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Manmohan Singh, India’s veteran Prime Minister, hinted yesterday that he would step down in favour of Rahul Gandhi, the 39-year-old heir of the political dynasty that has dominated the world’s biggest democracy since independence in 1947.
The sound you can hear is the global scratching of heads. After six years and a time-disrupting atom bomb, the desert island drama Lost ended in a way to satisfy all geeks by leaving so many loose strands and unanswered questions that the show can be debated for years to come.
Fury over the handling of the BP oil disaster intensified yesterday as state officials challenged federal authorities, accusing them of bureaucratic fumbling and betrayal as the slick took over 65 miles of Louisiana coastline.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, who was once held up by the West as a model African politician, was heading for a landslide victory last night in elections that opposition parties and human rights groups said were rigged.
The future of the standard issue infantry rifle used by American troops in Afghanistan is under review amid concerns that it is the wrong weapon for the job.
The soaring cost of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could force BP to freeze its payout to shareholders for up to three years, City experts said.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, one of the world’s leading ocean explorers, has spoken of his “frustration at the human species” over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and called for it to become a catalyst for political, industrial and environmental change.
For President Obama the oil spill is like the recession: not his fault, but his responsibility. The longer it drags on, the angrier voters become with him. The quicker it ends, the quicker the White House can move from damage control to claiming at least some credit for a problem solved.
South Korea’s President unleashed a stinging trade salvo against his northern neighbour yesterday, severing almost all business ties between the two countries as the US announced naval exercises off the Korean peninsula.
From the beginning, many suspected that the hasty romance between the impressionable Hollywood starlet and her mysterious English screenwriter husband was doomed to failure. Now, three years after Brittany Murphy’s marriage to Simon Monjack — who had suffered a long series of legal problems and faced deportation from the US for an expired visa — both are dead, under circumstances as dark and unsettling as anything in Tinseltown’s long history of celebrity noir.
Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who triggered the MMR vaccine scare, has been struck off the medical register.
The officer in charge of the Army’s bomb disposal teams has resigned after voicing concern over the pressure his unit faces on the frontline and stressing the need for reinforcements.
Australia has ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat over cloned passports used in the assassination of a Hamas agent in Dubai in January.
The Jamaican authorities placed the capital Kingston under a state of emergency and urged people to leave the city’s roughest neighbourhoods overnight, as police clashed with armed gangs over the possible extradition of a drug suspect to the United States.
We knew something had gone badly wrong when a nervous-looking RAF crewman addressed the passengers. “Does anybody have weapons and ammunition on board?” he asked a rugged but bemused collection of American troops.
The widow of a bomb disposal expert killed in Afghanistan has questioned for the first time whether the Army failed in its duty of care towards her husband.
Liam Fox was under attack last night for damaging Britain’s relations with Kabul after he described Afghanistan as a “broken 13th-century country”.
The wait for this year’s “must-have” product is almost over, with Apple’s iPad arriving in Britain on Friday after a delay forced by high demand when it was launched in the United States last month.
Jade, 35, a heavily made-up prostitute with a pierced lower lip and plunging cleavage, sits reading Ciné Revue magazine in her self-styled “vitrine” — glass-fronted cubicle — in the Villa Tinto House of Pleasure, one of the last remaining brothels in Antwerp’s cleaned-up red-light district.