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  • Angela Merkel to seek fourth term, CDU sources say

    Angela Merkel to seek fourth term, CDU sources say

    Updated 4.40pm  Angela Merkel told top members of her party today that she wants to run for a fourth term as German chancellor in next year's election, senior party sources said, after months of speculation about one of the world's most powerful...

  • Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrate 69 years of marriage

    Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrate 69 years of marriage

    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary. Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten married in Westminster Abbey on November 20 1947 when the heiress presumptive was just 21 and her fiance was...

  • Train derails in India, at least 90 killed

    Train derails in India, at least 90 killed

    Updated 9.49am - Death toll rises At least 90 people were killed and more than 150 injured when an Indian express train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh today, with the toll set to rise amid a desperate scramble to locate survivors from the...

  • China pledges further opening as leaders scramble for free trade

    China pledges further opening as leaders scramble for free trade

    Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to open the economy further yesterday as leaders of Asia-Pacific countries sought new free-trade options following Donald Trump's election to US president on promises to scrap or renegotiate trade deals. All...

  • Pope Francis decries 'virus of animosity' against migrants

    Pope Francis decries 'virus of animosity' against migrants

    Pope Francis has decried what he called a polarising surge in much of the world to exclude people with different nationalities, races or beliefs as enemies, as he led a ceremony welcoming 17 new cardinals from six continents. The consistory...

  • Burmese asylum seeker sets himself on fire in Australian bank

    Burmese asylum seeker sets himself on fire in Australian bank

    A 21-year-old man accused of injuring 26 people when he set himself on fire with petrol in a bank in Australia has been identified as a Burmese asylum seeker who had been waiting for three years to be accepted as a refugee. The suspect, known by...

  • London tram driver suspended after 'asleep at controls' footage emerges on fatal line

    London tram driver suspended after 'asleep at controls' footage emerges on fatal line

    Updated 6.10pm - Driver suspended A tram driver has been suspended after footage appeared to show him asleep at the controls on the same line as the Croydon crash that killed seven people. An investigation was launched after a concerned passenger...

  • British PM urged to drop Supreme Court appeal over Brexit ruling

    British PM urged to drop Supreme Court appeal over Brexit ruling

    A prominent Brexit supporter has joined senior Tories in urging Theresa May to scrap an appeal against a court ruling which states that Parliament must approve the triggering of the formal process to leave the EU. Former cabinet minister Owen...

  • Watch: Migrant camp under attack in Greece

    Watch: Migrant camp under attack in Greece

    Tensions were high on the Greek island of Chios yesterday after unknown individuals hurled rocks and petrol bombs at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants, setting facilities on fire, police sources and aid organisations said. Video footage...

  • Trump picks conservative loyalists for top security, law enforcement jobs

    Trump picks conservative loyalists for top security, law enforcement jobs

    US President-elect Donald Trump picked three conservative loyalists to lead his national security and law enforcement teams today, underscoring his campaign promise to take a hard line confronting Islamist militancy and curbing illegal...

  • Is this the end of Germany's austerity-driven economic reign?

    Is this the end of Germany's austerity-driven economic reign?

    Slowly but surely, the economic policy tide in Europe is turning, and it may only be a matter of time before Germany is swept up. By adding its voice this week to the long list of institutions pressing Germany to spend more, the European...

  • Obama meets key Europe leaders amid worries over next US President Trump

    Obama meets key Europe leaders amid worries over next US President Trump

    US President Barack Obama has joined European leaders to discuss security and economic challenges as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office. The meeting in Berlin with the leaders of Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Spain was...

  • Dictator Ferdinand Marcos buried at heroes' cemetery in private service

    Dictator Ferdinand Marcos buried at heroes' cemetery in private service

    Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos has been buried at a heroes' cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony. Police officials said the service took place despite growing opposition after the Supreme Court ruled that one of Asia's most infamous...

  • Three-man space crew blasts off to International Space Station

    Three-man space crew blasts off to International Space Station

    A multinational crew, including a US astronaut who is the oldest and most experienced woman to fly in space, blasted off from Kazakhstan for the International Space Station, where it should arrive in two days, a NASA TV broadcast showed. The...

  • Watch: Islamic State car-bomber blown up before attack

    Watch: Islamic State car-bomber blown up before attack

    Video uploaded to social media is said to show the moment Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shot and destroyed an Islamic State suicide car bomb driving towards them in the Northern Raqqa Governorate in Syria. The footage shows the vehicle, said to...

  • 340 migrants believed drowned in three days

    340 migrants believed drowned in three days

    About 340 migrants have died or gone missing in four Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over the past two and a half days. Flavio Di Giacomo, Italy spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration, said that brings to over 4,500 the number of...

  • Clinton wanted to "curl up" after election loss

    Clinton wanted to "curl up" after election loss

    Defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called  for a renewed fight for a more-inclusive United States despite disappointment over an election loss that laid bare national divisions. In her first public remarks since...

  • Convicted killer who gave up on his case executed in Georgia

    Convicted killer who gave up on his case executed in Georgia

    Georgia has carried out its eighth execution of 2016, putting to death a man who told a psychiatrist he did not really want to die but could not face continuing to live in prison. Steven Frederick Spears died after an injection of the barbiturate...

  • Tight security around Trump Tower disrupts Big Apple

    Tight security around Trump Tower disrupts Big Apple

    Since the election of Donald Trump for US President, heightened security around Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan has caused heavy traffic and headaches for commuters, shoppers and for people who live and work in the area. The New York Police...

  • Bob Dylan not going to Stockholm to pick up Nobel Prize

    Bob Dylan not going to Stockholm to pick up Nobel Prize

    Bob Dylan has said that he will not be going to Stockholm to pick up his 2016 Nobel Prize for literature. Dylan told the Swedish Academy that "he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible"...