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  • Sky walker dies in base jumping

    Sky walker dies in base jumping

    Extreme athlete Dean Potter, renowned for his bold climbs and base jumps, was one of two men killed while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park. Someone called for help late on Saturday after losing contact with Potter, 43, and...

  • Farewell to natural childbirth pioneer

    Elisabeth Bing, the natural childbirth pioneer who popularised the Lamaze method in the US, has died at age 100. Bing, born in a Berlin suburb on July 9, 1914, died at her home in New York, her son Peter said. In 1949, Bing moved to the US,...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Rat droppings, human urine and arsenic are among the substances found in fake beauty products which police say are putting consumers’ lives at risk. Make-up, perfume, electrical hairstylers and sun cream are among the counterfeit goods being...

  • Nurse convicted of murdering patients

    "Angel turned evil" killer nurse Victorino Chua is facing life in jail in the UK after he was found guilty of a murderous poisoning spree at his hospital. Filipino Chua, 49, injected insulin into saline bags and ampoules while working on two wards...

  • British Navy investigates sailor's disaster warning over nuclear subs

    British Navy investigates sailor's disaster warning over nuclear subs

    Britain's Royal Navy said today it has launched an inquiry after a sailor who served on its submarines armed with nuclear weapons said the vessels had major security flaws and were a "disaster waiting to happen". In a lengthy dossier released on...

  • EU's Tusk says new return policy needed to solve migrants problem

    EU's Tusk says new return policy needed to solve migrants problem

    European Council President Donald Tusk said that the European Union cannot welcome all migrants fleeing to its shores and will have to work out a new return policy to tackle the problem. "I am realistic and I think that first of all we have to...

  • Raped nurse dies after 42-year coma

    An Indian nurse who was in a coma for 42 years after being raped while working in a hospital has died. Aruna Shanbaug suffered severe brain damage and was in a vegetative state after she was raped and strangled by a hospital worker in 1973. Ms...

  • Nine bikers dead in Texas shoot-out

    A shoot-out among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety. The violence erupted shortly after noon at a busy shopping centre about 90...

  • Islamic State says it has full control of Ramadi

    Islamic State militants said they had taken full control of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi  in the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer. In a statement, the group said it had seized tanks and killed "dozens of apostates",...

  • Three killed as EU vehicle hit by Kabul bomb

    Three killed as EU vehicle hit by Kabul bomb

    A suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan’s capital yesterday, killing two Afghan civilians and a British security contractor in the latest attack in the city, officials said. The Taliban claimed...

  • Iraq province giving way to Islamic State

    Iraq province giving way to Islamic State

    Islamic State militants overran one of the last remaining districts held by government forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi yesterday and besieged a key army base on the edge of the western provincial capital, security sources said. The militants...

  • New powers to sack heads of school in UK

    New powers to sack heads of school in UK

    Headteachers at “coasting” UK schools could be sacked under new plans to improve failing institutions, it was announced yesterday. The move, in a new Bill due to be introduced in the Queen’s Speech, could potentially affect hundreds of schools in...

  • Pope Francis canonises two Palestinian women

    Pope Francis canonises two Palestinian women

    Pope Francis named two Palestinian women as saints yesterday, in a ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square just days after the Vatican formalised its de facto recognition of the State of Palestine. The canonisation of Sister Marie-Alphonsine Danil...

  • German politicians pile more pressure on Greece to reform

    German politicians pile more pressure on Greece to reform

    ­German politicians kept up the pressure on Greece over the weekend to implement reforms, with Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warning Athens yesterday that a third aid package would not be on the cards unless the Greeks made some changes. Greece...

  • US residents ready spare rooms for papal pilgrims

    US residents ready spare rooms for papal pilgrims

    The 1.5 million people expected to pack into Philadelphia in autumn for Pope Francis’ first visit to the US will fill the city’s hotels, motels and Patricia Hughey’s spare rooms. Hughey and her husband are among the more than 1,000...

  • In safe hands

    In safe hands

    A German serviceman in protective clothes cradles a rescued baby on the frigate Hessen, north of the coast of Libya.

  • Hard times

    Hard times

    A woman struggles to balance herself as she carries bricks on her back during work at a brick factory in Bhaktapur, Nepal, yesterday. People in the country are seeking to rebuild their homes after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25,...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A British adventurer and his team of polar explorers have smashed the record for the fastest crossing of Greenland’s ice cap. A “worn out but absolutely ecstatic” Tom Avery, along with team mates Patrick Woodhead and George Wells plus South...

  • Russian police detain activists at gay flashmob in Moscow

    Russian police detain activists at gay flashmob in Moscow

    Russian police detained 17 protesters as they gathered in central Moscow to release colourful balloons into the air to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, an organiser of the failed flashmob said. Some 50...

  • Serb kills son's new wife, own wife and in-laws a day after wedding

    One day after his son's wedding, a Serbian man shot dead his new daughter-in-law, his own wife and both women's parents before killing himself with his hunting rifle, police said. "Disrupted family relations caused a big tragedy in the village of...

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