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Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow business jet accident

The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plough during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport last night. The Dassault Falcon business jet carrying de...

  • Second US health worker has Ebola

    A second US health care worker has tested positive for Ebola, Texas officials have revealed. This comes after a nurse at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Thomas Duncan - the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US after...

  • Brazilian prisoners hold guards, inmates hostage

    Brazilian prisoners hold guards, inmates hostage

    Inmates in a Brazilian prison demand better living conditions as they hold guards and fellow inmates hostage. Julie Noce reports.

  • No civil claim against Pistorius

    No civil claim against Pistorius

    The parents of Reeva Steenkamp say they will not pursue a civil claim against Oscar Pistorius for killing their daughter. Barry and June Steenkamp said in a statement issued through their lawyer that they will also hand back monthly payments of...

  • North and South Korea hold talks

    Military generals from North and South Korea have met at a border village for talks on how to ease animosities between the rival countries after two clashes last week, South Korean media said. The two Koreas traded gunfire on Friday after South...

  • Hong Kong police confront activists

    Hong Kong police confront activists

    Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers drove protesters from an underpass in the dead of night in the worst violence since the street demonstrations for greater democracy began more than two weeks ago. Officers, many with riot shields and wielding...

  • Obama and allies plot IS strategy

    President Barack Obama and military chiefs from more than 20 nations gathered in a show of strength against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq and Syria. But the alliance faced a fresh test as Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish rebels...

  • Ebola researcher looks to the internet for funding

    Ebola researcher looks to the internet for funding

    A professor of immunology in California turns to the internet to raise funds for Ebola research. Phil Furey reports.

  • N. Korea leader Kim re-appears

    N. Korea leader Kim re-appears

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shown using a cane for support, re-appeared in State media yesterday after a lengthy public absence that had fuelled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive, nuclear-capable country. Several...

  • Conflict threatening to destabilise Turkey

    Conflict threatening to destabilise Turkey

    American-led forces sharply intensified air strikes against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria’s Turkish border on Monday and yesterday after the jihadists’ advance began to destabilise Turkey. The coalition had conducted 21 attacks...

  • Ebola outbreak still spreading in West Africa

    Ebola outbreak still spreading in West Africa

    The Ebola epidemic is still spreading in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and the number of cases in West Africa will exceed 9,000 this week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday. The death toll so far in the outbreak, first reported...

  • Prison sentence would ‘break’ Oscar Pistorius

    South African athlete Oscar Pistorius would be “broken as a person” if he were jailed for killing his girlfriend because of his disability and psychological problems, a defence witness at his sentencing hearing said yesterday. The 27-year-old...

  • Protesters vow to disrupt traffic

    Protesters vow to disrupt traffic

    Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws yesterday to tear down barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters near government offices and the financial centre, reopening a major road for the first time in two weeks. But late...

  • Catalonia to ‘consult citizens’ instead of referendum

    Catalonia to ‘consult citizens’ instead of referendum

    Catalonia has dropped plans to hold a referendum on independence from Spain next month but will instead hold a “consultation of citizens”, the region’s head said yesterday. The Spanish government last month asked the constitutional court to...

  • Rogue Libyan government takes over official websites

    A self-declared government set up by an armed group that seized the Libyan capital in August has taken over the websites of the state admin­istration and the national oil company, adding to confusion over who is running the country. With Libya’s...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A syndicate of six construction workers is celebrating after scooping more than £300,000 in the EuroMillions lottery the first time they played together. The group, who work in Glasgow and all live near each other in Barnsley, South Yorkshire,...

  • Heathrow begins Ebola screening

    Heathrow begins Ebola screening

    Health officials at London's Heathrow Airport have begun screening travellers from West Africa for Ebola.  The current outbreak of the virus is the worst on record and has already killed more than 4,000 people -- mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone...

  • Catalonia independence vote shelved

    Catalonia independence vote shelved

    The regional leader of Catalonia has called off a vote on independence from Spain scheduled for November 9, but said that an unofficial poll will still be held to gauge sentiment on secession. Artur Mas insisted that the Catalan government is not...

  • One dead in school knife attack

    One dead in school knife attack

    A teenager has died and two others were injured after a woman stabbed students at a Czech high school with a knife. Police spokeswoman Jana Kroutilova said the attack took place in the central town of Zdar nad Sazavou, 75 miles south-east of...

  • UN worker dies of Ebola in Germany

    An international member of the United Nations' medical team who was infected with Ebola in Liberia has died despite "intensive medical procedures", a German hospital said today. The St Georg Hospital in Leipzig said the 56-year-old man, who has...

  • California bus evacuated, driver quarantined over Ebola scare

    California bus evacuated, driver quarantined over Ebola scare

    Los Angeles Metro bus passengers were in for a scare when a male passenger wearing a surgical mask boarded the bus and claimed to have Ebola yesterday afternoon. Officials say the passenger rode the bus for seven minutes before getting off,...