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  • Pro-Russia rebel build-up near port city alarms Ukraine military

    Pro-Russian separatists are building up forces and weapons in Ukraine's south east and the Ukrainian military said it was braced for the possibility of a rebel attack on the port city of Mariupol. The Kiev military accused Russia on Friday of...

  • Greek PM Tsipras says euro zone deal cancels past austerity commitments

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said today that a funding agreement struck with euro zone ministers cancelled austerity commitments made by a previous conservative-led government to international creditors. After often ill-tempered...

  • Rockets fired on Libya's Labraq airport

    Attackers fired rockets at eastern Libya's Labraq airport today targeting one of the oil producer's few functioning air hubs in a country gripped by violence. Labraq has become the main gateway into eastern Libya since Benghazi airport stopped...

  • UK police appeal to find Syria-bound schoolgirls

    UK police appeal to find Syria-bound schoolgirls

    British police are asking for help in locating three missing London schoolgirls believed to be on their way to Syria. The three friends, two aged 15 and one 16, caught a flight to Istanbul earlier in the week, without telling their families. The...

  • Updated - Hundreds evacuated after fire at Dubai skyscraper

    Updated - Hundreds evacuated after fire at Dubai skyscraper

    Hundreds of people in Dubai were evacuated from one of the world's tallest residential buildings this morning when fire swept through The Torch, a 79-storey skyscraper, residents said. Dubai's police chief, General Khamis Mattar, said the fire...

  • Four-month reprieve for Greece on its debt

    Four-month reprieve for Greece on its debt

    Eurozone finance ministers reached an agreement yesterday to extend heavily-indebted Greece’s financial rescue by four months, officials on both sides said. “It’s done. For four months,” one said. An agreement removes the immediate risk of...

  • Islamic State claims suicide attacks in Libya that kill 40

    Islamic State claims suicide attacks in Libya that kill 40

    Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State killed 40 people by blowing themselves up in cars laden with explosives in eastern Libya yesterday in an attack retaliating for Egyptian air strikes on Islamist targets. Three car bombs exploded in...

  • Girls might have fled UK to join IS

    Girls might have fled UK to join IS

    Three schoolgirls have fled the UK in a feared bid to travel to Syria and join the brutal Islamic State (IS). Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and an un-named 15-year-old, all from east London, flew to Istanbul, in Turkey, from Gatwick...

  • Kiev says Moscow is sending more tanks into east Ukraine

    Kiev says Moscow is sending more tanks into east Ukraine

    Kiev accused Russia yesterday of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and said they were heading towards the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk on the southern coast, expanding their presence on what it fears could be the next...

  • Russia’s military strength unmatchable – Putin

    Russia’s military strength unmatchable – Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that other countries should not have the illusion that they can attain military superiority over Russia, Interfax reported yesterday. “No one should have the illusion that they can gain military...

  • ‘Husband’ wants tosee Bobbi Kristina

    ‘Husband’ wants tosee Bobbi Kristina

    The man Whitney Houston’s daughter calls her husband has said he is seeking permission from Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family to visit her in hospital. Nick Gordon said in a statement through his lawyers, Randy Kessler and Joe Habacy, that he hopes...

  • Iron Maiden frontman Dickinson has cancer

    Iron Maiden frontman Dickinson has cancer

    Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has revealed he is battling cancer. A statement on the band’s official website said the 56-year-old rocker has undergone treatment for a cancerous tumour on his tongue. The cancer was diagnosed during a routine...

  • Bill Cosby postpones another performance

    Bill Cosby has postponed another comedy performance, this time in Rhode Island. The Providence Performing Arts Centre announced in an e-mail that the June 26 show has been postponed until further notice. The venue gave no reason for the...

  • TV writer Harris Wittels found dead

    Harris Wittels, who worked as a writer and executive producer on the US TV comedy Parks and Recreation, was found dead of a possible drug overdose at his Los Angeles home. He was 30. His assistant found him at his home in the Los Feliz area around...

  • Hundreds attend Denmark gunman's funeral

    Hundreds attend Denmark gunman's funeral

    Scores of men have attended the burial of the 22-year-old Danish Muslim gunman who killed two people and wounded five others at a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen last weekend. Police called it "a private ceremony" and declined to...

  • Polanski lawyers bid to ban media

    Roman Polanski's Polish lawyers want media barred from next week's hearing on a US request for the film-maker's extradition over 1977 charges of sex with a minor. A judge in Polanski's childhood city of Krakow is to hear the case on Wednesday.

  • Update 3: Greece agrees deal with eurozone

    Update 3: Greece agrees deal with eurozone

    Greece and its creditors in the 19-nation eurozone reached an agreement today on extending the country's rescue loans, a move that should ease concerns it was heading for the euro exit door. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the eurozone's top official, said a...

  • Updated: 45 dead in Libyan suicide bombings

    Updated: 45 dead in Libyan suicide bombings

    The death toll from suicide bombings in a town in eastern Libya has increased to at least 45. The deaths came in three suicide bombings in the town of Qubba. In the deadliest, an attacker driving an ambulance packed with explosives rammed into a...

  • Pilot killed in military jet crash

    A Thai air force fighter jet has crashed during a drill, killing the pilot. The single-seat F-16A jet crashed at the air force's training ground in central Lopburi province during a weapon-training flight, air vice-marshal Montol Suchookorn...

  • Canada boy dies after being outside in cold weather

    Canada boy dies after being outside in cold weather

    A boy from Toronto died in hospital after being outside in the severe cold for several hours. Julie Noce reports.