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  • ‘Iran is not sending warships to Atlantic’

    Iran has called off a deployment of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday, shelving plans for its vessels to approach US maritime borders in response to the US navy’s presence in the Gulf. A senior...

  • Berlusconi loses ‘his’ spokesman

    The spokesman who shadowed former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for almost two decades quit the centre-right leader’s party yesterday, a statement said, the latest blow to the media magnate ahead of a crucial European Parliament vote in...

  • Solemn Pope leads Palm Sunday service

    Pope Francis yesterday led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonisation of two popes. The faithful waved palm and olive branches as the 77-year-old Argentine...

  • Tunisia orders the release of Ben Ali officials

    A Tunisian military court has ordered the release of ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali’s former interior minister and security chief, who were jailed after the country’s 2011 revolution, the government and lawyers said yesterday. The release...

  • Missing plane: batteries of the black box ‘dead’

    Following four strong under­water signals in the past week, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, meaning the batteries in the plane’s all-important black boxes may finally have died. Despite having no new...

  • Europe’s top banks cut 80,000 more staff in overhaul

    Europe’s largest banks cut their staff by another 3.5 per cent last year and the prospect of a return to pre-crisis employment levels seems far off, despite the region’s fledgling economic recovery, reports stated yesterday. Spurred into action by...

  • Egypt’s Tahrir Square dream fading as Sisi builds power

    In a courthouse near Cairo, a peremptory message hangs above the judge presiding over one of a series of trials involving Egypt’s briefly powerful and now almost impotent Muslim Brotherhood. “In the name of God the Merciful,” it reads, “Allah...

  • Why gambling addicts keep trying their luck

    A part of the brain linked to emotion may drive gambling addicts to keep trying their luck, research has shown. Scientists homed in on the insula, a folded area buried deep within the cerebral cortex, by studying patients with damage to different...

  • Sunday blues?

    Protesters scuffle with police during a rally to demonstrate against the government’s decision to allow shops to open for more than two Sundays a year, in the commercial Ermou Street in central Athens, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    The world’s most complete preserved mammoth will go on display at London’s Natural History Museum next month – the first time that the find has been shown in Western Europe. The baby mammoth, found in Siberia by a reindeer herder in 2007, is...

  • '36 die' in Mexico bus crash horror

    At least 36 people are reported to have been killed after a passenger bus slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames in southern Mexico. Officials in Veracruz said four people survived the crash, which occurred shortly after midnight...

  • Pope poses for 'selfies' with young

    Pope Francis has marked Palm Sunday in a packed St Peter's Square, ignoring his prepared homily and speaking entirely off the cuff. The Pope followed his remarkable departure from practice by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with...

  • Ukraine sends in special forces

    Ukrainian special forces have been sent to an eastern city where armed pro-Russia men seized a police headquarters and the Security Service, the interior minister said today. The unrest in Slovyansk and the nearby major industrial city Donetsk...

  • Two dead in Chile forest fire

    A large forest fire raging in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso has killed at least two people and destroyed 500 homes, officials said. Thousands of people have been evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison. Firefighters...

  • Clashes break out in Italy anti-government protest

    Scuffles break out between police and a group of demonstrators following a protest march against the Italian government. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: long hunt looms as pings go silent

    A week of optimism over underwater signals believed to be coming from the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has gone flat after the sea went quiet and Australia's leader warned that the massive search will likely be long. No new electronic pings...

  • Gunmen seize Ukraine police station

    Several dozen armed men have seized a police station in eastern Ukraine and hoisted the Russian flag above the building, as tensions in the country’s Russian-speaking regions intensify. The city of Slovyansk is about 55 miles north of the regional...

  • Malaysia flight co-pilot tried to call

    Investigators probing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 suspect that the co-pilot of the jetliner tried to make a call with his cellphone after the plane was diverted from its scheduled route, Malaysia’s New Straits Times...

  • Iran slams US decision on choice of UN envoy

    Iran yesterday rejected a US decision to deny a visa for its newly-appointed Ambassador to the United Nations, pledging to take up the case directly with the world body in a dispute that has reopened old wounds dating to the 1979 Islamic...

  • 13 dead in India election violence

    Suspected Maoist rebels set off two bombs in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh yesterday, killing 13 people, most of them paramilitary soldiers and officials charged with holding elections in the region. The attacks, half an hour apart,...

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