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  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw is undergoing intensive training in an effort to set a new world record – for twerking. The BBC Radio 1 star is practising to establish a duration record for the dance craze by constantly wiggling his hips and...

  • Indian mission closer to Mars goal

    India will soon know if its first interplanetary mission will achieve its goal, when a spacecraft built with home-grown technology for a remarkably low price tag of $75 million begins its final manoeuvres into orbit around Mars. If the Mars...

  • Khorasan group 'ready to attack'

    The US has bombed a cell of al-Qaida militants in north-western Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the US or Europe, Pentagon officials have revealed. General William Mayville, the Pentagon's operations chief, told reporters that...

  • Air strikes 'show anti-IS unity'

    Air strikes 'show anti-IS unity'

    US president Barack Obama has said the participation of five Arab nations in air strikes against militants in Syria "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone". Mr Obama said the joint fight against the Islamic State (IS) will...

  • Albania destroys €6bn of cannabis

    Albanian authorities have destroyed cannabis with an estimated market value of €6.4 billion this year - equal to more than 60 per cent of the country's annual GDP. The Albanian minister of interior affairs Saimir Tahiri said police have dealt with...

  • 850 people flee wharf fire in LA

    A fire that forced about 850 people to evacuate from a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles is still smouldering, although officials say it is under control. Nearly 12 hours after the blaze started, smoke is still drifting over Los Angeles...

  • Tiger kills man at Indian zoo

    Tiger kills man at Indian zoo

    A white tiger has killed a man who climbed over a fence at the New Delhi zoo in India before jumping into the animal's enclosure. Despite repeated warnings that he should not get too close to the outdoor enclosure, the man eventually climbed over...

  • 3-D printer reaches space station

    The International Space Station accepted another SpaceX shipment - containing the first 3-D printer ever launched into orbit. The SpaceX cargo ship, Dragon, has arrived at the space station two days after blasting off from Cape Canaveral,...

  • Belgian artist asks court to rule on whether former king is her father

    Belgian artist asks court to rule on whether former king is her father

    A Belgian artist who says she is the daughter of Belgium's former king asked a court today to establish the identity of her biological father, a ruling that could put her 15th in line to the throne. Delphine Boel, 46, has fought for more than a...

  • Israel shoots down Syrian warplane over Golan

    Israel's military said this morning it had shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights, in the first such incident in three decades. "It was a Russian-made Sukhoi," a military spokesman said. Israeli military sources said the plane...

  • Teens' killers shot

    Two Palestinians suspected over the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers which sparked this summer's Gaza bloodshed have been killed in a shoot-out with Israeli forces, the army said today. Lt Col Peter Lerner said the suspects were...

  • US., Arab partners launch first strikes in Syria, target IS capital

    US., Arab partners launch first strikes in Syria, target IS capital

    The United States and several Gulf Arab allies have launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, US officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants. "I can confirm that US...

  • Turkey struggling with Kurd refugees spillover

    Turkey struggling with Kurd refugees spillover

    Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance yesterday as Kurdish youths from neighbouring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents. In Turkey, which is...

  • Sierra Leone lockdown uncovers 130 Ebola cases

    Sierra Leone lockdown uncovers 130 Ebola cases

    Sierra Leone recorded 130 new cases of the Ebola virus during a three-day lockdown and it is waiting for test results on a further 39 suspected cases, Stephen Gaojia, head of the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre, said yesterday. The country had...

  • Ukrainians to pull back big guns from front line with separatists

    Ukrainians to pull back big guns from front line with separatists

    Ukraine’s military said yesterday it was pulling back artillery and heavy armour from the front line with separatists, backing President Petro Poroshenko’s peace plan for a conflict that has cost more than 3,000 lives. Taking a noticeably soft...

  • Islamic State taunts Obama

    Islamic State taunts Obama

    Islamic State urged its followers yesterday to attack citizens of the US, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted US President Barack...

  • Taliban reject Afghan pact

    Afghanistan’s Taliban militants yesterday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a “sham” orchestrated by the US and unacceptable to the Afghan people. Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named...

  • Nasa probe resumes hunt for life on Mars

    Nasa probe resumes hunt for life on Mars

    A Nasa robotic spacecraft fired its braking rockets on Sunday, ending a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet’s lost water. After travelling 71 million kilometres, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile...

  • After the hurricane

    After the hurricane

    A damaged aircraft is pictured at Cabo San Lucas airport after Hurricane Odile hit Baja California in Mexico late on Sunday. Thousands of troops were restoring order yesterday following widespread chaos caused by the hurricane.

  • World briefs

    The UK’s only female giant panda is no longer pregnant, Edinburgh Zoo has announced. The zoo said there is no evidence Tian Tian has had a miscarriage, and that “late reabsorption of the foetus” could have taken place. It said that all data...