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  • A year after fleeing, Yanukovych speaks of return

    A year after fleeing, Yanukovych speaks of return

    Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia a year ago after being toppled by months of street protests, said yesterday he is ready to return to Ukraine if the opportunity arises. The pro-Russian leader was overthrown by the...

  • Bigger is better in evolution

    Bigger is better in evolution

    The average animal in the oceans today is 150 times larger in mass than the average one roughly half a billion years ago. In fact, the largest marine creature on record lives today: the roughly 30-metre-long blue whale. Renowned 19th-century...

  • Nice guy or a jerk? Check his hands

    Nice guys and jerks can be recognised at a glance by looking at men’s hands, research suggests. Scientists have discovered that men who are polite, attentive and considerate to women generally have ring fingers relatively longer than their index...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Agatha Christie’s devotion to her fans has been highlighted in a series of touching letters she collected over the years. The best-selling crime writer hoarded hundreds of messages from her readers which have been published for the first time to...

  • Israel's Jerusalem mayor wrestles Palestinian attacker in street

    Israel's mayor of Jerusalem and his security guard wrestled a Palestinian attacker to the ground near city hall today after an ultra-Orthodox Jew was stabbed with a knife at a busy intersection. Security camera footage showed mayor Nir Barkat, in...

  • Islamic State claims responsibility for attacks on Iranian ambassador, airport in Libya

    Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were behind attacks on the residence of the Iranian ambassador in Tripoli and the eastern Labraq airport, a group statement on twitter said. Two bombs detonated in front of the residency of the...

  • Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels swap dozens of prisoners

    Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists have exchanged dozens of prisoners in east Ukraine, a Ukrainian Security Council aide confirmed, a step towards implementing an internationally brokered peace deal. Reuters reporters in the...

  • Libyan militias reported to have acquired Gaddafi chemical weapons

    Libyan militias reported to have acquired Gaddafi chemical weapons

    Libyan militias are believed to have gained possession of chemical weapons – mainly mustard gas and nerve gas Sarin –in the central and southern provinces of Libya, according to Saudi-owned London Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. Libyan military...

  • Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate soldiers from tomb area

    The Turkish military launched an operation into Syria overnight to evacuate Turkish soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire. The mission was successfully completed, with the troops brought back...

  • Greek PM declares victory as country gets rescue deal

    Greek PM declares victory as country gets rescue deal

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared victory yesterday after agreeing a last-minute conditional financial rescue deal with Europe, despite making big concessions to avert financial collapse within days. With his left-wing leadership...

  • Boko Haram attacks Niger side of Lake Chad

    Boko Haram militants attacked an island on Niger’s side of Lake Chad but the army repelled them after heavy fighting, residents and security sources said yesterday. The Lake Chad area – a vast maze of tiny islands and swampland sheltering...

  • Hospital staff in Ebola scare

    Eight health workers at a hospital in the Liberian capital have been sent home for 21 days of observation after being in contact with a patient who later tested positive for Ebola. Assistant health minister Tolbert Nyenswah said today that the...

  • Dirty air ‘cutting years off lives’

    India’s filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, while nearly all of the country’s 1.2 billion citizens are breathing in harmful pollution levels, according to research. The new study by environmental economists at...

  • Protests at mayor’s arrest

    Protests at mayor’s arrest

    Opponents of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro poured into the streets to condemn the arrest of Caracas’ mayor for allegedly participating in a US-backed plot to overthrow his government. The protests came a day after an armed commando unit...

  • US and allies talk about further Russia sanctions

    US and allies talk about further Russia sanctions

    The US and its allies are discussing imposing more sanctions against Russia for undermining a European-brokered truce in eastern Ukraine, US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday. Kerry made the comments as he began talks with his British...

  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe is 91

    Zimbabwe's Mugabe is 91

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe turned 91 years old yesterday showing no sign of giving up power as the West slowly eases pressure on a man who has been an international pariah for the last decade. Mugabe, one of the Africa’s most divisive...

  • A year after fleeing Ukraine, Yanukovych speaks of return

    Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia a year ago after being toppled by months of street protests, said he was ready to return to Ukraine if the opportunity arose. The pro-Russian leader was overthrown by the ‘Maidan’...

  • US lawmaker pushes Obama to aid in IS fight

    A senior Republican lawmaker has told President Barack Obama she was prepared to block foreign aid money if the administration did not provide fighter jets and tanks to Egypt and arms to other regional allies fighting Islamic State militants. In a...

  • Yemen’s former leader flees capital

    Yemen’s former leader flees capital

    Yemen’s former president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi escaped weeks of house arrest by the Houthi militia at his official residence yesterday and fled to his home town of Aden, sources close to him said. Houthi’s official status since quitting last...

  • Fire hits Dubai’s Torch skyscraper

    Fire hits Dubai’s Torch skyscraper

    One of the world’s tallest residential towers has caught fire in Dubai’s Marina district, sending hundreds of residents pouring into the streets as bright yellow flames raged several stories high. No-one was reported killed. The fire broke out at...