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Drunk held in plane hijack scare

A drunk passenger on a Virgin Australia flight who caused a hijack scare has been arrested after the plane landed on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. The passenger was acting aggressively and was handcuffed by the crew. Initially, the Indonesian...

  • Doomed ferry 'didn't turn sharply'

    New evidence shows that the sunken South Korean ferry did not make a sharp turn shortly before the disaster, but changed course much more gradually, it has emerged. Full data from the Sewol's automatic identification system, an on-board...

  • Cyprus accord 'possible this year'

    A deal to end the 40-year-old Cyprus conflict could happen this year, the Turkish Cypriot leader has said. Dervis Eroglu said negotiations with Greek Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades on reunifying Cyprus, which resumed in February after a...

  • Apple reveals plans to go greener

    Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centres with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. The iPhone and iPad maker is...

  • Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig their heels in

    An agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering yesterday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. US and European officials say they will hold Moscow responsible and...

  • Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing plane

    A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean yesterday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage. The...

  • Protesters fight police and burn effigies of Venezuela President

    Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the “resurrection” of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though millions of Venezuelans have...

  • Teenager survived flight in jet wheel well

    A teenaged boy has survived a flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jetliner, an airline said on Sunday. The 16-year-old, who was not identified, was spotted by airline personnel after Hawaiian Airlines flight 45 landed in Maui...

  • Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad’s opponents

    Syria yesterday announced a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favour. Western and Gulf Arab...

  • ‘Conduct of crew tantamount to murder’

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye yesterday said the actions of some crew of a ferry that sank with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as a four-year-old video transcript showed the captain promoting the safety of the same...

  • Japan shrine offering angers China, S. Korea

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, angering both South Korea and China on Monday and putting regional ties under further strain. The...

  • Clock ticking for Thai PM

    A Thai court will decide this week whether to give embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, accusations that could bring her down, or whether to move swiftly to a verdict. The fate...

  • Anger grows as families cremate Everest victims

    Nepali families cremated eight Mount Everest sherpas yesterday as anger grew over how much compensation should be paid to victims of the single deadliest avalanche on the world’s highest mountain. The eight bodies, out of a total of 13 recovered...

  • Brown steps up his bid to keep Scotland in UK

    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence. Brown, a Scot, will make his first speech today in support of the cross-party...

  • Queen turns 88

    Traditional gun salutes yesterday marked the 88th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, who decided to spend the day privately at Windsor Castle. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun royal salute from Green Park in central London at...

  • Sex symbols ‘have fat legs’

    They are sex symbols idolised by millions but Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have fallen foul of famously catty actor Rupert Everett – who says they have fat legs. The stage and screen star, 54, singled out the women as representative of a...

  • World briefs

    A mother has described the “dilemma” she faced with her two children after their car burst into flames in a lion enclosure. Helen Clements was visiting Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire with her nine-year-old son George and daughter Charlie, 12,...

  • 234 girls missing in school kidnap

    Some 234 girls are missing from a Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists - significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor today. The higher figure came out a week after the...

  • Biden in Kiev for Ukraine talks

    Vice president Joe Biden hopes to demonstrate the US commitment to Ukraine by meeting with its leaders as they deal with their confrontation with Russia. Mr Biden arrived on Monday for a two-day visit to the capital Kiev. He has meetings on...

  • Five killed in Damascus bombing

    Five people have been killed in Syria after two mortar shells exploded near the parliament building in central Damascus, state-run media have reported. The SANA news agency said the mortars struck some 320ft from the parliament in the Salihiya...

  • Chris Brown assault trial to start

    Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington is expected to begin today. It will come after a judge gives her ruling in the trial of Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy. Both men are charged with misdemeanor assault. A Maryland...