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  • First intact organ built from cells

    First intact organ built from cells

    Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time. British scientists produced a working thymus, a vital immune system ‘nerve centre’ located near the heart. In...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    British workmen have managed to misspell the word ‘bus’ during recent roadworks. “Bup stop” was painted on to the road surface in Bristol, UK, in large yellow lettering at the end of last week, with the stencilled letter P used instead of S. The...

  • Updated - Vella urges vigilance as Libya now has two governments and chaos spreads

    Updated - Vella urges vigilance as Libya now has two governments and chaos spreads

    Updated Tuesday morning - The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened yesterday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies each backed by...

  • Libya seeks foreign help for oilfields as rockets fired at airport

    Libya wants the international community to help protect its oilfields, airports and other state assets as it is too weak to stop armed groups fighting for control, its ambassador in Cairo said. The plea came as attackers fired Grad rockets at...

  • Russian tanks 'have entered Ukraine'

    A column of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles has crossed into Ukraine in the far south east, a Ukrainian official said. Colonel Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council, said the column of 10 tanks, two armoured...

  • Boko Haram leader says ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law

    The leader of Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram said his fighters were now ruling the captured northeastern town of Gwoza "by Islamic law", in the first video to state a territorial claim in more than five years of violent insurrection. The...

  • US hostage rescuers 'dropped from night sky'

    It was just after midnight on July 4 when at least two dozen US Delta Force commandos arrived on heavily armed Black Hawk helicopters in Akrishi, a small town near the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa on the bank of the Euphrates River. Before they...

  • Kidnappers free American missing in Syria since 2012

    Kidnappers free American missing in Syria since 2012

    Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria have freed an American writer missing since 2012 following what officials said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state of Qatar to win his release. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that Peter Theo...

  • Briton with Ebola flown to the UK

    Briton with Ebola flown to the UK

    A British volunteer nurse who contracted deadly Ebola in Sierra Leone is being treated at a specialist hospital after being evacuated to the UK. He was named as William Pooley, 29, by Dr Robert Garry, an American scientist who worked at the same...

  • War planes attack Libyan capital again – residents

    War planes attack Libyan capital again – residents

    Unidentified war planes attacked targets in Libya’s capital Tripoli yesterday, residents said, hours after forces from the city of Misurata said they had seized the main airport and clashes persisted in Benghazi. Tripoli residents heard jets...

  • Italy saves over 3,500 migrants

    Italy’s maritime search and rescue service has saved 3,500 migrants and found 19 corpses in the Mediterranean since Friday, as thousands attempted to cross to Europe by boat during the weekend, the Italian navy said yesterday. Calmer summer seas...

  • British victim of Ebola is flown home by RAF

    British victim of Ebola is flown home by RAF

    A British healthcare worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone – the first Briton to catch the deadly virus – was flown home for treatment yesterday, as the World Health Organisation confirmed another foreign medic had caught the...

  • Netanyahu warns civilians in Gaza about military sites

    Netanyahu warns civilians in Gaza about military sites

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians yesterday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel flattened a 13-storey apartment block in Gaza. Israeli aircraft fired a non-explosive rocket...

  • UK close to identifying ‘English’ jihadist

    UK close to identifying ‘English’ jihadist

    British intelligence agencies are “very close” to identifying the apparently-English jihadist who beheaded an American journalist, the UK’s ambassador to the United States has said. MI5 and MI6 have been piecing together intelligence and evidence...

  • Islamic State fighters seize Syrian air base

    Islamic State fighters seize Syrian air base

    Islamic State militants stormed an air base in northeast Syria yesterday, capturing it from government forces after days of fighting that cost more than 500 lives, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 346...

  • Independence from Soviet rule celebrated in Ukraine

    Independence from Soviet rule celebrated in Ukraine

    Ukraine marked its independence day yesterday with a military march-past in Kiev intended to send a message of defiance to Russia, but pro-Moscow rebels countered by parading captured Ukrainian troops through the streets of their main...

  • Merkel warns Putin-Poroshenko talks are not likely to deliver breakthrough

    Merkel warns Putin-Poroshenko talks are not likely to deliver breakthrough

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned yesterday that closely-watched talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko in Minsk were unlikely to deliver a breakthrough that would resolve the crisis in Ukraine. A day...

  • Tyre makers race to turn dandelions into rubber

    Tyre makers race to turn dandelions into rubber

    Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A new beer has been created to help traders suffering since a devastating fire destroyed part of Eastbourne Pier. The Long Man Brewery in East Sussex has teamed up with Eastbourne-based Curious Beer Club to support businesses affected by last...

  • Richard Attenborough dies at 90

    Richard Attenborough dies at 90

    Actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died aged 90. Lord Attenborough enjoyed success as one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming a successful director. His career highlights included directing 1982 film Gandhi and appearing in...