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Baghdad flights suspended after airplane shooting

Baghdad flights suspended after airplane shooting

Six airlines from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Lebanon have suspended flights to Baghdad after bullets hit an airplane operated by budget carrier Dubai Aviation Corp, known as flydubai, as it was landing at Baghdad airport.

Ex-KGB spy told UK cops Putin ordered his death

Ex-KGB spy told UK cops Putin ordered his death

Ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died after drinking tea poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope, told British police beforehand that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally behind it, an inquiry into his killing heard.

Snowstorm sweeps northeast US

Snowstorm sweeps northeast US

A blizzard is sweeping across the northeastern United States, dropping more than 30cm of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City falls short of dire predictions.

Facebook takes blame for outages

Facebook takes blame for outages

Access to Facebook, the world's largest social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site, was blocked around the world for up to an hour yesterday, which the company said later was due to an internal fault and not an outside attack.

EU firm on Greek debt repayment

EU firm on Greek debt repayment

Europe has shown a willingness to give Athens more time to pay its debts, but says it will not yield to a new Greek government's demands for debt forgiveness, warning that the country's economic problems had not disappeared.

Havoc as 'crippling' blizzard hits US

Havoc as 'crippling' blizzard hits US

A massive, wind-whipped blizzard has slammed into the US northeast, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012.

10 dead in NATO plane crash

10 dead in NATO plane crash

Eight French nationals and two Greeks were killed and 21 people injured when a Greek fighter plane crashed during NATO training in Spain, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

Kurds push IS out of Kobani after four-month battle

Kurds push IS out of Kobani after four-month battle

Kurdish forces have taken full control of the Syrian town of Kobani, driving out remaining Islamic State fighters to end a four-month battle that became a focal point of the international fight against the ultra-hardline Islamist group.

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