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  • Israel threatens retaliation over boy's death

    Israel threatens retaliation over boy's death

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to escalate the fight against Hamas, vowing the group would "pay a heavy price" after a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar attack from Gaza. The Islamic militant group...

  • At least 20 migrants drown off Libyan coast, many still missing

    At least 20 migrants drown off Libyan coast, many still missing

    At least 20 migrants died off the Libyan coast and many more are missing in the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean. Libya's coast guard said last night it had rescued 16 people and recoverd the bodies of 20 migrants. Their boat, said to have been...

  • Hamas gunmen execute 18 alleged Gaza collaborators

    Hamas gunmen execute 18 alleged Gaza collaborators

    Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel yesterday, a day after Israeli forces killed three Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to die in the six-week war. Militants wearing masks and...

  • Tens of thousands of Houthis demonstrate in Yemeni capital

    Tens of thousands of Houthis demonstrate in Yemeni capital

    Tens of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in the capital Sanaa yesterday in a protest called for by the Shi’ite Houthi movement, which wants the government to resign and reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies. Earlier this week, the Houthis...

  • Russian convoy crosses border into east Ukraine

    Russian convoy crosses border into east Ukraine

    The United States demanded Russia withdraw its equipment and personnel from Ukraine after Moscow sent in a convoy of trucks yesterday in what Kiev called a “direct invasion”. The White House denounced Russia’s latest move in Ukraine, calling it a...

  • Iraqi Shi’ite militia kill dozens of Sunnis in mosque shooting

    Iraqi Shi’ite militia kill dozens of Sunnis in mosque shooting

    Iraqi Shi’ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque yesterday, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. A morgue...

  • Final push for Scottish votes

    Final push for Scottish votes

    The final stage of the Scottish independence referendum campaign began yesterday on an unexpectedly invigorating note for Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond as they agreed to part in the ice bucket challenge. The craze sweeping social media is...

  • WHO warns of hidden cases in Ebola outbreak

    WHO warns of hidden cases in Ebola outbreak

    The scale of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak has been concealed by families hiding infected loved ones in their homes and the existence of “shadow zones” that medics cannot enter, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday. The UN agency...

  • ‘Terrorists’ help US in battle against Islamic State in Iraq

    ‘Terrorists’ help US in battle against Islamic State in Iraq

    Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq – a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), condemned for its three-decade insurgency...

  • Beyoncé 2013 Cuba trip wasno violation of US embargo

    Beyoncé 2013 Cuba trip wasno violation of US embargo

    American music industry power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z did not violate US sanctions on Cuba by travelling to the communist-ruled island last year, a US government review has found. “We found no indication that US sanctions were violated, and we...

  • Robin Williams’s ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay

    Robin Williams’s ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay

    Comedian Robin Williams’s ashes have been scattered in the San Francisco Bay following his apparent suicide, according to a death certificate released by Marin County. Williams, 63, was found hanged in his Tiburon, California, home last week. The...

  • Sir Cliff to skip US Open

    Sir Cliff Richard has pulled out of a visit to the US Open tennis champ-ionships after finding himself at the centre of a police sex abuse investigation, but a spokesman for the star denied there were any “legal obstacles” preventing him from...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    London is Europe’s costliest city for cultural activities, according to a survey. It is even pricier than Paris when it comes to tickets for such attractions as ballet and opera, the survey from Post Office Travel Money said. The cost of culture...

  • Obama may seek new funds to battle Islamic State

    President Barack Obama could ask the US Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants' beheading of an American journalist and activities in...

  • White House calls Chinese move near US plane a provocation

    The White House on Friday called a Chinese jet's close brush with a US surveillance plane over Japan a deeply concerning provocation and said US officials have protested to Beijing. The Chinese plane came within 30 feet of the American aircraft...

  • Barcelona residents fight back against drunken, naked tourists

    A record tourism year may be a boost for Spain's struggling economy, but in one corner of Barcelona residents are furious about drunken holidaymakers and a new fad for carousing naked in public. People of La Barceloneta, tucked behind a beachfront...

  • Shi'ite militias open fire in Iraqi mosque, killing 46 Sunnis

    Shi'ite militias open fire in Iraqi mosque, killing 46 Sunnis

    Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque today, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni Islamists whose rise has alarmed Western powers. One Iraqi security...

  • ISIS sent email to Foley family before beheading

    ISIS sent email to Foley family before beheading

    The online news publication that employed slain US journalist James Foley has published the full text of the email to his family from his Islamist militant captors in which they said they would execute him in retaliation for US...

  • Pope phones family of James Foley

    Pope phones family of James Foley

    Pope Francis has called the family of an American journalist whose videotaped beheading by Islamic State (IS) militants has sparked outrage around the world. Vatican spokesman the Rev Federico Lombardi confirmed the pope telephoned James Foley's...

  • Despair on Chilean metro after power glitch traps thousands

    Despair on Chilean metro after power glitch traps thousands

    Thousands in Santiago were stranded during an evening commute as a power outage shut down the busy Metro line during rush hour. Cell phone video illustrates the growing anxiety of passengers trapped in the train...as they pounded on the doors,...