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  • Korean Air chief apologises as daughter delays flight

    Korean Air chief apologises as daughter delays flight

    The chairman of Korean Air Lines has apologised to a country brimming with outrage over an incident in which his daughter delayed a flight because she was unhappy with the way a flight attendant served her nuts. Cho Yang-ho also said his daughter,...

  • Al-Thinni vows military campaign to seize Tripoli

    Al-Thinni vows military campaign to seize Tripoli

    Libya’s recognised government will continue a military campaign to claim back the capital Tripoli, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said yesterday. Libya is divided between two governments since a group called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli in August...

  • Syria’s southern rebels sign joint defence pact, aiming for unity

    Syria’s southern rebels sign joint defence pact, aiming for unity

    Rebels in southern Syria yesterday said they have taken a step towards unity that may attract more support from their Western and Arab backers, forging a joint defence pact to help shield them from government forces and Islamic State. The south is...

  • Ukraine PM warns of high default risk

    Ukraine PM warns of high default risk

    Ukraine risks highly defaulting on its debt unless Western donors come up with more funds on top of the billions of dollars of financial aid already promised, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said yesterday. A year of revolution and war with...

  • Funeral of Palestinian minister draws crowds

    Funeral of Palestinian minister draws crowds

    Thousands of mourners turned out yesterday for a Palestinian state funeral for a minister who died after being grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a West Bank protest, an incident that has raised tensions with Israel. To the sounds of...

  • ‘Russia to stay India’s top defence partner’

    ‘Russia to stay India’s top defence partner’

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told President Vladimir Putin yesterday that Russia will remain India’s top defence supplier, even though New Delhi’s options had improved since the end of the Cold War. Modi spoke after a one-day summit that...

  • Jihadis ‘kill 5,000 in a month’

    Jihadis ‘kill 5,000 in a month’

    Jihadist attacks caused more than 5,000 deaths last month alone, according to a study that claims to have tallied fatal-ities caused by Islamist extremists for the first time. In November there were 664 reported jihadist attacks in 14 countries,...

  • Monaco celebrates birth of royal twins

    Monaco celebrates birth of royal twins

    Church bells ring, cannon shots fired as Prince Albert II and wife Charlene welcome twins Gabriella and Jacques to the world, but the boy will be the heir For the first time since Monaco was founded in the 13th century, its royal family welcomed...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A postbox installed outside the home of Charles Dickens in the 19th century has been restored and put back into service. The author suggested a postbox should be placed near his house in Gads Hill Place, Kent, from where he wrote thousands of...

  • Brazil serial killer confesses to 42 murders in Rio

    A man arrested by police in Rio de Janeiro on suspicion of murder has confessed to killing 42 people over the past decade, making him potentially one of the country's most prolific serial killers. Sailson Jose das Graças, 26, who was arrested...

  • EU court clears limited use of outside home surveillance cameras

    EU court clears limited use of outside home surveillance cameras

    The European Union's highest court ruled today that private individuals generally cannot install surveillance cameras to film people on a public path. It said, however, that exceptions can be made if they help prevent and prosecute criminal...

  • Islamic State orders wifi cut during prayers

    Islamic State militants have ordered shopkeepers to shut down their wireless Internet during prayer times in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said. It was a further example of Islamic State imposing...

  • British Airways jet lands safely at UK's Heathrow after bang heard

    A British Airways aircraft landed safely back at London's Heathrow Airport after being forced to return shortly following take-off when residents living below the flight path in southern England reported hearing a loud bang. "The aircraft landed...

  • 'Birdman' leads Golden Globe nominations with seven nods

    'Birdman' leads Golden Globe nominations with seven nods

    The surreal show business satire "Birdman," a darling of critics for its innovative storytelling, led the Golden Globe Awards film nominations announced today, with its seven nods making it a frontrunner early in the Hollywood awards season. The...

  • Iconic protest site dismantled in Hong Kong

    Iconic protest site dismantled in Hong Kong

    Authorities in Hong Kong have remove barricades in the pro-democracy protest site that has been choking the city for more than two months. Slowly, methodically, and over the course of the day barricades were removed, plastic was sawed off, and...

  • Fidel Castro gets China peace prize

    Fidel Castro gets China peace prize

    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is this year's winner of the Confucius Peace Prize, China's alternative to the Nobel Prize. The committee that sponsors the prize praised 88-year-old Castro for peacefully resolving international conflicts. It is a...

  • Clearing of pro-democracy sites in Hong Kong continues

    Clearing of pro-democracy sites in Hong Kong continues

    Workers were sent in to dismantle barricades at the main pro-democracy protest site in Hong Kong this morning. The protests have choked roads into the city's most economically and politically important district for more than two months as part of...

  • Greenpeace sorry for Nazca stunt

    Greenpeace has announced that its executive director will travel to Peru to personally apologise for the environmental group's stunt at the world-famous Nazca lines, which Peruvian authorities say harmed the archaeological marvel. The group added...

  • Google News to go dark in Spain

    Google News to go dark in Spain

    Google has said it will shut down its Google News service in Spain to prevent publishers' content from appearing on it, ahead of a new law requiring the internet search company to pay Spanish news organisations for linked content or snippets of...

  • Fisherman rescued after 12 days at sea

    Fisherman rescued after 12 days at sea

    A boater missing for nearly two weeks was safely brought to shore after being rescued off the coast of Hawaii. Jennifer Davis reports.