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  • Renzi presenting budget in conflict with Brussels’ view

    Italy’s ruling coalition was set to approve a tax-cutting budget very late yesterday or early today, risking a conflict with the European Commission which says Matteo Renzi’s government is not doing enough to rein in public debt. The 39-year-old...

  • ‘Kobani defence improved by coordinating targets with US’

    ‘Kobani defence improved by coordinating targets with US’

    Kurdish forces making a stand against Islamic State fighters in Kobani said yesterday they have begun coordinating with the US military to provide targets for air strikes, helping to halt the advance of the fighters through the Syrian frontline...

  • Hong Kong tycoon calls for calm after police beating

    Hong Kong tycoon calls for calm after police beating

    Hong Kong’s most prominent tycoon, Li Ka-shing, yesterday urged protesters who have occupied parts of the city since late last month to go home, after police mounted their toughest action against the democracy activists in more than a week. Police...

  • ‘I deserved to die’

    ‘I deserved to die’

    An Australian radio DJ said she “deserved to die” for making a hoax call that resulted in the death of a nurse at a hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge. Mel Greig, who apologised for her role in the incident at the inquest of Jacintha...

  • Staunch supporter

    Staunch supporter

    An Egyptian woman in a niqab (full veil) sits with her son as they cheer during their African Nations Cup qualifying soccer match against Botswana in Cairo yesterday.

  • Bit of a flap

    Bit of a flap

    A gust of wind blows Pope Francis’s mantle as he leads his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    An erotic garden roller (pictured) and a pair of sandals are among the pieces going on show at a new exhibition dedicated to designer William Morris. The influence of Morris, who combined left-wing politics with groundbreaking design, is explored...

  • Texas nurse with Ebola had fever on airliner

    Texas nurse with Ebola had fever on airliner

    A second Texas nurse who has contracted Ebola flew on a commercial flight from Ohio to Dallas with a slight temperature the day before she was diagnosed, health officials said today, raising new concerns about U.S. efforts to control the...

  • Italian nurse suspected of killing 38 patients

    Italian nurse suspected of killing 38 patients

    Italian police say a nurse is suspected of killing 38 patients at a hospital in Lugo. 42-year-old nurse Daniela Poggiali gave patients injections of potassium, which can cause the heart to stop and is difficult to trace. Poggiali has denied all...

  • Airbus A350 cleared to fly record distance on one engine

    Airbus A350 cleared to fly record distance on one engine

    Airbus has won permission for its twin-engined A350 to fly more than six hours on one engine in the event of a breakdown, a key approval that allows its new long-haul jet to fly almost any passenger route. The European Aviation Safety Agency...

  • Bavaria may house migrants in tents

    Bavaria may house refugees in Oktoberfest beer festival tents as an influx of people fleeing war in Syria has stretched facilities to the limit, a leading newspaper said, highlighting a growing problem for Germany's central government. The...

  • Albanian PM's brother denies blame for soccer stunt that outraged Serbia

    The brother of Albania's prime minister denied on Wednesday involvement in an incendiary flag-flying stunt at a soccer match in Serbia that triggered a brawl on the pitch and accusations of a political conspiracy to harm Balkan...

  • Extensive rainwater flooding in Parma

    Extensive rainwater flooding in Parma

    The northern Italian town of Parma is counting the cost of damages after heavy flooding and mudslides swept through the town. The town was inundated with mud and flood water after the equivalent of three months of rain fell in just seven...

  • Second US health worker has Ebola

    A second US health care worker has tested positive for Ebola, Texas officials have revealed. This comes after a nurse at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Thomas Duncan - the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US after...

  • Brazilian prisoners hold guards, inmates hostage

    Brazilian prisoners hold guards, inmates hostage

    Inmates in a Brazilian prison demand better living conditions as they hold guards and fellow inmates hostage. Julie Noce reports.

  • No civil claim against Pistorius

    No civil claim against Pistorius

    The parents of Reeva Steenkamp say they will not pursue a civil claim against Oscar Pistorius for killing their daughter. Barry and June Steenkamp said in a statement issued through their lawyer that they will also hand back monthly payments of...

  • North and South Korea hold talks

    Military generals from North and South Korea have met at a border village for talks on how to ease animosities between the rival countries after two clashes last week, South Korean media said. The two Koreas traded gunfire on Friday after South...

  • Hong Kong police confront activists

    Hong Kong police confront activists

    Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers drove protesters from an underpass in the dead of night in the worst violence since the street demonstrations for greater democracy began more than two weeks ago. Officers, many with riot shields and wielding...

  • Obama and allies plot IS strategy

    President Barack Obama and military chiefs from more than 20 nations gathered in a show of strength against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq and Syria. But the alliance faced a fresh test as Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish rebels...

  • Ebola researcher looks to the internet for funding

    Ebola researcher looks to the internet for funding

    A professor of immunology in California turns to the internet to raise funds for Ebola research. Phil Furey reports.