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  • ‘Atlantic’ downpour hits Britain

    ‘Atlantic’ downpour hits Britain

    Britain was lashed with more rain yesterday as wet weather swept in from the Atlantic. Saturday gave a brief respite after Friday supplied a month’s worth of rain in a single day but few parts of Britain escaped the downpours today. John Lee, a...

  • Battle for Aden airbase

    Battle for Aden airbase

    Yemeni forces allied with a Saudi-led coalition fought Houthi militia for control of the country’s largest airbase north of Aden yesterday, local residents said, hours before a humanitarian truce declared by the coalition was meant to start. The...

  • Iran launches charm offensive

    Iran launches charm offensive

    Iran’s Foreign Minister called yesterday for a united front among all Middle Eastern nations to fight militancy, in his first regional trip after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers that raised concerns among Iran’s Gulf Arab...

  • British lord in drugs video

    British lord in drugs video

    A senior British lord quit his post yesterday and will face a police investigation after a tabloid newspaper released a video showing him semi-naked and snorting white powder through a banknote while partying with two women. John Buttifant Sewel...

  • Donald is Republican ‘top’ trump

    Donald is Republican ‘top’ trump

    Real estate magnate Donald Trump moved to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field in a CNN poll released yesterday, edging rival Jeb Bush and gaining support from Republicans in the last month despite a series of controversial...

  • Education level is ‘highly inheritable’

    Education level is ‘highly inheritable’

    Children are largely programmed at birth to pass or fail exams, a study suggests. Evidence shows that school educational achievement is “highly inheritable”, say scientists. And many of the same genes involved influence exam performance across a...

  • Empathy levels and thinking style predict what kind of music you like

    Empathy levels and thinking style predict what kind of music you like

    If you like the mellow sounds of jazz singer Norah Jones, you could well be what a new study calls ‘an empathiser’ who responds to the emotions of others. If, on the other hand, you go for the Sex Pistols, the same study says you could be a...

  • Chewing fat is all a matter of taste

    Move over sweet and salty – researchers say we have a distinct and basic taste for fat, too. They propose expanding our taste palate to include fat along with sweet, salty, bitter, sour and relative newcomer umami. A research team at Purdue...

  • Prehistoric beasts’ untimely death

    Prehistoric beasts’ untimely death

    Rapid spells of global warming similar to the one occurring now were chiefly to blame for killing off large prehistoric beasts such as the woolly mammoth and giant sloth, scientists believe. Hunting and habitat destruction by humans only delivered...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Footage of the second young beaver to be spotted at a site in Scotland where the animals have been reintroduced has been released. It comes a week after the first baby beaver, known as a kit, was captured on camera at Lochan Buic in the Knapdale...

  • Three dead after plane crashes in Tokyo suburb

    Three dead after plane crashes in Tokyo suburb

    A small airplane crashed into a residential area of the Japanese capital, Tokyo this morning, setting fire to houses and cars and killing at least three people, according to Japanese media. The Fired Department said one person was rescued...

  • Obama: Africa is on the move

    Obama: Africa is on the move

    President Barack Obama heralded Africa as a continent “on the move” as he opened a US-sponsored business summit in Kenya, the East African nation where he has deep family ties. “Africa is one of the fastest growing regions of the world,” Mr Obama...

  • Migrants are left looking for shelter as Greece struggles

    Migrants are left looking for shelter as Greece struggles

    Aid workers called for emergency accommodation for hundreds of migrants who are camped out in the streets of the Greek capital as it struggles back from the brink of financial collapse. Hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan and Syria have set up...

  • Bomb attacks at pool in Iraq kill 12

    At least 12 people were killed yesterday when two suicide bombers attacked a crowded swimming pool in northern Iraq, a local official and police sources said. The attacks in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, about 175 km north of the capital Baghdad, left...

  • Taliban talks to press for ceasefire

    An Afghan government delegation due to meet Taliban representatives for a second round of official peace talks this week will press for a ceasefire in the fighting, a negotiator said yesterday. Any temporary reduction in attacks would represent a...

  • Turkish jets hit IS in Syria and Kurd militants in Iraq

    Turkish jets hit IS in Syria and Kurd militants in Iraq

    Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq and Islamic State positions in Syria. The strikes in Iraq targeted the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, whose affiliates have been effective in battling the Islamic State...

  • Greek bailout talks to start

    Talks between Greece and its international creditors over a new bailout package should go ahead tomorrow after logistical issues that delayed meetings this week are resolved, a Greek official said yesterday. The meetings with officials from the...

  • Ships cross Egypt's New Suez Canal before its inauguration

    Ships cross Egypt's New Suez Canal before its inauguration

    The first cargo ships passed through Egypt’s New Suez Canal yesterday in a test-run before it opens next month, state media reported, 11 months after the army began constructing the €7 billion canal alongside the existing 145-year-old Suez...

  • Pakistan floods: more bodies found

    Heavy monsoon rains have lashed an already-deluged northern Pakistan as rescuers found the bodies of another 24 people killed by the flooding inundating parts of the country, police said. The latest fatalities in Chitral in Pakistan’s Khyber...

  • Alligator’s mystery death in New York

    An alligator caught crossing a New York City street during rush hour has died unexpectedly. A spokesman for Animal Care and Control of NYC said the 3ft alligator died on Friday morning. Police officers had discovered the creature crossing Ninth...