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  • Baby rescue at sea

    Baby rescue at sea

    A 10-month-old baby who drifted a kilometre out to sea was rescued by the Coast Guard off the Turkish coast today, the Turkish Coast Guard said in a statement. The Coast Guard released a video showing the rescue operation as it unfolded. It showed...

  • Riots in Hague after custody death

    Dutch police have detained 200 people for ignoring a ban on public assembly imposed in a neighbourhood hit by days of late-night rioting following the death of a man in police custody. Four nights of rioting in a predominantly immigrant...

  • IS 'destroys archaeological pieces'

    IS 'destroys archaeological pieces'

    Islamic State says it has destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic Syrian town of Palmyra after they were confiscated from a smuggler. An IS statement said the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint. The...

  • France rejects Assange asylum plea

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has failed in a bid to win asylum in France. In a letter to French President Francois Hollande published in Le Monde on Friday, Mr Assange appealed to France's history as a beacon for the repressed. He noted that...

  • Supply ship heads for space station

    Supply ship heads for space station

    A Russian rocket has successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting its arrival after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. A Soyuz-U rocket blasted off as...

  • Update 3: Greek poll legal challenge rejected

    Update 3: Greek poll legal challenge rejected

    A legal challenge against Greece's critical bailout referendum has been rejected, clearing the way for the vote to go ahead on Sunday. The Council of State, the country's highest administrative court, threw out a mation brought by two private...

  • Solar plane smashes world record

    Solar plane smashes world record

      The team trying to circle the globe in a solar-powered planehas set a new world record for the longest non-stop solo flight -across the Pacific from Japan to Hawaii . The solo record was previously set in 2006 by American adventurer Steve...

  • IMF warns of huge financial hole as Greece vote looms

    IMF warns of huge financial hole as Greece vote looms

    The International Monetary Fund delivered a stark warning yesterday of the huge financial hole facing Greece as angry and uncertain voters prepare for a referendum that could decide their country’s future in Europe. Days after Greece defaulted on...

  • Liberia investigating animal link after Ebola re-emerges

    Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case yesterday, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials said they were investigating whether the disease had managed to lurk in animals before resurfacing. Moses Massaquoi, case management...

  • BP agrees to pay $18.7bn to settle 2010 oil spill claims

    BP agrees to pay $18.7bn to settle 2010 oil spill claims

    BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the US government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in US history. The agreement comes on...

  • Court reinstates Le Pen in party

    Court reinstates Le Pen in party

    A French court has reinstated Jean-Marie Le Pen as a member of the far-right National Front party he founded decades ago. The move delivers a biting blow to his daughter and party president Marine Le Pen, who had suspended him after a series of...

  • Baby-killing mother gets nine years’ jail

    A French woman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison. After deliberating for a few hours in the northern city of Douai, the jury returned its verdict – half as long as the...

  • Tunisia is hunting for Libya-trained suspects

    Tunisia is hunting for Libya-trained suspects

    Tunisian authorities were yesterday hunting further suspects in the Sousse hotel attack identified by officials as part of a group trained in a Libyan jihadist camp alongside gunmen who carried out a massacre at a Tunis museum. Thirty-eight...

  • Cameron requests lawmakers to mull UK air strikes on IS in Syria

    Cameron requests lawmakers to mull UK air strikes on IS in Syria

    Prime Minister David Cameron asked lawmakers to consider whether Britain should join US-led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, but his spokeswoman said he had not yet decided whether to push for a parliamentary vote on the...

  • ‘Impact, impact brace for impact’

    ‘Impact, impact brace for impact’

    The pilot flying a TransAsia Airways ATR mistakenly switched off the plane’s only working engine seconds before it crashed in February, killing 43 people, Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council (ASC) said in its latest report yesterday. The ASC’s report...

  • No compensation over PIP implants

    A French appeals court has ruled that a German company does not have to compensate more than 1,000 women with leak-prone breast implants, overturning a lower court decision. Thousands of women worldwide received implants made by French company...

  • Dozens die in Philippines sinking

    Dozens die in Philippines sinking

    A ferry carrying 173 people yesterday capsized as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 19 others missing Officials said at least 118 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by nearby fishing boats...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A pair of Queen Victoria’s cotton knickers with a 45-inch waistline could fetch thousands of pounds when they go under the hammer next week. The pants will be sold alongside nightdresses, stockings and hats worn by Queen Victoria and her third...

  • UN talks on Libya stumble as rival government postpones participation

    UN talks on Libya stumble as rival government postpones participation

    UN-brokered talks between Libya's two rival governments hit a setback today when one of the sides stayed away from the negotiations in Morocco, saying it needed more time for consultations. An armed alliance known as Libya Dawn took over the...

  • Boko Haram kills dozens in mosques

    Boko Haram extremists have gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in north-eastern Nigeria. A government official and a self-defence fighter said the attack on the town of Kukawa came as people were praying ahead of breaking their fast...