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  • Fresh sanctions will freeze foreign oil projects in Russia

    Fresh sanctions will freeze foreign oil projects in Russia

    Fresh US and EU sanctions imposed on Moscow will bring an abrupt halt to exploration of Russia’s huge Arctic and shale oil reserves and complicate financing of existing Russian projects from the Caspian Sea to Iraq and Ghana, international sources...

  • Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after latest Scotland polls

    Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after latest Scotland polls

    The future of Scotland and the United Kingdom looked uncertain yesterday, five days before a historic referendum on independence, as polls showed the rival campaigns running desperately close. Out of four new polls, three showed those in favour of...

  • British PM Cameron resists calls for air strikes against IS

    British PM Cameron resists calls for air strikes against IS

    Britain resisted pressure yesterday to join the United States in announcing air strikes against Islamic State after the militant group beheaded David Haines, a British hostage, and threatened to kill another Briton. Speaking after chairing a...

  • US man jailed for six years in North Korea

    US man jailed for six years in North Korea

    North Korea sentenced US citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labour for committing “hostile acts” as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said yesterday. Matthew Miller joins Kenneth Bae to become the second...

  • Pope marries couples who cohabited and had children

    Pope marries couples who cohabited and had children

    Pope Francis married 20 couples yesterday, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine Pontiff wants the Catholic Church to be more open and inclusive. In the first wedding he has performed in...

  • Winehouse statue unveiled in Camden

    Winehouse statue unveiled in Camden

    Amy Winehouse has been immortalised with a life-size statue. Fans and relatives yesterday gathered on what would have been the star’s 31st birthday as the bronze figure was unveiled in Camden, north London – where the star lived before her death...

  • Angela Merkel pledges to fight anti-Semitism

    Angela Merkel pledges to fight anti-Semitism

    Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech yesterday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict. Merkel made her pledge to thousands...

  • Liberian officials refuse to return to fight Ebola

    Liberian officials refuse to return to fight Ebola

    Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sacked 10 senior officials because they failed to heed a warning to return from overseas travel to help the government’s fight against an Ebola epidemic that has killed at least 1,100 Liberians. The...

  • Activists stage ‘black cloth’ silent march in Hong Kong

    Activists stage ‘black cloth’ silent march in Hong Kong

    Thousands of pro-democracy activists clad in black marched silently through Hong Kong yesterday, holding banners saying they felt betrayed and angry at Beijing’s refusal to allow fully-democratic elections for the city’s next chief executive in...

  • Post-war counselling awaits Gaza children as they go back to school

    Post-war counselling awaits Gaza children as they go back to school

    Some 500,000 children returned to school on Sunday in the Gaza Strip, where many will be given psychological counselling before regular studies begin after a devastating 50-day war between Palestinian militants and Israel. The opening of the...

  • ‘Silent’ Europe aghast atpossible break-up of Britain

    ‘Silent’ Europe aghast atpossible break-up of Britain

    Britain’s international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes for independence from London. Many fear such a split would foreshadow a...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A couple have named their new-born son Messi after Argentina's soccer captain, having been granted permission to circumvent a 45-year-old law banning the use of last names as first names. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi (picture) may be one of the...

  • Merkel leads anti-Semitism rally

    German chancellor Angela Merkel has led a rally against anti-Semitism, telling thousands of people in Berlin that Jewish life is part of Germany's identity. Germany's Jewish community organised Sunday's rally at the capital's Brandenburg Gate...

  • Sweden votes with center-left opposition holding narrow lead

    Sweden votes with center-left opposition holding narrow lead

    Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt casts his vote in Sweden's general election as opinion polls show the center left opposition is headed for a narrow victory. Vanessa Johnston reports.

  • American sentenced to 6 years hard labour

    American sentenced to 6 years hard labour

    North Korea sentenced US citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the isolated country, a statement carried by state media said today. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his...

  • Fourth Ebola doctor death confirmed

    A fourth doctor has died of Ebola in Sierra Leone after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment. Chief Medical Officer Dr Brima Kargbo confirmed that Dr Olivet Buck has died. Sierra Leone had requested funds from the World Health...

  • UK PM 'to hunt down hostage killers'

    UK PM 'to hunt down hostage killers'

    Britain stands ready to take "whatever steps are necessary" to help an international push to destroy the "evil" extremist group who murdered British aid worker David Haines, David Cameron said. In an emotional statement in Downing Street after...

  • Couples say 'Si' in front of Pope

    Couples say 'Si' in front of Pope

    Pope Francis has married 20 couples in St Peter's Basilica - with one bride already a mother. Pope Francis in his homily today likened families to the "bricks that build society". Among the couples, all from the Rome area, who said 'I do' - or...

  • Tribute to beheaded aid worker

    Tribute to beheaded aid worker

    The brother of British aid worker David Haines, who was beheaded by Islamic militants, has paid tribute to him after a video of his murder surfaced online. Mike Haines, speaking in statement issued by the Foreign Office, said his brother had been...

  • Australian planes for anti-IS force

    Australian planes for anti-IS force

    Australia is preparing to contribute up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement issued that Australia was...