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

Notes - 2020 - Diary

From end of 2020 to start of 2020.

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 US President Donald Trump has signed the largest economic recovery plan in the country's history, providing $ 2 trillion ($ 1.84 trillion) for Americans affected by the coronavirus crisis, hospitals and business.

It has been officially confirmed that a person diagnosed with COVID-19 in Iceland suffers from two strains of the same virus at the same time. The second strain is the mutation of the original virus. This case is believed to be the first in history.

A group of hackers who have created Maze, a computer-encrypting ransom-demanding tool, have been used again: data stolen, some distributed online, ransom for other data demanded. This time the victim was a British vaccine company, Hammersmith Medicines Research, ready to conduct any study on COVID-19 vaccines.

Wuhan partly reopens after coronavirus lockdown, people enter the Chinese city where the coronavirus outbreak began for the first time in months.

Russia sees no epidemic but starts shutdown.

Tesla gives New York hundreds of ventilators, New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the US and a shortage of ventilators.

Brexit: EU-UK meeting to go ahead via video link, the government insists the coronavirus crisis will not slow its timetable for reaching a trade deal. UK prime minister B. Johnson tested positive for Coronavirus and is working from home.

Chad has imposed a state of emergency in parts of the west of the country, following an attack by Islamist militants Boko Haram which killed more than 90 soldiers.

A leading Somali campaigner against khat says a temporary ban on trade in the stimulant leaf has saved consumers in the capital, Mogadishu, more than $3m (£2.5m) in little more than a week. Restrictions to be made permanent, describing the widespread use of khat by Somali men as a national catastrophe. Somalia imports tonnes of khat each day, much of it from Kenya. Its use is illegal in many parts of the world.

India 'super spreader' quarantines 40,000 people. A religious preacher in the northern state of Punjab who died of Covid-19 may have infected hundreds.

Quarantined woman 'kills herself' in Kenya.

India announces $22bn virus bailout for the poor.

The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 85,500 positive tests. The US has overtaken China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589).

US charges Venezuelan leader with 'narco-terrorism', it also offers a $15m (£12.5m) reward for information leading to Nicolás Maduro's arrest.

Smuggled pangolins were carrying viruses closely related to the one sweeping the world, say scientists.

Norway extradites jihadist preacher to Italy.

The number of people in the US seeking jobless benefits jumped to nearly 3.3 million last week.

Man 'planning to bomb' US hospital killed, the suspect wanted to bomb a facility treating coronavirus cases to cause severe harm.

Coronavirus: Kenya bans second-hand clothing imports.

Mali's opposition politician, Soumaila Cissé, has gone missing.

Somalia is finally back in the global financial fold after the World Bank and International Monetary Fund said the government had taken the necessary steps to be eligible for billions of US dollars in debt relief. The announcement is expected to see the country's debt reduced from $5.2bn (£4.3bn) to just a tenth of that over the next three years.

Coronavirus spread: Total infected 400412, Sick 279213, Death 17451, Healed 103748.

UK government and other countries using armed forces around the world to help efforts to tackle coronavirus.  UK prime ministers speech: Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won't be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses. To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it - meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well. So it's vital to slow the spread of the disease. And that's why we have been asking people to stay at home during this pandemic.  That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes: Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible. One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household; Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home. That's all - these are the only reasons you should leave your home. You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no. You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.

There is a cow on the island of Poland that attacks anyone who just comes close to it. Sounds incredible and even comical, but such a cow does exist, and the story of her encounter on this island is even more interesting - she got there while fleeing the slaughterhouse.

India's 1.3bn people to enter 'total lockdown', the world's second most populous country announces major restrictions amid the coronavirus crisis.

German officials are trying to track down six million face masks ordered to protect health workers, which have gone missing from an airport in Kenya.

The car industry is pledging to help tackle a shortage of ventilators and masks as virus spreads.

Dozens of dead stowaways found in Mozambique, the authorities suspect the dead are migrants from Ethiopia and that they died of asphyxiation. At least 64 people, believed to be Ethiopians, are thought to have suffocated to death in a lorry that had crossed into Mozambique from Malawi.

Spain's coronavirus death toll jumps by 514 and is the worst hit European nation after Italy with 40,000 cases – 5,400 of them health workers.

US to cut $1bn in aid to Afghans over feud.

Spanish army finds care home residents 'abandoned', an inquiry is launched after soldiers discover elderly coronavirus victims "dead in their beds".

Thousands of people have gone missing in Ukraine since the conflict started in 2014.

The 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed by a year because of coronavirus, says the International Olympic Committee.

All football in Spain, including La Liga, is put on hold indefinitely while the country deals with the continued spread of coronavirus.

Islamist militants capture town in Mozambique.

Prince Edun Akenzua urges the Bristol Museum to consider returning one of the stolen Benin Bronzes.

Opposition activists in Guinea say at least 10 people have been killed in street clashes during Sunday's controversial referendum on a new constitution.

Earthquake rocks Croatia's capital, the 5.3-magnitude tremor sent chunks of buildings falling into the streets in Zagreb.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and his wife Anna have contributed one million euros (£923,900) to fight coronavirus.

Canadian scientists have discovered a fragment of an ancient continent, suggesting that it was 10% larger than previously thought. They were studying diamond samples from Baffin Island, a glacier-covered land mass near Greenland, when they noticed a remnant of North Atlantic Craton. Cratons are ancient, stable parts of the Earth's continental crust. The North Atlantic Craton stretched from present-day Scotland to North America and broke apart 150m years ago.

Mozambique has seized almost 20 tonnes of stolen frozen octopuses. The container was seized at the fishing port of Angoche in the northern province of Nampula. It is valued at more than 70,000 euros (about $76,000, £63,000).

UK Government to pay 80% of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month.

US, Canada and Mexico restrict border traffic.

Many countries in the world are going into lockdown to fight the spread of coronavirus, people are asked to stay indoors, go outside only for food and emergencies and non essential workers to stay at home.

The US space agency is suspending production and testing of its Moon rocket and capsule systems.

A Kenyan pastor who called the coronavirus pandemic a hoax and ridiculed hand washing as a means of preventing the virus has been suspended by his church.

Islamist militants have attacked a military post in the north of the country killing 29 soldiers and wounding five others.

US jails begin releasing prisoners amid pandemic, high profile inmates like ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen are among those who have asked for early release.

Australia and NZ ban non-residents from entry.

New Zealand passes law decriminalising abortion, parliament's vote to remove the procedure from the Crimes Act changes a law in force since 1977.

Italy virus deaths rise by record 475 in a day.

Passengers travel back to the UK from all over Europe on the last ferry from Roscoff for weeks.

Campaign group Human Rights Watch has criticised the Malian military and the UN for failing to prevent a massacre in a remote Fulani village which left at least 35 people dead.

Four Indian men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi in 2012 have been hanged, sentenced to death by a trial court in 2013. The four were hanged in the capital's high-security Tihar prison in the first executions in India since 2015. The victim died from her injuries days after being raped by six men on a moving bus. The incident caused outrage and led to new anti-rape laws in India. The 23-year-old physiotherapy student was dubbed Nirbhaya - the fearless one - by the press as she could not be named under Indian law. Six people were arrested for the attack. One of them, Ram Singh, was found dead in jail in March 2013, having apparently taken his own life. Another, who was 17 at the time of the attack, was released in 2015 after serving three years in a reform facility - the maximum term possible for a juvenile in India.

Coronavirus Cases: 189,758. Deaths: 7,518. Recovered: 80,874.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced a package of measures worth €200bn euros (£182bn), made up of loans, credit guarantees, benefits and direct aid, to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the economy.

Many countries close schools over coronavirus.

Doctors in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, have gone on an "indefinite strike" over delayed pay and unsafe working conditions.

South Africans have been told not to hand over money to people who say they are collecting banknotes contaminated by the coronavirus.

French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered people to stay at home and closed the country's land borders as well as all Europe Union closed borders to none european countries. He said the country was at war with an invisible, elusive enemy, and the measures were unprecedented, but circumstances demanded them.

Chad 'repaying $100m debt to Angola with cattle', the first batch of 74,000 animals, to be shipped over 10 years, has reportedly arrived in Luanda.

Coronavirus: US volunteers test first vaccine.

America's biggest airlines have called on Washington for more than $50bn (£41bn) in aid as they suffer the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. US President Donald Trump pledged to back the industry "100%".

Australian researchers identify four types of immune cells which present in response to Covid-19.

Soldiers kill 50 Islamist militants in Niger.

Chinese billionaire and co-founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, has pledged to donate 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 protective suits to each African country to help the fight against coronavirus.

Over half a dozen US governors have ordered restaurant closures and some have banned gatherings of more than 50 people.

Apple hit with a record €1.1bn fine in France, France's competition watchdog says Apple engaged in anti-competitive behaviour.

Hand-sanitiser stockpiler probed for price gouging, men from Tennessee in the US, bought 17,700 bottles of hand gel to re-sell on Amazon.

At least 15 people have been confirmed dead and many others injured after an explosion at a gas processing plant in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos.

Australian charged over supermarket fight, the alleged assault in Sydney took place as other shoppers argued over stockpiling items.

Ancient tsunamis may have struck Falkland Islands, evidence of past underwater landslides suggests giant waves probably hit the British territory.

Disarray hits US airports over virus screenings, travellers returning from Europe queue for hours as new health screening measures are introduced.

Spanish king 'passes baton' to son, King Juan Carlos of Spain announces his abdication after ruling the country for 39 years.

Countries take new measures against coronavirus: up to 10,000 people infected in the UK and more than 1,000 deaths in Italy.

Twitter and Facebook say they've suspended a small network of accounts linked to Russia, but based in Ghana and Nigeria, for attempting to sow discord. The social media firms said the profiles targeted American users by talking about social issues such as race and civil rights. Pages have also been removed from Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The company said more than 260,000 people followed one or more of the Instagram accounts. Facebook said the profiles didn't appear to focus on elections.

There's been an adoption between a lioness and a leopard cub. Sadly, the baby leopard was found dead after a month. Conservationists in the Gir National Park in India concluded that he died from a hernia that he’d been born with.

Mount Everest closes because of virus outbreak.

Trump travel ban met with confusion and criticism, EU leaders said President Trump's decision was made "unilaterally and without consultation".

EU to give migrants in Greece €2,000 to go home.

Iran, reported 75 new deaths linked to Covid-19, bringing the overall number to 429. At least 10,075 people have also been infected. Satellite photographs appear to show Iranian authorities have excavated two large trenches at a cemetery in the city of Qom to bury the rising number of people who have died as a result of the new coronavirus disease.

Kenya’s health ministry has said an investigation is underway into allegations that blood donated by Kenyans is being smuggled to Somalia.

India suspends visas to halt coronavirus spread.

A hospital in South Africa is investigating if a male nurse smuggled placentas out of the facility with a plan to sell them to traditional healers.

Clashes in South Africa close to the border with Mozambique prompted the authorities to shut a crossing point between the two countries.

The US has imposed sanctions on two senior Zimbabwean politicians over human rights abuses.

US and UK soldiers killed in rocket attack in Iraq, more than a dozen rockets hit a base near Baghdad, killing two Americans and one British soldier.

Harvey Weinstein jailed for 23 years in rape trial, the sentence finalises a dramatic fall from grace for one of Hollywood's most powerful figures.

A photo of Mohammad Zubair being beaten by a Hindu mob became the defining image of riots in Delhi.

A company in Benin harvests water hyacinths which can be used to soak up oil.

The chancellor warns that as many as 58 million Germans could become infected by coronavirus.

Zimbabwe has removed some restrictions on foreign currency trading, allowing for banks to take a greater role in setting exchange rates.

International volunteers in Ethiopia offering free medical treatment in the Amhara region have been attacked.

Smallest dinosaur found 'trapped in amber', scientists say a fossil from Myanmar represents the tiniest dinosaur ever found.

Putin's new plan to stay in power: supported an amendment to the Russian constitution that would remove term limits.

Scientists are publishing the latest information: Coronavirus symptoms appear after 5 days, spreading without symptoms.

Saudi energy giant Saudi Aramco has escalated a price war with Russia, announcing it will increase its oil production to 12.3 million barrels a day from April.

Once upon a time, Earth was one big ocean.

Dutch PM has apparently been caught out by his own handshake policy, moments after announcing it.

Armed gang steals $15m in Chile airport robbery, police think the robbers may have had inside information about the cash shipment.

Ugandans arrested for giving fake coronavirus vaccine.

Coronavirus: Long queues at Rome supermarket.

An Egyptian military court sentenced 112 people to life in prison on terror-related charges.

Kenyan forces have been trained by the Scots guards for military operations in Somalia.

For a year BBC Africa Eye has been investigating the million-dollar trade in trafficked rosewood.

Mexican women strike in protest at gender violence, millions of women stay away from work and school to show what a society without women looks like.

Israel declares 14-day quarantine for all arrivals.

Irish St Patrick's Day parades off over coronavirus.

Colombian police rescue 2,000 smuggled freshwater turtles, the turtles were found by a sniffer dog during a routine check at an airport in Colombia.

Ayatollah Khamenei became Iran's most powerful man, as Iran's spiritual leader, he has the final say over all government matters in the country.

Parents of school dropouts face jail in Zimbabwe, the rising number of children failing to attend classes is blamed on the poor state of the economy.

Mali militants 'ready to negotiate with the government'.

Australia sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica, watchdog says Facebook failed to protect the personal information of 300,000 people.

Sudan PM survives assassination attempt, an explosion hit Abdalla Hamdok's motorcade as he was on his way to work in the capital, Khartoum.

Fire burns thousands of Venezuela voting machines, a blaze razes the main warehouse holding machines used in elections in Venezuela.

Scientists say that trees in the Congo basin are absorbing less carbon dioxide (C02) than they were in the past.

The central bank of Russia has released a statement saying it will halt purchasing foreign currency for 30 days in an effort to "reduce the volatility of financial markets in the face of significant changes in the global oil market". The government may rely on its £114bn wealth fund to buy and prop up the price of the ruble, after the breakdown in talks with Opec triggered a price war.

Guinea president appoints first female brigadier general.

Malawi police arrest human rights activists.

Tesco sells its Asian stores in £8bn deal, the UK's largest retailer agrees to sell the 2,000 stores it operates in Thailand and Malaysia.

Uganda returns travellers refusing to self-quarantine, Uganda has told 22 foreigners who refused to self-quarantine on arrival for a business forum to return to their home countries.

India bank chief arrested for money laundering.

Clashes mar Women's Day march in Mexico City, dozens are injured as activists throw petrol bombs and police use tear gas during a women's protest.

Boko Haram militants have stormed an army base in south-eastern Niger, injuring a number of soldiers.

UK government thresholds for immigration after Brexit will harm Wales, Welsh Government says.

Avalanches in Austrian Alps kill at least six, five of the victims are believed to be Czechs on a walking trip, the sixth is a police officer.

Northern Italy quarantines 16 million people, a quarter of the population is in lockdown as Italy takes drastic action to control Covid-19.

Woman knits 1,000 teddies for African children, Josie Hind, 81, knits an average of 250 teddies a year which are sent to Livingstone in Zambia.

Australia win fifth T20 World Cup.

Air strike 'kills al-Shabab commander in Somalia'.

An inquiry into the death of the Democratic Republic of Congo's spy chief has found that he died by hanging.

Thousands of civil servants in Burkina Faso marched through the capital Ouagadougou on Saturday to protest against a new tax on their bonuses.

A migration debate has gripped a small Romanian town after the arrival of three Sri Lankan bakers.

Lebanon to default on debt payments for first time, PM says the country will not be making a bond payment of $1.2bn (£900m).

Coronavirus spread: Infected 102475, Death 3491, Healed 57463.

The real estate investment company INVL Baltic Real Estate sold the IBC business center in Vilnius, acquired by Lords LB Baltic Green Fund (V), for EUR 33 million.

Russia has the first theme park in the country's history. At first glance, the entertainment complex in the country's capital, Moscow, resembles Disneyland, an American theme park.

A new study shows that the Earth was formed at an incredible speed - in the relative scale of the solar system - in just 1 minute and 30 seconds.

British company Equipmake became famous in 2018 when it introduced a low-cost monster electric motor capable of generating 9 kW per kilogram. By comparison, the company says the world's next best electric motor with permanent magnets only achieves 5 kW / kg. Well, Equipmake once again broke its own record.

Pope to deliver prayer by video amid virus threat.

China coronavirus quarantine hotel collapses.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says the UK will leave the European Aviation Safety Agency in December.

Tehran confirms almost 6,000 infections and 145 deaths as cases worldwide topped 100,000.

Water cannon and tear gas at Turkish-Greek border, clashes have erupted at Turkey's border with Greece, where migrants seeking access to the EU have gathered.

Italy coronavirus death toll jumps to nearly 200.

Top Afghan officials escape deadly shooting, Afghanistan's chief executive escaped unharmed, but at least 32 people were killed.

Trump signs $8.3bn emergency bill as cases rise, the president urged calm and said the virus would "go away" as infection cases rose to 233 - with 14 deaths.

The attack near the US embassy in Tunis was carried out by two people who approached a security checkpoint in the vicinity of the US embassy.

Ethiopia has launched a campaign to raise funds for the construction of a giant dam on the River Nile - the source of significant regional tension. People have been asked to use their mobile phones to send money for the $5bn (£3bn) project, but the has not said how much it hopes to raise.

Young chess players 'killed by laughing gas', a 27-year-old Ukrainian chess champion and his girlfriend aged 18 are found dead in a Moscow flat.

Rui Pinto is facing 90 criminal charges including computer fraud, more than 100 journalists and other public figures in Europe have called for the release of Rui Pinto, the source behind leaked documents which showed how Africa's richest woman made her fortune, from pre-trial detention.

France has granted permission to extradite François Compaoré - the brother of a former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré - who is wanted at home over the murder of a journalist in 1998.

For years the Nigerian army has hunted Abubakar Shekau, the elusive leader of Boko Haram, without success. So could the offer of a $7 million reward by the US State Department make the difference.

Drones used to study shrinking Andes glaciers, a Scottish researcher is mapping the glaciers which have shrunk by 30% in the last two decades.

Russia and Turkey agree ceasefire in Syria's Idlib.

Man jailed for licking ice cream in Texas shop, a social media video showed him licking ice cream and putting it back.

Dubai ruler abducted escaped daughters, Sheikh Mohammed told his estranged wife she would "never be safe in England", the High Court says.

The oldest Egyptian pyramid has officially reopened after many years of restoration work. The Djoser step pyramid in Saqqara dates back 4,700 years. It was built during the Third Dynasty of the Pharaohs. Work on its restoration began nearly 15 years ago.

California declares emergency over coronavirus.

Ivorian president rules out third-term bid.

Bat found asleep in Belgian timber shipment, the mammal has been identified as a Nathusius' pipistrelle which is rarely found in the UK.

Stolen crown returns to Ethiopian church, an 18th Century ceremonial crown that resurfaced in the Netherlands after being taken from a church more than 20 years ago has returned to the church it came from.

List of 12,000 Nazis probed for loot in Swiss bank, many of those on the list found in Argentina may have had cash stolen from Jewish victims.

US and Gabon unite against pirates.

The US has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe's top leaders citing their actions to "undermine democratic processes or institutions".

Many countries in the world confirming first cases of coronavirus.

TFisher buys Dutch diagnostic test maker Qiagen for € 10 billion. United States laboratory equipment manufacturer Thermo Fisher Scientific is acquiring Qiagen, a Dutch company that produces a variety of medical diagnostic tests, including the coronavirus test.

An Indonesian village is blanketed in Mount Merapi's last eruption.

Iran frees 54,000 prisoners to combat coronavirus. A judiciary spokesman says the inmates were granted furlough after testing negative for Covid-19.

Russia's revised basic law would define marriage as a heterosexual union and include faith in God.

Kenyans risk being fined $50,000 (£39,000) or be jailed for two years for publishing or sharing fake news about outbreak of coronavirus.

Tornadoes strike central Tennessee, at least nine people have been killed in the southern US state.

Two men face jail in Iran for licking holy shrines in defiance of coronavirus health warnings.

Trump tells Colombia to resume spraying coca crops, Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine, while the US is the world's largest consumer.

Prosecutors drop a rape inquiry into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is in custody in the UK.

A Nigerian research has claimed to have the cure for Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that has so far killed more than 3,000 people globally.

Six soldiers in Mali have been killed and 10 others were injured during a suspected Islamist militant attack in the centre of the country.

Doping in South African schoolboy rugby is casting a shadow over the whole sport.

Apple settles iPhone slowdown case for $500m.

President Erdogan says EU inaction over Syria means he cannot stop migrants heading for Greece.

S Korea sect leader apologises for virus spread, lLee Man-hee got down on his knees and said the disease's spread was "not intentional".

Gunmen on foot have killed dozens of people during simultaneous attacks on several villages in northern Nigeria.

Sudan's government has dismissed more than 100 diplomatic staff for alleged links to the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir.

Coronavirus 'panic buying' hits many countries.

An Australian think tank says it has evidence that at least 80,000 Chinese Uighurs have been sent to work in factories that make global brands.

Migrants in Greece said that Turkish authorities encouraged them to cross into the EU from Turkey.

Turkey drone strikes 'kill 19 Syrian soldiers', Turkey, which backs the Syrian opposition, targets government forces after a spike in tensions.

Several actresses leave 'French Oscars' ceremony after Roman Polanski wins prize for best director.

Greece suspends asylum after Turkey opens borders, Greek officials earlier said they stopped 10,000 migrants crossing the land border with Turkey.

Afghan president rejects Taliban prisoner release, Ashraf Ghani says he has not pledged to free 5,000 militants, as stated in a key US-Taliban deal.

Warm winter ruins German ice wine harvest.

US confirms first coronavirus death.

Flights diverted as Storm Jorge strikes Ireland.

US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year Afghan war.

The first case of coronavirus in Lithuania. Germany quarantined 1,000 people.

Switzerland is canceling the Geneva Motor Show due to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Plague game banned in China, and has removed a popular game from the app store: infecting the world with a deadly virus.

Scientists have found a link between the number of sexual partners and the risk of cancer.

Hundreds of migrants in Turkey have flocked to border areas, heading for Europe following reports that Turkish authorities have "opened the gate". Drone footage shows a small group of migrants heading towards Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. After 33 Turkish troops have been killed in an air strike in the northwestern province of Idlib in Syria blamed on Damascus forces. Russia has sent two winged warships to the Mediterranean through the Bosphorus. Frigates Admiral Makarov and Admiral Grigorovich left the port of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula.

In the case of the Sports Arbitration Court (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, the ruling was heard by the scandalous Chinese swimmer Sun Yang. The athlete received a particularly severe penalty - three times the Olympic and 11 times the world champion disqualified for as much as eight years. 28 year old Chinese freestyle 200m and 400m. The 8-year sentence is due to the fact that a freestyle swimmer has already been punished for violating doping rules.

Earth has caught up with a new "mini satellite" reported by astronomers, the size of a passenger car, spotting a new object orbiting our planet.

Neutrons are elementary particles that interact very poorly with the rest of the material. There are countless of them crossing the Earth every second - about one hundred trillion passes through your body every second - but they have no noticeable effect on us. However, sometimes interactions occur, and large detectors help detect them: in the rare case that a neutrino collides with an atom, electrons or similar particles or photons that can be captured are emitted.

Stock markets across the globe are suffering their worst week since 2008 amid fears over Covid-19.

Nigeria confirms first coronavirus case.

Former Barclays bankers cleared of fraud charges, are found not guilty on all charges in under six hours.

Iran cancels prayers to limit coronavirus, it also places restrictions on access to major Shia Muslim shrines as the death toll rises to 34.

Ugandan seeks $1.6m from Museveni for Twitter block, a Ugandan court will on 20 May rule on a case in which a student has sued the president for blocking him on Twitter.

Two South Africans test positive for coronavirus.

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is set to sign a peace deal with leaders of an armed militia that's been active in the north-east of the country for nearly 20 years.

BP worker sacked over Hitler parody wins job back, it is unreasonable to suggest he was comparing BP managers to Nazis, an Australian ruling finds.

Pro-democracy Hong Kong media mogul arrested, the 71-year-old multi-millionaire, a critic of the Hong Kong government, has now been charged.

The crisis forcing mothers to give away their babies, Venezuela's economic crisis is driving some mothers unable to feed their children to drastic measures.

The $20m Saudi Cup set for debut, a maximum field of 14 horses is set to contest Saturday's first running of the Saudi Cup - the world's richest race.

Philippines residents who briefly return to homes near the Taal volcano find haunting scenes.

Live TV moves to livestreaming in virus-hit China.

Fish is becoming one of the main bones of contention in negotiations between the EU and the UK.

Canada to stop paying Harry and Meghan's security, the government will cease providing security for the couple who are stepping down as senior royals.

Malawi legalises growing of cannabis.

Brazilian jailed in Mozambique for drug trafficking, a 24-year-old Brazilian woman has been sentenced to 17 years in prison in Mozambique for drug trafficking. She admitted during her trial at a court in the capital, Maputo, that she was recruited in Brazil to carry the drugs to sell in Mozambique in exchange for about $2,500 (£1,940).

China may deploy ducks to battle with locusts, the hungry ducks could be sent to eat the insects that are devouring crops in Pakistan.

Japan to close all schools to halt virus spread, the month-long closure will affect 13 million students.

The African Union (AU) says it plans to send 3,000 troops to the Sahel, where international and regional forces are struggling to contain Islamist militants.

Five dead in Milwaukee beer company shooting, the gunman dies from "self-inflicted wounds" during the shooting in the mid-western Wisconsin state.

Man jailed for paying to watch child sexual abuse.

Mexico returns smuggled bronze sculpture to Nigeria, the ancient artefact was seized by customs officers at the main airport in Mexico City.

Face-collecting company database hacked, many law-enforcement agencies in the US use Clearview AI facial-recognition technology.

Lorry kills two white rhinos in Zambian park.

Swiss town faces 10-year evacuation over arms dump, authorities say the World War Two weapons cache buried near Mitholz poses an "unacceptable" risk.

Mobile phones belonging to South Africa’s intelligence minister Ayanda Dlodlo and her deputy, Zizi Kodwa, have been cloned.

Nigerian soldier kills himself and four colleagues.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it has secured more than $330m (£255m) in debt relief for Somalia. This brings the country a crucial step closer to receiving forgiveness for its $5.3bn debt and accessing new resources.

Australia's wild summer sees a blast of snow in Tasmania adds a final chapter to Australia's summer of dramatic weather.

Apple will open its first Indian store in 2021, the iPhone maker lags behind competitors in the world's second largest mobile phone market.

 'They removed my uterus and I had no idea for 11 years' one of 48 women forcibly sterilised at state hospitals in South Africa.

Teenager's remains found in Pakistan lion enclosure, relatives said he went missing while searching for grass to use as cattle fodder.

Canada proposed as site of captive whale sanctuary, a Nova Scotia cove is the proposed site for whales released from entertainment parks to retire.

Germany overturns ban on assisted suicide, five years ago a change in the law stopped doctors helping the terminally ill to end their lives.

Hong Kong to give cash gift of $1,200 to residents, officials hope it will boost spending as the city's economy struggles after a tumultuous year.

Algeria confirms first case of coronavirus.

In Italy, a fifth person died of coronavirus.

In Germany, a car drives into a carnival crowd, injuring dozens of people, intentionally directing the car at people.

“Utenos trikotažas” became the first company in the world to implement Greenpeace standards.

China attacked Estonia over its assessment of foreign intelligence, ostensibly reflecting "ignorance" and "Cold War mindsets."

On April 13, 2029, an icy rock larger than the height of the Eiffel Tower at 30 kilometers per second would fly near the Earth. It will orbit close to the sphere of the planet's geostationary satellites. It will be one of the largest asteroids flying so close to the Earth this decade.

Russia launches new Grad missile systems.

New rules for immigrants are being prepared in the UK - 70 points will be needed to get to live and work in UK.

Harvey Weinstein guilty over sexual assaults, the ex-movie mogul is handcuffed and led from court as a judge orders him sent to jail immediately.

Three killed in Delhi protest before Trump visit, clashes over a citizenship law broke out hours before a visit by US President Donald Trump.

Canada police move to clear rail blockade, rail blockades have paralysed parts of Canada's transport system and led to about 1,500 layoffs.

Prague denies renaming square to troll Moscow, politicians in Prague vote to rename a square by the Russian Embassy to honour a slain Putin critic.

Dozens of HIV-positive women in South Africa have been sterilised without their consent or were pressured to agree just before giving birth, an official inquiry has found.

Tanzania journalist freed after seven months, had been charged with money laundering, tax evasion and leading organised crime.

It is one of the world's greatest financial scandals. Billions of dollars from state fund 1MDB meant to help the Malaysian people went missing, disappearing into the shadows of the global financial system. Three units of Goldman Sachs have pleaded not guilty over its alleged role in the scandal.

Rowers complete Atlantic wooden boat crossing, Phil Pugh and Paul Hopkins, both from Tyneside, took 70 days to cross 3,000 miles of ocean.

Google warns Huawei owners not to install its apps.

Canary Islands engulfed by Saharan sandstorm.

Togo leader 'wins re-election' amid fraud protest, preliminary results from the electoral commission show Faure Gnassingbé received 72% of the vote.

Billionaire James Packer's casino firm faces probe, Crown Resorts is facing an inquiry into alleged links to organised crime and money laundering.

N Korea quarantines foreigners amid virus fears, South Korea has quarantined 7,700 troops after an outbreak in the military.

Nigeria denies spying on social media users.

Venice Carnival closes amid coronavirus outbreak.

Deadly earthquake hits eastern Turkey.

Russia denies spreading coronavirus misinformation, US officials accused “malign” Russian actors of promoting unfounded theories about the virus online.

Dead within three hours of arrival at a Russian prison, despite claims that Russian prisons are cleaning up their act, inmates and their families tell a different story.

Lasers and tear gas in Chile clash, protesters vow to continue the unrest in Santiago until changes are made to Chile's constitution.

Cristiano Ronaldo marks his 1,000th senior appearance by scoring in Juventus' Serie A game with SPAL.

The North Korean prisoner who escaped with her guard through a window, he has thought of everything. He has cut the wires to the surveillance cameras. He has volunteered for a longer night shift. He has even laid out shoes for her by the back door.

Bear in California neighbourhood, the elderly female was spotted roaming a residential area in Monrovia, west of Los Angeles.

Wells Fargo reaches $3bn fake accounts settlement, pressure to hit sales goals led Wells Fargo staff to create fake accounts and collect extra fees.

US and Afghan Taliban start partial truce, if successful, the seven-day "reduction in violence" will lead to the signing of a peace deal.

Croatian singer sued for 'mocking' national anthem.

Former South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar has been sworn in as first vice-president, sealing a peace deal aimed at ending six years of civil war. President Salva Kiir witnessed the moment at a ceremony at the State House in the capital, Juba. It is hoped that the new unity government will bring an end to the conflict that has killed about 400,000 people and displaced millions.

Several thousands of Airbus employees have protested near eight production sites in Spain over plans by the European aircraft manufacturer to lay off 630 workers.

Bulldozers began to demolish crime-ridden derelict buildings on the outskirts of Naples, Italy. The dwelling array is known as an object visited by the local mafia.

In Ukraine, dozens of people clashed with police over plans by the government to quarantine people evacuated from a coronavirus-infested Chinese medical facility and attack bus of China evacuees.

Melia, a Spanish hotel group, was fined EUR 6.7 million by the European Commission (EC) for offering potential guests different bookings or prices, depending on their location in the European Union.

Melting eternal frost in Siberia releases nematodes from the ice. These are soil-borne microscopic worms that have stagnated in the permafrost since the Pleistocene (a Quaternary epoch that began 2,588 million years ago and ended 12,000 years ago), after frozen for tens of thousands of years, now successfully recovered two species of these worms.

The group of Indian government employees said they had to stand naked in a room together during 'examination for pregnancy' in work test.

Romanian lorry driver admitted trying to smuggle £1.7m-worth of cocaine into the UK has been jailed.

Google sued over claims it spies on US students, pupils in New Mexico allegedly have had their online data tracked.

Portugal MPs in move to legalise euthanasia.

South Korea virus 'emergency' as cases increase, two cities are declared "special care zones", as 100 new cases and a second death are confirmed.

France says its soldiers killed 50 militants in Mali.

Seven more people charged over Essex lorry deaths, the Vietnamese nationals are accused of helping others to "flee abroad or stay abroad illegally".

A state in Nigeria plans to spend $26m in a campaign to end open defecation. Nigeria was last year ranked by a United Nations agency as second among countries practising open defecation globally. Around 47 million people there still defecate in the open.

People in Uganda's northern district of Kitgum are eating desert locusts that have devoured their crops.

The 28-year-old clocked one hour, four minutes and 31 seconds in the Ras-Al-Khaimah marathon in the United Arab Emirates, shaving 20 off the previous record set by Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei 18 months ago.

Coronavirus outbreak to cost airlines almost $30bn.

Some 3,000 camels exported from Australia to Libya have been evacuated from the port of Tripoli after it was hit by rocket fire.

A dashcam captures the moment a meteor illuminates the night sky in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

A Kenyan policeman who was to be questioned over an alleged forged deal worth $395m (£306m) for military equipment was found dead in his house in the capital, Nairobi.

Police probe whether racist German killer had help, the suspected gunman killed nine people "of migrant background" in shisha bars.

Cyber-attack hits US Department of Defence agency, the personal data of about 200,000 people is exposed in a cyber-attack.

Workers found trapped in illegal tobacco factory, twelve British nationals suspected of running the underground factory in Spain were arrested.

UK says Russia behind massive Georgia cyber-attack.

Human brain seized in mail truck check, the item was in a mail package sent from Canada and labelled "Antique Teaching Specimen".

A high-profile businessman in Mozambique has been abducted in the second such case in a fortnight.

Lesotho PM to be charged with murdering his wife.

Namibia became the first African country to export red meat to the US. Namibia is expected to export 860 tonnes of beef in 2020. "Namibia will benefit economically from tapping into the largest consumer market with purchasing power of $13 trillion, and US consumers will benefit from access to Namibia’s high-quality, free-range, grass-fed beef."

A UN human rights investigation has accused the government of South Sudan and other armed groups of deliberately starving civilians.

Ethiopian 18th Century crown returns home, former refugee Sirak Asfaw found it in a suitcase and has protected the crown for the past 21 years. The Ethiopian government has received an 18th Century crown that had been stolen then hidden in a flat in the Netherlands for 21 years.

Rwanda and Uganda have swapped prisoners as the presidents of both nations prepare to meet to resolve a diplomatic row that has led to the closure of their shared border. Some 20 Ugandan nationals detained in Rwanda were released on Wednesday, a day after Uganda released 13 Rwandan nationals it had detained on charges of espionage and other security-related offences.

South Africa's middle-classes give away 35% of their monthly income to help others.

Nigeria's Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum said the country needs an extra 100,000 soldiers, adding that half of that number should be recruited from his state, to defeat Boko Haram.

MGM hack exposed data of 10.6 million hotel guests, MGM Resort Las Vegas.

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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