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  • Tunisian soldier is shot dead after killing seven

    Tunisian soldier is shot dead after killing seven

    A Tunisian soldier opened fire at a military base in the capital yesterday, killing seven colleagues and wounding 10 others before being shot dead himself, according to the army which said the shooter had “family problems”. What exactly triggered...

  • Rajoy’s Spanish re-election plan in doubt

    Rajoy’s Spanish re-election plan in doubt

    A battering in local polls yesterday cast doubt on Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s plan that an economic recovery will secure him a second term later this year. In six months’ time, when the next general election is due, the Spanish economy...

  • Islamic State hideouts ‘levelled by Syrian jets’

    Islamic State hideouts ‘levelled by Syrian jets’

    Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi yesterday as security forces and Shi’ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government. In Palmyra, the Syrian air force...

  • ‘Only Iran is confronting militants’

    ‘Only Iran is confronting militants’

    The general in charge of Iran’s paramilitary activities in the Middle East said the United States and other powers were failing to confront Islamic State, and only Iran was committed to the task, a news agency yesterday reported. Major General...

  • Houthis suffer a serious setback in southern Yemen

    Houthis suffer a serious setback in southern Yemen

    Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi’ite Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city of Dalea yesterday, residents and combatants said, inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil...

  • Vatican bank profits rise while clean up continues

    Vatican bank profits rise while clean up continues

    The Vatican bank posted a sharp rise in net profit in 2014 after absorbing the costs of a clean up that hit earnings the year before as part of a wide-ranging drive to tighten financial governance and eliminate abuse, a statement showed...

  • Japan and Malaysia agree to bolster defence ties as they eye China moves

    Japan and Malaysia agree to bolster defence ties as they eye China moves

    Japan and Malaysia agreed to bolster security ties and start talks on transfers of defence equipment and technology, their leaders said yesterday, as both separately wrangle with China over territorial spats. “I’ve agreed with Prime Minister Najib...

  • Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help

    Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help

    Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said. Chaos and...

  • Ben Stiller’s mother, US actress Anne Meara, dies

    Ben Stiller’s mother, US actress Anne Meara, dies

    New York-born actress and comedian Anne Meara, known for her opposites-attract comedy routine with husband Jerry Stiller, died over the weekend, her family said. She was 85. Meara, the mother of actor Ben Stiller, died on Saturday, her family said...

  • Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan weds

    Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan weds

    Former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan has married her Mr Right. Keegan wed Mark Wright − who shot to fame on The Only Way Is Essex – at a celebrity-packed ceremony in Suffolk. The bride arrived at St Mary’s church, in Bury St Edmunds, in a...

  • McCartney collects Yesterday award

    It apparently came to Sir Paul McCartney in a dream in 1965 and could have been called Scrambled Eggs. Now the musician has been given a special award to mark the 50th anniversary of the composition of The Beatles’ song Yesterday. The song is one...

  • ‘Ferries’ cross the Mersey

    ‘Ferries’ cross the Mersey

    From left, Cunard ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth make their way down the River Mersey towards Liverpool to mark the company’s 175th anniversary.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A dog found at the top of the highest mountain in England and taken in by the Scottish SPCA has been reunited with his owner. The charity issued an appeal after the male collie cross was discovered at the summit of Scafell Pike in the Lake...

  • Andrzej Duda wins Polish presidential vote

    Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election, ousting the incumbent in a run-off vote, official results show. Mr Duda, a right-wing member of the European Parliament, won 51.55% of the votes, the State Electoral...

  • Air France flight escorted to New York after threat - report

    Air France flight escorted to New York after threat - report

    An Air France flight from Paris was escorted by US fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according to WABC television. Flight 22 from Charles de Gaulle Airport...

  • Death toll in Tunisia army base shooting rises to seven

    Seven Tunisian soldiers were killed today when a fellow soldier opened fire at a military base in the capital Tunis, an army spokesman said, adding that the shooter, who was then shot dead himself, had been suffering from "family problems". Ten...

  • Syria says Islamic State kills hundreds, including children, in Palmyra Add to Collection(circus)|Print

    Islamic State fighters have killed at least 400 people, including women and children, in Palmyra since capturing the ancient Syrian city four days ago, Syrian state media said. It was not immediately possible to verify the account, but it was...

  • Ex-Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to more jail time for corruption

    Ex-Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to more jail time for corruption

    Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced today to eight months in jail for accepting illegal payments from a US businessman, having previously been given a six-year term in a separate corruption case. Olmert's lawyers said they...

  • Libyan government warplanes attack oil tanker in Sirte

    Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked an oil tanker docked outside the city of Sirte late yesterday, wounding three people and setting the ship on fire, officials said. It was the third confirmed strike by the internationally...

  • Maltese in UK to vote in EU referendum - most other EU nationals will not

    Maltese in UK to vote in EU referendum - most other EU nationals will not

    Most citizens of other European Union countries living in Britain will not get to vote in a planned referendum on Britain's membership of the bloc, the UK government said. Maltese residents in the UK will, however, be allowed to take part, because...