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  • Classical composer Laderman dies, aged 90

    Ezra Laderman, a US classical music composer whose works ranged from symphonies to operas to music for Academy Award-winning films, has died aged 90. The Yale School of Music, where Laderman was dean from 1989 to 1995, announced his death on its...

  • Probe nears dwarf planet Ceres

    Probe nears dwarf planet Ceres

    A Nasa science satellite on Friday will wrap up a seven-and-a-half-year journey to Ceres, an unexplored dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists said. The Dawn spacecraft visited the asteroid Vesta before firing...

  • Cat island

    Cat island

    Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan. An army of cats rules the remote island, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines – they outnumber...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    For most people, the 1940s conjures up images of rations, wartime struggle and sombre outfits. But the Imperial War Museum has revealed how fashion flourished in the Second World War in spite of strict rationing rules. A new exhibition to mark...

  • Hillary Clinton used personal email for official business

    Hillary Clinton used a personal email account during her time as US secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address, potentially hampering efforts to archive official government documents required by law. Mrs Clinton's office...

  • IS militants take over Libya's Bahi, Mabrouk oilfields

    Islamist militants took over Libya's Bahi oil station and the Mabrouk oilfield today after security forces guarding the installations were forced to retreat, according to Ali Hassi, a security official in the oil protection forces. Both oil...

  • General Petraeus pleads guilty to mishandling classified information

    General Petraeus pleads guilty to mishandling classified information

    Former US Army general and CIA director David Petraeus -- the man once in charge of US military strategy in both Iraq and Afghanistan -- has pleaded guilty to mishandling classified material. Petraeus was once one of the most respected figures in...

  • Federal agents raid 20 suspected 'maternity hotels' in California

    Federal agents raid 20 suspected 'maternity hotels' in California

    Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations suspected of involvement in "maternity tourism" schemes offering travel and lodging services to pregnant foreign women seeking to give birth in the United States, US immigration...

  • Israel's Netanyahu warns US against Iran nuclear deal

    Israel's Netanyahu warns US against Iran nuclear deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned US President Barack Obama against accepting a nuclear deal with Iran that would be a "countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare" by a country that "will always be an enemy of America". "If the deal...

  • UK parliament 'may have to move'

    UK parliament 'may have to move'

    British lawmakers might have to abandon the Houses of Parliament in London's Westminster unless a large amount of money is spent on the building within the next 10 years, according to the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. Repairs would...

  • Britain laughs off Argentine Falklands banknote as 'a stunt'

    Britain has derided a new Argentine banknote featuring the disputed Falkland Islands as a stunt and said it had no intention of discussing sovereignty over the archipelago with Buenos Aires. Tensions over the Falklands, known as Las Malvinas in...

  • Evacuations as Chile volcano erupts

    Evacuations as Chile volcano erupts

    A volcano in southern Chile has erupted, prompting officials to evacuate thousands of people in the surrounding area. The Villarica volcano erupted at around 3am local time (0600 GMT), according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red...

  • Mourners gather for Nemtsov service

    Mourners gather for Nemtsov service

    Thousands of mourners and dignitaries have filed past the white-lined coffin of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia's beleaguered...

  • Italy health cuts menace world leading awakenings centre

    Italy health cuts menace world leading awakenings centre

    Calabria, in the southern toe of Italy, is one of Europe's poorest regions, crippled by organised crime and an unemployment rate of more than 20 per cent. But it is also home to the Sant' Anna Institute of Crotone, a centre of medical excellence...

  • Rape victim 'shouldn't have fought'

    One of the men convicted of raping and killing a woman in a brutal gang attack on a New Delhi bus in 2012 has said in a TV documentary that if the victim had not fought back she would not have been killed. Instead, the 23-year-old should have...

  • Woman 'didn't see Nemtsov killer'

    Woman 'didn't see Nemtsov killer'

    A 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov when he was shot dead has said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger. The emotional account by Anna Duritskaya in a TV interview came amid...

  • Shot man reached for gun: Los Angeles police

    Shot man reached for gun: Los Angeles police

    US police fatally shot a homeless man during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which an officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said. Video showed the man reaching toward the officer's waistband, police...

  • Netanyahu warns that Iran deal could threaten Israel’s existence

    Netanyahu warns that Iran deal could threaten Israel’s existence

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States yesterday that the nuclear deal it is negotiating with Iran could threaten Israel’s survival and insisted he had a “moral obligation” to speak up about deep differences with...

  • Nemtsov’s shaken girlfriend says she did not see the killer

    Nemtsov’s shaken girlfriend says she did not see the killer

    Boris Nemtsov’s girlfriend has broken her public silence on the murder of the Russian Opposition activist, saying she did not see the killer who gunned him down as they strolled across a bridge near the Kremlin. Speaking largely without emotion in...

  • Haftar appointed army chief for the Libyan government

    Haftar appointed army chief for the Libyan government

    Khalifa Haftar, one of the most divisive figures in post-revolutionary Libya, was appointed army commander for the country’s internationally recognised government yesterday in a move that could complicate UN peace talks. Four years after Muammar...