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  • Two die in building blast outside Paris

    Two die in building blast outside Paris

    A four-storey building in a Paris suburb collapsed after an explosion early yesterday, killing a child and an elderly woman, and late yesterday emergency teams were searching the rubble for others who were still missing. About 150 emergency...

  • Ukrainians make home in Soviet-era bomb shelter

    Ukrainians make home in Soviet-era bomb shelter

    For those living on the front line between pro-Russian separatists and government troops in eastern Ukraine, the difference between life and death is often making it to the bomb shelter before the doors close. The separatist territory of...

  • Doll hospital restores childhood memories

    Doll hospital restores childhood memories

    101-year-old Australian institution is one of few surviving places around the world where specialists can completely fix dolls from hair to heads to eyes Making customers cry may not be most shopkeepers’ goal, but at Sydney’s 101-year-old Doll...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Prince Harry will receive a £10 million birthday present when he turns 30, the Sunday Times reported. The prince has been able to access only the interest on his late mother Diana’s fortune for the past five years, but he will obtain his full...

  • Beslan school siege 10 years on

    Beslan school siege 10 years on

    As Russia prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of the deadly Beslan school siege, which left 333 hostages dead, local residents remain fearful and say nothing has been done to prevent another attack. Vanessa Johnston reports.

  • Two die in wedding fireworks blast

    Two die in wedding fireworks blast

    A man and woman have died following an explosion at a lakeside wedding celebration. It is thought the two casualties may be firework technicians who had been booked to stage an evening display at a luxury property in Ecclerigg, Cumbria, off the...

  • Peacekeepers in 'greatest escape'

    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials have said. But 44 Fijian soldiers remain in the hands of the insurgents.

  • Scottish nationalist leader dismisses claim of sinister campaign tactics

    The leader of Scotland's pro-independence campaign Alex Salmond today dismissed an accusation that grassroots supporters had used "organised street mobbery" to try to silence a series of street debates hosted by an opposition lawmaker. The two...

  • Rebel number two to join Ukraine peace talks tomorrow

    The deputy leader of a breakaway east Ukrainian region said he would take part in talks with representatives of Moscow and Kiev tomorrow but did not expect a breakthrough, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported. Andrei Purgin, deputy prime...

  • Putin urges talks over east Ukraine

    Putin urges talks over east Ukraine

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Mr Putin's comment, made to national TV network Channel 1 and reported by Russian news agencies after they...

  • Iceland raises volcano alert again

    Iceland raises volcano alert again

    Iceland's authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area. The country's meteorological agency described the eruption in the Holuhraun lava...

  • Skipper changes tune on 'Bart' boat

    Former America's Cup skipper Terry Hutchinson has backed down from his contention that Artemis Racing was sailing an unsafe boat when it capsized on San Francisco Bay last year, killing British Olympic star Andrew "Bart" Simpson. Simpson, 36,of...

  • Migrant boat capsizes off Libya

    A boat carrying more than 100 migrants has capsized off the coast near the Libyan capital, a coast guard official said. Abdel-Latif Mohammed said the coast guard found the damaged rubber boat early this morning off the shores of al-Qarbouli, some...

  • Fatwa declared on UK 'heretics'

    Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning British jihadis. The fatwa, which The Sunday Times (of London) newspaper said had been issued by imams, is the strongest condemnation yet of Britons joining Islamic extremists by the Muslim...

  • Updated: Two dead in Paris building collapse

    Updated: Two dead in Paris building collapse

    A four-story apartment building in a north-eastern Paris suburb has partially collapsed after an explosion, killing a child and an elderly person, authorities said. Six more people were thought to be underneath the rubble. Fire department...

  • Seaside girl dies in sand collapse

    A nine-year-old girl has died after a sand hole collapsed on her at an Oregon beach. Police, firefighters and paramedics who rushed to the scene in Lincoln City battled to revive Isabel Franks after she was pulled from the hole, but were unable to...

  • Polish town remembers attack that sparked World War II

    Polish town remembers attack that sparked World War II

    Before the first shots of WWII were fired 75 years ago, a staged attack on German soil was used to justify Hitler's invasion of Poland. Vanessa Johnston reports.  

  • EU leaders agree on new team, threaten more Russia sanctions

    EU leaders agree on new team, threaten more Russia sanctions

    • Ukrainian leader Poroshenko seeks help against Russia • Poland’s Tusk, Italian Mogherini appointed Council President and Foreign Policy Chief • France warns no time to waste to halt slide into war EU leaders will threaten Russia with new...

  • Lesotho PM blames coup on army, flees to South Africa

    Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane yesterday accused his country’s army of staging a coup against him and fled to neighbouring South Africa, which condemned the military’s action and called for a peaceful settlement. Early morning gunfire was...

  • Taliban suicide bombers hit Afghan intelligence agency

    Taliban suicide bombers hit Afghan intelligence agency

    Taliban suicide bombs hit an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in an eastern city yesterday, killing six people, and insurgents shot dead another 11 in the west, in an upsurge of violence as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from...

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