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  • Libyan Parliament slashes budget as oil revenues down

    Libyan Parliament slashes budget as oil revenues down

    Libya’s elected Parliament has slashed this year’s budget for the faction-ridden country by a fifth to $40 billion because a wave of worker protests in the first six months will mean lower oil revenues. The House of Representatives, based in the...

  • Alvin Stardust dies aged 72

    Alvin Stardust dies aged 72

    Singer and actor Alvin Stardust, who grew up in Mansfield, died aged 72 after a short illness, his manager said yesterday. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife and family around him. The...

  • Anger at move to free man who killed 3 officers

    Anger at move to free man who killed 3 officers

    Police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison – despite being warned by a judge that he faced dying in jail. Roberts, now 78, was jailed for life for the murder of three policemen in an act which shocked the country and was condemned...

  • US steps up Ebola checks

    US steps up Ebola checks

    Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the US starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly...

  • Blogs, videos and verse – an Iraqi poet’s quest to heal her homeland

    Blogs, videos and verse – an Iraqi poet’s quest to heal her homeland

    Amal al-Jubouri, one of the foremost Arabic poets, uses online TV and blog to help show unreported Iraq and raise the voice of her countrymen Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women...

  • €715,000 for 1970s Apple

    €715,000 for 1970s Apple

    One of the few remaining examples of Apple Inc.’s first pre-assembled computer, Apple-1, sold for €715,000 at an auction in New York, far outstripping expectations. The relic, which sparked a revolution in home computing, is thought to be one of...

  • Beast with behemoth arms

    Beast with behemoth arms

    In July 1965, two gigantic fossilised dinosaur arms replete with menacing claws were unearthed in the remote southern Gobi desert of Mongolia. Measuring 2.4 metres, they were the longest arms of any known bipedal creature in earth’s history. But...

  • ‘Sculpture of exceptional art’ found

    Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece’s northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument’s inner chambers, the culture ministry said. The tomb on the...

  • Obama for tea

    Obama for tea

    Participants drinking tea and eating pies made to look like US President Barack Obama, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the art performance titled, Sweet Sanctions – Let’s Eat Each Other Only for Fun in...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Five large shark paintings worth £20,000, created by “the female Banksy”, have been stolen, police said. The murals, painted by acclaimed street artist Bambi, were taken by thieves who broke into a building site in Upper Street, Islington, north...

  • Man's ashes launched into space

    A mother who is using social media to have her son's ashes scattered all over the world has sent him on his greatest journey yet - to space. Using her Facebook page, which has more than 17,000 likes, Hallie Twomey has mailed hundreds of packets of...

  • One dead in Germany gas explosion

    One dead in Germany gas explosion

    One person has been killed and 11 injured in an explosion after a gas pipe was damaged during construction work in a west German city, authorities said. Police in Ludwigshafen said the explosion outside a house in the city happened midday...

  • Updated: Ottawa suspect's mother 'sorry'

    Updated: Ottawa suspect's mother 'sorry'

    (Adds full text of mother's e-mail) The mother of the man identified as Ottawa gunman has said she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son. Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack. "Can you ever...

  • Migrants dodge French police, try to enter Britain

    Migrants dodge French police, try to enter Britain

    French police at the port city of Calais struggle to stop irregular migrants from going to Britain. The migrants sneak into trucks bound for the ferries. Yiming Woo reports.

  • British officers furious at police killer release

    British officers furious at police killer release

    British police have denounced the decision to free a notorious killer who shot dead two officers in 1966, calling it a "slap in the face" for the victims' relatives. Harry Roberts, now 78, and two associates were planning a robbery in a van in...

  • Funeral for baby killed in Jerusalem car attack

    Funeral for baby killed in Jerusalem car attack

    Hundreds attended the funeral of a baby killed after a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem. "The parents are a young couple. They are Americans and they came to live here. He come to learn here in the Yeshiva (Jewish...

  • Canada's Harper says no safe haven for those behind attacks

    Canada's Harper says no safe haven for those behind attacks

    Canada will not be intimidated by a pair of attacks that killed two soldiers on its own soil this week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in an address to the nation last night, adding that security agencies will do everything needed to counter...

  • Soldier dies after gunman opens fire in Canada

    Soldier dies after gunman opens fire in Canada

    At least one gunman entered Canada’s Parliament buildings yesterday and many shots were fired just outside the room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators. Harper was safely removed from the building but...

  • Protesters march in Hong Kong as talks are fruitless

    About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city’s Beijing-backed leader yesterday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock. Others continued...

  • Cuban doctors, nurses land in Liberia to combat Ebola

    Cuban doctors, nurses land in Liberia to combat Ebola

    A team of Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia yesterday to help to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on record alongside a US military mission deploying in the West Africa country. A jet from the national airline Cubana...