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  • Jerusalem’s tram rides a fine line as violence surges

    Jerusalem’s tram rides a fine line as violence surges

    If there has been a constant target during weeks of unrest in Jerusalem, it is the divided city’s Light Rail, a sleek tram that snakes through downtown, past the ancient walls of the Old City, symbolically uniting Jewish West and Arab...

  • Older people ‘guess ages better’

    Older people ‘guess ages better’

    Older people are better at judging the age of others, a study suggests. Scientists from the University of Glasgow used computer-generated representations of faces to gain an insight into the mental representations of ageing in the minds of...

  • Chicago parks group sues over planned George Lucas museum

    Chicago parks group sues over planned George Lucas museum

    A Chicago parks protection group sued the city over a planned museum by Star Wars film-maker George Lucas, saying the site is on a lakefront spot that cannot be handed over to a private entity. The Friends of the Parks group said in its federal...

  • UK National Lottery celebrates 20th anniversary

    UK National Lottery celebrates 20th anniversary

    The UK National Lottery is celebrating turning 20 this week, and some of the millionaires it has created have raised a glass of bubbly to toast the anniversary. Winners from the past two decades got together for the glamorous photo shoot and told...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    People celebrating the achievement of landing a probe on a comet are blind to the real purpose of the mission – to investigate a nest of aliens. That is according to reports circulating among UFO watchers who are convinced the truth behind the...

  • Dutch authorities identify highly contagious bird flu strain

    Dutch authorities said today they had found the H5N8 strain of bird flu at a poultry farm in the central Netherlands, the same highly contagious strain as found this month in Germany and which has prompted massive poultry culls in...

  • Four dead as heavy rains batter north Italy, south Switzerland

    Four people died when mudslides hit their homes in the border area between Italy and Switzerland overnight, and a fifth was missing near the Italian port city of Genoa after days of torrential rains and flooding. Severe storms over the past few...

  • Updated - Another hostage beheaded by ISIS

    Updated - Another hostage beheaded by ISIS

    A new video by the militant Islamic State group claims that US aid worker Peter Kassig has been beheaded. In the 16-minute video uploaded to social networks today, a black-clad militant with his face concealed stands before a body he claims is...

  • Reports: Jihadi John injured in attack

    Reports: Jihadi John injured in attack

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said he wants the British terrorist nicknamed Jihadi John to face justice, after reports that he was injured in an allied air strike against Islamic State (IS) commanders in Iraq. The masked fanatic with a...

  • US hospital says Sierra Leone doctor with Ebola extremely critical

    A surgeon from Sierra Leone being treated for Ebola in a Nebraska hospital  was critically ill after being airlifted back from Africa, medical officials said. Dr. Martin Salia, 44, a permanent U.S. resident, caught the disease while working as a...

  • Three sentenced over cannibalism

    Three people in Brazil have been sentenced to 20-23 years in prison over killing two women, eating parts of their bodies and using some of their flesh to make and sell stuffed pastries. An official at the court in the north-eastern city of Olinda...

  • Whales monitored after stranding

    Authorities in Puerto Rico are monitoring two dense-beaked whales that got free and are swimming off the US territory’s northwest coast after becoming stranded along with one which died. Natural Resources Secretary Carmen Guerrero said it is rare...

  • UN: IS commanders liable for war crimes

    UN: IS commanders liable for war crimes

    Islamic State commanders are liable for war crimes on a “massive scale” in northeast Syria, where they spread terror by beheading, stoning and shooting civilians and captured fighters, UN investigators have said. Their report, based on over 300...

  • Comet lander Philae shuts down as its batteries go flat

    A pioneering robotic spacecraft shut down yesterday after radioing results of its first and probably last batch of scientific experiments from the surface of a comet, scientists said. Batteries aboard the European Space Agency’s Philae comet...

  • West confronts Putin at G20 with threat of more sanctions

    West confronts Putin at G20 with threat of more sanctions

    Western leaders warned Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit yesterday that he risked more economic sanctions if he failed to end Russian backing for separatist rebels in Ukraine. Russia denied any involvement in an escalation of the separatist war in...

  • Hong Kong activists stopped from flying to Beijing

    Three Hong Kong student leaders were stopped from boarding a flight to Beijing yesterday to take their fight for greater democracy directly to the Chinese government after airline authorities said their travel permits were invalid. The students,...

  • Ukraine will close State offices in rebel-held east

    Ukraine will close State offices in rebel-held east

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued several decrees yesterday to shut State institutions and banking services in pro-Russian eastern regions, pressing a move to cut links with the rebel-held territory. Ukraine has cut all state funding to...

  • US top military officer: battle against IS starting to turn

    US top military officer: battle against IS starting to turn

    The United States’ top military officer told American troops on a surprise visit to Baghdad yesterday that the momentum in the battle with Islamic State was “starting to turn”, but predicted a drawn-out campaign lasting several years. General...

  • Doctor with Ebola flown to US is critically ill

    A Sierra Leone surgeon with Ebola being flown to the US for treatment is critically ill, possibly sicker than other patients treated in the US, the Nebraska Medical Centre said yesterday. Dr Martin Salia, 44, a permanent US resident who caught...

  • Scottish nationalists warn Labour on spending

    If Scottish nationalists support a possible minority Labour government after the 2015 election, they will demand it ends cuts to state spending and shelves any plans to deploy new nuclear weapons in Scotland, their leader said yesterday. Since...