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  • El Nino more than 50 pct likely by summer

    The chances have increased over the past month that the much-feared El Nino phenomenon, which has the potential to wreak havoc on global crops, would strike by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the federal U.S. weather forecaster said. In its...

  • Group of deputies wants Gorbachev investigated over Soviet break-up

    A small group of lawmakers have asked Russia's top prosecutor to investigate whether the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, should face treason charges over his role in the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev dismissed the request as...

  • Stockpiles of Roche Tamiflu drug are waste of money, review finds

    Researchers who have fought for years to get full data on Roche's flu medicine Tamiflu said today that governments who stockpile it are wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness is in doubt. In a review of trial data on Tamiflu,...

  • Ukraine says won't charge separatists if buildings surrendered

    Ukraine will not prosecute pro-Russian separatists who seized government buildings if they surrender their weapons and disperse, the country's president said today, in a bid to ease a crisis that stoked fears of the country's break-up. But the...

  • Suspected Black Box 'ping' heard again

    A new acoustic signal was detected in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 today, further boosting confidence that officials are zeroing in on the missing plane after weeks of searching. The signal, which could be from the plane's black box...

  • Italy rescues 4,000 migrants

    Italy has rescued 4,000 migrants from boats trying to reach European shores in the past 48 hours in a deepening immigration crisis, the Interior Minister said yesterday. Better sea conditions and turmoil in Libya, grappling with chaos and rampant...

  • Ban on egg and sperm donation is overturned

    Italy’s Constitutional Court overturned a ban on using donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments yesterday, knocking down part of a divisive set of restrictions on assisted reproduction. The court said in a statement the ban breached the...

  • Separatists reinforcing barricades in Ukraine

    Pro-Russian separatists reinforced barricades around the state security building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk yesterday and called on President Vladimir Putin for help after the government warned it could use force to restore...

  • Pistorius is forced to look at ‘exploded’ head of girlfriend

    A South African prosecutor forced Oscar Pistorius yesterday to look at a forensic photograph that showed the head of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after it was blown open by a hollow-point bullet fired by the Olympic and Paralympic track star. In...

  • PM Netanyahu orders cutback in Mideast talks

    Israel announced yesterday a partial freeze in high-level contacts with the Palestinians in retaliation for their signing of international conventions, deepening a crisis that threatens to wreck US-brokered peace talks. A spokesman for the...

  • Iran and six powers seek to narrow gaps

    Iran will never slow down its nuclear research programme, its supreme leader said yesterday as negotiators from Tehran and six world powers struggled to narrow “significant gaps” that the US warned might be insurmountable. The stakes in a deal are...

  • Two new pings heard in search for missing jet

    Australian officials said yesterday two new “ping” signals had been detected in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, boosting confidence after more than a month of fruitless searching for the missing jetliner. The signals, which could be...

  • Hunt for MH370 to be most expensive in aviation history

    The hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is on track to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, becoming the most expensive search in aviation history with 26 countries contributing planes, ships, submarines and satellites to the...

  • ‘Bubbly’ baby George joins playgroup

    Prince George showed he is growing up fast when he joined a baby playgroup for the first time – and went on a crawl-about. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son was described as a “bubbly” and “feisty” eight-month-old who is advanced for his age...

  • Saving the manuscripts

    Female workers repair manuscripts inside a library building in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday. There are about 16,000 rare Yemeni manuscripts and thousands of Koranic parchments dating back to 622-719 AD, according to the Ministry of Culture.

  • World briefs

    A British sheep farmer may have broken local records for live lambs born to a single ewe after his Roussin cross Mule gave birth to six healthy lambs. Rorie Geddes, who farms at Colesmoor Farm, Toller Porcorum, near Dorchester, Dorset, with his...

  • Students hurt in Pennsylvania school stabbings

    Four students are believed to have been seriously injured at a high school near Pittsburgh, where a student with a knife stabbed or slashed others - injuring as many as 20. Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens said not...

  • Security threat to passwords

    Passwords, credit cards and other sensitive data are at risk from faulty encryption technology used to transmit email, e-commerce transactions, social networking posts and other web traffic securely, experts have warned. Security researchers say...

  • Jail for UK woman who left dog to die

    A trainee solicitor who locked her pet dog in a kitchen and left it to die has been jailed for 18 weeks. Katy Gammon, 27, moved out of her home in Bristol, leaving five-year-old boxer Roxy trapped inside without food or water. The dog's remains...

  • Peaches post-mortem inconclusive

    A post-mortem examination into the death of Peaches Geldof has proved inconclusive pending the results of toxicology tests. Kent Police said officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances around the 25-year-old's death and a toxicology...

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