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  • Tunisia’s PM fires six police commanders

    Tunisia’s PM fires six police commanders

    Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid fired six police commanders on Monday, including the head of tourist security, after a militant attack on the national museum last week in which 20 foreign visitors were killed. The Premier’s office spokes-man,...

  • Tsipras, Merkel put on display of goodwill but little sign of progress

    Tsipras, Merkel put on display of goodwill but little sign of progress

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel put on a public display of mutual goodwill yesterday, appealing to Greeks and Germans to set aside recrimination and national stereotypes and work for a better European...

  • Modern Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    Modern Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

    Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, died yesterday, aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state’s rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial centre. US President...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    They are two of the quintessential tastes of the British summer – and now a blend of Pimm’s and cider is set to end one of the trickier choices of the barbecue season. Drinks giant Diageo hopes the latest incarnation of the British brand, the...

  • In sceptical Berlin, Merkel hears Greek PM's reform plans in person

    In sceptical Berlin, Merkel hears Greek PM's reform plans in person

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, pressing for cash to keep his country afloat, began talks with Germany's Angela Merkel today after Berlin ruled out any breakthrough in differences with the euro zone over Athens's international bailout. The...

  • Clinton aides used personal emails to communicate with her

    Private emails that Hillary Clinton turned over to a House committee investigating the 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, show her aides sometimes used their personal email accounts to communicate with her, the New York Times...

  • Oil falls under $55

    Oil prices fell further today, with Brent dropping below $55 a barrel, after top exporter Saudi Arabia said it would only consider cutting output if other producers outside OPEC did so too. The strengthening of the dollar further weighed on...

  • Greek PM wrote to Merkel warning of 'impossible' debt obligation

    Greek PM wrote to Merkel warning of 'impossible' debt obligation

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote to German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week warning that it would be "impossible" for Greece to make debt payments over the next few weeks without more financial help, his government confirmed today. In a...

  • Sarkozy denies far-right Le Pen victory in French polls

    Former President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP party and their allies won the first round of French local elections, denying Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front (FN) first place. The result is an unaccustomed setback for Le Pen, who...

  • Pirelli to become Chinese

    China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) is to buy Pirelli, the world's fifth-largest tyre maker, in a 7.1 billion euro ($7.7 billion) deal that will place one of the symbols of Italy's manufacturing industry in Chinese hands. The deal agreed with...

  • Lee Kuan Yew: His life and legacy

    Lee Kuan Yew: His life and legacy

    The People's Action Party co-founded by Lee Kuan Yew began its rule of Singapore six years before its independence half a century ago. Lee was the nation's first prime minister. He spearheaded the island's independence from Britain in...

  • Singapore mourns Lee Kuan Yew

    Singapore mourns Lee Kuan Yew

      The death of Singapore's first prime minister at the age of 91 has unleashed a national outpouring of grief. Lee Kuan Yew's credited as the architect of the nation's rapid ascent from British colonial backwater to global trade and financial...

  • ‘West should consider all tools, including arms, for Ukraine’

    ‘West should consider all tools, including arms, for Ukraine’

    The West should consider using all its tools to help Ukraine, including sending defensive weapons, Nato’s top military commander said yesterday. Officials in Washington have been discussing whether to send weapons to Ukraine’s military to help...

  • Russia to target Danish warships if it joins missile shield – ambassador

    Russia to target Danish warships if it joins missile shield – ambassador

    Russia has threatened to aim nuclear missiles at Danish warships if Denmark joins Nato’s missile defence system, in comments Copenhagen called unacceptable and Nato said would not contribute to peace. Denmark said in August it would contribute...

  • Libya’s government bombs capital, commander killed

    Libya’s government bombs capital, commander killed

    Libya’s official government conducted air strikes late on Saturday against airports and a military camp in the capital Tripoli, controlled by a rival government, and killed a senior commander loyal to that government, Tripoli officials said...

  • Third suspect in museum attack is on the run, according to Tunisian President

    Third suspect in museum attack is on the run, according to Tunisian President

    Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi said yesterday that a third gunman involved in an attack that killed 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, at a Tunis museum last week was on the run. The shootings at the museum inside Tunisia’s Parliament...

  • ‘Woman killed by Kabul mob was innocent’

    ‘Woman killed by Kabul mob was innocent’

    A woman killed by an angry mob in front of police in the Afghan capital last week for allegedly burning a copy of Islam’s holy book was wrongly accused, Afghanistan’s top criminal investigator said yesterday. Mobile phone footage circulating on...

  • Netanyahu allies blame Obama for rift with US

    Netanyahu allies blame Obama for rift with US

    Benjamin Netanyahu’s allies acknowledged yesterday that his election-eve disavowal of a Palestinian state had caused a rift with the White House, but blamed US President Barack Obama’s unprecedented criticism on a misunderstanding. In the United...

  • Ancient croc was a top predator

    Ancient croc was a top predator

    The ‘Carolina butcher’ has been found and is just as scary as the name suggests. Scientists said they had unearthed fossils in North Carolina of a big land-dwelling croc that lived about 231 million years ago, walked on its hind legs and was a top...

  • Obstacle race!

    Obstacle race!

    A man falls from an ox cart as he competes during a competition near U Bein bridge, in Mandalay, Myanmar, yesterday.