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  • World briefs

    World briefs

    The Government should halt plans to capture wild beavers in Devon, environmentalists have urged, warning that the move may be illegal. Ministers have said they intend to capture and re-home in captivity the beavers living on the River Otter in...

  • ‘World buried under ice’

    ‘World buried under ice’

    An unseen world of canyons, lakes and mountains buried under the polar ice is detailed in the new edition of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World. New maps of the polar regions replace near-blank whiteness with features hidden by ice sheets...

  • Earth water ‘pre- dates sun birth’

    Earth water ‘pre- dates sun birth’

    Water filling the earth’s oceans pre-dates the formation of the sun, increasing the chances of life emerging among the stars, scientists have revealed. The discovery suggests that water may be a common ingredient in the clouds of dust and gas from...

  • IS targets hit by US air strikes

    IS targets hit by US air strikes

    US-led coalition warplanes have destroyed four tanks belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group in eastern Syria during action in a key oil-producing area that has generated millions of dollars for the extremist faction. The strikes outside the...

  • US woman 'beheaded by co-worker'

    A woman has been beheaded by her co-worker at a US food distribution centre. Police sergeant Jeremy Lewis said the woman, who has not been identified, was killed by a man who attacked her and another woman at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma...

  • Updated: Britain joins Islamic State fight

    Updated: Britain joins Islamic State fight

    Britain's parliament votes in favor of air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Children die in school 'stampede'

    Children die in school 'stampede'

    Six schoolchildren have been killed in a stampede at a primary school in the southern Chinese city of Kunming. City officials said on a microblog that more students from the first and second grades of Mingtong Primary School were injured in the...

  • Denmark to join Iraq air strikes

    The Danish government is sending seven F-16 fighter jets to take part in airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group. Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said her left-leaning government has a parliamentary majority...

  • Police remove migrants from ship

    Police remove migrants from ship

    Officers from an elite Cyprus police squad have boarded a cruise ship and cleared it of hundreds of rescued migrants, apparently Syrian refugees, who had refused to disembark and insisted on being taken to Italy. Police spokeswoman Nicoletta...

  • Syrian, Iraqi and other asylum seekers on rise in West - UNHCR

    Syrian, Iraqi and other asylum seekers on rise in West - UNHCR

    Wars in Syria and Iraq, and instability in other hotspots are driving ever more people to seek asylum in wealthy nations, with requests on track to hit a 20-year high in 2014, the United Nations refugee agency said today. Some 330,700 people...

  • Spain arrests nine terror suspects

    Nine suspected members of a terror cell linked to the Islamic State jihadist group have been arrested in Spain's North African enclave city of Melilla and the Moroccan city of Nador, Spain's Interior Ministry said today. A statement said a...

  • Apple plays defence on iPhone 6 bending

    Apple plays defence on iPhone 6 bending

    Apple broke its silence on complaints about bending iPhones, hours after withdrawing a glitch-ridden software update as the company struggles to restore momentum to the rollout of its latest phones. "With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely...

  • ‘Islamic State plans attacks on Paris and US subways’

    ‘Islamic State plans attacks on Paris and US subways’

    Iraq has received “credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to launch attacks on subway systems in Paris and the United States, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said yesterday. Abadi said the information, which he received...

  • Kurdish forces manage to push back militants in northern Syria

    Kurdish forces manage to push back militants in northern Syria

    Kurdish forces in northern Syria pushed back an advance by Islamic State fighters towards a strategic town on the Turkish border yesterday and appealed for US-led air strikes to target the insurgents’ tanks and heavy armaments. Islamic State...

  • Radical preacher one of nine men arrested in swoop

    Radical preacher one of nine men arrested in swoop

    Radical preacher Anjem Choudary is understood to be one of nine men arrested yesterday as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism. The men, who were all seized in London, were arrested on suspicion of being members of, or supporting, a...

  • Ebola spread stabilising in Guinea as toll nears 3,000

    Ebola spread stabilising in Guinea as toll nears 3,000

    The spread of Ebola seems to have stabilised in Guinea, one of three West African states worst-hit by the disease, but a lack of beds and resistance in affected communities means its advance continues elsewhere, the World Health Organisation...

  • One of Nigeria’s abducted girls is ‘freed’, spends four days in bush

    One of Nigeria’s abducted girls is ‘freed’, spends four days in bush

    One of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram rebels in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok was freed this week, police and a parent of some of the other missing girls said yesterday. Boko Haram militants took the girls...

  • Fatah-Hamas deal gives unity government control over Gaza

    Fatah-Hamas deal gives unity government control over Gaza

    A unity government is to take control of the Gaza Strip, after a breakthrough in talks between Palestinian factions yesterday which could strengthen their hand in talks with Israel next month. The Gaza ceasefire struck in August between Israel and...

  • Ukraine sets its sights on a 2020 bid to enter EU

    President Petro Poroshenko proclaimed reforms yesterday spanning all aspects of life to make strife-torn Ukraine fit for European Union membership, warning his people that without reform they would face a future “alone with Russia”. He also...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    The founder of a hedgehog rescue centre has said she was amazed to have two rare albinos in her care after waiting years to see one. In less than a month, two of the unusual hedgehogs were dropped off at Carole Catchpole’s home in Longframlington,...