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  • Four held after boss is beheaded in France

    Four held after boss is beheaded in France

    A man once flagged for ties to Islamic radicals has rammed a vehicle into a gas factory in France, triggering an explosion that injured two people before the severed head of his employer was found hanging at the factory entrance. Officials...

  • Avengers actor Patrick Macnee dies

    Avengers actor Patrick Macnee dies

    Actor Patrick Macnee, who was best known for playing the urbane intelligence agent John Steed in the 1960s TV series The Avengers, has died at the age of 93. He died of natural causes at his home in California yesterday with his family at his...

  • Heatwave death toll reaches 860

    Heatwave death toll reaches 860

    The devastating heatwave that struck southern Pakistan last weekend is slowly subsiding but the toll was still climbing today, to a total of 860 confirmed deaths, a senior health official said. Pakistan's deadliest heatwave on record comes just...

  • Libya set to discuss EU plan on migrants

    Libya set to discuss EU plan on migrants

    Libya’s internationally recognised government said yesterday it will send a delegation to discuss with EU authorities proposals for controlling migrant smuggling, saying its territorial sovereignty was a “red line” in any operation. With two rival...

  • Shelling by Yemen Houthis kills soldiers on Saudi border

    Shelling by Yemen Houthis kills soldiers on Saudi border

    Shelling by Yemen’s Houthi militia killed four soldiers from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates stationed on Yemen’s border with the kingdom, Saudi state media reported yesterday. The Houthis have stepped up attacks on Saudi border posts in...

  • Kerry tells Iran foreign minister ‘past matters’

    Kerry tells Iran foreign minister ‘past matters’

    US Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Iran’s Foreign Minister in recent days to tell him that Teheran must answer questions about whether its past atomic research was arms-related if it wants a nuclear deal, officials said yesterday. The...

  • Islamic State attacks Syrian army, Kurds

    Islamic State attacks Syrian army, Kurds

    Islamic State fighters yesterday launched simultaneous attacks against Syrian government and Kurdish militia forces, moving back on to the offensive after losing ground in recent days to Kurdish-led forces near the capital of their...

  • Def Leppard’s Campbell rejoins tour

    Cancer will not stop Vivian Campbell from rocking out with Def Leppard. The guitarist’s publicist confirmed yesterday that doctors have given him a treatment which will allow him to avoid radiation and join his band’s tour in Birmingham, Alabama,...

  • Paris protest

    Paris protest

    French riot police standing next to an overturned car as striking French taxi drivers demonstrated at the Porte Maillot to block the traffic on the Paris ring road during a national protest against car-sharing service UberPOP, in Paris yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    After months of speculation, the Dalai Lama has confirmed he will make an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival this weekend. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader will speak on Sunday where he will promote his message of “compassion, non-violence...

  • Internal Italian splits may hurt Renzi's case for EU help on migrants

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may find it harder to enlist help from EU partners in tackling an influx of migrants after failing at talks to resolve divisions among Italy's regions over how to share the burden of the newcomers. Undercutting...

  • UK population reaches record 64.6m

    UK population reaches record 64.6m

    The UK’s population is at a record level after it increased by almost half a million to 64.6 million within a year, according to official figures. The increase between mid-2013 and mid-2014 included net immigration of 259,700, the Office for...

  • Man dies after being gored by bull

    Man dies after being gored by bull

    A man has died after being gored by a bull during a summer festival in a southwestern Spanish town. The man was standing at a protective barrier in Coria’s bull ring when the bull charged and managed to get a horn between the barrier’s vertical...

  • Woman on trial for deaths of babies

    Woman on trial for deaths of babies

    A French woman has gone on trial accused of suffocating eight of her newborn babies after she told investigators she feared they were children of an incestuous relationship with her father. The worst infanticide case in modern French history...

  • New talks over Greek bailout

    New talks over Greek bailout

    Greece and its creditors have launched a new round of talks in Brussels in a fresh bid to unlock billions of euros in loans and save the country from bankruptcy. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras met representatives of the main lending institutions,...

  • Europe considers migrant crisis

    Europe considers migrant crisis

    European Union leaders consider the growing migrant crisis as more are rescued from packed boats in the Mediterranean. Paul Chapman reports.

  • Eight-year-old boy bitten by shark

    An eight-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after being bitten by a shark while swimming in Surf City, North Carolina. The incident is the fourth shark bite off a North Carolina beach in the past two weeks. Town manager Larry Bergman said the...

  • David Cameron poised to start EU talks

    David Cameron poised to start EU talks

    David Cameron is hoping to kick-start formal talks on reform of Britain's membership of the European Union, as he addresses leaders of the 28-nation bloc at a summit in Brussels. The Prime Minister wants the meeting to pave the way for the launch...

  • Libya’s elected parliament is backing UN peace plan

    Libya’s elected parliament is backing UN peace plan

    Libya’s elected Parliament yesterday voted to stay in United Nations peace talks after calling for amendments to a proposed power-sharing deal which was aimed at ending the conflict between the country’s two rival governments. Western governments...

  • Anti-Houthi fighters in Yemen seize border crossing

    Army forces loyal to Yemen’s exiled President seized a border crossing with Saudi Arabia early yesterday, officials in the area and witnesses said, dealing a rare blow to the country’s dominant Houthi group. The Houthis and their allies in Yemen’s...

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