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  • Refugees return to destroyed homes

    Refugees return to destroyed homes

    Palestinian refugees from Israel’s Gaza offensive emerged from shelters as a brief truce began yesterday to find many neighbourhoods destroyed and animals roaming the streets unattended. The Kefarneh family trudged back to Beit Hanoun in the...

  • Ebola outbreak spreads to Nigeria

    Ebola outbreak spreads to Nigeria

    The Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to Nigeria. The disease has spread to Africa after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an aeroplane to Nigeria and then died there. The...

  • Gunmen seize Sunni official in Baghdad

    Gunmen in army uniforms have seized a senior local official and prominent member of a Sunni Islamist party from his Baghdad home, police and security sources said yesterday. In a sign of the breakdown in security occurring in and around Baghdad,...

  • Venezuela’s Maduro combats dissidence among socialists

    Venezuela‘s ruling Socialist Party began a six-day congress yesterday with President Nicolas Maduro seeking to quieten hardliners who believe the state is failing to stem corruption or fix the economy. It is the party’s third congress since...

  • Obama’s migrant warning

    President Barack Obama has urged the leaders of three Central American countries to work with him to stem the flow of child migrants who have surged across the US border and warned that most of them would not be allowed to stay. In a White House...

  • Sarandon reveals she was David Bowie’s lover

    Sarandon reveals she was David Bowie’s lover

    Actress Susan Sarandon has revealed she and David Bowie were lovers, describing him as “extraordinary”. The 67-year-old Thelma And Louise star said her time with the British rock star in the early 1980s was “a really interesting period”. In an...

  • Tears for daughter

    Tears for daughter

    George and Angela Dyczynski, of Perth, Australia, sit on a piece of wreckage of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 during their visit to the crash site near the village of Hrabove yesterday. The couple’s daughter Fatima was aboard the plane...

  • Pope visits Caserta

    Pope visits Caserta

    Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the palace of Caserta, former residences of the Royal House of Bourbon, before leading a Mass, in Caserta, southern Italy yesterday.

  • World Briefs

    A man feeds a sea lion by placing a sardine in its mouth and calling out to the animal in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday. The US Navy trains dolphins and sea lions under the US Navy Marine Mammal Programme, based in San Diego, California, to...

  • Updated: Rocket fire despite truce extension

    Updated: Rocket fire despite truce extension

    Hamas resumed rocket fire on Israel after rejecting its offer to extend a humanitarian ceasefire, the latest setback in efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war. Despite the Hamas rejection, Israel's Cabinet decided to extend a truce for 24...

  • Italian coast guard rescues 53 migrants from tiny boat

    Italian coast guard rescues 53 migrants from tiny boat

    The Italian coast guard today released avvideo of the rescue of 53 migrants from a rubber dinghy in the Strait of Sicily. The majority of the migrants, including three women, were said to be of sub-Saharan origin. An Icelandic aircraft...

  • Man 'abused children for 20 years'

    German authorities have arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing children over the past two decades after finding a boy who had been missing for several weeks at his apartment. Petra Hertwig, a prosecutor in the eastern city of Cottbus, told...

  • Updated: Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce

    Updated: Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce

    Israel has agreed to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said, as a Gaza health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000. The Cabinet minister, Yuval...

  • Second Algeria black box found

    Second Algeria black box found

    Experts have found the second black box of the Air Algerie flight that crashed in a remote part of northern Mali, killing all 118 people on board. The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali issued a statement that said its specialists deployed to the...

  • US evacuates embassy staff in Libya

    US evacuates embassy staff in Libya

    The United States has shut down its embassy in Libya and evacuated its diplomats to neighbouring Tunisia under US military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli, the State Department said. "Due to the ongoing violence...

  • Last plane carrying MH17 victims departs for Netherlands

    Last plane carrying MH17 victims departs for Netherlands

    An Australian air force transport plane was the last aircraft to depart eastern Ukraine today carrying the remains of victims from the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. All 298 people on board the flight perished when it was brought down over...

  • Rebels shoot down Syrian helicopter

    Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over an area of the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the helicopter was shot down with a missile over a...

  • Ebola outbreak spreads to Nigeria

    The Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to Nigeria. The disease has spread to Africa's after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an aeroplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials...

  • Russia may ban some McDonald's food

    Nearly 25 years after McDonald's delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company could be banned from selling some of its signature products. The Russian consumer protection agency said it is taking the company...

  • Updated: Russia hits out at new EU sanctions

    Updated: Russia hits out at new EU sanctions

    Russia has condemned the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism. The sanctions, announced yesterday, impose travel bans and asset freezes on 15...