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    World briefs

    The white-suited, chest hair-baring, blue contact-wearing men posing with fans outside the showroom of the former Las Vegas Hilton do not want to be called Elvis impersonators. The correct term is Elvis tribute artist – or ETA for short – to...

  • Libyan militia tighten control of Tripoli airport after battle

    Libyan militia tighten control of Tripoli airport after battle

    Libyan militia fighters with anti aircraft guns and mortars fanned out today across Tripoli's airport, transformed into a battlefield by two days of fighting that has cut the Libyan capital off from the outside world. US Secretary of State John...

  • US condemns "brazen" firing of rockets by Hamas despite ceasefire efforts

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned what he called the "brazen" firing of rockets by Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip. Hamas fired rockets from Gaza on Tuesday, drawing a threat by Israel to abandon an Egyptian-proposed truce it had...

  • Engineers attach final tow chains to Costa Concordia wreck

    Engineers were securing the final chains to the Costa Concordia today, preparing the wrecked luxury liner to be towed away from the Italian island where it sank two and half years ago, killing 32 people. The 114,500 tonne Concordia ran aground off...

  • Hague resigns in surprise move

    Hague resigns in surprise move

    British Foreign Minister William Hague has stepped down from his post as the country's top diplomat after four years in the job in an unexpected move prompted by a government reshuffle. He will now serve as the Leader of the House of Commons.  Mr...

  • Militia shells Tripoli airport, aircraft destroyed, UN pulls staff out of Libya

    Militia shells Tripoli airport, aircraft destroyed, UN pulls staff out of Libya

    A militia has shelled Tripoli airport, destroying several planes parked there, a Libyan government spokesman said, as heavy fighting between armed groups prompted the United Nations to pull its staff out of the North African country. At least 15...

  • A week on, Gaza war enters deadly routine despite calls for truce

    A week on, Gaza war enters deadly routine despite calls for truce

    Palestinian militants resumed rocket attacks on Tel Aviv yesterday after a 24-hour lull in strikes on the Israeli commercial capital, and Israel kept up its air and naval bombardments of the Gaza Strip despite growing international pressure for a...

  • Ukraine says Russian soldiers fighting with rebels

    Ukraine yesterday accused Russian army officers of fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country and said Moscow was once more building up its troops on the joint border. A missile that downed a Ukrainian transport plane carrying eight...

  • Church of England votes in favour of women bishops

    The Church of England voted yesterday to allow women to become bishops, a historic decision which overturns centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue. Two years ago, a similar proposal failed narrowly due to...

  • Refloated Costa Concordia to be towed away for scrap

    Refloated Costa Concordia to be towed away for scrap

    ­­­The wreck of the luxury liner Costa Concordia was re-floated yesterday and will soon be towed away and broken up for scrap, more than two years after it capsized off the Italian coast, killing 32 people. The 290-metre Costa Concordia ran...

  • Conductor Lorin Maazel dies

    Conductor Lorin Maazel dies

    Conductor Lorin Maazel, a child prodigy who later directed the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Munich Philharmonic, died at the age of 84. Maazel died in Virginia from complications following pneumonia, the Castleton...

  • Cheryl Cole’s ‘secret’ marriage

    Cheryl Cole’s ‘secret’ marriage

    Cheryl Cole announced she married her French boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini on July 7. In a statement on her website, The X Factor judge said: “I usually do not discuss my personal life but to stop the speculation I want to share my...

  • Briton pays €54,000 for bomber flight

    Briton pays €54,000 for bomber flight

    Most people would like a comfortable seat on a long transatlantic flight, but one man has paid more than €54,000 for a cold, uncomfortable journey that will take four days. IT entrepreneur Matthew Munson, 34, will be one of the eight-man crew that...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Conservationists have built miniature “thatched cottages” to save a rare beetle. The scarlet malachite beetle is thought to use the thatch of real country cottages to lay eggs and hatch out its pink grub-like young, but exactly how it uses the...

  • Shipwrecked Concordia refloated to be towed away for scrap

    Shipwrecked Concordia refloated to be towed away for scrap

    The wreck of the luxury liner Costa Concordia was refloated this morning ready to be towed away for scrap, two and a half years after it capsized off the Italian coast, killing 32 people. The rusty hulk of the once-gleaming-white 290-metre ship,...

  • Breakaway bull gores two men in closing Pamplona run

    Breakaway bull gores two men in closing Pamplona run

    A bull gored two men after breaking away from the pack and chasing them through the streets of Pamplona in the closing run of the San Fermin festival this morning For a week in July hundreds of people dressed in white with red scarves join the...

  • Taliban survivor Malala, in Nigeria, pledges to help free girls

    Taliban survivor Malala, in Nigeria, pledges to help free girls

    Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to help free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants. Malala met...

  • Heavy fighting breaks out near Libya’s Tripoli airport

    Heavy fighting breaks out near Libya’s Tripoli airport

    Heavy fighting broke out between rival militias vying for control of Libya’s main airport yesterday, killing at least seven people and forcing a halt of all flights in the worst fighting in the capital for six months. Explosions and anti-aircraft...

  • US, Iran say disputes remain in nuclear talks as deadline looms

    US, Iran say disputes remain in nuclear talks as deadline looms

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday major differences persist between Iran and six world powers negotiating on Tehran’s nuclear programme, with a week to go before a deadline for a deal. The US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and...

  • Ebola medics fight mistrust, hostility across West Africa

    Ebola medics fight mistrust, hostility across West Africa

    Governments and health agencies trying to contain the world’s deadliest ever Ebola epidemic in West Africa fear the contagion could be worse than reported because suspicious locals are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment,...

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