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Death toll in Tunisia army base shooting rises to seven

Seven Tunisian soldiers were killed today when a fellow soldier opened fire at a military base in the capital Tunis, an army spokesman said, adding that the shooter, who was then shot dead himself, had been suffering from "family problems". Ten...

  • Wreckage of US helicopter found in Nepal, no survivors

    Wreckage of US helicopter found in Nepal, no survivors

    The wreckage of a US military helicopter lost on an earthquake relief mission in Nepal was found yesterday high on a mountainside, with all eight on board presumed dead, US officials said. A US search team identified the wreckage as that of the...

  • Palmyra threatened by IS

    Palmyra threatened by IS

    A Syrian official has called on the international community to protect the 2,000-year-old ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra, now threatened by advancing IS (formerly known as Isis) militants. Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s director general of...

  • UN set to probe pirate treasure claim

    The UN is sending experts to Madagascar to assess a claim by underwater explorers that they have found treasure and the wreck of a ship belonging to the pirate known as Captain Kidd. Ulrike Guerin, a specialist in underwater heritage for the UN...

  • Get a ‘self-drive’ vehicle!

    Get a ‘self-drive’ vehicle!

    A Google self-driving car is tested on the streets. Google will put 25 prototype self-driving “pod” cars on the roads in and around its Silicon Valley headquarters in California. These prototypes will have “removable” steering wheels and pedals so...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A Lucian Freud nude portrait has sold at auction for more than £35 million after four bidders became locked in a battle to buy the modern masterpiece. Benefits Supervisor Resting, a depiction of one of the artists’s regular models Sue Tilley, sold...

  • Death penalty for Boston marathon bomber

    Death penalty for Boston marathon bomber

    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to die by lethal injection for the 2013 terror attack. The US federal jury in Massachusetts reached the decision today after more than 14 hours of deliberations over three days. The...

  • Space timelapse shows journey from Canary Islands to Italy

    Space timelapse shows journey from Canary Islands to Italy

    Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from Europe's space agency ESA otoday published still images taken aboard the International Space Station on her social media page to create a time-lapse journey from the Canary Islands to Italy. ESA stated...

  • Woman 'removed rival's body parts'

    A US woman has been charged with removing body parts from the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend. Shaynna Sims was charged with illegal dissection earlier this month after police say she cut the woman's corpse during a viewing at a funeral...

  • Spain bakes in record heatwave

    Spain bakes in record heatwave

    Spain and Portugal are seeing record high temperatures for May, with thermometers hitting levels normally only seen in midsummer. Spain's meteorological agency said the eastern town of Xativa recorded 42.9C yesterday, easily breaking a 2006 record...

  • 1,000 land in Asian migrant crisis

    1,000 land in Asian migrant crisis

    More than 1,000 migrants have gone ashore in different parts of Indonesia and Thailand, the latest refugees to slip into south-east Asian countries that have made it clear the boat people are not welcome. Weak, hungry and dehydrated, most of the...

  • Children killed by mining poison

    At least 28 children have been killed by lead poisoning from illegal gold mining in a remote village in west-central Nigeria, health officials said. Dozens more are sick in the region where doctors are still treating children from a 2010 mass...

  • Hundreds of migrants rescued from overcrowded dinghy

    Hundreds of migrants rescued from overcrowded dinghy

    Italy's border and finance police Guardia di Finanza yesterday rescued some 300 migrants off an overcrowded vessel some 30 nautical miles from the coast of Libya. As the rescue operations commenced, officers could be seen seeking to maintain calm...

  • Bodies found near crash helicopter

    Bodies found near crash helicopter

    A rescue team has found three bodies near a crashed US Marine helicopter, Nepal's defence secretary said today. The wreckage of the missing helicopter had earlier been spotted in the mountains north east of Kathmandu. Six Marines and two Nepalese...

  • Blues legend B.B. King dies at 89

    Blues legend B.B. King dies at 89

    Guitarist B.B. King, who took the blues from rural juke joints to the mainstream and influenced a generation of rock guitarists from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, has died, the Los Angeles Times reported late on Thursday. He was 89. King,...

  • Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration - Nasa

    Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration - Nasa

    The last intact section of one of Antarctica's mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a NASA study. The research focused on a...

  • Nepal quake toll rises, hunt for missing US helicopter

    Nepal quake toll rises, hunt for missing US helicopter

    Military helicopters flew over eastern Nepal and a team sent up a drone yesterday to search for a missing US Marines Huey chopper, as the death toll rose from the Himalayan country’s second big earthquake in less than three weeks. A Reuters...

  • Iran blasts Saudi King over Yemen

    Iran blasts Saudi King over Yemen

    A top member of Iran’s Parliament called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman a traitor to Islam yesterday, a sharp escalation in rhetoric over Riyadh’s air strikes against an Iranian-allied militia that has seized much of neighbouring Yemen. Although a...

  • Asian boatpeople are turned away in growing crisis at sea

    Asian boatpeople are turned away in growing crisis at sea

    Thousands of migrants adrift in Southeast Asian seas have nowhere to go after Thailand declined permission for a boat to land yesterday and Malaysia said it would push boatpeople back out to sea. Smugglers have abandoned ships full of migrants,...

  • Number of migrants surges following thaw in relations between US and Cuba

    The number of Cuban migrants looking to enter the United States ballooned early this year, partly driven by uncertainty over the future of special immigration consideration for Cubans after the two countries announced efforts to improve ties. In...

  • Nato, EU seek to counter Russia’s ‘hybrid’ warfare

    Nato, EU seek to counter Russia’s ‘hybrid’ warfare

    Nato and the EU agreed yesterday to work together more to counter “hybrid warfare”, the blend of unidentified troops, propaganda and economic pressure that the military alliance says Russia has used against Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief...