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  • Laws passed, Greece is now preparing to open bailout talks

    Laws passed, Greece is now preparing to open bailout talks

    Greece’s creditors prepared yesterday for the start of bailout talks in Athens, after lawmakers adopted a second package of reform measures before dawn despite a left wing rebellion that may bring early elections. In a sign of how the goal of...

  • Farmers block Mt Saint-Michel

    Farmers block Mt Saint-Michel

    Angry French farmers yesterday blocked the famed Mont Saint-Michel causeway and roads leading to the Alps to denounce low milk and meat prices. The farmers used tyres, tractors and tree trunks to block roads. Mont Saint-Michel, in the Normandy...

  • China human rights activists go on trial

    A closely-watched trial of three Chinese rights activists resumed yesterday in the southern city of Guangzhou as authorities pursued an unprecedented crackdown on human rights lawyers across China. The area around Guangzhou’s intermediate People’s...

  • Cosby loses latest legal bid

    Cosby loses latest legal bid

    Bill Cosby lost his latest bid to fend off a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1974, as the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the comedian’s petition to review the...

  • Dangerous crossing

    Dangerous crossing

    A woman walking past a sunken car while trying to cross a flooded tunnel after heavy rainfall hit Wuhan, Hubei province, China, yesterday. Severe downpours have hit the city, flooding streets and shutting down public transportation systems, local...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Two multi-million-pound Ferraris have been left in a businessman’s will to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The two 1960s cars, valued at £2 million and £6 million, were a bequest from Northamptonshire-based Richard Colton, a prominent...

  • Canada gets just six applicants for millionaire immigration programme

    Canada has received just six applications for its pilot immigration programme for millionaires, far fewer than for its investor class visa that was scrapped last year amid criticism it was allowing rich Chinese to buy their way into Canada. "I...

  • Earth's 'older cousin' found, 1,000 light years away

    Earth's 'older cousin' found, 1,000 light years away

    An "older cousin" of Earth has been discovered orbiting a distant sun-like star more than 1,000 light years away. The world is 60% larger than Earth and lies in the star's "habitable zone" - the orbital region where temperatures are mild enough to...

  • Laws passed, Greece to open bailout talks as recession pushes goals further

    Greece's creditors are preparing for the start of bailout talks  after lawmakers adopted a second package of reform measures before dawn despite a left wing rebellion that may bring early elections. In a sign of how the goal of coming to grips...

  • Japan's Nikkei to buy Financial Times

    Japan's Nikkei has agreed to buy the FT Group, publisher of the Financial Times newspaper, from Britain's Pearson for 844 million pounds in cash, the two companies said. The deal did not include the FT Group's 50 percent stake in The Economist...

  • At least 15 dead in Egypt after boat capsizes on Nile

    At least 15 dead in Egypt after boat capsizes on Nile

    At least 15 people drowned when a small boat collided with a barge and capsized on the Nile River near Cairo last night, Egypt's interior ministry said in a statement. Fishermen and police are still searching the river for bodies and...

  • EU opens antitrust case against US film studios

    The European Union has opened an antitrust case against six major US film studios for preventing British broadcaster Sky from showing their products outside the UK and Ireland. The EU Commission, which assesses antitrust matters for the 28-country...

  • Spain raises minimum marriage age from 14 to 16

    Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16 to boost protection of minors and bring the country into line with its European Union neighbours. The legislation came into effect today and follows recommendations from United Nations...

  • Death toll in Czech high speed train crash rises to three

    The death toll after a collision between a high-speed train and a truck in the eastern Czech Republic has reached three after a passenger died in a hospital. Tomas Oborny, spokesman for the University Hospital in the city of Ostrava, confirmed the...

  • Iran nuclear deal sparks New York demo

    Iran nuclear deal sparks New York demo

    Thousands rally in New York to urge the US Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal brokered in Vienna. Paul Chapman reports.

  • Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station

    Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station

    A Soyuz space capsule carrying a Russian, an American and a Japanese has docked smoothly with the International Space Station. The capsule connected to the orbiting laboratory about 250 miles above earth. The rocket had lifted off from a Russian...

  • Greek MPs agree crucial reforms to allow new bailout talks despite Syriza split

    Greek MPs agree crucial reforms to allow new bailout talks despite Syriza split

    Greece's radical government emerged bloodied but alive from a key vote in parliament, which overwhelmingly approved new creditor-demanded reforms despite a revolt among hardliners in the main ruling party Syriza. The reforms to the judiciary and...

  • Iran pushes nuclear deal, US lawmaker promises to stop it

    Iran pushes nuclear deal, US lawmaker promises to stop it

    Iran’s pragmatist government tried yesterday to sell its nuclear agreement with world powers to hardliners at home, just as a US Congressional leader promised to do “everything possible” to sink the deal. With both Tehran and Washington facing...

  • Moldova targets new pro-Europe government

    Three pro-Europe Moldovan parties announced yesterday they had agreed to form a new ruling coalition to produce a government to pilot the country towards integration with the European Union and unlock fresh foreign funding. The small ex-Soviet...

  • Eurotunnel wants France, Britain to pay migrant costs

    Eurotunnel wants France, Britain to pay migrant costs

    Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel yesterday stated it wants the French and British governments to reimburse it for close to €10 million it spent to beef up security to cope with a migrant crisis at the French port of Calais. Around 5,000...