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  • Pope takes children for a spin

    Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky children during his general audience in St Peter's Square. A particularly jovial Francis hopped off his white, open-air car to greet a group of schoolchildren from Perugia who presented him with a T-shirt...

  • Pistorius trial to take a break

    The judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after tomorrow and resume on May 5. Judge Thokozile Masipa said today that she was responding to a request for a break from the chief...

  • Updated: Pro-Russians take armoured vehicles

    Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armoured vehicles and hoisted Russian flags over them, dampening the government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian soldiers manning the vehicles offered...

  • Update 2: South Korea ferry death toll rises

    A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students, has sunk off South Korea, leaving at least four people dead and nearly 300 missing. The high number of people unaccounted for - likely to be trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean -...

  • "Boston Strong" but painful memories remain

    Boston shows resilience as they pay tribute to the three lives lost, and 264 people injured in the marathon bombings one year ago. Jillian Kitchener reports.

  • Ukraine begins ‘anti-terrorist’ operation against separatists

    Ukrainian armed forces yesterday launched a ‘special operation’ against militiamen in the country’s Russian-speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists. Gunfire could be heard from the airfield at...

  • Jordan’s Ambassador kidnapped in Libya

    Jordan’s Ambassador to Libya was kidnapped yesterday by gunmen who demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat’s freedom. The masked gunmen shot and wounded the driver of Ambassador Fawaz al-Itan’s...

  • Community service term for Berlusconi

    A court yesterday ordered former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service with the elderly, in a ruling that restricts his movements but not his political activity. The Milan court ruled Berlusconi,...

  • Rebel videos display first US-made rockets in Syria

    Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be US anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country’s civil war. They would signal a further internationalisation of the conflict, with...

  • Undersea hunt for Malaysian plane may take months

    A US Navy underwater drone sent to search for a missing Malaysian jetliner on the floor of the Indian Ocean could take up to two months to scour a 600-square-kilometre area where the plane is believed to have sunk, US search authorities said...

  • China set to pass new pollution law

    Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development, scholars with knowledge of the situation...

  • France denies EU budget wavering

    French officials said yesterday they had never wavered on EU-imposed budget targets, rejecting media reports they had tried earlier this month to lay the ground for renegotiation but had been slapped down by Brussels. Conservative newspaper Le...

  • After 50-year wait, Sydney getting a second airport

    Australia has approved a $2.4 billion project to build a long-awaited second airport for Sydney, likely boosting near-term investment and jobs in a bet that the city’s air travel demand will grow enough to justify a surge in terminal...

  • US spying stories win Pulitzer

    Guardian US and Washington Post were awarded the most prestigious Pulitzer prize on Monday for coverage of secret surveillance by the US National Security Agency that sparked wide debate over government spying. Reuters won in international...

  • Sweet cure for ‘hangry’ couples

    Husbands and wives are more likely to quarrel if they are ‘hangry’ – hungry and angry, say scientists. Experts believe low levels of blood sugar may be linked to marital arguments, confrontations and even domestic violence. The antidote is to eat...

  • Eclipse this

    With perfect timing, a photographer captures this cleverly composed shot of the lunar eclipse over a statue in Brazil yesterday. The eclipse unfolded over three hours when the moon moved into Earth’s shadow. An hour later it was fully eclipsed and...

  • World briefs

    A wobbly lamb has become the latest member of staff at a National Trust property. Terence was not expected to survive when he was born at Arlington Court near Barnstaple, Devon. The Jacob sheep, who was one of twins, struggled to walk and was very...

  • Libya to export first oil since rebel deal

    A tanker is due to load 1 million barrels of crude today from Libya's reopened Hariga port, its first export shipment since a deal to end months of closures at its main oil terminals, the National Oil Corp. (NOC) said. The outages have raised...

  • Ukraine armed forces launch "special operation"

    Ukrainian armed forces have launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists.Gunfire could be heard from the airfield at the...

  • Berlusconi ordered to do community service for tax fraud conviction

    Silvio Berlusconi will perform community service for his tax fraud conviction at a centre for the elderly, a Milan court has ruled. The ruling curtails Berlusconi's ability to participate in the upcoming European election campaign - a point of...

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