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  • Man in China dies of bubonic plague

    Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague. The Chinese news agency Xinhua said that 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities...

  • Britain does U-turn on ex-KGB agent Litvinenko murder inquiry

    Britain does U-turn on ex-KGB agent Litvinenko murder inquiry

    Britain announces it will conduct a public inquiry into death of a former Russian spy who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder. Sarah Toms reports.  

  • No MH17 'direct link' to Russia

    No MH17 'direct link' to Russia

    Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, US intelligence officials said, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. The senior intelligence...

  • Time lapse of Costa Concordia

    Time lapse of Costa Concordia

    Time lapse video filmed on the eighth day of the Costa Concordia re-float operation has caught storm clouds floating menacingly over the ship. The video filmed from 10am GMT on Monday until 6am GMT yesterday shows salvage workers moving around the...

  • Airlines ban flights to Israel

    Airlines ban flights to Israel

    A Hamas rocket exploded near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the US and many from Europe and Canada. The move came as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, while...

  • Remains of MH17 bodies make final journey home

    Remains of MH17 bodies make final journey home

    A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city yesterday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families. Five refrigerated wagons...

  • Libya oil output slips, fresh fighting in Tripoli

    Libyan oil production has fallen, turning back a hard-won increase since April in the revenue flow for the government facing increased fighting around the airport in the capital and in the eastern city of Benghazi. The El-Feel oilfield last week...

  • Ex-KGB spy’s death inquiry announced

    Ex-KGB spy’s death inquiry announced

    Britain announced yesterday it would hold a public inquiry into the death of a former Russian spy who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder, but denied the decision was linked to the Ukraine crisis. A year ago, the...

  • Italy arrests 5 for migrants’ mass murder

    Italian police arrested five men yesterday on suspicion of murdering and throwing overboard dozens of migrants crossing from Libya. Another three were charged with smuggling the migrants. Survivors told police a life-or-death fight broke out when...

  • Turkish police detained

    Dozens of Turkish police including high-ranking officers were detained yesterday, accused of spying and illegal wire-tapping of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle in what the chief prosecutor said was a concocted probe of an...

  • Israel pounds Gaza despite call for peace

    Israel pounds Gaza despite call for peace

    Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip yesterday, saying no ceasefire was near as top US and UN diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives. US Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in...

  • There is no safe place for civilians in Gaza – UN

    There is no safe place for civilians in Gaza – UN

    Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel's military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the UN said yesterday. “There is literally no safe place for civilians,” Jens Laerke, spokesman of...

  • ‘Pompeii of the north’

    ‘Pompeii of the north’

    Excavations at a Roman site in England have revealed the ‘Pompeii of the north’, archaeologists said. The spectacular discoveries at Binchester Roman Fort near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, date back some 1,800 years and include one of the...

  • Zac Efron is ‘hottest hunk’

    Zac Efron is ‘hottest hunk’

    Hollywood star Zac Efron has been named the ‘hottest hunk’ of 2014, in a Heat magazine poll. The 26-year-old High School Musical actor, who has said he is getting therapy to deal with his excessive drinking, has moved up three places to steal the...

  • Author Thomas Berger passes away at 89

    Author Thomas Berger passes away at 89

    Witty and eclectic novelist Thomas Berger, who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn Little Big Man and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89. Berger’s literary agent, Cristina...

  • World briefs

    In this March 20, 2014 photo released by Greenpeace, Arturo, a 28-year-old polar bear, stands inside his cage at the zoo in Mendoza, Argentina. Despite a petition by hundreds of thousands of people asking for Arturo’s relocation to a zoo in...

  • Illustrious docks for last time

    Illustrious docks for last time

    Hundreds of people have lined the harbour walls and jetty at Portsmouth to wave home the Royal Navy's helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious as it sailed into port for the final time. Following 32 years of service, "Lusty" has returned to Portsmouth...

  • Russia 'will help investigation'

    Russia 'will help investigation'

    President Vladimir Putin says Russia will do "everything in its power" to facilitate an investigation into the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crash, but accused Kiev and the West of escalating the conflict in the region. During a meeting with...

  • Leaders condemn anti-Semitic demos

    The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy have condemned what they say is a rise in anti-Semitism in their countries amid protests against the conflict in Gaza. In a joint statement the ministers said that "anti-Semitic rhetoric and...

  • Subway boss fired after fatal crash

    The head of Moscow's subway system has been sacked in the wake of a rush-hour derailment in which 22 people were killed and 136 others injured, according to Russian news agencies. Ivan Besedin, who had been in the job since 2011, was dismissed by...