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ISIS ‘impaled’ on Kobane

ISIS has “impaled itself” on Kobane by pouring fighters into the strategic Syrian town so they can be bombed by the US-led coalition, a senior US envoy said Thursday.

French jihadis call for attacks on homeland

A horrified France was grappling with a new reality on Thursday in which hundreds of its citizens are openly joining jihadi groups and directly calling for attacks on their homeland.

Climate change fight gets $9.3 billion boost

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin Thursday pledged $9.3 billion (7.4bn euros) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a $10 billion target.

‘Prince Charles to speak out on issues as King’

Prince Charles

Britain’s Prince Charles plans to make “heartfelt interventions” in national life when he becomes king, the Guardian reported on Thursday, citing sources close to the outspoken heir to the throne.

Most titled aristocrat dies in Spain, aged 88

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart

Spain’s eccentric Duchess of Alba, one of the nation’s richest women who has more titles than any other aristocrat on earth, died on Thursday at the age of 88, a spokesman for her family said.

‘Humans could live in a new Atlantis’


Forget colonies in space, one Japanese construction company says in the future human beings could live in huge complexes that corkscrew deep into the ocean.

Russia hacking site spying on webcams: UK


Britain’s privacy watchdog on Thursday called on Russia to take down a site showing hacked live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world and warned it was planning “regulatory act

Angelina Jolie says will quit acting

Angelina Jolie

Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie says she plans to give up acting after a “few more” films and switch her focus to directing.

Sebastian Vettel will be a Ferrari man

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel (right) will replace Fernando Alonso at Ferrari.

Fallen Italian giants Ferrari relaunched their Formula One world title ambitions by confirming Sebastian Vettel on a three-year deal Thursday that will see the German team up with Kimi Raikkonen from

Roger Federer is fit for duty

Swiss star Roger Federer at a training session in  Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, on Wednesday. AFP

Roger Federer is set to play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup final against France in Lille on Friday despite a back injury that laid him low.

How many deaths will it take to realise that too many young women in their prime have needlessly died?

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Indira Gandhi are national icons. Both made unparalleled contributions to India in different spheres.