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The tragedy next door: Girl's plight reflects Libya's misery

The tragedy next door: Girl's plight reflects Libya's misery

Unable to get specialist care for his six-year-old daughter in Libya or a visa for treatment abroad, Abdulhakim Shaybi bought a motor boat and set off with her last month across the Mediterranean. Two-and-a-half hours into their journey from Sabratha in western Libya, they reached a European ship deployed to rescue migrants. "I raised a white flag to the...

  • Italian train crash death toll rises to 25 - No Maltese involved

    Italian train crash death toll rises to 25 - No Maltese involved

    The death toll from yesterday's head-on collision between two trains in Southern Italy climbed to 25 overnight. Three carriages were torn apart by the violence of the impact after the two trains hit each other while travelling down the same...

  • Woman admits killing several newborn babies

    Woman admits killing several newborn babies

    A woman charged with murder after the remains of eight babies were found last year at her home in southern Germany has admitted killing several infants. The 45-year-old mother, identified only as Andrea G, is charged with four counts of murder in...

  • China 'has no legal basis over South China Sea territorial claims'

    China 'has no legal basis over South China Sea territorial claims'

    A tribunal has ruled that China has no legal basis for its vast territorial claims in the South China Sea. In a case brought by the Philippines, an international panel sitting in The Hague also found that China had aggravated the regional dispute...

  • Watch: At least 22 dead, dozens injured in train crash in southern Italy

    Watch: At least 22 dead, dozens injured in train crash in southern Italy

    Updated 8.30pm to raise death toll Twenty-two people died and dozens were injured when two passenger trains collided head-on in southern Italy, a regional official told reporters. The force of the impact crumpled carriages and sent debris flying...

  • Migrants suffocate below deck in crowded boat - four dead

    Migrants suffocate below deck in crowded boat - four dead

    A humanitarian group said it recovered the bodies of four migrants and rescued around 400 survivors  from an overcrowded wooden boat in the Mediterranean between Italy and Libya. The dead had suffocated below deck, said the Malta-based Migrant...

  • UK Labour Party awaits key leadership ruling, Corbyn's fate in the balance

    UK Labour Party awaits key leadership ruling, Corbyn's fate in the balance

    The socialist head of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, will discover today whether he has the automatic right to defend himself from a leadership challenge - a key moment in the running battle for control of the party. The turmoil...

  • Australian convicted of recruiting foreign fighters for Islamic State

    An Australian court has convicted Sydney man Hamdi Al Qudsi of recruiting seven young men to travel overseas and fight alongside Islamic State and al Qaeda affiliates in Syria, a spokeswoman for the court said. Al Qudsi, 42, was found guilty by...

  • Three dead in Michigan courthouse shooting

    Three dead in Michigan courthouse shooting

    Two courthouse employees were killed and a sheriff's deputy was wounded when an inmate who was in custody began shooting. The suspect was also killed. Officials say the incident happened on the third floor of the Berrien County courthouse in...

  • Mozambique says it has been certified polio free

    Mozambique says it has been certified polio free

    Mozambique has been certified free of polio, the country's health ministry has said, comparing the achievement to the country's elimination of leprosy in 2008. The announcement, made on the state news agency, follows a meeting of the Africa...

  • 'Brexit means Brexit', says UK's next PM Theresa May

    'Brexit means Brexit', says UK's next PM Theresa May

    Britain's next prime minister, Theresa May, has called for the country to unite under her leadership, promising to make a success of negotiating the country's divorce from the European Union. After receiving official confirmation she had won a...

  • Dallas police killer wanted to kill more officers

    Dallas police killer wanted to kill more officers

    The US military veteran who fatally shot five Dallas police officers in a racially motivated attack last week asked negotiators how many people he had shot and told them he wanted to kill more, the city's police chief said on Monday. Explosives...

  • South African state TV ordered to stop censoring protest footage

    South African state TV ordered to stop censoring protest footage

    SABC camera crew accused of making Zuma 'look shorter' South Africa's telecoms regulator ordered the public broadcaster on Monday to reverse its decision to stop airing footage of violent protests, a policy which critics said amounted to...

  • Britain's Theresa May in her own words

    Britain's Theresa May in her own words

    Theresa May is set to become Britain's next prime minister, lauded by her supporters as a safe pair of hands who can steer the country out of the European Union. One of the most experienced members of the government, May favoured staying in the...

  • Theresa May to become British PM on Wednesday, Cameron says

    Theresa May to become British PM on Wednesday, Cameron says

    Update 6.10pm - May formally appointed Conservative Party leader Who is Theresa May?  Watch: Cameron hums a tune as he walks away Leadsom quits leadership race Theresa May will take the keys to No 10 by Wednesday evening, David Cameron has...

  • UK Labour Party leadership contest officially triggered

    UK Labour Party leadership contest officially triggered

    Britain's opposition Labour Party said today a leadership contest had been officially triggered following the receipt of sufficient nominations for a rival candidate to left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn. "I have now received sufficient nominations to...

  • Solar-powered plane to fly past Malta

    Solar-powered plane to fly past Malta

    The single-seated Solar Impulse 2 airplane, powered solely by the sun, has taken off from Seville on a flight to Cairo on the last stages of its round-the-world journey. The route will see it fly close to Malta.  The Seville-Cairo leg is the solar...

  • Leadsom quits UK leadership bid: "I don't believe I have sufficient support"

    Leadsom quits UK leadership bid: "I don't believe I have sufficient support"

    Energy minister Andrea Leadsom abruptly withdrew from the contest to succeed David Cameron as Britain's prime minister, leaving her rival Theresa May as the only candidate. The two women had been due to contest a ballot of around 150,000...

  • N.Korea threatens "physical response" against US missile defence system

    North Korea's military said it will make a "physical response" to moves by the United States and South Korea to deploy the advanced THAAD missile defence system on the Korean peninsula. The United States and South Korea said on Friday that the...

  • As Islamic State loses ground, attacks on civilians expected to go up

    As Islamic State loses ground, attacks on civilians expected to go up

    A new report from the research firm IHS says Islamic State lost an area the size of Ireland - a quarter of its territory - to hostile forces in the last 18 months in Iraq and Syria and is likely to further step up attacks on civilians in coming...

  • Dallas gunman taunted police

    Dallas gunman taunted police

    The suspect in the deadly attack on Dallas police taunted authorities during two hours of negotiations, laughing at them, singing and at one point asking how many officers he had shot, the city's police chief has revealed. Micah Johnson, a black...