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  • French, Dutch hostages appear in video linked to Al Qaeda

    French, Dutch hostages appear in video linked to Al Qaeda

      Two European hostages, Serge Lazarevic of France and Sjaak Rijke of the Netherlands, have appeared  in a video put on line by an internet site Linked to Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, in which they pleaded to their governments for help in securing...

  • Frenchman seen in Islamic State video of beheadings

    Frenchman seen in Islamic State video of beheadings

    A Frenchman is believed to have appeared in a video of Islamic State jihadists beheading Syrian soldiers and displaying the severed head of US aid worker Peter Kassig, but a British man denied earlier reports that his medical student son was there...

  • Palestinian driver found hanged in Jerusalem bus – foul play suspected

    Palestinian driver found hanged in Jerusalem bus – foul play suspected

    A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in his vehicle yesterday, an incident that led to stone-throwing protests by Palestinians suspecting foul play but which Israeli police, citing autopsy results, termed a suicide. Youssef al-Ramouni, 32,...

  • Pope Francis plans to visit the United States next year

    Pope Francis plans to visit the United States next year

    Pope Francis announced yesterday he would make his first visit to the United States next year, travelling to Philadelphia where he will celebrate an outdoor Mass before an audience expected to number in the millions. Pope Francis ended months of...

  • Egyptian woman dies of bird flu

    An Egyptian woman died yesterday of H5N1 bird flu after coming into contact with infected birds, the second death from the disease this year, a health ministry spokes­man said. Egypt has identified seven cases of the virus in people this year,...

  • S. Leone doctor dies of Ebola in Nebraska

    A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone died early yesterday of the disease at a Nebraska hospital, medical officials said, the second death from the virus out of 10 known cases treated in the United States. Dr Martin Salia, a...

  • Kassig ‘moved by suffering’

    Kassig ‘moved by suffering’

    Peter Kassig, the US aid worker beheaded by Islamic State militants who captured him in Syria last year, was remembered for his courageous devotion to helping people whose lives were upended by civil war. The parents of the 26-year-old medic and...

  • Artillery fire, explosions shake Donetsk airport

    Artillery fire, explosions shake Donetsk airport

    Loud explosions and artillery fire rocked Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine yesterday, despite attempts to negotiate an end to a battle that is undermining a ceasefire in regions held by separatists. A Reuters reporter near the strategically...

  • Trademark Napoleon headgear fetches €1.9m

    Trademark Napoleon headgear fetches €1.9m

    A two-cornered or bicorne hat that belonged to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was sold to a South Korean bidder for €1.9 million at auction near Paris. Jean-Pierre Osenat of the Osenat auction house in Fontaine-bleau said the buyer acquired the...

  • Landfill video games go on sale on eBay

    Landfill video games go on sale on eBay

    What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a city in the US state of New Mexico. An old E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by...

  • Scientists hail woolly mammoth discoveries

    Scientists hail woolly mammoth discoveries

    Scientists have uncovered amazing details about the life of a woolly mammoth after its preserved body was found frozen in the snowy wastes of Siberia. The good condition of the ancient animal has even raised hopes it could be cloned and the team...

  • Putin may do it his way in Ukraine

    It may have looked in the West like Russian President Vladimir Putin fled this weekend’s G20 summit early after being berated over Ukraine. But it was a different story in Russia, where pliant media praised Putin for being courageous enough to...

  • Prague’s Velvet Revolution

    Prague’s Velvet Revolution

    People, one wearing a mask depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin as a bear, marching through the city centre to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Prague yesterday. The Czech Republic was marking the historic day in...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    All Britons want for Christmas are videogames and DVDs, according to a survey of the country’s most wished for presents. Superhero film Guardians of The Galaxy is the most sought-after gift this festive season, according to online retailer...

  • Team 'confident' Philae will wake

    There is a strong chance Europe's comet lander will wake up from hibernation as it nears the sun, raising hopes for a second series of scientific measurements from the surface next year, scientists have said. The Philae lander, which became the...

  • Ebola surgeon dies in US hospital

    Ebola surgeon dies in US hospital

    A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone received aggressive treatment at a US hospital over the weekend but died today. Dr Martin Salia's death is a reminder of how deadly the Ebola virus is and how important it is to receive...

  • Skyscraper plan sparks Paris debate

    Skyscraper plan sparks Paris debate

    Paris City Council has rejected plans for a new skyscraper on the city's 19th-century skyline - but the mayor immediately rejected the vote as invalid. The exceptionally bitter vote embodies a larger debate over whether Paris should be a museum...

  • Woman dies of bird flu in Egypt

    A woman who was diagnosed with bird flu has died in Egypt, the second fatality from the H5N1 virus this year in the country. Egypt has reported seven bird flu cases so far in 2014. Most victims have been women and children who are traditionally...

  • Pope to visit US for family meeting

    Pope to visit US for family meeting

    Pope Francis is to visit the United States next year. He plans to travel to Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families, a conference held every three years in a different city to celebrate the importance of family. Pope Francis'...

  • Body parts found in shipping company box

    Body parts found in shipping company box

    Human body parts discovered enroute to Las Vegas from Bangkok. Julie Noce reports.