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  • Italy arrests 5 for migrants’ mass murder

    Italian police arrested five men yesterday on suspicion of murdering and throwing overboard dozens of migrants crossing from Libya. Another three were charged with smuggling the migrants. Survivors told police a life-or-death fight broke out when...

  • Turkish police detained

    Dozens of Turkish police including high-ranking officers were detained yesterday, accused of spying and illegal wire-tapping of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle in what the chief prosecutor said was a concocted probe of an...

  • Israel pounds Gaza despite call for peace

    Israel pounds Gaza despite call for peace

    Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip yesterday, saying no ceasefire was near as top US and UN diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives. US Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in...

  • There is no safe place for civilians in Gaza – UN

    There is no safe place for civilians in Gaza – UN

    Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel's military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the UN said yesterday. “There is literally no safe place for civilians,” Jens Laerke, spokesman of...

  • ‘Pompeii of the north’

    ‘Pompeii of the north’

    Excavations at a Roman site in England have revealed the ‘Pompeii of the north’, archaeologists said. The spectacular discoveries at Binchester Roman Fort near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, date back some 1,800 years and include one of the...

  • Zac Efron is ‘hottest hunk’

    Zac Efron is ‘hottest hunk’

    Hollywood star Zac Efron has been named the ‘hottest hunk’ of 2014, in a Heat magazine poll. The 26-year-old High School Musical actor, who has said he is getting therapy to deal with his excessive drinking, has moved up three places to steal the...

  • Author Thomas Berger passes away at 89

    Author Thomas Berger passes away at 89

    Witty and eclectic novelist Thomas Berger, who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn Little Big Man and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89. Berger’s literary agent, Cristina...

  • World briefs

    In this March 20, 2014 photo released by Greenpeace, Arturo, a 28-year-old polar bear, stands inside his cage at the zoo in Mendoza, Argentina. Despite a petition by hundreds of thousands of people asking for Arturo’s relocation to a zoo in...

  • Illustrious docks for last time

    Illustrious docks for last time

    Hundreds of people have lined the harbour walls and jetty at Portsmouth to wave home the Royal Navy's helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious as it sailed into port for the final time. Following 32 years of service, "Lusty" has returned to Portsmouth...

  • Russia 'will help investigation'

    Russia 'will help investigation'

    President Vladimir Putin says Russia will do "everything in its power" to facilitate an investigation into the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crash, but accused Kiev and the West of escalating the conflict in the region. During a meeting with...

  • Leaders condemn anti-Semitic demos

    The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy have condemned what they say is a rise in anti-Semitism in their countries amid protests against the conflict in Gaza. In a joint statement the ministers said that "anti-Semitic rhetoric and...

  • Subway boss fired after fatal crash

    The head of Moscow's subway system has been sacked in the wake of a rush-hour derailment in which 22 people were killed and 136 others injured, according to Russian news agencies. Ivan Besedin, who had been in the job since 2011, was dismissed by...

  • Plane crash bodies reach Kharkiv

    Plane crash bodies reach Kharkiv

    A train bearing the bodies of the people who died in the Malaysia Airlines crash has arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, on their way to the Netherlands. The train pulled into a station in Kharkhiv, where Ukrainian authorities have...

  • Israel jets strike 70 Gaza targets

    Israel jets strike 70 Gaza targets

    Israeli air strikes pummelled a wide range of targets in the Gaza Strip today as the UN chief and the US Secretary of State began an intensive effort to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed at least 570 Palestinians and 29...

  • Russian 'theories' over MH17 crash

    Russian 'theories' over MH17 crash

    An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine's east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens. Russian news consumers are getting plenty of...

  • Author Thomas Berger dies aged 89

    The witty novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn Little Big Man has died in New York. Thomas Berger was 89. Berger mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce. Literary agent Cristina Concepcion says...

  • Friend convicted over Boston probe

    A college friend was convicted of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of items they took from his room three days after the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov, a baby-faced...

  • Police find shipping tycoon's body

    Police find shipping tycoon's body

    South Korean police have found the body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing. Police officer Wu Hyung-ho told a televised news conference that the body was found in...

  • Truce bid as Gaza death toll rises

    Truce bid as Gaza death toll rises

    The overall Palestinian death toll passed 560 as high-level attempts to end Israel-Hamas fighting hit serious problems. As the United Nations and US secretary of state John Kerry stepped up diplomatic efforts, Gaza's Hamas rulers signalled they...

  • Rebels release bodies from plane

    Rebels release bodies from plane

    Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane. Five days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine, and amid signs that...