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  • In Brussels, Juncker has reasons to be cheerful

    In Brussels, Juncker has reasons to be cheerful

    Jean-Claude Juncker has come through his first big test as the European Union’s chief executive with reasons to be cheerful, even if he faces another tricky couple of weeks to get a team in place that can take office next month. The...

  • Divided Bosnians vote in elections with little hope of changing system

    Divided Bosnians vote in elections with little hope of changing system

    Bosnians voted for national, regional and local representatives yesterday in elections dominated by still-unresolved issues of identity and statehood after almost 20 years of peace, and with scant prospect of any genuine change. Many Bosnians had...

  • Police in Libya struggling to secure stretched border

    Police in Libya struggling to secure stretched border

    When the man in charge of Libya’s main border crossing with Egypt checks his staff rota every morning, he can count on a maximum of just 30 officers. The tiny force polices the northern tip of a 1,115 km desert border, where Egypt and its Western...

  • ‘Tunisia is cracking down on jihadists’

    ‘Tunisia is cracking down on jihadists’

    Tunisia has arrested some 1,500 suspected jihadists this year, Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa told Reuters yesterday, part of a security crackdown aimed at safeguarding the North African country's fragile transition to democracy. Among those held are...

  • Hong Kong’s leader vows to stay in office

    Hong Kong’s leader vows to stay in office

    Hong Kong’s embattled leader Leung Chun-ying vowed yesterday to stay in office, warning students demanding his resignation that their pro-democracy movement was out of control. Leung said the blockade of key parts of the Asian financial hub - now...

  • Kurdish defenders holding off Islamic State in Kobani

    Kurdish defenders holding off Islamic State in Kobani

    Kurdish defenders held off Islamic State militants in Syria’s border town of Kobani yesterday, but the fighters struck with deadly bombings in Iraq, killing dozens of Kurds in the north and assassinating a provincial police commander in the...

  • Militant attacks kill dozens in Iraq

    Militant attacks kill dozens in Iraq

    Iraq, yesterday saw a second straight day of bomb attacks that killed dozens of people. Suspected Islamic State bombers assassinated an Iraqi provincial police chief and killed 28 people in an attack on a Kurdish security headquarters during mass...

  • Setting sail

    Setting sail

    Sailing boats gather at the start of the Barcolana regatta in front of Trieste harbour yesterday. The annual Barcolana regatta in the Gulf of Trieste near northern Italy is one of the largest sailing races in the world with over 1,800 participants.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Fans of “superfoods” are being given advice on how to grow “supergardens” filled with fruit and vegetables packed with nutrition and flavour. The Royal Horticultural Society said any garden, whatever its size, can be used to grow foods ranging...

  • Pistorius due in court for sentence

    Pistorius due in court for sentence

    Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing this week in a South African court after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The sentencing of the double-amputee athlete is expected to involve several days of legal...

  • US girl dies in haunted ride crash

    A teenager has died and two other people remain in a critical condition after a haunted hay ride crashed in Mechanic Falls, Maine. Police did not release the name of the 17-year-old girl who died overnight of injuries sustained when the Jeep...

  • Updated: US health worker positive for Ebola

    Updated: US health worker positive for Ebola

    A US healthcare worker who provided hospital care for an Ebola patient who later died has tested positive for the virus and is in a stable condition. Dr Daniel Varga, of the Texas Health Resource, said the worker was in full protective gear when...

  • UK conducts test in case of Ebola outbreak

    UK conducts test in case of Ebola outbreak

    UK authorities conduct an exercise to test the country's Ebola readiness. Julie Noce reports.

  • Morales 'murder bid' hoax tweet

    Hackers invaded the Twitter account of Bolivia's state television on the eve of elections and issued a bogus tweet saying President Evo Morales had been gravely wounded in an assassination attempt. Mr Morales responded by appearing at a news...

  • Hong Kong's leader warns protesters as tent city sprouts up

    Hong Kong's leader warns protesters as tent city sprouts up

    Hong Kong's embattled leader Leung Chun-ying vowed today to stay in office, warning students demanding his resignation that their pro-democracy movement was out of control. Leung said the blockade of key parts of the Asian financial hub - now...

  • Putin orders Russian troops withdrawal from Ukrainian border

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after military exercises in Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported late, citing Kremlin spokesman. The troops...

  • US begins Ebola screening programme at JFK airport

    US begins Ebola screening programme at JFK airport

    Stepped up efforts by the US to halt the spread of the Ebola virus started at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport yesterday, where teams armed with thermal guns and questionnaires will screen travellers from West African countries hit...

  • Kurds in desperate battle with IS

    Kurds in desperate battle with IS

    Fierce fighting is said to be under way in a Syrian border town where Kurdish militiamen are struggling to repel advances by the Islamic State group. The battle for Kobani is raging despite air strikes by the US-led coalition targeting the...

  • Hong Kong activists dig in for long haul

    Hong Kong activists dig in for long haul

    Hundreds of student activists camped overnight at major protest sites in Hong Kong as the democracy movement sought to regather momentum after the government called off talks with its leaders aimed at defusing unrest in the global financial...

  • New Belgian government takes office

    Belgium’s new centre-right government took office yesterday, promising to raise the retirement age and slash costs by about €8 billion to balance the national budget by 2018 and cut the country’s debt. Charles Michel, 38, the youngest Belgian...