offensive against Ukrainian troops. The main separatist leader in the Donetsk region said the insurgents won't join further peace...

  • Paris supermarket gunman buried

    Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket and policewoman in Paris earlier this month, has been buried in a suburban cemetery, officials said. The burial came after a debate over how to handle the bodies of Coulibaly and...

  • 'Chaos' caused Concordia deaths

    'Chaos' caused Concordia deaths

    A prosecutor in the trial for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia has contended that 32 people died not because the luxury cruise liner crashed into a reef, but due to "chaos, delays, errors" under the captain's watch. Prosecutor Alessandro...

  • Divers enter crashed AirAsia plane

    Divers enter crashed AirAsia plane

    For the first time, Indonesian divers have been able to enter the fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month into the Java Sea and retrieved six bodies, an official said. The operations chief at Indonesia's National Search and Rescue...

  • Anti-Muslim acts on rise in France

    At least as many anti-Muslim acts have taken place in France since the terror attacks this month as for all of last year, a leading Muslim group has reported. The French Council for the Muslim Religion said 128 anti-Muslim actions or threats were...

  • Dramatic footage shows Coast Guard rescue off Scottish coast

    Dramatic footage shows Coast Guard rescue off Scottish coast

    The UK Coast Guard has released footage of a dramatic airlift rescue, after an Irish fishing boat sank 48 miles off Scotland's Western Isles on Tuesday. In the video a man is pulled by a winch from the sinking trawler to a rescue helicopter. The...

  • 153 held in South Africa looting

    Days of violence and looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa have left at least two people dead and 153 arrested in the Johannesburg area, police have said. The targeting of Soweto area shops owned by immigrants from Ethiopia, Somalia and...

  • Oil prices rise after king's death

    Oil prices rose on news of the death of Saudi Arabia's powerful King Abdullah, but the increase is likely to be short-lived without a cut in the kingdom's immense crude production. The benchmark US crude futures contract was up 71 cents to 47.02...

  • Updated: 'Major offensive' in east Ukraine

    Signs have emerged pointing to a major offensive in eastern Ukraine by rebels fighting to break off from the rest of the country. A rebel leader said they will continue to fight and will not join further peace talks - but left unclear whether they...

  • New Saudi king vows similar approach

    Saudi Arabia's new king has promised to continue to the policies of his predecessors. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud made the comments in a televised speech today. King Salman said: "We will continue adhering to the correct policies which...

  • US and Cuba clash on human rights

    The United States and Cuba ended two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after half a century of estrangement. But there remain sharp differences over the role of human rights in their new...

  • Update 2: Prayers said for Japanese hostages

    Update 2: Prayers said for Japanese hostages

    Prayers have been offered at Tokyo's largest mosque for two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants who had demanded a $200 million ransom for their release. Militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group posted an...

  • Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

    Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, aged 90. The death was announced on Saudi state TV by a presenter who said the king died at 1am local time. His successor was announced as his 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, according to a Royal...

  • ‘Coalition needs two years to push out Islamic State’

    ‘Coalition needs two years to push out Islamic State’

    The US-led coalition could take up to two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, and Baghdad’s own forces will be incapable of proper combat operations for months, Britain’s foreign minister warned yesterday. Speaking before he hosted a meeting...

  • In Mosul, militants turn captured city into fortress, deploy range of security forces

    In Mosul, militants turn captured city into fortress, deploy range of security forces

    In a government building in Mosul, a handful of Iraqi contractors gathered to compete for a tender last month. It was the kind of routine session that happens in cities everywhere – except here the contract was for fortifications ordered by the...

  • Former British minister, EU commissioner Brittan dies

    Former British minister, EU commissioner Brittan dies

    Leon Brittan, a former senior minister in the government of Margaret Thatcher as well as vice president of the European commissioner, has died, his family said yesterday. Brittan, 75, was home secretary (interior minister) between 1983 and 1985...

  • Litvinenko’s wife says inquiry will reveal facts of ex-KGB spy’s death

    Litvinenko’s wife says inquiry will reveal facts of ex-KGB spy’s death

    Nine years after former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in a plush London hotel in what has been described as Russian “state-sponsored nuclear terrorism”, a public inquiry into his death finally begins in the British capital next...

  • Yemeni president quits after government resigns

    Yemeni president quits after government resigns

    Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned yesterday, throwing the volatile Arab country deeper into chaos days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace. Hadi, a key counter-terrorism ally of the United States,...

  • Britain gives new powers to the Scots

    Britain gives new powers to the Scots

    The British government began a historic transfer of powers to Scotland yesterday, keeping a pledge it had given to persuade Scots to reject independence as renewed nationalist support surges. The draft Bill, to be enacted after a general election...

  • Nato detecting more Russian involvement in East Ukraine

    Nato detecting more Russian involvement in East Ukraine

    Nato has detected signs of heightened Russian involvement in fighting in parts of eastern Ukraine, the alliance’s top military commander said yesterday. US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, Nato’s supreme allied commander Europe, said fighting...