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Gas attack kills scores

Beirut A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed scores of people, including children, in the north-western province of Idlib overnight, a monitoring group, medics and rescue workers in the rebel-held area said. The United States government believes the chemical agent sarin was used in the attack, a US government source said, adding it was "almost certainly" carried out by forces loyal...

Ford escapes flying ban

Los Angeles Harrison Ford will not face any penalties over mistakenly landing on a taxiway at a Southern California airport earlier this year, the actor's lawyer says. Lawyer Stephen Hofer wrote in a statement that the Federal Aviation Administration will not fine Ford and the actor will retain his pilot's licence without restriction. "The FAA conducted a full investigation into the matter,...

Quake rattles Botswana

Gaborone A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck nearly 250km north-north-west of the Botswana capital Gaborone overnight, at depth of 12km, the United States Geological Survey said. Tremors were also felt in neighbouring South Africa. "We certainly felt it here in central Gaborone," Jeff Ramsay, Botswana's chief government spokesman, said. "I'm not aware of damage yet, it is too early to say. The buildings here...

‘Grammar vigilante’ tackles shop signs

London A self-confessed "grammar vigilante" has been secretly correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts in England's south-west for more than a decade. The anonymous crusader carries out his work in the dead of night in Bristol using the "Apostrophiser" a long-handled tool he created to reach the highest signs. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the BBC...

Pirates seize Indian vessel

Bosasso (Somalia) Pirates have hijacked an Indian commercial vessel off the coast of Somalia, the second attack in weeks after years without such seizures, industry and security sources said overnight. United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which co-ordinates shipping in the Gulf of Aden area, said it had received information a dhow had been hijacked "in the vicinity of Socotra (Island)". It named...

11 die in Russian metro blast

St Petersburg (Russia) Eleven people were killed and more than 45 were injured when an explosion tore through a train carriage in a St Petersburg metro tunnel early today in what authorities called a probable terrorist attack Russian news media said police were searching for a man recorded on surveillance cameras who was thought to have been involved in the attack,...

Cold cases linked to Yorkshire Ripper

London Police are continuing to review historical unsolved cases linked to the Yorkshire Ripper in a 1982 report. The Byford Report revealed that Peter Sutcliffe, who was given 20 life terms for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more, could have been responsible for a further 13 offences. The Sun newspaper has claimed that Sutcliffe, who now goes by the name...

Tories hark back to Falklands in Gibraltar row

London Theresa May is prepared to go to war over Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher did over the Falklands, senior Tories claimed yesterday. Former Conservative leader Lord Howard said the Prime Minister would show the same resolve in defending Gibraltar from Spain as her predecessor did in wresting the Falklands back from Argentina following the 1982 invasion, the Daily Mail reported. Defence Secretary...

Doris Day discovers she is two years older

American star Doris Day has received a birthday surprise she has discovered that she is 95, not 93. The actress and singer known for films including Pillow Talk and Move Over Darling thought she was turning 93 this week, having pegged her age to a 1924 birth date. However, a copy of Day's birth certificate, obtained by the Associated Press, has...

British drone spying, nuisance incidents soar

London Police in Britain are being flooded with reports about drones after a dramatic surge in incidents sparked by the devices, an investigation reveals. The flying gadgets are at the centre of thousands of episodes registered by forces, including rows between neighbours, prison smuggling, burglary "scoping" exercises, mid-air near misses and snooping fears. Figures show the number of incidents logged by police...
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