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  • Protests across the US, violence in Ferguson over decision not to indict officer

    Protests across the US, violence in Ferguson over decision not to indict officer

    Gunshots rang out and police lobbed tear gas at an angry crowd that threw bottles outside the Ferguson Police Department in suburban St. Louis today after a grand jury decided not to indict a white officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black...

  • US defence secretary quits

    US defence secretary quits

    US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned yesterday, the first major change to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. Obama announced the resignation at a White House event with Hagel...

  • Putin strengthens ties with Georgia breakaway region, Tbilisi protests

    Putin strengthens ties with Georgia breakaway region, Tbilisi protests

    President Vladimir Putin signed a “strategic partnership” agreement with Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia yesterday, angering Tbilisi, which said Moscow was looking to annex the territory. Russia and Georgia fought a war in 2008 over...

  • UK faces biggest terrorism threat in history – minister

    UK faces biggest terrorism threat in history – minister

    Britain is facing the biggest terrorism threat in its history and has foiled around 40 major plots since suicide bombers attacked London in 2005, Home Secretary Theresa May said yesterday. The government would tomorrow set out new laws to take on...

  • Italian Ebola patient being flown to Rome

    Italian Ebola patient being flown to Rome

    An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is being flown to Italy, the Health Ministry in Rome said yesterday. The ministry said the doctor, who had been working for the humanitarian group Emergency, was in a stable...

  • Iran nuclear talks deadline missed, extension is given

    Iran nuclear talks deadline missed, extension is given

    Iran and six powers failed yesterday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented a historic deal. Western officials...

  • Turkish President rounds on feminists, insists men and women are not equal

    Turkish President rounds on feminists, insists men and women are not equal

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting on women’s rights yesterday that gender equality was contrary to nature and said feminists did not recognise the value of motherhood. Erdogan, whose conservative, Islamist ideology frequently raises...

  • Tug of peace stronger than pull of war for young Muslims

    Tug of peace stronger than pull of war for young Muslims

    For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. From an office in the UK’s second largest city, Birmingham, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East. In...

  • Trierweiler speaks out on memoir

    Trierweiler speaks out on memoir

    French politics is misogynistic, according to former first lady Valerie Trierweiler. The one-time partner of French president François Hollande has written a surprise, tell-all book chronicling her seven years as his girlfriend, which ended when...

  • Beckham reveals injury heartache

    David Beckham has revealed how the Achilles injury which wrote off a World Cup for the football star helped him to realise the depth of his bond with wife Victoria. He talks about the incident in his adventure documentary David Beckham Into the...

  • Cute cat steals the show

    Cute cat steals the show

    A woman holding a dressed cat during the exhibition “Autumn-2014” in Minsk, Belarus, last weekend.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A nine-stone former police dog is poised to be the UK’s latest weapon to be used to sniff out sewer-blocking fat, oil and grease. Hector the bloodhound has swapped a life of crime for one of grime by being trained to detect blockages on Southern...

  • Hagel resigns as US defense secretary

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, US officials said, ending nearly two years in the Pentagon's top job after a bruising mid-term election that undermined President Barack Obama's Democrats in Congress. Hagel, who had struggled to improve...

  • Iran nuclear talks extended 7 months after deadline missed

    Iran and six powers have failed for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching a historic...

  • No let-up in Italian migrant rescues

    No let-up in Italian migrant rescues

    The Italian Coast Guard has released video of operations that have led to the rescue of more than 600 migrants in just 48 hours from the Central Mediterranean. The migrants were transferred to Coast Guard vessels and taken ashore in Sicily. At...

  • Mum in court after baby found in drain

    Mum in court after baby found in drain

    A 30-year-old woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries. The week-old baby was in a serious but stable condition in Sydney's...

  • Boy, 12, shot dead by police after waving toy gun

    Boy, 12, shot dead by police after waving toy gun

      A 12-year-old boy said to have been waving a fake semi-automatic pistol in a playground has died after he was shot by police in a Cleveland park. The incident has sparked public outrage. He was reportedly pointing a gun at people in the park. A...

  • Putin is blaming West for frosty ties over Ukraine

    Putin is blaming West for frosty ties over Ukraine

    President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and said Moscow would not allow itself to become internationally isolated behind another ‘Iron Curtain’. In an interview published by state news...

  • Afghan suicide bombing kills 45 at volleyball match

    Afghan suicide bombing kills 45 at volleyball match

    A suicide bomber killed 45 people at a volleyball match in Afghanistan yesterday, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika...

  • Iraqi forces retake towns from Islamic State

    Iraqi forces retake towns from Islamic State

    Iraqi forces said yesterday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. There was no independent confirmation that...