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  • 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.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    The mortal remains of Richard III have returned to Bosworth where he fell in battle 530 years ago. In a colourful ceremony heavy with symbolism atop Ambion Hill overlooking the site of the old Leicestershire battlefield, thousands gathered to...

  • German dies in shark attack in Egypt

    A German citizen has been killed by a shark off Egypt's Red Sea coast, security officials have said. The 52-year-old man's body has been moved to a local hospital after the attack yesterday. Officials are conducting an investigation into the...

  • King Richard III returns to battlefield where he died 530 years ago

    King Richard III returns to battlefield where he died 530 years ago

    A cortege carrying the remains of King Richard III began a solemn tour today to the battlefield where he was slain 530 years ago. Rediscovered under a car park in 2012, Richard's remains will be re-interred at Leicester cathedral on Thursday in a...

  • Pope goes to jail - for lunch

    Pope goes to jail - for lunch

    Pope Francis yesterday shared a meal with about 120 male and female inmates in a jail in Naples. He was greeted with applause and chanting as he arrived for the lunch meeting. The luncheon came during the pope's day-long trip to the southern...

  • Afghans bury woman killed in mob attack after being wrongly accused

    Afghans bury woman killed in mob attack after being wrongly accused

    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. Mobile phone footage circulating on social media...

  • Libya's official government on offensive to 'liberate' Tripoli

    Libya's official government on offensive to 'liberate' Tripoli

    Libya's official government conducted air strikes yesterday against airports and a military camp in the capital Tripoli, controlled by a rival government, and killed a senior commander loyal to that government, officials said. The internationally...

  • Surveillance video shows Tunis museum assailants

    Surveillance video shows Tunis museum assailants

    Tunisian TV has shown surveillance video from the day of the deadly museum attack at the national museum in Tunis that left nearly two dozen foreign tourists dead. Three Tunisians also died. The grainy video appears to show three armed gunmen...