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A battle over Europe’s response to the crisis engulfing the single currency broke out yesterday when Angela Merkel’s calls for a new treaty were dismissed by José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission President.
It is a gloriously sunny Pentecôte bank holiday, and hundreds of people have descended on Morschwiller-le-Bas, a suburb of the French city of Mulhouse, for its annual marché aux puces — flea market.
Teams of American special forces have been authorised to conduct spying missions intended to pave the way for a military strike on Iran in case President Obama orders one, US government sources have confirmed.
A British man said to head one of Europe’s biggest drug and gun-running gangs was arrested in Spain after a major international sting operation, it emerged yesterday.
Europe will introduce a surprise new plan today to combat global warming, committing Britain and the rest of the EU to the most ambitious targets in the world. The plan proposes a massive increase in the target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in this decade.
A lake bird found only in parts of Madagascar, but not seen in more than 25 years, has been declared extinct — with its passing blamed on the introduction of a carnivorous fish.
A Chinese electronics assembly worker threw himself from the roof of his dormitory in Shenzhen yesterday, the latest suicide by a worker toiling to feed the world’s craving for cheaper iPods, laptops and mobile phones.
Africa is finally shaking off its dependence on aid handouts from the West and — thanks to new trading ties with China, India and Brazil — emerging as an independent player on the global stage.
William Hague plans to visit India over the summer as Britain’s new Government tries to turn cultural and trade ties with the emerging superpower into a “genuinely special relationship”.
Were Jesus to return and fish the Sea of Galilee today he might tell a parable, not of prolific catches and the sated crowds of biblical times but of empty nets and a hefty fine.
The Cardinal in charge of Christian unity at the Vatican has promised that the Vatican archives for the entire period of the Second World War, when the Church has been accused of failing to do enough to help the Jewish people, will be opened soon for scholarly research.
A member of Slipknot, the heavy metal band known for its ghoulish masks and aggressive lyrics, was yesterday found dead in an Iowa hotel room.
Broad patents over the first synthetic form of life should not be granted because they would severely restrict new approaches to genetic engineering, according to a Nobel prize-winning scientist.
The United States has sanctioned a major expansion of clandestine military operations in both hostile and friendly countries, according to classified documents which emerged today.
Emergency teams were rushing this morning to contain thousands of tonnes of crude oil spilling into the Singapore Strait after two ships collided in the waterway.
Trinidad and Tobago is to have its first woman premier after Prime Minister Patrick Manning was ousted in a snap election on Monday
The Jamaican capital, Kingston, resembled a war zone last night as, for the second day, police and soldiers clashed with gunmen seeking to prevent the extradition of an alleged drug baron to the United States.
President Obama has reached a landmark deal on gays in the military which could see the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy repealed by the end of the week.
Christopher Coke is by no means the only alleged Jamaican drug kingpin pursued by the US, but he is unique in two respects: the closeness of his ties to government, and the sheer scale of his alleged activities.
Helicopter gunships buzzed over the Jamaican capital last night as police and soldiers clashed for a second day with masked gunmen seeking to prevent the extradition of an alleged drug baron to the United States.