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  • IS fighters take on Libya’s rival government forces

    IS fighters take on Libya’s rival government forces

    Militants claiming allegiance to Islamic State fought forces loyal to Libya’s two rival governments in the central city of Sirte and further east in Benghazi, a Libyan news agency and residents said yesterday. In Sirte, Islamic State militants...

  • Italian police arrest three men for recruiting Islamist fighters

    Italian police arrest three men for recruiting Islamist fighters

    Police in Italy arrested three men yesterday for allegedly setting up a network to recruit Islamist fighters to be sent to Syria and Iraq, the Italian authorities said. One of the men was a 20-year-old Italian of Moroccan origin, who faces charges...

  • Mainstream Syrian rebels seize historic town in south

    Mainstream Syrian rebels seize historic town in south

    Insurgents have seized a historic town in southern Syria from the government, a group monitoring the war said yesterday, part of a rebel counter-attack to stop Damascus reclaiming the border zone near Israel and Jordan. A Syrian military source...

  • Iraqi President expecting US-led coalition air strikes on Tikrit soon

    Iraqi President expecting US-led coalition air strikes on Tikrit soon

    Iraqi President Fouad Massoum said yesterday that the US-led coalition would soon carry out air strikes against Islamic State in the Sunni city of Tikrit, after starting aerial reconnaissance flights this week. A three-week offensive by Iraqi...

  • Six killed by car bomb near Afghan presidential palace

    Six killed by car bomb near Afghan presidential palace

    Six people were killed and more than 30 wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul yesterday that struck close to the presidential palace in the heart of the Afghan capital, the Interior Ministry said. The suicide bomber had been travelling in a...

  • Thirty new beans bredto beat baking climate

    Thirty new beans bredto beat baking climate

    Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of ‘heat-beating’ beans designed to provide protein for the world’s poor in the face of global warming, researchers announced. Described as “meat of the poor”, beans are a key food source for more than 400...

  • Impropable mine of precious metals

    Never was the expression “where there’s muck there’s brass” more appropriate. Scientists have discovered a literal goldmine of precious metals in human poo. The US researchers are investigating ways of flushing out the valuable minerals, including...

  • Computer power ‘could heat homes’

    Computer power ‘could heat homes’

    An energy company is joining forces with a tech start-up to harness computing power to heat homes in the Netherlands. Eneco, a Dutch-based energy company with more than two million customers, said it is installing ‘e-Radiators’ − computer servers...

  • Final judgement

    Final judgement

    A teacher examines sketches done by candidates taking part in an entrance examination at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A letter reputed to be the last written on board the Titanic has gone on display in a visitor attraction dedicated to the doomed liner. The historic artefact, written by a mother and daughter who survived the ship’s sinking, was never sent and was...

  • Rocket blasts off carrying US Air Force GPS satellite

    Rocket blasts off carrying US Air Force GPS satellite

    United Launch Alliance today sent the GPS IIF-9 satellite into a semi-synchronous orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida. A statement from the United Launch Alliance said "GPS satellites serve and protect our war fighters by providing navigational...

  • Germanwings black box reveals 'usable audio data file'

    Germanwings black box reveals 'usable audio data file'

    Investigators have extracted cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the Airbus plane that smashed into the Alps and expect to have a read-out of their content within days, an official said. "We just have been able to extract a...

  • 'Beautiful Mind' economist hailed

    John F Nash Jr, the US mathematician and economist who was the subject of the 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind, has been named one of the winners of this year's Abel Prize in Mathematics. Canadian-born mathematician, Louis Nirenberg, was named as the...

  • Man's anguish as wife and son die in Alps crash

    Man's anguish as wife and son die in Alps crash

    A man who lost his wife and baby son in the Germanwings Airbus crash said today he was devastated. Marina Bandres Lopez Belio, 37, originally from Spain but living in Manchester, died with her seven-month-old son Julian Pracz-Bandres when the jet...

  • Swedish soccer team narrowly escaped flying on Germanwings flight

    The players of Swedish soccer team Dalkurd narrowly escaped boarding the budget airline Germanwings' A320 that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people on board. The team had considered four possible routes, one of which was on...

  • Investigators search mountains after "inexplicable" Airbus crash

    Investigators search mountains after "inexplicable" Airbus crash

    Lufthansa said today it could not explain why its Germanwings Airbus had crashed into an Alpine ravine killing all 150 on board as investigators tried to discover what had caused the first major air disaster in France in 15 years. Investigators...

  • Updated: Sacked Clarkson 'may face police probe'

    Updated: Sacked Clarkson 'may face police probe'

    Jeremy Clarkson faces the possibility of police action after the "unprovoked" attack on a colleague that left them in hospital and ended his BBC career. Director-general Tony Hall said the Top Gear presenter's attack on producer Oisin Tymon meant...

  • A320 has record of safety - expert

    A320 has record of safety - expert

    The Airbus A320, such as the one which crashed in the French Alps yesterday, has a solid history of safety. The cause of the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 is still unknown. Investigators are analysing information from one of the two cockpit...

  • Investigators seek clues into why jet ploughed into French mountainside

    Investigators seek clues into why jet ploughed into French mountainside

    French investigators will sift through wreckage today for clues into why a German Airbus ploughed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren returning from an exchange trip to Spain. The A320 jet...

  • Alps disaster looking like accident – airline

    Alps disaster looking like accident – airline

    The plane crash which killed 150 people when a budget airliner slammed into a mountainside in the French Alps yesterday was probably an accident, according to its operator. Lufthansa’s Germanwings confirmed flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to...