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  • Former British minister, EU commissioner Brittan dies

    Former British minister, EU commissioner Brittan dies

    Leon Brittan, a former senior minister in the government of Margaret Thatcher as well as vice president of the European commissioner, has died, his family said yesterday. Brittan, 75, was home secretary (interior minister) between 1983 and 1985...

  • Litvinenko’s wife says inquiry will reveal facts of ex-KGB spy’s death

    Litvinenko’s wife says inquiry will reveal facts of ex-KGB spy’s death

    Nine years after former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in a plush London hotel in what has been described as Russian “state-sponsored nuclear terrorism”, a public inquiry into his death finally begins in the British capital next...

  • Yemeni president quits after government resigns

    Yemeni president quits after government resigns

    Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned yesterday, throwing the volatile Arab country deeper into chaos days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace. Hadi, a key counter-terrorism ally of the United States,...

  • Britain gives new powers to the Scots

    Britain gives new powers to the Scots

    The British government began a historic transfer of powers to Scotland yesterday, keeping a pledge it had given to persuade Scots to reject independence as renewed nationalist support surges. The draft Bill, to be enacted after a general election...

  • Nato detecting more Russian involvement in East Ukraine

    Nato detecting more Russian involvement in East Ukraine

    Nato has detected signs of heightened Russian involvement in fighting in parts of eastern Ukraine, the alliance’s top military commander said yesterday. US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, Nato’s supreme allied commander Europe, said fighting...

  • Eight civilians are killed in shelling of Donetsk trolleybus

    Eight civilians are killed in shelling of Donetsk trolleybus

    An artillery shell or mortar struck a public transport stop in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine yesterday, killing at least eight civilians in an incident both sides blamed on the other. The missile strike, which wrecked a...

  • Attempts to block biopic of India’s Sonia Gandhi only fuelled interest

    Attempts to block biopic of India’s Sonia Gandhi only fuelled interest

    Efforts by India’s Congress Party to block the publication of a ‘dramatised’ biography of its president Sonia Gandhi only stoked interest in the book, said author Javier Moro. The Red Sari, the English translation of the 2008 Spanish-language El...

  • Leno voices support for Cosby accusers

    Former NBC late night host Jay Leno voiced his support for the women who have come forward claiming they were sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby. Leno, who stepped down as host of The Tonight Show last year, was asked at a National...

  • Israeli arrested in Madonna hack

    Israeli arrested in Madonna hack

    An Israeli man has been arrested on suspicion of hacking into the computers of singers including pop star Madonna and selling their songs online, according to Israeli and US law enforcement sources. An Israeli police spokesman said a 39-year-old...

  • Famed tenor Waldemar Kmentt dies

    Famed tenor Waldemar Kmentt dies

    Famed Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died at age 85, the Vienna State Opera has announced. A statement said Kmentt died in Vienna, where he began and ended an opera career that took him across the globe. Kmentt sang 1,480 performances at the...

  • Doorway to another galaxy

    Doorway to another galaxy

    A giant doorway to another galaxy or universe may exist at the centre of the Milky Way, a study suggests. Scientists believe it would be possible to navigate through the wormhole, potentially a real-life version of the space-time tunnel portrayed...

  • First round-the-world solar flight to take off next month

    First round-the-world solar flight to take off next month

    A plane powered by the sun will attempt an unprecedented flight around the world next month, the project’s founders said, seeking to prove that flying is possible without using fossil fuel. Solar Impulse 2 is set to take off from Abu Dhabi with...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Four out of five people who started a diet for the new year will have given up by today, according to a new report. A survey of 2,000 adults also showed that one in five failed to continue with a new year resolution on healthy eating within a few...

  • Countdown to catastrophe: Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight

    Rising threats from climate change and nuclear arsenals prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global catastrophe, to move it two minutes closer to midnight, its first shift in three years. The Doomsday...

  • Prince Andrew reaffirms denial of underage sex claims

    Prince Andrew reaffirms denial of underage sex claims

    Britain's Prince Andrew told a reception at the World Economic Forum in Davos, that that he was reiterating and reaffirming the statements issued on his behalf by Buckingham Palace relating to accusations made several weeks ago that he had sex...

  • Britain announces new powers for Scotland, edges towards federalism

    Britain announces new powers for Scotland, edges towards federalism

    The British government began a historic transfer of powers to Scotland today, keeping a pledge it had given to persuade Scots to reject independence as renewed nationalist support surges. The draft bill, to be enacted after a general election on...

  • ECB agrees landmark sovereign bond-buy plan

    ECB agrees landmark sovereign bond-buy plan

    The European Central Bank agreed today to embark on a quantitative easing programme that will see it print money to buy up €60 billion worth of sovereign bonds from March until the end of September next year. The money will include some from...

  • Japan mulls ways to free hostages

    Japan mulls ways to free hostages

    Lacking strong clout and diplomatic reach in the Middle East, Japan is scrambling for ways to secure the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State (IS) group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate. The militants...

  • Anger over US police shooting video

    A US police video of officers confronting and then fatally shooting a black man in southern New Jersey has stirred anger over another death at the hands of police. The video of the December 30 killing of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, a struggling,...

  • Landmark US-Cuba talks to resume

    Landmark US-Cuba talks to resume

    The United States and Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to normal ties as the highest-level US delegation to the communist island in three decades holds a second day of talks with Cuban officials. US objectives during today's session include...