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Turkey says no ransom paid for hostages freed by jihadists

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (2nd left) stands with freed hostages at the airport in Ankara, Turkey, on Saturday.	— AP

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday no ransom had been paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIS), but he declined to be drawn on whether their releas

$190 million for covert photos

A Baltimore judge on Friday approved a $190 million settlement to compensate thousands of women who were secretly photographed by a now-deceased Johns Hopkins Hospital gynaecologist during exams.

46 hostages from Turkey freed after covert rescue operation

Clerics appeal to ISIS to free Briton

Thousands of Syria Kurds flee to Turkey

Syrian Kurds cross the border between Syria and Turkey near the south-eastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province— AFP

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing an advance by ISIS fighters who have seized dozens of villages close to the border and are advancing on a Syria

Ex-basketball player held for Apple store theft

The police arrested former Phoenix Suns basketball player Rex Chapman on Friday for allegedly shoplifting more than $14,000 worth of products over several months from an Apple store in Scottsdale, aut

Will David Cameron devolution offer lead to federal UK?

Pro-union supporters celebrate as the Scottish independence referendum result is announced at a “Better Together” event — AFP

The reforms would likely see Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs barred from voting on issues that do not affect their constituents, such as health and education

Scotland vote inspires separatist movements

Balochistan, Catalonia, Quebec separatists demand Scots-style vote

Iraq’s top Shia cleric hails foreign aid against rebels

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

Iraq’s most important Shia religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani endorsed international intervention against ISIS in the country on Friday, following US and French airstrikes, but called for

Three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone to curb Ebola spread

A World Health Organisation worker trains nurses to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Thursday. —AP

Sierra Leone’s normally chaotic capital was transformed on Friday as residents were confined to their homes for the start of a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the deadly Ebola epidemic.

US: Cameras on body for border patrol on trial basis

The US Border Patrol said body cameras would be tried with its agents from October following allegations over abuse and use of excessive force, as Washington gave the agency authority to investigate s


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