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The Iranian Government has indicated that it is preparing to release Jafar Panahi, the award-winning film-maker who has been jailed in Tehran since early March.
Chess is normally seen as an intellectual battle of wits, but real-life violence has erupted in Russia as a former world champion attempts to checkmate the Kremlin for control of the game’s governing body.
It has been an hour since our sport-fishing boat started streaking through the freshly oil-soaked marshes of Pass a Loutre, but we’re still only halfway through the slick. Eighteen miles out and the stink of oil is everywhere. Rashes of red-brown sludge are smeared across vast swaths, between them a swell rendered faintly psychedelic with rainbow-coloured swirls.
BP will be taken off the Gulf clean-up operation if the US government decides that its performance is not good enough, Ken Salazar, the US Interior Secretary, said yesterday.
Plans to build a 13-storey mosque and Islamic centre two city blocks from Ground Zero in New York are provoking an anti-Muslim backlash in America.
Soon after polling stations opened at 6am dozens of voters queued patiently in the morning light outside a school administration building in the crossroads town of Mojo, central Ethiopia.
Screaming “freedom” and flashing a victory sign, Mordechai Vanunu, the nuclear whistleblower, began a three-month jail sentence yesterday for violating the terms of his release from prison by meeting a foreign woman.
The Serbian pilot of an Indian passenger jet that crashed on Saturday tried to abort his landing and take off again, before crying: “Overshoot, overshoot,” according to his final exchanges with air traffic control.
At least 20 people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu yesterday after Islamist militants fired mortars into the presidential compound and launched a ground attack that was thwarted by African Union-backed government forces.
Giant “vacuum cleaners” built by Kevin Costner, star of Waterworld and other ecologically-minded movies, are to be tested by BP in the Gulf of Mexico this week.
Thailand on Sunday extended a curfew in Bangkok and 23 provinces for two more nights for “security reasons”, emergency authorities said.
Investigators have begun sifting through the charred wreckage of an Indian passenger plane that overshot the runway and plunged into a ravine, killing 158 people on board.
Japan’s embattled prime minister has apologised to the people of Okinawa for ditching his campaign promise to move a U.S. military base off the island - a concession that is likely to further erode his grip on power.
Cabinet ministers were forced to abandon their plans to visit Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan after the massive Nato base came under rocket attack from the Taleban.
THEY are renowned for never knowingly missing a perk. Now MEPs have decided that, financial crisis or not, they will snaffle a taxpayer-funded Apple iPad for every member once the latest computer must-have is launched on the European market.
TALIBAN rebels are earning a bounty of up to 200,000 Pakistani rupees (£1,660) for each Nato soldier they kill, according to insurgent commanders.
Nobody could doubt Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s devotion to chess. As president of the impoverished Russian republic of Kalmykia, he spent £60m building a Chess City where visitors could play in comfort. He made the game compulsory in schools and had a giant chess board with outsized pieces placed in the main square of his capital.
She has variously described them as “mama grizzlies”, “pink elephants” and “moms who are rising up”.
IN the early hours of April 21, Natalie Roshto wrote online that she was a “happy girl”. Her summer holiday was booked and after a trip to Florida with her son she planned to escape for an “adults’ weekend” with her husband Shane, an offshore oil worker she described as “beyond the greatest man on earth”.
THE spectre of a violent underground movement that could wreck Thailand’s tourism industry has risen from the ashes of Bangkok’s city centre.