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South Korea's first transgender soldier, who was discharged from the military for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, has been found dead at her home. The cause of death is not yet known.
Physicists trap ultracold plasma in a magnetic bottle for the 1st time.
Scientists have found water and organic matter on the surface of an asteroid sample collected from the solar system - the first time that such material has been found on an asteroid. The sample, which was only a single grain, came from asteroid ‘Itokawa’ by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (Jaxa) first Hayabusa mission in 2010.
Saudi prince pushes on with $500 billion megacity as U.S. points the finger over Khashoggi killing. Dubai - It seems an unlikely vision, a megacity in the desert with no cars or roads, all run by machines that can recognise your face. Yet preparations for NEOM, the $500 billion signature project in Prince Mohammed bin Salman's drive to diversify Saudi Arabia's economy, are well underway. The organisation behind the development, expected to be close to the size of Belgium when it is completed, will hire 700 people this year.
Suburban west Londoners were given a glimpse of the future, a revolution in grocery shopping. Amazon opened its very first “contactless” food store outside the US, with customers able to head inside, pick products off the shelf and walk out without queuing at a till.
In 1974, Stephen Hawking theorized that the universe's darkest gravitational behemoths, black holes, were not the pitch-black star swallowers astronomers imagined, but they spontaneously emitted light — a phenomenon now dubbed Hawking radiation. Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology did just that. They created a black hole analog out of a few thousand atoms. They were trying to confirm two of Hawking's most important predictions, that Hawking radiation arises from nothing and that it does not change in intensity over time, meaning it's stationary. "A black hole is supposed to radiate like a black body, which is essentially a warm object that emits a constant infrared radiation," study co-author Jeff Steinhauer, an associate professor of physics at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, told Phys.org. "Hawking suggested that black holes are just like regular stars, which radiate a certain type of radiation all the time, constantly. That's what we wanted to confirm in our study, and we did."
Russia's Wagner Group reportedly deployed in Africa. In line with Russia's geostrategic vision, private military companies are trying to expand influence in the continent. Although Moscow does not officially recognize its activities, Wagner – a private Russian military company – is reportedly operating under different names and structures, such as companies related to gold and diamond mining, military training, and cyber warfare.
Ukraine: Fighting resumes in Donbass, urges allies in the West to intervene.
The Prosecutor General's Office of Belarus announced that it had sent a request to Lithuania to extradite former presidential candidate Sviatlan Cichanouskaya.
A Texas federal court has ruled that Intel infringed two VLSI Technology patents and will have to pay $ 2.175 billion in compensation.
Protests after Senegal opposition leader arrested, Ousmane Sonko is accused of rape but his supporters say the allegations are politically motivated.
China zoo 'caught passing off dog as wolf', the animal in the wolf enclosure turned out to be a watchdog raised at the zoo.
‘Pope’s visit gives Christians a message of hope’, on his first foreign trip since Covid, Pope Francis urges a more prominent role for Iraq's Christians.
World's 'oldest wild bird' has a chick at age 70, wisdom is believed to have had more than 30 chicks in her life so far, and several partners.
YouTube bans channels run by Myanmar military.
Italy blocks AstraZeneca shipment to Australia, the bar is shipping 250,000 doses amid a row with the firm backed by the EU.
Tanzania's main referral hospital has installed four steam inhalation machines to treat respiratory problems, patients will pay about $ 2 to use the machine, which costs between $ 3,200 and $ 4,200 (£ 2,300 - £ 3,000) to install.
Tsunami alert lifted after quakes rock New Zealand, a series of earthquakes, one of 8.1 magnitude, trigger evacuation orders that are later stood down.
Retreating Himalayan glaciers can become hazardous but such dangers are not being monitored.
The sea intruder causing havoc in Tasmania, locals hope removing an introduced starfish can help save an iconic Australian species.
The US birth rate fell during the pandemic, nine months after the pandemic began, the birth rate was down in several states.
When a Latino community in Los Angeles began their fight against an oil company they claimed was polluting their neighborhood, a young woman played a central role. Nalleli Cobo was nine years old when she started suffering from asthma, nosebleeds and headaches.
Mass crocodile escape in South Africa sparks hunt, an unknown number remain at large after escaping a breeding farm in Western Cape province.
Over 900 million tonnes of food wasted each year, 23 million truckloads of food go straight into the waste bin, according to the UN.
Tennessee law enforcement has recovered 150 missing children after a months-long investigation. The children, between three and 17-years old, were found in three "two-week blitzes" throughout the US state. Five of the children were suspected to be victims of human trafficking, investigators said, and one was rescued as part of a kidnapping probe.
An Austrian ex-foreign minister who danced with President Vladimir Putin at her wedding in 2018 has been nominated to the board of directors at Russian state oil giant Rosneft. Opposition politicians had accused Karin Kneissl of undermining EU foreign policy with her choice of guest.
Man injures seven in Sweden stabbing attack, the suspect has been arrested for attempted murder, but police are not ruling out terrorism.
Algeria prepares a law to strip terrorists of nationality.
French supermarket chain sued by Amazonian groups, a collective of 11 indigenous groups are suing Casino over alleged links to deforestation.
Brazil's daily Covid deaths reach all-time high, the daily toll reached 1,910.
The Louvre in Paris has been reunited with two long-lost pieces of Italian Renaissance armor, nearly 40 years after they were stolen. The ornate helmet and breastplate had been recognized by a military expert in Bordeaux, who was asked to appraise a local family's collection. Made between 1560 and 1580 in Milan, the armor had been donated in 1922 to the museum by the Rothschild family. Mystery still surrounds the theft on May 31, 1983.
Indian man arrested for beheading teenage daughter.
Australian teenager dies from box jellyfish sting, it is the first such death from the venomous ocean animal in Australia in 15 years.
There were chaotic scenes on Wednesday in north-western Nigeria as parents were reunited with their kidnapped daughters in the town of Jangebe. Eyewitnesses say at least three people were shot by the security forces. The shooting reportedly happened after parents, frustrated by the length of the handover ceremony, started throwing stones at government officials. It's unclear whether there were any deaths.
Fishermen on Lake Victoria in Kenya have begun using some of Africa’s first electric fishing boats.
Myanmar inside deadliest day as 38 protesters killed, security forces are accused of opening fire without warning on protesters in several cities.
French Christian Lantenois, 65, was assaulted with his own camera while covering youth violence in Reims.
Police break up 'fake Covid-19 vaccine network', thousands of doses of suspected counterfeit vaccine are seized by police in China and South Africa.
Greece earthquake collapsed buildings, the 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Larissa, but was felt across the country.
Rockets target Iraqi air bases hosting US forces, the attack comes days after the US carried out air strikes on Iran-backed Iraqi militias in Syria.
A revelation that two sisters of Spain's King Felipe VI were vaccinated during a trip to Abu Dhabi last month has sparked a political backlash. Princess Elena, 57, and Princess Cristina, 55, had got the jab whilst visiting their father. The former King, Juan Carlos, left the country in 2020 amid mounting scandals. Both princesses, who do not yet qualify to get a vaccine under Spain's roll-out, defended and explained their decision.
Many petrol and diesel cars will be charged up to £9 per day to use roads in Bristol city centre, UK,  under new car tax changes approved by the City Council.
A large meteor blazed across UK skies on Sunday night, delighting those lucky enough to spot it. The meteor was spotted shortly before 10pm and was visible for around seven seconds. It was captured on doorbell and security cameras in Manchester, Cardiff, Honiton, Bath, Midsomer Norton and Milton Keynes.
The President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid will pay a working visit to Lithuania.
The European Union has imposed sanctions on 4 Russian officials for imprisoning Navaln.
US sanctions Russia over Navalny poisoning, US intelligence says Putin's government was behind the nerve agent attack on the opposition activist.
There were 2,253 urgent notifications of unsafe non-food products in the EU last year.
Belarus wants to use the remaining part of Russia's state loan for the construction of the Astrava nuclear power plant, including the purchase of military aircraft from Russia, said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Scientists are creating a "digital twin on Earth": it will be like a crystal ball that will allow us to see our future.
The Spanish company Zero 2 Infinity offers tourists space travel using a small capsule Bloon.
The Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan has launched Russia's first satellite to monitor the Arctic climate.
A battery made of potatoes can donate light for more than a month, and a plant-based electrical system is being developed in Israel that will be significantly cheaper than batteries.
The release of the Nigerian schoolgirls is a huge relief after what President Muhammadu Buhari described as their “agonizing” ordeal - they were reportedly made to walk a long distance into the forest after their kidnapping. This is the third mass kidnapping of schoolchildren since December. It is believed that schools have started to be targeted as such abductions attract a lot of attention - putting more pressure on the authorities to negotiate with the armed criminal group responsible. The authorities rarely admit to paying ransoms - but some observers say it is unlikely that the gunmen would release their victims without some sort of exchange, either of money or the release of their members who are in jail.
A painting by the British wartime leader Winston Churchill has sold at auction for $ 11.6m (£ 8.4m) - a record price for his work. Churchill painted the Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque in Morocco in 1943 and later gave it to US President Franklin Roosevelt.
The UK slashes humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen, the British government cuts relief by as much as 60%, citing financial pressure from the pandemic.
Fact-checking claims about India's Covid 'cure', a herbal remedy has resurfaced that's said to "cure" Covid, but it's not been licensed as such.
South Sudanese military generals die of Covid-19.
Amnesty International has published a report accusing Mozambique’s army, private military contractors and militants operating in the northern Cabo Delgado province of committing war crimes.
Leading Nigerian opposition figure Hama Amadou, who is being held by the authorities, faces multiple charges including being involved in an organization seeking to overthrow a democratic regime. At least two people died in a week during protests following the presidential election in which ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum was declared a winner with 55.75%.
Morocco has announced that it has suspended contacts with the German embassy in the country over its stance on Western Sahara.
Covid-related attacks directed at Asian Americans have escalated in the US.
Joseph is the youngest-ever paid Fortnite player, after signing with Team 33 in December last year. The California esports team invited him to their headquarters to give him a $ 33,000 (£ 23,600) signing-on bonus, and a high-speed computer system. Fortnite is a third-person-style shooting and building game played online by hundreds of millions of gamers around the world.
A BBC reporter detained by Ethiopia's military, Girmay Gebru and four others were taken from a cafe in the regional capital Mekelle.
Tens of thousands of Syrians still missing - UN investigators say many of those arbitrarily detained during the civil war are presumed dead.
French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail, two of them suspended, for corruption. He was convicted of trying to bribe a judge in 2014 - after he had left office - by suggesting he could secure a prestigious job for him in return for information about a separate case. Sarkozy, 66, is the first former French president to get a custodial sentence.
Japan asks China to stop Covid anal tests, some Japanese citizens have said the tests for Covid-19 caused them "psychological distress".
The authorities in Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar have urged tourists to dress decently and respect the "sensibilities" of the local culture or they will be fined. Tour guides would also be fined at least $ 700 (£ 500) if their clients were not appropriately dressed.
Girl, 9, dies in 'exorcism' ritual in Sri Lanka, two people, including the child's mother, have been arrested in connection with the death.
At least 15 people have been shot dead and dozens of others wounded by gunmen in a village in the north-western Nigerian state of Sokoto. The gunmen opened fire when residents tried to stop them from leaving with a local businessman they had abducted.
Fans say Love Island South Africa is 'too white'.
The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is asking Kenyans to donate cultural artifacts and other items, as it seeks to build a museum on the country's early history.
An American warship has docked in Port Sudan the day after a Russian frigate arrived at the same Red Sea port.
Armenia opposition breaks into government buildings, Armenia's embattled PM is now in open dispute with the armed forces chiefs.
Zambian court cancels state takeover of power lines. The High Court in Zambia has quashed a decision by the government to declare a private company’s electricity transmission lines as a common carrier.
Chinese investment in Australia plummets 61%, the drop reflects tougher foreign investment laws and the effects of Covid-19.
Deadliest day as Myanmar police fire on protests, at least 18 people are killed as police try to disperse huge anti-coup rallies in several cities.
Iran rules out informal nuclear talks for now, Tehran insists the US must lift all of its unilateral sanctions before talks can resume.
The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo says at least ten people have been killed by a militia in the east of the country.
Myanmar army sacks UN envoy after anti-coup speech, the ambassador made an emotional appeal urging countries to help remove the military from power.
Dominican Republic plans Haiti border fence, the 380km barrier will curb the flow of illegal migrants, drugs and stolen vehicles.
Archaeologists unearth chariots outside Pompeii, the ornate discovery was used during festivities and parades almost 2,000 years ago.
Hundreds of inmates escape from Haiti prison, the prison's director is among 25 people killed in the mass escape near the capital, Port-au-Prince.
A cockerel that had been fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight has killed its owner in southern India.
Lady Gaga's dogs found safe after armed robbery, the US singer's two French bulldogs were stolen after gunmen attacked and wounded her dog walker.
Afghanistan’s poor sell their kidneys on the black market, organ trading is flourishing among the desperate - but donors sometimes find they have traded their own health for a few thousand pounds.
Even in the world of the smallest particles with their own special rules, things cannot proceed infinitely fast. Physicists at the University of Bonn have now shown what the speed limit is for complex quantum operations. The study also involved scientists from MIT, the universities of Hamburg, Cologne and Padua, and the Jülich Research Center. The results are important for the realization of quantum computers, among other things.
Elon Musk, the maverick boss of Tesla, is no longer the world's richest person after shares in the electric car company dropped 8.6% on Monday, wiping $ 15.2bn (£ 10.8bn) off his fortune. Musk, who last month leapfrogged Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to take the title of the world’s wealthiest person, dropped back into second place with a $ 183bn estimated fortune behind Bezos ’$ 186.3bn.
A budget electric vehicle (EV) selling in China for $ 4,500 (£ 3,200) is now outsourcing Tesla's more upmarket cars. The compact car is proving a big hit for state-owned SAIC Motor, China's top automaker. Having launched last year, the basic model has a top speed of 100km / h (62mph) and can accommodate four people at a squeeze. The Hong Guang Mini EV saw sales of 112,000 for the second half of 2020, ranking second behind Tesla's Model 3 which are made in its Shanghai factory.
Strong evidence that the dinosaurs were killed-off 66 million years ago by an asteroid hitting Earth has been found in the Chicxulub crater under the Gulf of Mexico. An international team has measured an abundance of the rare element iridium in the crater and similarly high concentrations of the element are known to occur in sediments laid down at the time of the Cretaceous – Paleogene boundary (K – Pg) extinction event, which saw many species on Earth vanish. Measuring 200 km across, the Chicxulub crater is believed to have been created by an 11 km-wide asteroid crashing into Earth. The impact would have sent vast amounts of vaporized rock into the atmosphere, blocking out the Sun and creating a winter that could have lasted several decades. The result, scientists believe, was the mass extinction of 75% of species on Earth including the non-flying dinosaurs.
An information attack was carried out against Lithuanian-Polish relations by placing a false message on one of the Polish portals. The target was the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Polish political leadership and US soldiers. In response to this disinformation attack, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports that it is cooperating with its Polish counterparts.
South Korea has signed a $ 43 billion deal that is said to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
Hedges of these thorn family plants planted near busy roads absorb 20% better pollution than other shrubs.
Saudi prince 'approved Khashoggi killing', an official report says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the journalist's murder.
A judge in Paris has ruled that the corruption trial of a leading French industrialist should go ahead, despite his guilty plea. The court decided that the case against Vincent Bolloré was so serious that it should not be settled, as agreed with prosecutors, with a $450,000 (£323,000) fine. Mr Bolloré and two others had already accepted their guilt in bribing an official in Togo to win a contract to run the port of Lomé a decade ago. The case against Mr Bolloré's conglomerate has been concluded with a fine of $15m.
Lawmakers in Senegal have voted to lift the immunity of leading opposition MP Ousmane Sonko, who has been accused of rape - allegations he denies.
Thousands of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets of the Algerian capital, Algiers, with columns of marchers converging on the city centre.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sent from detention in Moscow to a penal colony to serve out a sentence for embezzlement. The 2014 suspended sentence was turned into an actual prison term of two and half years after he returned from Germany, where he had received medical treatment for nerve agent poisoning. The conviction was widely seen as politically motivated. Navalny is the most ferocious critic of President Vladimir Putin's rule.
Ivory Coast has become the second country after Ghana to receive coronavirus jabs as part of the global vaccine-sharing programme Covax.
More than 300 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted
People outside the school, gunmen raided the boarding school in the north-western state of Zamfar.
Ex-US Olympics coach found dead after sex charges, John Geddert, who headed the 2012 US women's gymnastics team, took his own life.
Biden’s first strike targets Iran-backed militias, the strike in Syria follows attacks on US personnel in Iraq and is Joe Biden's first military action.
TikTok pays out in lawsuit over facial recognition, the video site has agreed to a $92m settlement in a case over how it uses biometrics to track users.
The Irish government has scrapped its system for dealing with asylum seekers in favour of a new arrangement which will be phased in over the next four years. The Direct Provision system was set up in 1999 to house asylum seekers while their applications were processed. It has been criticised by human rights organisations and those in the system as not being fit for purpose. In spite of the privately-run accommodation being set up for short-term stays, many people have spent long periods of time in the system.
A German conservative MP, Georg Nüsslein, is being investigated on suspicion of large-scale bribe-taking linked to the supply of Covid face masks. He has called the allegations “baseless”.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it has gathered evidence of a revenge attack nearly a year ago by Cameroonian soldiers on a village where they raped at least 20 women.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has made an urgent appeal for more than $100m (£72m) to ease severe shortages in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray.
An indigenous leader trying to protect the Amazon, patrols the rainforest to stop land grabbers but now some of the precious spots are for sale on Facebook.
The government in Mali has denied reports that its minister for reconciliation had been kidnapped.
The authorities in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia say funnel caterpillars have destroyed about 143 hectares (353 acres) of crops. At least 60 families who depend on farming have complained of damage in the district of Mocuba.
Russians leave North Korea on a hand-pushed trolley, the diplomats had no choice as Pyongyang has banned trains from leaving as part of Covid measures.
Sri Lanka reverses 'anti-Muslim' cremation order, critics said the forced burial order was intended to target minorities and did not respect religions.
The EU urged to adopt Covid 'vaccine passports', Greece and Austria want coronavirus-free tourists this summer, but other EU states have concerns.
Armenia leader accuses army of attempted coup, PM Nikol Pashinyan addresses large crowds of supporters, after the military says he must resign.
Man charged with passing Bundestag plans to Russia, Prosecutors accuse the man of sharing detailed plans of Germany's parliament buildings in Berlin.
Fresh charges over murder of Maltese journalist, two men are charged with supplying the bomb that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017.
A young woman is among eight people found dead in an apartment in Liberia's capital Monrovia, following a party on Wednesday night to celebration her graduation from university. There were scenes of wailing as hundreds of people gathered outside the apartment block in Paynesville suburb after the bodies - including that of the woman's young daughter and mother - were found in the morning. A police team has been sent to the apartment to investigate, but no official explanation has yet been given for the deaths. Neighbours told journalists that a power generator had been inside the apartment to provide lights for the graduation party.
China denies requiring anal swabs from US diplomats, US media claims diplomats were made to undergo anal swabs to test for coronavirus.
Australia passes laws so tech giants pay for news, the world-first law is passed after robust negotiations between the government, Facebook and Google.
More than 500 structures have been burnt in a week in fires that appear to have been deliberately started in and around the town of Gijet in Ethiopia's Tigray region, an analysis of satellite imagery shared with Reuters has found.
Police trial New Zealand hijab in 'country first', the covering was introduced by police in the southern hemisphere to encourage more Muslim women to join.
China declares victory in ending extreme poverty, some have questioned China's definition of extreme poverty as earning less than $620 a year.
Cool FM owners to buy Dublin radio stations, the German firm Bauer Media is taking over Communicorp whose stations include Today FM and Newstalk.
Facebook and Instagram ban Myanmar's military.
Ghanaian police have shut a LGBT resource centre that was recently opened in the capital, Accra, following a public outcry.
The South Koreans enslaved in the North's mines, a report describes how prisoners of war are used as slave labour to generate money for the regime.
Cocaine 'worth billions' seized in Europe, more than 23 tonnes of the drug is discovered in shipments heading to the Netherlands.
Russian jets 'bomb IS positions in Syrian desert', IS militants carried out a string of deadly ambushes and hit-and-run attacks there recently.
Builders uncover '12th Century bathhouse' in bar, the discovery of the preserved skylights and paintings was "completely unexpected".
Syrian ex-agent convicted in landmark torture case, a German court sentences Eyad al-Gharib to jail for complicity in crimes against humanity.
A rare Javan chevrotain, also known as a deer mouse, has been born at Marwell Zoo.
Gang war leaves scores dead in four Ecuador jails, the violence is thought to be linked to a battle for control of the jails after a gang leader's killing.
The prime minister of the Central African Republic says its forces have recaptured Bossangoa, the stronghold of the former president, François Bozizé, who's accused of leading an uprising that has seized more than half the country.
Italian landslide pushes coffins into the sea, video shows the search for coffins that tumbled into the sea from a cliff-side cemetery in Genoa.
Hyundai to replace 82,000 batteries over fire risk, the South Korean carmaker is replacing batteries for huge numbers of Kona electric cars.
Dozens of dolphins found dead on Mozambique beach.
An attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in Nigerian north-eastern city of Maiduguri in Borno state has killed at least 10 people and injured 47 others.
Whales refloated at New Zealand stranding spot, a group of 28 pilot whales are back in the sea after beaching themselves twice in two days.
The authorities in Mozambique are investigating the death of more than 100 dolphins in an island south of the country.
Uganda denies president secretly vaccinated.
The capital of Borno state in northern Nigeria has been struck by mortar shells, with some reports saying 10 people died and many more were wounded.
Chinese court orders man to pay wife for housework, the landmark case has sparked debate as it shines a spotlight on housewives' unpaid labour.
The world's largest cricket stadium wows players, India's Motera stadium gives an unobstructed view of the pitch to 110,000 spectators.
One of the world's largest private Scotch whisky collections has raised more than £6m at auction. The "Perfect Collection" of 3,900 rare bottles was amassed over decades by the late US bottling magnate Richard Gooding. It included a Macallan 1926 Fine and Rare 60 Year Old, which fetched a hammer price of £1m. Auctioneers Whisky Auctioneer said the collection raised a record amount for an auction dedicated to one collector. The online auction was held in two stages, with the first raising £3.2m last year. This week's auction of the remaining 1,900 lots added a further £3.1m.
French actor Gérard Depardieu has been formally placed under investigation over accusations that he raped an actress at his home three years ago. The arts world in France has been shaken by a series of accusations of sexual abuse against leading figures. Mr Depardieu, 73, is one of the country's most famous actors, known for films including Jean de Florette, Green Card and Cyrano. An initial investigation into the rape allegations was dropped in 2019, with prosecutors citing insufficient evidence, but was reopened last summer. Prosecutors formally placed Mr Depardieu under investigation in December 2020. He is free but under judicial supervision.
Birds Can “Read” the Earth’s Magnetic Signature to Navigate Back on Course.
Life from Earth could survive on Mars, finds Nasa study, microbes associated with life on Earth survived in a simulated atmosphere similar to that of the Red Planet - at least for a while.
The British brigadier helped to thwart an $ 80 million mercenary plot to support the Libyan warlord Marshal Khalifa Haftar and kidnap or kill his opponents. Brigadier Alex Macintosh, who was appointed OBE, was mysteriously sacked as the military adviser to Jordan in 2019 and sent back to the UK. Jordanian sources have now revealed that he was key to blocking the sale of weapons to mercenaries linked to a British businesswoman amid fears they would be used to break sanctions on Libya.
The SNP has set aside £ 600,000 to prepare this year for another independence referendum. Party strategists hailed the “fantastic news” as Scots prepare for an election in May.
NASA has released the first audio from Mars and a video of the Perseverance landing.
Incredible weather changes have been recorded in Europe: in just one week, temperatures have risen from minus to plus by 41.9 degrees.
The plane of the President of Belarus Aliaksandr Lukashenko was not allowed to enter the airspace of Ukraine, so the aircraft was forced to make a big arc on the way to Sochi.
The European Union will invest € 5.61 billion in the fusion energy International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, with the announcement of when the first plasma will be available.
Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture, in northeastern Japan, have caught radiation-contaminated fish in the area for the first time in two years.
Researchers at the University of South Australia conducted an interesting study - they sampled wastewater during the New Year in the US, the Netherlands, Spain, China, Italy and Australia. And then they researched them for drugs. And found them.
Etna's hot lava fountains and plumes of orange smoke illuminate the Sicilian night sky.
A corruption case against ex-President Jacob Zuma and French defense company Thales over a $ 2bn state arms deal will start in May.
Tear gas as Georgia opposition leader is arrested, dramatic video shows Nika Melia barricaded in a room with supporters as police raid his party's HQ.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of the Mexican drug lord, is detained in the US for a suspension of drug trafficking.
Rebels deny killing Italian diplomat in DR Congo.
President Joe Biden addresses the nation as the US mourns 500,000 people lost to Covid-19.
Canada: China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide', Canada is just the second country after the US to recognize China's actions in Xinjiang as genocide.
17,300-year-old kangaroo is Australia's oldest rock art, scientists determined the painting's age by examining ancient wasp nests around the artwork.
China detains bloggers over India conflict comments, the blogger, who has 2.5 million followers, is just one of six detained for remarks on the border clash.
China is India's top trade partner despite tensions, trade flows remained strong between the two Asian neighbors despite growing tensions and deadly clashes.
Trump ordered to hand tax returns to prosecutors, the US Supreme Court rejects the former president's bid to keep his files secret from a grand jury.
Clear-up of tar on Israel's coastline after oil spill continues, volunteers are working to clean up what officials say is Israel's worst environmental disaster in recent years.
Iran agrees to temporary measures to offset a decision to restrict access to international inspectors.
India agrees to fly Mauritius $ 100m for defense equipment.
Frozen wind turbines are being blamed for power failures - but problems with fossils fuels are a bigger issue.
South Sudan launches a women's football league.
Thousands of Algerians have marched in the capital of Algiers and other cities to mark the second anniversary of the anti-government protest movement, known as Hirak.
Leading Rwandan opposition politician Seif Bamporiki has been shot dead in South Africa, where he lived in exile. Mr Bamporiki was pulled from his vehicle in a township in Cape Town before being killed, preliminary investigations showed he had been killed in a robbery.
The bizarre moment referee Oscar Macias accidentally blocks an effort on goal from Cruz Azul in their Mexican league match against Toluca.
Rare Kenyan giraffes killed by low power lines, the three that died were Rothschild's giraffes, one of the animal's most endangered subspecies.
The Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine says he is withdrawing his court case challenging the results of last month's presidential election. Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, alleges that the judges at the Supreme Court are biased. President Yoweri Museveni won a sixth term in office at the poll, with 59% of the vote. More than 50 people were killed in violence ahead of the election.
Mine kills election officials on Niger poll day, it is not known whether the seven electoral commission employees who died were deliberately targeted.
Row as the French mayor keeps meat off school menus, the French government said the move by Lyon's mayor was a "stroke" to farmers.
Three killed in a Louisiana gun shop shootout, the local sheriff says a suspect shot of two people, before being shot by others at the store.
Barcelona stores attacked in protest by Pablo Hasel, the arrest of the Catalan rapper has ignited a debate over freedom of speech in Spain.
Russia sees first case of H5N8 bird flu in humans, workers have been infected at a poultry plant - but there is no sign of transmission between humans.
Two killed as Myanmar police disperse protesters. People are showing their opposition to Myanmar's military coup with shallots, shoe-tying and bicycle repairs.
Anti-vaccination protesters rally in Australia.
Heavy gunfire has broken out in Somalia's capital as opposition leaders defied a ban on public gatherings to protest about delayed elections.
Endangered US ferret cloned from 33-year-old DNA, the black-footed ferret is the first North American endangered species to be cloned in a laboratory.
The French government has announced a € 1.8 billion strategy to boost research in quantum technologies, and especially quantum computers, over five years, a move that will increase public investment in the field from € 60 million to € 200 million per year, putting France in third place behind China and the US for quantum funding.
The world's first coronavirus human challenge study will begin in the UK within a month, following approval from the UK's clinical trials ethics body, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) has announced. It will involve up to 90 carefully selected, healthy adult volunteers aged between 18 and 30 being exposed to Covid-19 in a safe and controlled environment. The initial trial aims to establish the smallest amount of virus needed to cause infection, probe the body's immune response, and explore how the virus is passed on from person to person.
The daughter of Dubai's ruler who tried to flee the country in 2018 later sent secret video messages to friends accusing her father of holding her "hostage" as she feared for her life. In footage shared with BBC Panorama, Princess Latifa Al Maktoum says commandos drugged her as she fled by boat and flew her back to detention. The secret messages have stopped - and friends are urging the UN to step in. Dubai and the UAE have previously said she is safe in the care of family.
Three North Koreans have been charged in the US over a scheme to steal and extend more than $ 1.3bn (£ 940m) from banks and businesses around the world. The three, who are not in custody, are also accused of deploying malicious cryptocurrency programs. A Canadian-American citizen was also charged with money laundering. The men are also accused of being part of the Wannacry cyber-attack of 2017, which crippled UK health service computer systems on a national scale.
Breakthrough research from China was able to reprogram the immune system to shrink tumor cells and prevent tumor spreading.
The Essex accent is officially one of the most annoying accents in Britain.
Ri Sol Ju: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's wife seen in public for the first time in more than a year.
Researchers have found a way to use light and a single electron to communicate with a cloud of quantum bits and sense their behavior, making it possible to detect a single quantum bit in a dense cloud. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, were able to inject a ‘needle’ of highly fragmented quantum information in a ‘haystack’ of 100,000 nuclei. Using lasers to control an electron, the researchers could then use that electron to control the behavior of the haystack, making it easier to find the needle. They were able to detect the ‘needle’ with a precision of 1.9 parts per million: high enough to detect a single quantum bit in this large ensemble. The technique makes it possible to send highly fragile quantum information optically to a nuclear system for storage, and to verify its imprint with minimal disturbance, an important step in the development of a quantum internet based on quantum light sources.
Teeth from mammoths buried in the Siberian permafrost for more than a million years have led to the world’s oldest known DNA being sequenced.
The flipping of the Earth's magnetic poles together with a drop in solar activity 42,000 years ago could have generated an apocalyptic environment that may have played a role in a major event ranging from the extinction of megafauna to the end of the Neanderthals, researchers say. The Earth's magnetic field acts as a protective shield against damaging cosmic radiation, but when the poles switch, as has occurred many times in the past, the protective shield weakens dramatically and leaves the planet exposed to high energy particles.
Russian electricity imports to Latvia in January did not increase due to the Astrava Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), which started commercial production, but due to weather conditions, the Latvian Ministry of Economics assures.
Deep, life was discovered under the Antarctic glacier shelf. The discovery was made when geologists of the British Antarctic Survey drilled a well in the Filchner-Ronne offshore glacier to collect sediment samples.
Heavy gunfire has been reported in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, as a group of opposition leaders defied the government in public gatherings and held protests. Security forces have closed most roads in the city over the planned protests.
Woman shot during Myanmar anti-coup protests dies, Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, 20, is the first protester to die since the military coup on 1 February.
US open to nuclear talks proposal with Iran.
Nearly 12 million people in the US state of Texas have been told to boil tap water before consuming it after a deadly winter storm caused power blackouts at treatment facilities. The huge storm sweeping across the southern US has killed nearly 50 people and left millions without power. Freezing temperatures have also caused water pipes to burst, despite attempts by some homeowners to insulate them from the cold using blankets. The state's energy grid has been overwhelmed by a surge in demand as people try to keep warm in some of the coldest temperatures there in more than 30 years - hitting 0F (-18C).
The Ethiopian government has accused Sudan of provoking a conflict between the two countries which has seen a rise in tension due to a border dispute.
The Somali government says militiamen have attacked army positions in the capital, Mogadishu, close to the Presidential Palace.
Huawei turns to pig farming as smartphone sales fall, the Chinese telecoms giant is also pivoting into coal mining technology amid US sanctions on its phones.
Revelations about sexual assaults and incest hit the reputation of France's intellectual elite.
UK imposes sanctions on generals over Myanmar coup.
Israel and Syria have carried out a prisoner exchange with Russian mediation after an Israeli woman crossed the border and was detained. The plan was sent to collect her from Russia, where she had been transferred from Syria. Russia has strong links with the Syrian government and mediated the return of an Israeli soldier's remains in 2019.
More than € 12m worth of cocaine seized in Cork, about 172kg of suspended cocaine has been found at Ringaskiddy Port, County Cork.
Researchers from South Africa’s University of Pretoria say they have evidence that the sap from a plant known as milk bush is responsible for creating patches of bare ground across the desert. Thousands of these patches of ground, nicknamed fairy circles, appear across southern Africa - a phenomenon that has perplexed scientists for decades.
The dismantling of the 7,500-tonne stern of the Japanese vessel that caused a huge oil spill in Mauritius in July is under way, with plans to recycle its parts. The Japanese bulk carrier ran aground on the reefs of Pointe-d'Esny on 25 July 2020 carrying nearly 4,000 tonnes of oil and causing an ecological disaster.
Dating app boss held over 'promoting prostitution', the Malaysian app advertises itself as connecting younger women with older men.
Uganda jails soldiers for assaulting journalists.
Suspected Ebola case reported in Liberia.
US investigators say they have busted a "Ghana-based criminal enterprise" with the arrest of six of its "ringleaders" in the US at charges of laundering more than $ 50m (£ 36m).
TV journalists jailed for filming Belarus protest, a judge rules that by live-streaming a protest the Belsat TV journalists incited unrest in Minsk.
A gang’s raid at a car dealership in Cape Town, South Africa, has gone viral after footage of the incident captured by CCTV cameras found its way to social media. It shows the gang entering the showroom, damaging vehicles and assaulting some staff members.
Violent protests flare over jailed Spanish rapper, Police clash with protesters in Madrid and Barcelona, as unrest over Pablo Hasél's jailing spreads.
Facebook blocks news content in Australia, it comes in response to a proposed law which would make tech giants pay for news content.
A Zambian sculptor is staging a one-day hunger strike after his sculpture, aimed at raising awareness against poaching and environmental degradation, was razed to the ground to pave way for roadworks.
Teenage Dalit girls found dead on Indian farm, two girls are dead and a third is critical, with their families alleging that they were attacked.
New Zealand schools to offer free period products, one in 12 students were skipping classes because they could not afford tampons and pads.
Covid and suicide: Japan's 'disappearing' women, for the first time in 11 years, suicide among women has gone up, and the pandemic is playing a part.
Google to pay Murdoch's News Corp. for stories, Rupert Murdoch has championed the idea that internet platforms should pay media companies for material.
Police in Malawi have arrested four people for using bank notes to decorate Valentine’s Day bouquets. Photos of the roses wrapped in 2,000 kwacha notes - worth about $ 2.60 or £ 1.90 - went viral on WhatsApp groups in the southern African country.
Free Navalny, European rights court tells Russia, Russia condemns a decision calling for the Kremlin critic's release because of a risk to his life.
Four pastors in central Mozambique's Manica province have been arrested for holding religious services with more than 50 people in attendance in violation of Covid-19 restrictions.
Egyptian archaeologists using X-ray scans on the mummy of a pharaoh have revealed more about his violent death 3,600 years ago. The experts now believe that King Seqenenre Taa II may have been killed in a ceremonial execution after being captured on the battlefield. He had been fighting the Hyksos people, who had seized the Nile Delta. The examination found that Seqenenre was struck multiple times with different weapons.
Former Russian Athletics Federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin and four other senior officials have been banned for four years for anti-doping rule breaches.
Gunmen kill and abduct schoolchildren in Nigeria, an all-boys' boarding school has been raided, with one pupil killed and 27 other children abducted.
AND to raise Princess Latifa case with UAE.
New Zealand deploys insects to tackle wasp problem, it is hoped the hover fly and wasp-nest beetle will stop wasps from disrupting the local ecosystem.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has condemned the attack by armed men on polio workers in Lakes State in the central part of the country.
Nigerian jailed in US over $ 11m cyber fraud scam, used Nigerian-based companies to defraud people in the US.
Malawi’s government has welcomed the decision by UK firm Camellia Group to pay $ 3m (£ 2.3m) to 36 women who allege they were abused, in some cases raped, and sexually harassed at two tea estates.
SA vaccine rollout begins with president's jab.
A woman in Japan has won compensation after teachers repeatedly pressurized her to dye her hair black, causing her to drop out of school. The school did not believe her natural hair color was brown and told her to dye it black. It banned her from attending some classes and school trips because "her hair was not dyed black enough". A court ruled the school's actions were legal but the ex-student should get 330,000 yen ($ 3,100) in damages.
N Korean man caught by the South after crossing the border, the man was caught with a diving suit and fins and is suspended from swimming across the border.
China overtakes the US as the EU's biggest trading partner.
Thai child modeling agent faces sex abuse charges, a police raid unearths more than 500,000 indecent images of children after an international inquiry.
The authorities in the north-western Nigerian state of Kaduna say at least seven children have been wounded after an explosive device they mistakenly picked from a farm detonated.
O2 fined £ 10.5m for customer overcharging over almost a decade.
Ofcom finds error meant 140,000 departing customers paid £ 2.4m more than they should have.
Russia has launched a postponed cargo spacecraft carrying food and supplies to cosmonauts at the International Space Station who had been forced to rely on American colleagues for supplies. The Progress MS-16 freighter was due to send 2.5 tons of food, fuel and adhesives for air leak repairs to the ISS in December but was delayed due to the need for additional inspections. Until then, cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud-Sverchkov turned to four American astronauts to pull them through.
A historic moment for Europe: green energy has overtaken fossil fuels.
Cybercriminals posted information about 110,000 CityBee customers registered in Lithuania at the forum. The data, which was uploaded to one of cyber hackers favorite forums, is three years old.
The water crisis in Crimea is becoming unmanageable, even austerity regime is not helping, and tensions in the Russian-occupied peninsula are becoming increasingly problematic.
Genetic memory, however, is a reality: experiments have shown how a traumatic event can change the brains and behaviors of a later generation of offspring.
Russia's largest small arms manufacturer, Kalashnikov, will introduce its new AK-19 automatic rifle abroad for the first time.
Researchers at the International Center for Radio Astronomical Research (ICRAR) and the University of Western Australia (UWA) have achieved a world record for the most stable laser signal transmission through the atmosphere.
"Digging" cryptocurrencies is a very energy-intensive process, as complex computer calculations are required to verify each transaction. The University of Cambridge estimates that this cryptocurrency alone consumes about 121.36 terawatt hours of energy per year. And it is unlikely that this number will decrease - unless the price of this cryptocurrency will fall sharply. The price of bitcoins jumped sharply immediately after Tesla announced that it had bought bitcoins for about $ 1.5 billion and plans to sell its cars for bitcoins in the future. Currently, the price of one bitcoin is more than 39 thousand euros.
Former football boss in a trial for war crimes, Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona denies leading attacks on Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR).
Five sentenced to die for hacking blogger to death, a court in Dhaka convicts a group of Islamist militants of the 2015 attack on a secular blogger.
The US top infectious diseases expert, Anthony Fauci, has been awarded a prestigious $ 1m (£ 717,000) Israeli prize for his commitment to science.
At least 60 people have drowned after a boat capsized in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some 300 people have been rescued but as many as 200 others are unaccounted for following the accident on the Congo River. Locals said the boat hit a rock east of the capital, Kinshasa, while traveling at night, which is prohibited. Many people use boats to travel long distances in DR Congo because of its poor road network.
Dozens dead as bus plunges into canal in India, the bus veered off a bridge in central India after the driver lost control.
Nigeria issues red alert over Ebola outbreak.
Chad to deploy troops to tackle jihadists on borders.
China arrests leader of fake vaccine scam, saline solution and mineral water were being hawked as coronavirus jabs, and some sent overseas.
The US has vowed to "hold accountable those responsible" for a rocket attack in Iraq's Kurdistan region that killed a civilian contractor. A US service member and five other contractors were injected when rockets hit sites in the Irbil city, including a base used by the US-led coalition.
Human rights workers in the city of Taiz, Yemen, say that more than 450 children have been killed or wounded by Houthi sniper fire in the past six years.
Freezing temperatures in the Netherlands have made its famous waterways ideal for outdoor skating.
Myanmar protesters threatened with 20 years in jail, the military says fines will also apply to those found to incite "hatred" towards the coup leaders.
Primary school exams sent by air to conflict zones, hundreds of primary school children who were prevented from sitting their exams by the flaring of inter-communal violence have now started taking them.
WTO names its first female, African boss, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala promises to be a "clear set of eyes" for the global trade body.
The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo says suspected Islamists have killed 16 people and burned down a church in the north-eastern province of Ituri.
German labs have confirmed at least 10 cases of the Danish mink variant in the country. It comes as an elderly man died from the strain in a Bavarian care home. Late last year Denmark culled more than 10m mink on fur farms because the variant - known as Cluster-5 - was rife there.
New venture to invest £ 10m in cancer research, a Scottish firm teams up with a US-based investor to find cures for difficult-to-treat cancers and rare diseases.
A Ugandan military court in the capital, Kampala, has for the second time denied bail to 36 supporters of the opposition National Unity Party led by musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine.
Ancient beer factory unearthed in Egypt, the archaeological find in the Abydos burial ground is thought to date back about 5,000 years.
Indian activist arrest decried as 'attack on democracy', the arrest of Disha Ravi, 22, over a document intended to help farmers has sparked widespread outrage.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed for calm after at least 10 people were killed in ethnic violence in the southern city of Ibadan.
Myanmar troops on the streets amid crackdown fears
The US is eyeing a $ 300 monthly child benefit.
Crown casino boss resigns amid a laundering scandal.
A fire destroyed dozens of shacks, home to hundreds of migrant workers, in southern Spain.
Separatists target DR Congo army camps in a mining hub, eleven people have been killed during separatist assaults in the southern city of Lubumbashi.
New Zealand's biggest city ordered into lockdown, the move comes after three new local cases of Covid-19 were reported in Auckland.
Sudan's ex-VP arrested over bread protests, Hassabo Mohamed Abdel Rahman, who once served as vice president to Sudan's ousted long-serving leader Omar al-Bashir, has been arrested for fomenting weeks of protests against rising food prices.
Steeplechase world champion Beatrice Chepkoech breaks the women's 5km road world record, finishing the Monaco Run in 14 minutes 43 seconds.
Powerful earthquake rocks Fukushima in Japan, the 7.3-magnitude quake struck just three weeks before the 10-year anniversary of the 2011 tsunami.
China 'refused access' to key Covid data for WHO.
Barely a single great white shark has been spotted off the city's coast for two years, where once there were hundreds.
Dozens of people in Myanmar's biggest city are filmed surrounding police vehicles to prevent arrests.
Soldiers killed in Napoleon's 1812 retreat are buried, the remains of French and Russian soldiers who died in the disastrous retreat are laid to rest.
US to allow in asylum seekers waiting in Mexico, the Biden administration will start by processing some 25,000 people, reversing a Trump-era policy.
A leaked video shows Russian police interrogating protester Gennady Shulga while pushing him onto his dog's food bowl after a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Lukashenko has ordered the liquidation of companies on calls to strike: such a company has no place in Belarus.
Russia threatens to sever relations with the European Union (EU) if Brussels issues new sanctions on the country. The German government says it is surprised by statements by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Russia is creating a new generation of futuristic combat suit: it will have exceptional features - it claims to be able to withstand as many as 50 caliber bullets.
Porsche has announced that prototype electric gear box made with 3D printers have been stronger, lighter and much faster to produce. Engine and gearbox assemblies manufactured using this method were able to pass all of the company’s quality and stress tests without any problems.
Tesla buys $ 1.5 billion in bitcoin, plans to accept it as payment. Elon Musk has been promoting cryptocurrencies on his Twitter account, sending prices soaring.
Scotch Whiskey exports slump to 'lowest in a decade', industry figures suggest exports fell by £ 1.1bn last year as Covid and a 25% tariff in the US hit distillers hard.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the suspension of a multi-million dollar European Union fund operating in the country that supported local democracy and governance groups.It follows the European bloc's decision to recommend sanctions against Uganda in light of arrests and a crackdown on political opponents since President Museveni's contested re-election in January.
Mass arrests in Sudan after cost-of-living protests.
Fifteen people in South Africa are facing fraud charges relating to the funeral of the former president, Nelson Mandela, in 2013.They include prominent members of the ruling African National Congress in the Eastern Cape province. They have not commented on the allegations. Prosecutors accuse them of corruption and money-laundering amounting to nearly $ 700,000 (£ 500,000). Mandela was the country's first black leader after apartheid ended in 1994.
China bans BBC World News from broadcasting, has criticized the BBC for its reports on coronavirus and persecution of the Uighurs.
A lack of specialized testing is making it difficult to track new coronavirus mutations in Africa.
There was a scare when a Kenyan member of parliament said colleagues were unsafe during proceedings because one member was armed.
The Vasa set sail in 1628 and sank after two hours. The former Swedish military vessel would lay buried under the sea until 1961, when it was found and was brought to the surface.
The Central African Republic (CAR) says its army - along with Russian and Rwandan allies - has recaptured the western border town of Beloko from rebels.
Welsh fishermen 'devastated' by Brexit trade deal, new rules could create a 'perfect storm' for the £ 39m sector.
The footballer raped and murdered for being a lesbian, Eudy Simelane - an openly gay South Africa international footballer who was raped and murdered in 2008.
Huawei takes on HSBC in a UK court case, the Chinese giant is trying to stop the extradition of its chief financial officer from Canada to the US.
Bayern beat Tigres to become world champions, Benjamin Pavard scores the only goal as Bayern Munich beat Tigres to win the Fifa Club World Cup final, their sixth trophy in nine months.
US announces sanctions on Myanmar coup leaders.
Gender rights activists in Angola have welcomed a change to the penal code, which has come into effect, which means same-sex relationships are no longer criminalized.
The US football team celebrates its Super Bowl win with a boat parade. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrated their recent Super Bowl win with a boat parade. Though cheerleaders from the team wore masks, many players and fans were seen not adhering to the CDC coronavirus guidelines.
Biden canceled funding for the Trump border wall, over $ 25bn had been spent on the US-Mexico border wall by the time Trump left office.
DR Congo to vaccinate against Ebola after two deaths.
The satellite images reveal miles of unregistered gold mining in Peru's Amazon rainforest.
The oldest man to complete the 'toughest row' raises £ 1m, Frank Rothwell, 70, rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic unassisted, reaching Antigua.
A top Ghana-born plastic surgeon in the US has successfully removed Gorilla Glue from the scalp of a woman who sprayed it on her hair last month mistaking it for hairspray. The Harvard-trained, Beverly Hills-based doctor offered to perform the $ 12,500 (£ 9,000) procedure for free when he heard about Ms Brown’s plight after she shared a video on TikTok.
Iran produces uranium metal in a new breach of deal, Western powers warn that the substance could also be used to make the core of a nuclear bomb.
India and China to pull back from a disputed border, the move to withdraw troops from a Himalayan frontier is being hailed as a breakthrough.
Police in Madagascar have banned all political rallies in the capital, Antananarivo, ahead of planned protests by the opposition.
Shift to green energy 'could cost oil states $ 13tn', some countries could lose 40% of government revenue as the world cuts back on fossil fuels.
Saudi women's rights activist released from prison.
Security men in court over UAE embassy blackmail, cash and documents were stolen from the United Arab Emirates embassy in London.
Women in Saudi Arabia are finally allowed to get behind the wheel of a car.
South African drugs company Aspen has avoided an EU anti-trust fine after it agreed to slash prices on six cancer drugs. The firm agreed to cut by as much as 75% of the cost of medicines used for the treatment of some forms of blood cancer including leukemia. An investigation launched in 2017 by the European Commission found the company had abused its dominance and was at some point threatening to hike prices and even threatened to withdraw drugs if it didn't get its way.
Student's death in police custody sparks protests, Keyla Martínez was detained for breaking Honduras's curfew; forensic tests suggest she was killed.
South Sudan's central bank introduced a banknote of 1,000 South Sudanese pounds (SSP), the largest denomination in the country amidst high inflation.
A high court in Nigeria has ordered the authorities to unfreeze the bank accounts of 20 people linked to last October's protests against police brutality.
Rome's embattled mayor, Ignazio Marino, steps down over allegations he paid personal restaurant bills using official funds.
Blackout as Polish media staged a protest, private TV channels, radio stations, websites and papers joined the action against the government.
China succeeds in putting a probe in Mars orbit, a day after the UAE arrived at Mars, China says its Tianwen-1 mission is also now in orbit.
League football is once again being played in Libya after almost a two-year absence despite security concerns and Covid-19.
Bat scientists find new coronavirus evidence, experts say coronaviruses related to Sars-CoV-2 may be found in bats across many parts of Asia.
The Ugandan government has announced the full restoration of internet and social media services apart from access to Facebook.
Officials in Nigeria's north-western state of Kaduna say gunmen killed at least 23 villagers and injured others in a series of attacks.
Europe's oldest person survives Covid aged 116, French nun Sister Andre will celebrate her 117th birthday.
A landmark inquiry has found Crown Resorts, Australia's largest casino operator, is not suitable to hold a gaming license in Sydney. It puts into the question of whether the Crown will be able to open its already-built casino in Australia's largest city. Crown has spent A $ 2.2bn (£ 1.2bn; $ 1.7bn) on its new gaming complex which began operating its hotel and retail spaces. It has been dogged by allegations of illegal activity for years.
A Texas lawyer discovered his face had been replaced by a cat video filter during a court session on Zoom.
Japanese submarine crew phone for help after crash, the submarine collided with a commercial ship as it attempted to surface off Japan's Pacific coast.
Five held for death threats against French teen, Mila, 17, says she has been getting 30 hate messages a minute after posting videos critical of Islam.
Court tells Holocaust historians to apologize, the niece of a Polish village's wartime mayor sued over claims he had betrayed Jews to the Nazis.
Police fire rubber bullets at Myanmar protesters.
Liberia's Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's guilty verdict against a former Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai, for misusing soldiers' pension savings funds amounting to nearly $ 1.2m (£ 870,000), Liberian ex-minister ordered to return $ 1.2m pension fund.
The European Union has joined the US in calling for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from neighboring Ethiopia’s Tigray state - the presence of whom, it said, was fueling that conflict in the state.
Iran 'hides spyware in wallpaper, restaurant and games apps' Iran is running two surveillance operations in cyber-space, targeting more than 1,000 dissidents.
A rare "clay mummy" found in Egypt surprised archaeologists, the dead were buried in a hardened clay cover.
Police clamp down as Myanmar protesters defy ban, water cannon is deployed again as thousands take to the streets despite a ban on mass gatherings.
Ebola contact tracing starts in DR Congo, a new case of the Ebola virus has been detected in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Colombia to grant legal status to Venezuelans, President Ivan Duque announces changes that will give almost one million temporary protected status.
Chinese regulators throw spanner in Tesla's works, Elon Musk's electric vehicle firm has been summoned over quality and safety issues with its cars.
South Korea launches Covid test for pet cats and dogs.
UAE spacecraft lines up historic Mars maneuver, the United Arab Emirates aims to put a probe in orbit at Mars to study its atmosphere.
The parents of a man who killed himself last year have filed a lawsuit against trading app Robinhood over his death. The lawsuit said 20-year-old Alex Kearns mistakenly believed he owed $ 730,000 (£ 530,000) when he took his own life.
Hacker tries to poison US city water supply, an attempt to raise the level of a corrosive chemical in the water of Oldsmar, Florida, is thwarted.
British supermarkets that have stores in Europe are facing supply problems because of post-Brexit rules on exports to the EU. It's affecting fresh produce at 20 Marks and Spencer stores in France, Morrison's in Gibraltar, and a chain of UK supermarkets in Belgium is on the verge of closure with no deliveries since December.
NI motorists 'turned back' at the Irish border, people crossing the Irish border without "a reasonable excuse" can be fined € 100 (£ 88).
The UK variant spreading 'rapidly' through the US, the number of cases of mutation which has devastated the UK is doubling every nine days in the US.
Dutch suspend foreign adoptions after abuses found, officials in the Netherlands ignored child trafficking and other abuses, an inquiry finds.
South Sudan suspends exams amid security fears, some 930 children living in opposition strongholds are not sitting for examinations because of insecurity in these areas.
EU states expel Russian diplomats in tit-for-tat, three Russian diplomats have to leave Germany, Poland and Sweden after Russian anti-EU expulsions.
Bolivia investigates the death of 35 condors, the birds were found dead in southern Bolivia and there are fears they may have died from poisoning.
The head of Nigeria's navy has said new measures are being put in place to ensure that personnel who collude with kidnappers and criminals operating off the coast are caught and punished.
Algeria is demanding that former colonial power France clean up radioactive contamination caused by nuclear tests it conducted decades ago in the south of the country, and pay compensation to victims.
Mozambican police say they have seized just over 100kg of cannabis sativa, commonly known as souruma, in central Zambezia province.
Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been heavily criticized across the political spectrum for a lunch he had with dozens of people, despite the government's Covid restrictions.
The 20-year-old has been shot dead allegedly taking part in a "prank" robbery being filmed for YouTube. Witnesses told police Timothy Wilks and a friend had approached a group of people outside a family trampoline park in Nashville, holding large knives. Mr Wilks was then shot by a 23-year-old who told police he had no idea it had been a "prank" and had been acting in self-defense.
Protests break out in the Haitian capital as 23 people are arrested over an alleged coup attempt, Haiti judge among 23 arrested for 'coup attempt'.
A British military base in Kenya has been placed under "enhanced isolation" after a "small number of cases" of Covid-19 were discovered among British troops.
Body of Syria archaeologist beheaded by IS 'found', Khaled al-Asaad, 82, was murdered for refusing to disclose the location of valuable relics in 2015.
"Harsh" and "appropriate" action will be taken against irregularities found in coronavirus-related government contracts, warns South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa.
China confirms the arrest of Australian CGTN reporter, TV presenter Cheng Lei, detained since August, is accused of supplying state secrets overseas.
An unidentified illness has been reported in south-western Tanzania by local media where patients are said to vomit blood.
'Credible case' of China genocide against Uighurs, a legal opinion concludes the Chinese government has shown an intent to destroy the Uighur minority.
Rescue mission after glacier bursts India dam, more than 125 are missing after a piece of a glacier fell into a river, causing floods in Uttarakhand.
Oxford jab offers less S Africa Covid protection, developers say they are likely to have a modified version of the jab by autumn to combat the variant.
Social media footage shows a police officer in Chile shooting a man dead, sparking violent protests.
Four skiers killed in the Utah Avalanche, a further four people were injected into the joint deadliest avalanche in the US state's history.
Cuba opens up its economy to private businesses, the labor minister announces a major reform to the communist country's state-controlled economy.
IS brutality returning to Syrian towns, beheadings, bombings and kidnappings have civilians in grip of fear despite the group's supposed defeat.
Blood-red floodwaters hit Indonesian villages, a village in Central Java was submerged by crimson water after flooding hit a batik factory.
Myanmar shuts down the internet amid anti-coup rallies.
Zookeeper killed after tigers escape in Indonesia.
Women in Switzerland are marking the 50th anniversary of finally being granted the right to vote.
The UK expelled Chinese journalists 'working as spies', the departments came after suspicions their work in the media was covered for intelligence gathering.
China and the US risk an accidental war over Taiwan.
Latvia is closing: entry into the country is allowed only for an important reason.
Slovakia reports a dramatic spread of the British strain of the virus.
Researchers at the University of Nottingham have discovered a new antiviral drug that could help fight epidemics and pandemics - including COVID-19. Thapsigargin is a promising broad-spectrum antiviral agent that is highly effective against COVID-19-causing virus (SARS-CoV-2), common cold coronaviruses, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and flu A virus.
The researchers say they discovered a subspecies of chameleon the size of sunflower seeds. It may be the smallest reptile on the planet. Two miniature lizards - a male and a female - were spotted in northern Madagascar during an expedition organized by a team of Germans and Malagasy residents.
Russia has expelled three diplomats from Germany, Sweden and Poland for joining protests in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who was jailedThe Russian foreign ministry said the three took part in "illegal demonstrations" on 23 January.
In the United Kingdom, a total of almost 50 million liters of beer will have to be destroyed as a result of quarantine. This is shown by calculations by the British Beer and Brewers Association.
Researchers at the University of Basel and the Ruhr University in Bochum have developed a single photon source capable of generating billions of quantum particles per second. Still record-breaking, this photon source is a new and powerful component of quantum technology.
Romania baptism death sparks calls for change, the death of a six-week-old baby after a ceremony prompts a key archbishop to back reforms.
Those accused of plotting a coup in Burundi in 2015 were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court last year, documents made public.
The French military says Swedish troops have joined a new European special forces mission fighting Islamist insurgents in Mali.
Woman, 95, accused over 10,000 Nazi camp murders, the woman was the secretary to the SS commandant of the Stutthof camp.
Parts of Canada and the USA will see some of the coldest temperatures of the winter so far this weekend with daytime highs of -27 Celsius expected in Winnipeg.
US missionary jailed for sex crimes in Kenya.
Biden ends support for Yemen war in policy reset, "The war in Yemen must end," says the US president as part of his first big speech on foreign policy.
Fifteen members of Ghanaian parliament and 56 staff members have contracted coronavirus.
Indonesia bans forced religious attire in schools.
The latest survey shows that 21% of Indians, aged 18 and above, have been exposed to coronavirus.
Burkina Faso's government said it was open to holding talks with Islamist militants, a position embraced by its neighbors in the Sahel region where terrorist attacks are recurrent.
Beer giant Kirin pulls out of Myanmar partnership, one of the world's largest brewers Kirin has repeatedly faced pressure from human rights groups.
Denmark to build the world's first 'energy island', the ambitious and costly artificial island will provide energy for three million households.
Chinese TV news channel has UK license revoked.
McKinsey has agreed to pay $ 573m (£ 419m) to resolve claims it faced across the US related to its role in fueling America's opioid epidemic. The consulting firm was under investigation for its work with Purdue Pharma, which aimed to boost sales of the addictive Oxycontin painkiller. McKinsey maintained that its past work was "lawful" and denied wrongdoing.
Angolan police tear-gas anti-government protesters.
Communities hit by a dam disaster in Brazil two years ago which killed 270 people will get a $ 7bn (£ 5bn) payout. The Brumadinho dam contained waste from an iron ore mine but gave way, unleashing a sea of mud which engulfed a staff canteen, offices and farms. Senior staff at the company responsible - Brazilian mining giant Vale - are facing murder charges over the January 2019 disaster.
Prominent Hezbollah critic shot dead in Lebanon, the EU envoy condemns the "assassination" of Lokman Slim, a Shia Muslim writer and activist.
Hundreds of shops and stalls have been completely burnt in a fire overnight at a market in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
Iran diplomat jailed for plot to bomb French rally, convicted by a Belgian court of planning an attack on an opposition rally in 2018.
Ex-Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen has been convicted of war crimes at the International Criminal Court. Historic ruling also saw him convicted of forced pregnancy - a legal first in an international court. Ongwen, a feared commander of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), is the first member of the LRA to appear before the court. He was convicted on 61 of the 70 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes he faced. The charges relate to attacks on four camps for internally displaced people in Uganda in 2004. More than 4,000 victims provided testimony in the ICC case. Ongwen's sentence is to be handed down at a later date. He could face life imprisonment.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Cameroonian soldiers of killing at least nine civilians in the restive South West region of Cameroon in January.
Social networking site Facebook says it has removed the account of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), Nnamdi Kanu, for repeated violation of its rules on harm and hate speech.
Nigerian soldiers have reportedly killed dozens of Islamist Boko Haram militants in a major operation in the north-east of the country.
Canada is among a few rich nations accessing vaccines mostly reserved for developing countries.
It is more than a month since the UK's new trading relationship with the European Union (EU) came into being but the transition has been far from easy for some businesses. From being told to set up operations in Europe, having goods stuck in port and facing increased costs to clear the border, three North East firms reveal the reality of adapting to the new rules.
Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi has fled to neighboring Kenya to seek asylum citing political persecution, according to media outlets in both countries. The activist says her children had been trailed by the police and "abductions and detentions of political actors were getting closer" to her.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has offered amnesty to citizens who joined the Islamist insurgency in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.
Ethiopia's state news agency says 15 people have been arrested in the capital, Addis Ababa, over a plot to attack the United Arab Emirates' embassy.
The UK is now the top destination for Australian wine as it looks to overcome crippling Chinese taxes.
China promotes drive to make boys more 'manly', the education ministry comes under criticism for moves to "prevent the feminisation" of young boys.
Journalists in India are under attack, police have filed criminal charges against eight journalists for their coverage of the farmers' protest.
Migrant farm workers, many from South East Asian countries, are living in squalid conditions just outside Seoul, one of Asia's wealthiest capitals.
Citizens in Myanmar have been holding noisy demonstrations after the military seized control of the country from elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The former head of Malawi's National Examinations Board has been arrested following the leak of school exam papers last year.
At least nine soldiers have been killed in central Mali after their camp came under attack from suspected militant Islamists.
US and Russia extend a treaty to limit nuclear arms, the New Start will keep both sides to limits of 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads for another five years.
Rihanna farmers tweet angers Indian government, the singer and other celebrities tweeted in solidarity with farmers protesting against new laws.
Landmine kills Tunisian soldiers near Algeria border.
An 81-year-old man has been trampled to death by a hippo in a village in Zimbabwe's Masvingo province.
Mexican police detained over migrant killings, twelve officers are held in connection with the murder of 19 migrants at the US border last month.
The Ethiopian government has dismissed reports that tens of thousands of civilians have died in the conflict in the northern Tigray region. Three opposition parties in Tigray accused Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers of carrying out widespread atrocities and received 52,000 civilians had been killed.
Evacuations as 'erratic' Perth fire destroys homes, hundreds of Australians move to evacuation centers in the locked-down city, as more warnings are issued.
The Google co-founder sets up a family firm in Singapore, the world's ninth-richest person, Sergey Brin, is setting up a company in the city-state to manage his wealth.
Two FBI agents shot dead during a Florida raid, the gunfight took place at an upscale gated community while agents were investigating child abuse.
Ten women in Yemen’s Abs district have built and now run a solar microgrid.
A £ 7.75m Scottish government funding package will offer support to fishermen, businesses and harbors.
Guinea should investigate how four members of the opposition died in pre-trial detention.
Iran is allowing all crew members of a South Korean-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf a month ago to leave the country except for the captain. A foreign ministry spokesman said 19 of the Hankuk Chemi's sailors would be released on humanitarian grounds following a request from Seoul. He also said South Korea had agreed to try to speed up the unfreezing of $ 7bn (£ 5bn) in Iranian funds in its banks.
Four women from Bristol are the first to cross the Atlantic in a sustainably-made boat.
China bans children from using mobiles at school.
Captain Sir Tom Moore has died with coronavirus. The 100-year-old, who raised almost £ 33m for the NHS, was taken to Bedford Hospital after requiring help with his breathing.
A Moscow court is ruling on Navaln's imprisonment: the streets are closed, more than 230 people have already been detained, and the officers on duty at the court have sealed the personal identity numbers.
Archaeologists have discovered a 2000-year-old mummy in Taposiris Magna in northern Egypt. A tongue of pure gold was spotted in mummy mouth.
Harvard University researchers came up with the idea of blocking the sun and thus fighting climate change. Among the proponents of the idea is Bill Gates, who will contribute money to the project. The first experiments may have begun in the coming summer.
Extensive research has shown that the impact of marriage on men's health is enormous. In the U.S., 127,545 adults were interviewed, and the survey found that married men are healthier than men whose marriages ended in divorce or the death of a wife. Married men also live longer than men without a spouse. Men who marry at the age of 25 or later are healthier than men who marry at a younger age. In addition, a married man has a better chance of survival than an unmarried one.
President Erdogan denounces the LGBT movement as police arrest students demonstrating in Istanbul.
Myanmar hit headlines around the world when its military seized control and Aung San Suu Kyi and other elected leaders were detained. Min Aung Hlaing rose through the ranks of the army to become a commander-in-chief before seizing power. 
EU shellfish imports in permanent, the government promises to push Brussels to change its transport rules on scallops, clams and mussels.
Sputnik vaccine gives 92% protection in trials with 20,000 volunteers shown.
The security forces in Angola have shot dead at least 10 separatist protesters in the north-east of the country.
Scotch whisky reports £ 500m loss after US tariffs, figures suggest exports of single malt have fallen by a third since a 25% tariff was imposed in 2019.
A delivery of 15 million baby bees to the UK could "be sent back or destroyed" because of post-Brexit laws, the man trying to import them has said. New laws which came into effect after the UK left the single market in January say only queen bees can be imported into Great Britain.
The South African government says there has been a one-third fall in the number of rhinos killed by poachers, partly attributed to Covid-19 lockdowns. South Africa's environment ministry said 394 rhinos were killed for their horns in the country last year - compared to nearly 600 recorded in 2019.
East African farmers own 60% of the world's camels and are cashing in on the highly nutritious milk.
Nigeria has extended the deadline for the mandatory registration of all mobile phone SIM cards by eight weeks.
A Chinese-Australian billionaire has won a defamation case against two Australian media organizations over a news investigation he argued wrongly portrayed him as a Chinese spy. Dr. Chau Chak Wing, a philanthropist and businessman, was among the subjects of an ABC Four Corners episode in 2017. A court found the episode had unfairly damaged his "good name," but had not necessarily made him out to be a spy.
Activists have obstructed the entrance of a factory in a protest against the arms trade. Palestine Action and Extinction Rebellion protesters chained the gates at the Elbit Ferranti factory in Oldham, as two others climbed a ledge.
The British government has announced sanctions against four Zimbabwean security officials, accusing them of human rights abuses, including killing protesters.
Deadly attack on activists shocks El Salvador, two supporters of the main opposition party were killed in a rare political attack in the country.
Seven orphans who were kidnapped from an orphanage on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, two weeks ago have been released. Gunmen stormed the orphanage in Abaji area on January 23 and kidnapped children aged between 10 and 13.
Mumbai city has reopened its trains to the public after shutting them for 10 months due to the pandemic.
Five dead in the Somalia hotel attack, Al-Shabab said it was behind the attack at the Afrik Hotel, which began with a car bomb.
Nigeria has offered to support Mozambique in its fight against Islamist insurgents in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado. More than 2,000 people have been killed and more than 500,000 others displaced in the violence, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
'We want to be the Uber service to space', Stardust 1.0 has become the first commercial launch of a rocket powered by bio-derived fuel.
Vietnam's 76-year-old leader gets a rare third term.
Three lives, one message: Stop killing trans women. In Mexico, the second most dangerous country to be transgender, trans women fight to be protected.
Thousands break rules for rabbi's funeral in Israel.
The UK applied to join the 11-nation Pacific trade pact, if successful, Britain will join a club including Japan and Australia and covering 500m people.
Japanese fishermen kill a minke whale by drowning after they get trapped in their nets.
India cuts internet to hunger-striking farmers, tensions are rising in Delhi where thousands of farmers are demanding agriculture reforms be canceled.
UAE to offer citizenship to ‘talented’ foreigners.
The protests have been taking place in Polish cities for the third night in a row following the introduction of a near-total ban on abortion.
Woman 'kept mother's body in the freezer for 10 years', the Japanese woman reportedly hid the body a decade ago because she "didn't want to move out".
Five dead in Cuban military helicopter crash, the aircraft crashed after leaving eastern Holguin for a short trip to Guantánamo province.
Tourists face ban from Amsterdam's cannabis cafes, the mayor of Amsterdam has angered coffee shop owners, who fear that drug gangsters could step in.
Up to 30,000 fans a day will be allowed to attend the Australian Open, Victoria's minister for sport has announced.
Argentina imposes a 'rich tax' to fund Covid relief, a one-off tax on Argentina's richest people will pay for medical supplies and help for businesses.
At least 5,500 families in Mozambique's central Manica province have been stranded without access to aid after the weekend's Cyclone Eloise.
Hungary was the first EU country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine developed in China.
The Russian-made Pancir-S1 anti-aircraft defense complex was taken over in Libya and was transported to the Alliance's Air Force base near the German city of Ramstein during a covert operation.
China has tightened its rhetoric on Taiwan and warned that "independence would mean war" after recent intensified military action near the island, and the country's armed forces are taking action in response to provocation and foreign intervention.
The United States navy has already sent a third warship to the Black Sea, strengthening its position in a strategically important region.
Changes in the real estate market: housing rents have risen the most in Estonia and Lithuania The Baltic countries are breaking price records.
The US oil industry giant Chevron suffered as much as 5.5 billion losses in 2020 as demand for oil products fell as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wilhelm Gustloff's tragedy was silenced. On January 30, 1945, at about 9:16 p.m., three Soviet torpedoes hit nearly 10,000 East Prussian (including the Klaipeda region) refugees sailing across the Baltic Sea to Germany. Nearly half of the passengers were infants and children.
A fossilized tree 20 million years old was found in Greece.
Canada set out to build and operate one of the largest power plants in the world. The German international company Thysenkrupp has signed a contract to build and operate a large hydroelectric plant in Quebec, which will use one of the world's most powerful electrolysers and will be able to produce about 11,100 tons of hydrogen annually.
The European Medicines Agency approves AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine for use across the bloc.
Man 'filmed himself at 140mph' before fatal crash, speeding and sharing videos moments before he crashed, killing three people.
Australian authorities recovered the wreckage of a seaplane which crashed, killing six people.
New Zealand band Six60 are playing to up to 30,000 fans, while concerts around the world are on hold, Six60 are playing to big audiences.
Three young Tunisian men are reported to have been sentenced to 30 years in prison for smoking cannabis at a football stadium.
Shell Nigeria for oil spills. The oil giant's Nigerian subsidiary is ordered to pay compensation to farmers.
Small bomb detonates near Israeli embassy in Delhi, no-one was injected but one Israeli official says the blast will be treated as a terrorist incident.
South Africa’s spy agency has been accused of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on illegal undercover operations to protect former President Jacob Zuma from corruption investigations.
Government building torched in Tripoli, crowds torch government building amidst lockdown unrest.
A row has erupted in Paris over a hospital union’s allegation that civil servants are getting Covid vaccinations, despite older medical staff being first in the queue.
A prominent scientist has expressed deep concern that a new vaccine only worked on half of those patients who received it in a trial in South Africa. The Novavax vaccine had nearly 90% success rate in the UK, but only 49.4% efficacy in a smaller test in South Africa.
Moroccan King goes first in the vaccine drive.
More than 15 members of the former ruling party in Ethiopia's Tigray state have appeared in court.
Archaeologists find 'Biblical royal dye' in Israel, the rare purple was said to be worn by prestigious figures such as King David, Solomon and Jesus.
Cambodia's economy, the country's first oil project has finally started pumping the black gold after 15 years of false starts.
Court rules against the UK over the Chagos Islands, the ruling should allow Mauritius to start settling its new maritime borders in the Indian Ocean.
Two aides to Tunisia's president have become unwell after opening a suspect parcel sent to their office.
An Algerian court of appeal has upheld the convictions and prison sentences for two former prime ministers in corruption cases, and will serve 15 and 12 years in prison.
Kenya has once again denied involvement in the ongoing conflict in Somalia’s Gedo region, after a recent clash between Somali federal forces and a local militia along the Kenya-Somali border.
Cameroon's defense ministry says four teenagers killed in Bamenda, the capital of the Anglophone North-West region, were terrorists who were preparing to attack army positions.
Five people from South Sudan's Dinka community have been killed in Jonglei state while an inter-tribal peace conference was under way in the capital, Juba.
Hundreds of Nigerian living in Saudi Arabia without work or residency permits have been deported, in all 300 men, 83 women and one infant.
South Africa's military ends hijab ban for Muslims.
A world heritage site in northern Senegal that welcomes millions of migratory birds every year is now closed to visitors until further notice, after 750 pelicans were found dead.
Authorities in the Gambia say they are going to reveal the identities of 40 people who have violated Covid-19 regulations.
The snowfall, which has been unseen for 15 years, continues in Lithuania: 800 tons of salt were scattered on the roads overnight.
Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have developed a new tool to measure heat transfer in living cells. That tool that uses real diamonds will someday make it even more accurate to diagnose cancer.
In southwestern Argentina, one scientist excavated the remains of a giant zauropod that lived 98 million years ago and indicated that this animal is perhaps the largest of all known dinosaurs.
SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 rocket, which carried a record number of satellites. The SpaceX's production manager noted in a rocket launch video that the Falcon 9 carried 133 commercial and state-owned "spacecraft" as well as 10 SpaceX satellites.
India steps up Delhi security after a day of violence, striking farmers stormed the city's Red Fort and battled police as a demonstration turned violent.
The Netherlands: Looting is for three nights 'pure terror' for a local shop. A local shopkeeper is left devastated as her shop is torn apart by looters during lockdown protests.
A series of winter storms across the USA are expected to bring significant snow in the days ahead as well as torrential rain and the potential for tornadoes.
The CEO of a casino company valued at nearly $ 2bn (£ 1.6bn) has quit after he and his wife were charged with lying to officials to get a Covid vaccine. The region, home to many indigenous people, has a faster vaccination rate than in the rest of Canada, data shows. The couple had posed as motel workers, but were quickly found out by locals.
Iran arrests US national on spying charges.
The Israeli Minister of Intelligence, Eli Cohen, has visited Sudan to discuss implementing last year's bilateral agreement to normalize ties. The visit - the first of its kind - was not announced in advance.
Dozens of smuggled chameleons found in suitcase, the animals are being nursed back to health at a zoo after Austrian airport security spotted them.
Kenyan charged in the US over '$ 7m smuggling ring', elephant tusks and rhino horns "hidden inside African masks" were exported.
Colombian defense minister dies with Covid-19.
Prosecutors in Finland say a man from Sierra Leone has been charged with crimes against humanity, over his role in Liberia's civil war two decades ago. Prosecutors say the former soldier - who has been living in Finland for a decade - also committed rape and recruited child soldiers (between 1999 and 2003).
LGBT dating app Grindr faces an £ 8.5m fine for illegally selling user data to advertisers. Norway’s Data Protection Authority plans to fine the platform 100m Norwegian Crowns, or around 10% of Grindr’s estimated global revenue. The popular social networking app for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people has until 15 February to respond to the case.
Renewed protests in Tunisia after death of protester.
Some Nigerian governors have agreed to end free range grazing in the south-west of the country to resolve the deadly conflicts between herders and farmers.
Protesters defy Covid rules on Australia Day, several are arrested in "Invasion Day" rallies protesting against the day marking British colonization.
Trump impeachment: a formal process of his trial begins, the House delivers an article of impeachment against the former president to the Senate.
Officials in the Central African Republic say government troops have killed 44 rebel fighters who had surrounded the capital, Bangui, in an attempt to overthrow the new administration.
Foreign investment into solar products are helping to plug Zambia's power shortage problems.
Rwanda has seen a rise in direct investment from Turkish firms over the last decade.
Yellen to be first female US treasury secretary.
Thirty years since Somalia plunged into civil war.
President Biden has scrapped a ban which stopped transgender people joining the US military.
Nine were found dead after the China gold mine collapse, the discovery comes a day after 11 miners were rescued after two weeks trapped underground.
Putin condemns protests as Western concern grows, the crackdown on Alexei Navalny and his supporters fuels calls in the EU for tougher sanctions.
EU 'does not accept' UK decision on diplomats, EU official says UK threat to refuse full diplomatic status to the bloc's ambassador "not a friendly" start.
Somalia has foiled an attempt to smuggle "high caliber weapons and ammunition" into the country by local and foreign groups.
Facebook suspends Israel PM's chatbot over post, the bot asked about people's Covid vaccination status, breaching a policy on private medical data.
The High Court in Malawi has refused to allow former President Peter Mutharika access to his bank accounts which were frozen by the country's anti-corruption body pending trial. Mr Mutharika’s bank accounts, as well as those of his wife, Gertrude, were frozen last August by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) which accuses him of benefiting from a $ 6.6m (£ 4.2m) cement scandal.
Burnt bodies found in vehicles on the US-Mexico border, the 19 victims were discovered in an area where violent drug cartels operate.
Baby tyrannosaurs were 'the size of a Border Collie', scans of a fossil dinosaur remains reveal they were about 3ft long when they took their first steps.
Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese war jets.
Experts are concerned about the emergence of this particular new version of coronavirus in South Africa.
China takes a new foreign investment top spot from the US.
Israel vaccinates 16 to 18-year-olds ahead of exams.
Serious allegations of sexual violence are being reported in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, including a high number of alleged rapes in the city of Mekelle, Pramila Patten, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict.
In Minsk, in front of the government building, the man poured flammable liquid and set himself on fire.
Lithuania, Klaipeda Seaport handled 47.8 million tons of cargo last year and achieved the best result in the entire history of the port.
2020 a record low number of counterfeit euro banknotes was seized, with 20 and 50 euro counterfeits being the most common.
Lithuanian KTU researchers have developed a non-invasive method of monitoring electrolyte imbalance in the blood: it can protect against dangerous arrhythmias.
In a new study, German researchers restored the ability to walk in mice that were paralyzed after a complete spinal cord injury.
Central African Republic, two-thirds controlled by rebels.
French arms supplier Thales will have to face charges in South Africa over allegedly corrupt payments made to former President Jacob Zuma, a court has ruled.
The UN refugee agency says more than two million people have been displaced within their own countries by what it called the unrelenting violence in the Sahel region in Africa.
The confiscation of alcohol during raids conducted by Mozambique's police to enforce Covid-19 restriction measures has been condemned by the main opposition party Renamo.
The country agreed to buy $ 200bn worth of US goods in a trade agreement signed one year ago.
Honduras plans 'shield against abortion', congress has passed legislation which would make it nearly impossible to legalize abortion.
IS says it was behind twin Baghdad suicide blasts.
Brazil runs out of oxygen in a deadly second Covid wave.
The arrest of Putin critic Alexei Navalny increases European pressure on Germany to stop Nord Stream 2.
Gaming firms fined nearly £ 7m for restricting sales, Valve and five other gaming publishers broke competition law by geo-blocking games in Europe.
South Sudan’s army has sent a team to investigate the killings of civilians in Paloch, a town close to many oil fields in the Upper Nile State.
French students promised one euro lockdown meals, it follows nationwide protests in which students called for more help and support in the pandemic.
The Egyptian cabinet has approved the toughening of a law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) by raising the maximum penalty to 20 years in prison. A survey in 2016 found that almost 90% of Egyptian women between 15 and 49 had undergone FGM, despite a ban that was imposed in 2008.
Fifteen dead as fire guts Ukraine home for elderly.
Ethiopian TV journalist 'shot dead'.
A senior official in Somalia has been killed in the capital, Mogadishu, hours after returning from Turkey where he had been receiving medical treatment for injections sustained in a bomb blast.
Fire at the world's largest vaccine producer kills five, the company says production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has not been affected.
Joe Biden's swearing-in and first day as the 46th US President.
Hungary first in EU to approve Russian vaccine, its health authorities give preliminary approval to the Russian-developed Sputnik V coronavirus jab.
People behind an alleged baby-harvesting and child-trafficking syndicate operating at health facilities in Ghana have been arrested. According to the Ghanaian authorities, some of the mothers may have been told their babies had died after delivery, or those who could not take care of their new-borns were encouraged to sell them. The suspects include two medical doctors, four nurses, two mothers, two social welfare officers and a traditional birth attendant. Two babies were sold to investigators for about $ 5,000 (£ 3,640) and $ 4,800 each, according to the investigation.
US President Joe Biden has begun to undo some of Donald Trump's key policies, hours after being sworn in, including ending the travel ban on some majority-Muslim countries and other African nations.
Deadly blast rocks in the center of Madrid, at least three people have died in a suspected gas blast that destroyed four floors of a building.
Kamala Harris becomes first female, first black VP, makes history as she is sworn in as US Vice President.
Mali's authorities have banned a protest in the capital Bamako against the presence of the French anti-jihadist force in the country.
France rules out apology for Algeria's colonial past, the office of the French President Emmanuel Macron has said they will not repent or apologize for France's colonial past in Algeria.
Alexei Navaln, who returned to Russia and was immediately detained at Moscow airport.
The EU aims to vaccinate at least 70% of the population by the summer, promising to agree on vaccine passports.
At the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Migration Department included the Russian performer Filip Kirkorov in the list of undesirable persons in Lithuania for five years.
Lithuanian Railways will upgrade the radio communication system for 16 million euros.
Microsoft has filed a patent for a way to "communicate" with the artificial intelligence of a bot version of a dead loved one.
The introduction of an animated film for children in Denmark about a man with a special superpower - capable of extending the penis indefinitely - has aroused mixed passions among parents and politicians.
It took just three test shots to reach a new U.S. artillery record and accurately hit the target.
Archaeologists at Dicle University (Turkey) in the province of Diyarbakir (Asia Minor) have discovered the tomb of the ruler of the Seljuk Rult Sultanate, Kılıç Arslan I - and his daughters, who defeated the first Crusader armies to come to Turkey.
Stolen's 500-year-old painting found in a cupboard, the artwork has been returned to an Italian museum - whose staff were unaware it was missing.
Snowstorm causes 130-car pile-up in Japan, one person died and 10 were injured when a huge snowstorm struck the Tohoku Expressway, in the north of the country.
British skier killed in avalanche in the Swiss Alps.
Communication with 12 men trapped in Chinese gold mine sparks hope of rescue, but 10 remain missing.
The Amazon Prime drama sparks controversy in India, Tandav, starring Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, was accused of 'deliberately mocking Hindu gods'.
Four soldiers were killed in Niger and eight others seriously injured after an explosion at an artisanal mine in the south-eastern part of the country near the border with Nigeria.
Police in Tunisia say they have arrested more than 600 people as a fourth night of violent protests saw protesters return to the streets. Crowds of mainly young demonstrators gathered in the center of the capital, Tunis, throwing stones and petrol bombs at police. Security forces responded with tear gas and water cannon. Tunisia faces severe economic problems and a third of its young people are unemployed.
Somalia's Information Minister, Osman Abukar Dubbe, has dismissed reports that Somali soldiers took part in the conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region.
A Donald Trump supporter suspected of stealing a laptop or hard drive from Democrat Nancy Pelosi's office during the US Capitol riots has been arrested. Riley June Williams, 22, was detained in Pennsylvania on charges of violently and illegally entering the building, and disorderly conduct. A former romantic partner had said in an affidavit Ms Williams intended to sell the data to Russian intelligence. Five people died after a pro-Trump mob stormed Congress on 6 January.
Truck crushes 15 migrant workers to death in India, they were sleeping on the pavement next to a motorway when a truck ran them over in Gujarat state.
Ugandan soldiers blocked the US ambassador from visiting the home of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine, a pop star whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, in the capital, Kampala.
The Hong Kong migrants fleeing to the UK, a new visa will give 5.4m Hong Kong residents the right to resettle in Britain.
Saudi Arabia reports sharp reduction in executions, the Saudi Human Rights Commission says it documented 27 last year - an 85% drop compared to 2019.
US President-elect Joe Biden is to cancel the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in office, North American media report. The pipeline is projected to carry oil nearly 1,200 miles (1,900km) from the Canadian province of Alberta down to Nebraska, to join an existing pipeline. Mr Trump overturned a decision by his predecessor, Barack Obama, who vetoed a bill approving construction in 2015. The privately financed pipeline is expected to cost about $ 8bn (£ 5.8bn; CAD $ 10bn).
New species of orange bat found in Guinea.
Cape Verde are forced to withdraw from the Men's Handball World Championship in Egypt after the squad is decimated by Covid-19.
The Constitutional Court in the Central African Republic has confirmed the outright victory of Faustin-Archange Touadéra in the elections, with 53.16% of the votes cast against nearest challenger Anicet Georges Dologuélé's 21.69%.
Schools reopen across Nigeria despite virus fears.
The number of people killed in clashes between different ethnic groups in Sudan's West Darfur state has risen to 83, a medical body has said. The fighting in the state capital, El Geneina, began after a row in which a man was stabbed to death. A state-wide curfew has been imposed and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has sent a delegation to investigate. A conflict in Darfur that began in 2003 forced millions to flee and, despite a peace process, tensions remain.
The Nigerian police say four officers were killed and one is still missing after they clashed with an armed criminal gang in the Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna state.
The internet shutdown in Uganda that had entered its fifth day on Monday has ended. However, social media is still blocked and only accessible through VPN.
Migrants beaten back with truncheons in Guatemala, thousands of US-bound migrants are met by security guards at the Guatamala border with Honduras.
Archaeologists have been giving more details about a significant find at Saqqara, an ancient Egyptian site south of the capital, Cairo. News of the discovery of a temple broke on Saturday, and now the experts have been talking about the contents of more than 50 coffins that were unearthed. One of the coffins belonged to a soldier, and included his weapon - an ax. Other objects found included masks, wooden boats and a length of papyrus. Written on it was a chapter from what was described as a "book of the dead".
Samsung heir gets prison term for bribery scandal, a South Korean court sentenced Lee Jae Yong to two and a half years in prison.
Trump baby balloon finds final resting place, the huge blimp is acquired by the Museum of London for its protest collection.
Annual growth of 2.3% puts China on course to be the only major economy to have expanded in 2020.
This doctor saw Covid hospital empty after a fake death text, one doctor tells her story of battling the pandemic alone in Yemen after her colleagues fled.
Greek sport official resigns after sex abuse claim.
More than € 1m (£ 890,000) in cash has been seized during search operations by the Gardaí (Irish police) in Dublin. A search was carried out by the garda specialist drugs unit, assisted by the police dog unit. Two properties were searched during the operation, and a number of vehicles were seized. The € 1m cash find was discovered concealed inside of one of the vehicles which was searched, with an examination of its contents continuing. Gardaí have said the figure for the cash finding is provisional.
Nigeria's army chief of staff, Gen Tukur Buratai, has praised his forces for recapturing a military base in the far north-east of the country that had been seized by militant jihadists.
Female judges shot dead in Kabul, the two women were killed on their way to work, amid an upsurge in violence and a US troop drawdown.
When white supremacists overthrew a U.S. government, in 1898 a white mob stormed Wilmington, North Carolina and forced locally elected leaders to resign.
Volcano spews ash above Indonesia's Java island.
Two migrant boats intercepted in the Channel, French authorities have stopped a further 27 people from making the crossing.
Republic of Ireland to lose 15% of fishing quota, Ireland's fishing fleet will be one of the worst affected under the UK / EU trade deal.
Poland proposes social media 'free speech' law, the law would see social networks fined if they ban a Polish user who has not broken local laws.
Health officials in Nigeria say they're worried that fake coronavirus vaccines are being sold in the country.
Algeria says it will share some of the doses of coronavirus vaccine it has ordered with neighboring Tunisia.
The UN refugee agency has reported a sharp increase in refugees fleeing the violence in the Central African Republic. Some 60,000 people have left the country in the past week according to UN data - that's twice as many as the previous week.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has said the 2021 World Championship will not be held in Minsk this year for safety and security reasons. The men's tournament was scheduled to be staged in Minsk - and Latvia's capital Riga - from 21 May to 6 June. The governing body supported with experts and stakeholders about how the event could take place in Belarus in light of political unrest and Covid-19.
An outbreak of cruelty in Estonia: shouting, "You brought me to it yourself!", The pensioner shot the mother of two children, seeing her offspring, the motive was the noise made by the children.
A member of the Lithuanian Seimas explained why he took the salary of his assistant: the woman had the weakness to spend money quickly.
Northern Ireland has greeted Brexit with empty store shelves: warns that the situation will only get worse.
The vaccination passport is gaining more and more support in Europe: it would open the travel.
A spokesman for the European Commission (EC) said there was no trade in electricity from the Belarusian Astrava nuclear power plant (NPP) in the European Union.
The German company Sypra will have to pay a fine of 27.1 thousand euros for a cartel between the participants of the auction announced by the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP), the court ruled.
China's Tesla has introduced an impressive autonomous electric car: Nvidia Orin chips, a huge battery and a range of more than 1,000 km.
In a corn field in Poland, archaeologists have managed to find an incredible 12th-century treasure that belonged to a princess. Archaeologists have been able to find this nearly 900-year-old treasure near the town of Kalisz only thanks to a priest who was well acquainted with local legends.
In Ohio, USA, two new variations of coronavirus have been discovered that appear to have originated in the US itself.
Anyone can use it: Researchers at the University of Finland have developed a portable X-ray machine.
North Korea unveils new submarine-launched missile, Leader Kim Jong Un watched a military display including a new submarine missile.
The families going hungry in Madagascar, over a million people are struggling to find their next meal.
Local officials in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo now say the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia were behind the killing of 46 people from the Mbuti forest community.
German sports doctor jailed over blood doping, masterminded an international doping ring exposed by police in "Operation Aderlass".
Biden starts with a brand new Potus Twitter account, Joe Biden's presidential Twitter account launches with no followers transferred from President Trump.
Fines for a 50-mile burger trip in an Irish lockdown
Burger, three people were stopped as they tried to make the journey to Dublin to collect takeaway burgers.
Dozens have been killed and hundreds injected in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake on the Island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Almost all US troops are scheduled to leave Somalia by the end of Friday 15 January. The US military would not comment on the redeployment of the 700-strong contingent, but said its commitment to Somalia would remain undiminished and it would continue to monitor the activities of the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab.
Dutch PM's parliament coffee spill, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, mopped up the mess while cleaners cheered him on.
'Brexit port delays mean our seafood is rotting', a Scottish shellfish firm owner says he is on the brink of bankruptcy as EU customers desert his business.
Malawi leader appeals for $ 220m to combat Covid.
Brazil hospitals 'lack oxygen' for virus patients.
Mexico clears ex-minister over US drugs link claim.
French baker saves Guinean apprentice from deportation, a French baker who went on hunger strike for more than a week to protest against the planned deportation of his immigrant apprentice has won his case.
A senior provincial official in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo says 46 civilians have been reported to have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants.
Thailand allows visitors to play golf in quarantine, at six resorts, visitors will be able to play golf, rather than just having to isolate in their rooms.
Australia rebukes Google for blocking local content, the tech giants are fighting the Australian government over plans to make them pay for news content.
Many intrigues and scandals have gripped Spain in recent years, from alleged royal corruption to ministerial dirty tricks against political rivals, yet in all that complexity one character seems to have been ever-present. José Manuel Villarejo's name, and to a lesser extent his face - due to his obsession with disguise - are now known by millions in Spain. It is an ironic fate for an undercover policeman whose true identity was meant to remain his best-kept secret. Mr Villarejo on Friday faces the first of what could be a series of criminal trials, as Spanish courts unravel his dealings through more than 25 separate investigations. The 69-year-old former police commissioner has spent the last three years on remand in custody, after judicial authorities arrested him in his house near Madrid.
Police in Uganda's capital, Kampala, have arrested 26 people from a civil society grouping for allegedly manning an illegal vote-tallying center in a hotel.
Between 2015 and 2018 the price of lithium carbonate, the source of one of the most important elements in electronics, more than tripled. It was a nasty shock for the electronics industry as lithium is the key ingredient in rechargeable batteries that power everything from smartphones, toothbrushes, to electric cars. “This was the most extreme price spike in the history of lithium and underlined the fundamental challenges facing the market,” says Andrew Miller, product director at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, a price reporting agency. Demand from electric car makers helped push the price of lithium carbonate to a peak of $ 20,694 per tonne in 2018, up from $ 5,312 in early 2015. The price then backtracked and was recently trading at around $ 6,700 per tonne. Producers have scrambled to raise production, but critics say traditional production techniques are damaging to the environment. Conventional ore mining of hard rock deposits, predominantly in countries like Australia and China, has been criticized for the amount of fossil fuels used in the processing of the metal.
A senior UN official says he is concerned about "grave and distressing" allegations of human rights abuses in Ethiopia's Tigray region, including killings, targeted abductions and the forced return of refugees to Eritrea.
More than two million people have now died with Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
Spacecraft manufacturer SSTL ships its final navigation payloads for the Galileo sat-nav program.
Prosecutors in Egypt are now investigating two TikTok influencers for human trafficking after prison sentences against them on charges of debauchery were dropped.
Bullets sent in mail to Huawei executive, under house arrest in Canada on bank fraud charges, Ms Meng has reportedly received death threats.
Thousands of Hindus arrive for the bathing festival despite warnings to stay away during the pandemic.
Italy's political crisis erupts over Covid spending.
Mealworms, the insect, are safe for humans to eat according to the EU food safety agency.
A fourth United Nations peacekeeper has died of his injuries following an attack by suspected jihadists in Mali.
Nintendo's first theme park, modeled on the levels of its Mario games, was due to open on February 4th.
Police in Zimbabwe have arrested 10,000 people over the week for failing to wear face masks in public and 16,000 others for flouting lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.
Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine has spoken to journalists about feeling "accomplishment" when they saw his face on the ballot paper.
Australia to kill a US pigeon that crossed the Pacific, officials say the bird, which is thought to have traveled on a cargo ship, is a biosecurity risk.
US pet food recalled after 70 dogs die, tests on the pet food have shown potentially unsafe levels of aflatoxins, a by-product of mold.
Trump 'rebellion incitement charge' heads for trial, ten members of his own party voted against the president over his role in the deadly riots at the US Capitol.
A court in Guinea's capital, Conakry, has sentenced two activists to one year in prison after they were arrested during pre-election demonstrations, and were also fined 20m Guinean French ($ 1900: £ 1300) each.
Pussy Riot activist and blogger held in South Sudan, a day in detention over drone mix-up. A group of several high-profile Russian tourists spent an uncomfortable day in detention in the town of Kapoeta in South Sudan.
At least 18 people, including four mothers and their babies, have been abducted in a raid by gunmen on their village in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna.
S Korea court upholds ex-leader's 20-year jail term, a final Supreme Court ruling upheld a reduced sentence for disgraced former President Park Geun-hye.
World's oldest animal cave painting found in Indonesia, the life-sized picture of a wild pig found in a remote cave is thought to be 45,000 years old.
The Kenyan government has exempted South Sudan from a list of 100 countries whose citizens must make an online visa application.
Three Ivorian peacekeepers from the UN's mission in Mali were killed during an attack by an armed group about 95km (59 miles) south of Timbuktu, six other peacekeepers were wounded.
Amazon challenged Prime cancellation policy, consumer watchdogs say the manipulative "dark pattern" design makes it hard for people to end membership.
Uganda hit by internet blackout on eve of election.
Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed to Washington DC ahead of the inauguration.
The rappers taking on Thailand's leaders, the Thai group Rap Against Dictatorship is known for its outspoken comments against the military and monarchy.
Africa secures 270m Covid-19 vaccine doses.
Belgian king caught in clashes over custody death, violence breaks out as hundreds gather at a police station over the death of a 23-year-old in custody.
Ethiopia’s army has announced that it has killed former Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin, one of the founding members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Dealer's last Nazi-looted work returned to owners, the last of 14 works identified as looted from Jewish collectors is returned to the owner's heirs.
Fifteen women and six children kidnapped by Islamist militants in the gas-rich northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado have been rescued by the army.
US executes only woman on federal death row, Lisa Montgomery, who killed a pregnant woman and took her baby, died by lethal injection in Indiana.
Suspected Israeli strikes in Syria 'kill dozens', Israeli aircraft reportedly attacked a series of Iran-linked targets in eastern Syria overnight.
Poisoned opposition leader plans return to Russia, Alexei Navalny says he will fly back on January 17, months after he was sent to Germany for treatment.
The cash-strapped government in Liberia has introduced the use of personalized number plates for vehicles. Dubbed "vanity" or "luxury" plates, they will cost between $ 1,000 (£ 731) and $ 1,500 annually. The annual fee for regular plates is usually around $ 100, depending on the vehicle.
Russian 'Nazi circus monkey' prompts investigation, images appear to show a monkey wearing a Nazi uniform performing at a state circus.
Biggest mafia trial in decades opens in Italy, hundreds of people will face a judge following a major inquiry into the 'Ndrangheta criminal group.
Brazil data shows the China covid vaccine 50.4% effective.
Huawei patent mentions the use of Uighur-spotting tech, the company denies selling technology that can identify the ethnic group and plans to reword the patent.
Thousands of migrants trapped in freezing conditions in Bosnia, approximately 200 of the refugees are surviving in the woods outside of camps without any shelter or food.
The United Nations and the government in the Central African Republic (CAR) say rebels have carried out two attacks near the capital, Bangui.
Close to 5,000 Central African Republic (CAR) refugees have fled to eastern Cameroon following clashes between the army and rebel groups in the country.
Equatorial Guinea has asked the US to help in the fight against piracy attacks. More than 80% of Equatorial Guinea's GDP depends on oil and gas resources originating in the Gulf of Guinea. The country's oil and gas infrastructures suffered at least four kidnappings in 2020, which could do enormous damage to the economy.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has accused social media giant Facebook of arrogance and bias as he confirmed ordering the shutdown of social media and messaging apps ahead.
Tesla moves a step closer to launching in India, the electric car maker has registered a company in the country.
Coon Cheese rebrands to shrug off racist claims, the 86-year-old name will disappear in Australia from July, after a campaign by Aboriginal groups.
A vocal anti-‘drug war ’Catholic priest in the Philippines is to stand trial on charges of sedition.
Iran is al-Qaeda's 'new home base', the US secretary of state says jihadists "operate under the hard shell of the regime's protection".
In Lithuania, 100 thousand euros remained from 11 million euros for ecological transport compensations. Residents have already submitted more than 12,000 applications for the destruction of an old polluting car by purchasing an electric scooter, two-wheeled moped or motorcycle, or public transport ticket.
Researchers have found a way to charge air-breathable batteries: the advantages are that they surpass even the most common lithium-ion batteries. The University of Münster team has developed a new zinc-air chemistry that makes this type of battery more efficient and rechargeable.
The teeth of ancient sharks, the bones of hairy rhinos, mammoths and other extinct animals - such artifacts lure Russian paleontologists from the ice-covered Tobol River, about two thousand kilometers east of Moscow.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has used a Syrian airline under US sanctions to transport humanitarian aid to Libya. Cham Wings aircraft was used to ferry 16 tonnes of medicines and supplies from its warehouses in Dubai to Libya's second city Benghazi.
Spain records temperatures of -25C after a snowstorm and leads to deaths and injuries.
Kenyans on Twitter have lashed out at the tourism ministry for appointing British model Naomi Campbell, instead of a Kenyan, as the ambassador for the Kenyan tourism board.
Tanzania to auction 30 wildlife hunting blocks.
Thousands of Eritrean refugees 'abandoned' in Tigray, four refugee camps have been cut off for weeks - with people having to scavenge for food and use untreated water from the rivers.
Florida manatee found with 'Trump' etched on back, an investigation is launched after the marine mammal was found with the president's name on its body.
On January 20 in the US, Joe Biden will officially become president, and Kamala Harris will become vice president.
Wood wins £ 88m Chinese refinery expansion deal, the Aberdeen-based company will help boost Chinese production of ethylene derivatives and refined oil.
Execution halted of only woman on US death row, the judge orders a mental competency hearing to be held - just hours before the scheduled execution.
Nigeria’s police chief has said 21,296 suspects allegedly involved in “violent crimes”, including kidnapping and armed robbery, were arrested in the country last year.
Belinda Janson hopes she won't be the only woman driving garbage trucks in Ipswich, Australia, for long.
India is set to begin inoculations on 16 January to protect its 1.3 billion people against Covid-19.
Cuba placed back on the US terrorism sponsor list, Donald Trump made the decision days before Joe Biden, who wants friendlier US-Cuban ties, takes office.
Ford ends decades of Brazilian manufacturing, the US car giant is closing its last three Brazilian factories, with a loss of 5,000 jobs.
The Dutch TV network has filmed border officials confiscating ham sandwiches and other foods from drivers arriving in the Netherlands from the UK, under post-Brexit rules. The officials were shown explaining import regulations imposed since the UK formalized its separation from the EU. Under EU rules, travelers from outside the bloc are banned from bringing in meat and dairy products.
The billionaire French-Israeli diamond magnate, Beny Steinmetz, has appeared in court in Switzerland to face trial over alleged corruption linked to a major mining deal in Guinea. He has always denied his company, BSGR, paid multi-million dollar bribes to obtain iron ore mining exploration permits in southern Guinea in 2008. If convicted he could face up to 10 years in prison. Steinmetz, 64, was previously sentenced in absentia to five years in prison by a court in Romania for money laundering. Swiss prosecutors say Steinmetz paid about $ 10m (£ 7.4m) in bribes, in part through Swiss bank accounts, to gain the rights to Guinea's iron ore deposits in the Simandou mountains.
Irish Covid infection rate 'is highest in the world'.
Civil servants in Chad began a nationwide strike to press for the restoration of their salaries which were cut four years ago, as well as the payment of various allowances.
The Nigerian military says 13 soldiers died in an ambush at the weekend by jihadist fighters from a group linked to the Islamic State.
Pope Francis welcomes women performing Catholic rites, although they cannot become priests.
US President Donald Trump banned from Twitter and Facebook and now that has been extended beyond the US to Africa. Facebook has shut a slew of accounts belonging to Ugandan government officials, accusing them of “co-ordinated inauthentic behavior”.
Six California inmates on run after prison break, the "armed and dangerous" men used an improvised rope made of braided sheets to escape.
Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi has concluded a one-day state visit to Tanzania where bolstering bilateral cooperation and security between the two neighboring countries were top of the agenda.
Japarov wins Kyrgyzstan presidency with landslide, frontrunner Sadyr Japarov will have sweeping new powers after voters backed a presidential system.
A Sierra Leonean technologist has developed a mobile messaging app called Supfrica aimed at connecting users across the continent.
Ugandans warned not to eat dead fish washed ashore, this comes after a large-scale death of fish was reported on Lake Victoria and the River Nile.
Snow storms bring deadly chaos to Japan.
More than 150 migrants enter the UK on small boats, Sunday saw 57 people arrive after 103 others tried to cross the Channel on Saturday.
Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has dismissed Health Minister, Chitalu Chilufya, who was arrested in June for corruption but was later cleared.
Efforts by Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to try to resolve a long running dispute over a giant dam on the River Nile have once again broken down.
Six rangers killed in DR Congo park attack, Mai-Mai militia group is being blamed for the ambush at a famous park where endangered gorillas live.
Mr Ouyahia along with other senior officials who served under ousted president Abdelaiz Bouteflika have been prosecuted and jailed for corruption, money laundering and misappropriation of public funds. But he's currently appealing a charge of corruption and misappropriation of public funds in relation to a scandal involving a car assembling group.
WW2 'Spitfire Women' pilot dies aged 103, Eleanor Wadsworth flew hundreds of aircraft, including Spitfires and Hurricanes, to the front line in WW2.
Pakistan power cut plunges the country into darkness, electricity is gradually being restored after a huge outage triggered by a power station fault.
Children across the UK are raising awareness about the Indian farmers protests on social media.
US lifts restrictions on contacts with Taiwan.
The defiant 'nail houses' refusing to sell up, a block of luxury flats in Singapore is being built around two homes whose owners refuse to move.
Boeing 737 plane crashed in Indonesia, the passenger plane carrying 62 people plunged into the sea minutes after take-off.
Hezbollah denies any role in global drugs trade, the Lebanese militant group was accused of being behind a massive seizure of amphetamines in Italy.
Philippines: Thousands attend Manila mass people told to avoid. Normally millions of people would line the streets for the feast of Black Nazarene but this year due to Covid, things looked different.
Ten babies killed in India hospital fire, seven infants are rescued by staff as the blaze engulfs a ward at a facility in Maharashtra state.
Kim vows to expand North Korea's nuclear arsenal
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the eighth congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim Jong-un calls the US his "biggest enemy" and says plans for a nuclear submarine are nearly complete.
Chocolates and beer: Buying from Belgium after Brexit, companies that trade with the UK say higher prices and less choice are on the way.
Malta has the strictest abortion ban - but pressure is growing to ease it.
Irish police seized € 1m after a van stopped on the M7, Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau intercepted a van on the motorway in County Kildare.
The Zambian FA has banned a local coach from its activities after he was convicted of raping and infecting a juvenile with syphilis and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Two Lithuanian citizens are accused of spying for Russia.
A big step for a small state: Lithuanian scientists are already working with 6G connection.
Tanzania's president has thanked a visiting Chinese minister for not wearing a mask, claiming it proves there's no coronavirus in the country.
The US military says it has killed five al-Shabab fighters - including a senior commander - in an air strike in Somalia.
With a week to go before the election, a military court in Uganda has charged 49 staff of presidential challenger Bobi Wine with being in illegal possession of four rounds of ammunition.
Pakistan jails suspected Mumbai attack leader is sentenced to five years for terror financing.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 24 prisoners who were accused of being behind the assassination of former President Laurent Kabila have been released after spending nearly two decades behind bars.
Huge sinkhole appears in a hospital car park, it's around 50 meters wide and caused a power outage in the Ospedale del Mare in Naples, Italy.
Boko Haram militants kill 14 civilians in Cameroon.
New Zealand woman dies in rare suspected shark attack, shark attacks are rare in the country and it is thought to be the first such death since 2013.
Senegal battles bird flu outbreak.
Striking almost 500 healthcare workers fired in Kenya.
A team of scientists say they have found the first cases of "dwarf" giraffes in Africa - who are half the average size.
Trump to break custom and snub Biden's inauguration, the move comes as a Democrats call for the president's removal for inciting the invasion of the US Capitol. The US Congress has certified Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election, hours after supporters of Donald Trump stormed the building in an attack that saw four people die.
Tunisia considers conscripting women, making military service mandatory for both sexes to promote gender equality.
Ethiopian troops have killed top officials of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in an operation.
Zambia's leader wants more local control over mines.
The Australian city begins a three-day lockdown after a cleaner contracted the covid19 virus.
A further 1,325 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test - a new daily record since the pandemic began. There have now been just a short of 80,000 deaths by the measure.
UAE to restore Qatar trade links 'within a week', but the Gulf state warns that some issues with its neighbor will take a "longer time" to fix.
Police in Uganda say they have rescued dozens of people from a church in the capital, Kampala, where the pastor said they were being treated for their mental illnesses through prayer. The police found nine of them in chains tied to metal poles.
One dead in frozen waterfall collapse in Russia, three others are injected after ice falls from a waterfall at a popular tourist site in the far east.
The Zambian MP has compared a nationwide distribution of condoms and sterile gloves despite the products failing safety tests as "genocide".
China places 11m under lockdown after 120 cases.
Some 115 illegal firearms have been seized in the past two months, by Mozambique's police and the National Criminal Investigation Service.
Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in for a second term as Ghana's president, hours after scuffles between rival politicians broke out in parliament. Soldiers were briefly deployed after the unusual scenes in one of Africa's most stable democracies.
South Africa's health ministry has said the country will receive the first one million coronavirus vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India (SII) in January and an additional 500,000 doses in February.
SA reports the deadliest day with 844 Covid deaths.
A strange coalition of former enemies has joined forces to oust the Central African Republic's newly re-elected leader.
Four soldiers and a government official have been killed in Cameroon's North-West region after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.
They were the family from hell. For years, until last summer, the Kani brothers held a small Libyan town in their murderous grip, massacring men, women and children to maintain their authority. Now their crimes are slowly being uncovered. For seven months, workers in white chemical protection suits have been returning to the small agricultural town of Tarhuna, about an hour's drive south-east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. They have marked out neat rectangles with red-and-white tape, across the fields of reddish-brown earth, and from these plots they have lifted 120 dead bodies, although large areas still remain untouched. Some appear to be the bodies of young fighters killed in battles around Tarhuna last summer, in the ninth year of Libya's on-off civil war. But many are of civilians - including women, and children as young as five - some bearing signs of torture. The graves are the gruesome legacy of a reign of terror, lasting nearly eight years, imposed on the town by a local family, the Kanis, and the militia they created. Three of the original seven Kani brothers are now dead, and the others were made to flee in June 2020 by forces loyal to Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), but even now many residents of Tarhuna are afraid to speak out about their crimes. Some say they are still being threatened from afar by the Kanis' supporters. Piecing together the story of the brothers - Abdul-Khaliq, Mohammed, Muammar, Abdul-Rahim, Mohsen, Ali and Abdul-Adhim isn't easy. But what emerges from conversations with those who knew them is a terrifying tale of how a poor family took advantage of the chaos that engulfed Libya after its 2011 revolution against the dictator, Col Muammar Gaddafi - and came to rule their community through sheer ruthlessness.
The US has agreed to give Sudan a bridge, or short-term, loan of $ 1.2bn (£ 880m) to help it clear it's arrears with the World Bank.
South Africa's Police Minister Bheki Cele has accused mostly European tourists of defying a ban on going to beaches along the famous Garden Route.
The European Union medicines regulator has recommended the vaccine made by the US company, Moderna, for use in the bloc's 27 states.
Nicaraguan zoo shows off its white tiger cub.
WHO Covid investigators denied entry to China.
Jailed Tanzanian human rights lawyer, Tito Magoti, has been freed after a year of calls for his release. Mr Magoti was fined 17.3 million Tanzanian shillings ($ 7,500; £ 5,500).
A court in Cape Verde has ruled that a Colombian businessman, who was a special envoy of the Venezuelan government, can be extradited to the United States. Alex Saab is facing money laundering charges for allegedly helping the government of President Nicolas Maduro transfer around $ 350m (£ 257m) out of Venezuela. He denies the charges.
Trump bans Alipay and seven other Chinese apps, the latest executive order by the US president will only take effect after he has left office.
The death penalty handed out to a former Chinese finance chief found guilty of corruption has been heavily criticized by human rights groups. Lai Xiaomin was arrested in 2018 on charges of taking 1.8bn yuan (£ 200m, $ 280m) in bribes over a 10-year period. It is one of the most severe sentences to stem from President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive. Human Rights Watch said "China is clearly taking a major step backwards."
The palm cockatoo is thought to be the only bird to use tools musically to attract a mate.
Maduro allies took control of the Venezuela parliament, the National Assembly had until now been the only institution not controlled by the Maduro government.
An Irish fishing vessel has been blocked from entering waters around Rockall in the North Atlantic. The Northern Celt, from County Donegal, was boarded by a Marine Scotland patrol boat. Its captain Adrian McClenaghan was told he can no longer fish within 12 nautical miles of the eroded volcano as a result of Brexit.
Nigerian police arrest dozens in nightclub Covid crackdown.
In 2020, for the first time in Lithuania, the average temperature of all months was positive.
In Norway, a living dog found at the site of a mudslide fuels the hope of rescuers. Officials had warned not to build houses in the area. Rescuers are still searching for the three missing people, and so far the bodies of seven people have been found at the scene of the disaster.
As of January 1, 12 women joined the Moscow metro train drivers. This became possible after the Russian Ministry of Employment made changes to the country’s laws and allowed women to drive subway trains. As a result of the changes, the list of jobs that women are unable to work for so-called health reasons has been reduced from 456 to 98.
Norway 2020 has become the first country in the world where more than half of new cars are powered by electricity.
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has not appeared in public for months, after criticizing China's public finance system and advocating for reforms.
Scientists already know how to convert CO2 into jet fuel that could be used by airplanes.
SpaceX has signed a $ 150 million deal with the Pentagon to launch 20 satellites this year alone.
India, which makes most of the world's vaccines, will begin exporting Covid doses by the end of January.
Iran says it seized the South Korean-flagged tanker and detained its crew over pollution violations.
Secondary school students in Malawi are finally sitting exams which were canceled in November after exam papers were leaked.
Bolivia: Flash floods wash away market stalls, police say at least four people have died after heavy rain and hail hit Sucre.
Many countries go into the second covid19 virus lockdown.
Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell was tracked down by the FBI using data from her cell phone, a court document reveals. Ms Maxwell was arrested on 2 July during a raid on her secluded mansion in New Hampshire. She was located using a global-positioning-system (GPS) data from a phone that had made calls to her lawyer, sister and husband. Ms Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges of trafficking minors.
Cancer doctor forgives $ 650,000 in medical bills, the Arkansas oncologist said the pandemic had left many of his patients struggling to pay.
An association of manufacturers and distributors of alcoholic beverages in South Africa has warned of possible circulation of counterfeit alcohol after armed robbers stormed a production facility and stole thousands of bottle caps.
Pakistan court outlaws 'virginity tests', a Lahore court rules that "two-finger" tests in rape cases are "humiliating" and unscientific.
The Tunisian ambassador to the United Nations has called for a Security Council resolution that would send monitors to support Libya's ceasefire.
France has opened investigations into former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel leader Roger Lumbala. He is accused of "complicity in crimes against humanity" for his actions during Congo's civil war in 2002.
Seychelles has recorded its first death from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. The patient was a 57-year-old Seychellois man who was hospitalized on New Year's Eve, according to a statement from the health authorities.
Al-Qaeda's branch in Mali, Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), says it was behind a roadside blast that killed two French soldiers in the eastern Menaka region.
Niger has announced three days of national mourning after Saturday's attacks by suspected Islamist militants that killed around 100 people. The attacks were staged in two villages, Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye, both located near Niger's western border with Mali.
Iran in the biggest breach of nuclear deal to date, the country resumed enriching uranium to 20% purity in defiance of a 2015 international agreement.
Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed three people in the Far North region of Cameroon.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States, a court in London has ruled. The judge blocked the request because of concerns over Mr Assange's mental health and risk of suicide in the US.
A court in Algeria has sentenced a man who posted satirical cartoons mocking the authorities on Facebook to three years in prison. Walid Kechida has been in detention for the past 10 months after he posted a cartoon criticizing the Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune.
Algeria's defense ministry has said three soldiers have so far been killed in an ongoing anti-terror operation in the northern Tipaza region.
Alarm as South Korea inside more deaths than births.
US congressional leaders' homes vandalized, vandals spray-paint House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's homes.
Pakistan coal miners killed in the IS attack, the miners who were members of a minority Shia community, were kidnapped by militants and killed.
Central African rebels 'seize south-eastern city', Bangassou is the latest city to be taken by rebels, the UN says, over allegations of election fraud.
Thousands break virus restrictions all over the world.
A US police officer who was called out to arrest a family suspected of shoplifting instead bought them some food so they could have a decent Christmas dinner.
Ex-Algerian president's brother cleared of charges, Said Bouteflika was accused of conspiracy against the state after his brother, the president, was ousted from office.
At 96, South Korea's Jegal Sam is the world's oldest pianist and hopes to play for many more years.
New era for the UK as it completes separation from the EU. The bongs of Big Ben at 11pm in London signal the UK's departure from the EU. Gibraltar gets UK-Spain deal to keep open border.
An Afghan journalist has been shot dead in an attack by gunmen in the central province of Ghor. Bismillah Aimaq, the editor-in-chief of a local radio station, is at least the fifth journalist to be killed in Afghanistan in the past two months.
More than 8,000 migrants crossed the Channel in 2020, despite freezing temperatures 33 migrants were the latest to reach the UK, in four boats.
Canadian minister resigns over Caribbean trip, the finance minister had visited the Caribbean while his province is under strict Covid lockdown.
New US government guidelines recommend no added sugar for children under age two.