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  • Shots fired at Israeli embassy

    Shots fired at Israeli embassy

    Gunmen have fired dozens of bullets at the Israeli embassy in Athens in a pre-dawn drive-by attack on one of the Greek capital's best-guarded buildings. Police said 54 bullet casings from an AK47 assault rifle - a weapon favoured by Greek...

  • More than 163,000 migrants arrive in Italy this year

    More than 163,000 migrants arrive in Italy this year

    A total of 163,368 migrants were rescued at sea this year up to November 30, according to Italy’s Ministry of the Interior. “That is an increase of 9,923 during the most recent month, which is only about a third of September’s 26,107 arrivals...

  • Italy unions march against reforms

    Thousands of Italian union workers staging a general strike are marching through more than 50 towns and cities to protest against government reforms they say erode workers' rights. The general strike, shutting down basic services across Italy, is...

  • Sri Lankan air force plane crashes

    Sri Lankan air force plane crashes

    A Ukraine-built Antonov An-32, a twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft with five crew on board crashed in the early hours in Athurugiriya, 18 kilometres from Sri Lanka's capital. The military aircraft was flying to Ratmalana, the domestic...

  • Ukraine president hails ceasefire

    Ukraine president hails ceasefire

    Ukraine's president has said that a fragile truce between his government's troops and Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country had resulted in the first day free of deaths or injuries for his soldiers since the conflict erupted months...

  • Korean Air chief apologises as daughter delays flight

    Korean Air chief apologises as daughter delays flight

    The chairman of Korean Air Lines has apologised to a country brimming with outrage over an incident in which his daughter delayed a flight because she was unhappy with the way a flight attendant served her nuts. Cho Yang-ho also said his daughter,...

  • Al-Thinni vows military campaign to seize Tripoli

    Al-Thinni vows military campaign to seize Tripoli

    Libya’s recognised government will continue a military campaign to claim back the capital Tripoli, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said yesterday. Libya is divided between two governments since a group called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli in August...

  • Syria’s southern rebels sign joint defence pact, aiming for unity

    Syria’s southern rebels sign joint defence pact, aiming for unity

    Rebels in southern Syria yesterday said they have taken a step towards unity that may attract more support from their Western and Arab backers, forging a joint defence pact to help shield them from government forces and Islamic State. The south is...

  • Ukraine PM warns of high default risk

    Ukraine PM warns of high default risk

    Ukraine risks highly defaulting on its debt unless Western donors come up with more funds on top of the billions of dollars of financial aid already promised, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said yesterday. A year of revolution and war with...

  • Funeral of Palestinian minister draws crowds

    Funeral of Palestinian minister draws crowds

    Thousands of mourners turned out yesterday for a Palestinian state funeral for a minister who died after being grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a West Bank protest, an incident that has raised tensions with Israel. To the sounds of...

  • ‘Russia to stay India’s top defence partner’

    ‘Russia to stay India’s top defence partner’

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told President Vladimir Putin yesterday that Russia will remain India’s top defence supplier, even though New Delhi’s options had improved since the end of the Cold War. Modi spoke after a one-day summit that...

  • Jihadis ‘kill 5,000 in a month’

    Jihadis ‘kill 5,000 in a month’

    Jihadist attacks caused more than 5,000 deaths last month alone, according to a study that claims to have tallied fatal-ities caused by Islamist extremists for the first time. In November there were 664 reported jihadist attacks in 14 countries,...

  • Monaco celebrates birth of royal twins

    Monaco celebrates birth of royal twins

    Church bells ring, cannon shots fired as Prince Albert II and wife Charlene welcome twins Gabriella and Jacques to the world, but the boy will be the heir For the first time since Monaco was founded in the 13th century, its royal family welcomed...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A postbox installed outside the home of Charles Dickens in the 19th century has been restored and put back into service. The author suggested a postbox should be placed near his house in Gads Hill Place, Kent, from where he wrote thousands of...

  • Brazil serial killer confesses to 42 murders in Rio

    A man arrested by police in Rio de Janeiro on suspicion of murder has confessed to killing 42 people over the past decade, making him potentially one of the country's most prolific serial killers. Sailson Jose das Graças, 26, who was arrested...

  • EU court clears limited use of outside home surveillance cameras

    EU court clears limited use of outside home surveillance cameras

    The European Union's highest court ruled today that private individuals generally cannot install surveillance cameras to film people on a public path. It said, however, that exceptions can be made if they help prevent and prosecute criminal...

  • Islamic State orders wifi cut during prayers

    Islamic State militants have ordered shopkeepers to shut down their wireless Internet during prayer times in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said. It was a further example of Islamic State imposing...

  • British Airways jet lands safely at UK's Heathrow after bang heard

    A British Airways aircraft landed safely back at London's Heathrow Airport after being forced to return shortly following take-off when residents living below the flight path in southern England reported hearing a loud bang. "The aircraft landed...

  • 'Birdman' leads Golden Globe nominations with seven nods

    'Birdman' leads Golden Globe nominations with seven nods

    The surreal show business satire "Birdman," a darling of critics for its innovative storytelling, led the Golden Globe Awards film nominations announced today, with its seven nods making it a frontrunner early in the Hollywood awards season. The...

  • Iconic protest site dismantled in Hong Kong

    Iconic protest site dismantled in Hong Kong

    Authorities in Hong Kong have remove barricades in the pro-democracy protest site that has been choking the city for more than two months. Slowly, methodically, and over the course of the day barricades were removed, plastic was sawed off, and...