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  • Estonian officer abducted by Russia sentenced to 15 years' hard labour

    An Estonian police officer, allegedly abducted by Russia in a cross-border raid, was sentenced to 15 years in prison today, further stoking tensions between Moscow and the former Soviet republic. Russia arrested Eston Kohver on espionage charges...

  • Sterling near seven-and-a-half-year high

    Sterling was buoyant near 7-1/2 year highs against a trade-weighted basket of currencies this morning, drawing support from expectations that the Bank of England will start raising interest rates early next year. Higher-than-expected core...

  • Islamic State beheads leading antiquities scholar in Palmyra

    Islamic State beheads leading antiquities scholar in Palmyra

    Islamic State extremists have beheaded one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars in the ancient town of Palmyra, according to state media and an activist group. IS killed 81-year-old Khaled Asaad in a square outside the town's museum,...

  • Hackers issue details of millions of adultery dating website users

    Hackers issue details of millions of adultery dating website users

    Hackers who stole the personal and private details of millions of users of an adultery dating website worldwide have posted the data on to the internet. Website Ashley Madison, which has the tagline "Life is short. Have an affair", was hacked by a...

  • US approves 'female Viagra'

    US approves 'female Viagra'

    The first drug to treat low sexual desire in women has won approval from US health regulators, but with a warning about potentially dangerous low blood pressure and fainting side effects, especially when taken with alcohol. The US Food and Drug...

  • Stunt-loving Vladimir Putin rides to bottom of Black Sea

    Stunt-loving Vladimir Putin rides to bottom of Black Sea

    Another summer, another trip to the bottom of a sea for Russia’s adventure-loving President. Vladimir Putin climbed into a three-seat submersible craft to check out an ancient sunken ship found recently in the Black Sea off the coast of Crimea –...

  • Pakistan opposition lawmaker shot

    Pakistan opposition lawmaker shot

    Gunmen yesterday shot and wounded a Pakistani opposition lawmaker and killed the driver of his car, police said, as the government sought to woo his party’s deputies back to parliament after they resigned over the arrests of several...

  • Arab League vows military support for Libya’s fight against IS

    The Arab League yesterday pledged military support to help Libya’s internationally recognised government fight Islamic State, but did not publicly agree to a request for air strikes. A communiqué issued after an Arab League meeting in Cairo said...

  • Man charged over Cecil the lion hunt

    Zimbabwe has charged a man on whose land Cecil the lion was shot by US dentist Walter Palmer in July. Charges have not been filed against Palmer, according to prosecutors, while in Minnesota the dentist has reopened his practice. Prosecutors...

  • Man in yellow T-shirt and with backpack ‘is Bangkok bomber’

    Man in yellow T-shirt and with backpack ‘is Bangkok bomber’

    Thai authorities yesterday said they were looking for a suspect seen on closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage near a popular shrine where a bomb blast killed 22 people, nearly half of them foreigners. The government said the attack during...

  • Murdered aid worker did not want ransom paid to militants

    Murdered aid worker did not want ransom paid to militants

    A British humanitarian worker murdered by Islamic State terrorists did not want the government to pay a ransom for his release – even if the other likely option was death, his brother has said. David Haines was killed in September last year, 18...

  • Saudi-led warplanes hit port in Yemen as aid groups alarmed

    Saudi-led warplanes hit port in Yemen as aid groups alarmed

    Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition hit Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeida yesterday, and officials there said the raids destroyed cranes and warehouses in the main entry point for aid supplies to the north of the country. Hodeida, controlled by...

  • Afghan forces retreat from strategic district in Helmand province

    Afghan security forces have “tactically retreated” from a key district in the southern province of Helmand that foreign troops battled for years to secure, as the Taliban make a late summer push to expand areas they control in a traditional...

  • Three Islamists arrested over killings of bloggers

    Three Islamists arrested over killings of bloggers

    Bangladesh’s elite forces said yesterday they had arrested three suspected Islamist militants, including a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, for masterminding the killings of two secular bloggers in the Muslim-majority nation. Touhidur...

  • Eight ‘smugglers’ detained in Italy over migrant tragedy

    Authorities have detained eight suspected smugglers over the deaths of 49 migrants trapped inside the hold of an overcrowded fishing vessel over the weekend, an Italian prosecutor said. Michelangelo Patane, speaking in Catania, said a Moroccan was...

  • Greece warns migrant crisis won’t be solved with fences

    Greece warns migrant crisis won’t be solved with fences

    Greece appealed to its European Union partners yesterday to come up with a comprehensive strategy to deal with a growing migrant crisis as new data showed 21,000 refugees landed on Greek shores last week alone. That number is almost half Greece’s...

  • EU arrivals pass record 100,000 in July

    Nearly 110,000 migrants were tracked entering the EU in July by irregular means, official data showed yesterday, setting a record as the influx continues, notably of Syrians reaching Greek islands from Turkey. The EU’s border control agency...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Adding milk to tea actually stops teeth becoming stained, the Daily Mail reported. It was even more effective than whitening toothpastes, and was as equally good as some bleaching products, researchers found. “Tea is the second most consumed drink...

  • Daughter of German businessman killed in botched kidnapping

    The teenage daughter of a wealthy German businessman was killed during a botched kidnapping attempt, police said today after a four-day intense search that gripped the nation. Police said they found the body of the 17-year-old school girl, named...

  • Paris attacks hostage sues media for endangering his life

    Paris attacks hostage sues media for endangering his life

    An investigation has been opened after one of the hostages in the January attacks around Paris accused some television and radio stations of having put his life in danger and sued them, the city's prosecutors' office said. Twenty people were...