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The ‘most complicated’ watch in the world

The ‘most complicated’ watch in the world

​The most complicated handmade watch, the Henry Graves Supercomplication, has been sold at auction for 20.6m Swiss francs (£13.4m), writes Luke Jones. A “complication” is a technical term referring to any feature on a watch which is in addition to simply telling the time – and Henry Graves Jr wanted more than anyone else. The [&hellip

Syria, Iraq wars displaced millions: UN

Syria, Iraq wars displaced millions: UN

The United Nations refugee agency says the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have roughly displaced 13.6 million people, bemoaning poor humanitarian assistance on the part of some countries. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released the figure on Tuesday, saying many of those rendered homeless stay without food or shelter as [&hellip

Kurds retake parts of Kobani from ISIL

Kurds retake parts of Kobani from ISIL

Kurdish forces fighting ISIL militants in the Syrian city of Kobani have recaptured parts of the city following heavy clashes with the Takfiri terrorists. Top local officials said on Tuesday that Kurdish forces were advancing street by street in the southern areas of the city, which is located close to the Syrian border with Turkey. [&hellip

‘War crimes being committed in Libya’

‘War crimes being committed in Libya’

The International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor says reports indicate that war crimes are being committed in Libya. “There are, indeed, indications that crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court are being committed,” said Fatou Bensouda, who was addressing the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday. Bensouda added that the security [&hellip

Debate on firing Somali PM halts

Debate on firing Somali PM halts

Somalia’s parliament has been forced to cancel a debate on a motion seeking to dismiss the country’s Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed due to noise made by the politicians supporting the premier at the legislature. The supporters of Sheikh Ahmed pounded on empty jugs, blew on whistles and chanted “no motion” soon after the parliamentary [&hellip

US confirms attacks on ISIL leaders

US confirms attacks on ISIL leaders

​US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes has confirmed that recent airstrikes struck some of the leaders of the ISIL terrorist group. “As you know we did take a strike that successfully hit a number of ISIL vehicles that we assess was associated with ISIL leadership,” he said on Tuesday. The United States did not [&hellip

Oxfam urges G20 action on inequality

Oxfam urges G20 action on inequality

UK-based international aid agency, Oxfam, has called on the world’s biggest economies to join forces to address increasing inequality, warning that failure to tackle this issue would leave millions trapped in poverty. In a report released on Tuesday ahead of the G20 summit in the Australian city of Brisbane on November 15 and 16, Oxfam [&hellip

Xi pushes for stronger trade ties at APEC summit

Xi pushes for stronger trade ties at APEC summit

​Leaders of APEC’s 21 countries have agreed to work towards a Beijing-backed free trade agreement on day two of the group’s summit. Chinese President Xi has called for strengthened economic integration across the region. As the main day of talks got underway at a resort north of Beijing on Tuesday, President Xi Jinping urged countries [&hellip

South Korea ferry captain jailed

South Korea ferry captain jailed

The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank earlier this year, leaving over 300 people dead, has been given a 36-year prison sentence for negligence and abandoning his passengers. Prosecutors, who had demanded the death penalty for Captain Lee Jun-Seok, 69, failed to prove that he had acted with an intention to kill; therefore, [&hellip

US troops arrive in Iraq, Egypt jihadists back IS

US troops arrive in Iraq, Egypt jihadists back IS

​A group of US soldiers has arrived in Iraq’s western Anbar province to assess a site for operation. Their arrival comes at a time when “Islamic State” jihadist influence seems to be growing in the region. US forces have arrived in Iraq to offer support for ground forces in the fight against “Islamic State” (IS) [&hellip