World News

Car bomb kills 10 in coastal stronghold of Syria’s Assad

AMMAN At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian city of Latakia on Wednesday, state television said, in a…

Migrants shut Eurostar trains to UK, chaos at station in Hungary

CALAIS, France/BUDAPEST Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding thousands of passengers in darkness for…

Red Cross says two staff members shot dead in northern Yemen

DUBAI Two Red Cross employees were shot dead in the northern Yemeni province of Amran by an unknown attacker on Wednesday, the international aid group said, in a…

Insight – Ex-president’s backers in power struggle before Ivory Coast polls

ABIDJAN Two years ago, Pascal Affi N’Guessan was in jail after backing the losing side in Ivory Coast’s civil war. Now he is running for president, provoking a…

Malaysia police to question ex-PM Mahathir on anti-government comment

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian police want to question former premier Mahathir Mohamad about anti-government comments, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday, in what appeared to be a bid to stifle…

Red Cross says two aid workers shot dead in northern Yemen

DUBAI Two Red Cross aid workers were shot dead in the northern Yemeni province of Amran by unknown gunmen on Wednesday, a spokesman for the international aid group…

Hundreds of migrants protest at Budapest station, want to go to Germany

BUDAPEST Hundreds of migrants protested in front of Budapest’s Keleti Railway Terminus for a second straight day on Wednesday, shouting “Freedom, freedom!” and demanding to be let onto…

News

Fresh migrant protests in Budapest

Hundreds of migrants have protested for a second day at Hungary’s decision to prevent them…

Thai fingerprint ‘matches bomb suspect’

Thai fingerprint ‘matches bomb suspect’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thai police says the suspect could have carried the bomb…

Eight dead in Paris apartment fire

Eight dead in Paris apartment fire

Image copyright AFP Image caption The blaze is believed to have started on the ground…

China shares recover early losses

China shares recover early losses

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chinese shares have lost nearly 40% of their value since…

Thousands more migrants reach Athens

Thousands of migrants are arriving in mainland Greece as the government prepares for talks on…

China shares slide in volatile trade

China shares slide in volatile trade

Image caption Chinese shares headed lower on the last day of trading this week Asian…

US swoop on secret ‘steroids labs’

US swoop on secret ‘steroids labs’

US agents have arrested more than 90 people and shut down 16 underground labs making…

Migrants stranded amid EU asylum chaos

Hundreds of migrants are stranded outside a major railway station in the Hungarian capital Budapest…

Migrants barred from Hungary station

Hundreds of migrants have been protesting outside a major railway station in the Hungarian capital…

Second Bangkok bombing suspect held

Second Bangkok bombing suspect held

Image caption The suspect was arrested in Sa Kaeo province, east of Bangkok on the…

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US News

Manhunt for suspects in Illinois police officer’s death enters day two

CHICAGO The police hunt in northern Illinois for three suspects believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran police officer entered a second day…

US swoop on secret ‘steroids labs’

US swoop on secret ‘steroids labs’

Image copyright DEA US agents have arrested more than 90 people and shut down 16 underground labs making illegal steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration…

US police ‘shoot man with hands up’

US police ‘shoot man with hands up’

Image copyright Bexar County Sheriff’s Department Image caption Police were responding to a domestic dispute Video footage has emerged that appears to show police in Texas shooting and…

Baltimore judge to weigh motions in high-profile police death case

A Baltimore court will hear pretrial arguments on Wednesday in the case against six U.S. police officers accused in the death of a black man from an injury…

Obama visits Arctic community to discuss Native issues

ANCHORAGE/JUNEAU Alaska President Barack Obama on Wednesday will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a community north of the Arctic Circle, a trek the White House…

U.S. court to weigh release of last ‘Angola 3’ inmate in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS A federal appeals court in Louisiana on Wednesday will consider whether to release the last of the so-called Angola Three prisoners, a man who spent most…

US swoop on secret ‘steroids labs’

US swoop on secret ‘steroids labs’

Image copyright DEA US agents have arrested more than 90 people and shut down 16 underground labs making illegal steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration…

US police ‘shoot man with hands up’

US police ‘shoot man with hands up’

Image copyright Bexar County Sheriff’s Department Image caption Police were responding to a domestic dispute Video footage has emerged that appears to show police in Texas shooting and…

U.S. court to weigh release of last ‘Angola 3’ inmate in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS A federal appeals court in Louisiana on Wednesday will consider whether to release the last of the so-called Angola Three prisoners, a man who spent most…

Australian News

The threat bigger than terrorism

The threat bigger than terrorism

Video Image A taste of the DVD series The Australian SAS, The Untold History. New battles … Former SAS commander Major…

Male escorts funded with stolen cash

Male escorts funded with stolen cash

$680,000 was siphoned from the Flagstaff Gardens Radisson. File pic. Source: News Limited A FATHER of two and accountant for a…

‘My dad can’t talk or walk’

‘My dad can’t talk or walk’

Video Image Kids talk about their parents and grandparents with Alzheimer’s. Family ties … Grace Beattie pictured with her grandmother, Leith…

$100k-a-year ‘fake’ found in outback

$100k-a-year ‘fake’ found in outback

Nicholas Crawford has been extradited to Queensland from the Northern Territory to face 115 charges. Source: News Corp Australia HE was…

Man wins back $1m damages after train fall

Man wins back $1m damages after train fall

Corey Fuller-Lyons fell from express train between Morriset & Dora Creek in 2001. Pic: Steve Tickner. Source: News Corp Australia A…

Sheep in baaaa-d situation seeks shearer

Sheep in baaaa-d situation seeks shearer

The RSPCA is urgently searching for a shearer to attend to a sheep it found near Canberra. Source: Facebook A WILDLY…

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Politics

PM: Taking more refugees not answer

David Cameron has said “taking more and more refugees” is not the answer to the EU’s current migration crisis. The UK has faced calls to take more…

UK’s EU vote campaign rules ‘rethink’

Image copyright Thinkstock The government is to change its planned rules on campaigning in the UK’s in-out EU referendum after criticism from Eurosceptic Conservative MPs. It had…

UK’s EU vote campaign rules ‘rethink’

Image copyright Thinkstock The government is to change its planned rules on campaigning in the UK’s in-out EU referendum after criticism from Eurosceptic Conservative MPs. It had…

UK’s EU vote rules facing changes

Rules on campaigning in the UK’s in-out EU referendum are to face “significant” changes, the government is to announce. The changes will focus on rules which stop…

UK’s in-out vote rules facing changes

The government is set to announce “significant” changes to its planned rules on an in-out EU referendum. The changes will focus on the so-called purdah rules, which…

Umunna urges Labour to back new leader

Image caption Mr Umunna was briefly a contender for the Labour leadership himself, but then pulled out of the race Labour’s Chuka Umunna has urged his party…

Finance

UPDATE 1-Kazakh c.bank introduces new key rate, sets it at 12 pct

(Adds details, background) By Mariya Gordeyeva ALMATY, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s central bank announced a new benchmark interest rate on Wednesday and set it at 12…

Germany moves to ease banking access for people granted asylum

FRANKFURT, Sept 2 Germany plans to ease the path for hundreds of thousands of people granted asylum in the country to set up bank accounts, while ensuring…

Syriza’s lead shrivels ahead of Greek election- poll

ATHENS, Sept 2 Greece’s leftist Syriza party’s lead over its conservative opponents has shrunk to just 0.4 percent, according to a poll on Wednesday, offering further evidence…

UPDATE 1-Bill Gross: Fed tightening now could create self-inflicted instability

(Adds Gross’s best investment ideas for current environment) By Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Bond guru Bill Gross, who has long called for the…

UPDATE 2-Tesco prefers buyout firm MBK’s bid for S.Korea unit-sources

* MBK bid around 7.8 trln won – source * Expected to be largest PE deal in Asia * Will be Tesco’s largest divestment after accounting scandal…

UPDATE 1-China stock probes send shivers through investment community

* China regulators investigating stock market volatility * Asking funds for details on trading strategies * Regulators now meeting some funds every two weeks – sources (Adds…

Travel Advice

Ukraine

2 September 2015 2 September 2015 Latest update: Summary – on 31 August, three police officers were killed and more than 100 others injured in clashes outside…

Costa Rica

2 September 2015 2 September 2015 Latest update: Summary and Safety & security section – beaches in Costa Rica may have dangerous currents; these aren’t always indicated…

Bahamas

1 September 2015 1 September 2015 Latest update: Summary – removal of advice about Tropical Storm Erika The hurricane season in the Bahamas normally runs from June…

Western Sahara

1 September 2015 1 September 2015 Latest update: Summary and Terrorism section – change of terrorism threat level Download map (PDF) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)…

American Samoa

1 September 2015 1 September 2015 Latest Update: this advice has been reviewed and re-issued without amendment There is no resident British diplomatic mission in American Samoa.…

Morocco

1 September 2015 1 September 2015 Latest update: Summary and Terrorism Section – change of terrorism threat level Around 500,000 British nationals visit Morocco every year. Most…

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

Transfer deadline day behind the scenes: Undisclosed fees, offsetting tax and image rights

The selling and buying club will record a transfer in different ways Fees in ‘undisclosed deals’ are declared to the taxman and on paperwork Players are treated…

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hits out at Manchester United’s £36m Anthony Martial transfer

Manchester United have signed 19-year-old Anthony Martial for £36million  Arsene Wenger believes United’s move for Martial shows there is a lack of available talent in the market…

Rory McIlroy handed special exemption for European Tour’s big-money Final Series despite not meeting qualifying criteria

European Tour has ensured Rory McIlroy will play in their showpiece  McIlroy’s season has been interrupted by a serious ankle injury He would not have played in…

Aaron Lennon cracks a smile after sealing return to Everton… seven months after looking grumpy in previous unveiling

Aaron Lennon completed a permanent move to Everton on deadline day The former England international was unveiled by Toffees on Wednesday Lennon looked much happier than he…

McIlroy gets Final Series exemption

Rory McIlroy has been given a special exemption by the European Tour to play in the season-ending Final Series. An ankle injury…

Clarke to take indefinite break

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has pulled out of a deal to play in the Big Bash and will take an indefinite break from…

Sport US

Tomsula denies Hayne assured of San Francisco 49ers spot

San Francisco (AFP) – San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula denied reports that rugby league convert Jarryd Hayne had already booked his place on the NFL team’s…

Nelson keeps it simple to rebound with win over Pirates

(The Sports Xchange) – Coming off one of his worst starts of the season, Jimmy Nelson’s decision to stick to his usual routine paid off as the…

Drew switches roles to keep Yankees in pennant race

(The Sports Xchange) – Stephen Drew’s bat is keeping the Yankees afloat after the second baseman, known more for his defensive play, delivered another big hit to…

CBS bringing limited live NFL to portable devices

(Reuters) – CBS Corp-owned CBS Sports said it will allow viewers to live stream two regular NFL season games, in addition to AFC coverage, on their portable…

Two Royals players sidelined with chicken pox

(Reuters) – The Kansas City Royals have been almost unstoppable this season but on Tuesday they faced a very different challenge with two of their players sidelined…

Playing in London ‘match made in heaven’, says Jaguars owner

(Reuters) – Shad Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, says he would like to work out a long-term deal for his National Football League team to…

All Sports

Scotland lock Jim Hamilton retires from Test rugby

Jim Hamilton has today announced his retirement from international rugby after missing out of Vern Cotter’s Scotland World Cup squad. The 32-year-old lock won…

Jeff Probyn’s column: We’re running out of time to get the scrum working

As Stuart Lancaster tears up the selectors’ hand book and does what was expected, the whole of England’s rugby community will be hoping he…

Charlie Hodgson’s column: Despite his hard work, it’s correct call to cut Danny Cipriani

A lot of ink has been spilt since Thursday about the inclusion of Sam Burgess in England’s World Cup squad but I agree with…

Nick Cain’s verdict on England’s World Cup squad

Apart from Stuart Lancaster saying that he had to make choices that brought tears to his eyes, it was business as usual after he…

WIN tickets to the world premiere of Pacific Warriors

The Rugby Paper has teamed up with Pacific Warriors to give the opportunity to three of our readers to win a pair of tickets…

Premiership plans to expand top flight could be ‘dead’ forever

Proposals for a 14-team Premiership and a moratorium on promotion and relegation from season 2016-17 are dead. The Rugby Paper can reveal that opposition…

Health

New Ebola death in Sierra Leone

Image caption Sierra Leone was reporting more than 500 new cases a week at the height of the outbreak A woman who recently died in northern Sierra…

Wasp venom ‘a weapon against cancer’

The venom of a wasp native to Brazil could be used as a weapon to fight cancer, scientists believe. A toxin in the sting kills cancer cells…

New insecticide method ‘100% effective’

Image caption The researchers say the new coating kills some of the most insecticide-resistant mosquitoes A new method of applying insecticide to netting has proved 100% effective…

New insecticide method ‘100% effective’

Image caption The researchers say the new coating kills some of the most insecticide-resistant mosquitoes A new method of applying insecticide to netting has proved 100% effective…

Wasp venom ‘a weapon against cancer’

The venom of a wasp native to Brazil could be used as a weapon to fight cancer, scientists believe. A toxin in the sting kills cancer cells…

Poor sleep may make you prone to colds

People who sleep six hours a night or less are more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus, a novel human experiment has found.…