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  • Ukraine border guards begin checks on Russian aid trucks

    Ukraine border guards begin checks on Russian aid trucks

    Ukrainian border guards began yesterday to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that has been stranded at the frontier between the two former Soviet republics for nearly a week. Kiev...

  • ‘­Britons must fight against the glamorisation of jihad’

    ‘­Britons must fight against the glamorisation of jihad’

    A senior British Muslim called yesterday for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading US journalist James Foley held hostage in Syria. In Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder said...

  • Tunisia, Egypt halt Libya flights

    Tunisia, Egypt halt Libya flights

    Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport halted most flights to and from Libya yesterday for security reasons, officials said, days after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli. Flights from...

  • Nationalists in Scotland want debate beyond just currency

    Nationalists in Scotland want debate beyond just currency

    With less than a month to go until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what currency would be used after breaking from the United Kingdom. Health care and other social...

  • Hamas commanders are killed in Israeli air strike

    Hamas commanders are killed in Israeli air strike

    Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike yesterday and said it would continue to target the group’s armed leadership after a ceasefire failed. Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammed Abu...

  • US judge calling Argentina debt row hearing amid contempt calls

    US judge calling Argentina debt row hearing amid contempt calls

    The US judge who barred Argentina from servicing its debt until it settled with investors demanding full payment on their bonds scheduled a new hearing yesterday, after the country unveiled plans to sidestep his ruling that led it to default for...

  • Poroshenko talks tough ahead of meeting Putin

    Poroshenko talks tough ahead of meeting Putin

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said yesterday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in pro-Russian separatists when the two men meet next week and told the Kremlin chief he had “a strong country, a strong army” behind...

  • US ‘Ebola’ aid workers released from hospital

    US ‘Ebola’ aid workers released from hospital

    Two American aid workers who just weeks ago were gravely ill with Ebola they contracted in Liberia now pose no health risk to the public after being cleared of the virus and released from an Atlanta hospital, one of their doctors said...

  • Calm largely holds in Missouri

    Calm largely holds in Missouri

    Small crowds staged largely peaceful protests yesterday over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the calmest night since riots erupted over the racially charged killing. US Attorney General Eric...

  • After long silence came a chilling warning on Foley

    After long silence came a chilling warning on Foley

    Journalist’s death highlights how Syria has become the most dangerous country for reporters, with 80 abducted since 2011 ­– 65 in last year alone After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of August...

  • Stars chilling out for charity

    Stars chilling out for charity

    David Beckham did it topless. Lady Gaga performed it in her signature quirky style. Bill Gates did it in slow motion. And Vin Diesel put the challenge to Vladimir Putin. The #IceBucketChallenge is the latest charity craze to take the internet by...

  • Camden memorial for Amy Winehouse

    Camden memorial for Amy Winehouse

    A life-size statue of singer Amy Winehouse will be unveiled in the heart of the London neighbourhood she called home. The bronze, which shows the singer, complete with her trademark beehive hairdo and standing with her hand on her hip, will be...

  • Our life with Neanderthals was not such a brief affair

    Our life with Neanderthals was not such a brief affair

    Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two groups to share ideas – and have sex. The most accurate timeline yet for the...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    The Port of Los Angeles has welcomed an unusual visitor – the world’s biggest bath toy. An 18-metre-tall rubber duck sailed into port to kick off the Tall Ships Festival LA. It will remain in the harbour until Sunday. Dutch artist Florentijn...

  • Robin Williams' ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay

    Comedian Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in the San Francisco Bay following his suicide, according to a death certificate released by Marin County, Williams, 63, was found dead in his Tiburon, California, home last week. The "Mrs.

  • 'No health risk' from Ebola pair

    'No health risk' from Ebola pair

    Two American aid workers discharged from hospital after being treated for the deadly Ebola virus pose no public health risk, their hospital carers said. Officials in Atlanta announced the release of Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol today. Dr...

  • Oil falls towards 14-month low below $102 on ample supply

    Brent crude oil fell below $102 a barrel today, near a 14-month low, on plentiful fuel supplies and as Chinese economic data pointed to slowing demand, although prices steadied in early US trading. US crude oil prices fell to the lowest since...

  • American doctor treated for Ebola released from hospital

    American doctor treated for Ebola released from hospital

    An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has been released from a US hospital after receiving treatment with an experimental drug, his charity said. Kent Brantly was given ZMapp, a trial drug used on...

  • US forces tried but failed to rescue US hostages in Syria

    US forces tried but failed to rescue US hostages in Syria

    US forces attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said. The mission,...

  • Foreign assisted suicide cases in Switzerland double in four years

    The number of foreigners travelling to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide doubled over a four-year period, a study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics said. In 2012, 172 foreigners took their lives in Switzerland, which has liberal...