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UK extends Iraqi air campaign against Islamic State until March 2017

LONDON Britain will extend its air campaign in Iraq against Islamic State militants by a year, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday, saying it would use ageing…

Philippines to raise South China Sea despite Beijing’s reluctance

KUALA LUMPUR The Philippines will back a U.S. call to halt land reclamation in disputed areas of the South China Sea, the country’s foreign minister said on Tuesday,…

Thailand arrests five for trafficking women into sex slavery in China

BANGKOK Thailand has arrested five people suspected of trafficking Thai women into sex slavery in China and believed to be part of a ring that has also trafficked…

New Taliban leader facing tension as top official quits

PESHAWAR, Pakistan A top Taliban official announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan insurgent movement after the news of the death of…

Returning Uighurs attacked Thai, Chinese police, China says

BEIJING Some of the 109 Uighurs returned to China from Thailand last month attacked Thai and Chinese police while being taken aboard a flight back to Xinjiang, as…

Pakistan hangs man lawyers say was a child when charged with murder

ISLAMABAD Pakistan on Tuesday hanged a man whose case triggered an international outcry after his lawyers said he was arrested as a juvenile and tortured into confessing to…

Japan A-bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power, decry Abe’s view of war

FUKUSHIMA CITY, Japan When Atsushi Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of Fukushima 30 years ago, one…

News

Rebels driven from key Yemen airbase

Rebels driven from key Yemen airbase

Pro-government forces in Yemen have retaken the country’s largest airbase in a battle with Houthi…

Controversy over Pakistan execution

Controversy over Pakistan execution

Shafqat Hussain’s lawyers say he was a minor at the time of his conviction Pakistan…

Trader jailed over Libor rate-rigging

Former City trader Tom Hayes has been found guilty at a London court of rigging…

Trader guilty over Libor rate-rigging

Trader guilty over Libor rate-rigging

Former trader Tom Hayes was found guilty on all eight conspiracy charges Former City trader…

Syrian plane crashes in bomb raids

Syrian plane crashes in bomb raids

Footage was uploaded online purporting to show the aftermath of the crash A Syrian government…

Greek shares plunge as market reopens

Greek shares plunge as market reopens

Shares in the National Bank of Greece have fallen sharply The main Athens stock index,…

Obama to unveil clean energy plan

US President Barack Obama is due to unveil what he called “the biggest, most important…

Saudi king cuts short French holiday

Saudi king cuts short French holiday

The closure of the beach and the erection of a lift angered local people King…

Nigerian army frees Boko captives

Nigerian army frees Boko captives

The army has made gains against the militants in recent months The Nigerian military says…

Call to widen MH370 debris hunt

Call to widen MH370 debris hunt

Some locals on Reunion have been scouring the beach for more possible wreckage Malaysia is…

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US News

Idaho woman comes under fire for celebrating her killing of giraffe

SALMON, Idaho A big-game trophy collector from Idaho has ignited a firestorm of criticism from animal-rights activists for flaunting online images of herself posed with the carcasses of…

Two people killed as circus tent collapses in New Hampshire during storm

Two people were killed and 15 others injured when a circus tent collapsed in New Hampshire during a storm on Monday night, a state fire official said. About…

New Mexico power plant evacuated after suspicious devices found

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A large coal-fired power plant in northwest New Mexico was evacuated on Monday after three suspicious devices were found nearby, a day after explosive devices were…

Two people killed when circus tent collapses in New Hampshire during storm

Two people were killed and 15 others injured when a circus tent collapsed in New Hampshire during a storm on Monday night, according to WCVB TV station, an…

Bottle in car of Ohio man shot by police held fragrance: coroner

The coroner investigating the death of Samuel DuBose, who was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer earlier this month, said on Monday that a bottle…

Seattle aims to clamp down on indoor smoking lounges after violence

SEATTLE Seattle wants to close about a dozen water pipe smoking lounges linked to three homicides and other violence over the past year and a half, the city’s…

Man admits placing bomb outside Colorado Springs NAACP office

DENVER A 44-year man charged with setting off a pipe bomb in January outside the building that housed the Colorado Springs chapter of the civil rights organization NAACP…

Suspected killer of Memphis officer surrenders after manhunt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. A man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer in Memphis over the weekend surrendered to authorities on Monday after an extensive manhunt and being placed…

Detroit boy, three, fatally shot by 11-year-old brother: report

A 3-year-old Detroit boy was fatally shot by his 11-year-old brother on Monday afternoon while the two played with a gun in their backyard, The Detroit News reported.…

Australian News

The one thing women should blame police for

The one thing women should blame police for

Blame police if it keeps a woman safe, say family violence support workers Source: News Limited WOMEN should blame police for…

Is this Australia’s cutest spider?

Is this Australia’s cutest spider?

New spider … Maratus personatus, which has been discovered in Western Australia and has the internet hooked. Picture: Jürgen Otto, Flickr…

Withering smack-down to wind farm haters

Withering smack-down to wind farm haters

A public health academic has delivered a withering smack-down to wind farm opponents Source: Supplied A PUBLIC health expert has delivered…

Pay cut looms for lots of Aussies

Pay cut looms for lots of Aussies

Retailer and hospitality workers could see their penalty rates slashed. Source: News Corp Australia DOUBLE time Sundays could soon be a…

Captain Disaster: PM cops it from his own side

Captain Disaster: PM cops it from his own side

Watching his back … Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Source: AAP “DISASTERS” caused by Tony Abbott’s judgment are being highlighted today by…

Pay cut looms for hundreds of thousands of Aussies

Pay cut looms for hundreds of thousands of Aussies

Retailer and hospitality workers could see their penalty rates slashed. Source: News Corp Australia DOUBLE time Sundays could soon be a…

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Politics

Met abuse probe investigating Heath

The former prime minister died in 2005 Former PM Sir Edward Heath is under investigation by London police looking into allegations of historical child sex abuse by…

UK to extend Tornado strikes in Iraq

The RAF Tornado mission against Islamic State militants in Iraq is to be extended by an extra year, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said. The jets –…

Corbyn: I’ll reindustrialise the North

Jeremy Corbyn has called for a “fundamental shift” in economic policy Jeremy Corbyn is calling for the “re-industrialisation” of the north of England by boosting spending on…

Government sells £2.1bn of RBS shares

The government has begun its sell-off of shares in part-nationalised lender Royal Bank of Scotland, raising £2.1bn, a third below the price it paid. It sold a…

UK to extend air strikes against IS

The Tornados are based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus The UK is to extend air strikes by RAF Tornados against the Islamic State group by an extra…

UK ‘has a grip on migrant crisis’

The UK has “got a grip” on the migrant crisis in Calais, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said, as he confirmed 100 more guards would be deployed…

Finance

Greek residential property price slide gains pace in second quarter

ATHENS, Aug 4 Greek residential property prices declined at a faster pace in the second quarter than the first, data showed on Tuesday, as Greece's slide back…

RPT-UPDATE 2-Credit Agricole shares dive as early overhaul ruled out

(Repeats to add link to Breakingviews comment) * Credit Agricole posts Q2 income of 920 mln eur * Says books 350 mln in extra litigation provisions *…

Greek says expects bailout deal by Aug.18

ATHENS Aug 4 Greece expects to conclude a bailout deal with international lenders by Aug. 18, with the drafting of the accord starting on Wednesday, government spokeswoman…

UPDATE 1-Ukraine sends new debt proposal to creditors in "decisive" week – ministry

(Adds detail on debt talks, economist quote, context) KIEV Aug 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Finance Ministry said on Tuesday it had sent a fresh debt restructuring proposal…

BUZZ-Smiths: FT reports activist firm ValueAct has stake in co

** Smiths Group seen up 3-5 pct after FT reports U.S. activist investor ValueAct has stake in the British engineering conglomerate ** The daily quotes sources as…

Malaysian PM’s critics unbowed despite anti-graft agency support

KUALA LUMPUR Aug 4 Malaysian opposition parties and activists kept up pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday, undeterred by an anti-corruption agency statement apparently clearing…

Travel Advice

Slovakia

3 August 2015 3 August 2015 Latest update: Safety and security section – the use of winter tyres is a requirement by law in Slovakia when there’s…

Burma

1 August 2015 26 June 2015 Latest update: Health section – cases of dengue fever have been reported in Burma, including in the regions of Rangoon and…

The Occupied Palestinian Territories

31 July 2015 31 July 2015 Latest update: Summary section – The FCO advise against all but essential travel on Route 60 in the West Bank near…

Israel

31 July 2015 31 July 2015 Latest update: Summary section – The FCO advise against all but essential travel on Route 60 in the West Bank near…

Ghana

31 July 2015 31 July 2015 Latest update: Health section – a strike by government doctors that began on 30 July may further reduce access to medical…

South Africa

31 July 2015 31 July 2015 Latest update: Summary – the South African Department of Home Affairs are not accepting uncertified copies of birth certificates or copies…

Ezspk opinion

The Corbyn Dilemma

It may have seemed like a good idea at the time for Tories to ‘spike’ the Labour leadership election, but it could be a decision that comes…

The Rise of a new class system in Britain.

Think  back to a time when Britons were beholden to the lord of the manor for employment, a roof over their head and food on the table.…

Sport UK

Sport in UK facing strategy overhaul

Sport funding is facing a major overhaul in a bid to reverse recent disappointing participation figures. Amid increasing concerns that Britain is failing to…

Van der Burgh sets new world record

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh set a new world record for the men’s 50m breaststroke…

Golf must capitalise on Asian talent

Apart from further confirming Inbee Park as the world’s top female player, the Women’s British Open highlighted a need for a more imaginative approach to the game.…

Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain demands that people start taking them seriously after victory over Chelsea 

Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday Goalscorer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said win showed Gunners’ pedigree Chamberlain and Co hope to claim a…

Roberto Mancini hands Wesley Sneijder secret note during Inter Milan and Galatasaray friendly

Roberto Mancini left Galatasaray to return to Inter Milan last year However, he still clearly retains some affection for the Istanbul-based side Mancini passed a secret note to…

Chris Paterson urges Scotland to ‘go full out’ in Rugby World Cup warm-up matches

Scotland are preparing for four upcoming World Cup warm-up matches Vern Cotter’s side play Ireland, two matches against Italy and France Chris Paterson has urged players to ‘go full out’…

Sport US

Price shines on Blue Jays debut in victory over Twins

(The Sports Xchange) – David Price provided everything the Blue Jays could have wanted on his Toronto debut on Monday as he allowed three hits, two walks,…

Rangers ride Beltre’s cycle to wild win over Astros

(The Sports Xchange) – Adrian Beltre hit for his third career cycle to inspire the Texas Rangers to a wild 12-9 victory over the Houston Astros at…

Accused Taliban leader said he was doing ‘God’s work': testimony

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – A former American soldier testifying in the trial of Irek Hamidullin on Monday said the accused Russian Taliban leader was…

McIlroy plans Saturday practice at Whistling Straits

By Andrew Both (Reuters) – World number one golfer Rory McIlroy has scheduled a Saturday practice round at Whistling Straits, site of next week’s PGA Championship, a…

Aussie star Hayne ready for big hits with 49ers

San Francisco (AFP) – Australian rugby league convert Jarryd Hayne says he is unfazed by the prospect of facing his first full-blooded collision with the San Francisco…

All Sports

Premier Licensing’s ‘Bleacher Creatures’ team up with England rugby for the Rugby World Cup

Premier Licensing, one of the leading suppliers of licensed gift and sports accessories in Europe, is delighted to announce that Bleacher Creatures plush figures…

Leigh Halfpenny told: Play for Toulon or face axe

Toulon are threatening to sack Leigh Halfpenny over the club-or-country clash looming at the end of the new season. The triple European champions say…

Dream Team: Rhys Lawrence – Ealing & former Bristol and Scarlets hooker

1. Ryan Bevington – I grew up playing alongside him in Llanelli. He’s got great pace for a prop and scored some memorable tries.…

Q&A with Saracens forwards coach Alex Sanderson

After losing both the Heineken Cup and Premiership finals in 2014, how good did it feel to get over the line in style against…

Jeff Probyn’s column: You’re right Steve, new maul is ‘bloody boring’

How unusual, a New Zealand coach bemoaning the opposition’s tactics despite winning the game. Steve Hansen’s complaint about the Argentinian driving maul that allowed…

Dan Leo’s column: Flying Fijians have the talent to be deadly force in that Pool of Death

If you haven’t been tackled by a Tongan then count yourself extremely lucky. While Fijians might be famous for their silky skills and Samoa…

Health

Pancreatic cancer urine test hope

A simple urine test that could detect pancreatic cancer much earlier than at present has been developed by scientists. They found a protein “signature” only present in…

Brain game for schizophrenia patients

Patients with schizophrenia can struggle with memory problems and learning A computer-based brain-training game could improve the daily lives of people with schizophrenia, say University of Cambridge…

Ebola jab ‘potential game-changer’

A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection and could transform the way Ebola is tackled, preliminary results suggest. There were no proven…

HIV flushed out by cancer drug

HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show. The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus…

Prostate cancer: Five types ‘found’

Scientists have identified five types of prostate cancer, each with a distinct genetic signature. And by comparing 250 samples removed in surgery with the patients’ subsequent progress,…

South Korea declares ‘end’ to Mers

The prime minister apologised for the government’s response to the outbreak South Korea’s Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has declared a “de facto end” to the outbreak of…