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  • Islamic State advances on Kurdish town in Syria after US

    Islamic State has reinforced fighters who are battling Kurdish forces for control of a Syrian town at the border with Turkey in the last day, a redeployment triggered by US-led air strikes on the group elsewhere, a Kurdish military official...

  • Australia police kill "terror suspect" after two officers stabbed

    Australian police shot dead a teenager after he stabbed two counter terrorism officers, days after sweeping raids involving hundreds of police thwarted what they said was an imminent plot to behead a member of the public. Australia, a staunch ally...

  • Britain's Queen "purred" with relief after Scottish referendum

    Britain's Queen "purred" with relief after Scottish referendum

    Britain's monarch is famously above politics, but Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard yesterday saying Queen Elizabeth had "purred" with happiness when he phoned her to inform her Scotland had voted to reject independence. In New York to...

  • India triumphs in maiden Mars mission

    India's low-cost mission to Mars successfully entered the red planet's orbit on Wednesday, crowning what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said was a "near impossible" push to complete the trip on its maiden attempt. The Mars Orbiter Mission cost $74...

  • US, Arab allies fire first strikes at Syria fighters

    US, Arab allies fire first strikes at Syria fighters

    The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time yesterday, killing scores of Islamic State (IS) fighters and members of a separate al-Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria’s three-year-old...

  • Former Radio 1 DJ convicted of indecent assault

    Former Radio 1 DJ convicted of indecent assault

    Britain’s former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis was found guilty of indecent assault yesterday. The ex-Top of the Pops presenter was cleared on a second charge of the same offence following a trial at London’s Southwark Crown Court. Jurors were unable...

  • ‘Libya asks for help to move chemicals’

    ‘Libya asks for help to move chemicals’

    Libya has asked the global chemical weapons watchdog to draw up plans to ship a stockpile of 850 tons of chemicals overseas due to deteriorating security, sources have told Reuters. Diplomats and officials said that transporting the toxins abroad...

  • Bin Laden relative in jail for life

    A seemingly unrepentant Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison yesterday in New York following his conviction on terrorism charges. A Manhattan federal jury in March found the Kuwaiti-born 48-year-old...

  • Royal claim of paternity

    A Belgian artist who says she is the daughter of Belgium’s former king yesterday asked a Brussels court to establish the identity of her biological father, a ruling that could put her 15th in line to the throne. Delphine Boel, 46, has fought for...

  • Ebola sufferers may total 1.4m in January

    Ebola sufferers may total 1.4m in January

    Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus by January 20, 2015, according to a study published yesterday by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The top range of...

  • Spanish minister resigns as abortion bill axed

    Spanish minister resigns as abortion bill axed

    Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday scrapped proposed changes in the abortion law that would have made Spain one of the most difficult countries in Europe in which to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, prompting the justice minister to...

  • Israel, Palestinians agree talks on Gaza next month

    Israel, Palestinians agree talks on Gaza next month

    Israel and the Palestinians yesterday agreed to resume talks late next month on cementing a Gaza ceasefire, allowing time for Palestinian factions to resolve internal differences that could threaten the Egyptian-mediated negotiations. Yesterday’s...

  • Pope urges moreglobal cooperationon migration crisis

    Pope urges moreglobal cooperationon migration crisis

    Pope Francis yesterday called for countries to join forces to help the rising number of migrants, thousands of whom have died this year on perilous journeys to flee poverty and war. The pontiff’s message comes as seaborne migration from North...

  • The embers of society

    The embers of society

    Mastery of fire more than 400,000 years ago may have sparked a cultural revolution by introducing the concept of night life. Learning to control fire did more than keep out the winter chill and advance cookery skills, it is claimed. The camp fire...

  • Web trolls ‘threaten’ Emma Watson

    Web trolls ‘threaten’ Emma Watson

    Internet trolls on the site which hosted naked celebrity photos have made what appears to be a threat to film star Emma Watson just hours after she addressed the UN on gender equality. A web page entitled ‘Emma you are next’, featuring an image of...

  • Williams called Connolly for advice on Parkinson’s

    Williams called Connolly for advice on Parkinson’s

    Robin Williams regularly phoned Billy Connolly for advice on coping with Parkinson’s disease days before taking his own life, the Scottish comedian has said. The Mrs Doubtfire actor was found dead at his home in the San Francisco Bay Area last...

  • Kardashians matriarch seeks divorce

    Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch Kris Jenner is ending her 22-year marriage to her Olympic decathlete husband Bruce Jenner, citing irreconcilable differences. The pair’s relationship and its troubles have been featured prominently on the...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw is undergoing intensive training in an effort to set a new world record – for twerking. The BBC Radio 1 star is practising to establish a duration record for the dance craze by constantly wiggling his hips and...

  • Indian mission closer to Mars goal

    India will soon know if its first interplanetary mission will achieve its goal, when a spacecraft built with home-grown technology for a remarkably low price tag of $75 million begins its final manoeuvres into orbit around Mars. If the Mars...

  • Khorasan group 'ready to attack'

    The US has bombed a cell of al-Qaida militants in north-western Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the US or Europe, Pentagon officials have revealed. General William Mayville, the Pentagon's operations chief, told reporters that...