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    World briefs

    Actress Dame Joan Collins has bizarrely gone on Twitter to clarify that she was not arrested during a water charges demonstration in Ireland. The 81-year-old actress, best known for her role as diva Alexis Carrington in hit TV show Dynasty, moved...

  • Libya stops boats packed with hundreds of migrants leaving for Europe - official

    Libya stops boats packed with hundreds of migrants leaving for Europe - official

    Libya has stopped several boats packed with Africans trying to reach Italy's shores in the past three days, detaining more than 600 immigrants, a security official said today. The North African country, gripped by violence and a breakdown of state...

  • Employee held over UK embassy fire

    Police have detained a Dutch employee of the British embassy in the Netherlands on suspicion of involvement in a fire at the diplomatic post which is being treated as possible arson. Spokesman Yoeri Voogt said the 32-year-old suspect was held near...

  • UN urges Europe to put asylum at centre of Mediterranean debate

    UN urges Europe to put asylum at centre of Mediterranean debate

    The UN refugee agency urged European leaders to do more to help Greece and Italy cope with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and to put protection of people at the centre of debate. After more than 800 died in the worst known shipwreck yet,...

  • Caught on camera: People smugglers who survived tragedy named

    Caught on camera: People smugglers who survived tragedy named

    The two men arrested in Italy on suspicion of involvement in last weekend's migrant boat disaster have been identified as Mohammed Ali Malek (seen above, (left) and Mahmud Bikhit (right). They were among 27 survivors picked up by the Italian...

  • Auschwitz bookkeeper admits "moral guilt" at Holocaust trial

    Auschwitz bookkeeper admits "moral guilt" at Holocaust trial

    A 93-year-old former bookkeeper at Auschwitz who is accused of being an accessory to mass murder told a German court that he felt morally guilty for his work at the Nazi death camp, describing in detail the grisly killings he had witnessed...

  • US Catholic bishop in child pornography case resigns

    Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City, who was convicted of failing to alert authorities to a trove of child pornography found on a priest's computer in 2012, has resigned, the Vatican said. Finn, 62, was the only US. Roman Catholic bishop to be...

  • Norway jails five wolf hunters in environmental crackdown

    Five wolf hunters were sentenced to jail in Norway today in an unprecedented environmental crackdown to protect a tiny stock of about 35 of the predators living in eastern pine forests despite widespread local opposition. The men, given terms of...

  • Whitney Houston's daughter opens her eyes after three months

    The daughter of singer Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston has "opened her eyes" three months after being found unresponsive in a bath in her Georgia home, but the extent of her recovery will not be known for years, a lawyer for her father...

  • Boat with dozens of migrants runs aground at Greek island

    Boat with dozens of migrants runs aground at Greek island

    A wooden sailboat carrying dozens of immigrants ran aground yesterday off the coast of the Greek island of Rhodes and at least three people have drowned, the Greek coastguard said. More than 90 people were rescued and 30 of those taken to hospital.

  • Greece calls up public sector cash in dash to stay solvent

    Greece calls up public sector cash in dash to stay solvent

    Greece ordered its public sector operations yesterday to transfer idle cash to the central bank in a scramble to meets its needs in the run-up to IMF loan repayments next month. Greece has been tapping into the cash reserves of pension funds and...

  • Somali militants kill six in a bomb attack on UN vehicle

    Somali militants kill six in a bomb attack on UN vehicle

    Somali militant group al Shabaab bombed a minivan carrying staff to a United Nations office in the semi-autonomous Puntland region yesterday, killing six people including four from the global body’s children’s fund Unicef, officials said. Images...

  • Britain orders sale of Russian billionaire’s North Sea fields

    Britain orders sale of Russian billionaire’s North Sea fields

    Britain yesterday ordered Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell his North Sea gas fields within six months, an intervention that ratchets up the pressure on one of Russia’s most influential tycoons two weeks before a UK election. Upping the...

  • Conservatives get four-point lead over UK Labour in pre-election poll

    Conservatives get four-point lead over UK Labour in pre-election poll

    British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives have notched up a four-point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of a May 7 election, an Ashcroft poll showed yesterday, the party’s largest lead in the polling series in six weeks. If...

  • A taste for the absurd brings some relief to British election

    A taste for the absurd brings some relief to British election

    In an election that will shape the destiny of the UK, anguish over how to eat bacon sandwiches and hot dogs has brought a note of absurdity to the battle for Downing Street. The May 7 vote could throw Britain’s membership of the EU into doubt or...

  • Boy kills teacher, wounds four in Barcelona school

    Boy kills teacher, wounds four in Barcelona school

    A Spanish schoolboy armed with a crossbow and a knife killed a teacher and wounded four other people in an attack at a Barcelona high school yesterday, police said. The boy was detained after the assault at the Joan Fuster school in the north of...

  • Saudi air strikes hit arms cache in Yemen capital

    Saudi air strikes hit arms cache in Yemen capital

    Saudi-led air strikes on a weapons cache in Yemen’s rebel-held capital caused massive explosions that shattered windows, sent residents scrambling for shelter and killed a local TV presenter. A TV station run by the rebels in Sanaa said 15 people...

  • Obama and Tunisia’s Essebsi to meet in wake of attack, elections

    Obama and Tunisia’s Essebsi to meet in wake of attack, elections

    US President Barack Obama and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi will meet in Washington next month to discuss security and economic issues, including the situation in neighbouring Libya, the White House said in a statement yesterday. Obama and...

  • Affleck’s ‘slave-owning ancestor’ not revealed

    Affleck’s ‘slave-owning ancestor’ not revealed

    Ben Affleck asked for the TV documentary Finding Your Roots to not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to leaked e-mails. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks published the information, which came from when Sony Pictures was hacked last...

  • Albarn slams pop selfie generation

    Albarn slams pop selfie generation

    Pop music no longer challenges the establishment or discusses politics because performers are part of “the selfie generation”, Blur frontman Damon Albarn has said. The outspoken 47-year-old decried the narcissism in modern music during an...