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Greece not considering snap election, says Tsipras ally

Greece’s state minister has ruled out speculation that the government is considering an early election. Alekos Flambouraris told Greek TV there was “no point” in calling a poll, saying the country did not need it. He was responding to reports that the government was considering a snap vote if it failed to find a settlement […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Cuba praises ‘fair’ US pledge on terrorism list

Cuba has welcomed as “fair” a US decision to remove it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying it should never have been on the list in the first place. The move comes amid a normalisation of ties between the US and Cuba. The Caribbean country’s presence on the list alongside Syria, Iran […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Soma mine bosses appear in Turkey court on murder charges

Former managers of a Turkish coal mine where 301 people died last year have appeared in court on murder charges. The eight ex-managers were ordered to testify in person, after plans for them to appear via video link caused outrage among victims’ relatives. A total of 45 people are on trial over the Soma mine […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Farc rebels ‘kill 10 Colombian soldiers’

Ten Colombian soldiers have been killed in an attack by left-wing Farc rebels in west of the country, officials say. The government says 17 soldiers were also injured, four of them seriously, following an attack in the Farc stronghold of Cauca. President Juan Manuel Santos says he will travel to the area on Wednesday. There […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

US to exhume remains of Pearl Harbor dead for identification

The remains of nearly 400 US servicemen killed at Pearl Harbor are to be exhumed so they may be identified and given individual burials, the US says. The sailors and Marines were aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was struck by Japanese torpedoes in 1941. Their remains were buried together in Hawaii. The identification […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Nigeria election: First results expected

Nigeria’s election body says it expects to announce the first results of Saturday’s keenly contested presidential poll on Tuesday. Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is facing a strong challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. The US and UK in a joint statement expressed concern over possible “political interference” in the count. Voting over the weekend was […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Raffaele Sollecito ‘born again’ after Kercher acquittal

Raffaele Sollecito has said being acquitted of the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher by Italy’s highest court was like “being born again”. Speaking for the first time since a final ruling exonerated him and former girlfriend Amanda Knox, Mr Sollecito said he had been “branded a killer”. Ms Kercher, 21, was stabbed to death […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Alps crash: Lufthansa chief fears recorder too damaged

A top Lufthansa official has warned that the missing flight data recorder may have been too badly damaged when Germanwings flight 4U 9525 crashed in the French Alps. Lufthansa Board Chairman Kay Kratky said it might not be sending signals. So far only the cockpit voice recorder has been found at the crash scene, where […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

Iran nuclear talks intensify as key deadline nears

Talks have resumed in Switzerland ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran. Foreign ministers from six world powers are meeting their Iranian counterpart, amid hopes of a breakthrough after almost 18 months of negotiations. They want to impose limits that would prevent Iran from producing enough fuel for a nuclear weapon […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »

North Korea ready ‘anytime’ for nuclear war as diplomat calls defectors ‘animals’ and ‘scum’

North Korea is prepared for a nuclear war with the US, the nation’s ambassador to the UK has said. Hyun Hak-bong said that the country is ready “anytime” to launch nuclear missiles as joint South Korean and US military exercises continue to take place on the border with the North. He said in an interview […]

March 20th, 2015 | Posted in World | Read More »