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  • Militants held over Malala attack

    Some 10 militants suspected of involvement in an attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai have been arrested, Pakistan's army says. The teenager won world acclaim after she was shot by the Taliban in the country's north-west. Army spokesman...

  • Updated: France to join airstrikes on Iraq

    France will join the US-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraq's new prime minister has said. Haider al-Abadi's remarks came after talks with Francois...

  • MH17 plane 'most likely shot down'

    MH17 plane 'most likely shot down'

    The chief Dutch prosecutor overseeing the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has said the plane being shot down from the ground is the "most likely" scenario. Fred Westerbeke of the Dutch National Prosecutors...

  • Update 2: US joins EU with Russia sanctions

    The US is sanctioning Russia's largest bank as part of a new round of financial penalties aimed at punishing Moscow for its support of separatists in Ukraine. The US is also expanding sanctions targeting Russia's energy and defence sectors. The...

  • Prisoner swap by Ukraine factions

    Government and rebel forces exchanged dozens of prisoners captured during fighting in Ukraine, as part of a ceasefire agreement sealed earlier this month. The transfer took place in the dark hours outside the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk under...

  • Double solar storms heading to Earth, raise disruption concerns

    Double solar storms heading to Earth, raise disruption concerns

    A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth today, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted. Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs,...

  • Update 2: Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced for culpable homicide on October 13

    Update 2: Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced for culpable homicide on October 13

    South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced on October 13 after being found guilty of culpable homicide for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the judge said today. Judge Thokozile Masipa granted a...

  • Support for fuel duty pothole plan in the UK

    Support for fuel duty pothole plan in the UK

    More than four in five people in the UK would support a plan in which money raised from fuel duty was used to repair potholed roads, research has found. Support is highest in eastern England, Wales and Yorkshire and Humberside, according to a...

  • South African judge clears Oscar Pistorius of murder

    South African judge clears Oscar Pistorius of murder

    A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of all murder charges yesterday, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star intended to kill his girlfriend or an imagined intruder on Valentine’s Day last year. As...

  • More sanctions against Russia to take effect today

    More sanctions against Russia to take effect today

    European Union governments agreed yesterday that new economic sanctions on Russia will take effect today but held out the prospect of cancelling some or all of them next month if they believe a peace plan is working. EU ambassadors agreed in...

  • Putin orders combat readiness checks for his troops in the east

    Putin orders combat readiness checks for his troops in the east

    President Vladimir Putin yesterday ordered snap checks of troops’ combat readiness in Russia’s far east, the latest in a series of military drills this year as tensions have mounted over the crisis in Ukraine. Russian news agencies quoted Defence...

  • Nigeria checks S. African as suspected Ebola case

    Nigeria checks S. African as suspected Ebola case

    Nigerian health authorities said yesterday they were holding for Ebola testing a South African national in transit to her country because she was showing potential symptoms of the disease after working in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The South African...

  • Libya hopes to hold constitution vote in three months’ time

    Libya hopes to hold a referendum on a new constitution in December, a committee said yesterday, undeterred by a descent into chaos and violence that has forced the elected Parliament hundreds of miles from the capital. Western powers hope the...

  • Scots ‘on cusp of making history’

    Scots ‘on cusp of making history’

    Scotland is on the “cusp of making history” by voting for independence in a week’s time, its First Minister said yesterday. Alex Salmond said the eyes of the world are on Scotland, as he addressed an audience of inter­national journalists in...

  • America mourns for 9/11

    America mourns for 9/11

    Politicians, dignitaries and victims’ relatives gathered in New York City, at the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania yesterday to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in al-Qaeda’s attack on the United States 13 years ago on September 11. In...

  • Air strikes in Syria would be an act of aggression – Russia

    Russia said yesterday air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria without a UN Security Council mandate would be an act of aggression, raising the possibility of a new confrontation with the West in coming weeks. “The US President has spoken...

  • Bond villain actor Richard Kiel dies

    Bond villain actor Richard Kiel dies

    Actor Richard Kiel, best known for playing metal-mouthed James Bond villain Jaws, died at a hospital in Fresno, California, the US. He was 74. Kiel died at Saint Agnes Medical Centre, the hospital’s spokeswoman Kelley Sanchez said. She did not...

  • Clinic that treated Rivers says no biopsy performed

    Clinic that treated Rivers says no biopsy performed

    The New York clinic where comedian Joan Rivers stopped breathing a week before her death denied ever administering general anaesthesia or conducting a vocal cord biopsy as has been alleged in media reports as contributing to her demise. It was the...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Like London mayor Boris Johnson, he is big, smart, ambitious and attracts a lot of attention. But there the similarity ends. Boris 2 is a robot with giant blue arms and huge grasping hands – and even though scientists considered giving him a...

  • Catalans march for referendum poll

    Catalans march for referendum poll

    Separatists in north-eastern Spain swarmed Barcelona by the tens of thousands today, waving independence flags as they demanded an independence referendum that the Spanish government insists would be illegal. Many sported yellow-and-red shirts...

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