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  • Boko Haram kills dozens in mosques

    Boko Haram extremists have gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in north-eastern Nigeria. A government official and a self-defence fighter said the attack on the town of Kukawa came as people were praying ahead of breaking their fast...

  • Court reinstates Le Pen in party

    A French court has reinstated Jean-Marie Le Pen as a member of the far-right National Front party he founded decades ago. The move delivers a biting blow to his daughter and party president Marine Le Pen, who had suspended him after a series of...

  • IMF issues stark Greece assessment

    IMF issues stark Greece assessment

    The International Monetary Fund says Greece needs debt relief and €50 billionin new financing from October through to 2018. The IMF said that Greece's finances have deteriorated because Athens has been slow about enacting economic reforms. Last...

  • Russia 'unhappy' with MH17 report

    Russia 'unhappy' with MH17 report

    A Russian aviation official says a draft Dutch report into last year's crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine "raises more questions than it gives answers". The Dutch Safety Board has made the draft available to representatives...

  • Updated: Nine years for baby-killing mother

    A French woman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison. After deliberating a few hours in the northern city of Douai, the jury returned its verdict - half as long as the 18-year...

  • US Navy Yard in Washington locked down amid reported shooting

    Police have responded to a report of a shooter at the US Navy Yard in Washington, where a gunman killed 12 people in 2013, and the military installation was on lockdown with employees sheltering in place. No further details were provided. A police...

  • Google apology to Gorilla couple

    Google says it is "appalled" and has apologised to a black couple after the firm's new Photos app mistakenly labelled them as "gorillas". The app uses artificial intelligence to scan and identify subjects in images before labelling them. Software...

  • At least 36 die in Philippine ferry sinking, 127 survive

    At least 36 die in Philippine ferry sinking, 127 survive

    A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized off the central Philippines in heavy waves, killing at least 36 people but the majority of those on board were rescued, the coast guard and police said. The MBCA Kim-Nirvana, a motorised outrigger...

  • BBC says to cut more than 1,000 jobs as viewers trade TVs for Internet

    The BBC said it will cut more than 1,000 jobs because it expects to receive 150 million pounds ($234 million) less than forecast from the licence fee next financial year as viewers turn off televisions and watch programmes on the Internet. Every...

  • We are not alone, says biologist

    A leading biologist has claimed "we are not alone" arguing that extra-terrestrials resembling humans must have evolved on other planets. Evolutionary biologist Simon Conway Morris says that evidence that different species will independently...

  • Plight of Greek pensioners heaps pressure on Tsipras

    Long lines of pensioners jostling to get into a limited number of banks opened specially to pay out retirement benefits have become a powerful symbol of the misery facing Greece and the problems mounting for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. With...

  • "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle" - captain of crashed TransAsia plane

    The captain of a TransAsia Airways ATR mistakenly switched off the plane's only working engine seconds before it crashed in February, killing 43 people, Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council (ASC) said in its latest report. The ASC's report also showed...

  • Greece's Tsipras back in combative mood after writing conciliatory letter

    Greece's Tsipras back in combative mood after writing conciliatory letter

    A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks last night to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with European Union partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece's future...

  • Europe swelters in heatwave

    Europe swelters in heatwave

    Temperatures across Europe broke records with a high expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius, or 104 degrees Fahrenheit in some cities. In the UK, officials issued urgent health warnings as it was the hottest day in July in nine years. The Swiss...

  • Islamic State attack kills over 100 in Egypt’s Sinai

    Islamic State attack kills over 100 in Egypt’s Sinai

    Islamic State insurgents attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai yesterday in a co-ordinated assault that killed more than 100 people – one of the biggest militant strikes in Egypt’s modern history. Soldiers, policemen,...

  • Tunisia identifies all hotel shooting victims

    Tunisia identifies all hotel shooting victims

    Thirty Britons and eight other foreigners were killed last Friday when a gunman opened fire on holidaymakers at a Tunisian hotel, Tunisia’s health ministry said yesterday, completing the last formal identification. The bloody massacre at the...

  • Defiant Tsipras still against international bailout deal

    Defiant Tsipras still against international bailout deal

    A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks yesterday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece’s future in...

  • How Greece debt drama unfolded

    How Greece debt drama unfolded

    It was a small room with a plain wooden table. The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sat on one side, along with a translator and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. On the other sat President Francois Hollande of France; around were a handful...

  • Europe swelters in summer heat

    Europe swelters in summer heat

    The United Nations warned yesterday of the dangers posed by hot weather, especially to children and the elderly, as much of Europe sweltered in a heatwave whose intensity it blamed on climate change. Authorities should give people as much warning...

  • Liberia finds two Ebola cases

    Liberia finds two Ebola cases

    Liberia confirmed yesterday it had at least two cases of Ebola, nearly two months after the West African country worst hit by the disease had been declared free of it. More than 11,200 people have died since last year in the worst ever outbreak of...