Ukraine | Parliament says 100s died in battle

A report by Ukraine’s parliament revealed yesterday that more than 300 soldiers were killed during a weeks-long battle that marked a crushing setback in the military campaign to root out

Iraq | Suicide blast hits Baghdad Shiite mosque killing 17

A suicide bomber struck a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 17 worshippers and wounding dozens, Iraqi officials said. The attack comes a day after a suicide bombing

Ebola | Nigeria virus free as WHO says outbreak can be contained

The World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free after the disease killed seven people in Africa’s most populous country. “The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated,” Rui Vaz, WHO’s country representative for

Islamic State offensive | US planes drop weapons, ammunition to Kurds in Kobani

The U.S. military dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, as Turkey said it would allow Kurdish fighters from neighboring Iraq to come to

This day in History: 2001 Anthrax claims third victim in US

The unnamed Washington postal worker is being treated for inhalation anthrax but doctors expect him to make a full recovery. This is the ninth confirmed case of anthrax in the United

Offbeat | Another month, another global heat record broken

September brought more record heat globally, and U.S. meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie for the hottest year ever recorded. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced

The Buzz: Novel on sibling with Down’s syndrome wins prize

The novel ‘O meu irmão’ (My Brother), by Afonso Reis Cabral, is the winner of this year’s LeYa Prize for Literature, worth €100,000, the publisher of the same name announced

Once in million years: Comet buzzing Mars on Sun

The heavens were hosting an event over the weekend that occurs once in a million years or so. A comet as hefty as a small mountain passed mind-bogglingly close to

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CHINA A bear in central China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through its cage, state media and a doctor said yesterday.

Islamic State | Offensive Kobani key to US strategy

Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the

This day in history: 1967 Thousands join anti-war movement

The city was brought to a standstill as protesters built barricades across roads to prevent buses carrying recruits to the Army’s conscription centre. Police reinforcements came in from San Francisco as

Offbeat | Hot dog! Fired Dublin worker wins USD25K over snack

An Irish cinema may have just bought the world’s most expensive hot dog for an unfairly fired worker. Ireland’s employment appeals court on Thursday ordered Dublin’s Cineworld to pay Carl

ANALYSIS | Stricter Ebola protection for health workers advised by US

U.S. health officials will issue stricter Ebola guidelines to protect the nation’s medical workers after two caregivers were infected in Dallas while treating a patient who later died from the

Portugal: Chinese snap up health company

The takeover bid launched by Portuguese insurance company Fidelidade (owned by the Chinese firm Fosun) to buy out health company Espírito Santo Saúde (ESS) managed to snap up 96 pct

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NORTH KOREA  has circulated a draft U.N. resolution praising its own human rights record in a rare effort to counter the international community’s growing condemnation of the way it treats

Islamic State offensive | Kurdish official appeals for weapons for Kobani

A Syrian Kurdish official called on the international community yesterday to allow weapons into the border town of Kobani, saying the town is still in danger from Islamic State militants. Idriss Nassan, deputy head

South Africa| Steenkamp cousin: Pistorius apology not genuine

Oscar Pistorius must “pay for what he’s done” and his apology to the family of the girlfriend he killed was not sincere, a cousin of Reeva Steenkamp testified yesterday. Kim Martin

Ukraine crisis | Putin to meet with Western leaders in Milan

Russian President Vladimir Putin is mounting a diplomatic blitz on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders that opened yesterday in a bid to escape the worst

Thid day in history: 1989 Earthquake hits San Francisco

The epicentre of the quake, which measured 6.9 on the Richter scale, is thought to have been Loma Prieta, 10 miles north of Santa Cruz on the San Andreas fault.

Offbeat: Philippine police accuse US Marine in murder case

Police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo said Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim late Saturday, when they checked into a motel after meeting in

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