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  • Updated: 10-year term for Pistorius urged

    Updated: 10-year term for Pistorius urged

    The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius trial has urged a judge to send the athlete to prison for at least 10 years. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel and chief defence lawyer Barry Roux presented their final arguments for sentencing at the end of a...

  • Updated: Ukraine - No breakthrough in sight - Merkel

    German chancellor Angela Merkel says no breakthrough is in sight after a meeting between the leaders of Russia and Ukraine. European leaders who joined Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at the meeting said they...

  • Teenage surfer attacked by shark

    A teenage girl has told how a small shark tried to drag her from her board after biting her ankle as she surfed off the Australian east coast. Kirra-Belle Olsson, 13, was surfing off Avoca Beach, 60 miles north of Sydney, when she was bitten on...

  • Obama may appoint Ebola 'tsar'

    Obama may appoint Ebola 'tsar'

    Barack Obama has conceded it "may be appropriate" to choose an Ebola "tsar" to lead the US response against the disease. He also said he is "not philosophically opposed" to a travel ban from the Ebola-afflicted region of West Africa "if that is...

  • Brazilian man 'confesses to killing 39'

    Brazilian man 'confesses to killing 39'

    Police in Brazil say they have arrested a man who confessed to killing 39 people over the course of three years. Yiming Woo reports.

  • Apple's new iPads sport modest upgrades but short on 'wow'

    Apple's new iPads sport modest upgrades but short on 'wow'

    Apple Inc's  faster, slimmer iPads come with modest improvements, such as a fingerprint sensor, but some analysts say it offers few other features to wow consumers ahead of a holiday shopping season expected to be swamped by mobile devices. At a...

  • Priest and air passenger tested for Ebola in Spain

    Priest and air passenger tested for Ebola in Spain

    Spanish authorities reported four new patients with suspected Ebola symptoms yesterday, including a feverish passenger who started shaking on an Air France flight to Madrid and a Spanish priest who had recently been in Liberia. Three of the cases...

  • Pakistani Christian woman loses appeal against death sentence

    Pakistani Christian woman loses appeal against death sentence

    A Pakistani court upheld the death penalty yesterday against a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, her lawyer said, in a case that drew global headlines after two prominent politicians who tried to help her were assassinated. In 2010, Asia Bibi,...

  • Eurozone in firing line for inflation, budget worries

    Eurozone in firing line for inflation, budget worries

    After a two-year siesta, the euro- zone is back in the financial markets’ firing line due to stagnating growth, low inflation, budget problems in France and Italy and rising political risk in Greece, where the bloc’s debt crisis began in...

  • Italy and France make plea for growth as EU-Asia leaders meet

    Italy and France make plea for growth as EU-Asia leaders meet

    Europe’s priority must be to stimulate economic growth, Italy and France said yesterday, putting themselves at odds again with Germany, which is demanding deficit rigour. With signs of a global slowdown rattling investors and prompting sharp...

  • Libyan Red Crescent calls for ceasefire, fighting rages

    Libyan Red Crescent calls for ceasefire, fighting rages

    Libya’s Red Crescent called yesterday for a ceasefire in the eastern city of Benghazi to allow the evacuation of families trapped by street fighting between Islamist militants and pro-government forces supported by local youths. Banks, government...

  • Ramped up air strikes stall advance of Islamic militants on Syrian town

    Ramped up air strikes stall advance of Islamic militants on Syrian town

    Two days of heavy air strikes by US warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani. Last week Turkish and US officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking...

  • Hong Kong’s leader hopes for fresh talks

    Hong Kong’s leader hopes for fresh talks

    Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with pro-democracy protesters yesterday, saying he hopes the two sides can talk next week, but anger over police violence and continued street scuffles suggest the students are not about to...

  • Serbia salutes Putin but says future is with Europe

    Serbia salutes Putin but says future is with Europe

    Serbia feted Russia’s Vladimir Putin with troops, tanks and fighter-jets yesterday to mark seven decades since the Red Army liberated Belgrade, balancing its ambitions of European integration with enduring reverence for a big-power ally deeply at...

  • Former Soviet leader Gorbachev warns against a new Cold War

    Former Soviet leader Gorbachev warns against a new Cold War

    Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev yesterday warned Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin against dragging the world into a new version of the Cold War he helped to end a quarter of a century ago. Gorbachev, recently in...

  • Roaming ‘ghosts’ of Europe

    Roaming ‘ghosts’ of Europe

    When Railya Abulkhanova flies abroad she faces hours of interrogation by immigration officials. When she applies for a job she is met with suspicion. The former university professor has never been in trouble with the law – her problem is she has...

  • Geldof: ‘I blame myself over Peaches’s death’

    Geldof: ‘I blame myself over Peaches’s death’

    Sir Bob Geldof has said he “blames himself” for the death of his daughter Peaches, who died of a heroin overdose earlier this year. The Boomtown Rats singer and activist said he “goes over and over and over” what he could have done to help the...

  • Actress Elizabeth Peña dies

    Actress Elizabeth Peña dies

    Elizabeth Peña, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as Lone Star and comedic parts in TV shows like Modern Family, has died. She was 55. Peña’s manager, Gina Rugolo, said the Cuban-American actress died on...

  • Heidi Klum and Seal are divorced

    Heidi Klum and Seal are divorced

    Model Heidi Klum and Grammy-winning singer Seal are officially divorced. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas has finalised the pair’s divorce judgment. They were married for nearly seven years before seeking a split. Klum filed for divorce...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Staff at a British wildlife park who are celebrating successfully breeding African spurred tortoises for the first time believe the soaring summer temperatures helped. The four tiny babies, just five centimetres long, have been named Donatello,...