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News that Germany had banned “naked shorts” sent a chill wind through Europe’s financial markets yesterday. In these days of crisis, where Germany leads the rest of Europe has little choice but to follow.
Shell-shocked European ministers are preparing for crisis talks to shore up the single currency after markets were plunged into turmoil by panic measures in Germany.
Buildings were burning across Bangkok last night as anti-government Red Shirt demonstrators rioted after the collapse of their protest campaign and the surrender of their leaders.
Before he became Prime Minister 18 months ago, the Thai Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, was known for his good manners, expensive British education and general air of well bred affability. In the past few weeks, he has emerged as a hard-nosed and determined, even ruthless, political survivor.
A Pakistani court ordered the Government to block Facebook today because of a page on the site advertising a competition to draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, according to lawyers involved in the case.
The official inquiry into the fatal sinking of a South Korean warship has turned-up “smoking gun” evidence that the vessel was torpedoed by a North Korean missile, according to leaks.
Establishment figures from both parties were routed in Senate primary races last night as an anti-Washington mood swept through American politics.
Taleban suicide bombers supported by gunmen attacked one of the largest Nato bases in Afghanistan early this morning, leaving six foreign troops injured and seven guerillas dead.
Until yesterday Richard Blumenthal was best known as the front-runner to become the next Democratic senator of Connecticut, although outside his home state he was hardly known.
On paper Adam Wheeler had impeccable academic credentials. The 23-year-old won a place at Harvard University with a perfect score on his college entrance exam, glowing references from a distinguished private school and straight As from a year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
A disgraced former British police officer faces life in prison after being convicted of murdering his wealthy Australian wife by pushing her off a 170-foot (50-metre) cliff in an Australian national park.
Protesters in the centre of the Thai capital were engaged in battle this morning as large numbers of soldiers and armoured vehicles stormed their encampment, opening fire as they broke through the barricades.
Six Nato troops and 12 civilians were killed when a suicide car bomber rammed into an armoured convoy and detonated in the Afghan capital yesterday morning, in one of the deadliest strikes in months.
The accused Times Square bomber appeared in court last night for the first time since he was arrested on an airliner taxiing for take-off from New York to Dubai two weeks ago.
The leader of Australia’s opposition Liberal Party has scored a spectacular own goal by admitting on air that the public should not believe everything he says.
The Gulf Coast oil spill has claimed its first senior scalp in Washington as oil pouring from the sea bed threatens to enter a powerful current that could sweep it towards Florida within days.
The lengthy ordeal of two German children at the hands of Yemeni kidnappers has ended after soldiers from Saudi Arabia freed the girls, aged 5 and 3, during what they said was a cross-border raid.
Five years ago she was a driving force behind the Orange Revolution that ousted Ukraine’s proRussian Government and swept a new nationalist coalition to power. Now Yuliya Tymoshenko has given warning that the country could break up, as its new President embraces the Kremlin once more.
A court in Malawi yesterday convicted a gay couple of gross indecency and unnatural acts in a case that has highlighted the persecution of homosexuals in Africa and drawn international condemnation.
An Iranian assassin walked free from a French prison and flew home amid claims that his release was linked with that of Clotilde Reiss, the French academic freed by Tehran on Sunday.