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  • AirAsia investigators confirm crash was not terrorism

    AirAsia investigators confirm crash was not terrorism

    Investigators in the recovery of AirAsia flight 8501 are saying for the first time that the crash was not the result of a terrorist attack. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, lead investigators say about 50 percent of the information from the...

  • China denies stealing stealth jet secrets

    China denies stealing stealth jet secrets

    China has dismissed accusations it stole F-35 stealth fighter plans as groundless after documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on a cyber attack were published by a German magazine. The Pentagon has previously...

  • Greeks hold candlelight vigil asking for return of Parthenon marbles

    Greeks hold candlelight vigil asking for return of Parthenon marbles

    Hundreds of Greeks, including politicians of all stripes, gathered outside the Acropolis museum yesterday to hold a candlelight vigil asking Britain for the return of the Parthenon marbles. The marble statues from the facade of the Parthenon,...

  • Rival parliament says UN talks must be held in Libya

    Rival parliament says UN talks must be held in Libya

    Libya’s rival parliament decided yesterday that it would attend UN-sponsored talks to end the country’s political turmoil only if they were held inside Libya, officials said. Nearly four years after a Nato-backed revolt ousted Muammar Gaddafi,...

  • Italy expels nine suspected Islamist militants

    Italy expels nine suspected Islamist militants

    Italy has expelled nine suspected Islamist militants so far this year as part of a heightened security alert throughout Europe and the country could also make further expulsions, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano insisted yesterday. Attacks in...

  • Anti-Islam march is cancelled due to threat of attack

    Anti-Islam march is cancelled due to threat of attack

    A march by the German anti-Islam PEGIDA movement in the eastern city of Dresden planned for today has been cancelled due to a concrete threat of an attack against one of its leaders at the weekly rally, police in Dresden said yesterday. Confirming...

  • Ukrainian troops retake most of Donetsk airport

    Ukrainian troops retake most of Donetsk airport

    Ukrainian troops recaptured almost all the territory of Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine they had lost to separatists in recent weeks, even as thousands gathered in Kiev for a state-sponsored peace march yesterday. The offensive brought fighting...

  • Forecasters are predicting very low temperatures in northern parts of UK

    Forecasters are predicting very low temperatures in northern parts of UK

    Forecasters were stating yesterday that temperatures are expected to plummet in Britain. Temperatures were expected to fall as low as minus 10C or minus 15C last night and early today in parts of inland Scotland. Some areas have already...

  • Iran, world powers mark limited progress in talks

    Iran, world powers mark limited progress in talks

    Iran and major powers made “limited” progress yesterday in narrowing their differences over Iran’s nuclear programme, but agreed to step up efforts as the Obama administration lobbied to stave off fresh sanctions against the Islamic Republic,...

  • Islamic State group releases 200 Yazidi prisoners after five months of captivity

    Islamic State group releases 200 Yazidi prisoners after five months of captivity

    The Islamic State group yesterday released at least 200 Yazidis after five months of captivity in Iraq. The prisoners were mainly elderly persons who may have been slowing the extremists down. Peshmerga General Shirko Fatih, commander of Kurdish...

  • Pope’s Manila Mass draws ‘up to seven million’ people

    Pope’s Manila Mass draws ‘up to seven million’ people

    Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia yesterday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event. Vatican spokesman Father...

  • Fling or ring?

    Fling or ring?

    From scientific studies to sitcoms, society portrays men as wired to prefer sexual flings and spurn commitment, and evolution wanted it that way. In a study published last week, anthropologists present evidence that male promiscuity is not a human...

  • Drug a clue to empathy conundrum

    Drug a clue to empathy conundrum

    A stress-blocking drug can be used as a ‘compassion pill’ that increases empathy, the ability to feel another’s pain, a study has shown. The research also provides the first evidence that stress can sap the caring instincts of humans, possibly...

  • Closing eyes ‘helps recall’

    Closing eyes ‘helps recall’

    Memory is more accurate when we close our eyes, according to new findings with implications for investigating crime. Researchers who studied the recall of 178 ‘witnesses’ found that details of an event were remembered more clearly when...

  • Fingerprints from feathers

    A newly-discovered method of recovering fingerprints from feathers and eggs could help catch those guilty of wildlife crime, according to scientists. Researchers at Abertay University, based in Dundee, have established which fingerprint powders...

  • ‘No increased stress from heavier social media use’

    ‘No increased stress from heavier social media use’

    Heavy users of the internet and social media do not have higher levels of stress, and women who use Twitter, e-mail and photo sharing show less stress than women who do not use them, a survey showed. But the survey of 1,801 Americans by the Pew...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Britain’s oldest person, Gladys Hooper, celebrated her 112th birthday yesterday. Members of her family have travelled from Brighton, Derby and even British Colombia to be with Hooper for her big day. Hooper, who has a son, four grandchildren and...

  • 'IS extremists' held in Israel

    Members of the first known Islamic State cell operating inside Israel has been arrested, the country's Shin Bet security service said. The intelligence agency said today that the seven cell members belong to the country's Arab minority. It said...

  • Up to 20,000 Russian Muslims rally against Charlie Hebdo images

    Up to 20,000 Russian Muslims rally against Charlie Hebdo images

    Thousands of Russian Muslims in the North Caucasus rally against depictions of the Prophet Mohammad, like the one featured on the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo. Mana Rabiee reports.

  • Pope meets grief-stricken father of girl killed at Tacloban mass

    Pope meets grief-stricken father of girl killed at Tacloban mass

    Pope Francis meets the grieving father of a girl who was killed yesterday when a piece of scaffolding fell on her at a mass in Tacloban, Philippines. Nathan Frandino reports.