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  • Tyre makers race to turn dandelions into rubber

    Tyre makers race to turn dandelions into rubber

    Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A new beer has been created to help traders suffering since a devastating fire destroyed part of Eastbourne Pier. The Long Man Brewery in East Sussex has teamed up with Eastbourne-based Curious Beer Club to support businesses affected by last...

  • Richard Attenborough dies at 90

    Richard Attenborough dies at 90

    Actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died aged 90. Lord Attenborough enjoyed success as one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming a successful director. His career highlights included directing 1982 film Gandhi and appearing in...

  • Iran shoots down Israeli spy drone

    Iran said today it had shot down an Israeli spy drone that was heading for its Natanz nuclear enrichment site. "The downed aircraft was of the stealth, radar-evasive type and it intended to penetrate the off-limits nuclear area in Natanz ... but...

  • UK intelligence 'very close' to identifying Foley's killer

    UK intelligence 'very close' to identifying Foley's killer

    British intelligence agencies are "very close" to identifying the apparently English jihadist who beheaded an American journalist, the UK's ambassador to the United States has said. MI5 and MI6 have been piecing together intelligence and evidence...

  • Updated - 6.0 magnitude quake rattles California

    Updated - 6.0 magnitude quake rattles California

    An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude rocked the San Francisco Bay area early today, seriously injuring two people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages in the wine country around Napa. The biggest quake in...

  • China executes eight for "terrorist" attacks in Xinjiang

    China has executed eight people for "terrorist" attacks in its restive far western region of Xinjiang, including three who "masterminded" a dramatic car crash in the capital's Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media said. Xinjiang is the traditional...

  • Israel launches two big airstrikes

    Israel launches two big airstrikes

    Israeli airstrikes have levelled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-storey commercial building with dozens of shops, Gaza police say. An office of the Hamas-run interior ministry was located in the seven-storey Zourab...

  • Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire

    Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire

    Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians yesterday to halt fire and resume ceasefire talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state. A senior Egyptian...

  • Hamas backs bid to join ICC

    Hamas backs bid to join ICC

    Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said yesterday. Such a step could expose Israel – as well as Hamas – to war crimes investigations. Palestinian...

  • Merkel holds talks in Kiev

    Merkel holds talks in Kiev

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday the standoff over Ukraine could be solved but only if control was tightened over the Ukraine-Russia border across which, the West alleges, Russia has been funnelling arms to help a separatist...

  • Migrant boat sinks off the Libyan coast

    A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants has sunk just one kilometre off the Libyan coast, the coast guard said yesterday, and most passengers were feared drowned. The local coast guard said it had no boats of its own and had to commandeer...

  • Ivory Coast shuts borders over Ebola

    Ivory Coast has closed its land borders with Ebola-affected West African neighbours Guinea and Liberia in an attempt to prevent the world’s deadliest outbreak of the virus from spreading onto its territory, the government announced. A number of...

  • Suicide attacks kill 17 in Iraq after shooting

    Two suicide bombers in Iraq killed at least 17 people in apparent revenge attacks after a major assault on a Sunni mosque heightened sectarian tensions. In Baghdad, a bomber rammed a vehicle into an intelligence headquarters yesterday, killing at...

  • Britain to bring in anti-extremist laws

    Britain to bring in anti-extremist laws

    The UK’s Home Secretary is poised to bring in new laws to tackle British extremists in the wake of the horrific killing of American journalist James Foley by a jihadist with an English accent. Theresa May said Britain must introduce all the legal...

  • Islamist-leaning militia seizes Tripoli airport

    Islamist-leaning militia seizes Tripoli airport

    An Islamist-leaning militia this afternoon won control of Tripoli airport from Zintani forces, according to reports. A fierce battle had raged for weeks. The Libya Herald said Dawn militias succeeded in wresting control of the airport and fires...

  • Iceland raises volcano warning level to highest

    Iceland raises volcano warning level to highest

    A small volcanic eruption has occurred under Iceland's Dyngjujokull glacier, prompting authorities to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level, Iceland's meteorological office said. The region, in the centre of the North...

  • Trucks from aid convoy to Ukraine start crossing back into Russia

    Trucks from a Russian aid convoy started crossing back into Russia today after unleashing a storm of anger in Western capitals yesterday by driving into Ukraine without the permission of the government in Kiev. The return of the trucks may help...

  • Israel threatens retaliation over boy's death

    Israel threatens retaliation over boy's death

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to escalate the fight against Hamas, vowing the group would "pay a heavy price" after a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar attack from Gaza. The Islamic militant group...

  • At least 20 migrants drown off Libyan coast, many still missing

    At least 20 migrants drown off Libyan coast, many still missing

    At least 20 migrants died off the Libyan coast and many more are missing in the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean. Libya's coast guard said last night it had rescued 16 people and recoverd the bodies of 20 migrants. Their boat, said to have been...