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  • Jordan’s Ambassador kidnapped in Libya

    Jordan’s Ambassador to Libya was kidnapped yesterday by gunmen who demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat’s freedom. The masked gunmen shot and wounded the driver of Ambassador Fawaz al-Itan’s...

  • Community service term for Berlusconi

    A court yesterday ordered former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service with the elderly, in a ruling that restricts his movements but not his political activity. The Milan court ruled Berlusconi,...

  • Rebel videos display first US-made rockets in Syria

    Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be US anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country’s civil war. They would signal a further internationalisation of the conflict, with...

  • Undersea hunt for Malaysian plane may take months

    A US Navy underwater drone sent to search for a missing Malaysian jetliner on the floor of the Indian Ocean could take up to two months to scour a 600-square-kilometre area where the plane is believed to have sunk, US search authorities said...

  • China set to pass new pollution law

    Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development, scholars with knowledge of the situation...

  • France denies EU budget wavering

    French officials said yesterday they had never wavered on EU-imposed budget targets, rejecting media reports they had tried earlier this month to lay the ground for renegotiation but had been slapped down by Brussels. Conservative newspaper Le...

  • After 50-year wait, Sydney getting a second airport

    Australia has approved a $2.4 billion project to build a long-awaited second airport for Sydney, likely boosting near-term investment and jobs in a bet that the city’s air travel demand will grow enough to justify a surge in terminal...

  • US spying stories win Pulitzer

    Guardian US and Washington Post were awarded the most prestigious Pulitzer prize on Monday for coverage of secret surveillance by the US National Security Agency that sparked wide debate over government spying. Reuters won in international...

  • Sweet cure for ‘hangry’ couples

    Husbands and wives are more likely to quarrel if they are ‘hangry’ – hungry and angry, say scientists. Experts believe low levels of blood sugar may be linked to marital arguments, confrontations and even domestic violence. The antidote is to eat...

  • Eclipse this

    With perfect timing, a photographer captures this cleverly composed shot of the lunar eclipse over a statue in Brazil yesterday. The eclipse unfolded over three hours when the moon moved into Earth’s shadow. An hour later it was fully eclipsed and...

  • World briefs

    A wobbly lamb has become the latest member of staff at a National Trust property. Terence was not expected to survive when he was born at Arlington Court near Barnstaple, Devon. The Jacob sheep, who was one of twins, struggled to walk and was very...

  • Libya to export first oil since rebel deal

    A tanker is due to load 1 million barrels of crude today from Libya's reopened Hariga port, its first export shipment since a deal to end months of closures at its main oil terminals, the National Oil Corp. (NOC) said. The outages have raised...

  • Ukraine armed forces launch "special operation"

    Ukrainian armed forces have launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists.Gunfire could be heard from the airfield at the...

  • Berlusconi ordered to do community service for tax fraud conviction

    Silvio Berlusconi will perform community service for his tax fraud conviction at a centre for the elderly, a Milan court has ruled. The ruling curtails Berlusconi's ability to participate in the upcoming European election campaign - a point of...

  • SpaceX cargo run to space station reset for Friday

    Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies cancelled its planned cargo run to the International Space Station yesterday after a helium leak was found in its rocket's first stage, NASA said. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule...

  • Obama warns Putin of further costs over Ukraine - White House

    US President Barack Obama warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in a call  last night that Moscow would face further costs if its actions in Ukraine persisted, the White House said in a statement. "The president expressed grave concern about...

  • Kiev’s grip loosening on restive eastern Ukraine

    Staff working for Serhiy Taruta, the steel baron appointed by Kiev as governor of the restive Donetsk region, say he is hard at work in the regional capital, but cannot disclose where exactly for security reasons. The governor is in an...

  • Russian jet in ‘provocative’ act – Pentagon

    Russian fighter aircraft made repeated low-altitude, close-range passes near a US ship in the Black Sea over the weekend, the Pentagon said yesterday, condemning the action at a time of heightened US-Russian tensions over Ukraine. “This...

  • Malaysia Airlines search heads deep underwater

    A US Navy underwater drone will be deployed to scour the floor of the Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, search officials said yesterday, launching a new phase of the operation after nearly six weeks of fruitless searching. The...

  • Infant killings suspect out on bail

    A judge set bail at $6 million yesterday for a Utah woman suspected of killing six infants after giving birth to them, then stuffing their bodies into cardboard boxes which were found at a house where she used to live. Police said Megan Huntsman,...

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