US vice president Joe Biden has criticised Russia for its role in eastern Ukraine, urging Moscow to uphold a ceasefire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the country’s anti-government protests.


US President Barack Obama

Obama gives hope to illegal Irish in US

Undocumented Irish people who have lived for some years in the United States and have children born in the country are likely to benefit most from President Obama’s plans to overhaul immigration rules.

Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado. Picture: AP

Man admits killing beauty queen ‘in jealous rage’

The gunman who killed Miss Honduras has told police he murdered the beauty queen and her sister in a jealous rage because his girlfriend danced with another man.

Mike Nichols pictured in 1997 with his wife, TV journalist Diane Sawyer  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello).

Graduate director Nichols dies

Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as The Graduate, Angels in America and Monty Python’s Spamalot,” has died. He was 83.

The Bio-Bus which is powered entirely by human and food waste. Picture: PA

‘Number two’ bus hits the road

Britain’s first “number two” bus has taken to the road — powered entirely by human and food waste.

David Allinson with Percy. The cat went missing 10 years ago.

Quirky World ... Hospital gown to stop patients’ bare-faced cheek

USA: A US health system has unveiled a new hospital gown that aims to put the wraps on a big source of patients’ grumbles — a lack of rear coverage.

Julian Assange

Sweden upholds order on Assange

A Swedish appeals court has upheld the detention order on Julian Assange, dismissing a challenge by the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by Swedish prosecutors in an investigation of alleged sex crimes.Confirming a ruling by a lower court, the Svea appeals court said there was no reason to lift the order just because it cannot be enforced at the moment — as his lawyers had argued.

Chisako Kakehi answers a reporter's question in Sakai, western Japan. Picture: AP

Woman held after sixth partner dies

Japanese police were looking for traces of poison in the home of a woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband, one of six men who have died while in a relationship with her over the past 20 years.

The scene of Tuesday's attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, in which two Palestinians killed four rabbis and a policeman. Picture: AP

Israeli mayor in Arab worker ban

An Israeli mayor has imposed a partial ban on employing Arab workers in his city in a sign of mounting security concerns after a surge in deadly Palestinian attacks.

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Gaming can aid those with brain disease

Computer consoles can help improve the lives of people with the neurological disease Parkinson’s, researchers have found.

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Obesity in UK ‘costing more than war’

Obesity is a greater burden on the UK’s economy than armed violence, war and terrorism, costing the country nearly £47bn (€58bn) a year, a report has found.

Police investigate a shooting scene at Strozier Library on Florida State campus (AP Photo/Steve Cannon).

Campus gunman had graduated as lawyer, say police

The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University’s library before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the college, a law enforcement official said.

Syrian Kurdish refugee children from the Kobani area at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border. Picture: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

1m Syrian refugees are struggling, says UN

With Turkey’s government-run refugee camps operating at full capacity, more than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to Turkey to escape fighting at home are struggling to survive on their own, according to an Amnesty International report.

Nigel Farage - UKIP leader

By-election to boost 2015 push: Farage

Campaign dominated by immigration as Cameron digs in

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Man with guns held near White House

The US Secret Service arrested an Iowa man on Wednesday afternoon after finding a hunting rifle, dozens of rounds of ammunition and a knife in the trunk of his car parked near the White House.