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  • Updated: EU leaders to threaten extra Russia sanctions, agree new team

    Updated: EU leaders to threaten extra Russia sanctions, agree new team

    European Union leaders are likely to threaten Russia with new economic sanctions over its action in Ukraine today but officials and diplomats said the bloc was not yet ready to order additional penalties. At a summit in Brussels that may hand one...

  • Ukrainian cargo plane with 7 on board crashes in Algeria - ministry

    A cargo plane with six Ukrainians and one Russian on board crashed in Algeria's far south early today, an Algerian transport ministry official said. The Ukrainian Antonov-12 plane en route to Equatorial Guinea could have crashed for technical...

  • Ukraine fighter jet 'shot down'

    Ukrainian forces said that one of their fighter jets has been shot down by a Russian missile in combat against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. A brief statement posted on the Facebook page for the so-called operation against...

  • Jewish group expelled from Guatemala village

    Members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group have been forced out of a village in western Guatemala after disputes with indigenous residents over cultural and religious differences. Misael Santos of the Lev Tahor community said the Jewish group...

  • US says non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality

    US says non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality

    US researchers say they have developed a technique to remove allergens from peanuts. Katharine Jackson reports.

  • Rescue team frees 11 trapped miners

    Rescue team frees 11 trapped miners

    Eleven of the 24 workers trapped in a Nicaragua gold mine have been rescued and crews are working to free others. Interior vice minister Carlos Najjar said today the miners were dehydrated but in good health and more were expected to be rescued in...

  • Putin compares Kiev to Nazi Germany

    Putin compares Kiev to Nazi Germany

    Ukraine seeks to join NATO as defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazi Germany. Deborah Lutterbeck reports. (Reuters is unable to verify the content of the amateur video included in this story.)

  • Ukraine seeks to join Nato

    Ukraine seeks to join Nato

    Ukraine called yesterday for full membership in Nato, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir...

  • ‘Don’t mess with nuclear Russia’

    ‘Don’t mess with nuclear Russia’

    President Vladimir Putin said yesterday Russia’s armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: “It’s best not to mess with us.” Putin...

  • Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal

    Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal

    The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak yesterday, while riots broke out in neighbouring Guinea where infection rates are rising fast. The deadly virus has defied efforts by...

  • Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

    Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

    Britain raised its terrorism alert yesterday to the second-highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying the Islamic State (Isil) group operating in Syria and Iraq posed the country’s greatest ever security risk. The government said there...

  • Libyan government resigns in ‘routine step’

    Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and his Cabinet resigned late on Thursday to pave the way to forming a new government after parliamentary elections in June, a government statement said. The North African oil producer is at risk of splitting or...

  • Tower tumbles

    Tower tumbles

    A collapsed minaret is seen as Palestinians leave after performing Friday prayers at the remains of a mosque, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike during the seven-week Israeli offensive in Gaza City yesterday. An open-ended...

  • World briefs

    Police were called to the home of artist Sam Taylor-Johnson and actor husband Aaron after a passer-by spotted a machine gun on a desk inside the house. The gun, a deactivated M16 assault rifle, had been given to the film-maker and photographer as...

  • Cameron: "We cannot appease" ideology of Islamic State

    Cameron: "We cannot appease" ideology of Islamic State

    Great Britain has raised its terrorism threat to "severe," the second highest level. "The Home Secretary confirmed that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center has increased the threat level in the United Kingdom from substantial to severe," British...

  • Iceland lowers volcano alert, says small eruption no threat to aviation

    Iceland has reduced its aviation warning level to orange   after concluding that a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system that triggered a hours-long red alert actually posed no threat to aircraft. No sign of ash like that from the...

  • Libya's government resigns to allow parliament to form new cabinet

    Libya's government resigns to allow parliament to form new cabinet

    Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and his cabinet resigned today to pave the way to forming a new government after parliamentary elections in June, a government statement said. The North African oil producer is at risk of splitting or even...

  • Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

    Britain raised its terrorism threat level today to "severe", the second highest level, in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq, Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said. "That means that a terrorist attack is...

  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal

    The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told a news conference. The minister said the case was a Guinean national who had arrived...

  • Icelandic volcano alert raised to red after eruption, no volcanic ash detected

    Icelandic volcano alert raised to red after eruption, no volcanic ash detected

    A volcanic eruption has occurred near Iceland's Dyngjujokull glacier, prompting authorities to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level, but no volcanic ash has been detected, Iceland's authorities said. There has been...

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