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It's not history that repeats itself, it is people that never change.

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 HSBC, the largest bank in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe-wide, has announced radical restructuring plans that will result in the loss of 35,000 employees.

Amazon CEO set up a $ 10 billion fund to combat climate change.

China will cancel duties on medical equipment from the US due to coronavirus.

Lithuanian diplomats handed a note to Russia over paraffin found in the Curonian Spit at the end of January.

SpaceX has hired a former top NASA manager - the best human spaceflight specialist to help fulfill the historic mission.

A team of researchers at Imperial College London has begun animal testing of a vaccine against the new coronavirus epidemic.

Google and Tinder, the online dating system, are threatened with fines of up to 4 percent of their annual profits for unauthorized use of users personal data.

US officials say they have evidence that Chinese company Huawei has "back door access" to its mobile network infrastructure equipment, which is distributed worldwide.

India's bird population going down sharply, the greatest decline has been in the numbers of eagles, vultures, warblers and migrating shorebirds.

A "ghost" cargo ship has washed up off the coast of County Cork, Ireland, brought in by the bad weather that lashed Europe in Storm Dennis. The abandoned boat was spotted on the rocks of fishing village Ballycotton by a passerby. The vessel appears to have drifted thousands of miles over more than a year, from the south-east of Bermuda in 2018, across the Atlantic Ocean.

The EU aims to enforce a UN arms embargo but remains concerned about migrant boats from Libya.

At least 20 killed in Niger aid stampede, a Nigerian soldier stands guard near information stands in a camp for internally displaced people in Diffa, Niger, ten others were injured as people queued for food and money in the southern town of Diffa.

A total of 18 people suspected to be linked to a spate of gas attacks in Zambia were killed at the weekend by mob justice.

Thousands celebrate Japan's 'naked festival', Japanese men brave the cold in loin cloths for a festival marking the start of spring.

Rwandan gospel singer found dead in police cell, the singer was arrested near the border with Burundi and accused of attempting to flee the country.

German firms told to pay man $265m over weedkiller, Bayer and BASF are told to pay huge damages to a Missouri peach-grower.

Senegal and US sign road, power and health deals, on a visit to Senegal, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has overseen the signing of several private sector deals with American firms. The road building, power and healthcare projects were announced at a time when China and Russia are deepening their political and economic ties across the African continent. Senegal and Mauritania, 1,600 troops from various African countries are due to take part in an American-led military training exercise focusing on countering Islamist extremist groups. The US has indicated it intends to scale back its troop presence in Africa.

Four African countries - the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Ghana and Zambia - have licensed and can now distribute an Ebola vaccine, which the World Heath Organization (WHO) has hailed as a "milestone".

India's Supreme Court has ruled that all women officers will now be eligible for permanent commissions.

The value of cross-border trade in Ireland reached £6.5bn in 2018.

Stage collapse as Pakistani music festival stormed, women say they were harassed in the chaos after holders of fake tickets broke through barricades.

Japan' economy shrunk at the fastest rate in five years at the end of 2019 as it was impacted by a sales tax rise, a major typhoon and growing disruption from the Coronavirus.

At least 22 killed in attack on Cameroon village, no-one has claimed responsibility for the incident, but an opposition party blamed the army.

Hong Kong gang steals hundreds of toilet rolls, toilet rolls have become hot property in the city due to a shortage from coronavirus panic-buying.

German far-right group 'planned mosque attacks', twelve men arrested on Friday were allegedly plotting to attack mosques, politicians and immigrants.

Sudan allows former foe Israel to fly over its territory.

Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei breaks the 5km road world record by 27 seconds in Monaco.

Costa Rica makes biggest ever cocaine haul, police found more than five tonnes of the illegal dug hidden in a shipment of flowers.

First coronavirus death confirmed in Europe.

Spate of violence leaves at least 40 dead in Mali, the west African country has been blighted by ethnic and Islamist violence in recent years.

Saudi warplane crashes in Yemen, Houthi rebels say they shot down the plane, while Saudi Arabia says only that it "fell".

Russian man who released Macron ally sex video arrested, a Russian protest artist is held after Benjamin Griveaux is forced to ditch his Paris mayoral bid.

Using Australian coal in UK 'needs to stop', Extinction Rebellion says it is "madness" to ship coal from one side of the world to the other.

20-year-old Swede Armand Duplantis break the pole vault world record after clearing 6.18m at the Athletics Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow.

Australian MPs cancel UK trip amid Huawei leak row.

Russia biathlete Evgeny Ustyugov is stripped of the relay gold medal he won at the 2014 Sochi Olympics after being found guilty of doping by the International Biathlon Union.

Fifteen children killed in Haiti orphanage fire.

Recent studies show that the new coronavirus can infect as much as 60 percent of the Earth's population and kill about 50 million people.

Huawei has filed lawsuits for patent infringement with US mobile operator Verizon. The company seeks compensation for the unauthorized use of technology protected in twelve states by patents registered with Huawei in the United States.

Researchers at Hong Kong City University have developed a unique generator - 140 volts per drop of water - that could help turn water drop energy into electricity.

Lithuanian and German scientists working together to create tandem solar cells have set a new record for efficiency - their solar cell converts 29.15 percent of the incident light into electricity. (Today, the efficiency of single crystalline silicon cells in the market is only 20%).

Scientists discover 'ghost' human ancestor in Africa, a mysterious "ghost population" of ancient humans lived in West Africa about 500,000 years ago, scientists believe, whose genes are thought to live on in people today. Researchers say DNA from this group makes up between 2% and 19% of modern West Africans' genetic ancestry.

Kenya's Interior Minister has ordered the deportation of four Chinese nationals who were taken to court after video footage circulated purportedly showing one of them caning a worker.

The Ugandan government has said it's too costly to charter a plane to bring home an estimated 105 students stranded in the virus-hit city of Wuhan, in China, but is to send them some financial assistance.

Google ordered to reveal dentist's bad reviewer, the Australian court ruling forces the US firm to hand over details about the anonymous poster.

Groom beaten after secret wife turns up at wedding, a banquet descends into violence in Pakistan after the groom is revealed to have two other wives.

More than 800,000 people - 60% of them children - have fled their homes in north-western Syria since December as a result of an assault by Syrian pro-government forces on the opposition’s last stronghold.

French farmers march to free man who shot teenager, farmer opened fire on a group of suspected thieves, seriously wounding one.

Police are investigating a spate of letter-bomb attacks on companies across the Netherlands.

About 8,000 people have fled from Cameroon into Nigeria in the past two weeks because of an upsurge in violence.

Medics in Wuhan resort to shaving their heads in a bid to prevent cross-infection of the coronavirus.

Sudan to pay compensation over USS Cole attack, two al-Qaeda bombers who had been trained in Sudan attacked the ship in 2000 killing 17 US sailors.

Namibia's first lady has promised to donate all her wealth to charity when she dies, Monica Geingos' wealth is estimated is to be $3m (£2.3m), which she plans to leave to her One Economy Foundation.

Saudi-led forces face trials over Yemen violations, it is the first time the coalition has taken action against military personnel involved in the war.

All NSW bushfires contained, record rainfall caused flooding in Sydney. Australian fire officials call it "great news" but record-breaking rain causes severe flooding.

A key witness in the murder case against Lesotho's first lady has fled to neighbouring South Africa because she fears for her life, and is seeking refugee status.

Ethiopia's parliament has passed a controversial law aimed at curbing hate speech and disinformation on mainstream and social media.

People in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, have been protesting against fuel and bread shortages. Anger about this same issue back in December 2018 is what sparked mass anti-government protests that led to the downfall of President Omar al-Bashir.

Parties ordered to explain 'criminal candidates', India's top court said the "alarming rise" of "criminal candidates" had to be addressed urgently.

The European Union has described as "astonishing" the extent of vote-rigging in last October's elections in Mozambique.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has extended by three months the designation of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a global health emergency.

'They killed my puppy because I am a woman', woman teaches sport to young girls in Afghanistan, was attacked while walking the dog.

Ninth coronavirus case found in UK, a woman who flew into London from China is being treated at a hospital in central London.

US student's dad charged over 'college sex cult', father is accused of moving into his daughter's dormitory and exploiting her roommates.

MEPs call on the UK to follow EU policies in many areas in return for an ambitious free trade deal.

Forces loyal to Libya's renegade General Khalifa Haftar have blocked UN flights from operating to and from Libya, curtailing humanitarian and peace efforts.

Russia ex-prison official kills himself in court, former prison service transport boss Viktor Sviridov had just been jailed for extortion.

Landmark funeral held for Bangladesh sex worker, Islamic leaders have previously refused to perform funeral prayers saying sex work is "immoral".

Nissan seeks $90m damages from Carlos Ghosn, the move comes after Mr Ghosn fled Japan where he faces charges of financial misconduct.

Jussie Smollett drama, the actor was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack, and is now charged with six counts of lying to police.

Deforested Amazon areas 'net emitters of CO2'.

India man shot dead 'by daughter's rapist', it's the third time in recent months a rape victim or her family have been attacked by the accused.

The transitional authorities in Sudan say that they are ready to hand over former President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. He was ousted last year by a popular uprising after ruling with an iron fist for 30 years. Mr al-Bashir is currently in jail on corruption charges but he is wanted, with four other suspects, by the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to mass killings in the western province of Darfur. For more than 10 years he defied arrest warrants issued by the ICC.

About 300 employees of Singapore's largest bank have been evacuated after an employee was confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus.

Ethnic clashes between villagers taking place in the southern region of Kazakhstan: groups of men set fire to houses, cars, and hundreds of people fled to neighboring Kyrgyzstan.  Over 10 people were killed.

Chinese army officers charged in huge Equifax hack, nearly 150 million Americans had personal data compromised in the hack of a credit rating giant.

At least 14 dead as Rohingya boat sinks, the boat was reportedly destined for Malaysia and included Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.

Rains set to put out all NSW fires by week's end, only four blazes remain "uncontained" in the state's worst-affected in Australia's bushfire crisis.

Iran raids on US base injured 109, Admits Pentagon.

Mauritania denies banning use of French in parliament, amid a broader debate about language policy.

French court fines flamboyant Equatorial Guinea VP, Teodorin Obiang, the president's son, was found guilty of using public money for personal gain.

Militants burn to death motorists as they sleep, at least 30 are killed in a night-time raid on a small town in Nigeria's north-east.

Coronavirus kills 97 in deadliest day so far, over 1000 dead total.

Russia jails members of the 'non-existent' terror gang, anarchists and anti-fascist activists are jailed on what rights groups say are fabricated charges.

Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped a wealthy businessman in the city of Chimoio in central Mozambique.

Bangladesh secure their first U19 World Cup title after India lose seven wickets for just 21 runs in the final in South Africa.

Free fizzy drinks and bread for mourners at Moi's burial, Kenyan government will provide snacks for first 30,000 people who will arrive at former president Daniel arap Moi's burial.

El Salvador army's show of force in parliament, police and soldiers entered parliament after lawmakers failed to approve a loan for better equipment.

Storm Ciara batters north-western Europe, powerful winds cause dramatic scenes as flights are canceled and homes are left without power.

Zimbabwe to arrest traders transacting in US dollars, Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has warned traders who will continue to demand payment in US dollars will face prosecution.

A soldier has been killed in a suicide car bombing that targeted a military barracks in southern Algeria.

Locust swarms have been spotted in northern Tanzania after months of wreaking havoc on crops across other East African countries.

The UN's Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told African leaders that it's time to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Cameroon polls close amid boycott and violence.

Man was on a safari with friends in the Indonesian region of Borneo and was preparing himself for a trip full of surprises.  Yet, they would probably never imagine they would capture an amazing moment in which an orangutan stretched out his hand to help out a snake-infested water.

Thousands on cruise free to go after virus tests, some 3,600 people can finally disembark in Hong Kong after tests for coronavirus return negative.

BBC Africa Eye uncovers evidence that torture is being used by Nigerian police and armed forces.

Revellers celebrate opening of Venice Carnival, crowds wearing masks and costumes celebrate the weeks-long festival in style.

Fourth patient in UK diagnosed with coronavirus, the fourth case came as the UK’s final rescue flight arrived in Oxfordshire.

Thai gun rampage soldier shot dead, soldier who killed 26 is shot dead after being cornered all night in a shopping center.

Lightning strike kills rare mountain gorillas, the four killed by suspected electrocution include a pregnant female.

After the Baltic Sea pollution survey, the results are shocking: some pollutants exceed the norm by up to 170 times.

A Duma deputy, a multimillionaire, was killed in a helicopter crash in Russia.

US President D Trump has fired two senior state officials who testified in his indictment, prompting speeches that he has taken revenge. He recalled the US Ambassador to the European Union and fired a Lieutenant Colonel on the National Security Council. The Senate, with Republicans in the majority, acquitted the president of abuse of power.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order for lump sum payments to certain groups of citizens on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of World War II, including eligible Russian citizens permanently residing in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

The French Competition, Consumer Protection and Anti-Fraud Office (DGCCRF) has announced that Apple has agreed to pay a $ 21 to 25 million fine for not informing iPhone users that phone software updates could slow down older phones.

Russia to boost Venezuela ties amid US pressure, Russia's foreign minister also condemns US sanctions targeting the Venezuelan government.

India's soldiers 'not ready for women in combat', the government says one reason is that male soldiers will not accept women in commanding roles.

Spanish police shut down cardboard gang, the gang is accused of shipping waste worth €10 million (£8.4m) from Madrid to Asian countries.

Dozens more catch virus on quarantined cruise ship, at least 61 people on board a ship quarantined off the coast of Japan have now tested positive.

US tycoon jailed for college cheating 'chutzpah', paid nearly $1m in bribes to get four of his children into elite US colleges.

The first African woman to complete the Dakar Rally on a motorbike.

Anger erupts after coronavirus whistleblower doctor dies in China.

Botswana holds elephant hunting auctions, seven "packages" of 10 elephants each were sold, after a ban on hunting was lifted last year. Bidders deposited $18,000 (£13,900) in order to take part.

Big Pharma and US intelligence are among the culprits in conspiracy theories aired by Russian TV.

Nigeria’s electoral commission has deregistered 74 political parties in the country, leaving 18 officially recognised in Africa’s most-populous nation.

Eleven ruby miners have died in northern Mozambique over three days at an illegally dug mine.

Syrian army enters key Idlib town Saraqeb.

Sierra Leone has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. A 2017 government report estimated 1,165 deaths per 100,000 live births in the country, largely due to preventable reasons. Bleeding, pregnancy-induced hypertension, infections, and unsafe abortions were the most common causes for women. However, a new drone initiative in the country could be about to change things.

Former world record holder and Olympic gold medallist Roland Schoeman has been given a one-year ban after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

‘Bat tornado’ invades Australian town, hundreds of thousands of bats have invaded Ingham and residents are fed up.

Rwanda minister resigns after assaulting female guard.

Equatorial Guinea's president has announced that the oil-rich country is to donate $2m (£1.5m) to aid its "sister nation" China as it battles the coronavirus outbreak that has so far killed 636 people. China boasts the world's second-biggest economy after the US, and its GDP of $13.6tr dwarfs Equatorial Guinea's $13.4bn.

Efforts are being made in Zimbabwe to bring trapped illegal miners to the surface, after a shaft collapsed at a gold mine killing at least two other miners.

The woman behind the first cannabis cafe in the US.

Drug lord Escobar's hitman dies in Colombia, who boasted of killing 300 people, died in hospital of stomach cancer aged 57.

Two dead in Italy as high-speed train derails.

Nasa astronaut Christina Koch completed the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

Turkey avalanche rescue operation put on hold, two avalanches kill 39 people, most of them rescuers who came to help after the first incident.

A Nigerian judge has again adjourned the case against 47 Nigerian men accused of “public displays of same-sex affection” after the lead witness for the prosecution failed to appear in court.

Man held after girl, 5, raped in US embassy, the attack took place on embassy grounds in the Indian capital, Delhi.

Nigeria's rapidly rising nightlife and alcoholic industry.

Baby, aged 30 hours, diagnosed with coronavirus, the baby in Wuhan may have contracted the virus in the womb, or immediately after birth.

China halves tariffs on more than 1,700 US goods, markets react positively as China takes its first step to ease tensions over the trade war with the US.

Rain and flash floods have hit some drought-affected regions of eastern Australia.

Police in Ethiopia shot dead two people in the capital, Addis Ababa, during clashes over the construction of a church. Several others were injured.

A town in Finland is offering free gym sessions to everyone over the age of 65.

Uber issued a permit to test self-driving cars again.

Russian police convicted of busting own drug den, the two policemen apparently set up the dens to boost their crime-fighting statistics.

Hundreds of participants from 44 countries around the world are in Rwanda for a conference that showcases the potential uses for drone technology.

At least seven people are reported to have been killed by suspected Islamists in northern Mozambique.

Coronavirus: Uganda quarantines over 100 people.

The advice of a Ukrainian parliamentarian to a pensioner has frustrated the country: sell a dog to pay for heating.

Flash flooding leaves tourists stranded in NZ.

The wife of Lesotho's prime minister is to be charged with murdering her husband's previous wife.

Uzbekistan is to remove gender stereotypes from its school books in cooperation with the UN.

The Nigeria Customs Service say $8m (£6m), wrapped in large brown envelopes, were found hidden inside a car at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the commercial capital Lagos. The cash was allegedly being smuggled out of the country by a "money laundering syndicate assisting corrupt government officials". Two drivers working for a company at the airport, who are alleged to have been caught moving the cash into the airport, have been arrested.

Nine people shot dead in Mexico amusement arcade, at least four of the victims are children who were in the arcade when the gunmen opened fire.

In Somalia say at least 20 people have been killed in clan fighting in the southern Lower Juba region.

Iran sentences man to death for spying for the CIA.

AirAsia tycoon steps aside amid bribery probe, AirAsia has been pulled into investigations which have seen planemaker Airbus fined a record €3.6bn.

The United States has agreed to repatriate over $300m worth of assets to Nigeria. According to the US department of justice, the property was stolen by former Nigerian military leader, Sani Abacha and was forfeited following a 2014 complaint.

China admits 'shortcomings' in virus response, also orders a crackdown on illegal wildlife markets, where the virus reportedly emerged.

Kenya school stampede kills at least 14 pupils, the cause of the stampede at Kakamega Primary School in western Kenya is not yet clear.

Denmark holds 'pro-Saudi Iranian opposition spies', three members of an Iranian Arab opposition group are accused of spying for Saudi Arabia.

Disabled boy dies in China after his father quarantined, two officials are sacked after a boy whose father was quarantined for suspected coronavirus dies.

Uber blocks drivers who picked up coronavirus man, two Uber drivers transported a passenger infected with coronavirus around Mexico City.

China accuses US of spreading coronavirus 'panic'.

Turkish reinforcements head to Syria's Idlib, heavy guns to an area where its soldiers came under attack.

Landslides and heavy rain kill 13 in Rwanda.

Second Mexico butterfly activist found dead.

After 47 years UK's EU membership ends.

Shipments from China, because of coronavirus, are also warned by the Chinese themselves: businessmen are also worried.

Israel bans flights from China due to coronavirus outbreak.

The United Nations Health Agency declared an outbreak of a new coronavirus in China as an international public health emergency.

Bouvardia ternifolia - A widespread shrub in Mexico, Honduras and the southern United States. The molecule isolated from these plants can help control head and neck cancers.

SpaceX has made an amazingly successful final attempt with the Crew Dragon - a Falcon 9 rocket explosion, a fast Crew Dragon escape, and an elegant landing.

A Finnish miracle - Last year, no pedestrian died in Helsinki: a unique case that has never existed in more than 100 years.

German police said experts had successfully neutralized seven World War II bombs found on a land plot near Berlin, where Tesla's new car factory would be located in the near future.

A prominent former politician accused of attempting to bribe the head of Nigeria's anti-corruption body has been released on bail after four weeks in custody.

Britons on evacuation flight home from Wuhan, eighty-three UK citizens and 27 foreign nationals are heading to RAF Brize Norton.

Four journalists in Burundi, have been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail each after a court found them guilty of threatening the security of the state. They were also fined one million Burundi francs ($530; £405) each.

Egyptian archaeologists unveil 3,000-year-old tombs.

Kenya's national carrier has suspended all flights to and from China because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Nations says foreigners are continuing to meddle in Libya's civil war, in violation of commitments made at an international conference earlier.

Kenya’s High Court has halted the implementation of a new biometric registration system until data protection laws are enacted.

Six indigenous people 'massacred' in Nicaragua, the Mayagna group has been involved in disputes with settlers searching for land and resources.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in all China regions, the death toll now stands at 170.

Syria's Idlib 'hit by 200 strikes in three days', US special envoy says the air raids were carried out by the Syrian government and its ally Russia.

US officials say they have discovered the longest smuggling tunnel ever found on the border with Mexico. The tunnel had rail track, drainage and air ventilation systems, and stretched for 4,309ft (1,313m).

Greek plan to stop migrants with floating barriers, a netted installation with flashing lights is planned for the Aegean Sea between Lesbos and Turkey.

Police in Nigeria's northern city of Kano say they are investigating the circumstances that led to the self-immolation of a 28-year-old housewife.

US-Israeli woman freed from Russian prison, she was arrested in Moscow after nine grams of marijuana was found in her luggage.

Mali to 'recruit 10,000 more soldiers'.

The Zimbabwean government and civil servants have agreed on a pay rise deal. The lowest-paid worker will now be paid 2,500 Zimbabwean dollars ($146; £112) per month, up from 1,033 Zimbabwean dollars, while the highest paid will get 4,631 Zimbabwean dollars.

Conservationist Homero Gomez has been found dead in Central Mexico two weeks after he went missing. He managed a butterfly sanctuary in the town of Ocampo in Michoacan state, a region notorious for its violent criminal gangs. He had campaigned for years to preserve the pine and fir forests where the butterflies hibernate.

About 1.4 million children could die from pneumonia over the next decade in Nigeria.

Billionaire cancels search for moon 'life partner', Yusaku Maezawa wanted a woman to accompany him to space - but she had to be over 20 and single.

US scientists have a vaccine for coronavirus ready for use before the end of the year.

Dos Santos-linked jeweller files for bankruptcy, the creator of jewellery worn by celebrities is linked to Africa's richest woman Isabel dos Santos.

US citizens arriving from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak will be quarantined for 72 hours.

France to ban mass culling of male chicks, billions of unwanted male chicks are killed by poultry and egg producers around the world every year.

Nigeria closes shop over coronavirus seafood fears, the consumer protection agency in Nigeria says it has closed down a Chinese-owned supermarket selling "illegally imported seafood and meat" in the capital, Abuja, over ongoing fears about the spread of coronavirus.

The Syrian government says it has captured Maarat al-Numan in Idlib province, the last opposition stronghold.

Scottish exports increased by 2.9% in 2018, official figures suggest that total exports from Scotland, excluding oil and gas, increased to £85bn.

Ikea to shut half of its China stores.

Mozambique suspends visas for travellers from China.

French petition for Briton denied citizenship, carpenter has lived in France for 27 years but authorities say he does not earn enough.

A former security minister in Somalia's regional Jubaland state has escaped from police detention.

Starbucks closes 2,000 China outlets due to virus.

US police charged in killing of handcuffed man, the officer shot a man who was handcuffed inside a patrol car seven times.

A Kenyan female bus conductor who has a beard has shared how she was stripped naked in a police cell to confirm her gender.

29 Nigerian English words added to the Oxford English Dictionary for the first time.

A Canadian has been able to prove that doping is also transmitted through sexual intercourse.

Bulgaria, now meeting its natural gas demand with imports almost exclusively from Russia - about 3 billion cubic meters a year - is determined to replace it by half with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and Azerbaijan's new TANAP pipeline gas by the end of this year.

Italian scientists have identified the origin of a fragment of black vitreous mass found on the skeleton of one of the victims of the Vesuvius eruption. Analysis of the essential proteins and fats showed that it was the brain. The soft tissue of human remains vitrifies (vitrifies) rarely: until now, only cases of World War II bombing victims have been described.

US scientists say rising minimum wages are extremely beneficial to public health.

The German army will activate a new tank battalion that will be armed with 44 units of Leopard 2 tanks.

The 7.7-magnitude quake hit between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba, prompting tsunami alerts.

Hong Kong to slash border travel as virus spreads, it wants to drastically reduce visits from mainland China, where the death toll has reached 106.

Trump releases Middle East plan with Netanyahu, the peace plan offers a Palestinian state but also hints at recognition of Israeli settlements.

Aston Villa complete an £ 8.5m deal for Genk's Tanzania striker Prince Samatta.

Iranian rapper detained by Turkish authorities, Turkish police say Interpol issued a "red notice" for Amir Tataloo, a controversial Iranian rapper.

Ethiopia region marks 25 days without the internet.

Huawei set for limited role in UK 5G networks.

Iran says thousands of migrating birds have died by food poisoning at an important nature reserve.

Sustainable forests are being built in Ghana to balance business against conservation.

South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe has apologised for telling US President Donald Trump that Africans loved him.

Diamond-rich area hit by deadly clashes in CAR, officials in the Central African Republic (CAR) say about 50 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in the east of the country.

Netanyahu charges filed after immunity bid dropped, the Israeli prime minister had requested parliamentary immunity after being charged in November 2019.

Rwanda's government has started spraying insecticides in mosquito-breeding sites using drones.

Translucent frogs seen for first time in 18 years, conservationists spot three rare "glass frogs" in a Bolivian national park.

Suspected militants have killed dozens of people in the latest attack in Burkina Faso’s restive northern region, where jihadists have been carrying out frequent attacks.

A Kenyan high court has ordered the government to build public toilets along all highways.

The head of Libya's national oil corporation has urged the United States, France and the UK to do more to stop outside powers interfering in Libya.

Swiss firm Stadler has won a £362m contract to build a new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro. It had been up against Spanish firm CAF and Japanese company Hitachi, which was ruled out last year despite having a manufacturing plant in County Durham. Stadler will be responsible for the maintenance of the 42-train fleet for up to 35 years, and will construct a new maintenance depot. Metro operator Nexus said new trains would be running by 2024 at the latest. The value of the contract is expected to rise to about £700m when the costs of decommissioning Metro's existing fleet from the 1980s is taken into account.

Nigeria's Lagos city to ban motorbike taxis.

Eight killed as fire engulfs 35 boats in US marina.

DNA test forces Belgian ex-king to admit paternity, Albert II has admitted he has a fourth child after years of fighting the paternity claim.

An Egyptian court has sentenced 37 people to jail for joining or supporting the Islamic State (IS) group in the Sinai peninsula.

Iran passenger jet slides off runway into highway, a Caspian Airlines passenger plane slid off the runway onto a highway while landing in Mahshahr.

It is 75 years since Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz, survivors laid wreaths at the site.

Basketball talent killed alongside father, the 13-year-old died in a helicopter crash in California that killed her father, Kobe Bryant.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered air strikes against bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers in forested areas bordering three major states in the north and centre of the country.

'Seven million Ethiopians in need of food aid, Ethiopia is Africa's second-most populous country with a population of approximately 113 million people.

Suicide bomber attacks Nigerian mosque.

Woman dies in Australian lamington-eating contest, the woman, aged 60, suffered a seizure while speed-eating the cakes during an Australia Day event.

Rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad.

'Militants on motorbikes' kill 20 troops in Mali.

At least 30 people have died during severe rainstorms in Brazil's Minas Gerais state.

On the third day of practice at NASA, the teenager discovered a new planet.

Polish airline LOT buys German airplanes Condor, owned by Thomas Cook.

The EU, China and other countries have agreed on a temporary system for appealing trade judgments.

The world's richest people continue to get rich: three people have raised 231 billion.

In China, 26 people have already died from the deadly coronavirus epidemic, with a total of 830 infected. The virus has spread to Europe, with two patients confirmed in France.

Counterfeit euros are declining in Europe. According to the European Central Bank (ECB), 559,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation by police, traders and banks last year. Compared to the year before, the number of counterfeit notes was 4,000 lower, the lowest since 2013.

Researchers have discovered a human immune cell that kills many cancers.

Russia's largest commercial bank, state-controlled Sberbank, has reported successfully backed the most powerful cyberattack in its history.

Powerful earthquake strikes eastern Turkey, at least 14 people are killed and buildings collapse after the 6.8 magnitude quake.

UK tracing 2,000 Wuhan visitors over coronavirus, so far tests on 14 people in the UK have shown to be negative.

China marks Lunar New Year in shadow of virus.

Second coronavirus patient confirmed in US.

Huge rally as Iraqis demand US troops pull out.

At least 21 people have died in Madagascar following almost a week of flooding and landslides from torrential rain.

Man shoots dead six of his family in Germany, related to a family dispute.

Voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy heard again, experts use 3D printing and speech technology to replicate the voice of Egyptian priest Nesyamun.

Second rider dies after Dakar crash injuries, Dutch motorcyclist Edwin Straver becomes the second rider to die after being injured in a crash at the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

Japan postman hid 24,000 letters at home, the unnamed 61-year-old man reportedly told police it was "too much bother to deliver them".

Uganda and Rwanda trade insults in border row.

A Tanzanian university student who was arrested for posting a photo about water problems in his institution has been released.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has said a migratory Osprey was caught in a fishing net in the western region of the country after covering 6,948km (4,317 miles) from Finland.

Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has denied fraud and plans to sue the Angolan government.

Artist draws 120m koala on Australian beach.

Storm Gloria death toll rises to 13 in Spain.

Dos Santos banker found dead in Lisbon, he managed the account of Angola's state oil firm Sonangol, once chaired by Africa's richest woman.

Young comedian who joked about Putin flees Russia, comedian Aleksandr Dolgopolov, 25, performing stand-up

Aleksandr Dolgopolov, 25, says he fears for his safety as police start investigating his material.

Jihadist assault 'kills dozens of Syrian soldiers', attacks by militants in Idlib province left up to 40 Syrian soldiers dead.

Libya rebel forces threaten to hit civilian planes.

Apple says losing Lightning port will create waste, some members of the European Parliament want all phone-makers to adopt a universal port.

Five people a day killed by Rio police in 2019, killings by police in the Brazilian state hit a record high amid hardline measures to tackle crime.

Somalia ranked world's most corrupt nation.

A Malawian banker has been arrested in connection with an investigation into allegations that judges who were hearing a challenge to the presidential election result were offered bribes.

Seventeen big cats rescued from Guatemalan circuses have moved to a South African wildlife sanctuary.

Canada prosecutors propose £110m Volkswagen fine, the company is dealing with the fallout from its 2015 emissions scandal around the world.

Powerful natural disasters and chaos in Spain killed at least 4 people.

The US President discussed the trade agreement with the new President of the European Commission.

During a meeting with veterans and representatives of patriotic organizations in St. Petersburg, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation promised to open a World War II document archive.

In 2019, global ocean temperatures were at their highest since the start of weather monitoring.

US Army: publishing UFO video publicly would do enormous damage to national security.

Scientists have found that the oldest is an Aboriginal Australian civilization, dating back as much as 50,000 years. All this was revealed by the first extensive DNA testing.

Nearly 300 people have been infected in the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China.

Swiss police 'exposed Russian spies in Davos'.

Japanese companies are reviewing opening hours as they struggle to recruit younger staff, because the overall population demographic is becoming much older, with more retired people.

Migrant boat sinks trying for the first time to reach UK from Belgium.

Jailed academic 'rejected Iran's offer to be spy', British-Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert details her ordeal in letters smuggled from a Tehran prison.

China will continue to reform as it seeks to provide greater market access for global investors.

The Khoisan people of South Africa are to receive annual dividends from sales of the Rooibos plant.

Thousands apply for job on remote Irish island, the two successful candidates will live together without electricity and hot water for six months.

Uber has sold its food delivery service in India to local rival Zomato.

Nigeria's corruption watchdog, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has filed multiple corruption charges against former Attorney General Mohammed Adoke, who is suspected of taking bribes to facilitate a $1.3bn (£845m) oil block sale.

Warning against cover-up as China virus cases jump, Beijing's top leaders urge transparency as it is confirmed the coronavirus can pass between people.

Chinese city 'shames' public pyjama wearers, the local authority said it was trying to promote "civilised" behaviour - but later apologised.

China sentences ex-Interpol chief to 13 years jail, in 2018, he vanished on a trip back to China from France and was later accused of corruption.

Hundreds of migrants stopped from entering Mexico, US-bound migrants who waded across a river are forced back and rounded up by the security forces.

Angola's prosecutor general has promised to use "all possible" means to bring Isabel dos Santos back to the country after leaked documents showed she was allowed to buy valuable state assets in a series of suspicious deals when her father was president. BBC Panorama and other journalists were given access to more than 700,000 leaked documents about the billionaire's business empire in what has become known as the Luanda Leaks.

A boy from Vietnam became a UK cannabis farm slave, Ba was a street child in Ho Chi Minh city. He ended up growing cannabis as a slave in the UK - until he escaped.

US gun rights activists rally in their thousands, after new gun laws were proposed in the state of Virginia, protesters had their firearms on open display.

Germany is relaxing language and fitness rules for some police posts to overcome a shortage of recruits.

Fake doctor jailed over electrocution experiments, a German man who convinced young women and girls to shock themselves on camera is given 11 years.

Man doused in petrol and set on fire, Irish police are searching for three men in relation to the incident in Cork.

Moscow gripped by mysterious bomb hoaxes, all Moscow's metro stations are among public sites targeted, but it is unclear who is responsible.

At least 10 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after a wooden spectator stand collapsed during the Orthodox Christian celebration of epiphany in the Ethiopian city of Gondar.

Last year two billionaires in Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth largest city, set about funding a brand new church in the city's park. But thousands of citizens protested against this, angry at the loss of public land. Some, like Viktor, also questioned the motives behind building a new church as opposed to restoring one of the many that were destroyed during the Soviet Union.

Video of French officer beating protester probed, the footage shows an officer repeatedly punching a man in the face at a Paris yellow-vest protest.

NI firm awarded government project in Uganda, Belfast-based Lagan will develop the Kampala Industrial Business Park in Uganda.

Five killed as boiling water floods Russian hotel.

Folk singer David Olney dies on stage mid-song, the 71-year-old singer-songwriter apologised to the audience before closing his eyes.

At least three people were killed when an oil pipeline caught fire in the Nigerian commercial capital, Lagos.

China to ban bags and other single-use plastic, one of the world's biggest users of plastic plans to phase out most single-use items by 2025.

Vernon Kruger is a South African who has taken up the challenge of sitting in a suspended barrel in the town of Dullstroom. The 52-year-old man has been living 25 metres above ground for more than 60 days in a bid to break a Guinness world record set by himself in 1997.

Huge hail storms cause chaos in Australia, Melbourne and Canberra are pelted by golf-ball sized stones, causing widespread damage.

People living at the foot of a volcano in Ecuador are being taught what to do if disaster strikes.

Fire kills eight at Czech disabled people's home.

Mystery over how 75 prisoners escaped from jail, officials in Paraguay suspect the men, many from a powerful gang, were allowed to walk free by guards.

Successful emergency landing test for SpaceX.

Indigenous musicians killed in Mexico ambush, the men were returning from a party when they were shot dead and burned, allegedly by a drug cartel.

World’s shortest mobile man dies aged 27, at 67.08cm (2ft 2.41in), Khagendra Thapa Magar was recognised the shortest living man who could walk.

Two Colombian producers tell a British cocaine user they wouldn't take it as they know what's in it.

The Ukrainian Prime Minister resigns, over grasp of economics in a leaked recording.

Greece announces that it will block all EU decisions on Libya.

Danske Bank offers 2000 employees in Denmark an attractive retirement package as the costs of adjusting to stricter regulations and negative interest rates are constantly rising.

Scientists who studied one meteorite discovered the oldest material ever on Earth. They have found dust particles in space rocks that have fallen to Earth in the 1960s. And that dust is as much as 7.5 billion years old.

A 12-year-old girl was rescued after being stranded in the snow for 18 hours in a house in the Pakistani-administered area of Kashmir.

Metallic hydrogen is said to revolutionize science and technology and to be the best fuel in the world, two different groups of scientists claim to have created the material.

Microsoft has officially discontinued support for Windows 7.

Elon Musk, combining laser connectivity with numerous terrestrial terminals, will make Starlink Internet Service the fastest in the world. Such prediction is based on an analysis of documents submitted to the US regulator.

New particles found in Antarctica cannot be explained by physicists, the race to find out what they are started.

Scientists have found a way to keep the liver alive without the body for even a week.

Archaeologists have discovered rare swords, spears and knives among hundreds of artefacts found in the Suwalki region of eastern Poland that belong to a long-lived Lithuanian ancestry with a warring culture.

Once upon a time there was plenty of water on Mars; later it evaporated or turn into ice. Today's residual water continues to evaporate gradually. Rising high above the planet's surface, water vapor dissociates into oxygen and hydrogen; Mars' gravity does not retain hydrogen atoms, so this gas quickly escapes into space.

Burundian journalist Blaise Pascal Kararumiye, who works for the privately-owned Radio Isanganiro, is in police custody after reporting on misuse of public funds intended for public co-operatives.

At the same time, China's population hit 1.4 billion in 2019 - but the gender imbalance remains.

Panama finds seven dead in suspected sect exorcism.

Health leaders from seven African countries are meeting to sign an agreement criminalising trafficking in fake drugs, from which millions dying every year.

A dramatic Monaghan deathbed scene and a bloodsucking Derry chieftain suggest Dracula was Irish, analysts say.

Asia's richest man in $13bn phone ruling boost, India's Supreme Court rejects telecom operator's plea for relief on government levies.

China's economic growth hits 30-year low.

At least 15 killed in Mali night attack.

Airline sorry for making women take pregnancy test, Hong Kong Express Airways told the woman she could not fly to US territory Saipan without the test.

Russia, new PM, new government and plans to change the constitution.

Farmers block Dublin motorway in beef protest, organisers of the go-slow demonstration say a better beef price is needed to sustain rural Ireland.

'Sars-family' virus claims second victim in China.

Missing girl and dog found in Australia floods, the girl, aged three, was spotted 3.5km from her home in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

Hungary sends patrol boat to intercept migrants, about 100 are trying to cross illegally every day from Serbia and Romania.

Million birds feared dead in 'blob' ocean heatwave, seabirds that died off the US in 2015-16 probably starved because of warmer waters.

Billionaire guilty of trying to smuggle a Picasso, jailed for trying to get The Head of a Young Woman out of Spain to sell abroad.

Harry on first royal duty since talks with Queen, agreed living at 50/50 Canada/UK, the prince appears relaxed as he hosts the Rugby League World Cup draw at Buckingham Palace.

Judge orders 'unsafe' Rio Olympic Park to close, the site is now used for concerts and events but some parts have suffered from poor maintenance.

A South African nurse has converted part of her home into a clinic providing low-cost healthcare to residents of a township.

Uganda has protested over the seizure of milk and milk products worth $360,700 (£276,300) by the Kenyan authorities on allegations of being contraband and substandard.

Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola's former leader, is embroiled in a $1bn financial scandal.

Nile River mega dam row ends with draft deal.

Gunmen have killed six people, injured five and kidnapped others in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state.

A huge diamond unearthed in Botswana in April has been sold to French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton for an undisclosed sum. The 1,758-carat stone is reportedly the second-largest found in a century.

Mexico to stop migrant group trying to reach US, hundreds of migrants have left Honduras and are now in Guatemala, where security has been stepped up.

Germany agrees to phase out coal power by 2038, the plan to shut down coal-fired power plants involves compensation of €40bn ($45bn; £34bn).

Man held at airport with 20 birds in suitcase, the Belgian traveller was trying to smuggle the protected species from Peru to Spain.

Ethiopian Airlines has announced it will start building a new $5bn (£3.8bn) airport in six months at a town located outside the capital, Addis Ababa.

Rain brings temporary relief in Australia.

Turkey ends Wikipedia ban after nearly 1,000 days.

Three aid workers have been released after being kidnapped by armed militants in north-eastern Nigeria's Borno state on 22 December.

Some 74 parents of children who have been excluded from schools in Malawi because they have dreadlocks have contacted the lawyer who is fighting to allow one schoolgirl back into the classroom.

Indian arrested after confessing to murder on TV, the man said he killed his girlfriend because of tensions between their families.

Fisherman are catching foreign "spy drones" – giving us a rare insight into covert sea surveillance.

Turkey's foreign ministry has summoned the senior Egyptian diplomat in the country to protest against a raid by Egyptian police on the Cairo office of Turkey's state news agency.

Kenya’s Public Prosecutor Noordin Haji says the state has recovered stolen assets worth $20m (£15.3m) from corruption cases, however that is only 1% of an estimated $2bn (£1.53bn) worth of public money involved in high profile corruption cases.

Teenager found a new planet on the third day of his internship at the US space agency.

Syria air strikes kill 18 in Idlib despite truce.

Spanish factory explosion kills man 3km away, a blast at a chemical factory launched a metal plate that hit an apartment block.

Epstein 'abused girls on his private islands', the case filed in the US Virgin Islands says the late financier molested girls as young as 12.

People from around the world are knitting blankets and clothes to help the animals hurt by Australia's bushfires. People are making pouches for orphaned kangaroos, mittens for burnt koalas, and blankets for bats which have lost their homes.

Security forces in Saudi Arabia have reportedly arrested a number of people accused of trying to smuggle cheetahs into the country.

Thousands of Eritreans, including many children, continue to flee Eritrea because of human rights abuses and the nation's indefinite national service.

First woman appointed to senior Vatican office, Francesca Di Giovanni has been hired in the Secretariat of State and will co-ordinate with the UN.

United Nations sanctions experts have told potential attendees of a cryptocurrency conference in North Korea that if they attend it would violate international sanctions.

Lebanon protesters hit banks in 'week of wrath', Riot police met with resistance as demonstrators in Beirut continue demand a new government.

Mozambique’s government has paid lawyers around 100m meticais ($1.6m; £1.2m) to try and keep the former finance minister from facing trial in the US.

Plane dumps fuel over Los Angeles schools, at least 60 children and adults were treated after a jet released fuel during an emergency landing.

Amazon's Bezos announces $1bn Indian investment.

Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy, the firm rejects claims that it is shielding criminals by refusing to co-operate with investigators.

Tesco faces Thai regulatory threat to $10bn deal, as Tesco gets ready to unload its Thai and Malaysian assets, regulatory hurdles may stop it from getting the price it wants.

Since 2017, thousands of Kazakh Muslims have been detained in China’s infamous re-education camps.

For the first time in 28 years the population of Lithuania has been growing.

At the forefront of the Chinese fleet, ‘Nanchang’ marks the beginning of a new generation of ships.

United Kingdom financial technology startup Revolut Bank, which has a Lithuanian banking license, has joined the Lithuanian Banking Association.

Iran admits 'unintentionally' shooting down plane. Several persons suspected of being involved in the shooting down of a Ukrainian aircraft have been arrested.

The Turkish president began deploying his troops to civil war-torn Libya to support a foreign-recognized leadership in Tripoli. Turkey's goal is to protect Tripoli and help the Libyan National Conservation Government, under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), to remain in power. After The Libyan military strongman Gen Khalifa Haftar has left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement with the UN-backed Libyan government.

Animals can evolve backwards - to regain their ancestral traits. In the past, scientists thought it was impossible, but new algorithms and gene analysis have shown that this has happened to lizards, frogs and even humans.

In 2019, Volvo Cars achieved its sixth consecutive year of record sales and, for the first time in 93 years in the company's history, saw sales rise 9.8 percent year-on-year and total 705,452 new cars sold last year.

A teachers' union in Kenya has threatened to evacuate teachers out of an area where three teachers were killed if the government does not improve security. The deadly attack happened in Kamuthe in Garissa county. A telecommunications mast and a police camp were also targeted.

Nigerians online are angry after President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter Hanan travelled in a presidential jet to Bauchi in northern Nigeria for a private function.

Irish police were alerted when human limbs were found in a bag outside houses.

French priest to face sex abuse accusers in court, men 74, is alleged to have assaulted dozens of Boy Scouts in the 1980s and 1990s.

Ireland and UK is visited by storm Brendan swepting east.

Giant sinkhole swallows bus in China, killing six.

Two protesters have been shot dead by security forces in Guinea, on the first day of open-ended protests against President Alpha Condé's suspected plan to amend the constitution so he can serve a third term.

US expels 21 Saudi military cadets after gun attack.

France and Sahel nations step up jihadist fight, the partners form a joint command to tackle Islamist insurgents in the African region.

Iran denies shooting anti-government protesters, videos posted online recorded what appeared to be gunfire and showed blood on the streets.

Venice canals almost dry, two months after floods.

Israeli police have arrested a rabbi who is suspected of holding around 50 women and children in conditions of slavery.

China accuses West of 'Cold War' against Zimbabwe.

Hundreds of live scorpions rescued from smuggler

Scorpion, the Chinese man was caught in Sri Lanka with the live animals hidden in his check-in luggage.

Authorities in News South Wales are dropping vegetables from the air to feed wallabies.

Philippine Taal volcano begins spewing lava, people evacuating.

The military in the Democratic Republic of Congo says it has captured a rebel camp in the east of the country from where many attacks were planned.

A Russian train is delayed for more than 40 minutes after a camel takes a run along the tracks.

Love Island ratings dip for winter series launch, more than 2.5 million people tuned in for the launch of the first winter series on Sunday.

Siemens resists climate protests over coal project, the German engineering giant says it cannot back out of a huge coal mining deal in Queensland.

Man survives three weeks stranded in Alaska, fire destroyed Tyson Steele's remote cabin, killing his dog and leaving him alone for weeks. Sign SOS on the snow helped to find him.

Malawi chief justice reports bribe offer in election case.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for a female "life partner" to accompany him on Space X's maiden tourist voyage to the Moon.

Colombia foils bid to assassinate ex-Farc leader, police said they killed two would-be assassins who were about to target ex-rebel chief.

Storms sweeping southern US states kill 11.

Protesters in Iran condemn 'lies' on downed plane, demonstrators in Tehran vent anger at officials who earlier denied Iran shot down a Ukraine airliner.

Plants are photographed regrowing in parts of Australia ravaged by fire last month.

French PM offers compromise to end pension strike.

India demolishes illegal luxury high-rises, waterfront high-rises are demolished after the Supreme Court ruled they violated environmental laws.

Arab world's longest-serving ruler dies at 79, Sultan Qaboos deposed his father in a bloodless coup in 1970 and set Oman on a path to development.

Texas to reject new refugees under Trump order, governor Greg Abbott says the state's resources should be focused on "those who are already here".

Lithuania's five largest umbrella organizations are withdrawing from the agreement signed in 2017 on the reforms needed for the country's progress.

Year-on-year (12-month) inflation in Ukraine fell to 4.1 percent in 2019 from 9.8 percent the year before.

The captured images stunned scientists: a waking black hole "swallowed" a nearby star for a week.

Internal documents released by US giant Boeing show that employees at the company mocked US aviation regulators and excelled at being certified by the notorious Boeing 737 Max with only minimal pilot training.

Samsung has introduced an "artificial man" who can talk and sympathize with the real person: "NEONs" will be our friends, collaborators and companions, they will constantly learn and evolve.

A massive drought in Australia will result in the shooting of 10,000 camels. Animals threaten remote Aboriginal settlements. suggesting better to sell or give away to poor countries and outraged Somalis are urging Australians to stop culling camels, and to instead send the animals to the Horn of Africa so that they can look after them.

LG has introduced an exciting device that lets you grow vegetables in the kitchen.

Iran commander: We planned more strikes against US and seeks to drive US forces from the Middle East. The US president said no Americans were harmed after Iran targeted bases housing US forces in Iraq. A total of 16 missiles were launched from at least three sites in Iran. At least 11 of them struck the air base in Al Asad, west of Baghdad, and at least one more hit the Irbil base. Several other missiles landed at some distance from the targets and one didn't even detonated. Western powers suggest Iran missile downed a Ukrainian airliner with 176 passengers. Canada leads calls for a full and thorough investigation of the Ukrainian passenger jet crash, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says sources suggest the Iran plane crash was caused by a missile. Iran won't give plane black boxes to Boeing or US.

Attack on Niger army base kills 25 soldiers, Niger and its neighbours are struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency in West Africa.

Australia legend Shane Warne raises one million Australian dollars (£528,514) for the bushfire appeal after his "baggy green" Test cap is sold at auction.

South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has called for the legalisation of the cannabis trade in order to collect more tax revenue.

Israel frees jailed Syrians in 'goodwill gesture', the two, jailed for spying and murder, were freed after an Israeli soldier's body was handed over.

Brazil supreme court lifts ban on 'gay Jesus' film, the court rules that Netflix can stream a parody film where Jesus brings home a presumed boyfriend.

Lewis Hamilton pledges more than £380,000 to help animal welfare charities and the fire service battling bushfires in Australia.

US-government issued phones run 'Chinese malware', mobile phones offered to poor families come pre-installed with malware, according to a security company.

A major meeting on the future of Africa’s biggest hydroelectric dam - currently being built on the River Nile - has ended without agreement in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. This is the fourth meeting in the latest efforts by water ministers from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to find a resolution to the tensions over the project.

Prisoners starve to death in DR Congo, seventeen people have died in the country's biggest jail where it is feared another 100 are close to dying.

Sandwich poisoning victim dies after years in coma, the young German man was targeted by a work colleague who peppered his lunch with mercury and lead.

Somalia-based jihadist group al-Shabab says its attack on a Kenyan naval base used by US forces was carried out with "guidance" from the head of al-Qaeda.

Buckingham Palace was "blindsided" by Prince Harry and Meghan's statement they were stepping back from their roles.

Police in northern Nigeria say they have rescued 27 children from two illegal orphanages operating in Kano and Kaduna states.

A locust infestation in the Horn of Africa has spread to eastern Kenya, where farmers are fearful of crop losses.

The pneumonia which struck the Chinese city of Wuhan was caused by a new virus.

Norway has offered to take in 500 migrants who were evacuated to Rwanda from Libyan detention centres.

The US government has imposed sanctions on South Sudan’s First Vice President. Taban Deng Gai is accused of human rights abuses and trying to derail the country’s peace process. Negotiations aiming to get the peace deal back on track have stalled since it was signed last year.

Women fed up with being forced to cover up their breasts are challenging American laws about nudity.

'Child stowaway' found dead in plane undercarriage, a body was discovered after an Air France flight had arrived in Paris from Ivory Coast.

Vietnamese bars arrange transport home for customers after tough drunk-driving laws come into force.

Three die in Somali capital car bomb, a few days before another car bomb which exploded at a busy junction in the Somali capital has wounded at least 11 people.

UK puts ships and helicopters on standby in Gulf.

UK teen returns home after false rape claim trial, she lands back in the UK after being given a four-month suspended sentence in Cyprus.

Investors demand € 896 million from Daimler. German luxury car maker Daimler has been the subject of a collective investor lawsuit for damage caused by a diesel scandal.

In the depths of Russia, has found the graves of women's warriors: the myths about Amazons are real.

Russian President Vladimir Putin came to Damascus and met with Syrian leader Bashar al Assad there.

Iran, at least 40 people were killed and more than 200 injured during a funeral procession for a General killed in Baghdad.

Archaeologists have found hundreds of antique weapons and other items on the site of an ancient cemetery in the Suwalki region (Poland).

The Lithuanian Ministry of Energy is inviting residents to apply and receive support for solar power plants: 9 million euros in support.

97% of teens play computer games. It doesn't have to be a problem. Computer games can develop memory and even eye and hand coordination. But they also hinder concentration and distraction. But not the new Tenacity that scientists have designed and tested.

From the beginning of 2020, the Netherlands will no longer use the name "Holland" in its official logo.

British teenager sentenced over false rape claim, she is free to return home to the UK after being given a four-month suspended sentence in Cyprus.

A woman who had a facial tumour gets a new face thanks to a digitally engineered prosthesis.

Nine die after boy picks up discarded grenade, twenty-six people were wounded in the blast on the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

Court sets execution date for Delhi gang rapists, an Indian court has said the men will hang on 22 January, after they have exhausted their appeals.

Lesotho's police commissioner has accused Prime Minister Thomas Thabane of involvement in the murder of his estranged wife two years ago.

Baby left on Russian balcony freezes to death, an investigation is launched after a seven-month-old boy is left outside in temperatures of -7C.

Ikea to pay $46m after child killed by drawers, the furniture giant reached the settlement after a two-year-old was crushed by falling drawers.

Thousands in Guinea march in anti-government protest.

Almost 2,000 homes destroyed in Australian fires. 'Nothing left to eat' for animals after bushfires.

Police in Uganda have arrested a Liberian missionary who they accuse of faking his own kidnapping and demanding a 74m Ugandan shilling ($20,000; £15,000) ransom.

Brent crude - which is the international benchmark for buyers and sellers of oil - is down 1.1% at $68.14 a barrel and West Texas Intermediate is off 1% at $62.61.

Several people have been killed in a blast in north-eastern Nigeria, on a bridge leading to the border with Cameroon. The improvised explosive device detonated on Monday evening in the town of Gamborou in Borno state, killing at least 30 people

More than 60,000 Mexicans 'disappeared' in drug war, the number is 20,000 higher than the previous estimate, which was issued in 2018.

Italian teenagers hijack ambulance to treat friend, they forced hospital staff in Naples to attend a 16-year-old with a minor knee sprain.

Thousands of people have marched through the streets of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, to protest against President George Weah's handling of the economy - which has seen spiralling inflation. The demonstrators want Mr Weah to say what happened to $25m (£19m) that the government withdrew from the country's Federal Reserve Account in 2018 in an effort to stabilise the economy.

In Libya, rebel forces loyal to Gen Khalifar Haftar say they have entered and seized large parts, including the airport, of the coastal city of Sirte.

Three men are being interrogated over an attempt to break into a British base in central Kenya.

The Islamic police force in northern Nigeria's Kano state says it has released 15 people who were arrested for being "crossdressers" and being involved in "gay activities".

In Mali say five soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a military convoy near the border with Mauritania.

US federal site hacked with pro-Iranian message, visitors to the site were met with a photoshopped image of a bloodied Donald Trump.

Stunning ice sculptures at Chinese festival, towering ice palaces and a freezing swimming competition feature at the Harbin festival.

Turkish forces will support the UN-backed government in Libya as it battles an insurgency.

The US president warns Iraq of sanctions "like they've never seen before" if US troops are expelled.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said troops have begun moving into Libya to ensure stability for the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

The price of getting away with murder in Pakistan, thanks to forgiveness laws, murder doesn't always result in a jail sentence - or even a trial.

Iran lifts all limits on uranium enrichment, effectively ending its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Thousands of Iranians mourn the death of an Iranian general chanting 'death to America'. The United States is sending even more troops to the Middle East, US troops have arrived in Kuwait and thousands more may be deployed as tensions with Iran escalate.. Iran's top military commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a strike by the US on the way to Baghdad airport. Iran vows 'severe revenge' for top general's death. Baghdad protesters target US embassy.

The first baby born this year in Norway is Lithuanian.

When Russia stops supplying oil to Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia are helping out.

Geros Dujos, Lithuania, Vilnius has been fined EUR 28.6 thousand for manipulating the market at the GET Baltic gas exchange.

Israel's unique and amazingly effective ALPHA DaRT method is so effective that over 78% of cases completely eradicate the cancer tumor.

'Dozens of fishermen' killed in Lake Chad attack, suspected Boko Haram militants disguised as traders kill at least 50 people.

Attacker shot dead after fatal stabbing near Paris

French police guard security perimeter at the Hautes-Bruyères public park in Villejuif, near Paris, 3 January 2020

The 22-year-old man, who killed one person and injured two others in Villejuif, had psychiatric issues.

Mystery pneumonia virus probed in China, some 44 people have been infected in the central city of Wuhan

It's estimated 480 million animals are directly affected by the Australian bushfires.

Man who threw 'lucky' coins into plane engine fined, the 28-year-old first-time flier said he threw the money to ensure a safe journey.

Turkey has passed a bill that will allow the government to deploy troops to Libya.

Norway records warmest ever January day at 19C, people in Sunndalsora have been experiencing temperatures more than 25C hotter than usual.

School artillery strike kills nine in north Syria, five children were among the dead at the school which was sheltering displaced people in Idlib.

Three killed in Kenya bus attack, the gunmen who targeted the bus, travelling close to the Somali border, have not been identified.

Three women suspected over deadly German zoo fire, Sky lanterns are blamed for a New Year's Eve blaze at Krefeld Zoo that killed rare apes and monkeys.

NZ suffers smog from Australian fires.

The strike against pension reforms is now in its 29th day, making it France's longest since 1968.

British man killed by fireworks in Thailand.

Protesters chanted "Liberate Hong Kong!" at midnight, and thousands joined a New Year's Day rally.

Kim Jong-un says his country is developing a new "strategic weapon", but leaves room for US talks.

Angola orders Isabel dos Santos asset seizure, the ex-president's billionaire daughter has been targeted in an anti-corruption investigation.

US Army bans TikTok on work mobile phones.

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