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  • Cliff Richard police raid ‘inept’

    The search of Cliff Richard’s house by police investigating allegations of child sex crimes, which was broadcast live on television, was “inept” and caused “irreparable damage” to the British singer’s reputation, lawmakers said yesterday. Officers...

  • One's first Tweet

    One's first Tweet

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth presses a button to send her first Tweet during a visit to the Information Age Exhibition at the Science Museum in London yesterday. It read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Ed Balls has been photobombed by a spider during a live interview on the BBC News channel. The creature, which appeared large due to its position in the shot, dropped into the frame as the shadow chancellor was talking about economic growth. It...

  • Update 2: Killer schoolboy guns down pupils

    Update 2: Killer schoolboy guns down pupils

    A boy targeted his school in a deadly gun rampage, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself. Witnesses said Jaylen Fryberg walked into the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in...

  • Dallas nurse free of Ebola virus

    A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a patient diagnosed in Dallas has been released from hospital free of the virus. Nina Pham said she felt "fortunate and blessed to be standing here today" as she left the National Institutes of Health's...

  • Three Istanbul consulates evacuated

    Three Istanbul consulates evacuated

    The consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages, Turkish authorities said. Seven people from the Canadian consulate have been taken to hospital as a precaution after one of them...

  • Ebola vaccine may be ready in 2015

    Ebola vaccine may be ready in 2015

    Millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready in 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The WHO also announced that five more experimental vaccines will begin testing in March. However, the agency warned it is...

  • Thousands rave until dawn at Earth's lowest point

    Thousands rave until dawn at Earth's lowest point

    Thousands of Israelis and tourists raved late yesterday in a 12-hour party taking place from sunset to sunrise in the Dead Sea, experiencing a multimedia soiree at the lowest point on earth. The production website listed a line-up of international...

  • Video shows hatchet-wielding man moments before attack

    Video shows hatchet-wielding man moments before attack

    The New York Police Department has released closed circuit television video of a hatchet-wielding attacker who charged a group of New York City police officers posing for a photograph yesterday. Two officers were wounded, one critically, before...

  • Missing plane hunt 'to take months'

    The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but is likely to take many months because of the huge area involved, Australian officials said. Search co-ordinator Peter Foley said there...

  • Pistorius prosecutors debate appeal

    Pistorius prosecutors debate appeal

    Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius case have consulted with a criminal law expert over a possible appeal. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel has consulted with Professor James Grant over an appeal, prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube confirmed. Prof Grant...

  • Briton dies during Thai surgery

    Briton dies during Thai surgery

    A British woman has died during corrective cosmetic surgery at a Bangkok clinic, authorities in Thailand said today. Public health ministry executive Boonruang Triruangworawat said the woman was operated on by a doctor who was not certified to...

  • China launches moon test spacecraft

    China launches moon test spacecraft

    China has launched an experimental spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day programme is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a...

  • Sweden calls off submarine search

    Swedish authorities have called off their week-long search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Military authorities said today that they have ordered naval and amphibious forces to end their hunt for the submarine, though some...

  • Doctor who worked in Africa first Ebola case in New York City

    Doctor who worked in Africa first Ebola case in New York City

    A New York City doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America's largest city, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the disease. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said...

  • Canada’s PM vows tighter security after fatal attack

    Canada’s PM vows tighter security after fatal attack

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to boost security forces’ surveillance and detention powers yesterday, a day after a gunman killed a soldier and raced through Parliament before being shot dead. Addressing the House of Commons just...

  • Ukraine’s Yatseniuk warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday’s election

    Ukraine’s Yatseniuk warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday’s election

    Ukraine’s Prime Minister warned yesterday of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt an election in Ukraine at the weekend, a vote being held against a background of Russian support for separatist rebels and an unresolved row over gas. Sunday’s...

  • Tunisian policeman killed during clash with militants

    Tunisian policeman killed during clash with militants

    A Tunisian policeman was killed and another wounded yesterday when security forces clashed with Islamist militants on the outskirts of Tunis, three days before parliamentary elections which voters hope will help them advance towards full...

  • Eyeing 2015 vote, UK’s Opposition Labour promises immigration curbs

    Eyeing 2015 vote, UK’s Opposition Labour promises immigration curbs

    Britain’s Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband promised to crack down on immigration if his party is elected next year, seeking to woo voters tempted by the anti-EU UK Independence Party (Ukip), which could threaten his chances of winning...

  • Libyan Parliament slashes budget as oil revenues down

    Libyan Parliament slashes budget as oil revenues down

    Libya’s elected Parliament has slashed this year’s budget for the faction-ridden country by a fifth to $40 billion because a wave of worker protests in the first six months will mean lower oil revenues. The House of Representatives, based in the...