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Iran vessels make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. ship: U.S. official

Share This: WASHINGTON Four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels “harassed” a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said,…

Italy quake death toll nears 250 as rescuers search demolished towns

Share This: AMATRICE, Italy The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy rose to at least 247 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through…

Iran vessels make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. ship: U.S. official

Share This: WASHINGTON Four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels “harassed” a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said,…

Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 12: police

Share This: KABUL Twelve people, including seven students, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that sent hundreds of students fleeing in panic, police…

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century of bloodshed

Share This: BOGOTA/HAVANA Colombia’s government and Marxist FARC rebels reached a final peace deal on Wednesday to end a five-decade war which once took the resource-rich country to…

Afghan forces kill two gunmen to end American University attack

Share This: KABUL Afghan security forces killed two gunmen who attacked the American University in Kabul, police said early on Thursday, ending an assault on the compound that…

Afghan forces hunt gunmen after American University attack

Share This: KABUL Afghan security forces combed the American University in Kabul in the early hours of Thursday for suspected gunmen who might be still at large, following…

News

Kerry calls for unity government in Yemen to end war

Share This: By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John…

Wall Street flat as financials offset consumer declines; Fed eyed

Share This: By Yashaswini Swamynathan REUTERS – Wall Street was little changed on Thursday afternoon…

Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. wants other sides to commit

Share This: By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian…

Nuns, priest and past quake survivor escape death in Italy

Share This: AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Among the survivors of Wednesday’s devastating earthquake in central…

Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts

Share This: Media captionFootage captures an aftershock. The BBC’s James Reynolds describes how it felt…

France ‘burkini ban’: Court to rule on beach fines

France ‘burkini ban’: Court to rule on beach fines

Share This: Image copyright EPA/AP Image caption The bans largely affect beaches on the French…

WhatsApp users to receive adverts

WhatsApp users to receive adverts

Share This: Image copyright AP WhatsApp says it will begin sharing more data with Facebook…

Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

Share This: Image copyright AP Image caption Turkish forces helped Syrian rebels take the border…

More than 20 global fintech hubs to form federation in innovation push

Share This: By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) – Financial technology groups from more than 20…

US nominates Kim for World Bank second term

Share This: The United States on Thursday threw its support behind World Bank chief Jim…

US News

Orlando hospitals won’t charge nightclub shooting victims for care

Share This: Two Florida hospitals will not seek payment of medical bills from the dozens of people treated for injuries suffered in the mass shooting at the Pulse…

Hillary Clinton a ‘bigot’, says Trump

Hillary Clinton a ‘bigot’, says Trump

Share This: Image copyright EPA / AFP Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of being a “bigot” in his latest appeal to minority…

Drug firm stung by EpiPen price outrage

Drug firm stung by EpiPen price outrage

Share This: Image copyright AFP The pharmaceutical company that makes EpiPens has said it will reduce the cost for some US users, after coming under mounting criticism for…

Biden says expects Guantanamo prison to close before Obama leaves office

Share This: STOCKHOLM U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expected the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would close before President Barack Obama leaves office…

Tornadoes slam central Indiana, demolishing homes

Share This: INDIANAPOLIS Several tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, demolishing numerous homes and a Starbucks cafe in the town of Kokomo and cutting off power to…

Amazon launches Amazon Vehicles to help car buyers

Share This: Amazon.com (AMZN.O) on Thursday launched Amazon Vehicles, an online platform for users to research on cars, auto parts and accessories. The platform will include specifications, images…

Orlando club shooting: Survivors’ medical bills waived

Orlando club shooting: Survivors’ medical bills waived

Share This: Image copyright Reuters Image caption The move by the hospitals has been welcomed by many survivors of the shooting Hospitals in the US city of Orlando…

US keeper suspended for ‘cowards’ comment

US keeper suspended for ‘cowards’ comment

Share This: Hope Solo was part of the USA team that won the World Cup in 2015 United States goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended for six months…

Ghostbusters star target of cyber-attack

Ghostbusters star target of cyber-attack

Share This: Hackers have targeted Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones after intimate photos of the actress were posted online. The star’s Tumblr page has been taken offline after she…

Australian News

Mia’s Facebook post before murder

Mia’s Facebook post before murder

Share This: Video Image Police are investigating if a romantic obsession is behind the fatal stabbing of a backpacker in Qld.…

How students set a Tinder trap for paedophiles

How students set a Tinder trap for paedophiles

Share This: Imogen’s fake Tinder profile. Picture: YouTube WARNING: Sexual content IMOGEN had dark hair and big eyes — a woman…

Same-day home loans on their way

Same-day home loans on their way

Share This: Video Image A look at the nation’s property market for the week ending Saturday 6th August. Same-day home loans…

Top tips for first-time workers

Top tips for first-time workers

Share This: Video Image Why do young people struggle to fine employment? What can young people do to help improve their…

Roxy husband’s new prison home

Roxy husband’s new prison home

Share This: Roxy Jacenko’s jailbird husband Oliver Curtis is in Cooma Prison (above), a former mental institution which the convicted inside…

Aussie burkini inventor calls bans ‘unfair’

Aussie burkini inventor calls bans ‘unfair’

Share This: Video Image Australian Burkini inventor expresses her feelings on the former president of France’s decisions regarding the wearing of…

Politics

Poland overtakes India as country of origin, UK migration statistics show

Share This: Poland has overtaken India as the most common non-UK country of birth for people living in the UK, Office for National Statistics figures show. It…

Labour leadership hustings: Corbyn against coalition with SNP

Share This: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is backing Mr Smith (right) while her deputy Alex Rowley has spoken in support…

UKIP’s Diane James: Why I’m not offering new policies

Share This: Image copyright PA One of the candidates bidding to become UKIP’s next leader says she is not putting forward any policies as part of her…

Immigration: Brexit an opportunity to fix ‘broken’ system

Share This: Image caption Net migration has remained above 300,000 for more than a year The vote to leave the EU is a chance to fix the…

Donald Trump can beat polls, UKIP’s Nigel Farage tells rally

Share This: Media captionNigel Farage addressed a rally of Donald Trump supporters Outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage has urged Republicans to “get your walking boots on” and…

Get campaigning, UKIP’s Farage tells Donald Trump rally

Share This: Media captionNigel Farage addresses supporters of Donald Trump Outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage has urged Republicans to “get your walking boots on” and drum up…

Travel Advice

Paraguay

Share This: A small number of British tourists visit Paraguay every year. Most visits are trouble-free, but violent crime is increasing. See Crime and Consular Assistance Cases…

St Kitts and Nevis

Share This: The hurricane season normally runs from June to November. See Natural disasters. There’s no British High Commission in St Kitts. If you need consular assistance,…

Czech Republic

Share This: Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum. Over 300,000 British nationals visit the Czech…

Spain

Share This: Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum. Over 12 million British nationals visit Spain…

Japan

Share This: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility identified by the Japanese authorities.…

Poland

Share This: Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum. Around 650,000 British nationals visited Poland in…

All Sports

Room 101: Harry Cochrane – Hartpury College scrum-half

Share This: 1. Moaners  I know this is a bit ironic but it’s probably my biggest pet hate. I’m a glass half-full type of…

Doncaster sign Super rugby winner

Share This: Doncaster have announced that former Australian international and Super XV winner Beau Robinson has signed a one-year contract with the club. The…

Peter Jackson: Jamie Cudmore’s crusade to curb risk of concussion

Share This: Jamie Cudmore has hurled himself into a crusade this season on behalf of rugby players all over Europe, to raise millions for…

Dan Bibby: We’ll be mates for life despite the punch-ups

Share This: That quarter-final against Argentina was the craziest game of rugby I’ve ever played in. To be stuck at 0-0 after 14 minutes…

Sean Maitland: Saracens made an offer I couldn’t refuse

Share This: Sean Maitland has described joining Saracens as “too good an opportunity to pass up” as he targets a repeat of last season’s…

Simon Amor – Heart, guts and unyielding belief made my boys Olympic heroes

Share This: Team GB’s Sevens men confounded all odds to win silver at the Olympics. Head coach Simon Amor, below, now back in charge…

Sport UK

Claudio Bravo: Manchester City sign £15.4m Chile goalkeeper from Barcelona

Share This: Bravo joined Barcelona from Real Sociedad in 2014 Manchester City have signed goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for 18m euros (£15.4m). The fee for the…

Belgian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton confirms Spa grid penalty

Share This: Lewis Hamilton, left, appeared relaxed in Belgium as he took a selfie on his phone with a smiling Fernando Alonso Lewis Hamilton says he will…

Champions League: Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to meet Barcelona

Share This: New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will face former club Barcelona in the group stage of this season’s Champions League. Guardiola, who joined City in…

Wilfried Zaha: Tottenham make £15m bid for Crystal Palace winger

Share This: Zaha (right) played against Spurs in Palace’s 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane last weekend Tottenham have submitted a bid in the region of £15m…

Hart hails ‘special night’ as Man City reach group stage

Share This: Joe Hart was making his 348th appearance for Manchester City Joe Hart says helping Manchester City reach the group stage of the Champions League on…

Klopp aims to emulate Liverpool ‘grandfathers’

Share This: Bob Paisley (left) led Liverpool to European Cup success in 1977, 1978 and 1981, while Bill Shankly (right) oversaw the club’s first FA Cup win…

Sport US

The Latest: US goalie Solo calls Sweden "a bunch of cowards"

Share This: RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 5:35 a.m. Hope Solo sure has…

Rodriguez bags double in Yankee Stadium swan song

Share This: New York (AFP) – Mother Nature couldn’t put a complete damper on Alex Rodriguez‘s going away party as he revelled in his final New York…

Rodriguez helps Yanks to victory in pinstripe farewell

Share This: By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) – One last play in the field, that was all Alex Rodriguez wanted and with a 6-3 lead in…

Wesley Bryan leads PGA John Deere Classic

Share This: Los Angeles (AFP) – Wesley Bryan fired a seven-under 64 to take a one stroke lead in the second round of the rain-suspended PGA Tour’s…

Rodriguez released after Yankees win over Rays

Share This: New York (AFP) – Mother Nature couldn’t put a total damper on Alex Rodriguez‘s going away party at Yankee Stadium night. Thunder and lightning cut…

Basketball: U.S. men survive Serb scare to stay unbeaten

Share This: By Steve Keating RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The U.S. men’s team extended their Olympic unbeaten run to 21 games with a tense 94-91 win…

Health

HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO

Share This: Image copyright SPL A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World…

Could mouthwash combat gonorrhoea?

Share This: Image copyright Thinkstock “A gargle a day keeps gonorrhoea away” is an unlikely slogan, but researchers believe it could hold some truth. Recent studies have…

Smallpox eradication ‘giant’ Donald Henderson dies at 87

Share This: Image copyright AFP Image caption Smallpox, an infectious disease, was once one of the world’s biggest killers US doctor and epidemiologist Donald Henderson, who led…

Greece bans blood donations in 12 districts over malaria – reports

Share This: Image copyright AP Twelve districts of Greece have banned blood donations because of malaria, with four cases this year contracted domestically, local media report. In…

Parkinson’s could potentially be detected by an eye test

Share This: Image copyright Thinkstock Researchers may have discovered a method of detecting changes in the eye which could identify Parkinson’s disease before its symptoms develop. Scientists…

Viruses ‘more dangerous in the morning’

Share This: Image copyright SPL Viruses are more dangerous when they infect their victims in the morning, a University of Cambridge study suggests. The findings, published in…