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  • Updated: Berlusconi cleared in sex case

    Updated: Berlusconi cleared in sex case

    An Italian appeals court has acquitted former premier Silvio Berlusconi in a sex-for-hire case. The court's decision also throws out his seven-year-prison sentence and lifetime ban on holding political office, handed to him by a lower court when...

  • Malaysia Airlines trying to arrange safe access to crash site - airport

    Malaysia Airlines trying to arrange safe access to crash site - airport

    Malaysia Airlines is trying to arrange safe access for relatives of victims to the site in eastern Ukraine where its Boeing 777 airliner crashed killing all 298 on board, a spokeswoman for Amsterdam airport said. "The relatives, a few hundred of...

  • Signal fault blamed for France train crash

    Faulty maintenance on a signal and hot weather may have played a role in a collision between two trains in south-west France in which 25 people were injured, the country's transport chief has said. France, whose extensive train network is widely...

  • Updated: Israel intensifies assault on Gaza

    Updated: Israel intensifies assault on Gaza

    Israeli troops are pushing deeper into Gaza to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels as the Palestinian death toll from the ground offensive passed 20. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the military to prepare for...

  • Politician jailed for Briton murder

    A Sri Lankan court has sentenced a ruling party politician to 20 years in prison for killing a British tourist and raping his Russian girlfriend more than two years ago. Three others were given the same sentence as Sampath Vidanapathirana by the...

  • Rescuers comb scene of plane crash

    Rescuers comb scene of plane crash

    Rescue workers, police and even coal miners are combing the site where a Malaysian jet crashed after being shot from the sky by what US intelligence officials believe was a surface-to-air missile, scattering wreckage and bodies across the...

  • Second Malaysian plane's "black box" found in Ukraine - Reuters witness

    Second Malaysian plane's "black box" found in Ukraine - Reuters witness

    Rescue workers recovered a second flight recorder on Friday from the Malaysian airliner brought down in eastern Ukraine, a Reuters cameraman on the scene said. Pro-Russian separatists in the region said yesterday they had found one of the "black...

  • International probe demanded after Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine, 298 dead

    International probe demanded after Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine, 298 dead

    World leaders have demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine in which all 298 people on board were killed, a tragedy that could further heighten tensions between Russia and the...

  • World Aids experts perish in crash

    World Aids experts perish in crash

    Several passengers aboard the Malaysian jet shot down over Ukraine were world-renowned researchers on their way to an international Aids conference in Australia, it has emerged. "A number of people" on board the Boeing 777 were en route to the...

  • Pope seeks justice for bomb victims

    Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using what is increasingly becoming his signature way of communicating - an amateur smartphone video message. The video, to be shown during the official...

  • 295 dead as Malaysian airliner is downed in Ukraine war zone

    295 dead as Malaysian airliner is downed in Ukraine war zone

    A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine yesterday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides. Ukraine accused...

  • Gaza fighting surges with no firm sign ceasefire near

    Gaza fighting surges with no firm sign ceasefire near

    Israeli leaders yesterday played down prospects of a permanent Gaza ceasefire and fighting returned to a familiar pattern of Palestinian rocket salvoes and Israeli bombing after a five-hour humanitarian truce. An Israeli official said earlier that...

  • Assassination and more airport shelling deepen the chaos in Libya

    Several shells hit the terminal of Libya’s main airport yesterday as rival militias fought in Tripoli for a fifth day, and gunmen assassinated a female politician in the east. In another sign of growing turmoil, air controllers halted work in...

  • US, EU step up Russia sanctions

    The US and the European Union have again stepped up sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. President Barack Obama announced new restrictions on a handful of companies including Rosneft – 20 per cent owned by oil giant BP – accessing...

  • Juncker greets Cameron with friendly gesture

    Juncker greets Cameron with friendly gesture

    European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker gave David Cameron a high-five as they met in Brussels yesterday morning, in an apparent sign that he is not harbouring a grudge over the Prime Minister’s failed attempt to block him from getting...

  • World briefs

    BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood was upstaged on live television when a dog relieved itself during a broadcast. The Scottish meteorologist was broadcasting from West Wittering beach in West Sussex when a dog called Connie – belonging to a BBC...

  • Putin blames airplane tragedy on Kiev's renewal of military campaign

    Putin blames airplane tragedy on Kiev's renewal of military campaign

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine bore responsibility for the downing of a passenger plane in the country's east, saying it would not have happened if Kiev had not resumed a military campaign against separatists. "This tragedy would...

  • Passenger's last picture of downed plane

    Passenger's last picture of downed plane

    A Dutch passenger uploaded a picture on Facebook of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 before getting on board, The Daily Telegraph reported. He captioned the image: "If it disappears, this is what it looks like." (see above) The plane was shot...

  • Ukraine plane crash - Recordings 'point blame at rebels'

    Two intercepted telephone conversations apparently show rebels were responsible for downing a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's security services produced the recordings and said in the first call rebel commander Igor Bezler tells a...

  • Israel launches Gaza ground offensive

    Israel launches Gaza ground offensive

    Israel has launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels under the Palestinian territory's border with Israel. It was...

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