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  • World briefs

    World briefs

    All Britons want for Christmas are videogames and DVDs, according to a survey of the country’s most wished for presents. Superhero film Guardians of The Galaxy is the most sought-after gift this festive season, according to online retailer...

  • Team 'confident' Philae will wake

    There is a strong chance Europe's comet lander will wake up from hibernation as it nears the sun, raising hopes for a second series of scientific measurements from the surface next year, scientists have said. The Philae lander, which became the...

  • Ebola surgeon dies in US hospital

    Ebola surgeon dies in US hospital

    A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone received aggressive treatment at a US hospital over the weekend but died today. Dr Martin Salia's death is a reminder of how deadly the Ebola virus is and how important it is to receive...

  • Skyscraper plan sparks Paris debate

    Skyscraper plan sparks Paris debate

    Paris City Council has rejected plans for a new skyscraper on the city's 19th-century skyline - but the mayor immediately rejected the vote as invalid. The exceptionally bitter vote embodies a larger debate over whether Paris should be a museum...

  • Woman dies of bird flu in Egypt

    A woman who was diagnosed with bird flu has died in Egypt, the second fatality from the H5N1 virus this year in the country. Egypt has reported seven bird flu cases so far in 2014. Most victims have been women and children who are traditionally...

  • Pope to visit US for family meeting

    Pope to visit US for family meeting

    Pope Francis is to visit the United States next year. He plans to travel to Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families, a conference held every three years in a different city to celebrate the importance of family. Pope Francis'...

  • Body parts found in shipping company box

    Body parts found in shipping company box

    Human body parts discovered enroute to Las Vegas from Bangkok. Julie Noce reports.

  • Bird flu found at British duck farm, restriction zone set up

    A case of bird flu has been found on a duck-breeding farm in northern England, the government said, though the case was not the deadly H5N1 strain, officials told the BBC. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it had set up a...

  • Bono hurts arm in cycling accident

    U2 frontman Bono has injured his arm while riding a bicycle in New York City. A posting on the band's website says Bono "injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park" and will require surgery to repair it. The posting by guitarist The Edge,...

  • Beheaded hostage Kassig remembered for courageous devotion to helping

    Beheaded hostage Kassig remembered for courageous devotion to helping

    As officials confirm the death of aid worker Peter Kassig at the hands of Islamic State, his parents and US President Barack Obama have released statements praising him for "living his life according to his humanitarian calling." Nathan Frandino...

  • World leaders unite to fight climate change and Ebola

    World leaders unite to fight climate change and Ebola

    Leaders from the G20 group of nations yesterday agreed to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine. Russian President...

  • Cameron hails G20 economic plans

    Cameron hails G20 economic plans

    David Cameron has hailed agreement between the world’s 20 leading economies which he said could deliver “extra jobs, extra growth and a boost to the world economy”. The G20 group, meeting in Australia, signed up to a goal of lifting collective GDP...

  • Man arrested over Yorkshire fatal car crash

    Man arrested over Yorkshire fatal car crash

    A 21-year-old man has been arrested following a car crash that left five teenagers dead. Police have named the young people who died in the collision between two cars in South Yorkshire as Bartosz Bortniczak, 18, Blake Cairns,16, Arpad Kore, 18,...

  • Pope Francis warns of social emergency after Rome clashes

    Pope Francis warns of social emergency after Rome clashes

    Pope Francis yesterday warned of a “social emergency” after violent protests against a migrant reception centre in Rome highlighted growing social tensions in disadvantaged areas of the Italian capital. The reception centre in the Tor Sapienza...

  • Renzi sees big slide in popularity

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government has seen a marked drop in its approval rating as economic difficulties have grown but he remains by far the country’s most popular leader, a poll yesterday showed. According to the survey by polling...

  • ‘IS militant kills’ aid worker

    ‘IS militant kills’ aid worker

    The Islamic State group has released a graphic video in which a black-clad militant claimed to have beheaded US aid worker Peter Kassig, who was captured last year. The militant was standing over a body, but it was not immediately possible to...

  • Local emergency services recover MH17 wreckage, bodies in Ukraine

    Local emergency services recover MH17 wreckage, bodies in Ukraine

    Local emergency services have recovered human remains, aircraft parts and personal belongings from the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine in July, Dutch authorities said yesterday. Dutch inspectors had hoped to...

  • Four dead as heavy rains batter Italy and Switzerland

    Four dead as heavy rains batter Italy and Switzerland

    Four people died when mudslides hit their homes in the border area between Italy and Switzerland overnight on Saturday, and a fifth was missing near the Italian port city of Genoa after days of torrential rains and flooding. Severe storms over the...

  • Ebola appeal during match

    Football fans and the British public will be urged to help protect children in danger from the deadliest ever Ebola outbreak in an emergency television appeal to be aired during tomorrow’s England v Scotland international match. England captain...

  • Lieberman: no settlements halt

    Lieberman: no settlements halt

    Rebuffing international criticism, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told his German counterpart point-blank yesterday that Israel will not stop building homes for Jews in East Jerusalem. His remarks were likely to compound Western...