Expat Scot Ben Letham killed in paraglider accident in New Zealand

A Scottish man has died after a tragic paraglider accident in New Zealand.

People line up to vote at a polling station in Martres-Tolosane, southwestern France, during the first round of the French presidential election. Picture: AFP Photo

France presidential election: Voters begin casting ballots

French voters have started casting ballots for the presidential election under heightened security in a tense first-round poll that is seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world.

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The nose section of Pan Am Flight 103 lies in wreckage on December 21, 1988 from an explosion over Lockerbie. Picture: Getty Images

Family to appeal al-Megrahi’s Lockerbie bombing conviction

The family of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi will launch a bid to appeal against his conviction within a fortnight.

Parisians leave floral tributes on the Champs Elysees following yesterdays shooting  in which a police officer was killed two more injured. Picture: Getty Images

Paris shooting: Gunman threatened police in February

The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a police officer just days before France’s presidential election was detained in February for threatening police but later freed.


Suburban home raided after fatal Paris shooting

Police have swooped on a home in a Paris suburb after a gunman opened fire on police on the Champs-Elysees boulevard, killing one officer and wounding three people before being shot dead.

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Could Scotland become a Canadian province similar to Quebec? Picture: Contributed

Scotland ‘should be invited to be Canadian province’

A prominent author has said Scotland should be invited to become a province of Canada.

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Malala Yousafzai (centre) with Kainat Riaz (left) and Shazia Ramzan, pictured in 2013. Picture: Jane Barlow

Malala Yousafzai friends set to attend Edinburgh University

Two friends of Malala Yousafzai, who were travelling with the education campaigner when the Taleban attempted to murder her in 2012, have received study offers from the University of Edinburgh.

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'Facebook killer' Steve Stephens has been found dead.

Man who put murder video on Facebook kills himself

An American man who killed a 74-year-old and posted video footage of the crime on Facebook killed himself yesterday in Pennsylvania, American police said.

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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a rally the day after the referendum. Picture: AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici

Turkish vote hands Erdogan reins of power

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally fulfilled his long-held ambition to expand his powers after a referendum handed him the reins of Turkey’s governance.

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The plane crashed next to a Lidl store near Lisbon. Picture: Fabio Miguel/PA Wire

Five killed after plane crashes close to Lidl in Portugal

A small plane crashed beside a Lidl supermarket near Lisbon, killing four people on board and one on the ground.

A warplane prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Picture: AFP/US navy/MCSA

Korean crisis: Trump ‘sends in three aircraft carriers’

Three American aircraft carriers will enter the Sea of ​​Japan next week, South Korean media has reported.

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The world's second-largest economy is targeting growth of 6.5% this year. Picture: Andy Wong/AP

China’s recovery gathering pace amid property boom

China’s economic recovery is gaining traction, with growth for the three months to March rising to its fastest pace in more than a year.

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Civil war has brought only misery to Syria's farmers. Picture: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s crop production badly wounded by a brutal war

They say that in war truth is the first casualty – and the news coming out of Syria, with the daily twists and turns, concealments and revelations, claims and counter-claims, does little to contradict this belief.


US ‘era of patience’ with North Korea is over says Pence

US Vice President Mike Pence has declared the “era of strategic patience is over” with North Korea, expressing impatience with the speed and willingness of the regime to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

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Merlin is opening its eighth Legoland in Japan as part of its expansion spree. Picture: Contributed

Merlin casts its theme park spell further overseas

Merlin Entertainments, owner of visitor attraction centres including the UK’s Alton Towers, has announced a flurry of new international openings for this month.

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Photo provided by the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens. Picture: AP

Police in US hunt for Facebook Live killer

Police in Ohio are urging residents in surrounding states to be on alert for a man who they say shot and killed an elderly passerby and then posted a gruesome video of the killing on Facebook.

Even a regional, non-nuclear exchange 'would be a disaster', writes Martin Flanagan. Picture: Wong Maye-E/AP

Martin Flanagan: Worried markets might career on Korea

As we went to press, it looked crunch time for markets when they reopen tomorrow morning.

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UK ‘concerned’ at new North Korea missile test amid growing tension

The Government has said it is “concerned” by reports of a failed missile test by North Korea and is closely monitoring the situation.

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Trump receives a briefing on the Syria military strike from his National Security team, including a video teleconference, in a secured location at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Picture: White House via AP

Dani Garavelli: Ignorance is bliss for trigger-happy Trump

NOW man-child Trump has acquired a taste for confrontation the possible consequences don’t bear thinking about, writes Dani Garavelli.

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In Syria, Donald Trump should let Isis be Assads, Irans, Hezbollahs and Russias headache Picture: Getty Images

Why is Trump fighting Isis in Syria?

The Trump foreign policy team has been all over the map on what to do next in Syria — topple the regime, intensify aid to rebels, respond to any new attacks on innocent civilians. But when pressed, there is one idea everyone on the team seems to agree on: “The defeat of Isis,” as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson put it.

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