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  • Iran nuclear deal sparks New York demo

    Iran nuclear deal sparks New York demo

    Thousands rally in New York to urge the US Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal brokered in Vienna. Paul Chapman reports.

  • Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station

    Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station

    A Soyuz space capsule carrying a Russian, an American and a Japanese has docked smoothly with the International Space Station. The capsule connected to the orbiting laboratory about 250 miles above earth. The rocket had lifted off from a Russian...

  • Greek MPs agree crucial reforms to allow new bailout talks despite Syriza split

    Greek MPs agree crucial reforms to allow new bailout talks despite Syriza split

    Greece's radical government emerged bloodied but alive from a key vote in parliament, which overwhelmingly approved new creditor-demanded reforms despite a revolt among hardliners in the main ruling party Syriza. The reforms to the judiciary and...

  • Iran pushes nuclear deal, US lawmaker promises to stop it

    Iran pushes nuclear deal, US lawmaker promises to stop it

    Iran’s pragmatist government tried yesterday to sell its nuclear agreement with world powers to hardliners at home, just as a US Congressional leader promised to do “everything possible” to sink the deal. With both Tehran and Washington facing...

  • Moldova targets new pro-Europe government

    Three pro-Europe Moldovan parties announced yesterday they had agreed to form a new ruling coalition to produce a government to pilot the country towards integration with the European Union and unlock fresh foreign funding. The small ex-Soviet...

  • Eurotunnel wants France, Britain to pay migrant costs

    Eurotunnel wants France, Britain to pay migrant costs

    Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel yesterday stated it wants the French and British governments to reimburse it for close to €10 million it spent to beef up security to cope with a migrant crisis at the French port of Calais. Around 5,000...

  • Kurds kill two Turkish police for IS bombing

    Kurds kill two Turkish police for IS bombing

    Kurdish militants claimed responsibility for the assassination yesterday of two Turkish police officers in what they said was retaliation for a suspected Islamic State suicide bombing which killed 32, mostly young students. The Kurdistan Workers...

  • France offers financial help as livestock farmers protest

    France offers financial help as livestock farmers protest

    France yesterday announced measures worth up to €1.1 billion yesterday to support its livestock farmers and try to halt protests which have escalated in recent days into road blockades in the northwest. “The aim of the plan is to deal with the...

  • UN envoy gets alarmed over battle at Syria, Turkey border

    UN envoy gets alarmed over battle at Syria, Turkey border

    The United Nations envoy for Syria yesterday said government air strikes had caused widespread death and destruction in the city of Zabadani, the focus of an offensive by the army and its Hizbollah allies to retake the area from...

  • Broadway star Bikel passes away aged 91

    Broadway star Bikel passes away aged 91

    Actor Theodore Bikel, who originated the stage role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music but was best known for starring as Tevye, the poor Jewish milkman, in the Broadway hit musical Fiddler on the Roof, died at age 91. A native of Vienna,...

  • Author E. L. Doctorow mourned

    E. L. Doctorow, the author of popular novels grounded in American history including Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, has died at age 84, his publisher said. A spokeswoman for the Random House Publishing Group gave no further details but The New York...

  • Islamic State ‘recruiting’

    Islamic State ‘recruiting’

    Spanish police arrest a man accused of distributing propaganda and recruiting for the Islamic State group in the Spanish North African enclave Melilla, in this handout photo released yesterday. The 29-old-man, a native of Melilla, was arrested as...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A driver tried to tow a flatbed truck by wedging the front of it in the boot of his car – and securing it with just one strap. The motorist removed the front wheels, doors and engine from the truck to lighten the load and hoisted it into the rear...

  • Koran fragment find excites British researchers

    Koran fragment find excites British researchers

      British researchers have discovered fragments from a Koran manuscript they believe may have been written by someone who knew the Prophet Mohammad. At 1370 years old, researchers says it's one of the oldest manuscripts of the Koran that exists...

  • High-speed train crash kills two in Czech Republic

    Two passengers were killed when a high-speed train collided with a truck in eastern Czech Republic. The crash occurred at 7.43am today local time at a rail crossing in the town of Studenka. Thirteen people were injured, and three of them are in a...

  • Greek parliament to vote on more bailout reforms

    Greek parliament to vote on more bailout reforms

    The Greek parliament has begun an emergency debate on a second round of conditions demanded by international creditors for a new bailout - a vote that could threaten the coalition government. MPs will later today vote on judicial and banking...

  • UK Iraq video shows anti-IS strikes

    UK Iraq video shows anti-IS strikes

    The UK military has made public video said to be taken from nose cone cameras mounted on Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft that had carried out air strikes in Iraq. The first piece of footage shows a missile being fired at a ground target...

  • US airstrike kills senior al Qaida operative in Syria

    A US airstrike in Syria has killed Muhsin al-Fadhli, a key figure in a dangerous al Qaida offshoot called the Khorasan Group. He was killed in a July 8 air attack while travelling in a vehicle near Sarmada, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis...

  • Ragtime author EL Doctorow dies in New York aged 84

    Writer EL Doctorow, who wryly reimagined the American experience in such novels as Ragtime and Billy Bathgate has died aged 84. His son, Richard Doctorow, confirmed he died at a New York hospital from complications of lung cancer. He lived in New...

  • Alexis Tsipras rallies Syriza backing before bailout vote

    Alexis Tsipras rallies Syriza backing before bailout vote

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tried to rally his leftwing Syriza party yesterday ahead of a vote in Parliament on the second package of measures demanded by international creditors as a condition for opening talks on a new bailout...