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  • Dame Maggie Smith honoured by Queen

    Dame Maggie Smith honoured by Queen

    Acclaimed actress Dame Maggie Smith was honoured by the Queen for her career on stage and screen lasting more than 60 years. Dame Maggie, 79, famed for her roles in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter movies, was made a member of the Order of the...

  • Police find actress’s body

    Police find actress’s body

    A body believed to be that of missing actress Misty Upham, who played a housekeeper in the movie adaption of August: Osage County, has been found in the Seattle area, police said. The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her...

  • Bedouin in the pink

    Bedouin in the pink

    A Bedouin woman works in the kitchen of her home in the ‘unrecognised’ village of Um Al-Hiram in southern Israel’s Negev desert, yesterday. For decades Arab Bedouins have eked out a meagre existence in the Negev desert, living without mains water,...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    An oil painting by an internationally renowned Welsh artist has been stolen from a major cultural venue by a thief who stuffed the frame in a toilet cubicle. Landscape At Llanaelhaearn by Sir Kyffin Williams, whose works have sold for tens of...

  • WHO 'botched response to Ebola'

    The World Health Organisation has admitted that it botched attempts to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. "Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see...

  • End to Ebola declared in Senegal

    The UN health agency has officially declared an end to the Ebola outbreak in Senegal. The World Health Organisation says it commends the country for its diligence in putting a stop to the transmission of the virus. In a statement, the WHO said the...

  • Four charged with London terror plot

    Four charged with London terror plot

    Four men who allegedly swore an allegiance to extremist group Islamic State (IS) have been charged with plotting a terror attack in London, Scotland Yard said. Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and Momen Motasim, 21, have...

  • 15 feared dead at S Korea concert

    15 feared dead at S Korea concert

    Fifteen people are feared dead after a ventilation grill collapsed during a concert by a popular girlband near South Korea's capital. Fire officials said two people had been confirmed dead and 13 others were unresponsive after the accident in...

  • Updated: 10-year term for Pistorius urged

    Updated: 10-year term for Pistorius urged

    The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius trial has urged a judge to send the athlete to prison for at least 10 years. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel and chief defence lawyer Barry Roux presented their final arguments for sentencing at the end of a...

  • Updated: Ukraine - No breakthrough in sight - Merkel

    German chancellor Angela Merkel says no breakthrough is in sight after a meeting between the leaders of Russia and Ukraine. European leaders who joined Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at the meeting said they...

  • Teenage surfer attacked by shark

    A teenage girl has told how a small shark tried to drag her from her board after biting her ankle as she surfed off the Australian east coast. Kirra-Belle Olsson, 13, was surfing off Avoca Beach, 60 miles north of Sydney, when she was bitten on...

  • Obama may appoint Ebola 'tsar'

    Obama may appoint Ebola 'tsar'

    Barack Obama has conceded it "may be appropriate" to choose an Ebola "tsar" to lead the US response against the disease. He also said he is "not philosophically opposed" to a travel ban from the Ebola-afflicted region of West Africa "if that is...

  • Brazilian man 'confesses to killing 39'

    Brazilian man 'confesses to killing 39'

    Police in Brazil say they have arrested a man who confessed to killing 39 people over the course of three years. Yiming Woo reports.

  • Apple's new iPads sport modest upgrades but short on 'wow'

    Apple's new iPads sport modest upgrades but short on 'wow'

    Apple Inc's  faster, slimmer iPads come with modest improvements, such as a fingerprint sensor, but some analysts say it offers few other features to wow consumers ahead of a holiday shopping season expected to be swamped by mobile devices. At a...

  • Priest and air passenger tested for Ebola in Spain

    Priest and air passenger tested for Ebola in Spain

    Spanish authorities reported four new patients with suspected Ebola symptoms yesterday, including a feverish passenger who started shaking on an Air France flight to Madrid and a Spanish priest who had recently been in Liberia. Three of the cases...

  • Pakistani Christian woman loses appeal against death sentence

    Pakistani Christian woman loses appeal against death sentence

    A Pakistani court upheld the death penalty yesterday against a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, her lawyer said, in a case that drew global headlines after two prominent politicians who tried to help her were assassinated. In 2010, Asia Bibi,...

  • Eurozone in firing line for inflation, budget worries

    Eurozone in firing line for inflation, budget worries

    After a two-year siesta, the euro- zone is back in the financial markets’ firing line due to stagnating growth, low inflation, budget problems in France and Italy and rising political risk in Greece, where the bloc’s debt crisis began in...

  • Italy and France make plea for growth as EU-Asia leaders meet

    Italy and France make plea for growth as EU-Asia leaders meet

    Europe’s priority must be to stimulate economic growth, Italy and France said yesterday, putting themselves at odds again with Germany, which is demanding deficit rigour. With signs of a global slowdown rattling investors and prompting sharp...

  • Libyan Red Crescent calls for ceasefire, fighting rages

    Libyan Red Crescent calls for ceasefire, fighting rages

    Libya’s Red Crescent called yesterday for a ceasefire in the eastern city of Benghazi to allow the evacuation of families trapped by street fighting between Islamist militants and pro-government forces supported by local youths. Banks, government...

  • Ramped up air strikes stall advance of Islamic militants on Syrian town

    Ramped up air strikes stall advance of Islamic militants on Syrian town

    Two days of heavy air strikes by US warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani. Last week Turkish and US officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking...