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  • Seeds of life may have ‘spread like virus’ in universe

    Seeds of life may have ‘spread like virus’ in universe

    Life may have spread among the stars like an infectious virus, leaving a distinctive pattern that we can recognise, say scientists. There are two ways that this can happen – through organic ‘seeds’ of life being transported by asteroids or comets,...

  • Great Escape pilot dies at 101

    Great Escape pilot dies at 101

    Australian pilot Paul Royle, who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, has died in his home town of Perth. He was 101. The escape was the subject of the 1963 Hollywood film The Great Escape, starring...

  • Antonio Banderas takes on new role in fashion

    Antonio Banderas takes on new role in fashion

    Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has added a new skill to his range of talents – he has enrolled in a fashion course at London’s prestigious Central St Martins College. The Hollywood actor, famous for his role in the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro,...

  • Clive Owen makes Broadway debut in Pinter’s Old Times

    Clive Owen makes Broadway debut in Pinter’s Old Times

    British actor Clive Owen swaps Hollywood for the stage in Old Times, making his Broadway debut in a revival of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter’s 1971 play. The Children of Men and Closer actor, who has London theatre credits to his name, will appear...

  • Under attack

    Under attack

    A girl bites the hand of an Israeli soldier as Palestinians try to prevent him from detaining a boy during a protest against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Mothers have hailed him a sex symbol, his £1.50 vests sent the media into a frenzy – and now a paper coffee cup used by Jeremy Corbyn has been sold on ebay for £51. Corbynmania has reached new heights as fans of the Labour leadership favourite...

  • 200 migrants die off Libya

    200 migrants die off Libya

    Fishing boats are searching for more bodies and possible survivors after a shipwreck off Libya on Thursday claimed the lives of more than 200 migrants. Rescuers managed to pull out some 200 survivors on Thursday at around noon but many more are...

  • Democratic support for Clinton at lowest since 2012

    Democratic support for Clinton at lowest since 2012

    Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's support among Democrats has dropped to its lowest point since Reuters/Ipsos began polling on her chances of winning the party's nomination for the 2016 election almost three years ago. But the former...

  • Rebekah Brooks returning to News Corp as UK chief

    Rebekah Brooks will return to her old job at News Corp heading its British newspaper division, the Financial Times reported, just over a year after being cleared of criminal charges in a phone-hacking scandal. Her return to Rupert Murdoch's media...

  • Poland almost certain it has located buried Nazi train

    Poland said today it was almost certain it had located a buried Nazi German train, rumoured to have gone missing near the close of World War Two loaded with guns and jewels. Photographs taken using ground-penetrating radar equipment showed a train...

  • Oil prices extend gains after biggest daily climb in 6 years

    Crude oil futures rose today, adding to their biggest one-day rally in over six years the day before, led by recovering equity markets and news of diminished crude supplies. U.S. crude is on track for its first weekly gain in 11 weeks, ending the...

  • More than 70 bodies found in Austria 'truck of death'

    More than 70 bodies found in Austria 'truck of death'

    The Austrian government said today that investigators have found more than 70 bodies in a lorry full of refugees discovered abandoned on a motorway yesterday. Austrian police had originally put the toll at up to 50. The lorry had been driven to...

  • IS takes new ground near Turkish border with Syria

    IS takes new ground near Turkish border with Syria

    Islamic State has seized new territory from Syrian rebels in northern Syria, advancing in an area where Turkey and the US are planning to open a new front against the group in coordination with insurgents on the ground. The ultra-radical Islamist...

  • Militants kill two Iraqi commanders

    Militants kill two Iraqi commanders

    Two senior Iraqi military commanders were killed yesterday in suicide car bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State in Anbar province where pro-government forces are battling the insurgents, a military spokesman and police sources said. The military...

  • ‘Lorry of death’ in Austria shakes European leaders

    ‘Lorry of death’ in Austria shakes European leaders

    As many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked lorry in Austria yesterday, and another migrant ship sank off Libya, deepening a crisis that is overwhelming Europe and throwing up new tragedies by the day. The abandoned refrigerated lorry was...

  • UK immigration hits record high

    UK immigration hits record high

    Long-term net migration to Britain hit a record high yesterday, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces to dispel voter fears that immigrants are straining public services such as housing, hospitals and schools. As an island...

  • Air crash victim had parked his motorbike to photograph jets

    Air crash victim had parked his motorbike to photograph jets

    A grandfather died in the Shoreham air disaster after parking his motorbike on the outskirts to take photographs of the planes, his family revealed. Mark Reeves, 53, had never been to the Shoreham Airshow before tragedy struck when a vintage...

  • Greek judge appointed caretaker PM

    Greek judge appointed caretaker PM

    Greece’s top Supreme Court judge was named caretaker prime minister yesterday to lead the country to elections next month, ending a week of political deadlock after leftist leader Alexis Tsipras resigned. Vassiliki Thanou, an anti-austerity...

  • Teacher jailed for indecent filming of pupils

    A former teacher in Bristol who filmed dozens of pupils using hidden cameras set up at a boarding school was jailed for more than three years yesterday. Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, who taught at Clifton College, admitted 36 counts of making,...

  • Libya’s Tripoli group to delay joining peace talks

    Libya’s Tripoli group to delay joining peace talks

    Delegates for Libya’s rival government in Tripoli will hold off joining peace talks until they manage to form a new team following the resignation of a senior negotiator, a representative said yesterday. The group did not say how long it might be...