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Pakistan blocked access to YouTube today because of “growing sacrilegious content” on the video-sharing website. It is the latest twist in an escalating international row over Islam and freedom of speech online.
In a rescue worthy of the Mutant Ninja Turtles, five Sydney ninjas went to the aid of a commuter as he was being robbed of his mobile phone in a Sydney alleyway.
The suspected military chief of the Basque separatist group Eta was arrested today by police in France.
At least five men rampaged across a college campus wounding 13 students, including one whose hand they chopped off.
A university computer science professor convicted of organising orgies was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a Chinese court today.
Shocked European ministers are preparing for emergency talks to shore up the euro after markets fell in reaction to panic measures in Germany.
Thai authorities extended a curfew in Bangkok today as troops continued to battle sporadic pockets of resistance across the capital.
North Korea has threatened “all-out war” if there Seoul retaliates for the torpedo attack that sank the South Korean warship Cheonan in March.
Police in northern France were searching yesterday for five migrants in danger of freezing to death after locking themselves in the back of a refrigerated lorry in a bid to reach Britain.
The markets delivered a swift and brutal judgment on Berlin early yesterday, hammering the euro and slamming share values after its decision to ban speculators from German markets.
One of Asia’s largest investment funds is poised to deliver a major blow to the euro as financial institutions across the region lay large bets against the faltering currency.
When the head of the German government stands up and warns that the survival of the euro is in danger, you know that Europe’s attempt at a single currency is in real trouble. But Angela Merkel, in warning that the eurozone could come apart, has only said publicly what bankers and lawyers close to leading EU governments have been speculating about privately for weeks.
Few albums are as soaked in the mythology of rock’n’roll excess as Exile on Main St by the Rolling Stones. Although its woozy, raw sound led it to be hailed as the one of the greatest records, the music has often been overshadowed by the tales of Bacchanalian excess that accompanied its creation.
Iran has again accused three American hikers imprisoned in Tehran of being spies, hours before their mothers arrived in the country to plead for their release after almost a year behind bars.
Long the subject of allegations of criminality, a half-brother of President Karzai has for the first time faced public accusation from within the Afghan Government.
A young Iranian actress named Kiana Firouz will attend the London premiere tonight of a film in which she plays a lesbian seeking asylum in Britain because the Iranian authorities are pursuing her. The Home Office rejects her application and sends her back to the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.
America’s political establishment was left reeling yesterday after a gripping night of primary races delivered victory to activist insurgents riding a wave of anti-Washington fervour.
Zimbabwe is to send pairs of endangered wildlife, including baby elephants, to a zoo in North Korea, in a bizarre version of Noah’s Ark condemned yesterday by conservationists.
It is one of the greatest mysteries of physics and cosmology: why, when the Big Bang is supposed to have produced equal amounts of matter and antimatter, did the two not annihilate each other, leaving nothing to form the Universe?
Carlos the Jackal, one of the most feared international terrorists of the 1970s, took to the airwaves from his French prison yesterday to vent his wrath. His target was not an imperialist plot of the type that the self-styled revolutionary used to combat. He was just upset over his portrayal in a movie biography that was screened at the Cannes festival.