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Airbus A350 completes maiden flight – Competition expected to dominate Paris Airshow

TOULOUSE: Europe's newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday, stepping up the battle with arch-rival Boeing for sales of a new generation of sleek, lightweight passenger…

Cyprus TV host gets life in mafia-style mogul killing

NICOSIA: A glamorous TV host, her brother and two others were sentenced to life in prison yesterday after being found guilty of the mafia-style murder of a Cypriot media boss…

Briton tells of terrifying Indonesia kidnap ordeal – Abductors free Primrose without ransom

PARSI PUTIH, Indonesia: A shaken British energy worker told yesterday of his terrifying ordeal at the hands of kidnappers in the restive Indonesian province of Aceh. Malcolm Primrose was abducted…

Thousands march calling for ‘divorce from Putin’ – President slams foreign interference

MOSCOW: Thousands of Russian opposition activists marched through Moscow yesterday to denounce President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian rule and call for the release of jailed anti-Kremlin protesters. Led by anti-corruption crusader…

Police scuffle with anti-G8 UK protesters

LONDON: Police scuffled with scores of anti- G8 demonstrators in central London and surrounded a building where protest organisers were meeting yesterday before a summit of world leaders in Britain…

Erdogan warns protesters ‘will pay’ – Demonstrators hold fast despite warning

ISTANBUL: Turkish protesters refused to back down yesterday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned they would “pay a price” for their unrelenting demonstrations against his Islamic-rooted government’s decade-long rule.…

Dyke bursts as Germany battles historic floods

BERLIN: Germany battled yesterday against historic floods wreaking death and destruction across central Europe as a dyke burst forcing hundreds from their homes but the Hungarian capital averted devastation. Parts…

Germany battles floods as Hungary braces for deluge – Death toll hits 18, scores evacuated

BUDAPEST: Flood waters rose in eastern Germany yesterday, forcing the evacuation of homes and a hospital, as Hungary propped up its defences against central Europe's worst floods in a decade.…

Erdogan hits back at criticism – Thousands of supporters greet PM at airport

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday his Islamic-rooted government was open to “democratic demands” and hit back at EU criticism of his handling of a week of…

Putin divorce takes Russia by surprise – Break-up may clear way for new marriage

MOSCOW: Russians reeled yesterday from the shock announcement by President Vladimir Putin that his 30-year marriage was over, a break-up that was long an open secret but few imagined would…

Seven Georgia soldiers killed in Afghanistan

KABUL: Georgia’s defense minister visited his troops in Afghanistan yesterday, a day after seven Georgian soldiers were killed in a huge truck bomb blast at their base in the deadliest…