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  • Iraqi forces retake towns from Islamic State

    Iraqi forces retake towns from Islamic State

    Iraqi forces said yesterday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. There was no independent confirmation that...

  • Germany reports second case of H5N8 flu virus in a wild bird

    Germany reports second case of H5N8 flu virus in a wild bird

    German authorities late on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird. The strain is highly contagious among birds. “For the first time, the...

  • Moldova is still divided about its future track

    An election in ex-Soviet Moldova next weekend will decide how closely it sticks to its path of European integration in defiance of Russia, as neighbouring Ukraine struggles to handle a war triggered by following a similar pro-Europe line. The...

  • Tunisians vote for first freely elected President

    Tunisians vote for first freely elected President

    Tunisians went to the polls yesterday to pick their first directly elected President, the final step in the North African state’s transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted longtime ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. More...

  • Iran, powers set to miss nuclear talks deadline but seek extension

    Iran, powers set to miss nuclear talks deadline but seek extension

    Iran, the United States and other world powers are all but certain to miss today’s deadline for negotiations to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Tehran’s atomic ambitions, forcing them to seek an extension, sources said yesterday. The talks in...

  • Jihadi wave tests Tunisia’s young democracy

    Jihadi wave tests Tunisia’s young democracy

    Tunisians were used to seeing Nidhal Selmi belting around a stadium, proudly sporting his country’s red and white colours as a defender on the national football squad. So it was a shock when he appeared in a camouflage jacket with a Khalashnikov...

  • Freezing ‘reduces food bug risk’

    Freezing ‘reduces food bug risk’

    Food safety experts have suggested that freezing chickens during processing for human consumption could vastly reduce the chances of people catching a food poisoning bug. In the UK, around 60,000 cases of campylobacter infections − an illness that...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear’s unclear gender and immodest clothing. The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting in the central Polish town of Tuszyn. Voice...

  • Candidates vote in Tunisia

    Candidates vote in Tunisia

    Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, standing for re-election, cast his vote in the country's first direct presidential election since the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Nearly 30 presidential candidates are...

  • Iran nuclear talks may be extended

    The US and five other countries trying to reach a nuclear programme deal with Iran are set to extend the talks, according to diplomats. Officials taking part in the meeting in Austria are said to be turning away from attempting to reach an...

  • 550 Germans 'joined extremists'

    550 Germans 'joined extremists'

    The head of Germany's intelligence agency has said authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, about 60 of whom have died. The figure given by Hans-Georg Maassen in an...

  • Baby boy abandoned in Sydney drain

    Baby boy abandoned in Sydney drain

    Police in Australia have questioned but not charged a 30-year-old woman whose newborn baby boy was found abandoned today in a drain near a Sydney motorway. The baby, who is only a few days old, is in a serious but stable condition in Sydney's...

  • Protest art in danger

    Protest art in danger

    Much of the art work that has come to represent the pro democracy movement in Hong Kong is in jeaopardy of being removed. Julie Noce reports.

  • Mariachis celebrate patron saint

    Mariachis celebrate patron saint

    Mexican mariachi musicians march to honour patron saint of music. Julie Noce reports.

  • Birds around the world take flight

    Birds around the world take flight

    An imperial eagle equipped with a camera spreads its wings over London. It's just one of the many birds making headlines in this week's "animal roundup". Jillian Kitchener reports.

  • Plague in Madagascar kills 40 people

    Plague in Madagascar kills 40 people

      An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 cases in Madagascar since late August, the World Health Organization says.  The World Health Organization fears the disease will spread rapidly in the capital. The bacterial disease is...

  • Ex-Portuguese PM Socrates arrested in corruption probe

    Ex-Portuguese PM Socrates arrested in corruption probe

    Portuguese police have arrested former Socialist prime minister José Socrates and three other people in an investigation of suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering, the Prosecutor General’s office said yesterday. The arrest, the first...

  • US happy with oil deal between Iraq, Kurdistan region

    US happy with oil deal between Iraq, Kurdistan region

    US Vice President Joe Biden welcomed an agreement between Iraq’s central government and its northern Kurdistan region over the management of oil exports, a step forward in a feud that has threatened the unity of Iraq. In a speech in Istanbul...

  • IS kills 25 Iraqis near Ramadi – officials

    Islamic State militants have killed 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe during an assault on a provincial capital west of Baghdad, officials said yesterday, in revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists. They said the bodies of the men...

  • Kenyan bus attack kills 28

    Kenyan bus attack kills 28

    Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for yesterday’s dawn attack on a bus in which 28 non-Muslims were singled out and killed. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack through its radio station in Somalia,...