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  • French aircraft carrier begins Iraq operations against Isis

    French aircraft carrier begins Iraq operations against Isis

    France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has started military operations against Islamic State in Iraq, a French army source said. "The carrier and its naval group has officially started missions as part of its Chammal operation in Iraq," the...

  • HSBC says CEO Stuart Gulliver holds Swiss account

    HSBC says CEO Stuart Gulliver holds Swiss account

    Europe's biggest bank, HSBC said its chief executive, Stuart Gulliver, holds a bank account in Switzerland that was set up in 1998 to hold bonus payments, responding to a report in the Guardian newspaper that said he had a Swiss account that...

  • IS attack Iran ambassador’s residence, airport in Libya

    IS attack Iran ambassador’s residence, airport in Libya

    Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were behind yesterday’s twin bomb attacks on the residence of the Iranian ambassador in the Libyan capital and a rocket strike on the eastern Labraq airport,. The attack on the ambassador’s...

  • Embattled government losing grip as former Gaddafi general expands power

    Embattled government losing grip as former Gaddafi general expands power

    Growing frustration over the reality of life in eastern Libya, which contrasts with the promises of politicians, is feeding support for a former army general, Khalifa Haftar, who has set himself up as a warrior against Islamist militancy and who...

  • Blizzards blast parts of Britain

    Blizzards blast parts of Britain

    A blast of snowy weather yesterday brought blizzard conditions to parts of northern Britain along with treacherous road conditions. A band of wet weather swept in from the Atlantic Ocean this morning, bringing rain to many parts of the country and...

  • Greece readies reforms after Eurogroup deal

    Greece readies reforms after Eurogroup deal

    Greece’s government prepared reform measures yesterday to secure a financial lifeline from the eurozone, but was attacked for selling “illusions” to voters after failing to keep a promise to extract the country from its international...

  • Father in plea to Syria ‘IS’ schoolgirl

    Father in plea to Syria ‘IS’ schoolgirl

    The father of one of three schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State said her family “cannot stop crying” as he appealed for her to return home. Abase Hussen, 47, said his daughter Amira Abase told him she was going to a...

  • British Prime Minister gets warned on defence spending

    British Prime Minister gets warned on defence spending

    David Cameron must honour his commitment to restore spending on defence amid concerns that the West is looking dangerously weak in the eyes of Vladimir Putin, a former armed forces chief warned yesterday. Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, a former...

  • Russian firm Kalashnikov back on military markets to beat sanctions

    Russian firm Kalashnikov back on military markets to beat sanctions

    Russian firearms maker Kalashnikov Concern aims to concentrate on its markets in the Middle East and Africa and diversify its product range to offset the impact of Western sanctions, its chief executive said yesterday. “Sanctions changed sales.

  • Two killed in Ukraine blast as Russia ‘moves troops, armour’

    Two killed in Ukraine blast as Russia ‘moves troops, armour’

    Ukraine said yesterday it feared unrest could spread beyond territory held by pro-Russian separatists, after an explosion killed two people at a memorial rally in an eastern city far from the front line. Kiev said it arrested four people who had...

  • A year after fleeing, Yanukovych speaks of return

    A year after fleeing, Yanukovych speaks of return

    Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia a year ago after being toppled by months of street protests, said yesterday he is ready to return to Ukraine if the opportunity arises. The pro-Russian leader was overthrown by the...

  • Bigger is better in evolution

    Bigger is better in evolution

    The average animal in the oceans today is 150 times larger in mass than the average one roughly half a billion years ago. In fact, the largest marine creature on record lives today: the roughly 30-metre-long blue whale. Renowned 19th-century...

  • Nice guy or a jerk? Check his hands

    Nice guys and jerks can be recognised at a glance by looking at men’s hands, research suggests. Scientists have discovered that men who are polite, attentive and considerate to women generally have ring fingers relatively longer than their index...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Agatha Christie’s devotion to her fans has been highlighted in a series of touching letters she collected over the years. The best-selling crime writer hoarded hundreds of messages from her readers which have been published for the first time to...

  • Israel's Jerusalem mayor wrestles Palestinian attacker in street

    Israel's mayor of Jerusalem and his security guard wrestled a Palestinian attacker to the ground near city hall today after an ultra-Orthodox Jew was stabbed with a knife at a busy intersection. Security camera footage showed mayor Nir Barkat, in...

  • Islamic State claims responsibility for attacks on Iranian ambassador, airport in Libya

    Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were behind attacks on the residence of the Iranian ambassador in Tripoli and the eastern Labraq airport, a group statement on twitter said. Two bombs detonated in front of the residency of the...

  • Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels swap dozens of prisoners

    Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists have exchanged dozens of prisoners in east Ukraine, a Ukrainian Security Council aide confirmed, a step towards implementing an internationally brokered peace deal. Reuters reporters in the...

  • Libyan militias reported to have acquired Gaddafi chemical weapons

    Libyan militias reported to have acquired Gaddafi chemical weapons

    Libyan militias are believed to have gained possession of chemical weapons – mainly mustard gas and nerve gas Sarin –in the central and southern provinces of Libya, according to Saudi-owned London Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. Libyan military...

  • Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate soldiers from tomb area

    The Turkish military launched an operation into Syria overnight to evacuate Turkish soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire. The mission was successfully completed, with the troops brought back...

  • Greek PM declares victory as country gets rescue deal

    Greek PM declares victory as country gets rescue deal

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared victory yesterday after agreeing a last-minute conditional financial rescue deal with Europe, despite making big concessions to avert financial collapse within days. With his left-wing leadership...