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  • Hagel resigns as US defense secretary

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, US officials said, ending nearly two years in the Pentagon's top job after a bruising mid-term election that undermined President Barack Obama's Democrats in Congress. Hagel, who had struggled to improve...

  • Iran nuclear talks extended 7 months after deadline missed

    Iran and six powers have failed for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching a historic...

  • No let-up in Italian migrant rescues

    No let-up in Italian migrant rescues

    The Italian Coast Guard has released video of operations that have led to the rescue of more than 600 migrants in just 48 hours from the Central Mediterranean. The migrants were transferred to Coast Guard vessels and taken ashore in Sicily. At...

  • Mum in court after baby found in drain

    Mum in court after baby found in drain

    A 30-year-old woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries. The week-old baby was in a serious but stable condition in Sydney's...

  • Boy, 12, shot dead by police after waving toy gun

    Boy, 12, shot dead by police after waving toy gun

      A 12-year-old boy said to have been waving a fake semi-automatic pistol in a playground has died after he was shot by police in a Cleveland park. The incident has sparked public outrage. He was reportedly pointing a gun at people in the park. A...

  • Putin is blaming West for frosty ties over Ukraine

    Putin is blaming West for frosty ties over Ukraine

    President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and said Moscow would not allow itself to become internationally isolated behind another ‘Iron Curtain’. In an interview published by state news...

  • Afghan suicide bombing kills 45 at volleyball match

    Afghan suicide bombing kills 45 at volleyball match

    A suicide bomber killed 45 people at a volleyball match in Afghanistan yesterday, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika...

  • Iraqi forces retake towns from Islamic State

    Iraqi forces retake towns from Islamic State

    Iraqi forces said yesterday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. There was no independent confirmation that...

  • Germany reports second case of H5N8 flu virus in a wild bird

    Germany reports second case of H5N8 flu virus in a wild bird

    German authorities late on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird. The strain is highly contagious among birds. “For the first time, the...

  • Moldova is still divided about its future track

    An election in ex-Soviet Moldova next weekend will decide how closely it sticks to its path of European integration in defiance of Russia, as neighbouring Ukraine struggles to handle a war triggered by following a similar pro-Europe line. The...

  • Tunisians vote for first freely elected President

    Tunisians vote for first freely elected President

    Tunisians went to the polls yesterday to pick their first directly elected President, the final step in the North African state’s transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted longtime ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. More...

  • Iran, powers set to miss nuclear talks deadline but seek extension

    Iran, powers set to miss nuclear talks deadline but seek extension

    Iran, the United States and other world powers are all but certain to miss today’s deadline for negotiations to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Tehran’s atomic ambitions, forcing them to seek an extension, sources said yesterday. The talks in...

  • Jihadi wave tests Tunisia’s young democracy

    Jihadi wave tests Tunisia’s young democracy

    Tunisians were used to seeing Nidhal Selmi belting around a stadium, proudly sporting his country’s red and white colours as a defender on the national football squad. So it was a shock when he appeared in a camouflage jacket with a Khalashnikov...

  • Freezing ‘reduces food bug risk’

    Freezing ‘reduces food bug risk’

    Food safety experts have suggested that freezing chickens during processing for human consumption could vastly reduce the chances of people catching a food poisoning bug. In the UK, around 60,000 cases of campylobacter infections − an illness that...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear’s unclear gender and immodest clothing. The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting in the central Polish town of Tuszyn. Voice...

  • Candidates vote in Tunisia

    Candidates vote in Tunisia

    Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, standing for re-election, cast his vote in the country's first direct presidential election since the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Nearly 30 presidential candidates are...

  • Iran nuclear talks may be extended

    The US and five other countries trying to reach a nuclear programme deal with Iran are set to extend the talks, according to diplomats. Officials taking part in the meeting in Austria are said to be turning away from attempting to reach an...

  • 550 Germans 'joined extremists'

    550 Germans 'joined extremists'

    The head of Germany's intelligence agency has said authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, about 60 of whom have died. The figure given by Hans-Georg Maassen in an...

  • Baby boy abandoned in Sydney drain

    Baby boy abandoned in Sydney drain

    Police in Australia have questioned but not charged a 30-year-old woman whose newborn baby boy was found abandoned today in a drain near a Sydney motorway. The baby, who is only a few days old, is in a serious but stable condition in Sydney's...

  • Protest art in danger

    Protest art in danger

    Much of the art work that has come to represent the pro democracy movement in Hong Kong is in jeaopardy of being removed. Julie Noce reports.