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EU relations to be put to Swiss voters again

Swiss voters will have another say on relations with the European Union, Switzerland's president said, after valuable trade treaties with the bloc were put in jeopardy by a February referendum to curb immigration. The Swiss government is...

  • Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

    Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

    The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus today, the country's chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows...

  • Libyan Islamists overrun Benghazi special forces base as chaos deepens

    Libyan Islamists overrun Benghazi special forces base as chaos deepens

    Militant fighters overran a Libyan special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi today after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people. A special forces officer said they had to abandon their main camp in the...

  • EU agrees economic sanctions on Russia

    EU agrees economic sanctions on Russia

    The European Union reached agreement today on the bloc's first broad economic sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said, marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. The...

  • Mars rover breaks off-Earth record

    Mars rover breaks off-Earth record

    Nasa's Mars rover Opportunity has broken the distance record for off-Earth travel. Opportunity's odometer hit 25.01 miles over the weekend, which was enough to surpass the miles covered by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover, Nasa said. Nasa...

  • Clashes kill 30 in Benghazi in escalating Libya turmoil

    Libyan forces this morning battled Islamist militants with rockets and warplanes for control of an army base in the eastern city of Benghazi after at least 30 people were killed in overnight fighting. Intense fighting in Benghazi, Libya's second...

  • Tripoli fuel depot burns out of control after heavy fighting

    Tripoli fuel depot burns out of control after heavy fighting

    A huge fuel depot in Libya's capital was burning out of control today, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos. Three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, two rival brigades of...

  • Israeli shells hit Gaza power plant

    Israeli shells hit Gaza power plant

    Two Israeli tank shells have hit a fuel tank at the Gaza Strip's only power plant, a spokesman for Gaza's electricity distribution company said today. A huge cloud of black smoke was seen rising above Gaza City after the explosion. Power company...

  • US boy 'led anti-Israel protests'

    A 15-year-old American boy is being held by Israel for allegedly playing a leading role in violent East Jerusalem protests. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said considering his age, America is calling for a speedy resolution to the case...

  • Gaza militants kill five Israeli soldiers after infiltrating through tunnel

    Gaza militants kill five Israeli soldiers after infiltrating through tunnel

    Gaza militants who crossed into Israel via a tunnel killed five Israeli soldiers in a gun battle near the community of Nahal Oz close to the border with the Gaza Strip, the military said. "(The) soldiers were killed during combat when terrorists...

  • Palestinian fighters raid Israel on Gaza ‘truce’ day

    Palestinian fighters raid Israel on Gaza ‘truce’ day

    Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops yesterday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated. The clash, in which Israeli television said...

  • Islamic State militants looking for potential wives

    Islamic State insurgents have opened an office in northern Syria where single women and widows can register to marry fighters from the radical al-Qaeda offshoot, a monitoring group said yesterday. The office in al-Bab, a town northeast of Aleppo...

  • Storms wreak havoc in Britain

    Storms wreak havoc in Britain

    Hail and thunderstorms described as a “zombie apocalypse” brought flash flooding and travel disruption to parts of Britain yesterday. The Met Office issued a severe weather warning later yesterday for the southeast of England as more than half a...

  • Baghdad police find 15 corpses

    Iraqi police found 15 corpses yesterday, including three women shot in the head, in a bloody start to the holiday ending the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, security sources said. In other violence, two roadside bombs – one in Baghdad and another...

  • Russia ordered to pay $50bn in Yukos case

    Russia ordered to pay $50bn in Yukos case

    The Hague’s arbitration court ruled yesterday that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in oil giant Yukos $50.02 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession. The arbitration panel in the...

  • Ukraine claims more territory

    Ukraine claims more territory

    Ukraine said yesterday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the...

  • Nigeria isolates Ebola hospital

    Nigeria isolates Ebola hospital

    The Nigerian city of Lagos yesterday shut down and quarantined a hospital where a man died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa’s most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian...

  • Dinosaurs ‘had colossal bad luck’

    Dinosaurs ‘had colossal bad luck’

    The extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by a perfect storm of “colossal bad luck”, according to research. The prehistoric creatures might have survived the asteroid strike which led to their extinction if it had come slightly earlier or later...

  • Honouring World War I fatalities

    Honouring World War I fatalities

    A Yeoman serjeant walks among the art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red marking the anniversary of the World War I at the Tower of London yesterday. The evolving installation by artist Paul Cummins will be formed of 888,246 ceramic...

  • Hit the road, Robot

    Hit the road, Robot

    The anthropomorphic robot named hitchBOT sits on the shoulder of Highway 102 to begin its 6,000-kilometre cross country journey outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The hitch-hiking robot is part of a social experiment to see if drivers will pick up...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Dogs suffer from jealousy, which was first observed by Charles Darwin, but has finally been proved by UK scientists. Researchers found dogs exhibited jealous behaviour such as snapping and pushing when their owner displayed affection for a stuffed...