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  • Pro-Russian rebels renew attacks on airport at Donetsk

    Pro-Russian rebels renew attacks on airport at Donetsk

    Pro-Russian separatists renewed attacks on Ukrainian forces at an airport complex in the east yesterday after Kiev launched a mass operation to reclaim lost ground there that Russia called a “strategic mistake”. Ukrainian officials said three...

  • UK plea to imams draws charge of Islamophobia

    UK plea to imams draws charge of Islamophobia

    Muslim groups yesterday accused the British government of copying the language of the far right and of stoking Islamophobia after ministers wrote to imams asking them to explain to Muslims how Islam is compatible with being British. In a letter to...

  • Angela Merkel vows to uphold protest rights across Germany

    Angela Merkel vows to uphold protest rights across Germany

    Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday she had a duty to protect the right to demonstrate in Germany, regardless of the issue, and offered federal security support after an anti-Islam march was cancelled because of a terrorist threat. Police in...

  • Fighting shakes Yemen’s capital

    Fighting shakes Yemen’s capital

    Yemen’s powerful Houthi movement fought artillery battles with the army near the presidential palace in Sanaa yesterday, throwing the fragile Arab state deeper into turmoil and drawing accusations that the militia fighters were mounting a...

  • Disappointed mother bills dad for son’s party no-show

    The father of a five-year-old boy has criticised a mother who sent him an invoice for failing to give notice that his son would not be attending her child’s birthday party in Plymouth. Derek Nash said that his son, Alex, was invited to a party...

  • ‘No evidence of terrorism in AirAsia crash’

    ‘No evidence of terrorism in AirAsia crash’

    Indonesian investigators said yesterday they had found no evidence so far that terrorism played a part in the crash of an AirAsia passenger jet last month that killed all 162 people on board. Andreas Hananto told Reuters that his team of 10...

  • EU seeks ‘united response’ to threat of radical Islam

    EU seeks ‘united response’ to threat of radical Islam

    EU foreign ministers pledged yesterday to counter radical Muslims returning from Syria and Iraq with a better strategy at home and abroad, but ruled out sweeping new laws in the wake of the January 7 Paris attacks. Following the deadliest assault...

  • Joan Collins’s marriage is her ‘happiest and last’

    Joan Collins’s marriage is her ‘happiest and last’

    Veteran star Joan Collins says her most recent marriage − her fifth − is her “happiest and last”. The actress, made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours, is about to celebrate her 13th wedding anniversary with her husband Percy. She told Hello!...

  • Fitness model Plitt killed by train

    Fitness model Plitt killed by train

    Fitness model and actor Greg Plitt, who featured on the cover of numerous magazines, has been killed by a train while filming in Southern California, the US. Two men were filming Plitt on a railway track north of Burbank station on Saturday...

  • Man behind instant TV replay dies

    Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports games 51 years ago, has died at his home in Palm Desert, California, the US. His daughter Tracy Soiseth said her 81-year-old father had been battling acute...

  • Undiscovered planets

    Undiscovered planets

    At least two as-yet undiscovered planets as big as Earth or larger may be hiding in the outer fringes of the solar system, scientists believe. The secret worlds are thought to exist beyond the orbits of Neptune, the furthest true planet from the...

  • Be blessed!

    Be blessed!

    A baby is baptised during a mass baptism ceremony on Epiphany day in Tbilisi yesterday. About 1,000 children were baptised by the Georgian Orthodox church during a ceremony at the country’s main cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    US TV channel Fox News has made an on-air apology after a terrorism pundit described Birmingham as a no-go area for non-Muslims. Steven Emerson, billed as an expert on terrorism-related issues, told viewers the city was “totally Muslim” and was...

  • Iranian paper banned for showing Clooney wearing "Je suis Charlie" pin

    Iranian paper banned for showing Clooney wearing "Je suis Charlie" pin

    Iran's hardline judiciary has banned a reformist newspaper for publishing a picture of Hollywood star George Clooney wearing a "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") button, Iranian newspapers reported. Mardom-e Emrooz (Today's People) had come under...

  • Libya recalls former general Haftar for army duty

    Libya's internationally-recognised government has recalled retired general Khalifa Haftar to army duty, cementing its alliance with him in a struggle against a rival administration claiming national authority. The decision shows the increasing...

  • Top 1% are richer than the rest of the world

    Top 1% are richer than the rest of the world

    The richest 1% of people will own more than the combined wealth of the other 99% by next year unless "staggering" levels of inequality are tackled, Oxfam has warned. Political and business leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum in Davos...

  • AirAsia investigators confirm crash was not terrorism

    AirAsia investigators confirm crash was not terrorism

    Investigators in the recovery of AirAsia flight 8501 are saying for the first time that the crash was not the result of a terrorist attack. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, lead investigators say about 50 percent of the information from the...

  • China denies stealing stealth jet secrets

    China denies stealing stealth jet secrets

    China has dismissed accusations it stole F-35 stealth fighter plans as groundless after documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on a cyber attack were published by a German magazine. The Pentagon has previously...

  • Greeks hold candlelight vigil asking for return of Parthenon marbles

    Greeks hold candlelight vigil asking for return of Parthenon marbles

    Hundreds of Greeks, including politicians of all stripes, gathered outside the Acropolis museum yesterday to hold a candlelight vigil asking Britain for the return of the Parthenon marbles. The marble statues from the facade of the Parthenon,...

  • Rival parliament says UN talks must be held in Libya

    Rival parliament says UN talks must be held in Libya

    Libya’s rival parliament decided yesterday that it would attend UN-sponsored talks to end the country’s political turmoil only if they were held inside Libya, officials said. Nearly four years after a Nato-backed revolt ousted Muammar Gaddafi,...