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  • Present crisis could destroy the principle of free movement in Europe – Merkel

    Present crisis could destroy the principle of free movement in Europe – Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country expects to receive some 800,000 migrants this year, the most of any EU country, said yesterday the migrant crisis could destroy the principle of free movement in Europe enshrined in the Schengen...

  • Calais protests frustrate bank holiday Britons

    Calais protests frustrate bank holiday Britons

    British travellers have spoken of their frustration after a blockade at the Port of Calais disrupted bank holiday journeys for thousands of passengers. Travellers at the ports of Dover and Calais were stranded for hours when movements at the...

  • Islamic State destroys part of ancient Roman temple of Bel

    Islamic State destroys part of ancient Roman temple of Bel

    The hardline Islamic State group has just destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra city, a group monitoring the conflict has said. The militants targeted the Temple of Bel, a Roman-era structure in the central desert city, the Syrian...

  • US F-22 fighter jets arrive in Poland

    US F-22 fighter jets arrive in Poland

    Two advanced US F-22 fighter jets arrived in Poland yesterday for a one-day working visit, the Polish army said, a part of Washington’s efforts to reassure allies made uneasy by Russian actions in Ukraine. The United States has stepped up partner...

  • Thai police are hunting two suspects in blast case

    Thai police are hunting two suspects in blast case

    Police probing Thailand’s deadliest bombing issued arrest warrants yesterday for two suspects after a second weekend raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials. Police were looking for a 26-year-old Thai woman and...

  • UK to refurbish Scottish nuclear submarine base

    UK to refurbish Scottish nuclear submarine base

    Britain will spend more than £500 million refurbishing its nuclear submarine base in Scotland over the next 10 years, finance minister George Osborne said yesterday. The Faslane naval base on the River Clyde, east of Glasgow, is home to the fleet...

  • Singapore lifts two-decade ban on HIV visitors

    Singapore has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country – but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months. The Health Ministry said yesterday the ban was lifted “given the current context with more than 5,000...

  • Militants posing as migrants?

    Militants posing as migrants?

    The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence...

  • Dancing in the rain

    Dancing in the rain

    Performers dancing in the rain at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Rap superstar Kanye West has announced plans to run for US president in 2020 during a rambling appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. West admitted he had smoked something before arriving to calm his nerves, adding: “I will die...

  • Four missing, four injured in explosion at Spain fireworks factory

    Four people were missing and four were seriously injured after an explosion today at a fireworks factory near Zaragoza, northeastern Spain, a spokeswoman for the Aragonese emergency services said. She said the cause of the explosion was unknown.

  • Hundreds of refugees arrive in Vienna, switch trains towards Germany

    Hundreds of refugees arrive in Vienna, switch trains towards Germany

    Updated 7.30pm - Hundreds of refugees arriving from Hungary flooded into Vienna's western railway station this evening and ran towards the next trains heading for Germany, a Reuters reporter said. Looking happy and relieved, the migrants chanted...

  • Thousands petition against rape ordered by Indian village council

    An online petition seeking protection and justice for two low-caste Indian sisters allegedly threatened with rape by a village council has gathered over 175,000 signatures in a week, Amnesty International India said. The human rights group began...

  • Slovakia eyes common central Europe stance on migrants, rejects quotas

    Slovakia eyes common central Europe stance on migrants, rejects quotas

    Slovakia hopes to forge a common position with three other central European states on tackling the migrant crisis engulfing the continent that would include rejecting any EU quotas for redistributing refugees, its prime minister said...

  • Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment

    Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment

    Six scientists are locking themselves inside a 100 square-foot dome in Mauna Loa, Hawaii for the next year. The team will be under constant surveillance via cameras and body movement trackers, and they can only leave the solar-powered dome in a...

  • Russia's Putin, Medvedev pump iron together

    Russia's Putin, Medvedev pump iron together

    The Kremlin has released video of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitrty Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin's rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. Wearing a white T-shirt,...

  • Mystery man in Bangkok bomb probe 'never said a word'

    The evidence seized by police investigating Thailand's deadliest bombing includes an apparently damning trove of explosives, fertiliser, and piles of fake passports, but the shabby-looking foreigner they arrested on Saturday remains a...

  • Islamic State destroys part of ancient Syrian temple

    Islamic State destroys part of ancient Syrian temple

    Islamic State has blown up part of the Temple of Bel - a Roman-era structure in the center of the desert city of Palmyra. Last week, Islamic State detonated explosives in the Baal Shamin temple. The extent of the damage to the World Heritage site...

  • Eni finds a ‘supergiant’ gas field off Egypt coast

    Eni finds a ‘supergiant’ gas field off Egypt coast

    Italian energy company Eni has discovered a “supergiant” natural gas field off Egypt, it revealed yesterday. A company statement is calling it the “largest-ever” natural gas field found in the Mediterranean Sea. Eni said after full development,...

  • Libya tries to woo oil majors in London

    Libya’s National Oil Company and Central Bank chairmen over the weekend engaged in another round of blitz meetings with oil majors in London in a renewed effort to stop its rival wooing its clients. The head of the Tripoli-based NOC, Mustafa...