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World population to soar

Contrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa's higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said. There is an 80...

  • South African judge clears Oscar Pistorius of murder

    South African judge clears Oscar Pistorius of murder

    A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of all murder charges yesterday, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star intended to kill his girlfriend or an imagined intruder on Valentine’s Day last year. As...

  • More sanctions against Russia to take effect today

    More sanctions against Russia to take effect today

    European Union governments agreed yesterday that new economic sanctions on Russia will take effect today but held out the prospect of cancelling some or all of them next month if they believe a peace plan is working. EU ambassadors agreed in...

  • Putin orders combat readiness checks for his troops in the east

    Putin orders combat readiness checks for his troops in the east

    President Vladimir Putin yesterday ordered snap checks of troops’ combat readiness in Russia’s far east, the latest in a series of military drills this year as tensions have mounted over the crisis in Ukraine. Russian news agencies quoted Defence...

  • Nigeria checks S. African as suspected Ebola case

    Nigeria checks S. African as suspected Ebola case

    Nigerian health authorities said yesterday they were holding for Ebola testing a South African national in transit to her country because she was showing potential symptoms of the disease after working in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The South African...

  • Libya hopes to hold constitution vote in three months’ time

    Libya hopes to hold a referendum on a new constitution in December, a committee said yesterday, undeterred by a descent into chaos and violence that has forced the elected Parliament hundreds of miles from the capital. Western powers hope the...

  • Scots ‘on cusp of making history’

    Scots ‘on cusp of making history’

    Scotland is on the “cusp of making history” by voting for independence in a week’s time, its First Minister said yesterday. Alex Salmond said the eyes of the world are on Scotland, as he addressed an audience of inter­national journalists in...

  • America mourns for 9/11

    America mourns for 9/11

    Politicians, dignitaries and victims’ relatives gathered in New York City, at the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania yesterday to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in al-Qaeda’s attack on the United States 13 years ago on September 11. In...

  • Air strikes in Syria would be an act of aggression – Russia

    Russia said yesterday air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria without a UN Security Council mandate would be an act of aggression, raising the possibility of a new confrontation with the West in coming weeks. “The US President has spoken...

  • Bond villain actor Richard Kiel dies

    Bond villain actor Richard Kiel dies

    Actor Richard Kiel, best known for playing metal-mouthed James Bond villain Jaws, died at a hospital in Fresno, California, the US. He was 74. Kiel died at Saint Agnes Medical Centre, the hospital’s spokeswoman Kelley Sanchez said. She did not...

  • Clinic that treated Rivers says no biopsy performed

    Clinic that treated Rivers says no biopsy performed

    The New York clinic where comedian Joan Rivers stopped breathing a week before her death denied ever administering general anaesthesia or conducting a vocal cord biopsy as has been alleged in media reports as contributing to her demise. It was the...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Like London mayor Boris Johnson, he is big, smart, ambitious and attracts a lot of attention. But there the similarity ends. Boris 2 is a robot with giant blue arms and huge grasping hands – and even though scientists considered giving him a...

  • Catalans march for referendum poll

    Catalans march for referendum poll

    Separatists in north-eastern Spain swarmed Barcelona by the tens of thousands today, waving independence flags as they demanded an independence referendum that the Spanish government insists would be illegal. Many sported yellow-and-red shirts...

  • Obama: 13 years after, America stands tall and proud

    Obama: 13 years after, America stands tall and proud

    Thirteen years after al Qaeda militants used four hijacked planes to attack the United States, the country endures without fear, President Barack Obama said today at a ceremony at the Pentagon, where one of the planes crashed and killed 184...

  • Silent Europe aghast at possible breakup of Britain

    Silent Europe aghast at possible breakup of Britain

    Britain's international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes for independence from London. Many fear such a split would foreshadow a...

  • Hamas ready for direct Israel talks

    A senior Hamas leader says the group is willing to talk directly to Israel, reversing a previous ban. In an interview with Al Quds TV to be broadcast later today, Hamas number two Musa Abu Marzouk says "Hamas is willing to talk directly to the...

  • UN peacekeepers released in Syria

    The United Nations says all 45 captured Fijian peacekeepers held captive by an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group have been released in Syria's Golan Heights. UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said today: "We can confirm they have been released." Mr...

  • Obama, victims' families pause to remember Sept. 11 victims

    Obama, victims' families pause to remember Sept. 11 victims

    Politicians, dignitaries and victims' relatives have gathered in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania to commemorate the nearly 3,000 people killed in al Qaeda's attack on the United States 13 years ago on Sept. 11. In what has become an annual...

  • Tusk government resigns in Poland

    Poland's president has accepted the resignation of the government of prime minister Donald Tusk, bringing an end to seven years of governance that have been marked by unprecedented political stability in the country. Mr Tusk resigned after being...

  • Pope in European Parliament visit

    Pope in European Parliament visit

    The president of the European Parliament says Pope Francis will make an official visit to the assembly in Strasbourg on November 25. Martin Schulz said today the Pope would address the assembled legislators. The Vatican confirmed the date for the...

  • Oil hits two-year low below $97 as supplies build

    Oil hits two-year low below $97 as supplies build

    Brent crude dropped to a two-year low below $97 a barrel today, falling for a sixth straight session as worries over mounting supply and weak demand outweighed concerns that conflicts in the Middle East could curb oil production. North Sea crude...

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