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  • Parcel bomb explodes outside neo-fascist bookshop in Florence

    Parcel bomb explodes outside neo-fascist bookshop in Florence

    A parcel bomb with a timer exploded early this morning in front of a Florence bookstore run by a neo-fascist group, seriously wounding a policeman trying defuse the device, authorities said. Anti-terrorism police discovered the package while...

  • Armed men attack prison in Bahrain

    Armed men attack prison in Bahrain

    A policeman was killed today when armed men attacked a prison in Bahrain, freeing several convicted inmates, the interior ministry said, in what it described as a terrorist act. It did not provide an exact number for those who had escaped or...

  • New UN secretary general resolves to 'put peace first'

    New UN secretary general resolves to 'put peace first'

    Antonio Guterres has begun the first day as the United Nations' new secretary general with a New Year appeal to the world: "Let us resolve to put peace first." The former Portuguese prime minister and UN refugee chief made the plea just after...

  • More than 20 killed, dozens injured after fire on Indonesian tourist boat

    More than 20 killed, dozens injured after fire on Indonesian tourist boat

    Updated 10.18am  Twenty-three people were killed and dozens injured early today after a fire ripped through a boat carrying nearly 250 people to islands north of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, the city's search and rescue agency said. The Zahro...

  • Manhunt underway after 39 killed in Istanbul nightclub gun attack

    Manhunt underway after 39 killed in Istanbul nightclub gun attack

    Updated 4.20pm * Revellers cower under tables, some jump into Bosphorus * No Maltese believed to be among the victims * Hundreds of New Year's revellers were in club * Assailant cries "Allahu Akbar", witness says A gunman opened fire on New Year...

  • Pope urges action on youth unemployment in in year-end message

    Pope urges action on youth unemployment in in year-end message

    Pope Francis in his year-end message urged leaders to do more to tackle youth unemployment, saying a generation was being lost to desperation, migration and joblessness. At his last public event of 2016, an evening vespers service in St. Peter's...

  • Islamist terrorism is biggest test for Germany - Merkel

    Islamist terrorism is biggest test for Germany - Merkel

    Islamist terrorism is the biggest test facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a New Year's address to the nation, and vowed to introduce laws that improve security after a deadly attack before Christmas in Berlin. Merkel, seeking a...

  • Spectacular fireworks in Sydney as New Year celebrations gets underway

    Spectacular fireworks in Sydney as New Year celebrations gets underway

    New Year's Eve celebrations are in full swing in parts of the globe, as locals prepare to wave goodbye to 2016.  A spectacular fireworks display lit up Sydney Harbour Bridge as the Australian city readied itself for an estimated 1.5 million people...

  • If 2016 was year of upheaval, 2017 could be even bigger, UKIP leader warns

    If 2016 was year of upheaval, 2017 could be even bigger, UKIP leader warns

    The New Year could bring even greater upheaval than 2016, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has said. Following a year which has brought the twin seismic political events of the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump as United States president, Mr...

  • Thick fog disrupts flights from Heathrow, Gatwick for fourth day

    Thick fog disrupts flights from Heathrow, Gatwick for fourth day

    Air passengers are being hit with cancellations and delays for a fourth day in the south of England because of heavy fog. The fog covering the region today, which began to lift as the morning progressed, is causing disruption at major airports,...

  • Watch: Two blasts in central Baghdad kill at least 25

    Watch: Two blasts in central Baghdad kill at least 25

    Two bombs exploded at a busy market in central Baghdad, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 50, police and medics said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic State regularly attacks civilians in the Iraqi...

  • Watch: Intoxicated pilot goes through security

    Watch: Intoxicated pilot goes through security

    Indonesian authorities have issued a warning to airline PT Citilink Indonesia after videos circulated appearing to show an intoxicated pilot from the low-cost carrier going through security and then sounding incoherent on the aircraft's public...

  • Obama to meet lawmakers in attempt to protect health law

    Obama to meet lawmakers in attempt to protect health law

    President Barack Obama plans to meet Democratic lawmakers in Congress next week to discuss how to protect his signature healthcare law from Republican efforts to dismantle it, a White House official said. Obama, who is leaving office on January...

  • Israel warns on travel to India, citing immediate threat of attacks

    Israel warns on travel to India, citing immediate threat of attacks

    Israel's anti-terrorism directorate issued a travel warning for India, citing an immediate threat of attack to Western and tourist targets, particularly in the south-west of the country. "A particular emphasis should be put on events in the coming...

  • Greek ambassador murdered by wife's policeman lover

    Greek ambassador murdered by wife's policeman lover

    Updated Saturday 11am A Rio de Janeiro policeman confessed to murdering Greece's ambassador to Brazil in what investigators called a "cowardly act" carried out at the direction of the diplomat's Brazilian wife with whom the officer was...

  • Clashes, air raids tarnish Russia and Turkey's Syria truce

    Clashes, air raids tarnish Russia and Turkey's Syria truce

    Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to peace talks between rebels and a government emboldened by recent battlefield success. Russian...

  • Putin says will not expel anyone in response to US sanctions

    Putin says will not expel anyone in response to US sanctions

    President Vladimir Putin ruled out expelling anyone in retaliation for Washington's decision to throw out 35 Russian diplomats and impose sanctions on two of the country's intelligence agencies. RIA news agency quoted Putin as saying he would...

  • 10 years ago today, Saddam Hussein was executed

    10 years ago today, Saddam Hussein was executed

    On this day 10 years ago, Saddam Hussein was led to the gallows and hanged to death for crimes against humanity during his reign as dictator of Iraq.  Saddam ruled Iraq with an iron fist from 1979 until he was toppled by a US invasion in April 2003.

  • Russia to expel 35 US diplomats in response to sanctions, agencies say

    Russia to expel 35 US diplomats in response to sanctions, agencies say

    Updated 1.05pm  Russia said on Friday it planned to expel 35 US diplomats and ban US diplomatic staff from using two facilities in Moscow in retaliation for expulsions and sanctions imposed by Washington. The Foreign Ministry announcement followed...

  • At least 9 killed, many trapped in Indian coal mine collapse

    At least 9 killed, many trapped in Indian coal mine collapse

    At least nine Indian miners were killed and nearly two dozen trapped when mine waste collapsed at a coalfield run by state-owned Coal India Limited, officials said today, hitting production at one of the country's largest mines. The accident...