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Iran supreme leader spurns US overture to fight Islamic State

Iran's supreme leader said today he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria. World...

  • Silent Europe aghast at possible breakup of Britain

    Silent Europe aghast at possible breakup of Britain

    Britain's international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes for independence from London. Many fear such a split would foreshadow a...

  • Hamas ready for direct Israel talks

    A senior Hamas leader says the group is willing to talk directly to Israel, reversing a previous ban. In an interview with Al Quds TV to be broadcast later today, Hamas number two Musa Abu Marzouk says "Hamas is willing to talk directly to the...

  • UN peacekeepers released in Syria

    The United Nations says all 45 captured Fijian peacekeepers held captive by an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group have been released in Syria's Golan Heights. UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said today: "We can confirm they have been released." Mr...

  • Obama, victims' families pause to remember Sept. 11 victims

    Obama, victims' families pause to remember Sept. 11 victims

    Politicians, dignitaries and victims' relatives have gathered in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania to commemorate the nearly 3,000 people killed in al Qaeda's attack on the United States 13 years ago on Sept. 11. In what has become an annual...

  • Tusk government resigns in Poland

    Poland's president has accepted the resignation of the government of prime minister Donald Tusk, bringing an end to seven years of governance that have been marked by unprecedented political stability in the country. Mr Tusk resigned after being...

  • Pope in European Parliament visit

    Pope in European Parliament visit

    The president of the European Parliament says Pope Francis will make an official visit to the assembly in Strasbourg on November 25. Martin Schulz said today the Pope would address the assembled legislators. The Vatican confirmed the date for the...

  • Oil hits two-year low below $97 as supplies build

    Oil hits two-year low below $97 as supplies build

    Brent crude dropped to a two-year low below $97 a barrel today, falling for a sixth straight session as worries over mounting supply and weak demand outweighed concerns that conflicts in the Middle East could curb oil production. North Sea crude...

  • Update 2 - Pistorius cleared of premeditated murder, full verdict tomorrow

    Update 2 - Pistorius cleared of premeditated murder, full verdict tomorrow

    Update 2 - A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of premeditated murder today, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star explicitly intended to kill his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. Although...

  • Astronaut, cosmonauts back on Earth after six months in space

    Astronaut, cosmonauts back on Earth after six months in space

    Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut returned to Earth last night, capping a nearly six-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Riding inside a Russian Soyuz capsule, former station commander Steve Swanson and cosmonauts...

  • Obama orders US airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

    Obama orders US airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

    President Barack Obama told Americans last night that he had authorized US airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group. Obama's decision to launch...

  • Moscow tests nuclear missile

    President Vladimir Putin said yesterday Russia must maintain its nuclear deterrence to counter what he called growing security threats, after Moscow test-launched an intercontinental nuclear missile. With ties between Moscow and the West frayed by...

  • ‘Russia is withdrawing forces from E. Ukraine’

    ‘Russia is withdrawing forces from E. Ukraine’

    Ukraine’s President said yesterday Russia had removed the bulk of its forces from his country, raising hopes for a peace drive now underway after five months of conflict in which more than 3,000 people have been killed. Moscow denies sending...

  • German, Polish gas operators say are receiving lower supply

    German, Polish gas operators say are receiving lower supply

    Poland said yesterday it was receiving 20 per cent less gas than normal from Russia and a German gas operator said its supplies of Russian gas were slightly reduced. Some European officials believe Moscow could use disruptions to the gas...

  • Don’t break my heart, Cameron appeals to Scots

    Don’t break my heart, Cameron appeals to Scots

    David Cameron has made an impassioned plea to keep Scotland part of the union, saying he would be “heartbroken” if the UK was torn apart. During a visit to Scottish Widows offices in Edinburgh, the Prime Minister said he cared “far more about his...

  • Kerry backs government in Iraq against militants

    Kerry backs government in Iraq against militants

    US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday endorsed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s plans to mend Baghdad’s relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and said Iraq was a partner in the fight against Islamic State militants. Kerry, on a tour of the...

  • France says it will take part in a military air operation if needed

    France says it will take part in a military air operation if needed

    France said yesterday it would take part in military air action against Islamic State militants in Iraq if necessary, but it said any action it takes against the group in Syria would take a different form. “In Iraq... we will take part in military...

  • Guinea student who took Ebola to Senegal recovers

    Guinea student who took Ebola to Senegal recovers

    The first case of the Ebola virus detected in Senegal, a 21-year-old student who arrived from neighbouring Guinea last month, has recovered from the deadly disease, a senior official said yesterday. “We did a first blood test on Friday and a...

  • Tempers flare in Kashmir flood evacuations

    Tempers flare in Kashmir flood evacuations

    Floods that have killed 450 people in India and Pakistan began to recede yesterday giving rescue teams a chance to evacuate thousands of villagers stranded by the heaviest rainfall in 50 years in the heavily militarised and disputed region of...

  • Islamists kidnap 25 Libyan soldiers, according to army

    Islamists kidnap 25 Libyan soldiers, according to army

    Islamists militants in Libya have probably kidnapped up to 25 soldiers and killed five others in the eastern city of Benghazi, an army commander said yesterday, as the prime minister travelled to the United Arab Emirates to seek support for his...

  • Militant group leave signed note on a beheaded corpse in Sinai

    Residents in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula said yesterday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy. The beheading is...