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  • Why scrummy starters ruin your meal

    Why scrummy starters ruin your meal

    A delicious starter may seem like the perfect way to begin a memorable restaurant meal. But be careful not to order one that is too good – it is likely to spoil your enjoyment of the main course, research suggests. A more mediocre appetiser may...

  • Cool dip

    Cool dip

    A woman bathes a girl seated in a stroller in Rio Bravo during a hot summer day at the border crossing between Mexico and the United States in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Walt Disney Co will ban selfie sticks starting this week at its theme parks around the world, the company said, joining a growing list of attractions that restrict the camera accessories for safety reasons. Beginning today, the company will not...

  • US Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma lethal injection process

    US Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma lethal injection process

    The US Supreme Court ruled today that a drug used by Oklahoma as part of its lethal injection procedure does not violate the US Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, dealing a setback to opponents of the death penalty. The court, in...

  • Egypt public prosecutor dies after Cairo bomb attack

    Egypt public prosecutor dies after Cairo bomb attack

    Egypt's public prosecutor has died from wounds sustained in a bomb attack this morning that targeted his convoy in Cairo, state news agency MENA said. Judicial and medical sources also confirmed the report of Hisham Barakat's death to Reuters.

  • EU's Juncker slams Greek government, urges Greeks to vote 'yes' in referendum

    EU's Juncker slams Greek government, urges Greeks to vote 'yes' in referendum

    The EU's Jean-Claude Juncker delivered an emotional condemnation of the Greek government today, accusing it of betraying his efforts to broker a loan deal and urging Greek voters to defy their leaders by voting "Yes" in Sunday's...

  • Builder threw tiles at Tunisia gunman

    Builder threw tiles at Tunisia gunman

    A Tunisian builder has been hailed as an unsung hero after he bravely hurled bricks and tiles at a gunman who was shooting tourists. He also called him "you terrorist, you dog".The builder said he had done his duty.

  • Israel approves extending fortified fence on its Jordan border

    Israel's security cabinet has approved extending the fortified fence along its Egyptian border into a section of the frontier with neighbouring Jordan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Jordan and Israel closely coordinate security for...

  • Second escaped New York prisoner shot

    Second escaped New York prisoner shot

    David Sweat, one of two New York state inmates who escaped from prison three weeks ago, was shot by police near the Canadian border and rushed to a local hospital late yesterday, two days after his accomplice was killed, authorities said. His...

  • New video - Tunisia massacre: British death toll to reach 30

    New video - Tunisia massacre: British death toll to reach 30

    The British death toll in the Tunisian beach massacre is expected to double to at least 30. The latest figure comes after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned that it was highly likely a "significant number" of victims yet to be identified...

  • ‘Bank holiday’ in Greece

    ‘Bank holiday’ in Greece

    Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday announced a bank holiday and capital controls after Greeks responded to his surprise call for a referendum on bailout terms by pulling money out of banks. Tsipras blamed European partners and the...

  • Questions mark path to bailout referendum

    Questions mark path to bailout referendum

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has easily clinched parliamentary approval of his desired July 5 referendum on Greece’s creditors’ latest bailout terms. By the time Greeks go to vote, however, the issue they will be voting on might be entirely...

  • Rocket for space station explodes soon after launch

    An unmanned Space Exploration Technologies rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Florida yesterday, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station in the latest in a string of mishaps in supplying the orbiting...

  • Iran talks are set to go beyond deadline

    Iran talks are set to go beyond deadline

    The six world powers seeking to negotiate a historic agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear programme plan to carry on negotiating beyond a Tuesday deadline, a senior US official said yesterday. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was...

  • Libyan factions in UN talks

    Libyan factions in UN talks

    Officials from Libya’s rival parliaments sat down at the same table for the first time yesterday at the latest round of United Nations-backed peace talks in Morocco – a move negotiators saw as an important step to forming a unity...

  • Pope, Russian patriarch meeting seen nearer

    An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is “getting closer every day”, a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published yesterday. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step...

  • Taiwan probes water park fire

    Taiwan probes water park fire

    The number of party revellers injured in a fire at a Taiwan water park was put at 498 yesterday as authorities began investigating the cause, suspected to be a sudden explosion of a coloured powder thrown on those attending the party. Six...

  • Hunt is on for Tunisian beach gunman helpers

    Hunt is on for Tunisian beach gunman helpers

    Investigators are searching for accomplices in the attack on a luxury hotel in the Tunisian resort city of Sousse that killed at least 38 people – some of them sunbathers on the beach. Officers are “sure” the attacker, a 24-year-old student killed...

  • French attack Islamist suspect admits to killing his manager

    French attack Islamist suspect admits to killing his manager

    The suspected Islamist militant held over an attack against a French chemical plant has admitted killing his manager, a source close to the investigation said yesterday. Yassin Salhi, 35, told detectives he had killed Herve Cornara in a parking...

  • ‘Kuwait bomber is from Saudi’

    Kuwait yesterday identified the suicide bomber behind its worst militant attack as a young Saudi Arabian man, and said it had detained the driver of the vehicle that took him to a Shi’ite Muslim mosque where he killed 27 people. The disclosure of...