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  • Teen saves Romania’s strays

    When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania’s capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a...

  • Study examines couples’ closeness

    Closeness between couples is reflected in the distance separating them as they sleep, a study has found. Partners who slept less than an inch apart were more likely to be happy with their relationship than those maintaining a gap wider than 70...

  • Chimpanzees choose their beds with care

    Chimpanzees choose their beds with the same care and attention to comfort as their human cousins, research has shown. And just like many people, they prefer a mattress that is both springy and firm. The apes build high sleeping platforms out of...

  • ‘Easter’ suffering

    A South Sudanese woman, fleeing an attack on the South Sudanese town of Rank, holding her baby after giving birth upon arrival at a border gate in Joda, along the Sudanese border, yesterday. The South Sudanese army and rebels are currently...

  • World briefs

    Man’s best friend is actually more popular with women while men prefer cats, according to a survey. The poll found that 36 per cent of female pet owners own one or more dogs, compared with 33 per cent who have pet cats. Cats have taken the mantle...

  • Plane families dismiss 'fund' talks

    A Malaysian official has met with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and discussed ways of providing them with financial assistance, as an unmanned submarine continued its search for any signs of the...

  • Easter delivery for space station

    Space station astronauts have received a special Easter treat - a cargo ship full of supplies. The shipment arrived via the SpaceX company's Dragon cargo capsule. "Gentlemen, the Easter Dragon is knocking at the door," Nasa's Mission Control said...

  • UAE citizen to be sent into space

    One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE) could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space. Government-backed Aabar Investments announced the start of a competition to award an Emirati a free spot aboard Virgin Galactic's...

  • Pope Francis prays for peace in Ukraine

    Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria as he celebrated Easter Sunday in Rome. More than 150,000 tourists - Romans and pilgrims, young and old - turned out for the Mass he celebrated...

  • One killed in Ukraine shooting

    A shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine has left one person dead and others in hospital with gunshot wounds. The armed clash appears to be the first since an international agreement was reached last week in...

  • Ukraine PM fears new Soviet Union

    Ukraine's prime minister speaks of fears about how far Vladimir Putin will go in what he called attempts to rebuild the Soviet Union. Paul Chapman reports.

  • Two killed in Egypt patrol attack

    Gunmen have killed a captain from Egypt's intelligence services and a policeman on a desert road outside Cairo. Egypt's Interior Ministry said the joint security patrol was trying to stop a suspicious vehicle on the road to the canal city of Suez...

  • Freed French journalists back home

    Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria have returned home to France. The joyful families of the four, Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres, were greeted by President Francois Hollande in an...

  • Pope Francis conducts Easter Vigil at the Vatican

    Pope Francis yesterday led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives. Marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, the Argentine pope...

  • Updated: South Korea ferry death toll rises

    The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking has soared to 58 after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel. The new toll emerged as a newly released transcript showed the ferry's crew were crippled with confusion and...

  • Ukraine calls truce for Easter

    The Ukrainian government said it will not attack pro-Russian separatists over the Easter weekend as its US ally threatened Moscow with new sanctions if it fails to persuade the militants to surrender. The Kremlin denies having control over gunmen...

  • Air strike kills 13 militants in central Yemen

    An air strike killed 13 suspected al-Qaeda militants in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda yesterday, security and tribal sources said. “An air strike targeted cars that suspected al-Qaeda militants were in and killed 13 of them in the...

  • Search for Malaysia plane could end within a week

    The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight 10-km circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a week, Australian search officials said yesterday. Malaysia said the search was at a “very...

  • Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify the dead

    Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing in a sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs yesterday to help identify the dead as the rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board. The Sewol,...

  • Search resumes for Everest bodies

    Rescuers were digging through piles of snow and ice yesterday for four Sherpa guides buried on Mount Everest when an avalanche swept down the slopes and killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Seven...

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