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  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star dies

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star dies

    Marcia Strassman, the actress who played Rick Moranis’s wife in the Disney hit Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, has died after a long battle with breast cancer. Strassman, 66, died at her home in Sherman Oaks, California, her sister Julie said. She is...

  • Last foreign troops leave Afghanistan

    Last foreign troops leave Afghanistan

    US Marines prepare to depart upon the end of operations for Marines and British combat troops in Helmand, southern Afghanistan, yesterday. A fleet of planes and helicopters airlifted the last US and British forces from a key base a day after the...

  • Halloween prequel

    Halloween prequel

    A woman reacts to being chased by a masked dancer during the celebration of Torovenado del Pueblo in Nicaragua, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Primates at a zoo have been getting into the spirit of Halloween with some spooky themed treats. Keepers at Port Lympne Reserve in Kent have provided a group of black and white ruffed lemurs and capuchin monkeys with pumpkins carved with creepy...

  • Libya now has two state news agencies as disorder deepens

    Libya's internationally recognised government said today it would launch a new state news agency to replace the one seized by armed factions that have set up a parallel government. Three years after rebels overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, the major...

  • Death penalty sought for captain in South Korean ferry disaster

    Death penalty sought for captain in South Korean ferry disaster

    South Korean prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that capsized in April, leaving 304 people, most of them school children, dead or missing. They allege that Lee and his crew abandoned their ship before it sank...

  • Canada gunman made a video - police

    Canada gunman made a video - police

    The gunman who murdered a soldier at Canada's national war memorial in Ottawa and stormed parliament before he was shot dead made a video recording of himself before the attack, police have said. Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Bob...

  • South Africa football captain Meyiwa killed by house intruders

    South Africa football captain Meyiwa killed by house intruders

    South Africa's soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead by intruders in a township near Johannesburg in what local media reported as a botched robbery. The Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was shot after two men entered a house in Vosloorus where...

  • Tunisians vote for a new ‘democratic’ Parliament

    Tunisians vote for a new ‘democratic’ Parliament

    Tunisians voted yesterday in parliamentary elections that bring full democracy finally within their reach, almost four years after an uprising cast out autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali to inspire the “Arab Spring” revolts. The moderate Islamist...

  • Minister claims UK towns are swamped by migrants

    Minister claims UK towns are swamped by migrants

    A British Cabinet minister yesterday ramped up Tory rhetoric on immigration by warning that British communities are being “swamped” by migrants. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon dismissed German opposition to changing free movement rules within...

  • Barroso sees EU stronger after euro debt crisis

    Barroso sees EU stronger after euro debt crisis

    Outside the European Commission’s hulking headquarters, a poster on a street lamp proclaims “Titanic: final weeks”. It is advertising an exhibition in Brussels on the cruise liner sunk by an iceberg off Newfoundland a century ago. But as Jose...

  • Big Ukraine win for pro-Europe parties, says poll

    Big Ukraine win for pro-Europe parties, says poll

    Pro-Europe parties led by a group backing President Petro Poroshenko swept a parliamentary election in Ukraine yesterday, an exit poll showed, giving him a mandate to end a separatist conflict and pursue democratic reforms. The survey, issued...

  • W. African woman is tested for Ebola in Australia

    An 18-year-old West African woman was being tested for Ebola after emigrating to Australia from Guinea with eight other family members 11 days ago, state health authorities said yesterday. The woman, who has been in home quarantine and monitored...

  • Tight vote in Brazil

    Tight vote in Brazil

    Brazilians voted yesterday in a bitterly contested election that pits a leftist president with strong support among the poor against a centrist senator promising pro-business policies to jumpstart a stagnant economy. Polls on the eve of the vote...

  • Petite? It’s no excuse not to pull your weight

    Petite? It’s no excuse not to pull your weight

    Being petite is no excuse for not pulling your weight, according to new research. Smaller backpackers can be better equipped to carry heavy loads than hulking hikers, a study has shown. The reason may be linked to the fact that walkers carrying...

  • Warning over ‘face-ism’ judgements

    Warning over ‘face-ism’ judgements

    While society has shunned those who are sexist and racist, many of us are committing the sin of ‘face-ism’, say experts. Research has shown that people often make sweeping judgements of others based on their facial features. For instance,...

  • Evolution in the making

    Evolution in the making

    Evolution in action has been observed in tree-living lizards that developed thicker, stickier toe pads in as little as 15 years. The green anole lizards living on islands off Florida were forced to adapt to perching higher in trees by an invasion...

  • The Emperor’s new clothes

    The Emperor’s new clothes

    A model presents a creation by Chinese designer Zhang Zhifeng from 2014 NE TIGER Haute Couture Collection in front of a picture of the Yellow Emperor Xuan Yuan, who is considered by many to be the ancestor of the Chinese people, at China Fashion...

  • Out of the frying pan

    Out of the frying pan

    Beachgoers walk and sit around a giant frying pan sculpture by Andrew Hankin titled We’re fryin’ out here that is part of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Sydney’s Tamarama Beach in Australia, yesterday. The free and temporary outdoor...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Dog owners in Britain spend 3.7 hours a week chatting to their pet, according to a new survey. They also take their pets on an average of 433 walks a year, clocking up 548 miles, according to the National Dog Walking Index. Outdoor wear firm...