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Second blogger hacked to death this year in Bangladesh

A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka today, the second attack in five weeks on a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation. Washikur Rahman, a secular blogger,...

  • US music expert Charters dies at 85

    Samuel Charters, a novelist and music historian of American blues, folk and jazz, has died at the age of 85. His widow, Ann Charters, said her husband died in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, of a bone marrow disorder after a serious...

  • The ‘return’ of Napoleon

    The ‘return’ of Napoleon

    The bicentennial of the return of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte to France after nine months in exile on the Island of Elba was marked yesterday. The bicentennial ceremonies in Paris included a historical re-enactment of Napoleon riding on...

  • Golden daffodils in springtime

    Golden daffodils in springtime

    Women eat lunch amongst ‘a host of golden daffodils’ in St James Park in central London yesterday as spring weather sets in.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    The BBC was given another reminder of the strength of support behind Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson when a million-strong petition calling for his reinstatement was delivered to its headquarters – by tank. The vehicle, apparently driven by the...

  • Attacker cuts baby out of womb

    A woman is in a critical but stable condition after an attacker cut her unborn baby out of her womb, her family said. Michelle Wilkins, from Longmont, Colorado, was reportedly attacked after answering an online ad for baby clothes. In a statement,...

  • Disgraced Cardinal O'Brien resigns

    Disgraced Cardinal O'Brien resigns

    Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien has again apologised for his "sexual conduct" after formally resigning from his role in a meeting with Pope Francis. Cardinal O'Brien stepped down from the Scottish archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh in...

  • Scores die in Yemen mosque attacks

    Scores die in Yemen mosque attacks

    At least 137 people have been killed and 345 wounded in suicide attacks on Yemen mosques, according to a Shiite TV channel. Four suicide bombers hit a pair of mosques controlled by Shiite rebels in the capital Sanaa, unleashing blasts through...

  • 31 killed as Indian train derails

    31 killed as Indian train derails

    A passenger train has derailed in northern India, killing 31 people and injuring dozens more. Rescuers were using cutters to rip apart the mangled wreckage to search for trapped people. Rescue workers pulled 31 bodies from the wreckage, said...

  • UN warns over water shortfall

    UN warns over water shortfall

    The world could suffer a 40 per cent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a UN report has warned. Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are...

  • Tunisia gunmen 'trained in Libya'

    Tunisia gunmen 'trained in Libya'

    Two gunmen who killed 21 people at a museum in Tunis trained in neighbouring Libya before the attack, Tunisian security officials have said. Rafik Chelli, the Interior Ministry's senior security official, said the attackers slipped out of Tunisia...

  • Updated: Pair held over Copenhagen shootings

    Two men suspected of helping the gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen last month have been detained until next Thursday. Prosecutor Stig Fleischer said the pair would reappear before a judge next week for an extension of their...

  • Lufthansa pilots start third straight day of walkouts

    Lufthansa pilots start third straight day of walkouts

    Lufthansa pilots began a third straight day of walkouts today, grounding 700 flights as they try to put pressure on management in a protracted row over early retirement benefits and cost cuts. Lufthansa wants to cut spending to levels nearer those...

  • Obama tells Netanyahu US to "reassess" policy on Israel, Mideast diplomacy

    President Barack Obama told Benjamin Netanyahu last night that Washington would "reassess" its options on US-Israel relations and Middle East diplomacy after the Israeli prime minister took a position against Palestinian statehood during his...

  • Ex-Australian PM Malcolm Fraser dies

    Ex-Australian PM Malcolm Fraser dies

    Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has died at the age of 84. His office says he passed away after a brief illness. Fraser led a conservative government from 1975 to 1983, after his political rival and Labour opponent Gough Whitlam...

  • Islamic State claims deadly museum attack in Tunisia

    Islamic State claims deadly museum attack in Tunisia

    Tunisia said it would deploy the army to major cities and arrested nine people yesterday after 20 foreign tourists were shot dead in an attack on a museum which Islamic State militants called “the first drop of the rain”. Japanese, Italian,...

  • Egyptian court acquits Mubarak era official

    An Egyptian court acquitted former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly of graft charges yesterday, judicial sources said, the latest ruling to clear a prominent figure from the era of ousted President Hosni Mubarak. While the courts have been...

  • Tourist survives polar bear attack

    Tourist survives polar bear attack

    A Czech tourist suffered slight injuries when a polar bear attacked him in a tent on an Arctic island off Norway yesterday, the eve of a total solar eclipse that has drawn thousands of visitors. Jakub Moravec, camping with five other tourists on a...

  • Libya’s government conducts air strike on airport in Tripoli

    Libya’s government conducts air strike on airport in Tripoli

    Warplanes from Libya’s inter­nationally-recognised government yesterday attacked the only functioning commercial airport in Tripoli, the capital controlled by a rival administration, officials said. The attack on Matiga airport, a military base...

  • Putin meeting top aide to the Chinese President in Moscow

    Putin meeting top aide to the Chinese President in Moscow

    President Vladimir Putin was meeting a close aide to Chinese President Xi Jinping late yesterday, the Kremlin said, underlining Russia’s increased effort to establish closer ties with Beijing as its relations with the West have deteriorated. The...

  • Netanyahu is poised for governing coalition after final election results

    Netanyahu is poised for governing coalition after final election results

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to lead a heavily right-leaning coalition government with control of 67 of Parliament’s 120 seats, according to final election results released yesterday. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party won...