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  • Ethiopians rally to mourn compatriots who were killed by Islamic State militants in Libya

    Ethiopians rally to mourn compatriots who were killed by Islamic State militants in Libya

    Demonstrators hurled stones and police fired teargas as emotions ran high at a mass rally in Ethiopia’s capital yesterday while commemorating 30 compatriots shot and beheaded by Islamic State militants in Libya, witnesses said. Protesters started...

  • Iran and US do not agree over sanctions relief

    Iran and US do not agree over sanctions relief

    The timing of sanctions relief is the main sticking point in nuclear talks that resumed yesterday with a meeting between delegates from Iran and the European Union. Arriving in Vienna, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi reiterated Iran’s...

  • Pope Francis to visit Cuba en route to United States

    Pope Francis to visit Cuba en route to United States

    Pope Francis will visit Cuba en route to the United States in September, the Vatican said yesterday, capping his success in bringing the former enemies together after more than half a century of distrust. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi...

  • Harry Potter stories ‘castspell on brain’

    Harry Potter stories ‘castspell on brain’

    Scientists find ‘significant correlations ’ between activity in brain regions which process emotions and passages from J.K. Rowling’s novels about boy wizard Certain words and sentences from Harry Potter stories cast a spell on the brain,...

  • Better time by world most accurate clock

    Better time by world most accurate clock

    Modifications to the world’s most accurate clock mean it is not expected to lose or gain a second in 15 billion years − a period of time greater than the age of the universe. The experimental strontium lattice clock built by scientists in the US...

  • Unidentified drone

    Unidentified drone

    In this Kyodo photo shot yesterday, police and security officers investigate an unidentified drone (under the blue cover) which was found on Tuesday on the rooftop of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence in Tokyo. Measuring...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Stunt biker Danny MacAskill has completed a spectacular challenge, jumping two Highland cows and their handlers as he promoted the Mountain Bike World Cup in Scotland this summer. The stunt attracted the attention of dozens of workers in central...

  • Indian farmer kills self at rally

    An impoverished Indian farmer has hanged himself in front of hundreds of other farmers who had gathered for a protest in the capital. It was the latest in a wave of suicides that has left at least 40 farmers dead in recent weeks - and some 300,000...

  • Travel chaos amid Brussels strike

    Much of the transport in Brussels came to a halt as public sector workers held a one-day strike over Belgian government austerity measures. International train lines like Thalys and Eurostar, the national SNCB railway system, bus and underground...

  • Italy's migrant influx continues: 500 arrive in Salerno

    Italy's migrant influx continues: 500 arrive in Salerno

    Another boatload of north African migrants has arrived in Italy, this time to the port of Salerno on the mainland south of Naples. Salerno was used to ease the strain on overcrowded centers receiving migrants in ports in Sicily. The ship was...

  • Pope to visit Cuba before flying on to U.S. in September

    Pope Francis will visit Cuba before flying on to the United States for his visit there in September, the Vatican said. The stop in Cuba during a trip that will include visits to the White House, Congress and the United Nations will underline the...

  • Ethiopians mourn Libya killings at rally, scuffles erupt

    Ethiopians mourn Libya killings at rally, scuffles erupt

    Demonstrators hurled stones and police fired teargas as emotions ran high at a mass rally in Ethiopia's capital commemorating 30 compatriots shot and beheaded by Islamic State militants in Libya, witnesses said. Protesters started gathering at...

  • Updated - Extremist planned attacks on Paris churches - police

    French police have detained a man they suspect of planning an imminent armed attack on one or two churches, the interior minister said. The man, a 24-year-old information technology student, was arrested on Sunday in southeast Paris. A car was...

  • Protest forces church to take down cross

    Malaysia has ordered an investigation into a protest by Muslim demonstrators who forced a small church in the capital to take down its cross, the latest sign of growing religious tension in the multiracial Southeast Asian nation. Prime...

  • Libya stops migrant boats as they try to reach Europe

    Libya stops migrant boats as they try to reach Europe

    Libya has stopped several boats packed with Africans trying to reach Italy’s shores in the past three days, detaining more than 600 immigrants, a security official said yesterday. The North African country, gripped by violence and a breakdown of...

  • UN Security Council concerned by Mediterranean migrant smuggling

    UN Security Council concerned by Mediterranean migrant smuggling

    The United Nations Security Council expressed grave concern yesterday at the growth in people smuggling in the Mediterranean Sea and deplored Sunday’s deadly shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe that may have killed as many as 900...

  • Former Egypt president Morsi jailed for 20 years

    Former Egypt president Morsi jailed for 20 years

    Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole yesterday on charges arising from the killing of protesters, nearly three years after he became Egypt’s first freely elected president. Morsi stood in a...

  • Old loyalties and religious cohesion may frustrate Islamic State in Libya

    Old loyalties and religious cohesion may frustrate Islamic State in Libya

    Islamic State’s executions of Christians show the group is exploiting Libya’s lawlessness but tribal and political loyalties and the absence of a sectarian divide mean it is unlikely to grow as rapidly there as in Iraq or Syria. On Sunday, the...

  • Ex-bookkeeper at Auschwitz admits ‘moral guilt’ at trial

    Ex-bookkeeper at Auschwitz admits ‘moral guilt’ at trial

    A 93-year-old former bookkeeper at Auschwitz who is accused of assisting in the mass murder of Jews told a German court that he felt morally guilty for his work at the Nazi death camp, describing in detail the grisly killings he had witnessed...

  • US Catholic bishop in child pornography case resigns

    US Catholic bishop in child pornography case resigns

    Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City, who remained in office for three years after he was convicted in 2012 of shielding a priest who took pornographic pictures of girls, has resigned, the Vatican said yesterday. Finn, 62, is the only US Roman...