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  • Ships cross Egypt's New Suez Canal before its inauguration

    Ships cross Egypt's New Suez Canal before its inauguration

    The first cargo ships passed through Egypt’s New Suez Canal yesterday in a test-run before it opens next month, state media reported, 11 months after the army began constructing the €7 billion canal alongside the existing 145-year-old Suez...

  • Pakistan floods: more bodies found

    Heavy monsoon rains have lashed an already-deluged northern Pakistan as rescuers found the bodies of another 24 people killed by the flooding inundating parts of the country, police said. The latest fatalities in Chitral in Pakistan’s Khyber...

  • Alligator’s mystery death in New York

    An alligator caught crossing a New York City street during rush hour has died unexpectedly. A spokesman for Animal Care and Control of NYC said the 3ft alligator died on Friday morning. Police officers had discovered the creature crossing Ninth...

  • Saudi-led warplanes strike Yemen, kill 80

    Saudi-led warplanes strike Yemen, kill 80

    The death toll from yesterday’s Saudi-led airstrike on the central Yemeni city of Taiz rose to 80 people with at least 150 people injured, local medical sources said. The Houthi-controlled Saba news agency earlier yesterday reported the strike on...

  • Louisiana gunman had lost family, home and businesses

    Louisiana gunman had lost family, home and businesses

    A man who lost his family, home and businesses as he spent years angrily espousing right-wing extremism on television and the internet did not say a word as he opened fire on strangers in a darkened cinema. John Russell Houser, 59, stood up about...

  • Tunisia Parliament approves ‘anti-terror’ law after IS attacks

    Tunisia’s Parliament yesterday overwhelmingly approved legislation allowing the death penalty for those convicted on terrorism charges after Islamist militant attacks that killed dozens of foreign visitors in the past few months. Last month, a...

  • Illegal migration clearly linked with terror threat - Hungary PM

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said today there was a clear link between illegal migrants heading to Europe and a rising threat of terrorism, justifying his conservative government's tough anti-immigration stance. The landlocked central...

  • Ships cross Egypt's New Suez Canal in first test-run

    The first cargo ships passed through Egypt's New Suez Canal today in a test-run before it opens next month, state media reported, 11 months after the army began constructing the $8 billion canal alongside the existing 145-year-old Suez Canal. The...

  • Woman watches in horror as shark kills her father off Tasmania

    Woman watches in horror as shark kills her father off Tasmania

    A woman watched her father being mauled to death by a large shark while the pair were diving off the Australian island state of Tasmania, police said. The woman had returned to their boat with scallops the pair had collected then became concerned...

  • Australian nurse appears in court after returning from Syria

    An Australian nurse accused of giving medical assistance to the Islamic State militant group fighting in Syria appeared in a Sydney court today after surrendering to authorities in Turkey, police and media reports said. Adam Brookman, 39, was...

  • Turkey stages first air strikes on Islamic State in Syria

    Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time  with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants. Hours after the initial attacks, fighter jets were...

  • Turkey stages first air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

    Turkey stages first air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

    Turkish warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time yesterday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants at home. The air strikes, which followed a phone...

  • US President in Kenya for first presidential trip to his father’s homeland

    US President in Kenya for first presidential trip to his father’s homeland

    US President Barack Obama flew into Kenya late yesterday for his first presidential visit to his father’s homeland, aiming to boost trade and security ties. Obama’s Air Force One plane landed in the evening in the Kenyan capital, where he will...

  • Gunman kills two, wounds seven in Louisiana theatre

    Gunman kills two, wounds seven in Louisiana theatre

    A lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring seven others before taking his own life, police said yesterday. Gunfire erupted during a 7pm (0000 GMT) showing...

  • Security worries delay start of new Greece bailout talks

    Security worries delay start of new Greece bailout talks

    Talks on tying up a new bailout deal for Greece failed to start yesterday as had been expected, with officials blaming security worries for delaying the negotiations with international creditors who are detested by many Greeks. Greek government...

  • Earth’s ‘older cousin’ discovered

    Earth’s ‘older cousin’ discovered

    An ‘older cousin’ of Earth has been discovered orbiting a distant sun-like star more than 1,000 light years away. The world is 60 per cent larger than Earth and lies in the star’s “habitable zone” – the orbital region where temperatures are mild...

  • Pluto at close range

    Pluto at close range

    This Nasa photo of Pluto was made from four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) combined with colour data from the Ralph instrument in this enhanced colour global view released yesterday. The images, taken when the...

  • Kenyans welcome Obama back "home"

    Kenyans welcome Obama back "home"

    U.S. President Barack Obama flew into Kenya today for his first presidential visit to his father's homeland, aiming to boost trade and security ties. Obama's Air Force One plane landed in the evening in the Kenyan capital, where he will co-host a...

  • Italy pilots' strike grounds planes on busy holiday weekend

    Pilots and flight attendants at Italian airline Alitalia went on strike across the country today, forcing the company to cancel flights at the start of one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year. The Anpac union called the 24-hour stoppage...

  • Gunman opens fire at Louisiana theater, kills 3, injures 7

    Gunman opens fire at Louisiana theater, kills 3, injures 7

    A lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, last night, killing two people and injuring seven others before taking his own life, police said. The gunfire erupted during a 7 p.m. CDT (2am Malta) showing of the...