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How Cultures Move Across Continents

Where were the artists, politicians and religious leaders? A blue light denotes a birth while a red light signals a death. The lines connect the two.<p>Credit: Maximillian Schich and Mauro Martino<p>They may look like flight paths around North America and Europe. Or perhaps nighttime satellite photos, …

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in Gaza | United Nations Secretary-General

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the reported violation by Hamas of the mutually agreed humanitarian ceasefire which commenced …

Captured, killed or missing? Fate of Israeli soldier remains unknown

The latest attempt at a cease-fire in Gaza disintegrated Friday before it ever really took hold amid accusations that Palestinian militants killed two Israeli soldiers and captured one.<p>Blaming Hamas and its militant allies for the attack on the soldiers, Israel resumed shelling of what have been …

Egypt's army chief rides wave of popularity towards presidency

Egyptian chocolate-maker Bahira Galal does not hide her support for Egypt's army chief, General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi. Customers at her plush boutique in central Cairo are offered a choice between chocolates coated with his face and others embossed with messages of adulation. One carries his official …

Iraq: dozens killed as suicide car bomb hits Baghdad cafe

A suicide bomber drove a minibus into a busy cafe in Baghdad on Sunday night, during a day of violence that left at least 45 dead across Iraq.<p>The man rammed his vehicle into the cafe in Amil, a primarily Shia area, killing at least 35 people and wounding 45 others, police said.<p>Ali Mahdi, a …

Red alert in Uganda over warnings of 'Westgate-style' terror attack

Uganda has heightened its terror alert to the maximum level following what police say are intelligence reports of a potentially imminent Islamist attack.<p>Security across Kampala has been stepped up amid warnings of a possible “Westgate-style attack” in the capital, a reference to last month’s …

Europeans not safe from urban air pollution cancer threat, WHO confirms

Scientists have confirmed that today’s major air pollution – the air that millions of people in cities breathe – is cancer-causing. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, says this air is a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.<p>The World Health Organisation agency said this …

Surge in tourist spending in Greece helps ease country's annual current account gap

A rise in tourism revenue in Greece for the first eight months of the year has led to the country’s cumulative current account deficit falling in August.<p>Spending by foreign visitors is becoming the only growth driver for the eurozone’s worst performing economy.<p>Tourism receipts, the country’s …

Taliban suicide car bomb attack kills up to five in Kabul

A woman and up to four children have died after a Taliban bomb attack in Kabul.<p>It targeted the Green Village, which houses international diplomats.<p>A suicide car bomb went off near a convoy of foreign forces around 5pm on Friday.<p>The Taliban later claimed responsibility. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid …

One month on: Worldwide protests take place to "Free the Arctic 30"

Worldwide protests have been taking place one month after 30 Greenpeace activists were detained for trying to board a Russian oil platform in the Arctic.<p>At one demonstration in the Russian capital, Moscow, 30 protesters each wore a slogan outlining what they say are lies the Russian authorities …

Italy: Rome preparing for two days of protests against Letta government

Civil servants, hospital staff and transport workers went on strike on Friday in protest against Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s government, causing disruptions in Rome and across the country.<p>The strikes, organised by the far left Cobas union, are the first in two days of planned protests and could …

Mayors in France 'cannot refuse' to perform same-sex marriages

French mayors will not be allowed to refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, according to a Constitutional Council ruling.<p>Seven mayors challenged the law legalising same-sex marriage, arguing that it infringed their freedom of conscience. However, the Council has rejected their appeal, …

Obama picks new US homeland security chief

President Barack Obama has presented the man he has picked as the next head of US homeland security.<p>If confirmed by the Senate, Jeh Johnson will succeed Janet Napolitano at the helm of the huge agency in charge of securing the nation’s borders.<p>The former top lawyer at the Pentagon, now a partner in …

Paul McCartney performs surprise set in London lunch hour

London’s Covent Garden is known for street entertainment, but passers-by may not have been expecting this particular performance.<p>Music legend Paul McCartney surprised fans with an unexpected lunchtime concert…from a stage on the side of a truck.<p>Around 2,000 fans gathered for the short set in which …

Scandal-proof Juncker tipped for Luxembourg poll win

Luxembourg is voting on Sunday in an early election sparked by a spying and corruption scandal.<p>Jean-Claude Juncker’s government collapsed in July amid claims he had failed to curb abuse of power by the secret services, including illegal phone tapping.<p>An official report concluded that Juncker had …

Global hunt for parents of mystery girl found in Greece

Greek police have launched an international search to establish the identity of a little girl found living with a Roma couple who are not her parents.<p>They hope Interpol can help solve the mystery of the girl, aged around four, who was discovered in central Greece. Suspicions were aroused as she …

Paris gunman surrenders after bank hostage ordeal

A gunman surrendered to police on Friday after a two-hour hostage ordeal at a bank in Paris.<p>Four people were held captive by the man, who was demanding social housing for himself and his disabled son.<p>With the area sealed off near the busy shopping district of Place de l’Italie, he was taken into …

Iraq bomb attacks mar end of Eid festival

A car bomb in the Iraqi capital Baghdad is known to have left at least six people dead and 15 wounded.<p>The figures were confirmed by health officials.<p>On Saturday morning the extent of the damage became clear following Friday night’s attack, which came in a mainly Shi’ite al-Mashtal neighbourhood in …

Berlusconi banned from public office for two years

Former Italian Prime Minister and convicted fraudster, Silvio Berlusconi has been banned by a Milan court from holding public office for two years.<p>The ban will not take immediate effect, however, as Berlusconi is a serving senator.<p>A separate vote to expel him from the senate will have to take place …

At least 16 Syrian troops believed killed in Damascus car bomb

A car bomb in the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus has killed at least 16 members of the country’s security forces, according to a British-based monitoring group.<p>The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the device was detonated by a suicide bomber from the Al …

Roma girl deported to Kosovo rejects offer to return to France alone

The controversial deportation of teenager Leonarda Dibrani from France to Kosovo has been defended by President Francois Hollande.<p>But he added that the 15-year-old Roma girl can return to France alone without her family – an offer she has already rejected.<p>The president’s intervention comes after …

Ten killed in Belgium as plane carrying parachutists plunges to the ground

Ten people are dead after a plane carrying parachutists plummeted to the ground in the south of Belgium.<p>Eye-witness reports suggest the twin-engine plane, which took off from Temploux air-strip, lost its right wing in mid-air before crashing into a field in the village of Marchovellette.<p>Rescuers at …

Greece charity caring for mystery girl slams child registration laws

The charity in Greece looking after the mystery blonde girl found living with a Roma couple who are not her parents has criticised the country’s child registration system for being too lax.<p>Costas Giannopoulos, the director of “A Child’s Smile”, said the charity was shocked by how easy it was for …

Belgium holds state funeral for former PM Wilfried Martens

A state funeral has been held in Belgium for the former Prime Minister Wilfried Martens, who died on October 9 aged 77.<p>Several European leaders were present to pay their respects to the man who dominated Belgian politics for over a decade, worked to establish Flemish and Walloon regions, and helped …

Australian military investigates whether it may have started wildfire

The Australian military is investigating whether it may be responsible for starting one of the major wildfires burning in New South Wales.<p>The Defence Force says an explosives training exercise was taking place some 80 kilometres northwest of Sydney on the same day a fire began in the area.<p>Several …

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