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  • Teeth of limpets may be strongest natural material

    Spider silk may lose its claim as the strongest known natural material after researchers found that limpet teeth have more mettle. Spider silk is hailed by scientists for its strength and structure, but researchers in Britain have discovered that...

  • A ‘princess’ crowned at dog show

    A ‘princess’ crowned at dog show

    A bouncy 38cm beagle named Miss P won the top honour at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, besting more than 2,700 competitors. Miss P, from Vancouver, British Columbia, was awarded the Best in Show prize at the 139th...

  • American sniper for real

    American sniper for real

    A Texas Ranger holds a .308 calibre rifle with the lettering ‘American Sniper’ etched on the side as he answers questions from a defence attorney during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Scientists believe they may have found the strongest natural material known to man, one that could be copied to make the cars, boats and planes of the future – the teeth of the humble limpet. Researchers at the University of Portsmouth examined...

  • Libya and Egypt ask U.N. to lift arms embargo to fight Islamic State

    Libya and Egypt asked the United Nations Security Council today to lift an arms embargo on Libya and help it build the army so it can tackle Islamic State and other extremist groups. Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Dayri addressed the council...

  • EU introduces new rules on kitchen ovens, hobs

    EU introduces new rules on kitchen ovens, hobs

    The sale of energy wasting ovens and cooking hobs will be banned across the European Union after the latest set of rules to make household appliances more efficient takes effect from Friday. The European Commission said on Wednesday getting rid of...

  • Egypt's Sisi tours border with Libya after bombing IS targets

    President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned Egypt would strike back at any militant threats to its security as he toured the border area with Libya today, two days after Cairo bombed Islamic State targets there. Sisi, accompanied by Defence Minister...

  • Istanbul snowstorm grounds planes - including flight to Malta

    Istanbul snowstorm grounds planes - including flight to Malta

    A snowstorm in Istanbul grounded planes, halted traffic and forced the closure of the Bosphorus Strait shipping channel today. Turkish Airlines, Europe's fourth-largest carrier, said it was forced to cancel more than 300 flights scheduled for...

  • Italy warns of Libya threat as pressure for action grows

    Italy this morning called for urgent international action to halt Libya's slide into chaos and said it was ready to help monitor a ceasefire and train local armed forces. The U.N. Security Council is due to meet later today to discuss Libya, where...

  • Greece to present loan proposal

    Greece's government will today present its creditors with an official proposal aimed at saving bailout talks from collapse. The plan will involve extending the international loan agreement that has kept Greece afloat since it nearly went bankrupt...

  • Five hurt in Turkish parliament brawl

    Five Turkish legislators have been hurt in a brawl that broke out in parliament during which chairs were allegedly hurled and politicians attacked with the speaker's gavel and bell, reports say. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the fighting...

  • IS 'harvests organs to raise money'

    Iraq has urged the United Nations to look at allegations that Islamic State (IS) extremists are using organ harvesting as a way to finance its activities. Ambassador to the UN Mohamed Alhakim told reporters that in the past few weeks, bodies with...

  • Updated: Syria 'will halt Aleppo strikes'

    Updated: Syria 'will halt Aleppo strikes'

    The Syrian government has agreed to suspend airstrikes and artillery shelling on Aleppo for six weeks to see if a ceasefire is workable in the city, according to the United Nations envoy to Syria. Staffan de Mistura was briefing the Security...

  • Libyans mark four years after uprising

    Libyans mark four years after uprising

    Thousands of Libyans mark the fourth anniversary of 2011's uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, as the Egyptian President calls for an international coalition to intervene in the conflict-torn country. Yiming Woo reports.  

  • More than 600 rescued migrants arrive in Sicily

    More than 600 rescued migrants arrive in Sicily

    Hundreds of migrants, including many children, arrive in the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle after being rescued off Libya's coast. Vanessa Johnston reports.  

  • Ukraine truce unravels

    Ukraine truce unravels

    Pro-Russian rebels fought their way into an encircled government bastion and were battling street-to-street yesterday, all but dashing hopes that a European-brokered peace deal would end months of conflict. Two days after a truce went into effect,...

  • ‘IS committed genocide’

    Iraq told the United Nations Security Council yesterday that Islamic State militants have committed genocide. “These terrorist groups have desecrated all human values. They have committed the most heinous criminal terrorist acts against the Iraqi...

  • Boko Haram in military base attack

    Boko Haram in military base attack

    At least three bomb explosions killed eight people at a military checkpoint in the northeast Nigerian town of Biu yesterday, witnesses and a hospital source said. The military fired back on the attackers and killed 17 insurgents, a security source...

  • Europe likely to have record flow of immigrants this year

    Europe likely to have record flow of immigrants this year

    EU border chief says many are expected to make treacherous crossing across Mediterranean as human traffickers take advantage of Libya chaos A record number of migrants look set to flow into Europe this year, with human traffickers becoming...

  • Egypt urges UN mandate for Libya coalition

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi called for a UN resolution mandating an international coalition to intervene in Libya after Egypt’s airforce bombed Islamic State targets there. “There is no other choice, taking into account the agreement...