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Teenagers planned Australian terror attack for ANZAC centenary

Teenagers inspired by the hardline Islamic State planned a major terrorism attack in the Australian city of Melbourne to mark the centenary next week of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli during World War One, police said. Five men aged 18 and 19...

  • Tyrannosaur turned to cannibalism

    Tyrannosaur turned to cannibalism

    Proof that life was nasty, brutish and short in the dinosaur age has emerged from the study of one particularly unfortunate tyrannosaur. The skull of the Daspletosaurus showed that it suffered numerous injuries during life, at least some of which...

  • Poignant reminder

    Poignant reminder

    A Ukrainian soldier stands guard during a commemoration ceremony at the memorial near the village of Bykovnya yesterday. More than 50,000 people, including Poles, were shot and buried at Bykovnya between 1937 and 1941, during the repressive period...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Police have issued a warning to dog owners after cocktail sausages believed to be stuffed with toxic slug pellets were found at a popular walking spot. Police in Hailsham, Sussex, have told dog walkers to be cautious after the contaminated meat...

  • Greece repays loan, faces next hurdle

    Greece repays loan, faces next hurdle

    Greece has been given a six day deadline by euro zone ministers to come up with revised reform proposals. Ciara Lee reports on the latest in the country's debt crisis and asks whether a deal will be reached in time.

  • Flights woman 'faked Germanwings victim link'

    German police are looking into whether a woman claimed to be a relative of a victim of last month's Germanwings crash to get free flights to southern France. Germanwings parent Lufthansa organised special flights for victims' relatives after the...

  • Eiffel Tower shut in French strike

    Eiffel Tower shut in French strike

    The Eiffel Tower closed, many schoolchildren across France had no classes and air traffic controllers were staying off work in a nationwide day of protests and strikes to air an array of grievances against the government. Thousands of protesters,...

  • Judge shot dead in Milan courthouse

    Judge shot dead in Milan courthouse

    A gunman opened fire in a Milan courtroom, killing a judge and as many as two other people before being captured as he tried to flee on a motorbike, news reports and Italy's interior minister said. Witnesses reported barricading themselves inside...

  • French broadcaster TV5Monde hit by Islamist hackers

    Hackers purporting to be supporters of Islamic State knocked out channels belonging to French public television station TV5Monde and posted material on its social media feeds to protest French military action in Iraq. President Francois Hollande's...

  • Iran's Khamenei says neither rejects, accepts nuclear deal, details key

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today he neither backed nor rejected an interim accord with six world powers on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme but demanded all sanctions be lifted immediately a final agreement was...

  • Second case of feared banana disease confirmed in Australia

    A second case of a destructive disease affecting banana plants has been confirmed in Australia, dashing hopes that a recently confirmed outbreak would be isolated and threatening the country's A$550 million ($423 million) sector. The so-called...

  • UK police video shows high speed pursuit of would-be robbers

    UK police video shows high speed pursuit of would-be robbers

      British police recorded would-be robbers in a getaway car attempting to outrun them at speeds above 140 mph in a furious road chase last year.   Video of the action, as seen from police cars and a helicopter, was released at the end of the trial...

  • Yemen’s Houthis fight battles over old centre of Aden

    Yemen’s Houthis fight battles over old centre of Aden

    Houthi forces fought battles street by street with local militia in the old centre of Aden yesterday, as the first boatloads of emergency medical aid arrived to the south Yemeni port city which aid workers say faces a humanitarian...

  • Boston Marathon bomber found guilty of all charges

    A jury yesterday found Dzokhar Tsarnaev guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, as well as fatally shooting a police officer four days later. Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty of all 30 counts against him,...

  • US policeman charged with fatally shooting man in back

    US policeman charged with fatally shooting man in back

    A white South Carolina police officer was arrested and charged with murder yesterday after a video showed him shooting eight times at the back of a 50-year-old black man who was running away after a traffic stop and died at the scene. Later...

  • Obama facing Democrat defiance in Congress over Iran nuclear deal

    Obama facing Democrat defiance in Congress over Iran nuclear deal

    Democrats are aligning with Republicans to support a Bill giving Congress the opportunity to approve or reject sanctions relief in an Iran nuclear deal, and are close to forming a veto-proof majority that US President Barack Obama says could...

  • Scottish nationalists may call another independence vote

    Scottish nationalists may call another independence vote

    Just a month before the most unpredictable British election in a generation, Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon is raising the prospect of another independence referendum after 2016 that could break apart the United Kingdom. Though Scots...

  • Russia might ‘support’ Greece with funds on future gas pipeline profits

    Russia might ‘support’ Greece with funds on future gas pipeline profits

    Russia is considering soon giving Greece funds based on future profits Athens would earn from shipping Russian gas to Europe as part of an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, a Greek government official said yesterday. Plans for...

  • Life ‘may have sprung up spontaneously’, says study

    Life ‘may have sprung up spontaneously’, says study

    Life may have sprung up spontaneously from self-organising fragments of DNA-like molecules four billion years ago, a study suggests. While experts have evidence of single-celled organisms dating back 3.5 to 3.8 billion years, what preceded their...

  • Skin cells link to ‘fairy circles’

    Skin cells link to ‘fairy circles’

    It sounds like another X-files case for Mulder and Scully. Scientists have discovered a weird connection between skin cells and ‘fairy circles’ in the Namibian desert. Despite their vastly different scales, they have very closely matched...

  • Dukes of Hazzard actor dies

    Dukes of Hazzard actor dies

    James Best, the prolific actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard, has died aged 88. His wife Dorothy said he died in hospice care from complications of pneumonia. Best starred in the television series...