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Pope: ‘Abortions are like hiring a contract killer‘

Pope: ‘Abortions are like hiring a contract killer‘

Addressing worshippers in the Vatican, he said terminating a pregnancy was the equivalent of getting a hitman to “take out a human life to solve a problem”. The pontiff‘s remarks – some of his strongest yet against abortion – were a departure from the prepared text for his homily, delivered during his weekly audience on St Peter‘s Square. “Interrupting a […]

EgyptAir mag sorry for ‘surreal‘ Barrymore article

EgyptAir mag sorry for ‘surreal‘ Barrymore article

The airline with the Hollywood star, which began with an unflattering introduction detailing her “several unsuccessful marriages”. The piece was strewn with errors and dubious-sounding quotes. Published in the airline‘s Horus magazine, it quickly drew attention after being posted on Twitter by Yemen analyst Adam Baron, with many questioning whether the journalist had actually spoken to the actress at all. […]

50 people ‘including children‘ killed in bus crash

50 people ‘including children‘ killed in bus crash

Eight children are among the dead following the accident in the western town of Kericho, according to The Daily Nation newspaper. The vehicle veered off the road and rolled down a slope at around 4am local time (2am UK time). The cause of the crash is not yet known. Photographs posted online showed the bus lying on its side with […]

Top Belgium football clubs raided over ‘match-fixing‘

Top Belgium football clubs raided over ‘match-fixing‘

Authorities announced on Wednesday that 220 police officers had taken part in 57 raids in seven nations across Europe, with 44 of them taking place in Belgium. The remaining 13 operations were spread out between France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia. Local media reports that top football agent Mogi Bayat and former Anderlecht coach Herman Van Holsbeeck are among […]

Two Britons among 10 dead in Majorca flooding

Two Britons among 10 dead in Majorca flooding

The pair died in a taxi in the town of Sant Llorenc after torrents formed following downpours on the popular holiday island. Another 12 people have been reported missing. Image: Spanish weather forecasters said 20cm (8in) of rain fell in four hours Local officials have held an emergency meeting to coordinate their response, with 100 rescue workers and 80 soldiers […]

Revealed: Royal wedding‘s bridesmaids and pageboys

Revealed: Royal wedding‘s bridesmaids and pageboys

All are aged seven and under, while two have been recruited from among the family and friends of the princess. So who are the youngsters joining the bridal party? Princess Charlotte At three years old, Princess Charlotte is already no stranger to high profile royal events. William and Kate‘s middle child made an appearance at the wedding of the Duke […]

Wall Street plunges as investors seek safety

Wall Street plunges as investors seek safety

New York‘s Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 3%, or more than 800 points, in Wednesday trading. That was its worst drop in eight months. The S&P 500 was also down 3% while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 4%. It followed a bleak session in Europe, where Germany‘s Dax and France‘s Cac 40 had each ended the day more than 2% lower. […]