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  • Barroso bows out

    Barroso bows out

    Outgoing president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso (right) reacts as he is applauded by incoming president Jean-Claude Juncker during a ceremony at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A painting that was missing for almost a century is expected to fetch a six-figure sum at auction when it is offered for sale alongside work by some of the biggest names in 20th century British art. John Duncan Fergusson’s Poise had not been seen...

  • Abbas says closure of Al-Aqsa mosque 'tantamount to declaration of war'

    Abbas says closure of Al-Aqsa mosque 'tantamount to declaration of war'

    Israeli police  shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Al-Aqsa compound, or...

  • Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them

    Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said. Two mass graves were discovered on Thursday containing some of...

  • NGOs slam Spain's push back plans

    Thirteen human rights groups have called on the Spanish government to drop plans to provide a legal basis for summary returns of migrants from its enclaves in North Africa. The Spanish and international organizations wrote to the United Nations...

  • Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home

    Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home

    A nurse in Maine vowing not to be bullied by politicians and threatening to sue the state over an Ebola quarantine she calls unscientifically sound, defied the order and left her home for a bike ride today, according to television images. Kaci...

  • Germany to ban anti-Islamist rally after Cologne clashes

    The German capital Berlin is scrambling to ban a planned rally against Islamists by neo-Nazis and self-styled soccer hooligans after rioting in Cologne in which 49 police officers were injured. The disturbances coincided with growing concern that...

  • Malala donates prize to Gaza school

    Malala donates prize to Gaza school

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a United Nations school in Gaza which was damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war, the UN said. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the...

  • Sweden recognises Palestinian state

    Sweden recognises Palestinian state

    Sweden's new government says it has recognised a Palestinian state, a move declared by the prime minister as a priority for the left-leaning minority coalition. The EU member country has joined two other western European nations - Malta and Cyprus...

  • Quarantine Ebola nurse goes outside

    A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa said she plans to end her voluntary US quarantine and even stepped outside her home briefly. Kaci Hickox's words and actions signalled a potential showdown with police monitoring her home in Fort...

  • Kurdish convoy arrives at Syrian border to battle Islamic States

    Kurdish convoy arrives at Syrian border to battle Islamic States

    A convoy of Peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq arrived at the Turkish border town of Mursitpinar early today, as they prepared to cross the border into Syria to help fellow Kurds fight Islamic State militants. The convoy of jeeps and flatbed...

  • Updated: Police shoot assassination suspect

    Updated: Police shoot assassination suspect

    Israeli police have shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of a brazen assassination attempt of a Jewish activist in Jerusalem. Today's shooting comes just hours after a gunman on a motorcycle shot and wounded Yehuda Glick. Mr Glick is in...

  • ‘Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia’

    ‘Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia’

    Liberia, the country worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic, may be seeing a decline in the spread of the virus, although the battle to contain the outbreak is far from won, the World Health Organisation said yesterday. WHO Assistant Director General...

  • Nato jets tracking Russian bomber sorties

    Nato aircraft tracked Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea yesterday and sorties of fighters over the Baltic in what the Western alliance called an unusual burst of activity at a tense time in East-West relations. In all, Nato...

  • Libyan PM ready for talks with government rivals

    Libyan PM ready for talks with government rivals

    Libya’s internationally-recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said yesterday he was ready for peace talks with rivals controlling the capital Tripoli and questioning his legitimacy if all sides made concessions. The North African country...

  • Lawmakers criticise UK’s immigration ‘mess’

    Lawmakers criticise UK’s immigration ‘mess’

    Britain’s border and immigration system is a “mess”, lawmakers said yesterday in a report which will increase pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron’s government to take a tougher line on migrants ahead of next year’s national election. Opinion...

  • Israeli PM fumes at US comment

    Israeli PM fumes at US comment

    An anonymous US official’s reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit”, or worthless coward, drew a sharp response yesterday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration. The...

  • US supply rocket explodes shortly after blasting off

    US supply rocket explodes shortly after blasting off

    An unmanned US supply rocket exploded shortly after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia, the first disaster since Nasa turned to private operators to run cargo to the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built...

  • Get your basic facts right!

    Get your basic facts right!

    Italians and Americans score worst when it comes to correctly assessing basic facts of modern life, such as what proportion of the population are immigrants or Muslims and what percentage of teenage girls get pregnant. Swedes and Germans do best,...

  • ‘Pope Francis is my hero’ – Elton John

    ‘Pope Francis is my hero’ – Elton John

    Sir Elton John has called Pope Francis “my hero” for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic Church. The British star hosted his annual Aids benefit in New York City. At the event, An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John...