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  • 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...

  • SpaceX cargo run to space station reset for Friday

    Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies cancelled its planned cargo run to the International Space Station yesterday after a helium leak was found in its rocket's first stage, NASA said. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule...

  • Obama warns Putin of further costs over Ukraine - White House

    US President Barack Obama warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in a call  last night that Moscow would face further costs if its actions in Ukraine persisted, the White House said in a statement. "The president expressed grave concern about...

  • Kiev’s grip loosening on restive eastern Ukraine

    Staff working for Serhiy Taruta, the steel baron appointed by Kiev as governor of the restive Donetsk region, say he is hard at work in the regional capital, but cannot disclose where exactly for security reasons. The governor is in an...

  • Russian jet in ‘provocative’ act – Pentagon

    Russian fighter aircraft made repeated low-altitude, close-range passes near a US ship in the Black Sea over the weekend, the Pentagon said yesterday, condemning the action at a time of heightened US-Russian tensions over Ukraine. “This...

  • Malaysia Airlines search heads deep underwater

    A US Navy underwater drone will be deployed to scour the floor of the Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, search officials said yesterday, launching a new phase of the operation after nearly six weeks of fruitless searching. The...

  • 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...

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