Israel ex-PM Olmert jailed for graft

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for corruption yesterday, the latest legal blow in a spectacular fall from grace.

Nepal calls for direct earthquake funding

One month after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal, the country's finance minister yesterday called for more direct aid funding.

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US did 'nothing' to save Ramadi

Iran accused United States of doing nothing to help Iraq's army battle jihadists in Ramadi, as Iraq yesterday rejected accusations by the US defence chief that its security forces dodged the battle and lack the will to fight the Islamic State group.

Israel ex-PM Olmert jailed for graft

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for corruption yesterday, the latest legal blow in a spectacular fall from grace.

Fierce clashes in Yemen after UN talks failure

Rebel forces and loyalist fighters were locked in fierce fighting in Yemen yesterday as hopes of a political solution faded after the United Nations postponed peace talks.

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IS threat to rare bird near Palmyra

A rare bird may become extinct in Syria because of the capture of Palmyra by Islamic State, experts say.

Massive India heat wave 'kills 350'

More than 350 people are reported to have died in a heat wave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas.

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