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  • Infant killings suspect out on bail

    A judge set bail at $6 million yesterday for a Utah woman suspected of killing six infants after giving birth to them, then stuffing their bodies into cardboard boxes which were found at a house where she used to live. Police said Megan Huntsman,...

  • Scotland warned on nuclear weapons

    The Scottish government’s plan to evict Britain’s nuclear submarine base if it wins a vote for independence would cost billions of pounds, cut thousands of jobs and create resentment internationally, former defence chiefs said yesterday. The...

  • Libya starts trial of ex-Gaddafi officials

    Libyan prosecutors opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and more than two dozen of his ex-officials yesterday in a major test for the North African state’s transition to a democracy. Gaddafi’s sons Saadi Gaddafi and Saif...

  • Pistorius accused of using emotions

    The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial yesterday accused the track star of using emotional breakdowns under cross-examination to evade answering questions about the night he killed his girlfriend. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter,...

  • Syrian army seizes old Christian town near Lebanese border

    Syrian soldiers backed by Hizbollah fighters recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, yesterday, military sources and state TV said, further squeezing rebels’ supply routes through the Qalamoun mountains into Lebanon. Islamist fighters,...

  • Israel ‘close’ to forging ties across Arab world

    Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab states that do not recognise it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday. Amongst the countries he was in contact...

  • World briefs

    An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner with a sign declaring he is a bully said the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life. Edmond Aviv, 62, mostly ignored honking horns...

  • Italy sells Venice island among prime holdings in online auction

    An island in the Venice lagoon, a 15th century bastion against the Ottoman Turks and a former monastery on the southern coast are among prime properties Italy has put on an online auction for buyers from around the world. Searching for funds to...

  • Pistorius "using emotions as an escape", prosecutor says

    The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial today accused the track star of using motional breakdowns under cross-examination to evade answering questions about the night he killed his girlfriend. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who...

  • Israel says close to forging new ties across Arab world

    Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab states that do not recognise it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said today. Amongst the countries he was in contact with...

  • Police find seven dead babies in woman's home

    A woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over a decade has been arrested after police discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Megan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the home in Pleasant...

  • Gaddafi sons, officials, go on trial in Libya

    Libyan prosecutors have opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and former regime officials  in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy. Neither Saadi Gaddafi or Saif al-Islam were in the courtroom at...

  • Ukraine's east braces for anti-rebel operation as deadline passes

    Towns in eastern Ukraine are braced for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation. As the 9 a.m. (0600...

  • Israel says Kerry remarks on Iran nuclear threshold "not acceptable"

    Israel described as "unacceptable" remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability. "In the past, and also recently,...

  • Ukraine gives deadline to pro-Russia separatists

    Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline (today) to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow. Meanwhile, the United Nations...

  • More US sanctions if Putin makes more military moves

    The United States is prepared to step up sanctions against Moscow if pro-Russian military actions in eastern Ukraine continue, the US envoy to the United Nations said yesterday, but it’s unclear how far the measures can go in slowing the...

  • Libya’s interim premier hands in resignation

    Libyan Interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni handed his resignation to Parliament yesterday after less than two weeks in the post, saying gunmen had tried to attack his family. His resignation adds to growing chaos in Libya, where the fragile...

  • ‘Iran is not sending warships to Atlantic’

    Iran has called off a deployment of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday, shelving plans for its vessels to approach US maritime borders in response to the US navy’s presence in the Gulf. A senior...

  • Berlusconi loses ‘his’ spokesman

    The spokesman who shadowed former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for almost two decades quit the centre-right leader’s party yesterday, a statement said, the latest blow to the media magnate ahead of a crucial European Parliament vote in...

  • Solemn Pope leads Palm Sunday service

    Pope Francis yesterday led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonisation of two popes. The faithful waved palm and olive branches as the 77-year-old Argentine...

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