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  • ‘Russian missile used to shoot down Malaysian jet’

    ‘Russian missile used to shoot down Malaysian jet’

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that the evidence indicates that a Russian missile was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, while Britain said Moscow faced “pariah” status and the threat of further economic...

  • Crash victims put in refrigerated wagons

    Crash victims put in refrigerated wagons

    Dozens of bodies from the site where a Malaysian airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine were loaded into refrigerated wagons at a rebel-held rail station early yesterday to be sent home for burial. But their departure from the war zone was delayed as...

  • At least 62 dead in Israeli attack on Gaza suburb

    At least 62 dead in Israeli attack on Gaza suburb

    At least 62 Palestinians were killed yesterday in Israeli shelling of a Ga­za neighbourhood that left bodies strewn in the streets and thousands fleeing for shelter to a hospital packed with wounded, Palestinian witnesses and officials said. The...

  • Heavy clashes erupt over Tripoli airport – four dead

    Heavy clashes erupt over Tripoli airport – four dead

    Heavy fighting erupted yesterday around Tripoli International Airport, where rival militias have been battling for control, killing at least four people and forcing thousands from their homes, local residents and witnesses said. The airport...

  • Christians in Iraq’s Mosul forced to flee

    Christians in Iraq’s Mosul forced to flee

    A senior Iraqi bishop urged the world to act yesterday after Islamic hardliners drove Mosul’s Christians from the northern Iraqi city, effectively ending a presence there dating back to Christianity’s earliest years. “The world must act, speak...

  • Snowden wants to develop anti-surveillance technology

    Snowden wants to develop anti-surveillance technology

    Edward Snowden, a former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of major US surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around...

  • Likely loser in Indonesia election says he will not accept result yet

    Likely loser in Indonesia election says he will not accept result yet

    The Indonesian ex-general widely thought to have narrowly lost this month’s bitterly contested presidential election will not accept the official result until allegations of cheating are investigated, one of his top aides said yesterday. The...

  • Costa Concordia almost ready for its final voyage

    Costa Concordia almost ready for its final voyage

    The massive hulk of the Costa Concordia was nearly ready to be towed away from the Italian island where it struck a rock and capsized two-and-a-half years ago, killing 32 people, officials said yesterday. The rusting prow of the once-gleaming...

  • Iran set to eliminate sensitive uranium stockpile

    Iran moved to eliminate its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under an interim nuclear deal with six world powers reached last year, according to a monthly UN nuclear watchdog update obtained by Reuters yesterday. The report by the...

  • Hamas home-made rockets bypass crumbling supply

    Hamas home-made rockets bypass crumbling supply

    Palestinian Hamas fighters once tried in vain to copy Israel’s iconic submachine gun, the Uzi. Twenty years on, their home-made rockets streak more than 100 kilometres from Gaza towards the northern Israeli city of Haifa. The variety and range of...

  • Piano’s The Shard on buildings prize shortlist

    Piano’s The Shard on buildings prize shortlist

    Skyscraper The Shard and the London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park have been shortlisted for British architecture’s top prize. The Riba Stirling Prize – whose nominees also include Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, the Library of Birmingham, the...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Actor James Garner, the wisecracking star of Maverick who enjoyed a long career on the small and big screen, has died aged 86. He was found dead of natural causes at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, last night, police officer Alonzo Iniquez said.

  • Scores dead in Israeli offensive

    Scores dead in Israeli offensive

    Scores of Palestinians have died after Israeli troops, backed by tanks and warplanes, escalated their ground offensive in Gaza City. The fighting against Hamas militants, including heavy Israeli tank fire, has left at least 65 people dead, forced...

  • Crashed jet's black boxes recovered

    Crashed jet's black boxes recovered

    A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine says rebels have recovered the black boxes from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Alexander Borodai said the devices will be handed over to the International Civil Aviation Organisation. He also said the bodies...

  • Airline retires flight number 17

    Malaysia Airlines has announced it is retiring the flight number of the plane apparently shot down over Ukraine. The carrier said in a statement today that from Friday, it will no longer use MH17 to identify any of its Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flights.

  • Tobacco giant to fight damages case

    America's second biggest cigarette maker has vowed to fight a Florida jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a case filed by the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer. RJ Reynolds Tobacco executive J Jeffery Raborn said the...

  • Update 2: Rebels 'possess bodies from MH17'

    Update 2: Rebels 'possess bodies from MH17'

    US and European leaders have called for international investigators to be given full access to the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site after rebels in eastern Ukraine took control of the recovered bodies. Following demands among...

  • Gaza pounded by Israeli tank fire

    Gaza pounded by Israeli tank fire

    An area of Gaza City has come under heavy tank fire as Israel widened its ground offensive against Hamas, causing hundreds of panicked residents to flee. Palestinian health officials said at least eight people were killed in Gaza City's Shijaiyah...

  • Candles and prayers in Dutch church for crash victims

    Candles and prayers in Dutch church for crash victims

    Hundreds of people attended a church service at Saint John Cathedral in Den Bosch, southern Netherlands, to pay respect for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The plane, which departed from Amsterdam en route to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on...

  • Iraqi soldiers recapture district near Baghdad from insurgents

    Iraqi soldiers recapture district near Baghdad from insurgents

    The Iraqi military says troops have evicted Islamist militants from a district northeast of Baghdad, while planes striking a rebel-held town in northern Iraq kill one child. Gavino Garay reports.

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