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While humans have an average life expectancy of 72 years according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are some creatures on the planet who are immortal and some can live up to thousands of years. Scientists are trying to find out why some animals live so long, trying to unravel their mysteries and hope to be able to use this knowledge to extend the human lifespan. Here is a list of some of the longest living animals: 1. Turritopsis dohrnii ;The jellyfish Turritopsis dohrnii has no brain and heart and is considered the only immortal creature on Earth; it lives in tropical waters. As scientists have proved, such jellyfish do not die of old age, living up to a certain age, they begin to get younger and return to their original stage. And from the stage of a young individual, she again begins to develop. Fortunately, there is no limit to the number of times they can do this! Thus, a creature can live an infinite number of cycles. Such jellyfish die, most often, due to predators or diseases. Sponges have this incredible longevity thanks to their slow growth and generally cold water environment. 2. Antarctic sponge; The Antarctic sponge holds the record for the longevity of its kind. The creature lives in arctic cold waters. Every year the sponge grows by 0.2 mm, while it lives at a depth of about 200 m, where sunlight practically does not penetrate. By reducing the metabolic process, the Antarctic sponge can live upto 5,000 to 15,000 years. 3. Red Sea Urchin; Next on the list is Red Sea Urchin, a sea creature, which is native to the Pacific Ocean, mostly found along the west coast of North America. These creatures live in shallow areas, mostly near rocky ones where low tides reach 90m. They can also be seen crawling along the ocean floor with the help of their spines. In addition to its size and spines, the giant red sea urchin stands out as one of the longest-living animals, as it can reach up to 200 years. 4. Koi Fish; Koi carps are small ornamental domesticated fish. The oldest fish of the koi carp species died at the age of 226 years in Japan in 1977, on average, these fish live 40-50 years. The homeland of this subspecies of common carp is China, but this fish gained more popularity in Japan, where they are intensively grown. The Japanese gave the name Hanako to one well-known centenarian. At first, koi carps were eaten, later they began to be kept at home as ornamental fish. 5. Giants Galapagos Tortoise ;Giant Galapagos tortoises are endemic to the famous Galapagos Islands archipelago and have always been considered one of the longest living creatures on Earth and rightfully so, as they are the vertebrates with the longest lifespan, averaging 200 years. In 2006, a male tortoise named Adwaita died at the age of 255 at Alipore Zoological Gardens of Kolkata. He lived on a diet of wheat bran, carrots, lettuce, soaked gram (chickpea), bread, grass and salt. It is said that this male tortoise weighing upto 250 kg of Algebra species was gifted to Lord Clive, the founder of the British Empire in India. The average lifespan of these tortoises is upto 150-250 years. 6. Lamellibrachia; This is a type of giant tube worm that is a type of marine annelid (earthworm), which lives on the seabed near hydrocarbons leaking out of the seafloor. Its length can exceed three meters, and the species can live over 250 years. 7. Bowhead Whale; The credit for being the longest-living mammal on the planet goes to the bowhead whale, also known as the Arctic whale. Many of them are believed to be over 200 years old, while the oldest known of them is 211 years old. Bowhead whales have a gene in their body, which is called ERCC1 that keeps on repairing the damaged DNA in the body. Therefore, these fish do not have terrible diseases like cancer, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular and metabolic. They grow upto 60 feet (18.3 m) and 200,000 pounds (91 tons) and eat around 220,000 pounds (100 tons) of food a year. 8. Greenland Shark; The Greenland shark lives deep in the Arctic Ocean belonging to the somnios family. The sharks grow about 0.5 to 1 cm a year and can grow up to 24 feet long and can live in water and the only shark that can tolerate Arctic temperatures year round with a temperature of 7 to -2 degrees. This is very strange since most sharks are thermophilic. The animal lives upto 100-200 years, which is the greatest indicator for sharks. The creature is not picky about food, it eats any living creatures. The maximum age of the Greenland shark that could be determined is 392 years. The studies were carried out using radiocarbon testing of the lens of the eye. The Greenland shark is probably the longest-lived vertebrate animal. 9. Rougheye rockfish; Rougheye rockfish is one of the largest living fish. It lives for at least 205 years. This light pinkish-brown fish is found in the Pacific Ocean from California to Japan. It can grow up to 38 inches long. Along with this, the danger of extinction has also increased on this species, in view of which many campaigns have also been run. 10. Tuatara ;The tuatara is one of the species that has inhabited the Earth for over 200 million years. The tuatara lives on the small islands of New Zealand and they grow very slowly. This small animal leads only a nocturnal lifestyle. The lizard lives upto 60 years but they can live over 100 years in captivity, reaching a length of 76 cm. Also, the animal represents beak-headed, while it is the only living representative of this order today. Outwardly, the reptile resembles a large iguana. The lizard is distinguished by the presence of a "third eye" on the crown, although in an adult it is overgrown with scales. 11. Asian Elephant; These elephants live in Asian countries, India, Pakistan, Laos, Nepal and Thailand. This mammal is the second largest among elephants. The animal grows up to 3.5 m and reaches a weight of 5 tons. In adults, there are no enemies in nature, except for humans who have long used Indian elephants as a labour force. In the wild, elephants live for 60-70 years, domesticated animals in a comfortable environment live up to 80 years. Chengalloor Dakshayani was the oldest elephant in the world died at the age of 88 in February 2019 owned by Travancore Devaswom Board and kept at the Chengalloor Mahadeva Temple in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, India. The oldest female Asian elephant actively participated in city festivals, religious ceremonies and processions, and, despite her advanced years, did an excellent job and felt good. However, in the last years of her life, she ceased to be active and no longer took part in public events.
3 thousand illegal migrants were registered in Lithuania, 2.8 thousand applied for asylum.
Russia lifted all restrictions on air traffic with Belarus imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resumed flights to Spain, Slovakia, Iraq and Kenya.
In Lithuania, it is proposed to oblige restaurants and cafes to provide customers with drinking water free of charge.
Cybersecurity vulnerabilities have been identified in popular Chinese phones sold in Lithuania and warned of Chinese manufacturers' phones: browsing history is being collected, data is being leaked, and state authorities are urged to stop the use of Chinese phones as a matter of urgency.
In Germany, a customer at a gas station, asked to put on a mask, shot a 20-year-old cashier.
Turkey's refusal to recognize the results of the Russian parliamentary elections in Crimea has sparked Moscow's anger. Turkey has previously condemned the holding of elections in Crimea. The results, according to the country's Foreign Ministry, have "no legitimacy". "Turkey continues to support Ukraine's territorial integrity and does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea," the ministry added.
UK police said they had enough evidence to prosecute a third Russian citizen for poisoning former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia with Novičiok in March 2018 in Salisbury, England.
Italy has the largest collection of bone marrow, 400,000 years old - with outstanding production technology. Archaeologists have studied the finds near Rome, and have uncovered the largest collection of Middle Pleistocene work tools made of ivory.
Finland is certainly not famous as a coffee-growing country. But in this Nordic country, researchers are now growing coffee at a research institute.
Dutch start-up Lightyear has announced it has attracted $ 110 million in investment. And this is not the end. Lightyear promises to offer a special electric car to the market.
More than 1,400 white dolphins have been killed in the Faroe Islands. According to local officials, this was a traditional dolphin hunt.
Researchers have found that warm-blooded animals change their physiology to adapt to a hotter climate, with larger beaks, legs and ears.
After spending three days in space, four SpaceX tourists landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, successfully completing the first-ever mission in orbit involving no professional astronaut.
A giant top-level predator, a carnivorous dinosaur with shark teeth, was found raging in Uzbekistan about 90 million years ago.
Australian scientists have explored 55 forests on six continents and conducted controlled trials of dead tree decay. They were curious to know what breaks down dead trees. Researchers have found that insects are responsible for 29% of the carbon emitted by dead trees. However, their role in tropical regions is much greater than in colder climates. 93% of the world's carbon emissions from dead trees are in the tropics. Here, insects work more intensively and return the stored carbon to the environment faster. It can later be used by live plants. Interestingly, dead wood gives the environment 10.9 gigatonnes of carbon a year - not all fossil fuel engines emit as much in factories. The difference, of course, is that decaying wood is absorbed by other plants - it does not travel into the atmosphere.
Record backlog of cargo ships at California ports, the backlog outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Some 65 container ships are stuck outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, amid trade bottlenecks.
The evacuation of hundreds of homes in the path of an erupting volcano on La Palma.
A protest has taken place in the Namibian capital Windhoek against an agreement made with Germany after it apologised for a genocide in the southern African country in the early 20th Century. Various political parties and traditional chiefs have dismissed Germany's offer to pay $1bn in development aid, and say the deal was made without properly consulting the victims.
Russian students grieve after deadly Perm university attack. There is deep shock and a day of mourning in Perm, after a gunman killed six people and wounded 24 others at the local university. The attacker was a first-year student, named locally as Timur Bekmansurov, 18, and most of his victims were fellow students.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said it would be an understatement to say he was angered by a data breach involving the email addresses of dozens of Afghan interpreters who worked for UK forces. More than 250 people seeking relocation to the UK - many of whom are in hiding - were mistakenly copied into an email. Mr Wallace has apologised to them, and launched an investigation. One person has been suspended, he said.
Nearly 500,000 people have been affected by flash flooding in six regional states in South Sudan.
Rights group Amnesty International is waging a campaign to demand that the Eritrean government release 21 political prisoners who were arrested in a sweeping crackdown 20 years ago.
Former Irish rugby star accused of stealing €578k, Brendan Mullin, 57, faces nine counts of theft and five of false accounting.
A Burkina Faso sportsman who broke the world record for log lifting on Saturday received a raucous welcome at Ouagadougou airport. Cheick Ahmed al-Hassan Sanou - known as Iron Biby - lifted a 229kg (36st 1lb) log over his head at the Giants Live World Tour Finals in Scotland smashing the previous world record of 228kg.
India resumed vaccine exports from October, the world's largest vaccine maker halted exports in April to meet domestic demand as cases rose.
US probes horseback charge on Haiti migrants, images which seem to show border agents on horseback driving migrants back spark an investigation.
Nearly three tonnes of heroin seized at India port, the seized drugs reportedly have a street value of more than $2.7bn.
At least three people have been killed and dozens injured in a series of explosions in Burundi's economic capital, Bujumbura. Witnesses said at least two grenades exploded in a bus parking area, causing panic. A third explosion targeted a market and a fourth grenade exploded near a packed bus in the suburbs. It comes a day after a deadly grenade explosion in a bar in the Burundi capital, Gitega, and a mortar attack at Bujumbura airport on Saturday, which a rebel group (RED-Tabara) said it carried out.
US lifts Covid travel ban on UK and EU citizens.
Texas doctor sued under new abortion law.
The autistic teen jailed for a social media post, he allegedly insulted Cambodia's government, prompting heavily-armed policemen to arrest him.
Sisters certified oldest identical twins at 107, Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama from Japan receive their Guinness World Records awards.
Outcry over executions of nine men by Yemen rebels, the UN, EU, US and UK say their trial was not fair and was marred by torture allegations.
A man who was portrayed in a film as a life-saving hero during the Rwandan genocide has been sentenced to 25 years for terrorism by a court in Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina, 67, was found guilty of backing a rebel group behind deadly attacks in 2018 and 2019.
A court in Uganda has granted bail to two opposition MPs who have been charged with murder over a spate of killings with machetes in the country’s central region.
Putin's party wins election marred by fraud claims, the pro-Kremlin United Russia wins a parliamentary majority, but loses some ground. Russia election: Footage appears to show ballot stuffing.
The US justice department says that $26.6m (£20m) seized from Equatorial Guinea's Vice-President Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue will be spent on Covid vaccines and other medical programmes in the West African state. Obiang was forced to sell a mansion in Malibu, California, a Ferrari and various Michael Jackson memorabilia as part of a settlement he reached with the US authorities in 2014 after being accused of corruption and money-laundering. He denied the charges.
The US government has donated 1.6 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Uganda.
France pulls out of UK defence talks amid row, Paris is angry after Australia cancelled a submarine contract in favour of a deal with the UK and US.
Bees kill endangered South African penguins, more than 60 protected birds were found on the beach with multiple bee-stings but no other injuries.
For most Afghans staving off starvation is the biggest challenge since the Taliban returned to power.
Campaign group Human Rights Watch says the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo repeatedly ignored security warnings which preceded a prison riot last year in which inmates raped dozens of female detainees, including a teenage girl. About 2,000 detainees of Kasapa prison in the city of Lubumbashi rioted in September 2020, setting fire to buildings and attacking female inmates for three days.
Children given a daily time limit on China's TikTok, Douyin users aged under 14 will be limited to 40 minutes a day on the platform.
Five members of a family have been hacked to death by suspected jihadists while making a sugar cane-based brew in a village in northern Mozambique.
A British actress of Ghanaian heritage has become the first black woman to win an Emmy for best writing in a limited series.
US flies Haitian migrants back from Texas border, hundreds of would-be immigrants camped under a bridge on the US-Mexico border are returned to Haiti.
HK selects a new pro-China patriots only committee.
China prosecutors drop Alibaba sexual assault case.
Boxing star to run for Philippines president.
Bandits have released 10 students abducted two months ago from a Baptist school in Nigeria's north-western Kaduna state, 21 students remain in captivity.
Israel recaptures final Palestinian escapees, the two were part of a six man group who tunnelled out of jail almost two weeks ago.
The only person held legally responsible for the team of basketball cheats who faked their way to Paralympic gold at Sydney 2000 now denies he knew anything about it. Speaking for the first time since his conviction in 2013, he says the accusations against him were "absurd and unfounded". It's described by some as the worst example of cheating in sporting history. After Spain's intellectual disability basketball team won gold at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, it emerged that just two out of the squad of 12 players genuinely had a disability. The scandal led to a total ban on athletes with an intellectual disability from the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics, destroying the careers of thousands of sportspeople around the world.
Several MEPs have accused Russian gas company Gazprom of possible market manipulation, leading to an "unprecedented" jump in gas prices.
China's real estate giant - on the verge of bankruptcy - executives of the struggling real estate giant Evergrande illegally cashed out several of the company's investment products prematurely.
In addition to Russia and Belarus, a number of other countries, including Armenia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, took part in the Zapad21 exercise, which also trained the offensive operation against NATO.
A startling observation from scientists: Alzheimer's disease begins in the liver.
BJARKE Ingels Group (BIG), a recognized architectural firm that developed Virgin’s Hyperloop Passenger Pods, VIA 57 West and O-Tower, in collaboration with deepwater mining company The Metals Company, developed underwater robots that will collect the metals needed for the batteries.
The Taliban have excluded girls from Afghan secondary schools, with only boys and male teachers allowed back into classrooms.
French protest over Jersey fishing rights, over 100 people gather on Armanville beach in France, where the cable supplying Jersey's power lands.
Unsafe water entered the public drinking water supply in Ireland at two water treatment plants.
US millionaire Robert Durst found guilty of murder, durst was convicted of killing his best friend Susan Berman in 2000, and is likely to die in prison.
Opposition smart app removed as Russians vote, the Smart Voting app promoted candidates most likely to defeat President Vladimir Putin's party.
With Thailand's capital under tight Covid restrictions, taxis are being repurposed to grow food.
A court in Ibadan, south-west Nigeria, has ordered the government to pay the sum of about $48m (£35m) in aggravated damages to a Yoruba separatist leader for the destruction of his home.
More than 400 migrants cross the Channel in three days, French authorities stop 267 people from making the crossing in nine boats over the same period.
The US aims to resettle 65,000 Afghans across the country by the end of September.
A court in Nigeria has ordered doctors to end their strike and return to work immediately.
Biden urges leaders to cut methane gas emissions, the president asks leaders to commit to cutting emissions by at least 30% below 2020 levels by 2030.
Mozambicans sell food donations to build houses.
More than 300 traps have been deployed in the French town of Hyères to catch mosquitoes.
The three men make a safe return after 90 days in space - China's longest ever crewed mission.
Fire-resistant blankets protect General Sherman and other sequoias as a California blaze closes in.
At least 10 soldiers from the Cameroonian army's elite Rapid Intervention Battalion were reportedly killed in an ambush in Bamessing, in the troubled North-West region.
The UN has expressed concern, saying that hundreds of trucks carrying aid to the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray have gone missing.
The leaders of the two recent coups in Mali have been granted amnesty by the country's interim parliament.
Teenagers in shorts forced to cover up with curtains, the Indian student was stopped from entering the exam centre after a teacher objected to her clothes.
China applies to join a key Asia-Pacific trade pact, it comes the day after a regional security agreement between the US, UK and Australia was unveiled.
Germany arrests four over foiled synagogue attack, a 16-year-old Syrian boy was among those detained over a suspected Islamist plot.
US lawyer charged for lying in Russia probe, he is accused of hiding ties to the Clinton campaign when submitting a tip about Donald Trump.
A novel way of delivering high-speed internet via beams of light through the air has successfully transmitted data across the Congo River. It means that citizens in Brazzaville and Kinshasa could get faster and cheaper broadband.
An amber sample discovered in China shows the great lengths a mother spider will go to protect its young. A team of researchers at Capital Normal University in China found an adult spider with parts of an egg sac underneath her body and nearly 100 spiderlings, all of which have been encased in the amber for 99 million years.
SpaceX launch: Four citizen astronauts blast off on a three-day journey, and will orbit Earth every 90 minutes. During its three-day journey, the capsule will orbit the Earth once every 90 minutes at a speed of more than 17,000mph and an altitude of 360 miles.
At 2,300 years old, Chankillo observatory has been described as one of the oldest of its kind in the world — and the oldest in the Americas. It is a construction of 13 stone towers built atop a hill, and was once used as a calendar. Only this summer was Chankillo designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
EU observers call on Iraq to hold "peaceful" elections, sending 80 people to the first European Union election observation mission in Iraq.
Europe has the highest number of asylum seekers since the beginning of the pandemic.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer has announced it will close more than half of its stores in France.
Remains of a prehistoric "winged lizard" have been found in Chile: it is the first such find in the southern hemisphere.
The international non-profit organization Global Witness has announced that in 2020, 227 environmental activists were killed worldwide. On average - more than 4 per week. What is even more shocking is that experts have little doubt that the actual number is much higher, as not all such cases are recorded and identified as attacks on human activism. More than half of these killings took place in three countries: Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines. Because criminal organizations in those countries are very active. In addition, industry relationships with them are often open and dangerous. 23 killings can be traced back to the deforestation industry. Many activists were killed for trying to defend forests.
Italy requires all workers to show Covid pass.
E.On boss: Remove green levies to cut energy bills, cut soaring energy costs by paying energy levies through taxes.
China has criticised a historic security pact between the US, UK and Australia, describing it as "extremely irresponsible" and "narrow minded". The deal will see the US and UK give Australia the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. It is being widely viewed as an effort to counter China's influence in the contested South China Sea. The region has been a flashpoint for years and tensions there remain high.
A conman barber has been jailed for 18 months after conning a woman out of £90,000 through a dating website. Esosa Eromosele, 49, who lived in Rhyl in north Wales, admitted money-laundering for fraudsters. Mold Crown Court heard the father-of-three was "one of the leading players" in defrauding the woman. He also paid £1,000 to use the bank account of "inadequate alcoholic" Carwyn Jones, 29, from nearby Abergele, to gain £25,000. Jones received a four-month suspended jail term with rehabilitation and alcohol abstinence.
Four convoys carrying Iranian fuel have arrived in Lebanon under an initiative by the militant group Hezbollah to ease the country's crippling energy crisis. Eighty lorries with 4m litres (1.1m gallons) of diesel on board crossed the border from Syria, where a tanker is docked. The fuel is being imported via Syria in an effort to avoid embroiling Lebanon in US sanctions on Iran.
President found negligent over Jakarta's filthy air. The Indonesian capital is among the worst air polluted cities in the world.
North Korean state media has unveiled what appears to be a new rail-based ballistic missile system.
Brussels to name street after murdered sex worker, the city aims to draw attention to victims of sexual violence after Eunice Osayande's death in 2018.
The United Nations says the human rights situation in Burundi has deteriorated since current President Evariste Ndayishimiye took office last year.
French President Emmanuel Macron calls the killing of IS head Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi a "major success".
Haiti PM sacks justice minister amid murder probe, the move comes after charges were sought against the prime minister over the president's killing.
Ugandan opposition MPs charged with terrorism.
Wikipedia has suffered an "infiltration" that sought to advance the aims of China, the US non-profit organisation that owns the volunteer-edited encyclopaedia has said.
Global child abuse image kingpin jailed by US, the FBI called Irish man Eric Eoin Marques the world's largest facilitator of online child sex abuse.
Nine drowned in choppy seas in south of France, those who drowned in the dangerous conditions were all in their 50s, 60s and 70s.
A number of civilians were reportedly killed in north-east Nigeria's Yobe State when a military aircraft fired on a village.
Thousands protest against Bitcoin in El Salvador.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there’s been an increase in counterfeit drugs around the world.
Zimbabwe-born Tapiwa Guzha is on a mission to change the way Africans see their food at his Cape Town ice cream restaurant. He has used his PhD in Molecular Biology to make more than 600 inventive ice cream flavours - from baobab to edible clay and bitter leaf.
Germany has joined France in expressing concern about a deal reportedly being made between Mali’s military rulers and a Russian security firm called Wagner.
The small furry Eastern Barred Bandicoot is bumped off an Australian "extinct in the wild" list.
University wants 'unethical' AI study retracted, the Australian university says the facial recognition study co-funded by China breached guidelines.
Afghan women's youth soccer team flees to Pakistan, their departure comes as part of a wider exodus of female stars after the Taliban takeover.
Ex-US intelligence officers admit hacking for UAE, the three men allegedly helped a UAE-based firm break into computers and phones around the world.
Drug kingpin Lord of the Skies' villa sold for $2m, the Mexico City home belonged to the late Amado Carrillo Fuentes, also known as "Lord of the Skies". A court in Mexico has sentenced the former leader of one of the country's biggest drug trafficking cartels to 28 years in jail. Vicente Carrillo Fuentes took over control of the Juárez cartel after his brother died during botched plastic surgery in 1997. Thousands of people were murdered in turf wars between rival cartels. The Juárez cartel has lost much of its power since Vicente Carrillo Fuentes was arrested in 2014. Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, who was known as The Viceroy, was found guilty of drug trafficking and organised crime. The 58-year-old was one of the US Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) most wanted men for whose capture they offered a reward of $5m (£3.6m).
A series of camel sculptures carved into rock faces in Saudi Arabia are likely to be the oldest large-scale animal reliefs in the world, a study says. When the carvings were first discovered in 2018, researchers estimated they were created about 2,000 years ago. But a fresh study puts the camels at between 7,000-8,000 old.
Kenyans online are expressing their outrage following a sharp rise in the cost of fuel. The country’s energy regulator Epra, which sets fuel prices, announced an increase in petrol prices to over 130 shillings ($1.2; £0.9) per litre – the highest so far.
A former health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr Eteni Longondo, has been freed after spending 17 nights in Kinshasa’s main prison. He faces accusations of embezzling $6m (£3m) funds allocated for the fight against Covid pandemic while in office between 9 September 2019 and 28 April this year.
Australian firm Canva doubles in value to $40bn, the online design platform has become one of the most valuable private firms in the world.
Mexico rescues guests abducted from hotel, some 22 foreigners and 16 Mexicans are rescued after gunmen kidnapped them in San Luis Potosi state.
Becoming the first black Miss Ireland, Pamela Uba moved to the country as a seven-year-old - now she's making history after taking the title.
In 1938, Heinrich Himmler, a leading member of Germany's Nazi party and a key architect of the Holocaust, sent a five-member team to Tibet to search for the origins of the supposed Aryan race. Author Vaibhav Purandare recounts the fascinating story of this expedition, which passed through India. A little over a year before World War Two began, a group of Germans landed surreptitiously along India's eastern borders. They were on a mission to discover the "source of origin of the Aryan race". Adolf Hitler believed that "Aryan" Nordic people had entered India from the north some 1,500 years earlier, and that the Aryans had committed the "crime" of mixing with the local "un-Aryan" people, losing the attributes that had made them racially superior to all other people on earth. Hitler regularly expressed deep antipathy for the Indian people and their struggle for freedom, articulating his sentiments in his speeches, writings and debates.
Russian elections: Meet the politicians barred from the ballot, ahead of this week's elections many opposition candidates have been prevented from running.
Ramon Abbas - known to his 2.5 million Instagram followers as Hushpuppi - is considered by the FBI to be one of the world's most high-profile fraudsters and faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years in the US after pleading guilty to money laundering.
Fourteen years after she was allegedly abducted by her father, a Florida girl has been reunited with her mother at the US-Mexico border, police say. The 2007 disappearance of six-year-old Jacqueline Hernandez was a cold case until, when she reportedly contacted her mother on Facebook. Ms Hernandez, now 19, told Angelica Vences-Salgado that she was in Mexico. They reunited in Texas. Investigators who intercepted the pair have verified Ms Hernandez's identity.
Researchers have developed artificial cell-like structures using inorganic matter that autonomously ingest, process, and push out material—recreating an essential function of living cells.
Firm raises $15m to bring back woolly mammoth from extinction, scientists set initial sights on creating elephant-mammoth hybrid, with first calves expected in six years.
While running equations for quantum gravity corrections for the entropy of a black hole, a pair of physicists found that black holes exert pressure on the space around them. Not much pressure, to be sure – but it's a finding that's fascinatingly consistent with Stephen Hawking's prediction that black holes emit radiation and therefore not only have a temperature, but slowly shrink over time, in the absence of accretion.
Epso-G and Tetas have signed a EUR 36.3 million contract for the construction of a fence on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border.
Lithuania, Vilnius and Kaunas city municipalities, the company "Road Maintenance" controlled by the Ministry of Transport and Communications will continue to sprinkle streets and roads with Belarusian salt this winter, which is supplied by the Belarusian state company Belaruskalij, which is included in the US sanctions list.
The British American Tobacco (BAT) investigation, carried out in conjunction with the Bureau​​​ of Investigative Journalism and the University of Bath, had access to thousands of leaked documents. The documents show how​ BAT funded a network of almost 200 secret informants and used illegal surveillance methods to gather information on its rivals in Zimbabwe and South Africa. BAT has said it was helping the South African government tackle illicit cigarettes and its work in this field has been mischaracterised - but evidence strongly suggests it used security companies to undermine competitors with bribes, phone taps and tracking devices. Evidence also suggests the company was involved in negotiations to pay between $300,000 and $500,000 to Mugabe's Zanu-PF party in 2013.
The number of extremely hot days every year when the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s.
Cows 'toilet trained' in a bid to curb greenhouse gases.
Morocco arrests suspected IS-linked militants.
A Formula 1 fan from Liverpool was arrested at gunpoint in the Netherlands after being mistaken for a mafia boss. Police believed the 54-year-old, known as Mark L, was Sicilian crime lord Matteo Messina Denaro and he was blindfolded and led away by officers in The Hague. Prosecutors said the man, who was in the country to watch the Dutch Grand Prix on 5 September, was later freed. Denaro, 59, is wanted over bombings in 1993 which killed 10 and injured 93.
More than 80 people have been killed by flooding in Sudan since the beginning of the rainy season in 3 month.
Rwandan ex-army officer gunned down in Mozambique.
The International Judo Federation (IJF) has imposed 10-year bans on an Algerian player and his coach because they pulled out of the Olympics in order to avoid a bout with an Israeli.
Labour ends years of conservative rule in Norway.
An ambush on a Burkina Faso military convoy escorting fuel tankers from a gold mine near the border with Niger has left six officers dead.
German hunger strikers demand election climate focus, six young people say they won't end their hunger strike until the leading candidates meet them.
A megapod of over 100 humpback whales has been filmed feeding off the New South Wales coast of Australia.
Afghan women show off their traditional dress as black burqas spread under the Taliban.
First visit to Egypt by an Israeli PM in a decade.
Fake Walmart news story boosts crypto price, a news story claiming Walmart would accept cryptocurrency Litecoin was fabricated.
Money-laundering charges against a leading Ugandan human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, have been dropped.
Taliban kill civilians in resistance stronghold, the militants target civilians in Panjshir.
French statue defaced in apparent racist attack, a statue of Modeste Testas, an African slave, has been vandalised with white paint in Bordeaux.
Nigerian prisoners on the run after a raid by gunmen, about 240 inmates were freed after armed attackers stormed the facility in Kogi state.
North Korea tests a new long-range missile.
A Rwandan opposition leader has gone on hunger strike after being arrested by police, Christopher Kayumba, the leader of the Rwandese Platform for Democracy (RPD), was arrested on rape charges.
Britney Spears announces engagement, the singer, who is fighting a legal battle over her conservatorship, met fiancé Sam Asghari in 2016.
Thousands flee forest fires in southern Spain, almost 2,000 people have left their homes as the military joins efforts to contain the flames.
Pope’s Slovakia trip seen as subtle signal, the first papal visit in 18 years produces pleasure and puzzlement after a brief stop in Hungary.
Trade bodies and unions say the UK is slipping behind other nations on green investment.
Armed police have arrested an Afghan special forces commando at a hotel in Manchester where he had been in quarantine with his family after arriving on an evacuation flight from Kabul. It is understood that he is being held under immigration powers and an investigation is still ongoing.
The world’s largest plant designed to suck carbon dioxide out of the air and turn it into rock has started running. The plant, named Orca after the Icelandic word “orka” meaning “energy”, consists of four units, each made up of two metal boxes that look like shipping containers. Constructed by Switzerland’s Climeworks and Iceland’s Carbfix, when operating at capacity the plant will draw 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the air every year.
Lukashenko: Belarus intends to buy weapons from Russia for more than $ 1 billion.
More than forty migrants from Belarus were not allowed to enter Lithuania per day.
The Vilnius City District Court awarded all passengers who brought the airline to the Lithuanian court in the amount of EUR 400 and the costs incurred in the amount of EUR 139 each. In addition, passengers are granted 5 percent annual interest from the time the lawsuit is filed until the court's decision is fully enforced. The decision was made by the judge in absentia, because the company Wizz Air Hungary Limited Ltd., acting through the Lithuanian branch of Wizz Air, which was the defendant, did not respond to the claims made by the passengers.
Taliban announce new rules for female students, students will be segregated by gender and have to observe an Islamic dress code.
Pope warns of anti-Semitism as he visits Hungary, Francis also meets PM Viktor Orban, who holds starkly divergent views on immigration and refugees.
Up to 2,000 people have held a protest in County Donegal calling for a full redress scheme for homeowners affected by blocks containing high levels of mica. Mica, a mineral, absorbs water and can cause walls to crack and crumble. Thousands of homes across counties Donegal and Mayo have been falling apart because of the issue.
The latest tactic to tackle kidnapping gangs in Nigeria is to cut off mobiles and the internet.
Former President George Bush speaks movingly about the loss felt by the nation, 20 years after 9/11.
French ex-minister investigated over Covid response, ex-health chief Agnès Buzyn is investigated for "endangering lives" in the management of the crisis.
Four Palestinian jail escapees recaptured - Israel, a manhunt was launched after six inmates tunnelled out of a prison in northern Israel.
Two killed as tornado hits Italian island.
The Lebanon country's richest man becomes prime minister, ending more than a year of political paralysis.
The United Nations says the Taliban used live ammunition, batons and whips on protesters, killing four.
A Nobel peace laureate from the Democratic Republic of Congo has called for the establishment of an international criminal court for his country following 25 years of conflict.
US boy band Why Don't We have accused one of their managers of "mental, emotional and financial abuse" by making them "hostages in our own home" and restricting their food. The five-piece's latest album went to number five in the UK in January. They claimed the manager, who they didn't name, "controlled us 24/7", verbally berated them and led members to develop eating disorders. David Loeffler, one of their managers, rejected the "untrue, hurtful" claims. Why Don't We say they were aged between 15 and 18, and "young, impressionable and trusting" when they formed and started living in the same house.
Gazprom says a new pipeline to Germany is ready, Nord Stream 2 will double Moscow's natural gas exports to Germany, bypassing Ukraine.
Malawi's High Court has found prominent businessman Thomson Mpinganjira guilty of attempting to bribe judges in an effort to get them to rule in favour of then-President Peter Mutharika.
MI5: 31 late-stage terror plots foiled in four years, the terror threat to the UK remains "a real and enduring thing".
A magistrate in Zimbabwe has said that the body of former President Robert Mugabe can be exhumed after a traditional leader said that his burial had violated cultural practices.
The Kenyan military has joined police units to drive out attackers from the troubled Laikipia Nature Conservancy in the Rift Valley.
A lingerie-loving lizard was found lounging in a bra after travelling all the way from Barbados to sunny Yorkshire on a transatlantic flight.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sacked the country's foreign affairs minister. Beatrice Khamisa Wani Noah's dismissal was announced in a presidential decree read, no reasons were given for her removal from office.
A video that appears to show US soldiers driving among crowds of people in the Guinean capital, Conakry, has been fueling speculation that America had some involvement in this week's coup. But the US has said it was not involved in the coup and has in fact condemned it.
Biden and Xi hold first call in seven months.
An Austrian man kept dead mother in the cellar, the suspect is said to have "mummified" the corpse in order to continue receiving her pension.
India's unique Kharai camels can swim in the sea. But their habitat is slowly disappearing.
Poland provided humanitarian assistance to Lithuania due to the migrant crisis.
The Russian Ministry of Agriculture has called on regional leaders to increase support for vegetable growers, who in turn would show that the harvest is now ten per cent higher than five years ago.
Europe is facing an energy price shock, with natural gas and electricity prices rising to record levels.
India has approved a new COVID-19 vaccine that uses circular DNA strands to protect the immune system from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Researchers have welcomed the news of the world's first human-approved DNA vaccine and say many other DNA vaccines may soon be on its heels.
German football star convicted of assaulting ex, Jerome Boateng is fined €$1.8m after being convicted of injuring an ex-girlfriend on holiday in 2018.
First foreigners fly out of Kabul since US pull-out, dozens of people, including 13 UK citizens, take a plane from Kabul to Qatar's capital Doha.
Gunmen have kidnapped three people who worked on a farm owned by Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo in south-western Ogun state.
Deadly fire guts Covid hospital in North Macedonia, fourteen people are killed at a makeshift hospital treating Covid-19 patients in Tetovo.
A police worker has been arrested in Cyprus in connection with a fatal crash. A 58-year-old motorcyclist, who died at the scene, has been named locally as Bülent Güzelkeskin.
Afghan journalists tell of beatings by Taliban.
About $16,000 (£11,500) of counterfeit notes have been seized in Mozambique, with investigators suspecting that a regional syndicate is specialising in printing fake currency.
Top US court halts Texas execution over religion, the inmate, convicted of murder, is calling for the right to have a pastor's hands on him as he dies.
Ford is the latest firm to stop making cars in India, the firm has run up losses of more than $2bn in India and demand for new vehicles has weakened.
Smoke alarms went off on the International Space Station, the alarm went off as the space station's batteries were being charged.
Morocco's Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) has suffered a crushing defeat in parliamentary elections, slumping from first to eighth place. The liberal National Rally of Independents (RNI) party gained most seats, followed by another liberal party - the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) - which is seen as close to the monarchy. The RNI and PAM parties took 97 and 82 seats respectively of the 395-seat parliament, while the centre-right Istiqlal Party got 78 seats. The PJD only got 12 seats from the 125 seats it had in the outgoing assembly.
Outbreak as meningitis kills 120 in DR Congo.
North Koreans put hazmat suits on for parade, their inclusion may be a sign that a special force was created to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
China offers $31m in emergency aid to Afghanistan, Taliban officials had earlier described China as Afghanistan's most important partner.
Some Kenyans try to escape poverty by helping foreign students to fake their academic work.
Afghan women protest against all-male government, dozens of women march in Kabul and in Badakhshan province, angry at the new Taliban government.
This month marks 53 years of independence for Eswatini, but instead of celebrating, people are planning "freedom" protests, demanding political and social change. Eswatini is Africa’s last absolute monarchy, which means the king controls everything.
Ministers agreed to cut key climate pledges to help clinch the UK trade deal with Australia. According to an email from an unnamed Cabinet official, leaked to Sky News, government ministers referred to dropping "climate asks" to get the deal "over the line". This included cutting references to limiting global warming to specific temperatures. The government said the deal will reinforce climate commitments.
Rebels blamed for mass graves found in Ethiopia, the bodies of some 119 civilians are found by local officials - rebel forces deny responsibility.
Israel makes arrests over Palestinian prison break, several relatives of the six inmates who escaped Gilboa prison are reportedly taken into custody.
Mexico earthquake: Lights seen in sky during tremor near Acapulco, the magnitude-seven quake struck the country's Pacific coast, near the resort of Acapulco.
Russian emergencies minister dies on Arctic drill, Yevgeny Zinichev was killed while trying to save a cameraman who had fallen into water.
Spanish bishop quit for love for erotic writer.
Encrypted-email company ProtonMail has faced criticism after handing over user details to the authorities. The Swiss company sells itself on its privacy features, promising to let users "take control" of their personal data. But it had been legally obliged to collect data from an account said to be linked to a "climate activist" arrested by French police, ProtonMail said.
India paves way for more women in the armed forces.
Some Kenyans online have been complaining about the cost of a women-only service introduced by taxi-hailing app Bolt. The company recently introduced a service in Kenya that enables female passengers to request rides from women drivers.
Fire sweeps through Indonesian jail, killing 41.
Australia media ruled liable for Facebook comments, a landmark court ruling finds news outlets can be sued for comments posted on their social media.
Military leaders who've seized power in Guinea have released about 80 prisoners ahead of a summit of the West African grouping Ecowas.
Protests erupt in El Salvador as Bitcoin crashes, technological glitches plagued the first day of El Salvador accepting Bitcoin as legal tender.
India gave more jabs than all G7 nations in August, the country administered 180 million doses of three approved vaccines in August.
Flooding hits Mexico hospital, killing 17 patients.
Britney Spears' father files to end conservatorship, Jamie Spears files papers in an LA court to formally end the 13-year arrangement with the singer.
Mexico decriminalises abortion in landmark ruling, the Supreme Court rules that prosecuting women for terminating pregnancies is unconstitutional.
Cuba was the first country in the world to start vaccinating young children against coronavirus, starting vaccination for children aged 2-11.
NASA, on Mars, Perseverance successfully took a rock sample that will be transported to Earth.
Taliban announce new government for Afghanistan.
Kenyan police say a 65-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of slitting her 99-year-old husband's throat with a machete-like knife, and partially chopping off his ear. Local reports say a domestic dispute broke out between the couple.
Justin Trudeau hit by stones on campaign trail, the Canadian leader's campaign has been disrupted by protesters angry at a planned vaccine mandate.
Brazil on edge as Bolsonaro supporters rally, police are guarding the Supreme Court amid warnings that the president's supporters may try to storm it.
The Libyan government says its forces have arrested a senior Islamic State group figure. Embarak al-Khazimi was captured at Bani Walid, south-east of the capital, Tripoli. Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah said the arrest was a great success that would make it possible to gather information on IS. Three years ago, the group was driven out of the last bit of territory it held in Libya. Its members are now in hiding, or holed up in the desert, but they remain a threat to the country and the region.
Guinea's main opposition leader has welcomed ousting of President Alpha Condé calling it an opportunity for a new beginning for the country. Cellou Dalein Diallo said the army had made "a historic act that completes the fight" started by pro-democracy groups. He urged the army to ensure there was national reconciliation. The UN, African Union, and regional body Ecowas have condemned the coup saying that constitutional order should be restored. They have also called for the release of President Condé who was last seen surrounded by the army's special forces.
Ireland to ban the sale of polluting solid fuels, the new rules, which will make Ireland a low-smoke zone, are expected to be in place within a year.
Egypt accused of extrajudicial executions cover-up, security forces have falsely claimed that suspects are dying in shoot-outs.
Ugandan police accuse two opposition MPs of masterminding a wave of recent killings in the central region of greater Masaka. About 26 people have been murdered by machete-wielding assailants in recent weeks in the region, some hacked to death in own their homes.
Taliban fire warning shots at protest in Kabul, unrest grows as more Afghans demand women's rights and chant anti-Taliban and anti-Pakistan slogans.
Dozens more migrants cross the English Channel, weather conditions have become more favourable for those making the journey.
The 1987 recording appears to show Ripper the Australian musk duck saying: "You bloody fool".
The World Food Programme says the first delivery in two weeks of humanitarian aid to the Tigray province of Ethiopia will last for about seven days but much more support is needed. The WFP's regional spokesman, Gorden Weiss, said 100 trucks carrying aid to the region were needed every day to stay on top of the crisis. Mr Weiss said an additional 1.7 million people were now in need of help as the armed conflict had spead to Tigray's neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar.
Heavy rain in central Mexico sparked flash floods in Ecatepec and Nexahualcóyotl.
Takeover of small Welsh firm sparks security fears, UK business secretary intervenes in a takeover of Perpetuus over links to a Chinese academic.
El Salvador accepts Bitcoin as legal tender, millions of Salvadorians are expected to download a digital wallet app with $30 of free Bitcoin.
Man gets five-year jail term for spreading Covid, Le Van Tri was found guilty of spreading the virus to eight people in Vietnam, one of whom died.
Thousands protest against new farm laws in India.
Tigray rebel group says 150 have died from starvation.
China court drops Alibaba sexual assault case.
Minor girls paraded naked in India 'rain ritual', six girls, some as young as five, were paraded naked as part of a village ritual to summon rainfall.
Taliban raise flag over resistance stronghold, the Taliban raise their flag over Panjshir Valley, but resistance fighters deny being defeated.
Myanmar's military junta has released controversial Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, known for his nationalist and anti-Muslim rhetoric. He had previously been charged for sedition against the civilian government, which has since been deposed in a February military coup. The firebrand monk is known for his pro-military views. He has been dubbed the "Buddhist Bin Laden" over his speeches targeting Muslims, particularly the Rohingya.
Brazil's president signs a decree requiring firms to provide "just cause" before removing posts.
News of the coup in Guinea has caused the price of aluminium to spike to its highest level in 10 years. The country is the world's second largest producer of bauxite – the raw material from which aluminium is made. Aluminium reached a price of $2,776 (£2,000) a tonne, which is the highest level since 2011
Tunisian sets himself alight in anti-government protest.
Israel launches a huge manhunt after six militants dig their way out of the high-security jail.
A project to circumcise 1.5 million South Sudanese men aged from 15 to 49 has been launched in the country in order to reduce the prevalence of HIV.
Gaddafi's former footballing son freed from jail, Saadi Gaddafi was cleared of killing the Libyan football coach, and targeting protesters.
There is a growing rift between Somalia’s president and prime minister over the disappearance of a female intelligence agent, Ikraan Tahliil, in the capital, Mogadishu.
Long jail terms for key Belarus opposition pair, Maria Kolesnikova receives 11 years in jail and Maxim Znak 10 on charges of trying to seize power.
The Israeli twin girls were joined at the head but have been separated after a rare operation.
Nigerians are concerned about not being able to reach their families in the north-western state of Zamfara after authorities shut down internet and mobile phone services. The shutdown comes as security forces fight to contain armed gangs who have been carrying out killings and kidnappings for ransom.
Taliban accused of killing pregnant police officer, the killing comes amid increasing reports of escalating repression of women in Afghanistan.
Clashes in Montenegro over new Serb church leader, the fierce protests reflect tensions in the country, which broke away from Serbia in 2006.
Rush to contain large oil spill in Gulf of Mexico, oil rigs pictured in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana.
Police storm Mali jail to free detained commander, the commander of Mali's anti-terror police is accused of murder during 2020 anti-government protests.
Campaigners say it is important that Kenyan men join the battle to end female genital mutilation.
U.S. troops demilitarized 73 planes before leaving Afghanistan, leaving only 48 planes for the Taliban, but so far no information is available on how many of them can be used for their intended purpose. According to one Al Jazeera journalist, who was allowed to inspect the airport left by the Americans together with Taliban fighters, the Taliban hoped that US troops would leave the operating helicopters.
Wendelstein 7-X Fusion Reactor: Plasma is twice as hot as the solar core, and the reactor is so complex that the design required supercomputers. The Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator is an experimental fusion reactor designed to bring us closer to clean, unlimited energy.
A shark was born in an Italian aquarium where only female sharks swim. Scientists say this is the first such known case.
Thousands of Tigray rebels killed, Ethiopia claims, leading general says 5,600 rebels have been killed in fierce fighting aided by airstrikes.
NZ to toughen anti-terror laws after knife attack, after extremist under surveillance stabs six in New Zealand.
Fresh fighting in final anti-Taliban stronghold, men thought to be Taliban fighters near the entrance to the Panjshir valley
Appeal for woman convicted of Cyprus gang rape lie, the woman challenges her conviction for making a false report of an attack by 12 men in a hotel room.
Western diplomats in South Sudan have said the government should respect freedom of expression, including the right to peaceful protest.
Ex-prosecutor faces charges over black jogger case, a former US district attorney is accused of mishandling the case of Ahmaud Arbery's death in 2020.
Brazen coyotes terrorise British Columbia park, provincial authorities say they will cull coyotes from Stanley Park after a spike in attacks.
Hundreds of African workers in the United Arab Emirates have been brutalised, thrown into jail and then deported. In a new report, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and Impact International for Human Rights Policies detail how the migrants were arrested en masse in June and then subjected to brutal treatment while in prison.
EU and AstraZeneca reach a deal to end vaccine row, AstraZeneca agrees to deliver 200 million doses by next spring, ending the threat of court action.
Finnish teenagers jailed for boy's murder, three boys are sentenced to 10, nine and eight years over the "brutal" death of one of their peers.
Kim Jong-un calls for action on climate change, typhoons last year badly impacted vital crops, as well as drought and heavy monsoon rains this year.
Apple has delayed plans to roll out detection technology which would have scanned US users' iPhones in search of child sexual abuse material.
"Why are you travelling without a mahram?" the Taliban guard asks a young Afghan woman about her missing male escort.
The leader of Wiltshire Council, UK, has said he was astounded to learn that there are some 1,350 empty Ministry of Defence (MoD) homes in the county. Richard Clewer is calling for some of the properties to be used as temporary housing for Afghan refugees.
Toxic leak from Angola diamond mine kills 12, the leak turned a tributary of the River Congo red and also killed many fish.
The Nigerian military says nearly 6,000 Boko Haram members including commanders, fighters and their families have surrendered to the authorities.
Tech Tent - China's crackdown on young gamers, as China limits online game play for youngsters, Western firms vie for streamers.
Storm Ida kills dozens across the US north-east.
Australia says it has secured an extra four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the UK in a swap deal. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the extra vaccines would help his country come out of its lockdowns sooner. About half of Australia's population is currently in lockdown due to outbreaks in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Under the deal, Australia will send the same amount of doses back to the UK later in the year.
Armless swimmer Zheng Tao dominates the pool, the 30-year-old, who lost his arms from an electric shock, dominated the Games pool with four golds.
China is set to open a new stock exchange in Beijing.
Child sex abuse lawsuits find prince and priests, Prince Andrew, Bob Dylan, Catholic priests and others face suits after a change in New York law.
Six managers of an Italian company that makes military-grade drones for Nato have been reported to prosecutors after a lengthy investigation by financial crimes police. Tax police said the takeover of the unnamed company in north-east Italy, had broken arms laws. Investigators said a firm based in Hong Kong had bought a majority stake in the drone company at 90 times its value. But the real buyer, they said, was two state-owned companies in China. They alleged a complex and opaque web of corporate holdings had been used to cover up the true identity of the new owner of 75% of the company. The financial crimes unit also suspects the 2018 deal may have broken Italian "golden power" rules that bar or limit the sales of strategic assets to foreign investors.
Ireland’s data privacy watchdog has slapped WhatsApp with a record €225m (£193m) fine for violating EU data protection rules. The Dublin-based Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced the decision on Thursday after a three-year investigation into the messaging app, which is owned by Facebook. It ordered WhatsApp to remedy its behaviour to protect privacy. WhatsApp called the fine “entirely disproportionate” and said it would appeal.
An exotic form of magnetism has been discovered and linked to an equally exotic type of electrons, according to scientists who analyzed a new crystal in which they appear at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The magnetism is created and protected by the crystal’s unique electronic structure, offering a mechanism that might be exploited for fast, robust information storage devices.
Pope Francis has criticised the west’s recent involvement in Afghanistan – inadvertently quoting Vladimir Putin in doing so. In a wide-ranging interview with Spanish radio station COPE, the pope was asked for his thoughts on the redrawn political map of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the US and its allies from the country after 20 years of war. The pope said he had been moved by a quote from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, whom he described as “one of the world’s great political figures”.
Poland enters a state of emergency at the border with Belarus.
The Belarusian State Border Guard Committee has stated that Lithuania and Latvia are not implementing agreements on the movement of lorries from the territory of Belarus, which results in long queues at border posts.
Eat more red vegetables: slows down the aging process, protects the body from disease.
The Chinese have developed the first mass-produced lithium-ion battery without cobalt, and cobalt extraction is linked to human rights abuses and environmental damage.
Swiss-California company Energy Vault has raised as much as $ 100 million in a new investment round. The vision of this renewable energy company is a brick tower that protects a lot of energy.
Biden launches fight against Texas abortion ban, the president called the decision to allow the law to take effect an "unprecedented assault" on women's rights.
Abba announce new album Voyage and virtual concerts in London, the Swedish group unveil their first new music in almost 40 years and shows in London from May 2022.
Environmental groups have warned of a climate and biodiversity catastrophe if the Democratic Republic of Congo lifts a moratorium on new industrial logging permits.
Rebels fighting in Ethiopia's Oromia region reportedly carried out an attack on police.
The gunman who killed four people near the French embassy in Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam before being shot dead was "a terrorist", local police have said.
US states to accept driver's licence on iPhones, Apple's new ID system for its Wallet will be rolled out at airports to start.
An Afghan boy who ate wild mushrooms died in Poland. The five year old ate the mushrooms at a refugee centre near Warsaw after his evacuation from Kabul.
Kenyan police are investigating a case in which three pupils were tied to a tree as punishment for truancy.
TV host sentenced over rape re-enactment, a guest was asked to simulate a sexual assault using a mannequin live on Ivory Coast TV.
Qatar and Turkey emerge as key channels between Afghanistan's new rulers and the outside world.
A Kenyan schoolboy has narrated how he walked for kilometres after being sent away from school for not paying fees.
One of Rwanda's most famous rappers, Jay Polly, has died at the age of 33 in a hospital in Kigali. The artist was in jail awaiting trial on drug charges, and was rushed to hospital. In a statement, the Rwanda Correctional Service, which is in charge of prisons, said the musician had consumed a mixture of methanol disinfectant, sugar and water before he was rushed to hospital.
Spain hit with severe flooding after the storm, homes in north and central Spain are left isolated and without electricity as roads are forced to close.
Workers in China are fed up with the brutal 12-hour work days once seen as a key driver of success.
The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) has defended a decision to strip a Malaysian athlete of his gold medal. Shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli won gold in the F20 class, but was later disqualified for arriving three minutes late for the event.
Attacks on Muslims by Hindu mobs have risen in India, with little apparent official condemnation.
North Korea rejects offer of Chinese Covid-19 jabs.
A US judge has approved a bankruptcy plan for the maker of OxyContin painkillers, shielding its wealthy owners the Sacklers from further legal action over their roles in America's opioid epidemic. Under the deal, Purdue Pharma will pay $4.5bn (£3.3bn) to settle lawsuits related to the crisis. The Sackler family will also give up control of the drugmaker. But they also have immunity from future lawsuits, despite strong opposition.
McDonald’s in the US hiring 14-year-olds amid shortage, an Oregon branch sees flood of applications after failing to recruit older workers.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and US president Joe Biden met at the White House.
All schools shut in Nigeria's Zamfara state after abductions.
Three US police officers and two paramedics have been charged over the death of a black man who was put in a chokehold and injected with ketamine. Elijah McClain, 23, was stopped by police in 2019 in Aurora, Colorado. His case was among several to receive renewed attention following the death of George Floyd last year. No one initially faced charges over his death but following public pressure Colorado's governor opened a fresh investigation.
Gambian nurses strike over unpaid allowances.
Officials in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo say about 80 people are missing after a militia ambushed a convoy, killing at least three people and setting fire to 16 vehicles.
A Tunisian court has issued an arrest warrant against former presidential candidate Nabil Karoui who is detained in neighbouring Algeria for entering the country illegally.
French police crash after officer fires Taser, a lawyer says the officers were "having fun" when one fired her Taser and the driver lost control.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked two of his ministers in an unusual cabinet reshuffle.
The militant group showcased the kit captured during their takeover of Afghanistan.
Drought hits South America's second-longest river, the Paraná is a key waterway for shipping and also provides drinking water for millions of people.
Three people have been beheaded in a village in Quissanga district in the jihadist-hit northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.
Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto and his properties are being guarded by 257 police officers, including four based at a chicken farm, the government has revealed.
Space station facing irreparable failures, the majority of in-flight systems on the ISS have passed their expiry date, an official warns.
Iceland PM saddened by football sex abuse scandal, the board of Iceland's football authority resigned after it was accused of covering up allegations.
British journalist killed in Ghana robbery, the 31-year-old from Hartlepool was making a documentary in Africa for a Muslim television network.
UK and Taliban in talks over further evacuations.
'Pollution may shorten life in India by nine years', millions in north India face the most extreme levels of air pollution in the world.
Indian athletes shine at Tokyo Paralympics, the country has won 10 medals, which is six more than the 2016 Games.
Forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region have looted the US government humanitarian agency's warehouses in the neighbouring Amhara state.
Japan finds black particles in the Moderna vaccine, it comes less than a week after the country suspended more than a million doses due to contamination.
India sees record economic growth during Covid surge. The country suffered a devastating Covid spike in April and May but looser pandemic curbs still drove growth.
Children fall victim to vicious French drug war, a 14-year-old is the latest victim of Marseille's gang war.
The mystery fever that's killed dozens of children, at least 50 people, most of them children, have died in a week, and Indian officials don't know why.
Image of bird at US-Mexico border wall wins contest, the winning image by Mexican photographer Alejandro Prieto shows a roadrunner at the border wall.
US hate crime reports hit 12-year high in 2020.
The UK told Afghans to go to Abbey Gate before the attack, despite an attack being expected, emails seen by the BBC show embassy staff directing Afghans to the gate.
Researchers performing a long-awaited experiment created different realities that are irreconcilable, proving that objective facts can be made to exhibit properties that cannot cohere, according to a recent study shared on a preprint server. Nobel Prize-winner Eugene Wigner described a thought experiment in 1961 that highlighted an uncommon paradox of quantum mechanics. Specifically, it reveals the strangeness of the universe when two observers, like Wigner and his friend, observe two distinct realities. Since the thought experiment, physicists have used it to explore the very nature of measurement, in addition to the bizarre idea of whether objective facts actually exist or not. This is a pretty crucial feature of science, since empirical inquiry works to establish objective facts. In 2020, physicists realized that recent quantum technology advances had made it possible to create Wigner's Friend test in a real-world experiment. In essence, we can create different realities, and compare them in a lab to see if they can be reconciled, or cohere, in one system. And researcher Massimiliano Proietti of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, along with a handful of researchers, said they performed this long-awaited experiment for the first time: Creating distinct realities, comparing-and-contrasting them, and discovering that they are, in fact, irreconcilable.
Ancient remains found in Indonesia belong to a vanished human lineage. The 7,200-year-old burial was found in a cave.
400-million-year-old fossil reveals how first roots emerged in Earth’s early plants.
Humans Are Evolving: An artery that temporarily goes to the centre of the forearms while a child is still in the womb isn’t disappearing as often as it did earlier, giving most adults an extra channel of vascular tissue.
Alar Karis became the new President of Estonia.
Yandex plans to buy back Uber shares and expel it from Russia, saying it has signed a $ 1 billion deal to buy shares from the transportation services company Uber.
The NATO air policing mission in the Baltic States will be carried out by Danish soldiers, and their participation will be strengthened by the Portuguese Air Force.
The U.S. military has called its latest land-based hyper-sonic weapon system the Dark Eagle.
Vodka is by far the most popular alcoholic beverage in both Russia and Poland. At the same time, both claim that vodka was invented in their country.
The SpaceX rocket flew to the International Space Station (ISS) with ants, avocados and a robotic arm and other supplies.
In Ukraine, find the remains of thousands of believed victims of the Stalin era. According to the authorities, bones of 5,000-8,000 people were found in more than two dozen graves near Odessa in the south of the country. The number may still grow as the exhumation work continues.
In a study conducted by cyber security experts at ESET, countries were analyzed and ranked based on factors such as the impact of cybercrime, cybersecurity, malware, social media and email hacking, and identity theft. Portugal has become the safest country in Europe for cyber security, scoring 8.21 out of 10. The country boasts a very small number of people who have been victims of malware, social media hacking, online banking fraud and identity theft. As mentioned, the second place was taken by Lithuania, which scored 7.99 cybersecurity scores out of 10. A particularly high result was achieved due to the commitment to ensure cyber security. TOP5 also boasts Slovakia (7.21 points out of 10), Greece (7.03 points out of 10) and Spain (6.82 points out of 10). Romania ranks worst in Europe in the field of cyber security (3.27 points out of 10), with the least legislation on cybercrime. Luxembourg performed worst in terms of the percentage of bank card or online banking fraud. The highest number of victims of identity theft is in Hungary (12%).
Many bodies remain unburied in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state following a wave of violence.
A television station in Ivory Coast has apologised after broadcasting a prime-time show in which a man described as a former rapist demonstrated on a mannequin how he assaulted women.
Irish population tops 5m for first time since 1851, there were also 742,300 people living in the Republic Ireland aged 65 and over in April.
The leader of Tanzania's main opposition party has appeared in the country's High Court to face terrorism charges.
Berlin's university canteens go almost meat-free, the new menus are designed to reduce the carbon footprint of universities in the German capital.
Modelling suggests fuel that leaked from a power plant last week will soon reach northern Cyprus.
A company in Benin harvests water hyacinths which can be used to soak up oil.
'If you let go, I'll shoot you in the face', Brazil hostages describe a terrifying ordeal as bank robbers used them as human shields on getaway cars.
The group entered the Afghan capital's airport hours after the last US soldier left the country.
UN renews sanctions on Mali peace deal violators.
Energy experts in South Africa have expressed shock at the government’s announcement that it wants to install new nuclear capacity to solve its power problems. This came after the National Energy Regulator approved the procurement of 2,500 MW of nuclear power.
The last US soldier leaves Afghanistan.
  1. Kelly's sex trafficking trial entered its eighth day on Monday, with a male accuser testifying that the star promised him fame in exchange for sex. The man, who testified under the pseudonym Louis, said he was a 17-year-old when Mr Kelly asked him what he "was willing to do for music". He then described how the singer crawled towards him and performed a sex act, even though "I wasn't into it". Mr Kelly, 54, denies all the charges against him.
A Cameroonian priest has been abducted by separatists in the south-west of the country.
Toyota restarts driverless vehicles after an accident, a visually impaired athlete from Japan's judo team was hit by one of the e-Palette pods.
Over 7,000 schools were damaged in the Tigray war.
Leaded petrol now eradicated worldwide, the highly polluting fuel has contaminated the atmosphere, water and crops for nearly a century.
Six children were among 10 killed in the strike which the US said was meant to stop a militant attack.
China cuts children's online gaming to one hour, regulators are restricting game-playing for under 18s to an hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays.
Hurricane Ida made landfall on the US state of Louisiana, on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Abbas holds rare talks with Israeli minister, it was the Palestinian president's first official meeting with a senior Israeli since 2010.
Ghana police shoot men suspected of killing journalist.
Indigenous Australians say surging infections in remote areas should have been prevented.
South Sudan denies shutting down the internet.
Police in Uganda say they have arrested 15 suspects following a spate of killings in Masaka district, some 120 km (75 miles) south of the capital, Kampala. All the suspects are from the local community which has recorded 25 killings in the last month.
More than 44,000 people, 45% of them children, are currently declared missing across Africa, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement marking the International Day of the Disappeared. About 82% of those missing are from just seven countries with armed conflicts.
South Sudan ex-rebels take seats in parliament.
Tunisian media mogul and ex-presidential candidate Nabil Karoui has been arrested in Algeria for illegally entering the country.
China bans exams for six-year-old school children, the education ministry says excessive exams are affecting the physical and mental health of pupils.
NZ woman dies after receiving Pfizer vaccine, officials say she also had other medical issues which could have contributed to her death.
The Nigerian state shuts markets over attacks.
The Zambian president replaces army and police chiefs.
North Korea appears to have restarted its nuclear reactor.
Food prices soar as war ravages Ethiopia.
An Indian court ruled that forced sex with a spouse is not rape. Campaigners say it's time for new laws.
Japan's huge army of under-employed ex-housewives, women are still battling for better jobs in the world's third largest economy.
Bodies of US troops killed in Kabul returned to America.
Last British troops return as the Afghan campaign ends.
Drone attack on Yemen air base kills 30 soldiers, pro-government forces say Houthi rebels targeted the base with missiles and armed drones.
Displaced residents return to Mozambique's conflict-torn region.
A woman in California has rescued her five-year-old son from an attack by a mountain lion. The boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas in the Santa Monica mountains, west of Los Angeles, when the lion pounced on him. The child was dragged across the front lawn, but his mother ran out and struck the mountain lion with her bare hands until it let go of her son. The animal was later found and shot dead by wildlife authorities. The boy suffered injuries to his head and torso, but is now in a stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles.
Rebel forces from Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region have accused the African Union of bias, days after the bloc appointed the former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo as a mediator.
Rights groups in South Sudan say security forces have arrested several people, including activists and a bishop, ahead of planned protests.
Wife of Greek ambassador jailed over his murder, Françoise de Souza Oliveira was found guilty of planning the murder with her lover, who confessed.
Italian coastguards rescue 539 people from a small fishing boat believed to have set off from Libya.
Labyrinth Park in Anyksciai improved the Lithuanian record, the largest labyrinth in Lithuania with an area of 3,831 ha.
The number of girls enrolled in the Lithuanian Military Academy is the highest in a decade 119.
The Taliban is blocking access for people to Kabul airport to leave the country.
The U.S. military has reported a drone strike against the jihadist Islamic State of Khorasan, which has claimed responsibility for the devastating attack at Kabul airport.
Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. This date is considered the beginning of World War II. The first months of the military conflict were marked by great atrocities, especially in the Pomeranian region of northern Poland, where some 30-35 thousand civilians were killed.
A new bill currently being considered by the California Senate would allow the people of the state to set aside their bodies after death for "natural organic reduction," essentially human composting.
Final UK flight for civilians leaves Kabul.
New Orleans braces for direct hit from hurricane, hurricane Ida is forecast to strike as a category 4 storm, even stronger than Katrina 16 years ago.
The Taliban maintain a sophisticated financial network and taxation system to generate income.
When a grieving family saw an unknown mourner at the funeral home in northern France where their relative was lying at rest, they thought nothing of it. The woman, in her sixties, said she was a friend of the deceased, so they left her to pay her respects at the open coffin - or so they thought. But when they came back later, the deceased had been stripped of her jewellery: her necklace, ring and earrings had all vanished.
Covid in India - children have forgotten how to read, schools in India have been closed for more than a year, with learning outcomes falling drastically.
'I helped the US, now help me save my family', Afghans living in Texas plea for help to save the lives of loved ones left behind in Afghanistan.
The office that oversees US spy agencies could not establish how the coronavirus pandemic began.
Gunmen have kidnapped 15 traders in the oil-rich Unity State in the northern part of South Sudan, demanding a ransom of about $17,000 (£12,400) to release them.
The Ugandan president has blamed a foiled suicide bomb attack at the funeral of a top military commander on the rebel Allied Democratic Front (ADF).
Scientists find world's northernmost island, they say a tiny island off Greenland's coast was discovered by luck during a recent expedition.
'Murder Hornets': Nest of 1,500 eradicated in the US, a nest of the giant, invasive insects was the first destroyed in Washington this year.
Ghana’s chief imam Sheikh Osman Sharubutu has donated more than $8,000 (£5,800) to support the construction of a controversial national cathedral.
Tunisian MP sues president for 'grabbing power'.
Officer who shot Capitol rioter reveals identity, he believes he saved "countless lives" on 6 January.
Kenya gridlock leaves drivers stranded overnight.
The downfall of Heinz-Christian Strache, who was head of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, began with a video sting on the holiday island of Ibiza. Two years on, a court in Vienna has found him guilty of corruption, giving him a 15-month suspended jail sentence. He was vice-chancellor when the scandal brought down Sebastian Kurz's coalition government. The video that emerged hinted at potentially illegal donations to his far-right FPÖ.
Music school falls silent under Taliban rule, as the new regime bans music, the head of Afghanistan's national music school says students are scared.
Algeria to cut gas supplies to Morocco.
Barnier joins presidential race 'to change France', the former EU Brexit negotiator says he will take on Emmanuel Macron in the elections next spring.
Gunmen kidnapped Nigerian school children, the community paid a ransom and even bought motorbikes for the kidnappers.
Daniel Dias has won 25 medals for Brazil over the past four Paralympic Games but will be retiring after Tokyo.
Although gay marriage is legal in the US, Indian-American couples struggle to find priests to marry them.
Beach soccer: Senegal beat 14-time champions Brazil.
Nigeria state oil firm makes first profit in 44 years.
A Florida doctor has been removed from his hospital job amid reports that he offered parents medical letters to circumvent school mask requirements. Local school rules require masking unless a medical reason is given. Tallahassee physician Brian Warden was reportedly advertising such medical exemption letters for $50 (£36.46) on a Facebook group for anti-mask parents.
Lithuania will re-announce the purchase of cottages for migrants for 725 million euros: it is expected that this amount will not be needed.
An Italian cargo aircraft C-130 flying from Kabul airport with former NATO personnel was shot.
Kindergartens at parents 'workplaces - an idea that has been discussed and debated in many companies for many years, but has hardly been implemented in practice, when at that time kindergartens at parents' workplaces in Western Europe and the USA were common practice.
In five days, as many as eight kidney transplant operations, one liver and one heart transplant were performed in Lithuanian Kaunas clinics.
Apple is developing an electric car, Huawei is already selling electric cars in China, and Sony is testing a prototype.
The pictorial images, some of which were taken back in 1958, show how blacks and Asians were brutally treated as exhibits attracting millions of tourists.
The Japanese will drill a kilometer-long tunnel to safely dispose of the radioactive waste from the Fukushima disaster.
The U.S. military has demonstrated its first combat-capable laser gun prototype. Developed in just 24 months, the DE M-SHORAD laser was mounted on a Stryker combat vehicle and participated in an exercise in Fort Sill, Oklahoma for the first time.
The researchers performed a modeling of the afforestation effect. That is, they studied the impact of new or replanted forests growing at 30-45 degrees latitude. The researchers wanted to find out if the amount of sunlight absorbed increases the temperature in the area. Their models show that clouds are more likely to form above forests, helping to reduce local temperatures. By using light, plants absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), keeping carbon for themselves and giving us oxygen.
As temperatures rise across the US, experts say coaches need to watch out for heat-related illness.
Twin bomb blasts have struck civilians trying to flee Afghanistan at Kabul airport. The Taliban say at least 13 people were killed, with videos from the scene appearing to show piles of bodies. Bombs targeted the Abbey Gate area - where US troops are stationed helping to process evacuees. Four US Marines were killed in the attack, US media report. A local hospital says it has received 60 injured so far, with at least six patients dead on arrival. The bomb blasts came hours after warnings an attack by an Islamist group may be imminent. It came on the same day that several countries ended their evacuation efforts.
More than 200 people have been killed following fighting in western Ethiopia. The state-appointed Ethiopia Human Rights Commission said the rebel Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) had killed about 150 people.
US adult film star faces 34 sex crime charges, Ron Jeremy has pleaded not guilty to assault allegations from 21 women that span over two decades.
Eight killed after crane collapses in Kenya.
New species of ancient four-legged whale was found, the three-metre whale was found in Egypt and has been named after Anubis, the ancient god of death.
Tigray residents wait half a day to make a phone call, it has been two months since electricity, telephone, internet, banking and transport services were cut in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.
Tigray fighters accused of killing 35 in Amhara.
Stalin-era mass grave found in Ukraine, thousands of people are thought to be buried at the site - one of the largest ever found in Ukraine.
Samsung remotely disables TVs looted in South Africa.
Venezuela searches for survivors of landslides, twenty people are confirmed to have died after heavy rains caused landslides in western Venezuela.
Third brawl in two days in Armenian parliament, security personnel were called in to remove several members after violence erupted on the parliament floor.
Giant tortoise kills bird caught on camera, it is believed to be the first time this behaviour of giant tortoises has been documented.
India has been giving 5.3 million doses every day on an average for about a month now.
India student in hospital after gang rape.
Court rules against UK over Chagos islands, the ruling should enable Mauritius to start settling its new maritime borders in the Indian Ocean. British stamps banned from Chagos Islands.
Farmer draws heart with sheep in tribute to aunt, a heart made up of live sheep, the Australian man was unable to attend his aunt's funeral because of Covid travel restrictions.
Some squatters in Spain demand cash before leaving - so eviction firms have arisen to handle the talks.
Millions in Bitcoin and other digital coins are being stolen by hackers with victims left in limbo.
Leopard attacks model in German photoshoot, the 36-year-old woman was seriously wounded by the animal at a retirement home for show animals.
SA pauses extradition of Mozambique ex-minister, Mr Chang is accused of corruption after allegedly receiving bribes to sign off on international loans of $2bn (£1.5bn) intended to buy fishing trawlers and military patrol boats. However, much of it was allegedly diverted to government officials. Mr Chang denies any wrongdoing.
Hundreds of jihadists attack Niger military post.
Delta imposes $200 monthly fee on unvaccinated staff, the US airline also says Covid sufferers won't get sick pay unless they are double-jabbed.
Authorities in Nigeria’s central Plateau state have imposed a 24-hour curfew in the state capital Jos after gunmen killed at least 18 people during a raid on a mainly Christian community. Some reports suggest the death toll is well over 30.
Two police killed near French embassy in Tanzania.
Rwandan and Mozambican troops have reportedly encircled militants in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado province ahead of a "last major military push" against the Islamic State-linked insurgents.
Morocco has rejected reasons put forward by Algeria in its decision to sever diplomatic relations with its North African neighbour.
Niger’s army says it has killed 100 jihadists in an operation in a south-western region near the Burkina Faso border.
The world's fastest-accelerating roller coaster is closed in Japan after claims of serious injuries.
More than 20 people, mainly Afghans, have been stranded on the Belarus border with Poland for over a week, as part of an apparent Belarusian attempt to push migrants into neighbouring EU countries. Now the Council of Europe and the UN refugee agency UNHCR have called on Poland to help them.
Woman who accused MP of rape dies in self-immolation, her death puts the spotlight on the treatment of women in India.
Ivory Coast's first person to test positive for Ebola since 1994 has now recovered.
China introduces Xi Jinping ideology in schools, the education ministry says the guidelines will help establish Marxist belief in the country's youth.
The police in Ghana have notified the public that they will be conducting a mass burial for 200 unidentified and unclaimed bodies.
Through an analysis of “chrononutrition” — the relationship between our circadian rhythms and the nutrients we take in — the study team found both mice and people were able to maximize their muscle growth simply by eating protein-rich foods earlier in the day.
Algeria breaks diplomatic ties with Morocco.
Belarus, President Lukashenko: Refugees from Afghanistan will travel to Europe via Belarus.
A Taliban spokesman told a news conference that the Taliban were no longer allowing Afghan citizens to travel to Kabul airport because of the "chaotic situation there". The Taliban also warned Western forces not to extend the deadline for transportation from the country beyond 31 August.
Women are not to go to work until procedures are in place to ensure their safety, the Taliban say.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has confirmed a record level of aid to developing countries. Belarus received a sizeable sum, despite the fact that representatives of the Belarusian diaspora living in the United States (US) have been protesting over the past few days against allocating money to Aliaksandr Lukashenko's administration because it considers it illegal and demanding that money not be given to Minsk.
The hourly wages of U.S. fast food restaurant workers increased 10 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year.
The number of people on Earth is still growing - there are already almost 8 billion of us. If everyone planted a tree every year and it continued for 20 years, 160 billion new trees would be added to the Earth. Of course, children, the elderly and the disabled cannot plant trees, but perhaps this duty would be performed by their relatives. Let’s still imagine that you replace a dead tree with a new one. Trees, like other green plants, engage in photosynthesis. They absorb carbon dioxide, take carbon from it, and give us oxygen. Different trees absorb different amounts of carbon dioxide. Because photosynthesis requires light, trees growing in colder regions absorb less CO2. But for simplicity, let’s say each tree absorbs an average of 22.7 kg of carbon dioxide per year. Thus, trees planted by one person in 20 years would later absorb 450 kg of CO2 per year. Of course, this is not much, but it is only 20 trees.
South Africa’s unemployment rate in now the highest in the world, it rose to 34.4% in the second quarter from 32.6% in the three months of the year.
The US government's aid agency has denied accusations that it has been feeding rebels fighting in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray.
Fugitive VAT fraudster jailed after years on run, Muhammad Tanwir Khan fled to Pakistan after being convicted of an £800,000 VAT repayment fraud.
A court in south-western Japan has sentenced the head of a powerful crime syndicate to death by hanging. The court in the city of Fukuoka found that Nomura Satoru, aged 74, had ordered four assaults, one of which resulted in death. The verdict came despite a lack of direct evidence against Nomura, local media said. He denied any involvement.
The Islamist group, al-Shabab, is reported to have seized a strategic town in central Somalia.
CIA head met Taliban leader in Kabul, the secret meeting came ahead of a deadline for US troops to leave Afghanistan on 31 August.
India minister arrested over slap remark, Narayan Rane said he would have slapped a state's chief minister over his Independence Day speech.
German police have begun an attempted murder investigation after six people were taken to hospital in a case of suspected poisoning at Darmstadt Technical University. They had all had food or drink from a small kitchen on the university's Lichtwiese campus. A "harmful substance" was added to milk cartons or water, police believe.
Tonnes of dead fish wash up in Spanish lagoon, ecologists say pollution is to blame, as officials consider declaring the Mar Menor a disaster area.
Convicted ex-Chadian leader Hissène Habré dies, the former president, whose government carried out 40,000 murders, was serving a life sentence.
Zambian armed forces salute the new president.
The 22-month-old Russian girl was found alive by a search party, four days after she wandered off.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma is asking the public to donate funds to support his legal battles - he is facing trial for corruption linked to a $5bn (£3bn) arms deal.
Fire at Mexican offshore oil platform kills five.
Proud Boys leader sentenced to five months in jail, Enrique Tarrio admitted to burning a Black Lives Matter flag, stolen from a church, in July.
Tennessee flash floods kill 22 with dozens missing.
US grants Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine full approval.
Ex-president's son on trial over $2bn tuna scandal, Mozambique's biggest corruption scandal led donors to cut funding and an economic crisis.
South African police are hunting for a serial cat-killer in a Cape Town suburb. The disfigured bodies of 42 cats have been found since mid-July in Manenberg, on the city's outskirts.
Rwandan authorities have deported a Belgian lawyer representing Paul Rusesabagina - an ex-hotelier whose story inspired the film Hotel Rwanda, based on the country's 1994 genocide. Officials said that Vincent Lurquin was deported for working without a permit.
First black woman to enter French Panthéon of heroes, performer and World War Two resistance fighter Joséphine Baker will be honoured at the mausoleum.
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan is being criticised online for her remarks on female footballers having “flat chests” and being unattractive for marriage.
A second member of an anti-corruption organisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been arrested after it made accusations against the president's wife.
Taiwan rolls out homegrown vaccines amid criticism.
Fifteen students have been reunited with their parents seven weeks after they were kidnapped from their school in north-western Nigeria.
The German chancellor says Moscow could face sanctions if it uses Nord Stream 2 against Ukraine.
An Afghan woman gives birth on a US evacuation flight.
Hurricane Grace kills eight in eastern Mexico.
For the first time, it was not the snow that fell on the Greenland ice sheet.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry has not complied with Russia's request for two warships, the large anti-submarine Vicadmiral Kulakov and the rescue ship Altai, to stop in the Spanish port of Ceuta in North Africa.
Three volcanoes erupted in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska at one time and do not currently pose a threat to local communities.
US East Coast braced for Hurricane Henri, this could be the first time in 30 years that New England is hit by a hurricane.
Nigeria's royal wedding: Private jets, glitz and glamour. President Buhari's son marries the daughter of a religious leader in one of Nigeria's events of the year.
Australia police clash with lockdown protesters. Hundreds of people are arrested after rallies against lockdown measures in Melbourne and Sydney.
Poison algae may have killed a family - a family of three may have been killed by toxic algae blooms on a hiking trail.
Russian diplomats described the new men in town as "normal guys" and argued that the capital was safer now than before. President Vladimir Putin said that the Taliban's takeover was a reality they had to work with. It is all a far cry from the disastrous nine-year war in Afghanistan that many Russians remember from propping up Kabul's communist government in the 1980s.
US accuses Ethiopia of blocking aid to Tigray.
After scrambling for days to bring them to safety, nine members of an Afghan all-girls robotics team have arrived in Qatar, the team's parent organisation has confirmed.Their flight out of Afghanistan was organised by the Qatar government, which expedited visas and sent an aircraft.The team first made headlines in 2017 after winning a special award at an international robotics competition in the US. They have been widely praised as a shining example of the potential of women's education in Afghanistan. The departure of the team members, aged 15 to 19, as well as a 25-year-old teacher, comes amid a worsening security situation in Kabul, the Afghan capital.
Two survivors of the 1921 massacre of black people in the US city of Tulsa have accepted the offer to become Ghanaian citizens. "We accept it with great joy and we thank the president for this great honour," said Viola Fletcher, aged 107, and her brother, 100-year-old Van Ellis. They are currently visiting Ghana as part of a week-long tour of Africa to mark the centenary of the killings, known as the Tulsa Race Massacre. About 300 Black residents of the prosperous Greenwood town then known as "Black Wall Street" in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were murdered and their businesses and homes destroyed by a mob of white people.
India approves world's first DNA Covid vaccine, ZyCoV-D prevents symptomatic disease in 66% of those vaccinated.
Stun grenades used outside Kabul airport, huge crowds have gathered outside Afghanistan's Kabul airport as people try to flee the Taliban.
UK sanctions seven Russians over Navalny poisoning.
Lorry capacity at the planned site, on farmland near Dover, UK, is reduced from 1,200 lorries to 96.
Campaigners worry fingerprint and iris scan data could by used by the Taliban to identify individuals.
The United States has offered a $5m (£3.7m) reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of former Guinea-Bissau military chief Antonio Indjai. Mr Indjai led a coup in the West African country in 2012 before he was dismissed two years later in a democratic transition. The US authorities indicted him in 2013 on accusations of plotting to traffic cocaine and sell weapons to Colombian rebels.
Eleven Malian soldiers have been killed during an ambush on a convoy in the central Mopti region.
BHP sacked 48 over sexual misconduct at mines, an Australian inquiry has heard allegations of rape and sexual harassment at remote mining camps.
China formally passes a three-child policy.
Taliban 'carrying out door-to-door manhunt', the militants are searching for those who worked with Nato forces, an intelligence report warns.
Taliban 'tortured and massacred' Afghan men. Rights group Amnesty says the recent killings of men from the Hazara minority were a "horrifying indicator" of Taliban rule.
Facebook moves to protect Afghan users' accounts, the tech giant says it wants to reassure people worried about being tracked down by the Taliban.
Hackers steal nearly $100m in Japan crypto heist, the incident comes days after $600m of cryptocurrencies was stolen from another digital platform.
Britney Spears investigated over a staff dispute, a member of staff says the singer struck her, while Ms Spears' lawyer says no-one was injured.
Olympic Medal Count Tokyo 2020: United States of America gold 39, silver 41, bronze 33. People's Republic of China 38, 32, 18. Japan 27, 14, 17. Great Britain 22, 21, 22. ROC 20, 28, 23. Australia 17, 7, 22. Netherlands 10, 12, 14. France 10, 12, 11. Germany 10, 11, 16. Italy 10, 10, 20. Canada 7, 6, 11. Brazil 7, 6, 8. New Zealand 7, 6, 7. Cuba 7, 3, 5. Hungary 6, 7, 7. Republic of Korea 6, 4, 10. Poland 4, 5, 5. Czech Republic 4, 4, 3. Kenya 4, 4, 2. Norway 4, 2, 2. Jamaica 4, 1, 4. Spain 3, 8, 6. Sweden 3, 6, 0. Switzerland 3, 4, 6. Denmark 3, 4, 4. Croatia 3, 3, 2. Islamic Republic of Iran 3, 2, 2. Serbia 3, 1, 5. Belgium 3, 1, 3. Bulgaria 3, 1, 2. Slovenia 3, 1, 1. Uzbekistan 3, 0, 2. Georgia 2, 5, 1. Chinese Taipei 2, 4, 6. Turkey 2, 2, 9. Greece 2, 1, 1. Uganda 2, 1, 1. Ecuador 2, 1, 0. Ireland 2, 0, 2. Israel 2, 0, 2. Qatar 2, 0, 1. Bahamas 2, 0, 0. Kosovo 2, 0, 0. Ukraine 1, 6, 12. Belarus 1, 3, 3. Romania 1, 3, 0. Venezuela 1, 3, 0. India 1, 2, 4. Hong Kong, China 1, 2, 3. Philippines 1, 2, 1. Slovakia 1, 2, 1. South Africa 1, 2, 0. Austria 1, 1, 5. Egypt 1, 1, 4. Indonesia 1, 1, 3. Ethiopia 1, 1, 2. Portugal 1, 1, 2. Tunisia 1, 1, 0. Estonia 1, 0, 1. Fiji 1, 0, 1. Latvia 1, 0, 1. Thailand 1, 0, 1. Bermuda 1, 0, 0. Morocco 1, 0, 0. Puerto Rico 1, 0, 0. Colombia 0, 4, 1. Azerbaijan 0, 3, 4. Dominican Republic 0, 3, 2. Armenia 0, 2, 2. Kyrgyzstan 0, 2, 1. Mongolia 0, 1, 3. Argentina 0, 1, 2. San Marino 0, 1, 2. Jordan 0, 1, 1. Malaysia 0, 1, 1. Nigeria 0, 1, 1. Bahrain 0, 1, 0. Saudi Arabia 0, 1, 0. Lithuania 0, 1, 0. North Macedonia 0, 1, 0. Namibia 0, 1, 0. Turkmenistan 0, 1, 0. Kazakhstan 0, 0, 8. Mexico 0, 0, 4. Finland 0, 0, 2. Botswana 0, 0, 1. Burkina Faso 0, 0, 1. Côte d'Ivoire 0, 0, 1. Ghana 0, 0, 1. Grenada 0, 0, 1. Kuwait 0, 0, 1. Republic of Moldova 0, 0, 1. Syrian Arab Republic 0, 0 ,1.
International research by Tel Aviv University, the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, and the University of California San Diego uncovered findings regarding the magnetic field that prevailed in the Middle East between approximately 10,000 and 8,000 years ago. Researchers examined pottery and burnt flints from archaeological sites in Jordan, on which the magnetic field during that time period was recorded. Information about the magnetic field during prehistoric times can affect our understanding of the magnetic field today, which has been showing a weakening trend that has been cause for concern among climate and environmental researchers. As of now, we know a number of basic facts about it: The magnetic field is generated by processes that take place below a depth of approximately 3,000 km beneath the surface of the planet (for the sake of comparison, the deepest human drilling has reached a depth of only 20 km); it protects the planet from the continued bombardment by cosmic radiation and thus allows life as we know it to exist; it is volatile and its strength and direction are constantly shifting, and it is connected to various phenomena in the atmosphere and the planet’s ecological system, including – possibly – having a certain impact on climate. Nevertheless, the magnetic field’s essence and origins have remained largely unresolved. In our research, we sought to open a peephole into this great riddle.``
Scientists used an unconventional method of creating nuclear fusion to yield a record-breaking burst of energy of more than 10 quadrillion watts, by firing intense beams of light from the world's largest lasers at a tiny pellet of hydrogen. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Northern California said they had focused 192 giant lasers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) onto a pea-size pellet, resulting in the release of 1.3 megajoules of energy in 100 trillionths of a second — roughly 10% of the energy of the sunlight that hits Earth every moment, and about 70% of the energy that the pellet had absorbed from the lasers. The scientists hope one day to reach the break-even or "ignition" point of the pellet, where it gives off 100% or more energy than it absorbs. The energy yield is significantly larger than the scientists expected and much greater than the previous record of 170 kilojoules they set in February.
Turkey says "stop" to Afghan refugees: a 243-kilometer-long concrete wall is already being built, sending additional forces.
Russia, Taganska District Court fined Google 6 million rubles (about 70,000 euros) for violations. Earlier in the week, five more fines totaling 14 million rubles were imposed on the company for similar violations.
German researchers studying stem cells grew a tiny sample of brain tissue in the laboratory and watched two optical organoids grow on it. Scientists welcome this achievement because it will allow a better understanding of how the human eye is formed.
Chinese technology giant Xiaomi has just surpassed Samsung in global sales rankings and has become the world's largest smartphone retailer.
In the U.S., private individuals can already purchase electromagnetic rifles, internal combustion engines are replaced by electric ones, and internal explosion weapons are replaced by those using electromagnetic force.
Afghan protesters mark Independence Day with the national flag, days after the Taliban takeover.
Soldier faces jail over feeding troops pot cupcakes, a Canadian bombardier fed cannabis cakes to troops during a drill involving guns and live ammunition.
Toyota to cut production by 40% amid chip crisis, the world's biggest carmaker will cut output in September, while VW warns it may have to make further cuts.
A man in Belgium is charged with allegedly stabbing his partner, but not her unborn baby's death.
Two new prison directors in Mozambique have been fired just 12 days after they were appointed. One of them is Herminia Nhamundze, the director of Ndhlavela Women’s Penitentiary, where it was found that inmates there had been forced into prostitution.
UK students due to spend a year in Spain as part of their degree are hit with post-Brexit visa delays.
At least 47 people, including 30 civilians, have been killed in northern Burkina Faso, in a clash between Islamist militants and government forces.
Former Netflix staffers charged for insider trading, the Wall Street regulator says confidential subscriber growth data was used in the alleged scheme.
IMF suspends Afghanistan's access to funds, the move follows the Taliban's takeover, and lack of global agreement over who now governs Afghanistan.
Exiled Afghanistan president lands in the UAE.
Lithuania says Belarus pushed migrants over the border, video shows 12 Belarusian officers in riot gear as migrants scramble towards Lithuanian territory.
Spain's national court has rejected moves by refugee rights groups to stop the government sending backing under-age migrants to Morocco from Spain's African city of Ceuta. The court said it would not uphold an earlier suspension, but warned that the repatriation policy might breach human rights.
Nigeria's state-owned oil company is to be disbanded under a new law which came into effect. The government said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation would be replaced by an independent company. President Muhammadu Buhari said the Petroleum Industry Law, which was nearly 20 years in the making, marked the end of decades of uncertainty and under-investment in the energy sector. He said Nigeria had been running an oil industry governed by obsolete laws enacted more than 50 years ago. The new legislation amalgamates about 16 previous laws and overhauls nearly every aspect of energy production.
United Nations experts have demanded the immediate release of an Eritrean journalist who has been held without trial for 20 years. A UN special rapporteur on human rights said Dawit Isaak had never been charged and had never spoken to his lawyer.
A controversial Muslim cleric accused of blasphemy has appeared in an Islamic court in Kano, northern Nigeria.
Recent data shows an alarming number of girls have given birth in South Africa's Gauteng province - and some cases of statutory rape are now being investigated. A total of 934 babies were delivered by girls between the ages of 10 and 14 within one year.
More than 30 civilians were killed following two days of inter-communal violence in restive Warrap State in central South Sudan.
A Kenyan man is reported to have been allowed to leave Qatar after earlier being detained on charges of receiving money to spread misinformation.
WHO flags fake Covid jabs in India, the health body says it has found counterfeit versions of the Indian-made Covishield vaccine.
A Nigerian state governor has urged citizens to acquire weapons to defend themselves from armed criminal gangs carrying out kidnappings for ransom.
India evacuates all diplomats from Afghanistan.
The Taliban spokesman - who is holding his first ever news conference - is still taking questions from the media in Kabul. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was evasive throughout the briefing when questioned about the future of women's rights in the workforce. He repeatedly stated that they would be entitled to work "within the frameworks of our Islamic laws", however he failed to expand on what this would mean in practice. "There is full security across the country," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says when asked about reports of kidnappings and killing in Taliban controlled areas. "Nobody will be able to kidnap anybody. We are going to have more and more security day by day." "We don't want anybody to leave the country," he adds. "There is an amnesty. No animosity is going to be followed up." "Our country is a Muslim nation, whether it was 20 years ago, or if it is now" Mujahid says. "There is a difference in the actions we are going to take. This has been an evolutionary process." We are working to form a government. "We have pardoned everybody for the benefit of stability or peace in Afghanistan," Zabihullah Mujahid says. "The youth who have grown up here, we do not want them to leave. They are our assets." "They are going to be safe. Nobody is going to be interrogated or chased." "Private media can continue to be free and independent." "We don't want any external or internal enemies," spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid adds.
Jeff Bezos's space firm Blue Origin is suing Nasa over a decision to award a $2.9bn (£2.1bn) lunar lander contract to Elon Musk's SpaceX. The former Amazon boss's firm said there were "fundamental issues" with the deal, calling it unfair.
Engineers are trying to work out what went wrong when the US space agency's Perseverance rover tried to gather its first rock core on Mars. The robot's mechanisms seemed to work perfectly but when a metal tube expected to hold the sample was examined, it was found to be empty.
Job vacancies have hit a record high as the UK's labour market continues to "rebound robustly", according to the latest official figures. The number of vacancies hit 953,000 in the three months to July, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The unemployment rate fell to 4.7% in the three months to June, while the annual growth in average pay was 7.4%. The ONS urged caution in reading too much into the rise in wages.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has relatively good news for you: the chances of asteroid Bennu striking Earth are higher than previously thought, but probably not high enough to lose sleep over. That's partly because we are getting better at spotting and calculating asteroid trajectories, but also because NASA is soon to test technology that could divert a threatening asteroid decades in advance of impact.
One of the most important optimization goals underlying the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald has now been confirmed. In the optimized magnetic field cage, the energy losses of the plasma are reduced in the desired way. Wendelstein 7-X is intended to prove that the disadvantages of earlier stellarators can be overcome and that stellarator-type devices are suitable for power plants.
Several bouquets of flowers have been found 59 feet below the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, in Teotihuacan, in Mexico. They are believed to have been offered to the god Quetzalcoatl, an important deity during ancient Mesoamerica, a historical region that included central Mexico through Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica. The god was said to have given maize to humanity and was responsible for the creation of mankind.
Afghan refugees say no to the Taliban.
Due to the tense political situation between the countries, direct freight trains from China to Lithuania will be canceled at the end of August and September.
The European Commission (EC) has transferred an advance of EUR 289 million to Lithuania for economic recovery, 13% of the planned funds for Lithuania.
The first prototype of the Il-112V military transport aircraft created in Russia from scratch was crashed.
The European Vega rocket has taken off into space from French Guiana, carrying an Earth observation satellite and four miniature devices.
Researchers in Siberia, in the permafrost, found two exceptionally well-preserved cave lion cubs.
Thousands flee wildfires near French Riviera, firefighters clear campsites in the Var region as some 5,000 hectares are destroyed by fire.
Afghanistan's central banker Ajmal Ahmady says he tried to maintain calm before fleeing crowds and gunshots.
Uganda to welcome refugees fleeing the Taliban, people who have fled their homes to Kabul, Afghanistan. Two-thousand Afghans will be taken in following a request from the US.
Water cuts in the US Southwest amid record drought, for the first time ever, the federal government has ordered less water to be taken from the Colorado River.
A public health emergency has been declared in Uganda after scientists detected polio in samples taken from two different sewage plants in Kampala.
Welsh councils have so far agreed to house at least 21 families fleeing Afghanistan.
Rwandan and Mozambican troops are reported to have launched a major operation against Islamist militants hiding in forests in northern Mozambique.
Six police officers, who were arrested earlier this month in connection with the deaths of two brothers, have appeared in a Kenyan court.
'Godfather of Sudoku' Maki Kaji dies aged 69.
Indian scientists discover 'mermaid' plant species, scientists say they found this new species of algae in the Andamans archipelago.
Facebook continues ban of Taliban-related content.
India to evacuate diplomats from Afghanistan.
Legislation branded the "anti-miniskirt" law is annulled by Uganda's Constitutional Court.
The 'cattle boy' who became president, after six attempts, Hakainde Hichilema has finally become president of Zambia.
US increases food stamp aid for poorer Americans, the increase of about $36 (£26) per person, per month, is the largest in the programme's history.
US formally investigates Tesla Autopilot system, the investigation covers all Tesla cars since 2014, focusing on crashes with emergency vehicles.
Turkish volleyball player hit by homophobic abuse, Ebrar Karakurt was abused online after posting a photo with her girlfriend on Instagram.
Anger after deadly petrol tank blast in Lebanon, protesters attack the PM-designate's home after 27 people are killed while queuing for fuel.
Four Palestinians killed in Israeli raid clashes, a firefight broke out during an undercover police operation in the occupied West Bank.
Afghans cling to US plane taking off from Kabul, video shows hundreds of Afghans attempting to escape, as the Taliban took over the capital.
Death of Indian rebel leader sparks protests, a curfew was imposed in the state's capital, Shillong, after protests turned violent.
The Islamic police in Kano, Nigeria, say shop dummies with heads symbolise "idolatry" and are banned.
An Indian police officer has become a social media sensation because of his viral dance videos.
Afghanistan's second largest city falls to the Taliban.
A hacker who stole just over $600m (£433m) worth of cryptocurrency was offered $500,000 and immunity as a reward for returning the money. Poly Network made the controversial offer after the hacker pledged to send back the money, but hackers responded with not interest.
Special Brexit 50p coins are selling for up to £21,000 online due to their rarity - so check your change to see if you're carrying around a goldmine in your wallet. The Royal Mint released these 50ps to mark the official Brexit date of January 31, 2020. On one side they have the Queen's head, and on the other an engraving saying 'Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations'.
Scientists discover two new giant dinosaurs, named Hamititan and Silutitanthat, were both twice as long as a BUS and lived in China 130 million years ago.
Chinese scientists develop the world's strongest glass that’s as hard as diamond, a material that could find applications in solar cells due to its ‘outstanding’ mechanical and electronic properties.
The mayor of Kryvyi Rih, a city in central Ukraine, was found dead with a gunshot wound.
Iraqi airlines have been suspending flights to Belarus for a month, "Airlines say it will only deal with Iraqi evacuation flights from Belarus under pressure from the European Union."
Talks about the health of President Lukashenko of Belarus are getting louder and louder: the search for a dictator's subordinate has leaked.
The capital Kabul is surrounded by Taliban fighters, the Taliban say it wants to peacefully take power in Afghanistan. Taliban militants 'free inmates from Kabul jail'.
Hydrogen technologies are considered by many to be a viable and environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuel energy, and the authors of the published study conclude that it can lead to even higher greenhouse gas emissions than coal.
In 1995, scientists tried to find out how many people eat their sneezes. 91% of people not only scratch those "goods" but also eat them, 75% of respondents thought that everyone does it. Nasal scratching in general can be dangerous, you can catch an infection because the nasal mucosa often contains dangerous bacteria.
From 2022 tires from recycled plastic bottles will appear - that's what Continental is announcing.
In Lithuania, the bird hunting season starts on August 15. The Ministry of Environment recalls that from this year, hunting of birds with lead or lead compounds is prohibited. Hunters must hand over these polluting ammunition to a local police station, which will take care of their safe decontamination and hand them over for disposal.
In Russia, the head of the Research Institute for Hyper-Sonic Technologies has been arrested for alleged treason.
A Europe in infernal heat - a 44-year-old high temperature record beaten. July was Earth's hottest month ever recorded, US scientists say July's land and ocean temperature was 0.93C (1.68F) above the 20th Century average.
The Guinean Ministry of Health has reported cases of Marburg virus in the country. This deadly hemorrhagic fever virus is similar to the Ebola virus.
Haiti quake deaths soar as rescuers search rubble, more than 700 people are known to have died after a powerful 7.2 earthquake hit the nation.
UK scholarships for Afghan students paused.
Nearly two million told to shelter amid Japan rain, some provinces are under evacuation alerts as experts warn of "unprecedented" rainfall.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised healthcare workers and scientists for helping India fight Covid-19 as the country celebrated 75 years of independence. In his speech from Delhi's historic Red Fort complex on Sunday, Mr Modi also praised India's vaccination programme, saying more than 500 million people in India had received at least one dose.
Teen builds solar-powered tuk-tuk from scraps, Piranawan, 15, from Sri Lanka spent eight months of his Covid lockdown making his eco-friendly vehicle.
Twitter restores Indian politicians' accounts, Rahul Gandhi and opposition allies had been suspended for sharing photos of a rape victim's parents.
Death toll in north Turkey floods rises to 40.
Nicaragua police raid national newspaper offices, it comes a day after La Prensa said authorities were withholding its supplies of paper and ink.
Three US teachers die of Covid in 24 hours.
Afghan journalist Anisa Shaheed fears women's freedoms will be curbed again if the Taliban come to power.
It marks the first time US health officials have indicated that Covid booster shots may be needed.
Amazon moves Lord of the Rings production to UK, the multi-million dollar production is one of the most expensive shows in the history of television.
Global trade fears as Covid hits major China port, the closure of a terminal at Ningbo-Zhoushan port came after a worker was infected with Covid-19.
UK troops sent to get Britons out of Afghanistan, troops from C Company 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 15.
N Korea airs Olympics coverage days after it ends.
The murderous crime wave sweeping Israel's Arabs, many killings often go unsolved, with blame being put on the police.
Thousands of Irish 12-15s register for Covid-19 jab.
Back to school triggers US fury over masks, with Covid cases rising, Americans are divided over how students should return to the classroom.
Gaddafi's son faces arrest over Russia mercenaries, a warrant is issued against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi after a BBC investigation into mercenaries in Libya.
Tourist helicopter crashes into Russian lake, eight people survived after a helicopter with 16 people crashed in the Far East region.
football star Lionel Messi signed with Paris St-Germain (PSG) earlier this week after his shock exit from Barcelona. As part of his welcome package to the club, he was handed "fan tokens''. The club says the tokens tie the Argentine star "with millions of Paris St-Germain fans around the world". The PSG fan token is a form of cryptocurrency that allows people to be involved in decisions surrounding the club.
A postcard sent from South America has been delivered to its intended recipient 30 years after being posted. Neil Crocker sent the card from Chile in 1991 when he was serving with the Royal Navy, returning from the Falkland Islands on board HMS Cumberland. The card finally dropped on to the doormat at the home of his father-in-law in Radipole in Weymouth, Dorset. Mr Crocker said he was "shocked" to see it after three decades.
Brazil's lower house of Congress has voted in favour of expelling a lawmaker who has been accused of ordering the murder of her husband.
Wildfires rage in Algeria as a heatwave hits North Africa.
An Olympian given a new medal after first getting bitten, the mayor of softball athlete Miu Goto's hometown prompted outrage after chomping on her medal.
Germany fears thousands got saline, not vaccine, more than 8,000 mostly elderly people are urged to get vaccinated again as a nurse is questioned.
Former K-pop star jailed for arranging sex work, Seungri, whose former band Big Bang has sold 140 million records, is given a three-year prison term.
Hamas rocket fire a war crime, rights group says. The attacks, which killed 13 people in Israel in May, violated the laws of war, a probe finds.
Italy says a record 48.8C is registered in Sicily.
NZ borders to remain closed for the rest of the year.
Shell pays $111m over 1970s oil spill in Nigeria.
UK embassy employee in Berlin arrested for spying.
UK deportation flight leaves with dozens reprieved, a plane to Jamaica chartered by the Home Office was carrying just seven passengers.
Polish parliament passes controversial media bill, a protester holds a placard reading "Free media!" during a demonstration in Poland
Scale of Russian mercenary mission in Libya exposed, a Samsung tablet obtained by the BBC unveils chilling details of how mercenaries fought in Libya’s war.
Russian millionaire kills man he 'mistook for bear', politician Igor Redkin says he wanted to scare away a bear when he opened fire in Russia's Far East.
Gurkha veterans say they will starve themselves to death if they do not get pensions equal to British soldiers.
Afghanistan's ex-rulers still back brutal punishments.
Algerian forest fires spread as death toll soars, at least 65 people have been killed as the fires continue to spread amid an intense heatwave.
The meat from lambs born and bred on the Gower Peninsula is now protected from copycat rivals.
China bans karaoke songs with 'illegal content', songs that fall under this category include those that endanger national or territorial integrity.
Swiss embassy urges China media to remove fake posts, a Swiss biologist who had been quoted in Chinese media in recent days did not exist.
Canadian jailed for 11 years in China for spying, his sentencing is the latest development in a diplomatic spat between the two countries.
Sky News Australia pulls Covid misinformation clips, the Rupert Murdoch-owned TV channel was recently banned for a week by YouTube.
Chile's government introduced food labelling five years ago to drive down its high obesity rate.
With illegal gold mines killing rivers and livelihoods, sixty percent of Ghana's water bodies are now polluted, largely due to illegal mining operations.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX will put a huge advertising satellite in the sky where companies can display logos and other promoted content. The space company is working with a Canadian startup Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC) to launch the satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket, which will release the advertising platform before the rocket reaches the moon.
Innovators in the UK are being offered £4million to test the method, which it is hoped could be a cheaper and quicker way to get fibre-optic cables into homes, businesses and mobile masts.
Twenty-eight new viruses believed to be 15,000-years-old have been discovered surviving inside glaciers. The viruses, which are unlike those known to science, were found in ice samples drilled from the Guliya ice cap in the Tibetan Plateau, in western China.
A team of scientists recently discovered an unbelievably massive gas filament extending throughout the Milky Way galaxy that’s so big it’s almost hard to believe no one spotted it before now.
In Lithuania, several thousand people gathered at the Seimas to express their opposition to the government's planned restrictions on people who do not have immunity to coronavirus or are not testing.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued an announcement announcing the recall of the ambassador to Lithuania. This decision is related to Lithuania's intention to open a Taiwanese representation in its country.
Ethiopian PM calls on civilians to join war effort, Abiy Ahmed has asked all "capable" Ethiopians to join the fight against resurgent Tigrayan rebels.
Mexican drug cartel threatens to kill TV reporter, in a video featuring heavily armed men the prominent female journalist is accused of unfair coverage.
The Dubai ruler's daughter was pictured in Iceland after accusing her father of keeping her captive.
Ebola-like Marburg virus found in Guinea, a man who died is found to have had the highly infectious virus, the first human case in West Africa.
Malaysian singer died of Covid after giving birth.
More than 150,000 people have been evacuated from the path of a herd of migrating elephants Authorities in south-western Yunnan province feared conflict between residents and the 14 Asian elephants which have been on the move for months. More than 25,000 police officers using vehicles and drones have monitored the herd. The protected animals left a nature reserve in Yunnan about 17 months ago. Since then they have made international headlines with an extraordinary 500km (300-mile) trek that has seen them wander through fields, towns and cities, eating millions of dollars worth of crops and damaging buildings.
A Canadian citizen has lost his appeal against a death sentence in China for drug smuggling. The court said it upheld Robert Lloyd Schellenberg's sentence because evidence against him was "sufficient". Schellenberg was initially sentenced to 15 years in jail, but in 2019 an appeal court said this was too lenient, leading to a retrial and a death sentence.
India police arrest six over anti-Muslim rally, the arrests came after anti-Islamic slogans were raised at an event in Delhi.
US job vacancies hit a record 10.1 million, it comes amid reports the country is still facing a labour shortage in sectors such as labour and hospitality.
Cathedral arson suspect accused of killing priest, French police also suspect the Rwandan man of starting a fire that ravaged Nantes cathedral in 2020.
Ancient gold warrior treasures on show in the UK first, jewellery and ornaments buried with Kazakh warriors and the "elite" will go on display in Cambridge.
Tech giant Alibaba to sack manager accused of rape.
A leader of Nigeria's Jewish community, jailed for a month without charge after being arrested with three visitors from Israel, has been freed. Authorities suspected the visitors had links with a separatist group which had hailed their arrival in Nigeria.
Mozambique port retaken from rebels, Mocímboa da Praia was the Islamist militants' last stronghold in northern Mozambique.
Thousands evacuated from North Korea floods, the state broadcaster says some regions have seen over 50cm (20in) of rain in three days.
Taliban seize second regional capital in two days, Sheberghan in the northern province of Jawzjan is the second regional capital to fall to the Taliban.
Cuba's communist government has legalised small and medium-sized private businesses in the wake of mass anti-government protests last month. Under the new rules, enterprises with up to 100 employees will be allowed.
Pharaoh's 'solar boat' moved to Egyptian museum; the Great Boat of King Khufu is more than 4,500 years old, and was found virtually intact in 1954.
Google's Larry Page given New Zealand residency, the country's immigration services say he applied under a category for wealthy investors.
Almost 250 migrants were returned to Belarus in one day, and no illegal migrants entered Lithuania. Minsk: Lithuania transports migrants to the border with Belarus in an organized manner.
The Latvian State Border Guard Service reports that it has detained 28 illegal migrants who have crossed the Latvian-Belarusian border illegally this week. This is one migrant more than so far throughout the year.
Poland has accused Belarus of sending more and more migrants across the border in an attempt to take revenge for Warsaw's decision to grant asylum to Kryscin Cimanouskaya, who refused to return to her homeland from the Tokyo Olympics and arrived in Warsaw, where she was granted diplomatic protection.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is actively interested in sports and has been head of the Belarusian National Olympic Committee for almost 25 years (he handed over the post to his eldest son in February this year), has strongly warned the country's athletes to perform best in the Olympics. "If you go there as tourists and don't bring home anything, you better not come back," Lukashenko said.
Russia's Gazprom has reduced gas supplies to the West after a fire at one plant.
Taliban say jail captured and prisoners freed, video on social media shows hundreds of inmates leaving the Afghan jail after heavy militant attacks.
Firemen killed as wildfires spread across Greece.
Nicaragua opposition party barred from elections, president Daniel Ortega has been accused of trying to silence those who wish to stand against him.
Ten passengers injured in Tokyo train knife attack, the suspect allegedly told police he was angry when he saw women who "looked happy".
Afghan journalists to be offered UK relocation, the foreign secretary says they can move to the UK if they are under "imminent threat" from the Taliban.
In between the blue water of the Atlantic Ocean and the luscious golden dunes of the Namibian coast are the grounds of a former German concentration camp. It was here at the start of the 20th Century where the Ovaherero and Nama people were subjected to sexual violence, forced labour and gruesome medical experiences. Many died of disease and exhaustion.
New US citizenship rules for children born abroad, children born through surrogacy or IVF can now qualify, even without being related to the US parent.
The Manx government has given £1.3m to a charity helping farmers in Burundi hit by climate change.
The US' largest active fire warped street lights and destroyed the town of Greenville, California.
Taliban capture first Afghan regional capital, the southern city of Zaranj, in a big blow to government forces.
China cracks down on celebrity online culture, Weibo is to remove a list ranking celebrities by popularity on social media amid state criticism.
Russian gay family flees to Spain after threats, the lesbian family suffered homophobic abuse after appearing in a Russian health food ad.
Top Afghan media officer assassinated in Kabul, Taliban militants killed Dawa Khan Menapal in the capital after warning they would target officials.
Heroin with an estimated street value of more than €12m (£10m) has been seized by Revenue officers at Rosslare Port. The discovery of 88kg of heroin was made after intelligence led officers to search a vehicle. The truck and trailer the drugs were recovered from came into the Irish port from mainland Europe. They had been hidden in machinery that was being transported on the low-loader trailer. A mobile X-ray scanner was used in the operation, along with sniffer dogs.
Italy rolls out mandatory Covid 'green pass' rules, all those aged 12 and over with at least one jab will be able to access bars, cinemas and gyms.
CNN fires unvaccinated staff who went to office, the network is among several US firms to require employees working with others to be vaccinated.
Olympics expel Belarus coaches for athlete removal.
India has introduced a bill in its lower house to scrap a controversial 2012 law that retrospectively levied capital gains tax on companies for the indirect transfer of their Indian assets.
South Park creators sign $900m deal for new seasons, the agreement comes as technology and media giants battle to dominate the global streaming market.
Residents of Marmaris, Turkey, are mourning their bees and honey, lost to fires.
Rwanda leads the fightback in Mozambique insurgency, a 1,000-strong force has made major gains against the insurgents since its deployment.
Ethiopian rebels take Unesco world heritage town, forces from the Tigray region have taken control of Lalibela, home to famed rock-hewn churches.
Amazon joins Wells Fargo and BlackRock in extending work-from-home guidance due to the pandemic until 2022.
Belgian students face trial over initiation death, eighteen former members of an elite university fraternity are linked to the death of a black student.
Turkish influencer prosecuted 'for sex-toy photos', Merve Taskin says she faces obscenity charges in Turkey after posting "joke" photos of sex toys.
A suspected boss of Italy's powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia clan, which controls much of Europe's cocaine trade, has been arrested in Spain. Domenico Paviglianiti, one of Italy's most wanted fugitives, was detained on the streets of Madrid, dubbed the "boss of the bosses", Paviglianiti, 60, had been on the run for two years.
Half US cars to be zero-emission by 2030 - Biden.
A representative of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges compatriots not to become targets of human trafficking when Lithuania faces a crisis of illegal migrants. He said this after Belarusian border guards reported that an Iraqi citizen had died at the border in the vicinity of the Benekainiai settlement, although Belarusian officials had given him first aid. Mr Lukashenko has instructed his force to strengthen the protection of the state border and prevent its violations. "From this day on, no foot will enter the territory of Belarus from the neighboring country - either from the south or from the west," he said. Over 300 illegal migrants were not allowed into Lithuania every day. In Lithuania, migrants are angry in the camp: we are treated like animals. 200 asylum seekers "disappeared" from Lithuania. The Lukashenko regime does not stop: discussing easier travel from Pakistan, African countries.
Windows 10 has begun blocking torrent clients and cryptocurrency digging software.
In Brazil, snow fell for the first time in 64 years, covering at least 33 Brazilian cities.
The Orkney archipelago has started producing electricity from a tidal turbine, which, according to its creators, is the most powerful in the world.
The Taliban retook half of Afghanistan.
Mexico sues US gunmakers over arms trafficking.
A fake network pushes pro-China propaganda, the web of 350 fake social media profiles aims to discredit the West, sometimes with garish cartoons.
Lightning kills 17 wedding party guests in Bangladesh.
Thailand bans coral-damaging sunscreens, anyone flouting the rules could be fined due to the damage some lotions can cause to coral.
Belarus Olympic athlete Krystina Timanovskaya was granted a humanitarian visa to Poland after she refused orders to fly home early.
Three dead in train crash near Czech-German border.
Wildfires force people to flee Greek islands by boat.
US sailor charged in USS Bonhomme blaze identified, a newly unsealed warrant also reveals suspicions that fire stations on the ship were sabotaged.
Gunmen attack home of Afghan defence minister, the minister was not at home during the first major attack by militants in Kabul for nearly a year.
US couple who pointed guns at protesters pardoned, Missouri's governor pardons the couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters last year.
Taiwan stars trolled for supporting their own athletes, Chinese nationalists interpreted support for Taiwan's athletes as support for the island's independence.
Gay and transgender athletes in Tokyo have been singled out for abuse on Russian state television.
Tunisia is in turmoil since the president suspended parliament and increased his own power.
FBI used staff photos in covert sex crime stings, a watchdog says the FBI put office staff in danger by using their photos to lure sexual predators.
Bodies washed up in Sudan-Ethiopia border river, the corpses had gunshot wounds and hands tied behind their backs.
For years opponents of Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko have been hounded - sometimes fatally.
Chinese gold medallists probed over Mao badges, the cyclists appeared on the podium wearing the badges in a potential breach of Olympic rules.
A couple of years ago, during a meeting of Tibetan leaders in Dharamshala in India, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was asked about his reincarnation. Addressing the room of monks, religious teachers and Tibetan politicians, the Dalai Lama asked them to look into his eyes. “Do you think it’s time now?” he asked. It was a meeting that would end with the Tibetan leaders agreeing that the issue of reincarnation was one that would be decided only by the Dalai Lama himself. But China, which annexed Tibet in 1951 and has retained tight control over the region ever since, has other ideas. It insists that the choice of the next Dalai Lama lies only with China, and has even enshrined this right into Chinese law.
ISS spins out of control after Russian module fires thrusters by mistake. The International Space Station (ISS) was thrown briefly out of control on Thursday after a module fired its thrusters by mistake. The newly arrived Russian research capsule suffered the hair-raising fault a few hours after it was docked to the orbiting outpost.
In quantum physics, one breakthrough can quickly lead to several more. This could happen in the wake of a brand new particle recently discovered by a group of scientists during the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment, called Tcc+ and dubbed a tetraquark, according to a recent presentation at the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics (EPS-HEP). The new particle is an exotic hadron composed of two quarks and two antiquarks. Crucially, this exotic matter particle lives longer than any other ever discovered, in addition to containing two heavy quarks and two light antiquarks, in another first.
Light from behind a black hole spotted for 1st time, astronomers have detected light coming from behind a black hole for the first time, proving Albert Einstein right, yet again. Researchers were studying the X-rays flaring from a supermassive black hole in the center of the spiral galaxy, Zwicky 1, 800 million light-years away when they discovered the unexpected phenomenon. Alongside the expected X-ray flashes from the front of the black hole, the scientists also detected a number of "luminous echoes" from an origin they initially couldn’t place. Stranger still, the out-of-place light bursts were smaller, arrived later and had different colors from the flares seen coming from the front of the black hole.  The researchers soon realized that the echoes were arriving from behind the supermassive black hole, which, true to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, was warping space-time — enabling the light to travel around the black hole. 
Google’s quantum computer has been used to build a “time crystal” according to freshly-published research, a new phase of matter that upends the traditional laws of thermodynamics. Despite what the name might suggest, however, the new breakthrough won’t let Google build a time machine. Time crystals were first proposed in 2012, as systems that continuously operate out of equilibrium. Unlike other phases of matter, which are in thermal equilibrium, time crystals are stable yet the atoms which make them up are constantly evolving. At least, that’s been the theory: scientists have disagreed on whether such a thing was actually possible in reality. Different levels of time crystals that could or could not be generated have been argued, with demonstrations of some that partly – but not completely – meet all the relevant criteria. In a new research preprint by researchers at Google, along with physicists at Princeton, Stanford, and other universities, it’s claimed that Google’s quantum computer project has delivered what many believed impossible.
In a mind-mending experiment, scientists transformed purified water into metal for a few fleeting seconds, thus allowing the liquid to conduct electricity. Unfiltered water can already conduct electricity — meaning negatively charged electrons can easily flow between its molecules — because unfiltered water contains salts. However, purified water contains only water molecules, whose outermost electrons remain bound to their designated atoms, and thus, they can't flow freely through the water.  Theoretically, if one applied enough pressure to pure water, the water molecules would squish together and their valence shells, the outermost ring of electrons surrounding each atom, would overlap. This would allow the electrons to flow freely between each molecule and would technically turn the water into a metal.
Migrants are escorted to the Lithuanian border: FRONTEX recorded the actions of the Belarusian border guards.
A Belarusian activist missing in Kiev was found hanged.
Estonian researchers have developed a nasal spray against coronavirus to protect against all strains of the virus.
An Afghan general warns of devastating consequences if the Taliban win their fight against government forces.
Canada fines travellers for fake vaccine papers, the travellers arriving from the US were caught and fined C$19,720 ($16,000, £11,500).
SSE has sold its one-third stake in Scotland's gas supply network for £1225m, to focus on renewable electricity.
Trial set for 100-year-old alleged ex-Nazi guard, the man is accused of assisting in 3,518 murders at the Sachsenhausen camp during World War Two.
Eight dead as wildfires engulf Turkey resorts.
China's flood death toll rises sharply to over 300.
The UK and US believe Iran was behind a tanker attack that killed two people, and have vowed to respond, calling it a violation of international law. The MV Mercer Street, operated by an Israeli-owned firm, was attacked off Oman. A British national and a Romanian citizen were killed. The statements came after Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said there was "evidence" that its long standing for Iran was responsible.
Banking giant HSBC sees profit more than double, the UK-based firm said the jump in profits was driven by an economic rebound in Britain and Hong Kong.
'Pink and plump' giant panda twins born in French zoo, the event is described as "exceptional" by experts, as panda reproduction is notoriously difficult.
Madagascar arrests generals over assassination plot, the thwarted attempt to kill President Andry Rajoelina is the latest turmoil to strike the island nation.
Video-conferencing firm Zoom has agreed to pay $86m (£61.9m) to settle a class action privacy lawsuit in the US. The lawsuit alleged that Zoom had invaded the privacy of millions of users by sharing personal data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn. It also accused Zoom of misstating that it offers end-to-end encryption and for failing to prevent hackers from "zoombombing" sessions. The firm denied any wrongdoing, but has agreed to boost its security practices.
YouTube suspends Sky News Australia over Covid, the digital giant bans the channel from uploading new content for a week over misinformation breaches.
Battles rage for three major Afghan cities, fears rise of a humanitarian crisis as Islamist militants seek to take their first provincial capital.
Pop star Kris Wu arrested on suspicion of rape, the Chinese-Canadian star denies allegations made online by several women in China.
The Hong Kong slogan that will land you in jail, an eight-character phrase popularised during the protests, has landed one man in jail for nine years.
Amazon hit with $886m fine for alleged law breach, the tech giant rejects claims it has broken European Union data protection laws.
Russia stops Cubans trying to enter EU by air bed, three Cubans caught trying to cross a river into Estonia are said to have been heading for Spain.
World-first nuclear reactor shut down over damage, the operator says the EPR reactor at Taishan in China is "under control" despite fuel rod concerns.
An Illinois woman has been charged with disturbing wildlife after she was filmed approaching a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. A widely shared video showed Samantha Dehring approaching the bear and two cubs to take a photograph. Ms Dehring only walks away after the mother bear runs at her. She now faces several charges, as well as "violating closures and use limits". Park visitors are forbidden from coming closer than 300 feet from bears.
Australia returns disputed artworks to India, the National Gallery says their repatriation will "close a very difficult chapter of our history".
Israel to give a third jab to people aged over 60, Israel will offer Covid boosters amid a recent surge in infections.
Hong Kong crowd booing China's anthem sparks probe, police are investigating an incident where hundreds jeered while watching an Olympics broadcast.
The US Navy has filed charges against a sailor over a massive blaze aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in 2020 that destroyed the amphibious warship. The sailor, whose name has not been publicly revealed, is accused of starting the fire, says Navy spokesperson Cmdr Sean Robertson. The blaze aboard the warship in San Diego, California, where the vessel was docked, took four days to put out. At least 40 sailors and 23 civilians were injured.
In Lithuania, a reinforced concrete giant for almost 2 million euros is on the counter. The old factories in Panevėžys have moved into new hands and are successfully rising for a second life. Now the buildings of the huge reinforced concrete plant, founded in 1961, are waiting their turn - the words "For sale" have recently appeared on its walls. Almost 2 million euros are requested for large buildings with a large area on S. Kerbedzio Street.
The European Commission (EC) has authorized 10.25 million State aid to Palanga Airport in Lithuania.
A new study from Imperial College London suggests that COVID-19 may reduce people’s mental capacity.
Former US cardinal charged in the 1970s assault case, Theodore McCarrick is believed to be the highest-ranking US Catholic to face criminal abuse charges.
Former patients and children of a Canadian fertility doctor who used his own or unknown sperm to impregnate patients have been offered a C$13m ($10m, £7m) settlement agreement. It is thought to be the first-ever legal settlement of its kind. Under the terms of the deal, claimants will be given compensation based on court-determined level of harm. Money will also be set aside for a DNA database to allow dozens of children to identify their biological fathers. The class-action lawsuit currently includes 226 people. Dr Barwin worked at two clinics in Ottawa, Ontario. Some couples who were told that the male partner's sperm would be used were unknowingly given random samples, and in some cases, the doctor's own. Some of the claims date back to the 1970s. Dr Barwin is now in his 80s and has not practiced since 2014.
A global summit raises £2.9bn to support education in some of the world's poorest countries.
Flash flooding kills dozens in Afghan province, at least 60 people die and many are missing in a remote area controlled by Islamist militants.
Delayed Russian Nauka module joins the space station; it was scheduled to launch in 2007, but the 13m-long, 20-tonne laboratory is finally in position.
Fighting escalates in Ethiopia despite the ceasefire, forces in Amhara are battling rebels on three fronts along the border with Tigray.
A man has been jailed for 11 years for attempting to smuggle cocaine through Dover. The Home Office said 96kg of the drug with a potential street value of about £4.3m was found on a lorry that arrived from Calais on 6 September.
Countries across the globe say they've been let down by broken promises and stalled deliveries of Russia's Sputnik V Covid vaccine. Scores of countries enlisted Russia's help through deals to buy millions of doses of Sputnik V, unveiled last year as the world's first Covid jab. Earlier this year, the head of the state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) - responsible for marketing the vaccine abroad - said Russia had the "capacity to provide the vaccine to 700 million people outside Russia" in 2021. Yet as of July, many countries, including developing nations, have reported receiving only a fraction of the doses for which they've paid.
Australia house prices soar at 'unsustainable' rate, six state capitals have seen record prices for the third quarter in a row.
US officer arrested after threat to shoot suspect, the Colorado officer was filmed striking a man with his gun, saying "if you move, I will shoot you".
A prominent Chinese billionaire has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, the latest in a string of punishments against outspoken corporate bosses. Sun Dawu runs one of the country's largest private agricultural businesses in the northern province of Hebei. Sun, 67, has in the past spoken out about human rights and politically sensitive topics. He was found guilty of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" - a charge often used against activists. Other charges against him include illegally occupying farmland, assembling a crowd to attack state agencies and obstructing government workers from performing their duties. He was also fined 3.11 million yuan ($478,697; £343,227).
Bosnian Serbs react furiously to genocide denial ban, ethnic Serb leaders accused of playing down the Srebrenica massacre will now boycott parliament.
US gunmaker offers $33m to school shooting victims, victims' families from Sandy Hook elementary school sued Remington for the sale of the rifle.
China is expanding its nuclear capabilities.
Police in Paris are searching for a man who stole more than €2m (£1.7m; $2.36m) worth of jewellery and precious stones from an upmarket jeweller. The man, thought to be in his 50s or 60s, arrived at and left the Chaumet boutique on a stand-up scooter, he drew a weapon and threatened to set off a bomb he said had been planted in the store, police say.
Sweden charges man over 1988 Iran prison massacre, Hamid Nouri faces trial over the mass execution of detainees during the Iran-Iraq war.
A man held liable for the Omagh bombing is to be extradited to Lithuania to face charges related to weapons smuggling for the Real IRA. The Irish Court of Appeal dismissed Liam Campbell's appeal against surrender. Campbell, 58, has been battling extradition for more than 12 years. He wanted the three-judge court to overturn a High Court decision surrendering him to Lithuanian prosecutors. It is alleged he was involved in the smuggling of weapons in support of the Real IRA (RIRA) between the end of 2006 and early 2007. He had argued that he could not be surrendered as the Lithuanian authorities had not made a decision to actually try him. However, the Court of Appeal in Dublin found that there was an intention to put him on trial there. Campbell was arrested in Upper Faughart, Dundalk, County Louth, on 2 December 2016, on the second European Arrest Warrant (EAW) issued by Lithuanian authorities to be endorsed by the High Court.
A federal court in the US has verified that a rare ancient artefact, known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, was legally seized by authorities. The 3,500-year-old tablet, from what is now Iraq, bears text from the Epic of Gilgamesh - one of the world's oldest works of literature. Officials say it was illegally imported before being purchased by the Christian-owned brand Hobby Lobby.
Petrol bombs thrown at Cuban embassy in Paris.
Forest fire rips through an area near Greek capital, about 300 firefighters, water-dropping planes and helicopters helped bring the blaze under control.
The US government has sold a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album previously owned by a drug firm executive once dubbed the "most hated man in America". Martin Shkreli, who became notorious for hiking the price of a life-saving drug, bought Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for $2m (£1.4m) in 2015. The hip-hop record was marketed by the Wu-Tang Clan as a unique piece of art. Shkreli handed it over to US prosecutors in 2018 after being convicted of defrauding investors. Its sale means the former drug firm executive had now fully paid off a $7.4m forfeiture deal, acting US Attorney Jacquelin Kasulis said in a statement. However, due to a confidentiality agreement with the buyer, prosecutors did not say who had since bought the album from the US government, or for how much.
Plumes of smoke after an explosion at German chemical plant, the blast in the German city of Leverkusen, have killed at least one person and injured many.
Dad builds robotic 'exo-skeleton' to help son walk, the French robotics engineer said he was inspired to build the suit after his son asked him to.
German X-ray space telescope captures the most complete map of black holes.
NASA sends moulds that can ‘organise and transmit knowledge’ to the ISS.
Astronomers spot the 1st moon-forming disc around an alien world.
Artificial intelligence uncovers the building block of life and paves the way for a new era in science.
Sponge fossils suggest animals existed 890 million years ago.
A video of the Queen scolding Prince William in public is going viral.
Physicists explain how the brain might connect to the quantum realm. In the 1990s, long before winning the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for his prediction of black holes, physicist Roger Penrose teamed up with anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff to propose an ambitious answer. They claimed that the brain’s neural system forms an intricate network and that the consciousness this produces should obey the rules of quantum mechanics — the theory that determines how tiny particles like electrons move around. This, they argue, could explain the mysterious complexity of human consciousness. Penrose and Hameroff were met with incredulity. Quantum mechanical laws are usually only found to apply at very low temperatures. Quantum computers, for example, currently operate at around -272°C. At higher temperatures, classical mechanics takes over. Since our body works at room temperature, you would expect it to be governed by the classical laws of physics. For this reason, the quantum consciousness theory has been dismissed outright by many scientists — though others are persuaded supporters.
Olympic debutant Lydia Jacoby from Alaska was not considered a favorite before the 100m breaststroke final, but the 17-year-old surprised the world by winning a gold medal.
During the day, Lithuanian border guards detained 110 migrants from Belarus who crossed the border illegally. The situation is repeated when Lithuanian border guards prevent migrants from entering the country, who settle for several hours right next to the border line on the Belarusian side and wait. Officials of this Belarusian country do not "see" or react to such migrants, even after many reports received from Lithuania.
Historic Day for the Bermuda in Olympics: The triathlete won the country’s first gold medal.
Sparks fly over plans to honour inventor Tesla, both Croatia and Serbia claim Nikola Tesla, pioneer of alternating current electricity, as their hero.
The UN's World Food Programme has warned that half a million children in southern Madagascar face acute malnourishment.
At least 57 migrants drown off Libya's coast.
Five die as Indian policemen fire at each other, policemen from Mizoram and Assam states fire at each other over a contested border.
North and South Korea restore the hotline after a year, the two countries have not spoken since Pyongyang cut off all channels of communication last year.
Top Trump aide denies working as foreign agent, Thomas Barrack has been accused of lobbying the US government on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.
The girl killed for wearing a pair of jeans, Neha Paswan was allegedly beaten to death by relatives who disagreed with her choice of clothes.
Three quarters of Africa’s lion populations are in decline.
One in five women that died from coronavirus in Brazil didn't have access to an intensive care unit.
The head of the UN mission to South Sudan (Unmiss) has said it is "deeply concerned" by the "spate of extra-judicial executions" in the country. Nicholas Haysom, the special representative of the UN secretary-general and head of Unmiss, said 42 executions of people who were accused of criminal activity but not given a fair trial had been documented in two states.
Detained Tanzania opposition leader Freeman Mbowe has been charged with terrorism-related crimes.
German lawyers wrangle over pensioner's Nazi tank, the 84-year-old kept the vehicle in his basement, along with an anti-aircraft gun and a torpedo.
Greece seeks spear fisherman who killed a famous seal, Kostis, a rare Mediterranean monk seal rescued as a pup, is killed by a spear gun.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is traveling to London to attend an education summit and will use the trip to go for a health check-up.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan at record level, more than 1,600 civilians have been killed so far in 2021, and the UN fears a further rise.
Scottish climber dies in avalanche on K2, the 68-year-old was attempting a new route on the world's second highest mountain.
Nigeria, at least seven people have been arrested for protesting outside the High Court in the Nigerian capital Abuja where the pro-Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is appearing to face charges including treason.
Workers at the government building in the Kasbah in Tunisia's capital Tunis have been denied entry by the military. Soldiers were deployed last evening to guard the building after the president announced he had sacked the prime minister and taken over the running of the government. The parliament building has also been blocked.
Mozambican authorities have arrested at least 24 people for violating a Covid night curfew over the weekend in the conflict-hit Cabo Delgado province. Most of the people arrested were soldiers, some in their uniform, who had been out drinking.
US pop star Pink has offered to pay the fines handed out to the Norwegian women's beach handball team, after they wore shorts like their male counterparts instead of bikini bottoms. The team was fined 1,500 euros (£1,295) for "improper clothing" at the European Beach Handball Championships.
Shares in China tuition firms slump after shake-up, it is one of the biggest ever overhauls of China's $120bn private tutoring industry.
S Korea TV sorry for using pizza to depict Italy, MBC also used Chernobyl to depict Ukraine and Dracula to show Romania at the Olympics opening ceremony.
Ghana issues restrictions on funerals over Covid, Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has said funerals will last not more than two hours and attendance will be restricted to family members only.
A man accused of trying to stab Mali's interim president, Assimi Goïta, has died in hospital while under guard. The assailant, who has not been identified, was arrested after the failed stabbing, which took place while Mr Goïta was attending prayers in a mosque. A government statement said the man’s health had deteriorated in custody and he was taken to hospital, where he died.
Madrid boulevard and park become Unesco sites.
Divers have discovered a rare military vessel amid the sunken ruins of the ancient Egyptian city of Thônis-Heracleion. Measuring over 80 feet long, the flat-bottomed ship had both oars and a large sail. While built in the classical Greek style, it also incorporates some Egyptian shipbuilding traditions. The vessel was likely sunk when the nearby Temple of Amun collapsed; the remains were discovered beneath 15 feet of clay and debris from the building.
NASA-funded researchers said they had mapped the interior of Mars, using seismic data collected by the agency’s Mars InSight lander to reveal a planet with a molten core whose size and composition came as major surprises. The interior map—the first ever created of another planet—shows that the internal structure of Mars differs dramatically from Earth’s. Mars has a thicker crust and a thinner underlying mantle layer as well as a core that is bigger, less dense and more liquid than the researchers had expected.
The meteor is believed to have landed in a forest after flashes of light were seen across Norway.
Hundreds of Tunisians have taken to the streets of the capital, Tunis, and several other cities to demand the resignation of the government over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nigeria kidnappers abduct man delivering ransom, criminals kidnap an elderly man who was sent to pay a ransom for the release of 136 school children.
Typhoon tears into eastern China, a major storm makes landfall in the city of Zhoushan, days after floods devastated central areas.
Tanzania has received more than one million doses of the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine. They are part of the 25 million vaccines that the US is sharing with the continent.
Curfew across Afghanistan as Taliban advances.
Delta variant spreads globally as Covid cases soar.
Heavy rains have battered India's western coast, leaving dozens dead and prompting mass evacuations.
Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine is suspended and will be sent home from Tokyo 2020 Olimpiada after he withdrew from the competition to avoid a potential meeting with an Israeli opponent.
Australian cities hit by anti-lockdown protests, thousands take to the streets in Sydney, with further protests in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Olympics opening ceremony remembers Munich victims, nearly 50 years after 11 Israeli athletes were killed, a moment's silence is marked in Tokyo.
China imposes sanctions on US officials, the sanctions are in response to recent US sanctions on Chinese officials in Hong Kong.
Sixth death in Irish waters during heatwave.
Just 15 cells' worth of DNA was used to track down the man suspected of killing a US girl in 1989.
MPs in Sierra Leone have unanimously agreed to get rid of the death penalty, the sentence will be replaced by life imprisonment.
In May, more than $1m (£725,000) of humanitarian supplies and assets were looted and destroyed during armed attacks in Gumuruk in the east of the country. This affected the delivery of assistance to an estimated 130,000 people.
China’s president makes first Tibet visit as leader, Xi Jinping is the first Chinese leader in 30 years to make an official trip to the troubled region.
German reporter sorry for mud gaffe at flood site, a video showed Susanna Ohlen rubbing herself with dirt before broadcasting from a flood-hit town.
A group of Ghanaian MPs has drawn up a draft bill which, among other things, proposes a 10-year jail term for people who promote LGBT+ activities through mainstream or social media.
It is the first time temperatures fell no lower than 20C on the island of Ireland two nights in a row.
Firm fined £2.6m for claiming clothes prevent Covid, Australian activewear company Lorna Jane is branded "exploitative" and "predatory" by a judge.
Mother dies after saving baby from China floods, rescuers believe she had flung her daughter to safety just as their home in Henan was hit.
Suspected members of a militant group in the Democratic Republic of Congo have shot dead 16 people who were returning from a weekly market.
Thirteen civilians have been killed in clashes in the Central African Republic. The country has been in turmoil since 2013 when Muslim rebels from the Seleka umbrella group seized power in the majority Christian country.
Rwandan forces deployed to help contain an Islamist insurgency have killed at least 30 jihadists.
Kenya has begun using drones to identify mosquito breeding sites in the country and kill them at the larval stage.
Mystery orcas spotted in Scotland found in Norway, the pod of six killer whales photographed in a Norwegian fjord were last spotted off Vatersay in 2018.
Nigeria has received the first six of 12 military aircraft it bought from the United States, which are expected to boost its efforts in tackling violence by various armed groups.
Indian millionaire embroiled in porn scandal, Raj Kundra, husband of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, has been accused of running a porn production ring.
Indian tax authorities raid critical media outlets, the government denies that the raids were in retaliation for unfavourable reporting.
The influence of narcos has caused many women to undergo cosmetic surgery in Mexico's Sinaloa state.
US supermodel sponsors Irish boys' basketball club, Emily Ratajkowski buys kit for Bantry's U15 and U16 teams, setting Snapchat "on fire".
Sundarban delta on the Bay of Bengal , violent annual storms which batter the delta, rising sea levels and melting ice from the Himalaya mountains, are gradually overwhelming the low-lying islands.
The UK has said it will continue to challenge the government of South Sudan to implement the revitalised peace agreement and provide services to its needy population.
Fifty former Boko Haram fighters have surrendered to the authorities in Cameroon in the town of Mora, Far North province. This means that over the past two months at least 183 ex-fighters from the militant group have laid down their arms in Cameroon.
The government says it is trying to get EU boats to declare everything they land in UK waters.
Israel has been given observer status at the African Union.
US border agents seize 15 giant snails, the giant African land snail is known to destroy local ecosystems and can cause meningitis in humans.
More than 335,000 children have been made homeless in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province due to terror attacks.
China was hit by record rains: streets turned into rivers, passengers trapped in a flooded subway, hundreds of thousands of residents were evacuated.
China’s Taiwan Affairs Bureau has stated its opposition to any country with which China has diplomatic relations and has formal relations with Taiwan.
A four-day work week for the same pay: Icelanders call the experiment extremely successful. The researchers reported that the four-day weekly trials in Iceland were "extremely successful" and encouraged many workers to switch to shorter hours.
The first fatal case of a virus called Monkey B in a 53-year-old veterinarian has been reported in China. The disease is commonly transmitted to monkeys.
North Sea closure dam: An ambitious project worth € 500 billion, huge dams between Scotland, Norway, France and England are a possible solution to a major problem.
In the United Arab Emirates, during 50-degree heat managed to artificially cause rain.
The New Shepard rocket from Blue Origin, led by Jeff Bezos, took off into space. In the special capsule flew Bezos himself, his brother Mark, 82-year-old U.S. aviator Wally Funk, and 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemen.
India records over 4,300 'black fungus' deaths.
More than 200 contacts sought in US monkeypox cases, no instances of the rare disease had been recorded in the US since 2003.
Four US drugs giants have agreed to pay $26bn (£19bn) to settle claims they helped fuel an opioid addiction crisis. Under the proposal unveiled by a group of state attorney generals on Wednesday, three drug distributors are expected to pay $21bn. Drug-maker Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will pay $5bn over the next five years. The New York attorney general Letitia James said the firms fuelled "the fire of opioid addiction for more than two decades".
With teenage pregnancies on the rise in Zimbabwe, rights groups are pushing for schoolgirls to be able to obtain contraceptives without parental consent.
Russia sends a long-delayed module to space station, the 13m-long, 20-tonne Nauka laboratory is finally going into orbit after a delay of 14 years.
His exploits were fictionalised in a Hollywood movie, and now the true story of a one-time teenage FBI informant has a new twist. Richard Wershe Jr has filed a $100m (£73m) lawsuit against former FBI agents and prosecutors, alleging child abuse in connection with his time as an informant. Wershe, now 52, spent three decades behind bars after a drug conviction. Recruited at 14, he is thought to be the youngest FBI informant in history.
The government is paying France £54m in a bid to stem the number of migrants travelling to the UK.
Data shows the average American lifespan declined by one-and-a-half years in 2020.
13 goals, two hat-tricks and two Olympic debuts, Zambia may have conceded 10 goals, but they made history on their women's football Olympics debut.
The South African authorities will destroy all recovered looted goods once they have been used as evidence in criminal cases. Crowds looted at least 200 shopping centres during unrest that erupted following the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma for 15 months in July for contempt of court.
Gold toilet found in Russian police bribery probe, investigators show video of a palatial villa, accusing traffic police of a mafia-style racket.
China cracks down on illegal online child content, major online platforms like Weibo, Taobao and QQ have been fined and ordered to "clean up".
The lawyer of a Nigerian separatist leader has confirmed reports that his client, Sunday Igboho, has been detained by the authorities in neighbouring Benin as he prepared to board a flight to Germany. Mr Igboho, who campaigns for an ethnic Yoruba state in south-west Nigeria, is wanted by the Nigerian police for allegedly stockpiling arms.
Tunisia's Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi has been sacked as the country struggles to cope with surging numbers of coronavirus cases. He faced criticism for organising the opening of vaccination stations to all Tunisians aged 18 over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Correspondents say tens of thousands flocked to them on Tuesday, but the jabs quickly ran out, leading to stampedes and some violence.
The US has carried out an airstrike against Islamist al-Shabab militants in Galkayo in northern Somalia.
The latest survey shows that 67% Indians, aged six and above, have been exposed to coronavirus.
Nigeria rescues 100 kidnapped mothers and children. The group, most of them women and children, were kidnapped last month in Nigeria's Zamfara state.
The UK has asked Nigeria to explain where and how a Nigerian separatist leader, who holds British citizenship, was arrested.
A Canadian-listed mining company has been granted a concession over more than half of an Indonesian island. Environmentalists say the gold mine threatens Sangihe island's ancient forests, which are home to endemic birds. And locals fear it will affect their water supply.
Reports from France say President Emmanuel Macron was targeted for phone tapping by the Moroccan secret services, using Israeli-made Pegasus spyware.
Nike could run out of its Vietnamese-made trainers because of a rise in Covid infections in the region.
Killing of boy, 13, at school shocks Singapore, a 16-year-old student is charged with murder after a body is found in a bathroom and an axe seized.
Israel's prime minister will take "strong action" against boycotts, after Ben & Jerry's decided to stop selling ice cream in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Naftali Bennett warned the US firm's parent company, Unilever, that there would be legal and other consequences. Ben & Jerry's said on Monday that the sale of its products in the West Bank and East Jerusalem was "inconsistent with our values". Palestinian activists praised the move. More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel's occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. Most of the international community considers the settlements illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
Mali's President Assimi Goïta is "safe and sound" after an attacker armed with a knife lunged at him at a mosque in the capital, Bamako.
The French authorities have opened an investigation into allegations that Moroccan intelligence services spied on journalists working for a news website.
Eid celebrated by 500 Muslims at Croke Park, it is the biggest gathering of Muslims in Ireland since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Eid al-Adha prayers continued as rockets fired in Afghanistan, some of the worshippers appeared frightened and unsure what to do when they heard explosions.
The army in Burkina Faso says its soldiers destroyed a “terrorist base" and killed dozens of militants in an operation north of the country.
Mozambique’s police boss Bernardino Rafael has issued a decree prohibiting civilians from wearing police uniform including in art performances.
Pedro Castillo named Peru's new president.
Malaysia steamrolls Bitcoin machines, officers had seized more than 1,000 Bitcoin mining units allegedly powered by stolen electricity.
A Moroccan court has sentenced a prominent journalist and critic of the government to six years in prison. Omar Radi was convicted of sexual assault and spying - charges that he denied.
Twitter suspends US congresswoman over Covid posts, Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene has been a vocal critic of vaccines and the use of masks.
Baghdad market bombing kills Eid shoppers, at least 30 people are killed in an attack on a busy market in Iraq's capital.
Canada to open the border to fully vaccinated Americans.
An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed a new approach: they engulf and neutralize viruses with nano-capsules tailored from genetic material using the DNA origami method. The strategy has already been tested against hepatitis and adeno-associated viruses in cell cultures. It may also prove successful against corona viruses.
Scientists have invented the world’s most efficient on-body energy harvester, capable of powering devices from a person’s fingertips. Engineers at the University of California San Diego discovered that a thin, flexible strip placed on the skin could generate enough electricity from a wearer’s sweat to power wearables and other devices.
Russia says it has successfully tested a new hyper-sounding missile, which Putin called insurmountable.
U.S. researchers were the first in the world to develop a neuroprosthesis that successfully translates the brain waves of a paralyzed man into smooth sentences.
BMW has introduced the CE 04 electric city scooter - an exclusive design, safety-enhancing technologies and a single charge for 130 km.
The researchers reported that a study of more than 45,000 people infected with COVID-19 identified 13 genetic variants associated with an increased risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 or an increased risk of developing a serious disease. The team consists of more than 3,300 researchers from 25 countries.
Baghdad market bombing kills Eid shoppers, at least 25 people are killed in an attack on a busy market in Iraq's capital.
Largest wildfire in the US burns through 300,000 acres.
The UK, US and EU have accused China of carrying out an attack on Microsoft Exchange email servers.
Bandits shoot down a Nigeria fighter jet , the pilot survived by ejecting himself and hiding with local residents.
A convoy taking humanitarian aid into Ethiopia's war-hit Tigray region has come under attack - dealing a further setback for efforts to reach hundreds of thousands of people at risk of famine.
Algeria has recalled its ambassador to Morocco after Rabat officially announced its backing of Algerian separatists in the Kabylie region.
Gay rugby player allowed to stay in UK, Ken Macharia feared for his safety in Kenya, where homosexuality is illegal.
Prominent Egyptian journalist Abdenasser Salama has been detained on terrorism charges after calling for President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to resign.
The authorities in Nigeria say 13 policemen were killed in an ambush by suspected armed gangs in the north-western state of Zamfara.
Olympic composer quits after bullying past emerges, Keigo Oyamada resigned after it came out that he bullied disabled classmates and boasted about it.
Spyware used to target activists, leak suggests. Israeli tech firm NSO denies media reports that its software has been sold to authoritarian regimes.
The Ethiopian government says it has met its second-year target for filling a dam on the River Nile and says it plans to start electricity production within months.
Ethiopia has warned foreign media of stringent measures if they continue to refer to the troops in Tigray region as a defence force.
Covid vaccination centres vandalised in France, the incidents came on a weekend of mass protests against the French government's new Covid rules.
At least 30 killed in Mumbai monsoon rains.
Zimbabwe's ruling party has denied reports it intends to ban women and girls from wearing miniskirts and trousers in public places.
Michael and Peter Taylor were convicted of helping ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn escape Japan in 2019.
Kenyan fuel tanker explodes killing at least 13, people rushed to the scene of the crash to siphon petrol when the explosion occurred.
Prominent Egyptian activist released from prison, Esraa Abdel Fattah earned the moniker "Facebook Girl" for her role in the 2011 revolution.
Afghan envoy's daughter kidnapped in Pakistan, Afghan officials urge Pakistan to keep diplomats safe, amid tensions between the two neighbours.
N Korea warns youth against using S Korean slang, Kim Jong-un's party also warns against adopting the clothes, hairstyles and music of South Korea.
Three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians have been abducted from a construction site in south-western Mali.
Wife of assassinated president returns to Haiti, wearing a bulletproof vest, Martine Moïse arrives home after receiving treatment in the US.
Rare vulture spotted for the first time in Ireland, the endangered Egyptian vulture paid a flying visit to the village of Dunfanaghy in County Donegal.
The migrants hunger-striking for legal status in Belgium, more than 400 are going without food in the Belgian capital, demanding a clear path to residency.
Indian photojournalist killed in Afghanistan, Danish Siddiqui, an award-winning photographer with Reuters news agency, is killed on assignment.
Latvian police have rescued 105 people forced to work in slave conditions in three drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.
At least 126 people have died in the floods in Western Europe and hundreds are still missing.
The U.S. is sending 25 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Africa.
The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has announced the closure of a cryptocurrency mine in Vinnytsia and the arrest of more than 500 GPUs, 50 processors and 3,800 Playstation 4s.
Turkey denies supplying drones to Ethiopia.
Across Florida, Cuban-Americans have been rallying to show their support for protests in Cuba.
First woman passes elite US Navy training scheme, the gruelling military training programme ends with a 72-hour event called the Tour.
A senior Nigerian army officer has been shot dead by gunmen while travelling from the central city of Lokoja to the capital Abuja.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has condemned the killing of Joanna Stutchbury, a Kenyan environmentalist and activist. Ms Stutchbury, 64, who had been very vocal about the conservation of forests and particularly the protection of Kiambu forest on the outskirts of Nairobi, was shot dead by unknown people at her home.
Armed police protect food after South Africa riots, some $1bn worth of stock was stolen in KwaZulu-Natal and at least 800 shops looted.
The United Nations children's agency, Unicef, has condemned the kidnapping and murder of children in Nairobi and other parts of Kenya.
Ethiopia's media regulator has suspended the licence of privately-owned Addis Standard news site over what it termed as "advancing terrorist group's agenda".
WhatsApp blocks over two million Indian accounts, the messaging platform said most of these users violated the bulk messaging rules.
Entire whisky distillery ships out to China, more than 35 tonnes of production equipment is leaving Scotland for the port of Tianjin under a £3m deal.
China: Get jabbed or your child can't go to school.
WHO urges China to co-operate more in Covid probe, the head of the WHO called for more transparency in the investigation into the origins of Covid.
The Nigerian army has released more than 1,000 people who have been cleared of having links with the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
A celebrity dentist in Egypt has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting four men.
US is launching a $300 monthly child benefit, the payments will go to about 39 million households.
Celebrations to mark the Muslim festival of Eid ul-Adha have been cancelled in two traditional emirates in the northern Nigerian state of Katsina because of security concerns. This includes the cancellation of their spectacular horse-riding parades known as durbars.
Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Tebboune has issued a pardon to 101 people jailed on charges related to widespread political protests. They will released in time to celebrate next week’s Muslim festival Eid ul-Adha. A popular protest movement - known as the Hirak - was formed in 2019 calling for radical political change in the North African nation.
Growing numbers of troops are reported to be mobilising across Ethiopia to join the fight against Tigrayan rebels in the north of the country.
A man has been executed by firing squad in southern Somalia's Jubaland state for raping his three-year old stepdaughter who later died from her injuries.
Australia, a fossil fuel exporting giant, says the EU’s plan to impose carbon trade fees is “protectionist”.
Mastercard stopped issuing cards in India, India's central bank says Mastercard violated an order directing payments data to be stored locally.
Palm oil giant penalised for destroying rainforests, Korindo had been buying and burning swathes of Asia's largest rainforests.
Czech women seek compensation for coerced sterilisations, most of the procedures were carried out during the 70s and 80s, and most of the women were part of the nation’s Roma minority.
Fossils of a vicious 8ft-long predator that stalked oceans 460 MILLION years ago are rediscovered in an Australian museum basement after gathering dust for years. Endoceras is an extinct cephalopod that resembled a giant nautilus with a 'straightened-out' shell. An Endoceras fossil was hidden in the basement of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory for years.  It was recently rediscovered when items were moved to a new Alice Springs site. The full specimen would've been over 8 feet long, bigger than almost any animal on Earth at the time. As recently as 65 million years ago, Australia was actually a number of smaller islands separated by shallow seas. It was a bit of spring cleaning that uncovered a 460 million year old fossil of an underwater 'killing machine' at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
The Treasury wiped all data from more than 100 government-issued mobile phones last year because their users, including the department’s boss, entered the wrong pin. In response to a freedom of information (FOI) request from the PA Media news agency, the Treasury said it's IT desk had to reset 117 of its 2,100 mobile phones in 2020.
As black hole swallows neutron star, UT scientists first to catch cosmic burp of gravity waves.
Poland intends to purchase 250 Abrams tanks from the USA.
The European Commission (EC) has proposed to abandon diesel and petrol cars in the block by 2035.
In response to the growing popularity of electronic payments and cryptocurrencies, the European Central Bank (ECB) has launched a pilot project to try to create a digital euro.
Turkmenistan is experiencing an unprecedented population decline. According to information provided by three civil servants, in 2021 the country will have a population of just about 2.8 million, which is less than half of what the government reports. The government in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, provided data on the country’s population of 6.2 million earlier last year.
The British Ministry of Defense is investing £ 3.5 million (US $ 4.8 million) in the Defense Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl), to create a Co-operative Strike Weapons Technology Demonstrator (CSWTD) program, that allows missiles to communicate with each other during flight.
South Africa’s government is to increase its deployment of defence forces to 25,000, 10 times more than originally proposed, to curb widespread looting and violence in the provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
Swedish rapper jailed over plot to kidnap rival.
US overdose deaths hit record number amid pandemic, data shows more than 93,000 Americans died from overdoses in 2020, as use of synthetic drugs rises.
Taliban flag raised above Afghan-Pakistan border.
US accuses Iranians of plotting to kidnap exiles, New York-based Iranian-born journalist Masih Alinejad says she was targeted for abduction.
Chinese engineers killed in Pakistan bus blast, Beijing says a bomb killed 13 people, but Pakistani officials blame a mechanical failure.
Up to half a tonne of cocaine has been seized after an attempt to import it into the Republic of Ireland, Gardaí (Irish police) have said. The drugs, worth up to €35m (£29.8m), were disguised as charcoal. Two containers, holding up to 2,000 bags of charcoal were intercepted at Rotterdam Port in The Netherlands.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of starting to fight along aid corridors in the war-torn northern Tigray region.
Lorries owned by Mozambicans have been looted and set on fire by protesters in neighbouring South Africa.
A US company is told to stop producing a customised firearm covered in what looks like Lego.
India food delivery 'unicorn' opens $1.2bn IPO. It is the first big Indian digital start-up to go public - expectations are high but analysts are wary.
At least 72 people die in days of rioting sparked by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma.
Sydney extends lockdown to fight Delta outbreak.
A video of a junior minister in Liberia splashing expensive champagne on a luxury vehicle that he had reportedly bought for his wife as a birthday gift has sparked anger, especially among young supporters of the governing Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party. The CDC's youth wing describes James Emmanuel Potter’s action last week as “a reckless display of wealth”.
China hotel collapse leaves 17 people dead.
Human rights groups allege that thousands of people seeking asylum in Europe have been pushed back from Greece to Turkey before being given a chance to apply for asylum.
Man in China finds son snatched 24 years ago, Guo Gangtang's son was taken aged two by child traffickers from outside their home and sold.
Two transgender women in Cameroon who were sentenced to five years in jail and fined for "attempted homosexuality" have now been provisionally released.
DR Congo and Burundi ink deal on trade and security.
Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has issued a pardon for dozens of youths who had been jailed for cheating in the national Baccalaureate exams for school leavers. More than 60 people had been prosecuted in various parts of the country and imprisoned.
France receives remains of Napoleonic general, the one-legged skeleton of Charles-Étienne Gudin, who died of gangrene, was found in Russia in 2019.
Used cars and food push US prices higher, consumer prices in the US rose 5.4% in the 12 months ending in June.
Algeria to produce Russian and Chinese vaccines. A minister says 2.5 million doses will be made locally per month. Algeria is set to start producing coronavirus jabs from September, a cabinet minister has announced on state radio.
Dozens held after Cuban anti-government protests.
Islamic police in Kano in northern Nigeria have arrested five men accused of breaking laws on homosexuality.
Google fined €500m by French regulator, the search giant must propose ways to compensate news businesses for the use of their content.
Traders in Uganda's capital, Kampala, have been denied access to their businesses as security forces continue to implement tough health measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Goldfish released into the wild can grow much bigger and cause major disruption to ecosystems.
EU approves military training mission in Mozambique.
Ghana’s first lady has offered to refund all the allowances she has received since the president assumed office in 2017, following a public outcry over salaries. She said in a statement that she had “decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances” amounting to 899,097.84 Ghanaian cedis ($151,618; £109,111).
India online retail giant Flipkart raises $3.6bn, this brings the Walmart-backed firm's value to almost $38bn ahead of its expected market debut.
Venezuelan agents have arrested a key opposition figure on charges of terrorism and treason.
Scuffles in Georgia parliament over cameraman death, protesters are calling for the prime minister's resignation after the death of Lekso Lashkarava.
Precast specialist JP Concrete has signed a supply deal with a pioneering Dutch firm to offer self-healing concrete in the UK.
A car that has been designed to strip the air of pollution as it drives along has been shown off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, it is hoped the Airo will go into production in China in 2023, with plans to make a million of them.
By combining observations and data from NASA's Juno spacecraft, which launched in 2016, and the European Space Agency's X-ray telescope, the researchers found that the pulsating X-ray auroras are caused by fluctuations of Jupiter's magnetic field. "Probably the reason it remained a mystery for 40 years is because we hadn't had this opportunity. We've not had this beautiful and amazing spacecraft in Juno and also an X-ray telescope orbiting the Earth."
Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was naked and asleep with his mistress, Lucero Sanchez, when Mexican marines battered down his front door in 2014, according to Vice’s reportage of Sanchez’s witness testimony. Without time to put on clothes, the lovers ran to the bathroom, and plugged in a cord: causing hydraulics to lift up an unassuming bathtub. Concealed below was a web of secret tunnels leading to other hideouts through the town’s sewage system. With little time to spare, Guzmán and his lover escaped. Eventually caught for the last time in 2016, Guzmán is serving a life sentence in Colorado. The Mexican government is raffling off the site of Guzmán’s dramatic escape, along with seven other houses, seven apartments, five lots, a ranch, and a 20-seat viewing box at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The prizes — confiscated assets from various criminal operations and now owned by the government — are valued at a total of $12.5 million. Lottery tickets cost 250 pesos ($12.50). Winning tickets will be drawn on Sept. 15, the day before Mexico’s Independence Day.
Chinese scientists are planning to fire more than 20 rockets into space to divert an asteroid impact that has a small chance of one day ending life on Earth. Their target is an asteroid named Bennu, a 85.5-million-ton (77.5 million metric ton) space rock that is on track to swoop within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million kilometers) of Earth's orbit between 2175 and 2199. Although Bennu's chances of striking Earth are slim — at just 1 in 2,700 — the asteroid is as wide as the Empire State Building is tall, meaning that any collision with the Earth would be cataclysmic. The estimated kinetic energy of Bennu's impact with Earth is 1,200 megatons, which is roughly 80,000 times greater than the energy of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. For comparison, the space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs delivered about 100 million megatons of energy
In its quest to develop unlimited green energy, the EAST Fusion Facility in Heifei, China recently created a plasma gas that was heated to 120° million Celsius—that’s three-times hotter than the sun—and kept it there for 101 seconds before it dissipated, setting a new world record both for heat and duration.
A unique study of ancient diamonds has shown that the basic chemical composition of the Earth's atmosphere which makes it suitable for life's explosion of diversity was laid down at least 2.7 billion years ago. Volatile gases conserved in diamonds found in ancient rocks were present in similar proportions to those found in today's mantle, which in turn indicates that there has been no fundamental change in the proportions of volatiles in the atmosphere over the last few billion years. This shows that one of the basic conditions necessary to support life, the presence of life-giving elements in sufficient quantity, appeared soon after Earth formed, and has remained fairly constant ever since.
A former delivery driver has collected £520 in fines and 78 points on his driving licence after 26 speeding offences in three months. Driver from Manchester, was caught by the same set of temporary speed cameras on the M62 near Warrington.
UK Southern Water has been fined a record £90m for deliberately dumping billions of litres of raw sewage into protected seas over several years for its own financial gain. Mr Justice Jeremy Johnson, sentencing the privatised water company, said it had discharged between 16bn and 21bn litres of raw sewage into some of the most precious, delicate environments in the country.
A lubricant harvested from beetle legs reduces friction more than Teflon. The wax-like material could be used in microrobotics and small prosthetics, if a cost-effective way to synthesise it can be found.
Ursula von der Leyen is being urged to suspend EU funds to Hungary to force Viktor Orbán to address concerns over politicised courts and corruption.
Recently, with the help of a steady-state strong magnetic field experimental device, scientists constructed nano-scale borate bioactive glass (Nano-HCA@BG), which can effectively reduce the biological toxicity of borate bioglass, improve the biocompatibility of the glass, and promote the effect of borate bioglass on skin repair.
FRONTEX is sending more forces to the Lithuanian-Belarusian border.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has called on EU member states to abandon austerity and implement more stimulus measures.
Turkmenistan has begun sending heavy weapons, helicopters and other aircraft closer to the border with Afghanistan, and reserve troops in the capital are ready for deployment. These actions are another sign that Central Asia is increasingly concerned about the growing influence of the Taliban.
With rising tensions in the Arctic over Russian military mobilization and aggressive rhetoric, neutral Sweden has decided to acquire modern military equipment to strengthen the protection of its northern borders.
Billionaire Richard Branson successfully ascended into space and landed on Earth. Two pilots, Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, and three Virgin Galactic employees, Beth Moses, Colin Bennett and Sirisha Bandla, flew into space with Branson.
Gym users in South Korea's capital are told to limit sweat-splashing and quick-breathing.
Ethiopia and Russia have signed a military cooperation deal following three days of talks. The Ethiopian Defence Force's finance division signed the deal, which it said will boost "long-standing relations between the two nations to a higher degree." The agreement will reportedly focus on improving the national defence force's knowledge, skill, and technical capabilities.
Cubans have been angered by an economic crisis, anti-Covid measures and curbs on civil liberties.
Jubilant Italians celebrate Euros 2020 win, the Italian team is given a hero's welcome as it arrives home after defeating England on penalties.
South Africa deploys military to tackle Zuma riots, shops are looted and buildings set on fire as the jailed former president challenges his sentence.
The Egyptian parliament has approved legal amendments that enhance the government's power to sack civil servants suspected of having links with militants.
Sara Assayed remains in prison a month after being cleared of drugs offences in Kuwait.
Lightning strike kills 16 taking selfies in India.
Record numbers of manatees dying in Florida, wildlife authorities say the unprecedented number of deaths was primarily caused by starvation.
Egypt's parliament has approved a draft law that will impose tougher penalties for sexual crimes, in a move welcomed by female politicians as "a leap forward".
'Graphic' vaccine ad sparks backlash in Australia, critics say the clip of a woman gasping for air is unfair to young people who can't get a vaccine yet.
Wildfires rage as heat wave sweeps western US, tributes are paid to two firefighters who died in a plane crash while responding to a blaze in Arizona.
Cameraman attacked at anti-Pride march dies, was badly injured, in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.
Truce is remembered at a ceremony in Dublin; more than 2,000 people were killed in the 1919-1921 conflict between British forces and the IRA.
An explosion at a sports venue in Sudan has killed at least four people and medics say three others were wounded when they were shot or stabbed. The attack happened at Al-Amir club in Port Sudan. It is not yet clear who was behind the violence.
House arrest order for Benfica football club chief, Luís Filipe Vieira is being investigated in Portugal for suspected tax fraud and money laundering.
Many dead as police fight gangs in Venezuela, security forces search for gang leaders after two days of fighting in the capital Caracas.
Haiti wants foreign troops after leader's murder, Haitian officials want US and UN forces to protect key infrastructure in the country in turmoil.
Bangladesh arrests factory owner after deadly fire, eight face murder charges, and a separate inquiry into child labour at the factory is also launched.
Grizzly bear shot dead after killing US woman.
In 1994, 60 children at Ariel school in Zimbabwe said they'd seen a 'spaceship' and 'aliens' near their school playground.
Dozens of Muslim women in India found their identities being used in a degrading app.
A new nanotechnology development by an international research team led by Tel Aviv University researchers will make it possible to generate electric currents and voltage within the human body through the activation of various organs (mechanical force). The researchers explain that the development involves a new and very strong biological material, similar to collagen, which is non-toxic and causes no harm to the body's tissues. The researchers believe that this new nanotechnology has many potential applications in medicine, including harvesting clean energy to operate devices implanted in the body (such as pacemakers) through the body's natural movements, eliminating the need for batteries.
Chinese astronauts have performed the country’s first tandem spacewalk, working for seven hours on the outside of the new Tiangong station in orbit around Earth.
The UK’s Brexit “divorce bill” is €47.5bn (£40.8bn) according to estimates from Brussels that are higher than the government’s forecasts. The first tranche, €6.8bn, is due for payment by the end of the year.
The Taliban was just waiting for that: the US is leaving Afghanistan on the brink of collapse, people are emigrating en masse.
Russia, Lithuanian Ieva Serapinaitė won the career victory at the European Women's Modern Pentathlon Championship in Nizhny Novgorod, a 26-year-old from Vilnius defeated all competitors and became the European Champion.
Lithuania has borrowed EUR 750 million in international markets for 30 years.
In the semi-finals of the European Championship, the England team got a chance to beat an 11m penalty in extra time, which was blocked by Kasper Schmeichel, but Harry Kane immediately sent the rebound to the net. Videos and photos are spreading in the public space, capturing how fans shine in the eyes of a Danish goalkeeper with a laser just before a penalty.
The U.S. Special Operations Force is launching trials of exciting drugs - these pills can stop aging. They should improve the physical condition of soldiers - accelerate the healing of injuries, improve endurance and strength.
Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera is receiving fierce criticism for appointing his daughter, Violet, to serve at Malawi’s embassy in Brussels as Third Secretary.
A group of 28 foreign mercenaries, including retired Colombian soldiers, assassinated Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse.
Danish family attacked by England fans, a nine-year-old boy was forced to flee after his father was punched in the stomach by England fans.
No 10 rejects EU estimate of Brexit divorce bill, the EU says the UK owes £40.8bn - nearly £2bn higher than previous estimates.
GB swimmers 'trolled for our small bums and boobs', Olympic hopefuls Izzy Thorpe and Kate Shortman say they've dealt with body-shaming since school.
President Salva Kiir has called on South Sudan's people to work together to try to recover the country's "lost decade" on the 10th anniversary of its independence.
Taliban seize key border crossings in new advance, the militants say they have captured crossings linking Afghanistan to Iran and Turkmenistan.
Egyptian writer wins prestigious award, the award, worth more than $275,000 (£200,000), was given to her for non-fiction novel In the Footsteps of Enayat al-Zayyat.
Rwanda has begun deploying 1,000 troops to Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, where a militant insurgency has left thousands dead and millions displaced.
Bangladesh factory fire kills at least 52 people, authorities believe the fire took hold because of chemicals and plastics stored inside the building.
Biden signed a new order cracking down on Big Tech, the executive order will include measures on boosting competition across several sectors, including travel.
France is to start closing its bases in northern Mali before the end of 2021, President Emmanuel Macron has said.
Ghanaians express dismay at the decision to give the President's wife a cabinet salary.
Skydivers killed in Swedish plane crash, eight skydivers and a pilot die in a plane crash close to the runway at Orebro airport.
India is on alert after 14 Zika virus cases.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has called for people who post rumours saying he has died on social media to be arrested.
The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) will soon have access to the UK’s unique platform to analyse the Covid-19 virus.
Windstorm in Gambia kills 10 and disrupts services.
US basketball prodigy Zaila Avant-garde, 14, became the first African American to win a national spelling bee.
Giant pandas no longer endangered in China, their classification was downgraded as the number in the wild has reached 1,800.
Bangladesh, thousands of people visit a farm to see the Bhutti cow, which stands about 51cm (20in) high.
Purdue signs deal with 15 states on opioid payout, fifteen US states dropped their opposition to a bankruptcy plan for the OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma.
Disgraced US lawyer Michael Avenatti has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for attempting to extort up to $25m (£17.4m) from Nike. Avenatti, 50, who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, was found guilty last year.
The Nigerian government has frozen the accounts of Africa’s largest entertainment group, Multichoice, citing tax fraud and a lack of transparency about the number of its subscribers and income. The country’s tax office wants to recover up to $4.4bn (£3.2bn).
Spectators largely barred from the Olympics over Covid.
Bear drags US cyclist from tent and kills her, wildlife officials are searching for the bear and say they plan to kill it as it remains a threat.
There are increasing reports of ethnic Tigrayans facing harassment by the authorities in Ethiopia’s capital.
The Ugandan government has begun distributing Covid relief money to people affected by the second lockdown. About half a million people living in urban areas will benefit from the 53.7bn Ugandan shillings ($15m; £10m) set aside for the exercise. The money will be distributed through mobile money services with each beneficiary expected to receive $29.
A human rights activist says that violence and corruption are rife in Port-au-Prince, and calls for international support for the Haitian population.
Google faces new anti-trust lawsuit over app store, the tech giant faces legal action from 37 US states over its app store practices.
Colombia used lethal force in protests, an international rights body condemns the response to anti-government protests, in which dozens died.
UK firm cleared to seize Indian assets in tax row, oil and gas firm Cairn Energy gets backing from a French court in a tax row with the Indian government.
Report uncovers rape at Mozambique women's prison.
Another huge diamond found in Botswana, a mining company in Botswana has announced the unearthing of a 1,174-carat diamond. It's the second unveiling of a huge diamond discovery in the country in a month.
Russia offers North Korea Covid vaccines again, North Korea has refused jabs and sealed its borders to keep out the virus, leading to food shortages.
Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested the leader of the Mai-Mai militia, Kambale Kabamba. The police had pursued him over his alleged involvement in deadly attacks in the area. He will be handed over to a military tribunal.
China is divided as WeChat deletes LGBT accounts, dozens of LGBT social media accounts run by university students,were deleted without explanation.
India discovers new plant species in Antarctica.
Zuma hands himself in to South African police, the ex-president was given a 15-month jail term after he failed to attend a corruption inquiry.
World's tallest sandcastle built in Denmark, standing at higher than 21m in the town of Blokhus, the structure is even decorated with Covid particles.
US investigators have arrested more than 500 people for their involvement in the 6 January riot.
5G record: Swedes reached 2.2 Gb/s on the live network.
In Haiti (a state in the Caribbean), President Jovenel Moise has been assassinated at his home, Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has announced. Mr Moise's wife is also reportedly injured in the attack. Mr Moise, 53, has been President since 2017. February. C. Joseph has announced the current leadership of the country.
Israeli company Future Meat has opened its first meat production laboratory. It will grow meat. It is not made from any products of plant origin, but is grown from cells. Scientists have known for some time how to grow tissue from cells in laboratories. This will lead to a breakthrough in medicine, but at the same time can help us grow food. The Future Meat plant will initially grow chicken, pork and lamb, and beef should appear on the product list later. It is planned to grow 500 kg of meat per day. It is estimated that about 3,000 medium-sized burgers are enough.
Lithuania plans Belarus wall to keep migrants out, more than 1,000 migrants have been held after crossing the border in one month.
Taliban battle their way into western Afghan city, it is the first direct attack on a provincial capital since the US decided to withdraw its forces.
Flooding is the biggest impact of storm Elsa for the eastern US seaboard. Over 200mm of rain is due for some places in its path.
UK citizenship fee for Irish in UK 'indefensible', the £1,330 naturalisation charge for ROI-born people who live in the UK should be scrapped, MPs say.
Dutch crime reporter seriously wounded in shooting, 
Peter R de Vries is fighting for his life after being shot in an Amsterdam street.
Eleven people have been found guilty of sending abusive messages to a French teenager who posted videos criticising Islam online. Mila was 16 when her first Instagram clip went viral. She has since received 100,000 hate messages, her lawyer says, and lives under 24-hour police protection. The young woman, known as Mila, has now turned 18 and was forced to withdraw from school over the abuse. Her anti-Islam comments came after she was called a "dirty lesbian" by a Muslim blogger after speaking about her sexuality on Instagram.
Sydney lockdown extended to fight Delta outbreak, a stay-at-home order is extended by one week as officials battle to contain a Covid outbreak.
Motorbike gunmen kill 18 in Nigeria's Katsina state.
Zimbabwe will from Wednesday circulate new 50-dollar currency notes, the highest denomination to be printed since the Zimbabwe dollar was reintroduced in 2019. Fifty Zimbabwe dollars is worth $0.60. The new note was launched and the central bank said it would circulate 360m Zimbabwe dollars through banks.
A man who raised £36,000 for a young Germany fan who was filmed crying at a Euro 2020 match says the money will go to charity after her family was found. Some England fans made abusive comments about her after she was pictured crying during Germany's 2-0 defeat at Wembley. In a statement on the fundraising page, the girl's family said they wanted the money to be donated to Unicef.
Botanic gardens in Scotland have helped to formally identify 73 species since March last year.
Teen gets probation for threats to footballer, the 19-year-old had sent Instagram messages to Neal Maupay after his team beat Arsenal last June.
NY governor signs gun violence emergency order, the order directs nearly $140m to prevention programmes to combat a rise in gun violence.
Britain's first black policewoman died aged 83, Sislin Fay Allen joined the Met Police in 1968 at the age of 29.
The Pentagon is scrapping a multibillion dollar cloud computing contract, which sparked a row between Microsoft and Amazon. The US Department of Defense said the $10bn contract no longer met its current needs due to the "shifting technology environment". Microsoft was awarded the contract, but Amazon claimed President Trump had influenced the decision. Amazon and Microsoft will both have the opportunity to bid for a new contract.
Paris residents sue over Notre-Dame lead dust, a lawsuit says people were exposed to dangerous levels of toxic dust in the wake of the 2019 fire.
Indigenous leader named to top Canada post, Mary Simon, an Inuit rights activist and former diplomat, will represent Queen Elizabeth II as governor general.
Israel government fails to extend citizenship law, the controversial law bars Palestinians who marry Israelis from being granted citizenship rights.
Belarus jails top Lukashenko critic for 14 years.
Nine pirates who tried to hijack a ship off the coast of Togo two years ago have been given prison terms ranging from 12 to 20 years.
Mozambique says at least 10 villagers have been killed by suspected Islamists in the north of the country.
Paedophile ring sentenced in Germany, four men given 10 to 14-year sentences in case in Münster that has shocked Germany.
Nigerian state shuts schools over kidnappings.
Egypt angered over the filling of the Nile mega-dam, the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has become a source of tension in the region.
Plane debris found as 28 feared dead in Russia crash, it is thought that all 28 people on board the An-26 passenger aircraft in Kamchatka have died.
The UN human rights agency has described as "deeply concerning" the deadly violence that followed pro-democracy protests in Eswatini.
Israel and South Korea strike vaccine swap deal, Israel will send 700,000 soon-to-expire Pfizer doses and will receive jabs in return later in 2021.
Dozens of illegal miners arrested in Mozambique. A total of 42 illegal miners were arrested and sentenced to between eight and 14 months in prison, plus fines, after being caught mining in a conservation zone.
One of Mali's former President Ibrahim Keïta's son, Karim, is wanted by Interpol over the disappearance of a journalist in 2016.
The senate in the Democratic Republic of Congo has lifted the immunity of former Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon allowing investigations into misappropriation of public funds. Investigators say $200m (£141m) disappeared during the implementation of an agricultural project.
Farmer convicted after 226 starving sheep euthanised, the New Zealand farmer was found guilty of animal neglect after officials had to put the sheep down.
For the first time, a study has tracked the meteorite flux to Earth over the past 500 million years. Contrary to current theories, researchers have determined that major collisions in the asteroid belt have not generally affected the number of impacts with Earth to any great extent.
China is building more than 100 ‘nuclear’ missile silos in the desert. Satellite footage shows ‘alarming development’ that signals possible expansion of nuclear capabilities.
The global cryosphere—all of the areas with frozen water on Earth—shrank by about 87,000 square kilometers (about 33,000 square miles), an area about the size of Lake Superior, per year on average, between 1979 and 2016 as a result of climate change, according to a new study. This research is the first to make a global estimate of the surface area of the Earth covered by sea ice, snow cover, and frozen ground. The extent of land covered by frozen water is just as important as its mass because the bright white surface reflects sunlight so effectively, cooling the planet. Changes in the size or location of ice and snow can alter air temperatures, change the sea level and even affect ocean currents worldwide.
Taliban has won the war in Afghanistan, says Lord Dannatt as UK and US troops pull out. During the 20-year conflict, 454 British military personnel have been killed, but as troops depart, the country appears destined to slide into chaos.
Scientists obtain magnetic nanopowder for 6G technology. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Material scientists have developed a fast method for producing epsilon iron oxide and demonstrated its promise for next-generation communications devices. Its outstanding magnetic properties make it one of the most coveted materials, such as for the upcoming 6G generation of communication devices and for durable magnetic recording.
The Polish press is reporting on Hungarian plans to build a nuclear power plant in Kaliningrad.
After teaching the Ukrainians, the English will return to Wembley: after a quarter of a century they will seek the ticket to the Euro 2020 final in a match with Danish team.
In Israel, the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine is declining.
U.S. exports rose $ 1.3 billion in May to $ 206 billion, the most solid value since December 2019, as global demand recovered from a month earlier.
A stunning find in Baltic amber: a 50 million-year-old ant was discovered, with a fungus growing from a butt, while an ant was still alive.
In the United Kingdom, a study by a team of researchers from the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh, involving 500,000 adults, concluded that any coffee - insoluble, soluble, with caffeine, decaffeinated - protects against chronic liver failure.
The plans announced by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, which provide for a parade of soldiers to march in high heels instead of military shoes next month, provoked angry reactions.
A study by researchers in Spain and the United Kingdom found that at least for some people, a chocolate breakfast can help burn fat more effectively and control blood sugar.
Originals of important interwar Lithuanian international treaties were found in Canada, including the 1920 Lithuanian-Soviet Russia Peace Treaty. Lithuanian diplomat Vytautas Jonas Gylys smuggled the documents to Canada.
Cambodian PM orders return of pet lion to owner, the animal was seized in the capital Phnom Penh last month after officials said the pet was illegal.
More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers have fled to neighboring Tajikistan after clashing with Taliban militants. The troops retreated over the border to "save their own lives", according to a statement by Tajikistan's border guard. Violence has risen in Afghanistan and the Taliban have been making significant gains, particularly in the north of the country. The surge coincides with the end of NATO's 20-year military mission.
An Australian brewery is using microalgae to turn their carbon emissions into oxygen.
The Tunisian coast guard has recovered the bodies of 21 migrants after their boat sank off the port of Sfax.
Nigeria gunmen kidnap 140 schoolchildren, the children were seized by a group of armed men from a school in the north-west of the country.
Huge explosion as Azerbaijan mud volcano erupts, the explosion sent plumes of black smoke and flames into the sky in an oil and gas field.
Life is slowly returning to normal in Eswatini after pro-democracy protests rocked the kingdom, resulting in deadly clashes between security forces and protesters and the destruction of properties. Calls for urgent dialogue between government and protesters - from the EU, UK and US. They condemned the use of violence and called for an investigation and the prosecution of the perpetrators.
Georgia Pride march canceled amid violent protests.
Two senior officials of Namibia's ruling party, Swapo, have died from complications linked to Covid-19.
More than 100,000 people have been evacuated as Elsa threatens to dump heavy rain in central Cuba.
Miami apartment block demolished over safety fears, the remaining section of the collapsed building is brought down as teams resume the search for victims.
The gang behind a "colossal" ransomware attack has demanded $ 70m (£ 50.5m) paid in Bitcoin in return for a "universal decryptor" that it says will unlock the files of all victims. The REvil group claims its malware, which initially targeted US IT firm Kaseya, has hit one million "systems". This number has not been verified and the exact total of victims is unknown. However, it does include 500 Swedish Coop supermarkets and 11 schools in New Zealand. Two Dutch IT firms have also been hit.
Ugandans who violate the Covid pandemic control restrictions may go to jail for up to two months.
Rescue teams find survivors in Japan's landslide, three people are dead and 80 missing as dozens of homes are buried under a torrent of mud.
Four Malian soldiers were killed when their patrol was ambushed in the Timbuktu region near the town of Léré.
The Taliban takes 'district after district' as NATO ends its mission.
Police say eight people have been abducted from a hospital in Zaria, north-western Nigeria. But a hospital worker said the number was higher - at least 12 people kidnapped - including a teenager, and three children under the age of three.
Dozens of fireworks were accidentally set off ahead of a Fourth of July display in Maryland.
The owner of Australia's busiest airport has received a A $ 22.26bn ($ 16.7bn; £ 12.1bn) takeover offer. Its shares jumped by more than 30% after the buyout approach was announced - a move seen as a sign of confidence in air travel recovering post-pandemic. If the planned purchase is successful it would be the biggest such deal in the country this year. A consortium made up of IFM Investors, pension fund QSuper and Global Infrastructure Management tabled the offer of A $ 8.25 a share, which is a more than 40% premium to Sydney Airport's closing price.
Philippine military plane crash killed 50, the aircraft was carrying 96 people, mostly troops, when it overshot a runway.
Jeff Bezos steps down as Amazon boss, as Bezos leaves his role as CEO, those who have worked with him ponder the lessons learned.
Brexit: Exporting my fish to China is easier than to France, a Scottish fisherman says post-Brexit rules means three hours worth of paperwork for each EU order.
'US forces remaining would violate Doha agreement' - Taliban, spokesman Suhail Shaheen says the Taliban leadership would have to decide what action to take.
Nations send help for worst Cyprus fire in decades, four missing people are confirmed dead as a huge blaze forces the evacuation of several villages.
Accept our rule or no truce, Tigray rebels say. The rebels, who have retaken much of the Ethiopian region, also insist Eritrean troops must withdraw.
Lebanon faces 'disastrous' medicine shortages.
The military is on standby as Canadian wildfires rage, lightning strikes following a huge heatwave have triggered more than 170 fires in British Columbia.
The population of the rare saiga has more than doubled since 2019, reversing a slide towards extinction.
At least 155 dead as heavy rains hit Japan.
Portal: Lithuania and Poland build a window connecting two cities. But the 'portal' connecting Vilnius, Lithuania and Lublin, Poland is very real, and part of a competition by the government of Vilnius to promote tourism in the area.
Swedish Coop stores shut due to a huge cyber-attack, some 500 stores are forced to close due to the ripple effects of a major cyber attack in the US.
Almost 3,000 lorries in Kent as UK talks to France, politicians are in talks to resume freight, after France closed the border because of the new variant.
Belarus closes border to Ukraine over coup claim, president Alexander Lukashenko claims he has uncovered a foreign plot to overthrow his regime.
UEFA bans rainbow ads at two quarter-finals.
Boeing cargo jet ditches into sea off Hawaii, the US Coast Guard rescues the two pilots of the plane, which went into the water near Honolulu.
The Irish government announces it is to purchase one million Covid-19 vaccine doses from Romania.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has reached a preliminary $850m (£617m) settlement with some 60,000 people over claims of historic sexual abuse. Lawyers say it may be the largest sexual abuse settlement in US history. In terms of reported numbers, it dwarves similar complaints made against the Catholic Church in the country.
Statue of Queen Victoria toppled in Canada, the monument was pulled down during an event to honour victims and survivors of residential schools.
Iraq suffers a mass power cut amid scorching heat.
US jobs growth picks up speed amid reopening, the US economy added 850,000 jobs in June.
An alleged drug lord operating across Asia who has been compared to the notorious Mexican kingpin El Chapo is set to be handed over by the Netherlands to Australia. Mr Tse, a Chinese-born Canadian, is suspected of leading one of the world's biggest drug syndicates. He is said to have led The Company, which dominates a $70bn (£50bn) illegal drugs market across Asia.
French authorities investigate four brands over alleged human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region.
Historic document found in attic sells for £3.2m, a signer's copy of the 1776 US Declaration of Independence was found in the attic of a Scottish ancestral home.
Video of soldiers beating civilians outrages Ghanaians. Soldiers in Ghana went on the rampage, beating up civilians after a mobile phone allegedly went missing in the north-western town of Wa.
Man raises money for 'trolled' young Germany fan, the little girl was filmed crying after Germany lost to England, then was abused on social media.
Salmon producer buys rival's Scottish operations, Scottish Sea Farms says the £164m deal with Norwegian-owned Grieg Seafood is a "strategic move".
India records 400,000 Covid deaths, the country has recorded 30 million cases - second only to the US.
Hundreds of dead sea animals have washed up in Sri Lanka, weeks after a cargo ship carrying dangerous chemicals caught fire and sank. The remains of 176 turtles, 20 dolphins and four whales have washed ashore since.
Strolling crocodile sparks panic in India village, locals called wildlife officials after the giant crocodile strolled through the village.
The ex-president's Trump Organization has been charged with multiple counts of tax fraud in New York.
Turkey is due to ban most plastic waste sent from the UK, so tonnes of packaging will need a new home.
A village ripped apart by a bad batch of rice wine, at least 30 Cambodians died recently in less than a month after drinking toxic home-brewed alcohol.
At a meeting of the Ukrainian government, ministers wore the country's football team's shirt when the country's team won against Sweden in Euro 2021 and reached the quarterfinals.
Lithuania is considering developing offshore wind farms together with Poland and Latvia.
Two well-known German educational institutions ceased operations in Belarus due to pressure from the authoritarian state.
Earth has an inexplicable cycle of 27.5 million years of mass extinction: our planet has a particularly slow and steady "pulse" of catastrophic events.
US and UK agencies accuse Russia of cyber-campaign, the attackers targets include parliaments and political parties in a continuing operation.
Italy prison guards suspended over beatings, Italy is shocked by video showing prison guards' brutality during the first Covid lockdown.
Cash-strapped Lebanon army sells helicopter rides, the army is trying to boost its finances, which has been hit by Lebanon's severe economic crisis.
Wildfire forces Canada's hottest place to evacuate.
China's Communist Party celebrates 100 years.
Trump company executive surrenders to face charges, the finance chief of the ex-president's firm surrenders ahead of the expected unsealing of charges.
Graves discoveries fuel calls to cancel Canada Day, the remains of 182 people in unmarked Indigenous graves were found on the eve of Canada Day.
Truck goes up in flames as police seize fireworks, a truck filled with 2,000kg of fireworks goes up in flames, injuring at least 17 people in Los Angeles.
Seven EU countries approve India's Covid vaccines, Covishield is eligible for travel to Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland and Spain.
Hamas is a militant Palestinian Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip.
Hundreds of sudden deaths in Canada heatwave, more than 450 fatalities have been recorded in British Columbia alone over the past five days.
Russia has the first case of H5N8 bird flu in humans.
Women in rural India hesitant to take Covid vaccines, experts say fear and misinformation is fuelling the problem in the northern state of Bihar.
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Global has ended its first day on the New York Stock Exchange with a valuation of $ 68.49bn (£ 49.6bn). That is even as its shares closed just 1% higher than their $ 14 offering price after slipping back from earlier strong gains. It was the biggest listing in the US by a Chinese company since Alibaba's debut in 2014. China's answer to Uber raised $ 4.4bn in the Initial Public Offering (IPO). It is the latest in a series of Chinese companies to cash in on the booming US stock market.
Ex-spy chiefs jailed for Balkans war crimes, the ruling marks the first time Serbian officials are convicted of crimes in Bosnia.
Caged animal farming to be banned under EU plans, comes after a petition demanding an end to the controversial system collected 1.4 million names.
TikTok stops millions of suspected under-age users, the video-sharing app is popular with teenagers who are allowed to set up an account from the age of 13.
China was declared officially malaria-free by WHO, China used to report 30m cases a year in the 1940s, but there are now no locally transmitted cases.
Putin accuses the UK and US of military provocation, the Russian president says last week's naval incident off Crimea was co-ordinated to test Moscow.
Paris threatens e-scooter after woman's death.
Huge crowds seek vaccines as Indonesia cases soar.
Taiwan boy who was thrown 27 times during judo class died. The seven-year-old had suffered severe brain haemorrhaging after a judo class in April.
Half of Australians in lockdown amid vaccine chaos, as cases spread to new at-risk areas, government leaders send mixed messages about vaccination.
The researchers found that the people of East Asia suffered from coronavirus 20 thousand years ago.
Brain scans have shown that even a mild form of COVID-19 disease can be associated with a significant reduction in gray matter. These findings may explain why this virus has been associated with certain neurological symptoms, ranging from brain fog and olfactory loss to a higher risk of stroke.
Ethiopian rebels gain more ground in war-torn north, Tigrayan fighters continue their advance after wresting the regional capital from government forces.
After years of heated debate, France extends fertility treatment to lesbians and single women.
Nigeria arrests Biafra separatist leader, he fled in 2017 while on bail facing treason charges and was detained with the help of Interpol.
Builder held over stolen Picasso found in Greece, police explain how they recovered paintings stolen in an audacious 2012 raid on an Athens museum.
Protesters topple Columbus statue in Colombia, the statue of the explorer is the latest to be pulled off its pedestal during anti-government protests.
Facebook joins $ 1 trillion club after a court win, a US federal court dismisses two antitrust lawsuits, sending the tech giant's share price higher.
Banks in Lebanon have closed for the day after an assault on staff at the headquarters of Lebanese Swiss Bank. About 100 men stormed the building in Beirut at night, trying to access closed accounts and injuring three employees.
Mexico decriminalizes recreational cannabis, adults will be able to cultivate and consume the drug, but smoking in public remains banned.
'Heat dome' pushes Canada to 46.6C all-time high, Lytton in British Columbia breaks an 84-year-old record, as the US Pacific north-west also sizzles.
Kuwait arrests man after TikTok weather rant, the man is heard complaining about a dust storm and swearing in the online clip.
E-cigarette maker Juul has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a US state that accused the firm of marketing its products to young people. July will pay $ 40m (£ 29m) to North Carolina over six years and will change its advertising in the region. The vape pen manufacturer did not, however, admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
Personal EU data can continue to be sent if the UK maintains "adequate" data protection.
Czech leader calls transgender people 'disgusting', President Milos Zeman made the comment in an interview in which they got sex-change was "self-harm".
A man in south-western France discovers € 85,000 (£ 73,000) in cash inside an elephant-shaped trinket.
N Korea TV airs a rare Kim Jong-un weight loss remark.
US launches strikes at Iran-backed militia sites. The militias threaten revenge after facilities in Iraq and Syria linked to drone attacks are bombed.
Pet lion seized in Cambodia after TikTok videos, the 18-month-old animal, weighing 70kg, is discovered at a villa in the capital Phnom Penh.
Somali region executes 21 al-Shabab fighters, it may be the highest number of members of the group sentenced to death in semi-autonomous Puntland.
Drugs giant to pay $ 230m to settle opioid claim, drugs firm to pay to settle claims it fueled opioid painkiller addiction crisis in New York State.
Classified Ministry of Defense documents containing details about HMS Defender and the British military have been found at a bus stop in Kent. One set of documents discusses the likely Russian reaction to the ship's passage through Ukrainian waters off the Crimean coast. Another details plans for a possible UK military presence in Afghanistan after the US-led NATO operation there ends. The government said an investigation had been launched.
China releases videos of its Zhurong robot landing on the Red Planet and moving around.
Hot air balloon crash kills five in New Mexico, the balloon is reported to have hit a power line, before the basket detached and fell to the ground.
Colombia offers reward after the President attacked, President Iván Duque's helicopter was shot at as he flew near the Venezuelan border.
Three killed in German knife attack were all women, the suspect has been charged with three counts of murder and five counts of grievous bodily harm.
Anger at Sri Lanka's release of jailed politician, the UN condemns the decision to pardon Duminda Silva, convicted for the murder of a rival politician.
George Floyd's murderer sentenced to over 22 years, Derek Chauvin was convicted last month of killing Mr Floyd, whose death sparked global protests.
2,800-Year-Old Castle from Lost Kingdom of Urartu Discovered in Eastern Turkey.
Researchers working in Israel have identified a previously unknown type of ancient human that lived alongside our species more than 100,000 years ago.
A large facility capable of extracting significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air is being planned for the north east of Scotland. The proposed plant would remove up to one million tonnes of CO2 each year - the same amount taken up by around 40 million trees.
World's Strongest Man Tom Stoltman: Ten eggs a day and family support is what keeps the 2021 winner lifting. Tom Stoltman, from Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands, won the historic title, beating four-time champion Brian Shaw. The 27-year-old Rangers fan, nicknamed “The Albatross”, is the first Scot to take home the trophy since the international competition began in 1977.
Stockholm University shows that animal sperm evolution becomes supercharged only when sperm swim inside females.
A bear is walking around Western Lithuania: residents expect it to leave before the mushroom season.
Belarus's aviation sector is losing about $ 10.3 million a month due to Western sanctions, the country's deputy prime minister said.
EU sanctions on Belarus will cost Lithuanian Railways up to 20 million euros in revenue, but the impact will not be felt immediately - long-term contracts are valid until 2023, and to cover losses may require state aid.
Russia: Small European countries that do not support dialogue and host NATO and US forces are "illogical and disastrous" because "a vicious circle is emerging: these countries are talking about security on the one hand and deploying foreign armed forces on the other. forces at greater risk and still abandons dialogue ".
A rare whirlwind in the south-east of the Czech Republic has killed at least three people and injured hundreds more.
The Bank of Lithuania imposed a fine of EUR 350 thousand on the electronic money institution GlobalNetint for violations of the law.
A Belarusian dissident who was taken off a Ryanair jet forced to land in Minsk has been transferred to house arrest, authorities have confirmed. His girlfriend, Russian citizen Sofia Sapega, was arrested with him and has also been moved to house arrest, Belarus's investigative committee said.
Valérie Bacot, a woman accused of murdering her violent husband, should be shown clemency and allowed to leave jail, a French court has heard.
The number of people listed as missing after the collapse of a 12-storey building in the US city of Miami has risen to 159, four people are known to have died. What caused the 40-year-old building to collapse early remains unclear.
Thousands at risk of Taliban reprisals will be relocated before US troops withdraw.
Tikhanovskaya: Painful to see my husband in court, Sergei Tikhanovsky is facing a fake trial with fake judges, the Belarusian opposition leader says.
At least 18 were killed and 16 injured after a fire tore through a martial arts school in China - many of them young children.
An indigenous nation in Canada says it has found 751 unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan. The Cowessess First Nation said the discovery was "the most significantly substantial to date in Canada." It comes weeks after the remains of 215 children were found at a similar residential school in British Columbia.
A Royal Navy warship was "sticking up for our values" in an incident with Russian forces in disputed waters around Crimea, Boris Johnson has said. The prime minister said the UK does not recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea and was pursuing freedom of navigation in international waters. Mr Johnson denied UK relations with Russia were at an all-time low. Moscow's defense ministry received a patrol ship fired warning shots and a jet dropped bombs in the Royal Naval ship's path.
US pop star Britney Spears has launched a blistering attack on the "abusive" conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years. She said she was traumatized and cried every day, telling a judge in Los Angeles: "I just want my life back." Spears, 39, also said she had been denied the right to have more children and was put on the psychiatric drug lithium against her wishes. Her father was granted control over her affairs by a court order in 2008. The order was granted after the star was put in hospital amid concerns over her mental health, and it has been extended for more than a decade since.
US army translator jailed for espionage, Mariam Thompson, 62, shared the names of US informants in Iraq to a man linked to Hezbollah.
Athens priest arrested for acid attack on bishops, the suspect was allegedly caught with cocaine and threw acid during his disciplinary hearing.
Amazon shootout: Illegal miners exploit lax enforcement. Indigenous villages say they are under attack, as illegal mining and armed violence in the jungle rise.
Runaway cows escape a California meatpacking plant, about 40 cows make a run for it and wander through the town of Pico Rivera.
EU wants emergency team for cyber-attacks, European Commission says recent ransomware attacks on US and Ireland have "focussed mind".
A child who went missing in Italy has been found by a reporter sent to cover his disappearance, several kilometers from the boy's home. The 21-month-old toddler was last seen in his bedroom at night and was reported missing by his parents the next day.
Six killed in Mexico prison gang fight.
A group of climate activists say a £ 4m investment will help them plant millions of trees around the world. Bristol-based Ecologi, which uses subscriptions to pay for environmental projects, got the money from the investment group General Catalyst.
Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have determined in new research that the Earth's atmosphere has been trapping an "unprecedented" amount of heat, with the planet's energy imbalance approximately doubling from 2005 to 2019. NASA explained that the blue marble's climate is determined by the balance between how much of the sun's energy is absorbed in the atmosphere and at the surface and how much thermal infrared radiation is emitted into space.
British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is known for his predictions regarding black holes. Hawking, for example, is famous for theorizing the idea of ​​black holes do indeed very gradually emit light over time; a phenomenon physicists refer to as Hawking Radiation. Now, new gravitational-wave analysis provides strong evidence supporting another one of Hawking’s black hole predictions. One that has to do with their ability to maintain their overall surface area in the event of a collision.
The United States, European Union, United Kingdom and Canada imposed fresh sanctions on Belarus in a coordinated response to the Lukashenko government's forced landing of a Ryanair flight and the arrest of an opposition journalist last month as well as the "continuing repression" in the former Soviet state. In a joint statement, the partners said they were "united in our deep concern regarding the Lukashenko regime's continuing attacks on human rights, fundamental freedoms, and international law."
Audi will no longer produce cars with diesel and petrol engines from 2033 onwards.
The capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, has overtaken Hong Kong, becoming the most expensive city in the world for workers from abroad, based on the cost of expenses such as housing, transport and food.
The dark-finned gray shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) would suffocate if it stopped swimming.
In Ukraine, road users unearthed a mysterious 5500-year-old stone structure: not only the remains of people in the discovered graves.
Heavy fighting reported in the Ethiopian Tigray region, rebel forces claim to have seized several towns, which the army has dismissed as "fake news".
Gabon gets paid to protect its rainforest, it is the first African country to get money for reducing carbon emissions through forest protection.
Spain pardons Catalan leaders over independence bid, nine separatists were jailed over a failed 2017 independence bid, but the pardons are controversial.
Myanmar army clashes with anti-coup militia, four members of the opposition militia are reported dead in the first such clashes in a major city.
Australia mouse plague forces prison evacuation, mice have got inside the prison walls and chewed through electricals at Wellington Correctional Center.
Churches burn down on Canadian indigenous land, police are treating the two blazes in the western province of British Columbia as suspicious.
Cambodia activists charged with insulting the king, accused of insulting the king, the environment activists face up to 10 years in prison.
US police crack case of 19-tonne nut theft, the 42,000lbs of pistachios went missing from a plant in Central California.
HK newspaper Apple Daily could shut, it comes after 500 officers raided the paper and froze HK $ 18m worth of assets linked to the company.
First transgender athlete picked for Olympics, NZ weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is headed for Tokyo but critics say she has an unfair advantage.
Crash kills nine children in a storm-hit Alabama, the victims include eight children from a local foster home, and a father and his baby daughter.
China administers a billion vaccine doses, authorities aim to have fully vaccinated 40% of the country's 1.4 billion population by July.
Thousands take part in Poland's LGBT Pride march.
Arizona police shoot driver who ran over cyclists, six cyclists and the suspect are critically injured after the incident at a charity bike ride.
Valuable 350-year-old oil paintings found in skip, German police say the gold-framed artworks had been dumped at a motorway rest stop in Bavaria.
Bishops face clash with Biden over abortion, US Catholic leaders begin a process that may call for the president to be barred from Holy Communion.
The world's most powerful magnet is being shipped to France for installation in the core of ITER, the experimental fusion reactor. It is hoped that ITER will prove the feasibility of creating fusion energy on an industrial scale by replicating the process seen in the center of our sun. The magnet, known as the central solenoid, is being shipped in parts and will be 18 meters tall, 4.2 meters wide and weigh around 1000 tonnes once fully constructed. With a magnetic field strength of 13 tesla, it will be about 280,000 times stronger than Earth’s own magnetic field. Because of this, the structure that the central solenoid sits in will have to withstand forces equal to twice the thrust of a space shuttle lift-off.
China’s first crewed spacecraft in nearly five years blasted off from the Gobi desert, carrying astronauts to the new Tiangong space station. A Long March-2F rocket carried the three astronauts in the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft, and was expected to dock with Tianhe, the main section of the Tiangong station.
A black police chief dismissed from the Metropolitan police has won her job back after a tribunal said her sacking was unfair. Supt Robyn Williams was dismissed in March 2020 after being convicted for possessing a child abuse video that she was sent unsolicited via WhatsApp and never viewed. A police appeals tribunal rescinded her sacking and replaced it with a final written warning, after Williams successfully argued her dismissal was unreasonable and unfair.
 Crimea, which belonged to Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in 2014, was hit by heavy rains, which flooded entire towns and villages in the eastern part of the peninsula.
At a gold mine in Yukon, Canada, near the town of Doson City, gold seekers discovered three partial skeletons of hairy mammoths.
Researchers at the University of Washington, using compressed gas and gunpowder, can be said to have fired a pair of graphite discs at a speed of 24,140 km / h. Their clash created a lonsdaleite. The resulting crystals were still very small, but their hardness could be measured by sound waves that travel faster through solid materials. Research has shown that these crystals are 58% harder than diamond.
Fishermen off the coast of Yemen have spotted a 127-kilogram piece of amber floating in the water. Returning ashore with a rare catch, it turned out to be worth about $ 1.5 million. Ambergris is a hard, flammable, wax-like substance formed in the gastrointestinal tract of marine mammals. Sperm whales, which feed on squid, do not digest its hard parts, so they begin to accumulate in the intestine. This mass, when entering the salty sea waters, hardens and turns into ambergris.
Italy to impose Covid quarantine on UK travelers.
People in Hong Kong have queued up to buy copies of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily a day after its newsroom was raided by police. The front page carried a message of defiance, reading: "We must press on." The paper typically prints about 80,000 copies but increased that to 500,000 to meet demand. Some news stands sold out. The raid on the newspaper came as two of its executives were charged under Hong Kong's controversial new national security law. A total of five executives were arrested. Editor-in-chief Ryan Law and chief executive officer Cheung Kim-hung were the two charged.
Alieu Kosiah has been found guilty of war crimes in a Swiss court, becoming the first Liberian to be convicted over the country's civil war. He was sentenced to 20 years for crimes including murder and rape. Around 250,000 people were killed in Liberia's two conflicts between 1989 and 2003, and many thousands more fled.
Israel to send 1m jabs to Palestinians in swap, under the deal, the Palestinians will give Israel a reciprocal number of doses later in the year.
California declares emergency amid heatwave, parts of the US south-west report dangerously high temperatures, with excessive heat warnings in place.
Some 82 million people have been forcibly displaced, more than 1% of the world's population.
Israel's military carried out air strikes on the Gaza Strip overnight after Palestinian militants there sent more incendiary balloons into southern Israel. It is the second round of strikes in three nights after multiple attacks with balloon-borne devices. The violence will further strain a fragile ceasefire in place since 21 May.
Giant rhino fossils in China point to new species, the Paraceratherium linxiaense was taller than a giraffe and weighed as much as four large African elephants.
In a legal fight with AstraZeneca, the EU lost a bid to make the company deliver 120m doses of Covid-19 vaccine by the end of June.
US court blocks child slavery lawsuit on chocolate, in their lawsuit, a group of men say they were forced to work on cocoa firms in Ivory Coast.
UK asks EU to extend grace period for chilled meat, exports of chilled meats from GB to NI are due to be banned in June under the NI Protocol.
Nigeria's Boko Haram confirms that its leader Abubakar Shekau has been killed.
Russia starts the rollout of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for high-risk groups in its capital city.
The coelacanth was thought to live for about 20 years, but a new study suggests it's nearer 100.
Two US executions halted over lack of firing squad, a South Carolina court says two murderers must be allowed to choose their method of execution.
Hunt for gunman who killed two in northern Germany, it is not clear why the man, now on the run, shot a man and a woman in the town of Espelkamp.
Fake news being shared over Ethiopia's conflict, online misinformation about the hostilities in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
Lebanon army appeals for aid as soldiers go hungry, soldiers' salaries and the army's budget have been wiped out because of an economic collapse.
Centuries-old, German, the Regensburger Domspatzen boys' church choir will open its school to girls next year.
Huge manhunt after family of four killed in Brazil, hundreds of police officers are involved in the search for the 33-year-old suspect.
Giant Buddhist statue gets Covid face mask in Japan, temple managers plan to keep the face covering on the figure until the pandemic is brought under control.
A stowaway kitten who survived a trip from Romania to the UK in a lorry has been described as a "little fighter". The four-week-old, named Roman by his rescuers, was found severely dehydrated by warehouse staff in Bedford.
Major Australian banks hit by website outages, customers were unable to access the websites or apps of several Australian banks amid an outage.
Boatman praised for saving baby floating in the river, the 21-day-old baby girl was found in a wooden box in the Ganges river and is now in hospital.
China ride-hailing giant in 'competition probe', a watchdog is reported to be investigating whether Didi has been unfairly squeezing out smaller rivals.
Inquiry into 'fake Covid tests' at Kumbh Mela, officials say private labs allegedly filed fake Covid reports to meet their daily quota of tests.
World Bank rejects El Salvador Bitcoin request.
US to add federal holiday marking the end of slavery, democrats said it would commemorate "America's original sin", but critics call it "identity politics".
Biden and Putin praise talks but discord remains, the US and Russia agree to nuclear arms control talks but progress at the Geneva summit is limited.
'Building flaws' caused a deadly Mexico metro crash, an overpass collapse killed 26 and has put pressure on leading Mexican politicians and businessmen.
Covid causes a new environmental dilemma for India’s Ganges River, hundreds of bodies have been buried in shallow graves along the banks of the already-polluted Ganges.
The Botswana diamond could be the world's third largest, the "rare and extraordinary" gem weighs 1,098 carats and was unveiled by the diamond firm, Debswana.
Demand for non-alcoholic drinks "explodes" as more Australians rethink their drinking habits.
African Covid patients 'dying from lack of oxygen'.
Berlin squat riot leaves dozens of police wounded, sixty police officers are hurt as squatters riot over a planned fire inspection at 94 Rigaer Straße.
Germany withdraws NATO platoon over 'racist' party, the army is investigating reports of sexual coercion and anti-Semitic songs at a party in Lithuania.
Indian police accuse Twitter of not following rules, officers also accused several journalists of trying to create a communal divide in the country.
Spanish man jailed for killing and eating mother, the 28-year-old was arrested after body parts of his mother were found scattered in her Madrid flat.
'Record number' of China jets in Taiwan air zone, the mission comes after NATO and the G7 pointed to China's military threat and human rights record.
Saudi Arabia has executed a man for offenses that rights groups say he committed while aged 17, despite the kingdom's assurance that it had abolished the death penalty for minors. Mustafa Hashem al-Darwish was arrested in 2015 for protest-related offenses. Saudi authorities say he was charged with forming a terror cell and trying to carry out an armed revolt. Amnesty International and Reprieve, an anti-death penalty charity, say 26-year-old al-Darwish had already recanted his confession, which was allegedly made after he was tortured. The Saudi authorities have not publicly commented on the accusation.
Earth's core is growing lopsidedly, a new study suggests - and it's been doing that for at least half a billion years. Earth's inner core is lopsided: One side grows faster than the other, In the core's eastern half, located under Indonesia, 60% more iron crystals form than on the other side. This asymmetrical growth may affect the Earth's magnetic field.
The sperm was stored in the International Space Station in a freeze-dried form. Once brought back to Earth and rehydrated, it resulted in the birth of 168 young, free of genetic defects.
In a major scientific leap, University of Queensland researchers have created a quantum microscope that can reveal biological structures that would otherwise be impossible to see.
While the International Space Station was traveling more than 250 miles over the South Pacific Ocean, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft autonomously docked to the space-facing side of the orbiting laboratory’s Harmony module at 5:09 a.m. EDT, Saturday, June 5. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur were monitoring docking operations for the Dragon. This 22nd contracted resupply mission for SpaceX delivers the new ISS Roll-out Solar Arrays (iROSA) to the space station in the trunk of the Dragon spacecraft. The robotic Canadarm2 will extract the arrays and astronauts will install them during spacewalks planned for June 16 and 20.
The EU has lent the first € 20 billion in capital markets to the COVID-19 recovery fund.
The German M. Rex led the world's largest mission to the North Pole - an expedition involving 300 scientists from 20 countries. The expedition returned to Germany in October 2020, after 389 days spent drifting through the North Pole, and brought home stunning evidence of the dying Arctic Ocean and a warning about the ice-free summers we will receive in just a few decades.
Ukraine will only be able to expect to receive a NATO accession action plan if the country meets certain criteria - such as curbing corruption, said US President Joe Biden.
Lithuania, Vilnius-based tobacco trading company Philip Morris Baltic, has to pay a fine of 2.1 thousand euros imposed on it by the Department of Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol Control (NTAKD) for covert advertising of tobacco products, the court ruled.
The last person to die in a gas chamber in Arizona in 1999 was executed. The unused gas chamber has not been dismantled since then and is now repaired and ready for use again.
An unknown buyer bought a trip to space at auction, along with Internet trading giant Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his brother. Blue Origin, which will make its first manned flight next month, cost $ 28 million.
The US passed 600,000 deaths from Covid-19.
Israeli nationalists march through Jerusalem.
Billionaire MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has donated another $ 2.7bn (£ 1.9bn) to a range of charities. Ms Scott got in a blog post that she wanted to give the money to those "that have been historically underfunded and overlooked". She wrote that she had chosen 286 organizations working on racial inequality, the arts and education. Ms Scott is one of the world's richest women.
US and EU agree truce in Boeing-Airbus trade row, the agreement, after 17 years, means taxes on $ 11.5bn of goods will be removed for five years.
Thousands of protestors gathered in Dublin demanding the expansion of a repair scheme for crumbling houses. Thousands of homes and buildings, primarily in the Counties of Donegal and Mayo, have been damaged because of blocks containing high levels of the mineral mica.
Ikea France fined € 1m for snooping on staff.
Attack kills 10 at Somalia army training camp, a suicide bomber targeted a queue of new recruits waiting outside the base.
Unidentified stones in SA spark diamond rush, many of those digging in KwaHlathi village believe the crystal-like stones are precious jewels.
Irish scientists have identified how and why some Covid-19 patients can develop life-threatening blood clots. The work, led by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), could lead to targeted therapies that prevent such clots happening in the future.
Indian activists held over citizenship law protest, two women are among several activists who have been arrested since India's lockdown began in March.
India closes murder cases against Italian marines, the two marines are accused of killing two fishermen off the coast of India's Kerala state in 2012.
A summit of alliance leaders in Brussels describes China's behavior as a "systemic challenge".
US bans dog imports from more than 100 countries, Russia, Kenya and Egypt are among countries subject to the canine ban, over rabies concerns.
As demand for electric cars grows, giant battery factories are being built across Europe.
US whistleblower jailed during Trump era released, Reality Winner leaked a classified report on Russian hacking to the media and was jailed in 2018.
Staff arrested for not giving police free burgers, all 19 workers at a Johnny & Jugnu fast food restaurant in Lahore were detained for hours.
Irish police to be given powers over passwords, new legislation in the Republic of Ireland will compel suspects to give police their details.
Five more opposition figures detained in Nicaragua, twelve senior opposition figures are now held in what critics say is a crackdown by the president.
The demonstration, backed by right-wing parties, opposes plans to pardon jailed Catalan separatists.
Israel's new PM Bennett promises to unite the nation, his pledge comes as his government is voted in, ending Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year hold on power.
Head of 'the world's largest family' dies in India, Ziona Chana, the head of a religious sect that practiced polygamy, had 38 wives and 89 children.
Every year tens of thousands of migrants risk it all on the perilous journey from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia.
Swiss voters reject key climate change measures.
China to G7: Small groups do not rule the world.
'Hit the valley floor like 15 atomic bombs', scientists detail February's catastrophic rock and ice slide in the Indian Himalayas that claimed 200 lives.
Afghans get 10 years in jail for migrant camp fire, the Afghan asylum seekers were found guilty of starting fires that destroyed the Greek camp last year.
Dozens of people are missing and feared dead in northern India after a glacier crashes into a dam.
Teen who filmed George Floyd's murder given award, Darnella Frazier received a special citation by the Pulitzer Prize board for her courage.
Palestinian teenager shot dead in clash at protest, the Israeli army said there was a riot at Beita, near Nablus, and soldiers' lives were in danger.
Caribbean cruise guests test positive for Covid, Royal Caribbean restart cruises in June after they were suspended for more than a year.
UK pledges £ 430m on girls 'education amid aid row, Boris Johnson at the G7 announces funding for girls' education after row over international aid cuts.
Burger giant McDonald's hit by customer data breach, the chain is the latest to be targeted by cyber criminals after attacks on Colonial Pipeline and JBS.
Chinese officials punished over marathon deaths, extreme weather struck the event last month, killing 21 ultra-marathon runners.
Wanted Russian rebel Igor Girkin scorned the MH17 trial, he is among four accused over the 2014 plane disaster, in which 298 people died. The Russian president said he "completely disagrees" with charges brought by the plane crash inquiry. International investigators say a missile that brought down Flight MH17 came from a Russian military base near Kursk.
Hong Kong film censors given new powers, censors have been given the power to vet films that authorities say may endanger national security.
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has called on Ukraine to adjust its 2020 European Football Championship uniform and remove the "political slogan" that provoked Russia's protest. According to UEFA, the slogan "Glory to the Heroes!" Used during the 2014 protests in Ukraine is "clearly political". Russia has sent a complaint to UEFA about Ukraine's "political" uniform for the 2020 European Football Championship, which also features Ukraine's contours with Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Over 300 migrants have already been detained at the border this year, and the number of migrants detained from Belarus trying to enter Lithuania is growing.
The Commander of the Spanish Armed Forces visits his troops in Lithuania.
The European Parliament is calling for additional sanctions against the Belarussian regime in response to the forced landing of a passenger plane and the detention of blogger Raman Pratasevich in Minsk.
Russian officials have complained that the coronavirus pandemic has left without migrant workers, and the head of the country's prison supervision service has proposed a solution: to revive the Soviet-era practice of "attracting convicts to work". Just don’t call it the Gulag, he said, the Gulag is known as forced labor in prisons.
The microscopic multicellular organism lives alive "from the permafrost" after 24 thousand years spent in Siberia. Scientists say the creature they discovered is known as one of the species of sparrow, the Latin bdelloid rotifer, and was found near the Alajez River in the Russian Arctic.
A stunning find found in Israel: a 1,000-year-old chicken egg has not lost its shape.
Researchers believe that depression can be treated with laughter gas.
The discovered horrible-looking rock-climbing mollusk intrigued scientists: it looks like a meat roll with steel teeth.
Tiny carbon nanotubes. The researchers observed that when an organic solvent is circulated through these particles, electricity is generated. Generally speaking, this fluid simply attracts electrons from the carbon nanotubes. The researchers say this method of generating electricity can be used in tiny nanorobots or electrochemical processes.
Israel ex-top spy reveals operations against Iran, spoke about theft of Iran's nuclear archive.
Hungary to ban LGBT content aimed at children, critics say the legislation is similar to Russia's ban on "gay propaganda" targeting minors.
At least two Democrats and their families had their Apple data seized under President Trump.
Family on the run over teen disappearance in Italy, Saman Abbas, 18, has not been seen since fighting with her family over an arranged marriage.
Wildlife officials reunite a leopard cub with mum, the two-month old female cub was found stuck in a trench in a tea garden.
'A true hero': Lorry driver praised for parking under M62 bridge to stop man jumping off it. North West Motorway Police hailed the lorry driver as "a true hero" and said it wanted to thank them.
Teenager knifed to death in south London.
There have been two cases of monkeypox identified in north Wales. Public Health Wales (PHW) said the initial case was acquired overseas and both cases were identified in two people from the same household.
An American satellite has pictured the new Chinese rover on the surface of Mars.
G7 leaders to pledge 1bn Covid-19 vaccine doses for poorer countries.
A mum has claimed she set the new world record after saying she had given birth to ten babies when medics missed two tots during a scan. Gosiame Sithole, 37, said she was left in shock after she delivered decuplets to a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.
Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and three former high-ranking officials have agreed to pay € 288 million in damages because of the diesel emissions scandal.
The researchers compared proteins in different tissues of the human body. The study included not only the brain and testicles, but also the heart, ovaries, prostate, kidneys, and some other organs. Scientists have counted 14315 different proteins in the brain, 15687 in the testicles. And here's an interesting fact - 13442 proteins are found in both the testicles and the brain. And don’t be in a hurry to say that probably all the proteins in our body are similar. No other organ is as similar to the brain in its proteins as the testicles. Scientists say that brain and testicular tissues are most similar in our body.
Scientists have extended the lifespan of mice by as much as 23%, and Israeli scientists have been able to significantly extend the lifespan of mice. In addition, these rodents had more energy and were less likely to have cancer.
Boeing and the US Navy are pleased with the technological advancement - the MQ-25 became the first unmanned to refuel other aircraft.
US 'to buy 500m Covid vaccine doses for the world', Joe Biden's administration is reportedly going to provide the Pfizer doses to about 100 countries.
Mine clearance workers shot dead in Afghanistan, the Islamic State group says it carried out the attack on workers for the Halo Trust.
The delayed ban on TikTok and WeChat will now not happen - instead apps from China will face reviews.
US nun admits stealing from school for gambling, the 79-year-old Californian took a vow of poverty before stealing from the school.
The older sister of British twins who were attacked by a crocodile in Mexico says they were told the water was safe to swim in.
Nine die as building collapses on a bus in S Korea.
A Serbian volleyball player has been banned for two matches after making a racist gesture during a game against Thailand. Sanja Djurdjevic was pictured on camera narrowing her eyes with her fingers, causing outrage from fans online.
The US Senate passes a sweeping bill to counter China, the historic $ 250bn bill saw divided parties unite to compete with China's technological ambitions.
Investigators have reportedly found weapons and a copy of Hitler's anti-Semitic text Mein Kampf at the home of one of two suspects detained after President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on an official visit.
France and Belgium loosen restrictions for summer.
Donald Trump hails Nigeria on Twitter, the former US president urges other countries to restrict the use of social media platforms.
China students hold principal hostage in protest, the protests were over plans to merge colleges with "less prestigious" vocational institutes.
A massive whale pod has been seen feeding on bubble-net feeding for the first time off Australia’s coast.
Iran-backed militias suspected of attacking US-led forces in Iraq pose a deadly threat to civilians.
Russia complains to Uefa over Ukraine shirts, the European football's governing body Uefa previously approved the kit showing Crimea as part of Ukraine.
The US Double Eagle gold coin sold for a record $ 18.9m, with a face value of $ 20, it was the last gold coin produced for intended circulation in the US.
The FBI app lures global criminals into police hands, hundreds are arrested worldwide after using the ANOM app, where their messages were monitored. Australian police say a wanted man named Hakan Ayik unwittingly helped to distribute the software.
Colonial Pipeline boss 'deeply sorry' for the hack, Joseph Blount received the decision to pay hackers a $ 4.4m (£ 3.1m) ransom was the toughest in his career. The US Department of Justice says it has seized most of the $ 4.4m (£ 3.1m) paid to cyber-criminals.
Scottish healthcare firm in $ 400m US takeover deal.
Peru candidate cries foul as she falls behind, after being overtaken by her rival in the vote count, Keiko Fujimori says there has been fraud.
Tigray conflict: ‘We have no food, we face death’, residents in war-torn Ethiopia tell of looted crops and cattle and no aid as the UN warns of famine.
The US announced plans to target "unfair foreign trade practices," which it says have damaged supply chains.
French academic charged in donated bodies scandal, a Paris university where corpses donated for research were left rotting.
Eighteen dead in India chemical plant fire.
New dinosaur species largest found in Australia, the Australian grew up to 30m (96ft) long and is among the largest dinosaurs found worldwide.
In Guatemala, the vice-president says anyone who comes to the US border illegally will be turned back.
Amazon dwellers lived sustainably for 5,000 years.
E-bike sales boom despite high prices and confusing rules.
Experts say the number of deaths is higher than what the official data says in rural parts of India.
Organism survives 24,000 years frozen in Siberia, the bdelloid rotifer, frozen under permafrost, may be able to survive indefinitely, research suggests.
UK ticket holder claims huge £ 111m jackpot.
China's first module of its upcoming Tiangong space station makes use of ion drives, a technology that could vastly cut down the time it takes to travel to Mars - and greatly reduce the amount of fuel needed to make that trip.
The EU has already received 300,000 green passports: the document is also available after a single dose of vaccine. 
Lithuanian residents can already receive the European Union (EU) Digital COVID-19 certificate.
The huge burial mound in Syria, where at least 30 soldiers are buried, may be the oldest war memorial ever discovered, dating back 4,300 years.
Irish restaurants, pubs and gyms reopen.
The first new treatment for Alzheimer's disease for nearly 20 years has been approved by regulators in the United States, paving the way for its use in the UK.
A man who killed an indigenous woman by throwing a trailer hitch at her from a moving car has been handed an eight-year prison term by a Canadian court. Brayden Bushby, then 18, threw the metal hitch, striking Barbara Kentner, 34, in the abdomen while she was walking with her sister in 2017.
Ahead of the G7 meeting in Cornwall, aviation bosses want trans-Atlantic travel routes reopened.
Germany to ship army beer home from Afghanistan, more than 22,500 liters of beer will fly home as Nato troops prepare to withdraw from the country.
Ukraine angers Russia with Euro 2020 football kit, a shirt showing Russian-annexed Crimea is denounced as a "political provocation".
Underwater avalanches continued for two whole days, scientists are reporting what they say is the longest submarine landslide yet measured in action.
Passenger trains crash in Pakistan killing dozens.
A statue toppled of 'shameful' school founder, Egerton Ryerson helped create a Canadian school system which forcibly assimilated indigenous people.
Boko Haram leader is dead, say rival militants.
Body of a baby who died in the Channel was found in Norway. Fifteen-month-old Artin had been missing since the boat his family were traveling in sank last year.
Woman completes 5,000-mile Ukraine to Wales walk, Ursula Martin has been on the go for three years to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.
Arrests after boy, 6, shot dead in California, Aiden Leos was killed in an alleged road rage incident while his mother was driving him to school.
Qantas 'disturbed' by claims of gang infiltration, the airline respondents to reports some staff may have been involved in organized crime.
'China's Instagram' account blocked after Tiananmen post, E-commerce app Xiaohongshu's social media account disappeared after a post on the sensitive date.
The cheetah is set to be reintroduced in India, nearly 60 years after it became extinct in the country.
Kim Jong-un wages war on slang, jeans and films, a sweeping new law makes the smuggling of foreign news, films or drama punishable by death.
Colombia protests spur police reform by president, the modernization plan comes after weeks of anti-government protests and dozens of deaths.
At least 160 killed in Burkina Faso attack, security forces are struggling to contain Islamist violence that has spread across the region.
Arrests after second night of trouble in Dublin, Gardaí arrest 19 people after police officers are attacked in Dublin for a second night running.
Venice residents protest against the first post-Covid cruise ship, after a ban on large ships in the city center.
Sicilians still turn to the Mafia to settle scores, Italy has reduced the Sicilian Mafia's violence, but it still wields power in crime and business.
Thousands protest in Budapest against China campus, opponents say a Chinese university in the Hungarian capital could increase Beijing's influence.
Nigeria to prosecute anyone breaching Twitter, users are trying to separate the government's block on the social network.
Moroccans accuse Spain of colonialism by retaining control of Ceuta and Melilla.
Visitors face fines for stealing Sardinia beach sand, people caught removing sand and shells from the Italian island face fines of up to € 3,000.
EU bans Belarus jets from its airspace over arrest, the move follows Belarus's grounding of a Ryanair flight to arrest a dissident journalist.
The Covid scientist targeted by a far-right sniper, many scientists have come under attack in the pandemic.
Mexico's midterm elections have been marred by one of its bloodiest campaigns, even in a country known for its drug cartel wars and soaring homicides.
Kayakers save a pair of drowning eagles while kayaking up the Danube river.
Activists protest against the reopening of the street corner where George Floyd was killed by police.
Tennis player released after match-fixing arrest.
The EU has agreed it will force large multinational companies to publish a breakdown of the tax they pay in each of the bloc’s member states and in tax havens such as Seychelles, piling pressure on the UK government to follow suit. After years of stalled talks, a deal was struck between EU governments and MEPs on public country by country reporting, a policy designed to expose how some of the world's largest companies - such as Apple, Facebook and Google - avoid paying an estimated $ 500bn ( £ 358bn) a year in taxes through shifting their profits.
Up to 50 companies dealing in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin may be forced to close after failing to meet the UK’s anti-money laundering rules.
The Board of the Bank of Lithuania imposed a fine of EUR 350 thousand on Luminor Bankas for violations of the Law on Payments.
The intensified flow of illegal migrants from Belarus shows that a hybrid war has been launched against Lithuania, but the situation is under control, says the Minister of the Interior.
The arrival of the US space technology company SpaceX in Lithuania with satellite internet technology Starlink means that smart businesses can be developed anywhere in the country.
The UK has signed a trade agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Scientists suggest extracting lithium from seawater.
China is preparing to build a 13,000-kilometer-long underwater railway to the United States.
The US company TuSimple has just completed an interesting test of an autonomous truck. 80% of the trip from Arizona to Oklahoma was completed by a tractor with a semi-trailer on its own. And it did so very effectively.
Facebook suspends Trump accounts for two years.
Nigeria to suspend Twitter 'indefinitely', the suspension comes after the social media giant removed a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Giant artificial island off Copenhagen is approved, Lynetteholm aims to house 35,000 people and protect the port, but environmentalists have concerns.
he start of the world's largest human migration - an event which sees millions of people travel thousands of miles across China to reach home in time for the Lunar New Year. For some, it is the only time they will see their families all year and is an event not to be missed. But there are fears of the Spring Festival travel season, or Chunyun in Chinese, could become a superspreader event. After all, last year's Chunyun has believed to have played a significant role in the spread of Covid-19. So the Chinese authorities have been left with a problem: how do you encourage people to stay local, without actually canceling the country's biggest annual celebration.
US employers added 559,000 jobs in May as restrictions eased, although the numbers were weaker than expected.
Norway wildfire: More than 500 people evacuated on Sotra, more than 150 fire crews were sent to tackle the blazon on Sotra.
Six teens die in a fire at an Egypt detention center.
India orders 300 million unapproved Covid jabs, the vaccine, currently in Phase 3 trials, is being developed by Indian firm Biological E.
Nine killed in a rail accident in China's Gansu, the train crashed into railway workers this morning as it was on its way from Urumqi to Hangzhou.
Australia media fined over cardinal's trial, a dozen outlets are penalized for breaking a reporting in Cardinal George Pell's sexual abuse case.
AMC cinema chain issues warning to small investors, issuing a new share sale, the firm warned investors could lose their money if they bought at current prices.
NFL using race to deny brain injury claims, the league faces scrutiny over potentially depriving former black players of injury-related payouts. The league was using a formula that assumes black players have a lower level of cognitive function.
If Valentina Petrillo is selected for Italy's running squad in Tokyo this year, she will be the first trans woman in the Paralympian.
US troops accidentally raid the sunflower oil factory, they were taking part in a NATO military exercise in Bulgaria but ended up storming the wrong place.
The Afghan police women facing abuse at work, she still works as a policewoman, although has changed departments.
France suspends military ties with Mali over coup, the French government demands guarantees about a return to civilian rule in the West African nation.
Biden expands US investment ban on Chinese firms, President Biden bars 59 firms with alleged China military ties from US investment.
A man from Utah who killed his wife on a cruise ship in the US state of Alaska in 2017 has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Kenneth Manzanares, 43, pleaded guilty last year to the murder of his 39-year-old wife Kristy, whose body was found with severe head wounds in their cabin.
First cruise reaches Venice since the pandemic began, the MSC Orchestra is due to pick up passengers for a Mediterranean voyage - but protests are planned.
Mysterious-looking fog hides Chinese island, aerial footage shows Beihuangcheng Island enveloped in advection fog, making buildings almost invisible.
The Uranium people from the United African Republic, a proposal to change Nigeria's name has got some social media users very excited.
Trial begins over online abuse against French teen, Mila received 100,000 hate messages after posting videos critical of Islam, her lawyer says.
Sri Lanka braces for oil spill as ship sinks.
Germany fights trade in fake Covid certificates, fraudsters offer forged German vaccine certificates on the encrypted Telegram messenger service.
Denmark clears way for offshore asylum centers, MPs back a bill allowing relocation of asylum seekers outside the EU while their cases are reviewed.
Two summoned after reporting on BBC Uganda probe, the editor and owner of a newspaper in Uganda have been summoned after reporting on police killings.
A United Nations unit is gathering video footage of state-sponsored violence in Myanmar to use as evidence in future trials.
First French writer wins International Booker.
Czech women win backing for non-gendered surnames, the vote by MPs means women could be free to drop the feminine ending "-ova" from their surnames.
Volcanic eruption leaves 500,000 without water, Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo erupted last month, killing 32 people.
Amazon injuries '80% higher 'than competitors, a union-led group says Amazon's injury rate is twice that of its closest competitor.
MPs demand apology for 'tight' trousers eviction, a female Tanzanian MP was told to leave parliament after a male MP complained about her outfit.
Five arrested over gang rape of Belgian teen, the 14-year-old girl took her life days after images of the alleged attack were shared online.
A cable car expert has alleged that earlier videos he took suggest the emergency brake was already disabled in 2014 on the mountain cable car that plunged near Lake Maggiore in Italy.
Malaysia accuses China of breaching airspace.
The world's largest meat supplier hit by cyber-attack, the ransomware attack may mean delays for some customers in the US, Canada and Australia, the firm says.
Florida bans transgender athletes from female sports.
China has the first human case of a rare bird flu strain, it's unclear how the man caught the H10N3 strain but human transmission is thought to be unlikely.
Abducted activist points finger at Pakistan security, Pakistan's intelligence service accused of kidnap and torture in crackdown on dissenting voices.
Emma Coronel Aispuro had a glamorous life in New York, enjoying the benefits of her marriage to drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chapo. Then she was arrested, and thrown in a Virginia jail. She had plans to launch a clothing line, El Chapo Guzman. (The couple have style icon status in Mexico and his daughter has also made a foray into fashion using his name).
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear Johnson & Johnson's appeal over a pay-out to women who alleged that its talcum powder contained asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The healthcare giant must pay $ 2.1bn (£ 1.5bn) in damages to the women. The top US court did not comment on its decision, but has left in place a 2018 verdict that favored them. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) received decades of independent research to show the product is safe. The company asked the court to review the penalty it had been given after it was upheld in Missouri in 2020. The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled against J & J's request to throw out the compensation and punitive damages awarded to the women, but reduced the total pay- out from the $ 4.7bn originally decided by a jury. J&J argued that it should not have to defend itself in a case involving 20 women from different states, backgrounds, and who used its products to different degrees.
Papers and a diverse range of personal items belonging to the late British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking have been acquired by Cambridge University and a UK museum group.
China has announced that it will allow couples to have up to three children, after census data showed a steep decline in birth rates. China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child limit which has failed to lead to a sustained upsurge in births.
While Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have been caught up in a space race, and the latter has been mouthing off about cryptocurrency, Bernard Arnault sneaked ahead to become the richest man in the world. Even as Europe struggles to emerge from the pandemic, the LVMH chief executive’s luxury goods fortune surged from $ 76 billion in March 2020 to $ 186.3 billion on Monday 24 May. The staggering $ 110bn rise in his fortune over the past 14 months is partly thanks to LVMH shares soaring, putting the Frenchman just ahead of the two American billionaires.
Four-day working week would slash UK carbon footprint, study finds change would shrink emissions by 127m tonnes, helping country meet climate targets.
Kim Jong-un orders officials to 'eliminate' cats and pigeons in bid to stop Covid spread. Kim Jong-un declared war on the animals, because they fears they are bringing the deadly virus across the border from China into North Korea.
Police have discovered a cryptocurrency operation that used stolen electricity to mine bitcoin in the West Midlands. Officers from the West Midlands police raided a building in an industrial estate on 18 May expecting to find a cannabis farm, but instead stumbled upon the cryptocurrency scheme. No arrests have been made.
Tens of thousands of homes, offices and hospitals could soon be warmed with surplus heat from factories, incinerator plants and even disused mine shafts under plans by the government to fund low-carbon heating. The government will spend £ 30m to help set up heat networks across cities including London, Glasgow and Manchester and a further £ 14.6m to develop other low-carbon technologies that can heat and cool buildings without fossil fuels.
Belarus has temporarily banned almost all its citizens from leaving the country, including those with a residence permit abroad. There are several exceptions, such as the ban on Belarusian civil servants on official business and state transport personnel.
China achieved the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak, a fusion reactor record, by maintaining a plasma temperature of 120 million degrees Celsius for 101 seconds.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to defeat the criminals who shot and wounded a former army commander, killing his daughter and driver.
A Belarusian activist stabbed himself in the neck during a court appearance in the capital, Minsk. Mr Latypov was taken to hospital but his condition is not known. He is accused of setting up opposition social media and also resisting police during his arrest last September. He has denied all the charges.
Catholic bishops are meeting to discuss the church's response to the sexual abuse of children by clerics.
Indigenous groups in Canada have demanded a nationwide search for further graves after the discovery of the remains of 215 children. The Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced that remains were found at a former residential school set up to assimilate indigenous people. The find sparked outrage, prompting some in Canada to lay out tiny shoes at makeshift memorials.
Infamous Sicilian Mafia boss released from prison, Giovanni Brusca held by two anti-mafia police after being arrested
Dubbed the "people slayer", Giovanni Brusca has confessed to his role in more than 100 killings.
Eight abducted soldiers rescued, the troops had been held by an armed group since April following skirmishes on the Colombian border.
Peru more than doubles Covid deaths after review, Peru now has the highest number of deaths in the world in relation to the size of its population.
The 2021 Copa America will be hosted by Brazil, after Argentina was stripped of the tournament just two weeks before it starts.
Blogger jailed for 'slandering' China soldiers, Qiu Ziming had commented on Chinese soldiers who died in a border clash with Indian troops.
Yemen fishermen find $ 1.5m of ambergris in the belly of a whale, a lucky find in the belly of a whale has changed the lives of a group of poor Yemeni fishermen.
Denmark is accused of helping the US spy on European politicians such as Germany's Angela Merkel.
An armed ex-soldier is shot and wounded after a 24-hour manhunt in south-west France.
Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye has arrived in Kenya for a two-day visit.
Police in Zambia have started arresting members of the resident doctors association after their leaders announced a strike.
Cholera hits camp for those fleeing DR Congo volcano.
The unrecognized nation where 15-year-olds vote, Somaliland is hoping that elections will boost its chances of gaining international recognition.
Outcry after homophobic attacks in Barcelona, one man required surgery after he and his friends were beaten up by a group of men on a beach.
Tens of thousands in Ethiopia attend anti-US rally, people in Addis Ababa staged a massive rally to protest US sanctions over the Tigray conflict.
Florida shooting kills two and wounds more than 20, three people fired into a crowd outside a banquet hall in Hialeah, a city north of Miami.
Hundreds join global Belarus solidarity protests, crowds call for the release of an activist who was arrested when his flight was grounded in Minsk.
Colombian military sent in to protest-hit Cali, at least five people died in the city, the epicenter of protests against the government.
The African presidents grooming their sons for power, Congo-Brazzaville's leader is the latest to fuel speculation that he wants his son to succeed him.
New 'hybrid' Covid variant detected in Vietnam.
Blast kills three university staff in Afghanistan, a roadside bomb hits a bus carrying teachers from Al-Biruni University north of the capital Kabul.
Four people are being investigated in Italy in connection with the suicide of a young woman who battled for months to have a sex video removed from the internet.
Ten people have been arrested after gardaí (Irish police) seized drugs worth an estimated € 2 million. Officers found 67.5kg of herbal cannabis believed to be worth € 1.35 million as part of the operation targeting organized crime. In a separate operation targeting drug distribution, a number of premises across Limerick city were searched. Drugs worth around € 900,000 were discovered as well as € 45,000 in cash. One woman and seven men were arrested and are being questioned.
US returns ancient stone carvings to Thailand, it is believed that the intricate religious artifacts were stolen during the Vietnam War.
Venezuela's paradise beach resort turns into a violent nightmare. Known for its unspoilt picture-postcard Caribbean sea beaches, the region of Barlovento in northern Venezuela was a perfect holiday destination. But as the country’s economic crisis continues, the area has now become plagued by gang violence.
The gloopy, mucus-like substance had not been recorded in Turkish waters before 2007. It is created as a result of prolonged warm temperatures and calm weather and in areas with abundant nutrients in the water.
Using an advanced microscopy technique, Texas A&M researchers have uncovered a twin boundary defect in a soft polymer that has never been observed before. Texas A&M University scientists have for the first time revealed a single microscopic defect called a “twin” in a soft-block copolymer using an advanced electron microscopy technique. This defect may be exploited in the future to create materials with novel acoustic and photonic properties.
Physicists Have Broken The Speed ​​Of Light With Pulses Inside Hot Plasma, sailing through the smooth waters of a vacuum, a photon of light moves at around 300 thousand kilometers (186 thousand miles) a second. This sets a firm limit on how quickly a whisper of information can travel anywhere in the Universe. This time, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the University of Rochester in New York have managed it inside hot swarms of charged particles, fine-tuning the speed of light waves within plasma to anywhere from around one-tenth of light's usual vacuum speed to more than 30 percent faster.
No laws of physics were broken, but light seems to have moved faster than its speed limit. The speed of light may not necessarily be constant. Light traveling through a plasma can appear to move at speeds both slower and faster than what we refer to as “the speed of light” - 299,792,458 meters per second - without breaking any laws of physics.
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have traced the locations of five deep space signals known as fast radio bursts (FRBs). In a thousandth of a second, these powerful blasts generate as much energy as the sun does in an entire year. Around 1,000 FRBs have been detected since the first one was discovered in 2001, but they are notoriously difficult to track because they disappear in an instant and without a trace. Only 15 of them have been tracked to specific galaxies.
Belarus sent two Lithuanian diplomats out of the country, Lithuania responded by sending two Belarusian diplomats.
Belarusian authoritarian President Aliaksandr Lukashenko, meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, said the West was seeking to provoke unrest in his country following international outrage over the forced landing of the plane.
President Biden releases $ 6tn spending plan, the proposed budget would bring the US to spending levels not seen since World War Two.
A Namibian activist has told that Germany's offer of $ 1.34bn (£ 940m) in development aid as a recompense for the genocide against the Herero and Nama people in the early 20th Century was not enough.
Zambia’s former Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Emerine Kabanshi, has been sentenced to two years in prison. A magistrate's court in the capital, Lusaka, found her guilty after her ministry misspent $ 4.3m (£ 3m) meant for poor families.
Around 400,000 residents of Goma have fled the city according to Unicef, amid fears of another volcano eruption.
EU approves Pfizer jab for 12-15 year olds.
Liberia spent $ 71,000 (£ 50,000) to transport three small boxes containing an herbal tonic made in Madagascar that had been touted as a cure for Covid-19.
Sierra Leone is offering citizenship to people who find out they have ancestral links with the country.
Three people have been killed and seven others injured in an explosion at a busy market in Somalia’s south-western town of Baidoa town.
Russia blamed for new cyber-attack on aid groups, a fresh wave of cyber-attacks targets government agencies and human rights groups, mostly in the US.
British exports worth billions face EU tariffs, despite the tariff-free deal agreed with the EU, a study finds up to £ 3.5bn of exports have had taxes applied.
Nigerian university to celebrate Islamic dress. A university in Nigeria’s northern Kano state has suspended male students who harassed a female undergraduate for an outfit she was wearing.
Two Ghanaian brothers are turning plastic waste into fashionable outfits.
Russia blocks some flights for avoiding Belarus, Air France and Austrian Airlines routes to Moscow are halted as Russia rejects new flight plans.
US tells Russia it won't rejoin the 'Open Skies' deal, the arms control treaty permits unarmed surveillance flights over dozens of participating countries.
Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for participating in an unauthorized assembly in 2019. Lai, 73, is currently already serving time for participating in other demonstrations that year.
US planning to evacuate Afghan interpreters, a top US general says their lives could be in danger as American troops prepare to leave Afghanistan.
China hits back as US revises Covid lab theory, China accuses the US of "political manipulation" over investigations into the origins of the pandemic.
Fear and violence in the jails of Belarus, hundreds of people described as "political prisoners" are held, including journalists and protesters.
Twitter fears for freedom of expression in India, police visit Twitter offices after it tags a ruling party spokesman tweet as "manipulated media".
Three sentenced over Barcelona jihadist attacks, the men assisted those responsible for attacks in 2017 that killed 16 people and injured 140.
The Amazon site paused again as another noose was found, the retail giant halted construction of a factory in Connecticut briefly after an eighth noose was found.
Roadside bomb kills two soldiers in Cameroon.
Macron asks Rwanda to forgive France over genocide, at a memorial to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda's capital President Macron admits French mistakes.
Couple donated € 30m to Trinity College Dublin, Eric Kinsella, of the Jones Engineering group, made the donation with his wife Barbara.
Mali's coup leader declares himself president.
US charges Bolivian ex-minister with corruption.
Azerbaijan captures six Armenian troops on the border, the six were surrounded by Azeri troops who foiled a sabotage mission.
Indian police have arrested a YouTube for tying helium balloons to his pet dog "in an attempt to make it fly".
Dozens of villagers were killed in an overnight raid in Beni in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The meeting between the top US and Chinese trade negotiators was described as "candid and pragmatic".
Trade union GMB can negotiate for drivers after it was recognized by the ride-hailing giant.
Switzerland's decision to halt efforts on reaching an overarching treaty could harm ties with the EU.
Shell ordered to cut emissions in key court ruling, it is the first time a company has been legally bound by the Paris climate accord.
Iran bans cryptocurrency mining after blackouts.
Too much smoking in French films, campaigners say.
Russia has started vaccinating animals with what it says is the world's first animal-specific jab.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has suspended its operations in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity State following the brutal killing of one of its medics.
Zuma pleads not guilty over a 'corrupt' arms deal, South Africa's former president is accused of corruption over a contract worth $ 5bn.
Hundreds of people displaced by the fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray state have been detained after being rounded up by soldiers.
Several people have been killed and dozens wounded after four grenades exploded in the commercial capital, Bujumbura.
WhatsApp goes to court over India privacy rules, WhatsApp says India's new digital media rules will violate the privacy of its users.
A Ugandan military court has released on bail 17 people detained five months ago while campaigning for presidential candidate Bobi Wine.
A Zimbabwean human rights lawyer has filed an urgent court application seeking to have the country’s chief justice jailed for allegedly defying a court order.
Kenya's Mini Bakeries Limited, the maker of Supa Loaf bread, has offered to compensate a customer who complained on Twitter about "holes in slices" of a loaf of bread they bought.
At least four police officers have been killed in the latest attack on police stations in Nigeria's south-east after gunmen struck in Enugu State.
China overtakes Germany as the UK’s top import market.
AI emotion-detection software tested on Uyghurs, a software engineer tells about installing the system in police stations in Xinjiang.
Dead children washed up on Libya beach.
Amazon sued over pricing policies by Washington DC, the Washington DC Attorney General said it was suing the firm over competition concerns.
US President Joe Biden has condemned Belarus for its "outrageous" forced landing of a passenger liner flying to Lithuania over Belarus and the arrest of opposition activist Raman Pratasevich, Belarus accused of plane hijacking to grab dissident. EU leaders promise more sanctions after a dissident journalist was arrested on a diverted flight. European airlines directed flights away from Belarus. Belarus dissidents family fear torture after arrest, video has also emerged of Mr Protasevich that appears to have been recorded under duress. In the clip, the journalist said he was in good health and seemingly confessed to crimes they had been charged with by the Belarusian state. But activists, including the country's main opposition leader, criticized the video and suggested Mr Protasevich was under pressure to admit wrongdoing.
Italian prosecutors have asked a judge to put on a trial four members of the Egyptian security forces in connection with the murder of an Italian student, Giulio Regeni.
Sixteen people, including at least two children, have been killed in a rebel attack in Peru. The Shining Path guerrilla group says it was behind the attack. The Maoist rebel group lost much of its power after the arrest of its leader in 1992 but remnants are still active in Peru's coca-producing region. The government says the Shining Path has since turned into a criminal group engaged in drug trafficking.
A shepherd has been hailed as a hero for saving six runners in an ultramarathon race in which 21 died. In the northern province of Gansu when rain began to fall and temperatures plummeted, the sudden weather change had caught out runners in a 100km (60-mile) cross-country race.
Australia explosion leaves thousands without power, energy companies are scrambling to restore electricity supply after a Queensland power station fire.
Families were separated as people fled the lava after night's eruption of Mount Nyiragongo.
The United Nations in Mali has demanded the immediate release of President Bah Ndaw and the prime minister after they were detained by soldiers and taken to a military camp. The African Union, EU and United States have also condemned the arrests. They took place just hours after a government reshuffle, which saw two senior army officers who took part in last year's coup replaced.
Italian fugitive mafia boss arrested in Brazil, Rocco Morabito, who has been wanted since the 1990s, escaped from a prison in Uruguay in 2019.
US prosecutors have opened a case against Chadian diplomat Mahamoud Adam Bechir, his former deputy and his wife for allegedly taking a bribe from a Canadian oil company. The three had promised the company oil deals from their country and were given $ 2m ($ 1.4m).
Sudan has declared a state of emergency and a night curfew in areas affected by ethnic clashes. Violence was reported in some parts of the coastal city of Port Sudan. At least five people were killed and 13 injured.
After drought, fires and floods, Australia is now in the grip of a devastating mouse plague.
Two rebel fighters were killed in Rwanda's south-west region after they launched a cross-border attack from neighboring Burundi.
Iran agrees to extend IAEA nuclear monitoring deal, Iran says it is showing "good faith" while talks on saving a nuclear accord continue in Vienna.
Hundreds of angry protesters in Nigeria have burnt tires and blocked a major road leading from Niger State to the capital Abuja to condemn a rise in kidnappings in the area.
Deposed leader of Myanmar is allowed to meet her lawyers for the first time before adjourned hearing.
Members of Mali's prison service are this week set to launch a 10-day strike that is expected to end on 7 June. Their protest aims to put pressure on the country's transitional authority to implement a memorandum of understanding signed in December 2020. Members of the country's main trade union, the National Union of Malian Workers (UNTM), also began a nationwide strike last week to demand better pay.
Spanish police are investigating the death of a 39-year-old man whose body was found inside a dinosaur statue. Authorities were alerted after a father and his son noticed a smell emanating from the papier-mâché figure in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a suburb of Barcelona. Police said the man had been reported missing by his family, and no foul play is suspected. Three fire brigade teams were called to the scene after the body was discovered, and firefighters cut open the dinosaur leg to retrieve it.
The Nigerian authorities have declared 90 travelers who recently arrived from Brazil, India and Turkey as "health hazards" after they failed to observe health protocols meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
India marks 300,000 Covid deaths as pandemic rages, India took less than a month to record its last 100,000 deaths but experts warn the toll is much higher.
Mozambique's army over the weekend foiled an attempted attack by Islamist militants in the northern town of Palma, Palma is near a major gas project run by the French energy giant Total.
A court in Egypt has denied a request made by the owner of the ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March to have it released. The Ever Given ship owner wanted his vessel to be released pending the determination of another case in which the Suez Canal Authority is seeking compensation for the six days blockage. The authority wants the ship to be detained until a deposit of the compensation is paid. It is seeking $ 916m (£ 647m) in compensation from Ever Given's owner Shoei Kisen.
The US imposes sanctions on Ethiopia over the Tigray crisis.
Eritrea marks 30 years of independence from Ethiopia.
Indian Olympian arrested in wrestler murder case, is accused of being involved in the murder of fellow wrestler.
Fourteen people, including at least one child, have been killed and another child is seriously injured after a cable car fell on a mountain near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.
India reports nearly 9,000 'black fungus' cases, the normally rare infection has a 50% mortality rate, and is hitting recovering Covid-19 patients.
The boss of the cruise Royal Caribbean wants all passengers to have Covid vaccines before getting on his ships.
31 years in prison worth in the US worth a $ 75m payout, two brothers have received payment over their wrongful 1983 murder conviction.
Photo appears to show missing Princess Latifa, the Emirati princess who has been imprisoned in Dubai since she tried to escape in 2018.
India orders social media to remove 'India variant', platforms are told to take down all content that refers to an "Indian variant" of the coronavirus.
Chinese rover takes first drive on Mars, China is now the second country after the US to operate a rover on the Red Planet.
More Russians to compete as neutrals, World Athletics will allow another 23 Russians to compete as neutral athletes in international events in 2021.
Americans told not to kiss chickens over salmonella, the US public health agency asks people to be careful around live poultry after a multi-state outbreak.
Cyber-attack on Air India server still affects millions, passport details, ticket information and credit card data were compromised in the February attack.
Nigerian army chief was killed in an air crash. The incident happened as the plane was trying to land in bad weather in Kaduna state.
Restaurants in the United States are struggling to fill jobs as lockdown restrictions ease.
Texas set to allow people to carry handguns without a license - or training
The governor has said he plans to sign a bill despite objects from law enforcement groups, who say it will endanger the public and police
Once signed into law, Texas will join nearly two dozen other states that allow some form of unregulated carry of a handgun.
Once signed into law, Texas will join nearly two dozen other states that allow some form of unregulated carry of a handgun. Photograph: Eric Gay / AP
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Texas is poised to remove one of its last major gun restrictions - despite widespread objections - after lawmakers approved a bill that would allow people to carry handguns without a license, and the background check and training that go with it. The state’s Republican-dominated legislature approved the measure, sending it to the governor, Greg Abbott, who has said he will sign it despite objections. Texas already has some of the loosest gun laws in the country and has more than 1.6 million handgun license holders.
In India, a new dangerous infection has infected at least 7.2 thousand people with black mold, and about 220 have died.
A Moroccan boy tied up in empty plastic bottles swimmed from Morocco to a Spanish enclave in Ceuta, the boy said he would rather die than return to Morocco, said a Spanish soldier who interpreted before sending the boy back. Spain says 6,500 migrants sent back to Morocco.
A huge iceberg separated from the western Ronne shelf glacier in the Vedel Sea in Antarctica. The iceberg, codenamed A-76, covers an area of approximately 4,320 square kilometers and is currently the largest iceberg in the world.
A new study has revealed that animals really laugh - just differently than humans.
The Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire comes into effect, the truce brings to an end 11 days of fighting in which more than 250 people were killed.
Hackers bail out Irish health service for free, the government says it did not pay for a decryption tool, as hackers threaten to publish stolen data.
The online retail giant shut down the US construction site of a factory in Connecticut after seven nooses were found.
Armed men have attacked a Catholic Church in Nigeria’s northern state of Katsina, killing one priest and taking another hostage.
The man who taught India to hug trees, India's best-known environmental activist, has died of Covid aged 94.
Yoga, banned in Alabama public schools since 1993, can be taught again - but with some restrictions.
Third man guilty of £ 26m celebrity raids, a series of burglaries targeted the luxury homes of multi-millionaire celebrities in December 2019.
Dozens of bodies found in ex-policeman's garden, officials in El Salvador believe the mass grave may contain up to 40 bodies, mostly of women or girls.
France's new culture pass for 18-year-olds has had a trial run in 14 areas of France and now it is going national. Some 800,000 teenagers a year can now look forward to downloading an app and getting € 300 (£ 260; $ 365). The pass can be used for tickets to the cinema, museum and theater, or to buy books, art materials, dance courses and instruments or an online subscription.
The US has completed the process to remove Sudan from its list of state-sponsored terrorism.
The only woman in a group of 21 Rwandans facing terrorism charges, has admitted to recruiting girls for a Rwandan opposition group that operated in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
The first cargo ships have docked at Kenya's new deepwater port at Lamu which was commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The $ 3bn (£ 2bn) facility aims to attract cargo destined for Kenya's landlocked neighbors, South Sudan and Ethiopia.
The Nigerian Army says it is investigating reports that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has either died or was seriously injured during a clash with a splinter group in the Islamic State in West African Province (Iswap).
Officials in Nigeria say at least eight worshipers were killed when their church was set on fire in the north-western state of Kaduna.
Ex-French President Sarkozy goes on trial again, he is accused of illegally overspending by millions of euros on his failed 2012 re-election campaign.
Inmates beheaded in deadly Guatemala prison fight.
Kenya's tourism minister has denied that there are plans to privatize national wildlife parks and reserves.
Russia flexes muscles in challenge for Arctic control, Russia vows to protect its interests from a remote outpost as global warming opens up the Arctic.
The Biden administration has waived sanctions on a company building a controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. The US also lifted sanctions on the executive - an ally of Russia's Vladimir Putin - who leads the firm behind the Nord Stream 2 project. The move came in a report on Russian sanctions delivered to Congress by the Department of State. Critics say the pipeline is a major geopolitical prize for the Kremlin.
Thousands have fled intense armed clashes which involve Venezuela's army and Colombia's rebel groups.
The price of Bitcoin fell below $ 34,000 for the first time in three months after China imposed fresh curbs.
Special Belgian police units are searching for a heavily armed soldier with far-right views who they believe poses a serious threat. The suspect has been named as Jurgen Conings, a military shooting instructor who took weapons from a barracks. He is said to have made threats in the past against virologist Marc Van Ranst, who led Belgium's public health response to coronavirus.
Researchers lower a sediment corer through more than 8km of water to understand past earthquakes.
Ivory Coast jails 22 for child labor on cocoa farms.
Kenya appoints first woman Chief Justice.
Colonial Pipeline has confirmed it paid a $ 4.4m (£ 3.1m) ransom to the cyber-criminal gang responsible for taking the US fuel pipeline offline. His boss told the Wall Street Journal he authorized the payment on May 7 because of uncertainty over how long the shutdown would continue. The 5,500-mile (8,900-km) pipeline carries 2.5 million barrels a day. According to the firm, it carries 45% of the East Coast's supply of diesel, petrol and jet fuel.
The value of goods exports from NI to RoI rose by 62% from 176m euros to 285m euros in March.
Chinese Mars rover returns first pictures.
Health authorities in Ghana have deployed drones to deliver boxes of Covid-19 vaccines in hard-to-reach areas in the country.
Malawi has destroyed 19,610 expired doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, becoming the first African country to do so.
In the first half of 2020, more people were killed by the police in Rio de Janeiro state than in the whole of the USA. 75% were black Brazilians, many of whom were just teenagers.
Namibia has issued travel documents to twin infant daughters of a gay couple who have been in a legal fight to take them home from South Africa where they were born. Namibia's home affairs ministry, which confirmed issuing the documents, however, said the move did not confer citizenship on the twins.
Japan's government has withdrawn a controversial immigration bill after mounting public criticism. Debate over the bill had in part been sparked by the recent death of a young Sri Lankan woman held in an immigration detention facility. The bill would have made it easier to deport failed asylum seekers and given more power to immigration authorities. Japan has a significantly lower rate of accepting asylum seekers than other developed countries.
The Syrian refugees are no longer welcome in Denmark, being criticized for becoming the first European country to revoke residence status for 200 people.
A new study that checked American women's breast milk for PFAS contamination detected the toxic chemical in all 50 samples tested, and at levels nearly 2,000 times higher than the level some public health advocates advise it is safe for drinking water. The findings “are cause for concern” and highlight a potential threat to newborns ’health.
58-million-year-old footprints show when mammals began paddling in the sea. An extensive set of fossil footprints shows that prehistoric large mammals were gathering by the sea millions of years earlier than we thought.
A man with a brain implant that allows him to control computers via mental signals says he is ready to challenge Elon Musk’s neuroscience company Neuralink in a head-to-head game of Pong — with a monkey.
Simon Fraser University researchers have designed a remarkably fast engine that will become a new kind of fuel information. The development of this engine, which converts the random jiggling of a microscopic particle into stored energy and could lead to significant advances in the speed and cost of computers and bio-nanotechnologies.
A project aiming to harness geothermal energy from disused, flooded coal mines in the northeast of England took another step forward and it was given planning permission for an initial testing phase.
With pressure pushing down on it, a deep-sea fish has evolved a catalog of adaptations to help it survive in the crushing depths of the Pacific Ocean. The fish has extra genes for repairing its DNA and for making a chemical that stabilizes essential proteins. It has also lost many of the genes that underpin the sense of smell, perhaps because it has a limited diet. The fish was collected in 2017, when the Chinese submersible Jiaolong descended into the Yap Trench in the western Pacific Ocean. At a depth of 6903 meters, the submersible caught two fish belonging to a previously unknown species.
A spectacularly brilliant flare of light from over 700 million light-years away is turning out to be a gift that keeps on giving. Emitted from the heart of a galaxy, it was the dying electromagnetic scream of a star as it was torn apart and partially devoured by a black hole roughly 5 million times the mass of the Sun - and a new analysis has shown that it underwent the rather aptly named process of 'spaghettification' as it died.
An unmanned Chinese spacecraft has successfully landed on the surface of Mars, Chinese state news agency Xinhua has reported making China the second space-faring nation after the US to land on the red planet.
The microbes living in our gut are way less diverse than they were 2,000 years ago. That's one of the key findings from a genomic analysis of fossilized human feces from rock shelters across North America and Mexico. Eight samples dating to between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago reveal microbes that are totally new to science, as well as others completely absent from the gut microbiome today.
The Chinese research team has successfully designed a 62-qubit programmable superconducting quantum processor, naming it Zu Chongzhi after the noted 5th century Chinese mathematician and astronomer. The computer contains the largest number of superconducting qubits so far in the world, and achieved two-dimensional programmable quantum walks on the system, a major milestone in the field.
Even in 27 European countries, COVID-19 cases are falling, not only in Lithuania and Denmark.
Amazon is in talks to acquire Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), a studio that would strengthen the ambitions of US technology giant streaming TV and allow viewers to enjoy movies.
Biotechnology company Oxitec has released genetically modified mosquitoes in the state of Florida to prevent the expansion of wild, disease-spreading mosquitoes in the region. This is the first time genetically modified mosquitoes have been released in the US.
Researchers at Nanyang University of Technology (NTU) in Singapore have discovered that a “slow motion” earthquake in the 19th century lasted as long as 32 years and eventually caused a catastrophic 1861 earthquake. Sumatra earthquake. This discovery is the longest case of slowed earthquakes discovered in history, and the researchers of the study argue that current earthquake risk assessment models may not take into account a key indicator of mass catastrophic earthquakes.
The tragedy took place almost 100 years ago in Vilnius, a school in the city center, in the current building of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (LMTA). This was the first such attack in Europe. During the exam, two students started shooting and used grenade. A total of 5 people were killed and a dozen more were injured. Vilnius was then ruled by Poles, the event took place in a Polish gymnasium, and the event did not enter the Lithuanian historical memory.
Israel closes Gaza border after mortar attack, the border was briefly reopened on Tuesday to allow in a shipment of aid, including food and fuel.
UK returns $ 5.8m stolen loot to Nigeria, James Ibori took the money while he was governor of Nigeria's Delta state in the early 2000s.
Spain sends troops as 6,000 migrants enter the enclave, migrants wade and swim into Ceuta from Morocco.
India's navy has dispatched warships to rescue people stranded at sea because of a severe cyclone.
The UN Refugee Agency says it is deeply concerned that people fleeing violence in northern Mozambique are being refused asylum in neighboring Tanzania, and are being forcibly returned.
Belarus raids top news site in widening crackdown, major independent site goes offline and its editor's home is raided.
A Nigerian politician arrested in connection with benefit fraud in the US has been suspended from his job. US authorities accuse Mr Rufai of using the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims between March and August last year. They say more than $ 288,000 (£ 203,000) was deposited into a bank account controlled by him.
Rising Amazon rivers flood Covid-hit areas, heavy rains have caused rivers to rise to near record levels, affecting about 410,000 people.
Mali's largest trade union says a nationwide strike that began on Monday was successful because the country "came to a standstill" with key sectors of the economy paralyzed, reports privately-owned news website aBamako.
A Kenyan group has gone to court seeking to be allowed to consume cannabis for "spiritual" purposes. The Rastafari Society of Kenya, which identifies itself as a minority religious group, has its members live in fear because of laws that are hostile to their religious practices.
Interpol says it has seized a huge quantity of drugs in Africa and the Middle East, in operations involving more than 40 countries. In the capital of Niger, Niamey, 17 tonnes of cannabis resin worth tens of millions of dollars were found in a warehouse. Interpol said the drugs had been shipped from Lebanon to Togo and after being trucked to Niger were destined for Libya.
Ugandan police say they have arrested an alleged child trafficker filmed in a 2011 BBC investigation into human sacrifice.
The French government has said it will fly Sudan $ 1.5bn (£ 1.06bn) to help the country pay off its arrears to the International Monetary Fund. This could pave the way for much of the country's $ 50bn external debt to be forgiven under the IMF and the World Bank's Highly Indebted Poor Countries scheme.
Eight-million-year-old extinct crocodile identified, an eight-million-year-old skull found in 2009 is now believed part of an undiscovered reptile.
The ambassador's wife claims immunity over slap, the wife of Belgium's ambassador to South Korea is seen slapping a shop worker in CCTV footage.
UK criticized for dumping plastic waste in Turkey. Greenpeace says it found plastic waste from UK supermarkets dumped and burned at numerous sites.
India rolls out new Covid emergency drug, India says 2-DG will help those suffering in the deadly second wave, but critics question poor data.
Twelve civilians have been killed by members of a militia in the oil-rich Abyei region, the authorities in South Sudan are reporting.
Seven members of the Sudan military have been arrested and will be prosecuted in connection with the killing of two demonstrators in the capital, Khartoum.
Myanmar military take rebel town of Mindat, anti-military activists in the town armed themselves following protests against the February coup.
When the Colombian government announced in February that it would grant almost a million undocumented Venezuelan migrants legal status, the move was welcomed as "a historic gesture". The number of Venezuelans who have left their country in the past five years to escape their homeland's political and economic crisis currently stands at more than 5.6 million.
Hamas hardliner elected as Gaza leader, the 55-year-old, once jailed for murder, is known to reject any form of compromise with Israel.
In 1964, the fastest train in the world was launched in Japan. The first Shinkansen, or bullet train, ran between Tokyo and Osaka, and had a top speed of 210km per hour.
Thousands protest in London over Gaza violence, organizers urge the UK government to help end the fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants.
'World's most durable DJ' retires at 96, "Well that's it," says Ray Cordeiro in his final radio show, after more than 70 years in broadcasting.
An emaciated 12-year-old girl who was kept locked in a cage for eight months by her guardians in Nigeria has been rescued by police.
Death sentences for 29 over DR Congo Eid clashes, Rival Muslim groups clashed over who should lead end-of-Ramadan celebrations, killing one policeman.
Ethiopia’s military says it has “destroyed” a group of about 320 rebels trying to enter the conflict-hit northern region of Tigray from neighboring Sudan.
China uses forced labor on solar panels, a report says 45% of the world's supply of a key panel component is obtained by a system of coercion.
EU citizens are being sent to immigration removal centers and held in airport detention rooms as the UK government’s “hostile environment” policy falls on them after Brexit. Europeans with job interviews are among those being denied entry and locked up. They have spoken of being subjected to the traumatic and humiliating experience of expulsion, despite Home Office rules that explicitly allow non-visa holders to attend interviews.
Physicists have measured the “skin” of an atom for the first time and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it is extremely thin. The measurement may help us understand the properties of neutron stars. Lead-208, an isotope that contains 82 protons and 126 neutrons, has a type of nucleus that physicists refer to as “doubly magic” because both the protons and the neutrons are arranged neatly into shells inside the nucleus. These shells keep the atom relatively stable and make it simpler to experiment on, so when the PREX collaboration at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia set out to measure neutron skin, they opted to experiment on lead-208.
After a new rocket rain, Israel continues to bomb the Gaza Strip, sending additional forces to the border, the number of Palestinians killed has already exceeded 100.
Scientists are now developing ultra-fast detonation technology that is expected to lead to the development of supersonic aircraft. Theoretically, such engines would allow flying at speeds of 6-17 machi (up to 20,992 km / h).
Russia has officially declared the United States and the Czech Republic "unfriendly states," with high tensions between Moscow and the West.
Chernobyl records an increase in neutron flux: warns of a possible uncontrolled nuclear reaction and explosion.
Scientific sensation in a recent study, scientists believe that mushrooms grow on Mars.
The German company Mahle has introduced a new electric motor that does not require permanent magnets.
The researchers found that the more than 7,000-year-old rectangular structures scattered in northwestern Arabia were likely part of a prehistoric cattle-related cult.
Over the centuries, due to runoff from underground aquifers, the bottom of the lake on which the Mexican city was built became increasingly dry, causing the clay sheets to compress and crack at an almost unstoppable rate. This sinking has now reached an alarming 50 centimeters per year, and a new study says there is no hope of stopping it. This not only endangers infrastructure but also threatens water security for millions of people. Mexico City is built above the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan and Lake Texco, a system of salt and freshwater lakes. The Aztecs built dikes to separate the fresh water and stop the floods, but they were destroyed during the Spanish colonial invasion and the siege of the city in 1500. Later, the Spaniards drained the lake, leaving only a small part.
Four South Sudanese soldiers from the protection unit of Central Equatoria State's governor are now known to have been killed when their convoy came under fire from unknown gunmen on the Yei road south of the capital, Juba.
At least 12 people are killed in the Afghan capital on day two of a ceasefire to mark Ramadan's end.
'The NBA in Africa is a bigger dream. BAL: Basketball Africa League to tip off in Kigali. Rwanda BAL: Basketball Africa League is backed by the NBA.
A cyber attack on Irish health service computer systems is "possibly the most significant cybercrime attack on the Irish state".
Synagogue opens at Nazi massacre site in Ukraine, the building is part of a new memorial at Babyn Yar, a site where nearly 34,000 Jews were murdered.
Corruption investigators in Nigeria have declared that the president's son-in-law Gimba Yau Kumo is "wanted" in connection with an alleged $ 65m (£ 46m) housing fraud.
Lottery 'winner' says she lost $ 26m ticket in wash, a woman who claims she bought the winning California Lottery ticket says she put it in the laundry.
South Africa’s information regulator says it is considering legal action over messaging service WhatsApp’s plan to share user data with parent company Facebook.
Gunmen burn down a police station in Nigeria.
US fuel pipeline 'paid hackers $ 5m in ransom', reports say Colonial Pipeline paid cyber-criminal gang DarkSide a ransom to prevent a data leak.
Lebanon loses a quarter of its electricity supply, Turkish firm Karpowership shuts down its generators over a lack of payment and a legal dispute.
The army in Nigeria has denied reports that the Boko Haram Islamist militant group distributed Eid packages in Borno and Yobe states. Reports alleged that the group had donated food and money to residents in attempts to woe them to support its activities.
Rescuers in Mozambique gave priority to white people in an evacuation during an attack by jihadists in March, Amnesty International alleges, citing survivors' accounts.
Protests in Colombia are in their third week with demonstrators saying they plan to carry on.
Herd of 18 Indian elephants killed by lightning, the elephants' bodies were found by villagers in the Kandoli protected forest reserve.
Kenya MP admits taking $ 1,000 parliamentary bribe, claim has been denied but the politician says such inducements are commonplace.
Russia picks a team for a movie shot on a space station.
Ugandan aid worker killed in South Sudan.
Amazon is set to hire 75,000 workers in the US and Canada.
A policeman has died in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as rival Muslim groups clashed over the location of Eid celebrations.
Eurovision 2021: From child refugee to Swedish pop star.
South Africa-born pharmaceutical entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong has said that his family's foundation will spend $ 211m (£ 151m) to help develop vaccine production in South Africa.
Cameroon has canceled celebrations marking this year's National Day due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A statement by State Minister Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh said President Paul Biya had called off all official ceremonies to commemorate the day when the country became a unitary state in 1972.
Petra Diamonds has agreed to pay people who were beaten and detained by officials working in its Williamson mine in Tanzania. A total of $ 6m (£ 4.3m) will be shared among 71 workers at the mine as compensation for the violation of their rights.
Italy appoints first female spy chief.
DR Congo women accuse aid workers of sex abuse.
Sydney casinos to ban cash after laundering scandal.
New Zealand: Maori MP thrown out of debate after haka, Rawiri Waititi was ordered to leave as he did the ceremonial dance in protest against the opposition.
The US state of Ohio will award cash prizes of $ 1m (£ 710,000) to five recipients of Covid-19 vaccines as part of a lottery launched to boost flagging up-take of jabs.
Three more African countries - Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria - have now detected the Indian variant of coronavirus, Dr Ngoy Nsenga, from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Two protesters were killed in Sudan's capital Khartoum after security forces fired bullets and tear gas to disperse a demonstration to mark the second anniversary of a raid on a peaceful sit-in protest in 2019 that left more than 100 protesters dead.
Two transgender women in Cameroon have been sentenced to five years in jail for contravening homosexuality laws.
A senior officer in the Hong Kong police's National Security Department has been placed on leave after he was caught in a raid on an unlicensed massage parlor. Visiting an unlicensed parlor is not an offense but could "damage the force's image". This is the first big scandal to hit the unit after it was set up to enforce the city's national security law.
For Pandora, laboratory-made diamonds are forever. The world's largest jewelry maker announced Tuesday that it will no longer use mined diamonds - a decision, it said, that stemmed partially from consumer demand. Pandora Group, based in Copenhagen, said Tuesday that it is launching its first collection exclusively created with diamonds manufactured in labs. It said the move aims to make the company's jewelry more affordable, accessible and sustainable.
China says it will set up a "line of separation" at the summit of Mount Everest in order to prevent climbers mingling with others from Nepal. It comes less than a week after mountaineers and authorities at base camp in Nepal warned of rising cases of Covid among climbers. Everest stands on the border between China and Nepal and the mountaineers climb it from both sides. It is not yet clear how China will enforce the rules on the mountain.
Sea turtles are known for relying on magnetic signatures to find their way across thousands of miles to the very beaches where they hatched. Now, researchers reporting, have some of the first solid evidence that sharks also rely on magnetic fields for their long-distance forays across the sea.
Osiris-Rex space probe returns to Earth: NASA transports special cargo from an asteroid.
As India continues to fight the world’s fastest-growing coronavirus outbreak, the country’s health authorities have warned of a fungal infection found in some COVID-19 patients, which could disfigure the face and even lead to death.
A bloody attack in a Russian school: the number of victims is adjusted, the attacker is detained. At least 8 people were killed in the shooting in Kazan schools. It was reported that 11 people were killed and 32 injured. It is not yet clear exactly how many attackers there were - one or two.
In the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, two people were killed and several more were injured when rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit residential homes.
Gas stations along the U.S. East Coast are running short of fuel as North America’s largest oil pipeline rushes to recover from a paralyzing cyber attack that forced it to shut down for three days.
In Indonesia, the Antasena Tank Boat should be something like a floating tank.
Two of the thousands of inmates pardoned by Tanzania's new President Samia Suluhu Hassan have been killed by a mob. The two were found with stolen items, they were beaten to death by residents of Kibaha town in the coastal region. Police in the region have urged the public not to take the law into their own hands and let officers handle criminals. People have also been urged not to discriminate against former prisoners.
At least 20 jihadists have been killed and four terrorists' bases destroyed in Burkina Faso during the first week of an ongoing military operation.
Deadly violence in Brazil's Amazon is increasing, with tens of thousands of illegal miners in protected areas.
Portugal is to train Mozambican troops in an agreement aimed at boosting ongoing fight against an Islamist insurgency in the north of the southern African country.
US man arrested as pet tiger remains on the loose.
The G7 group of wealthy countries has pledged £ 276 million ($ 389 million) to assist millions of people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria.
A 13-year-old boy was crushed to death by a rubbish truck after falling asleep in a bin in Port Lincoln, Australia. The driver was unaware anyone was in the bin until it had already been tipped into the back of the lorry. Two other children, aged 11 and 12, were also sleeping in the industrial bin, but one managed to escape while the other survived with minor injuries. An investigation is now under way into why the three young boys were sleeping rough.
Finland's football association is donating sport hijabs to every female player in the country who wants one.
The Nigerian presidency has confirmed an attempted break-in by burglars into the official residence of the president’s chief of staff, Ibrahim Gambari.
US fires warning shots at Iranian boats in the Gulf, the Pentagon accuses Iranian boats of acting "aggressively" near US vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.
Portuguese border guards jailed over fatal beating, a Ukrainian jobseeker was beaten and asphyxiated by officers after refusing to board a flight home.
French court rejects Agent Orange lawsuit, the case sought damages from firms that produced the notorious defoliant used in the Vietnam War.
The 33-year-old Zimbabwean national has appeared before a court in South Africa in connection will the illegal possession of gold with an estimated value of 11m rand ($ 785,500; £ 555,500). Tashinga Masinire, who is yet to plead, was granted a bail of 100,000 rand in the Kempton Magistrates Court. As part of his bail conditions he is not allowed to leave South Africa pending the outcome of the case and he must report to a police station every three weeks. The suspect was arrested at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. At the time of the arrest, the country’s elite Hawks police unit said they should have said that he was traveling with 23 gold bars in his luggage.
Iraqi journalist shot day after activist's killing.
Seven dead in shooting at a Colorado birthday party, the suspect opened fire in a mobile home before taking his own life.
Four out of 10 girls in Mozambique are getting married before the age of 18, according to a survey on violence against children released by the government over the weekend.
German priests defy Vatican to bless gay couples, the Love Wins movement emerged after the Catholic Church said in March that God "cannot bless sin".
More than 300 Palestinians have been wounded in confrontations with Israeli police outside the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem.
An indigenous group in South Africa has condemned a decision to go ahead with a multimillion-dollar development in Cape Town which will include the African headquarters of the online giant, Amazon. The Khoi community says the site - known as the River Club - is on sacred land. They are thought to have first inhabited the area about 2,000 years ago and want it recognized as a world heritage location.
Four injured in a rare New Zealand stabbing attack, the motive behind the attack is unclear but there is no indication it was a domestic terror event.
Gunmen have abducted some 40 worshipers from a mosque during overnight Ramadan prayers in the town of Jibiya.
Ethiopian ex-UN peacekeepers seek asylum in Sudan, more than 100 people apply for asylum, as concern mounts over the conflict in Tigray.
Coptic monk executed over Egypt monastery murder, a Christian monk is hanged for killing the head of a desert monastery in 2018.
Escaped leopard on the loose near Chinese city, a safari park is facing criticism for taking a week to tell locals about the missing leopard.
At least eight people including a Burundian army official were killed along the Bujumbura-Gidega road around Muramvya area.
Vancouver airport, a man is shot dead outside the international airport in what police say is gang-related violence.
A suicide bomber has killed at least six people, including senior police officers, at a police station in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The authorities in Algeria have decreed that weekly protests will be barred if they do not have prior approval.
Sex workers in Germany say a countrywide ban on the industry forces many into poverty and danger.
Afghan families have been burying their children who were killed in explosions outside a secondary school in the capital, Kabul. More than 60 people, mostly girls, are now known to have died in the attack that hit students as they left class. No-one has admitted carrying out the attack in Dasht-e-Barchi, an area often hit by Sunni Islamist militants.
The military in Chad has claimed victory against northern rebels in the following weeks of fighting. The conflict against Libya-based rebels threw the country into a crisis when President Idriss Déby died after being wounded on the frontline.
The powerful head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church has accused the government of committing genocide against the Tigrayan people.
Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has revealed he has Asperger's syndrome while appearing on the US comedy sketch series Saturday Night Live (SNL).
South Sudan's president dissolves parliament, it paves the way to appoint MPs from across the civil divide, fulfilling a promise made in a peace deal.
Rocket debris lands in the Indian Ocean, now of the Chinese Long March-5b rocket reportedly disintegrated as it re-entered the atmosphere.
Collapsed gold mine kills at least 15 in Guinea.
Honduras President Hernández has been linked to what US prosecutors call "state-sponsored drug trafficking."
Dead fish mystery in Lebanese lake, a search for answers as at least 40 tonnes of carp float to the surface.
Gunmen kill seven police officers in Nigeria, the attackers opened fire at a checkpoint and two police stations amid a surge in separatist violence.
Zulu royals back new king after family feud, Prince Misuzulu is now expected to lead the Zulu nation of about 11 million people in South Africa.
Hundreds of protests at the scene of a Mexico metro collapse, demonstrators from around Mexico City demand justice after 26 people died when an overpass collapsed.
The Czechs and Russians, ex-communist bloc allies, are in a new diplomatic Cold War.
The surprise was great when researchers looked at high-resolution images of the sea floor of the Arctic deep sea in detail: Path-like tracks across the sediments ended where sponges were located. Sponges: They are considered to be one of the most primitive forms of animal life, because they have neither locomotion organs nor a nervous system. A team around deep-sea scientist Antje Boetius has now discovered that sponges leave trails on the sea floor in the Arctic deep sea. They conclude that the animals might move actively - even if only a few centimeters per year. They are now publishing these unique findings in the journal Current Biology.
The UK government has agreed to give the European Union ambassador in London full diplomatic status.
SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a Starship rocket for the first time without exploding.
A 25-year-old Malian woman has given birth to nine babies - two more than doctors had detected during scans.
Discovery of 78,000-year-old remains of a child who was carefully prepared for burial changes in our understanding of how Stone Age populations in Africa interacted with the dead.
The Royal Navy vessel is patrolling the waters around Jersey amid concerns of a possible blockade by French boats over post-Brexit fishing rights.
The Russians, with their Sputnik, do not even want to be vaccinated for money.
The WHO has approved the Chinese vaccine against COVID-19 Sinopharm.
Last year, Lithuania-based Northway Biotech announced that it was developing a drug for coronavirus together with the Swiss. Today, the Lithuanian company announces that it has already developed the drug.
After a Russian aircraft violated Estonian airspace near the island of Vaindlo, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a diplomatic note to Russia.
An outbreak of a mysterious brain disease is being observed in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. 48 cases have already been recorded and neurologists cannot tell exactly what is going on.
New York's Christie's Auction House sells a bottle of red wine matured at the International Space Station (ISS). It is estimated that an amount of EUR 830 000 can be paid for it. If such a price is actually paid, it will be the most expensive bottle of wine in the world.
In South Carolina to allow executions by a firing squad, one state lawmaker said it would be more humane than the electric chair option currently allowed.
A decision by the authorities in Guinea to ban overnight prayers during the last 10 days of Ramadan has led to clashes.
The United Nations human rights office has strongly criticized a police raid against suspected drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro, amid allegations of abuse and extrajudicial executions. The deadliest police operation in the city's history has left 25 dead, including a police officer.
Some people have been taken into custody in Egypt after a video began circulating on social media this week showing a South Sudanese teenager being verbally and physically assaulted.
Convoys of troops allied to the opposition have been seen withdrawing from Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, fortnight after clashes in the city sparked fears of a return to civil war.
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is in a critical condition following a bomb attack. The British national was among four others injected into the blast, which is being treated as a terrorist incident. No-one has claimed the attack. Australian police are traveling to the Maldives to help investigate.
Taiwan's indigenous communities have lost an eight-year legal battle over hunting rights. Indigenous groups can only hunt on certain days, using homemade rifles, and need special permission to do so. Campaigners argued that hunting wild game is culturally important to them.
A Kenyan court has overturned a ban on the slaughter and sale of donkey meat.
Cameroon's government has announced a ban on the sale of automatic pistols, citing rising insecurity.
A flock of endangered California condors has laid a claim to a home in the US state, "declaring war" with the property owner, the family says. At least 15 of the birds reportedly descended at Cinda Mickols' house in the city of Tehachapi at the weekend. There are believed to be fewer than 500 such condors in the US, and only about 160 have been recorded in California.
The regent of South Africa's Zulu nation, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu, has been laid to rest in KwaZulu-Natal province.
Child shoots three at school in Idaho. The girl, reported to be aged 11 or 12, shot and wounded two fellow students and a member of staff.
The authorities in Kenya are launching the first ever national wildlife census. The exercise will be officially started in eastern Kenya at the Shimba Hills National Reserve. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the national wildlife census was aimed at finding out the total number of wild animals and how they were distributed.
Chinese rocket debris could crash back on Earth, the rocket carried parts of a new space station and now no one knows where and when it will fall.
Australia ex-rugby star jailed over sex assault, former Rugby League player Jarryd Hayne is jailed for more than five years for the 2018 attack.
Thousands enter the lottery to kill the Grand Canyon bison, a chance to shoot a rare buffalo in the famed US National Park drew over 45,000 applicants.
Qatar arrests finance minister in corruption probe.
DNA test identifies member of 1845 Arctic voyage, researchers match the DNA of a South African man with a sailor on the doomed Franklin expedition.
A court in Rwanda has sentenced journalist Phocas Ndayizera and six others to 10 years in prison for terrorism charges. They were found guilty of planning explosions in public areas of the capital, Kigali, and of conspiracy to commit terrorism.
Socks and a TV box colored red and white are treated as opposition protests in Belarus.
Close to 200 homes have been destroyed and more than a dozen people have injected after rainstorms swept through Kpein, a Liberian township on the border with Guinea.
Mystery animal box craze causes outrage in China, the "blind box" craze sees people order a box containing a mystery animal that is sent in the post.
A group of Mozambican business owners in South Africa has collected eight tonnes of aid for victims of armed violence in Cabo Delgado.
Dominic Ongwen - from child abductee to war criminal, he was abducted as a child by Uganda's LRA rebels, turning into one of its most ruthless fighters.
A former Ugandan child solider who became a commander in a notorious rebel group has been jailed for war crimes. Dominic Ongwen, now 45, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes including murder, rape and torture.
Relatives of a woman caught up in the Windrush scandal can apply for permission to live in Britain without paying thousands of pounds in fees, the High Court has ruled. Charging the family of Lynda Mahabir would be a "colossal interference" in her human rights, the court said. The fees would cost more than £ 20,000.
Ethiopia’s lower house of parliament has approved with a majority vote a resolution by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s cabinet designating the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLF-Shene) as terrorist organizations.
The remaining 27 students kidnapped almost two months ago from a forestry college in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna have been freed. They were among 39 students seized from their dormitories by armed criminal gangs in March.
Canada authorizes Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 to 15, it's the first country to allow the Pfizer jab for this age group.
Prince blamed for shooting protected bear, environmental groups suspect a prince from Austria killed the brown bear while hunting in Romania.
South Africa's governing African National Congress has suspended its secretary general, Ace Magashule, and warned other members charged with corruption that they too face suspension if they do not vacate their posts within 30 days.
Zimbabwe's senate has passed a constitutional amendment bill that gives the president powers to appoint judges and remove the requirement of a running mate in presidential elections.
Former Nazi camp guard to face trial, Oskar Groening, 93, will go on trial in Germany in April, charged with involvement in the deaths of 300,000 prisoners at Auschwitz.
An elderly Thai immigrant dies after being shoved to the ground. The Filipino-American is slashed in the face with a box cutter. A Chinese woman is slapped and then set on fire. These are just examples of recent violent attacks on Asian Americans, part of a surge in abuse since the start of the pandemic a year ago.
India parties claim 17 dead in poll clashes.
Jihadists release video of abducted French journalist.
Uganda’s parliament has passed a bill criminalizing human sacrifice and prescribing life sentences on conviction for related offenses.
A member of the Hirak protest movement in Algeria has been sentenced to two years in prison for offending Islam and insulting the president.
GE's mighty 814-feet (248-meter-tall) Haliade-X offshore turbine features a 14 MW, 13 MW, or 12 MW capacity, 722-feet (220-meter) rotor, a 351-feet (107-meter) blade , and digital capabilities. One rotation of its 220-meter rotor could power one household. One Haliade-X 14 MW turbine can generate up to 74 GWh of gross annual energy production. And now the Haliade-X’s 12 MW and 13 MW models have secured typhoon certification from the independent certification body DNV. It’s known as class T certification. That means the giant wind turbines are able to operate effectively in extreme weather that typhoons - and hurricanes, because they’re the same thing, just different global locations. And imagine the power they’d produce. 4COffshore notes: “The Haliade-X prototype located in Rotterdam, operating at 13MW, set a new record in October 2020 by generating 312 MWh of continuous power in one day.”
The president and co-founder of Elon Musk’s brain implant startup mysteriously left the company after the billionaire revealed that it had embedded a microchip into a monkey’s brain so that it could play video games with its mind.
China now owns £ 143bn in UK assets, from nuclear power to pubs and schools.
Estonians have developed a spray from COVID-19 and are already selling it in pharmacies: it protects even from strains of coronavirus.
The Hungarian authorities have published comparative data on the effectiveness of the vaccines used in the country. Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is said to be the best, with the lowest mortality and the lowest risk of re-infection. However, such government figures were immediately criticized by scientists.
Global foreign direct investment flows in 2020, compared to previous years, declined by 38 percent to their lowest level in 15 years at $ 846 billion.
Lithuanian Ministry of Energy: the amount requested by the population for the installation of solar power plants and replacement of heating boilers is almost 23 million euros.
New NASA chief Bill Nelson promises a "new day" for space, sending the first woman to the moon.
Polar bears, which are on the verge of extinction, mate with grizzly bears, creating more and more representatives of the hybrid species, the "daisies". Scientists say it is largely affected by climate change.
Portugal has the longest hanging pedestrian bridge in the world. The bridge is 516 meters long and is suspended 175 meters above the river. It is named the 516 Arouca Bridge because it is located in the city of Arouca.
Four astronauts who worked at the International Space Station (ISS) returned to Earth on the SpaceX capsule Crew Dragon. The capsule landed on the water in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City in Florida. This is the first landing of the American crew in the dark of the day from the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. The journey to Earth took about six and a half hours.
UK and India agree to let more young people, up to 3,000 18 to 30-year-olds a year be allowed to work in each other's countries under a new deal. £ 1bn UK-India deals to create 6,000 UK jobs, the deals will create new jobs in the health and tech sectors, Boris Johnson says.
Teenager kills young children in Brazil nursery, police say the teenager, armed with a machete, stormed into the nursery in Santa Catarina state.
Islamist militants in the north of Mozambique have beheaded five people and kidnapped an unknown number of others in an attack on the village of Pangane.
Arrests made after 97 migrants found in Texas home.
Yemen flash flooding causes large-scale damage, thousands of families have been affected, many of them already displaced by the country's civil war.
Mexico City metro overpass collapse kills 23.
Parents of dozens of students abducted from a forestry college in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna have been protesting outside the country’s parliament. The 39 students were taken from their dormitories in March by gunmen who later released 10 of them.
Belgian farmer accidentally moves French border, the border stone engraved with the date 1819, the farmer moved a two-century-old border stone into French territory as it was blocking his tractor.
A fire that broke out in South Africa's FH Odendaal Hospital in Limpopo has killed two patients.
Myanmar charges Japanese reporter over 'fake news', is thought to be the first foreign journalist charged for his coverage since the coup.
At least 17 killed in Colombia tax protests, the reforms, which would have increased taxes on low earners, have now been shelved.
Tech giant Microsoft and the Nigerian government are collaborating with the aim of creating about 27,000 new digital jobs over the next three years. Microsoft President Brad Smith received in a joint statement with the Nigerian government that they will use 1,700 trainers to train five million Nigerians.
Four held as huge child sexual abuse ring busted, German police say a dark web club for sharing images of child sex abuse had more than 400,000 users.
Somalia's north-eastern semi-autonomous Puntland regional state has sentenced five al-Shabab militants to death.
The UK and Iran are in discussions over a £ 400m debt that the UK owes, foreign office minister James Cleverly has said - but the talks are not linked to the detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. The UK owes the money for failing to deliver tanks Iran bought in the 1970s.
Inquiry uncovers abuse in Australian gymnastics, bullying and body-shaming are prevalent at elite levels, an independent investigation reports.
At least 16 soldiers were killed in Niger over the weekend following a militant attack in the western Tahoua Region.
Deadly Kyrgyz-Tajik clashes, at least 46 people were killed while homes, schools and checkpoints were destroyed in the dispute.
South Africa to ban lion breeding for cub petting.
Senior DR Congo Muslim cleric shot dead in mosque, the gunman fled on a motorbike after shooting while he was praying.
Turkey arrests 200 as May Day protests grip world, violence flares in some countries where rallies to mark Labor Day are held despite Covid-19 rules.
US man flies to Sicily with weapons and marijuana, a 64-year-old is detained after police discover pistols and bows and arrows on his private jet.
Gang boss behind Nigeria kidnapping shot by rivals, Auwalu Daudawa, whose gang abducted over 300 children, is killed while stealing cattle.
Severe storm hits Chinese city of Nantong, strong winds and hail have killed 11 people in the eastern city on the coast of the Yangtze river.
Car bomb kills 30 at Afghan guesthouse, high school students are among those killed in eastern Afghanistan, and dozens more people are hurt.
China is about to launch the first section of a new space station, beginning an orbital construction project that is expected to end in 2022 with an outpost about a quarter of the size of the International Space Station (ISS).
Kim Jong-un 'executes official who imported cheap medical gear for delayed hospital'. The North Korean dictator is said to have been enraged to learn that the deputy director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had arranged for Chinese equipment to be imported to treat patients at the Pyongyang General Hospital - which was supposed to open last October.
Polish researchers examining an ancient Egyptian mummy that they expected to be a male priest were surprised when X-rays and computer tests revealed instead that it was a mummy of a woman who had been seven months pregnant.
A Billion-year-old fossil which could prove a new link in the evolution of animals has been found in the Highlands. Scientists led by the University of Sheffield and the US's Boston College found the microfossil at Loch Torridon in north-west Scotland.
The conflict is deepening: Russia has banned the entry of the head of the EP and seven other European officials.
Minsk: used nuclear fuel from the Astrava NPP will be reprocessed in Russia.
Elon Musk stated that Mars is not for rich people, but for those who are not afraid to die because of the high chance of dying just by traveling to Mars.
Six allies of Ivory Coast former President Laurent Gbagbo have returned home from 10 years in exile. They had fled the country in the aftermath of a bloody five-month conflict that erupted when Mr Gbagbo refused to step down despite losing the presidential run-off in 2010 to Alassane Ouattara.
At least four soldiers have been killed in an attack in Cameroon on a military post in the West region, which borders an area where English-speaking rebels are fighting for a breakaway state.
The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch says it has rescued 121 migrants off Libya in two missions in the past 24 hours.
At least 31 people have been killed, scores injured and 10,000 evacuated after a water dispute led to some of the worst clashes in years on a disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border.
Villagers in the Shiroro area of Nigeria's western Niger state have resorted to paying armed gangs so that they can go to their farms without fear of being kidnapped.
Bronze Age treasure found lying in Swedish forest, a man stumbled on ancient jewelery while surveying a forest for his orienteering club.
Liberia warns traders against hiking beer prices.
A Ugandan journalist working for the state broadcaster has been shot dead in a confrontation with security forces.
An Australian court has ordered mining magnate and politician Clive Palmer to pay 1.5m Australian dollars ($ 1.2m; £ 0.8m) to the record label of heavy metal act Twisted Sister.
Five arrested in Lady Gaga dognapping case, police charge three with attempted murder and robbery and two more as accomplices in the case.
Local officials in Ethiopia say fighting has been taking place on the border between the northern Tigray region and the neighboring Amhara region. Residents say around 15 people were killed. The clashes in Wag-Hemra - an area claimed by both regions - come almost six months after the conflict in Tigray began.
Two suspects die in Italian jewelry robbery, the owner opened fire after armed thieves broke into his shop.
Fighting has been taking place in the west of Chad between the military and rebels who launched an insurgency earlier this month from bases in Libya.
Turkey enters first full Covid lockdown.
Indigenous in Brazil say palm oil pesticides make them sick.
Five killed in prison gunfight in Ecuador.
Scottish engineering firm Weir Group has won a £ 36m order to supply energy-saving technology for an iron ore processing plant in Ukraine. Under the deal with Ferrexpo, Weir will supply equipment such as high-pressure grinding rolls (HPGRs) and screens. Swiss-based Ferrexpo is one of the world's largest exporters of iron ore pellets to the steel industry.
Colombians take to the streets to oppose tax reform, tens of thousands march in protest against a tax reform which they say will leave them worse off.
Ecuador decriminalizes abortion in rape cases.
A church in central Kenya is asking people to be on the look-out for its 500kg (about 80-stone) bell that was stolen during a break-in.
Fans celebrated outside a California courthouse after news was announced that Britney Spears would speak in court about her conservatorship.
Malawi's Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional.
Sikh temple offers drive-through oxygen to Covid patients, more than 1,000 people have used the service being offered by one Gurdwara in Uttar Pradesh.
US investigators raid Rudy Giuliani's home, the former New York mayor and lawyer to Donald Trump is being investigated for deals with Ukraine.
Two children die in stabbing at China kindergarten, sixteen people have been wounded and police have arrested a male suspect.
The head of an organization for people living with HIV in Kenya has accused the government of putting people's lives at risk after it distributed HIV drugs that had been discontinued.
NI donates oxygen generators to India Covid fight, three generators, each producing 500 liters of oxygen a minute, will help during India's second surge.
Kenyan TV station suspended for airing porn, the communication regulator in Kenya has suspended a television station and fined it for airing a pornographic scene during a children's program. Mt Kenya television has been fined 500,000 Kenyan shillings ($ 4,600: £ 3,300). The station will also be off air for four weeks for the offense.
Indian couple get married in full PPE clothing.
More than 30 prisoners have escaped after a police van that was transporting them to a law court was attacked by gunmen in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Mauritius issues disaster alert over heavy rains.
Fire at an illegal hostel in Latvia kills eight.
Australian jailed for filming dying police officers, is sentenced to 10 months jail for filming dying police officers at a crash scene.
The UN children's agency Unicef will redistribute to other countries more than a million doses of vaccines meant for the Democratic Republic of Congo so that they don't expire. The vaccines distributed under the global Covax initiative expire on 24 June, according to Unicef. About 1.3 million doses out of the 1.7 million doses will now go to other countries including Senegal, Comoros, Ghana and Angola.
Australia warns Google and Apple over app stores, Australia's regulator wants the two tech giants to open up their app stores to more competition.
The UK has imposed sanctions on 22 individuals, 14 of them Russians, involved in notorious corruption cases under a new anti-corruption regime. Individuals across South Africa, South Sudan and Latin America were also targeted with the asset freezes and travel bans. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told MPs the UK had an important role to play in combating corruption. He also described the country as a "honey pot" for "corrupt actors". The new regime means individuals "involved in some of the world's most serious cases of corruption" will no longer be able to channel their money through UK banks or enter the country, a statement from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said.
Incarcerated computer legend John McAfee says he’s stunned by the price of Dogecoin. Speaking from behind bars in a Spanish jail after being banged up on charges of cryptocurrency fraud and tax evasion, the 75-year-old was apparently shocked to hear the crypto hailed by Elon Musk and Snoop Dogg was now changing hands for as much as 30 cents a unit. McAfee hinted earlier this year that it was his involvement with Doge - a cryptocurrency that was launched as a joke seven years ago - that led to US authorities hunting him down on various charges. The entrepreneur had tweeted about the digital asset, allegedly elevating its value.
Dramatic footage has emerged of the moment Space X's Crew Dragon's crew narrowly missed being hit by debris as it traveled to the International Space Station.
Turkey has issued an international arrest warrant for the founder of a cryptocurrency trading platform. State media report that Faruk Fatih Ozer fled to Albania with an alleged $ 2bn from 391,000 investors.
A great white shark could end up in Europe this summer after taking a wrong turn, scientists have said. The 17ft female shark has become only the second in history to cross the Atlantic. The 3,541lb (253 stone) female shark, named Nukumi, usually swims up and down the west coast of America and Canada.
Lockdown rules change allowing first travel across Britain since Christmas
Scotland will open its borders to holidaymakers from England and Wales, as restrictions begin to ease.
Traces of radioactive fallout from nuclear tests in the 1950s and 1960s can still be found in American honey, new research reveals.
Astronomers dub it “The Unicorn,” call it something special. Scientists have discovered one of the smallest black holes on record - and the closest one to Earth found to date.
The massive melting of glaciers as a result of global heating has caused marked shifts in the Earth’s axis of rotation since the 1990s, research has shown. It demonstrates the profound impact humans are having on the planet, scientists say.
A free trade deal between the UK and Australia will reduce extra costs and taxes on exports and imports between the two countries. The UK and Australia say they have agreed "the vast majority" of a free trade deal. After talks in London the two said they were aiming for a deal by June. It is estimated the deal could add £ 500m ($ 694m) to UK GDP over the long term.
Three members of the International Space Station's crew returned safely to Earth on a Russian Soyuz craft.The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, a microbiologist who in 2016 became the first person to sequence DNA in space, and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov landed in Kazakhstan at 0455 GMT. The three had been at the space station since mid-October 2020.
Moscow added the Baltic states to the list of countries unfriendly to Russia, and the ambassadors of the Baltic states and Slovakia were summoned for an interview.
Estonia and Finland will sign a memorandum on the construction of a Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel across the Gulf of Finland.
Russia fined US technology company Apple $ 12.1 million (€ 10 million) for "abusing" its dominant market position by prioritizing apps it developed.
Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive substance found in cannabis, commonly referred to simply as CBD. The popularity of cannabidiol is growing over time as it is considered a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent.
European journalists killed in Burkina Faso, two Spaniards, an Irish national and a local soldier were abducted in an anti-poaching patrol attack.
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the US to move its Africom military headquarters to the continent from Germany.
At least five people have been killed during continuing protests against the military takeover in Chad. At least 12 Chadian soldiers have been killed near Lake Chad following an attack on their base by Islamist militants. The Internet cut in Chad and French flags burned.
Moroccan media report that more than 1.5 million Moroccans have been arrested in the last nine months for not respecting the country's Covid-19 precautionary measures.
A Liberian-flagged oil tanker has spilled some of its cargo into the sea after colliding with another ship near the Chinese port of Qingdao.
Civilians are fleeing several areas of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, fearing renewed clashes between forces supporting President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and those backing the opposition.
Egypt has executed nine people found guilty of involvement in the killing of 13 policemen during the unrest in 2013 following the removal of the Islamist Mohamed Morsi from power.
Hackers threaten to share US police informant data, a Washington DC police officer models a body camera before a press conference at City Hall, September 24, 2014
The FBI investigates as a group says it has accessed Washington DC police computers, US.
A commercial avocado farm located near a key wildlife park in Kenya has lost a bid to have its license reinstated and resume operations.
Nigeria fines TV station over Biafra interview, Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Channels Television £ 13,000 ($ 9,300) for airing an interview with a banned group, breaching the broadcast code. It also suspended one of its popular shows, Politics Today, which did the interview.
US to share up to 60m AstraZeneca vaccine doses, millions of doses will be available for export in the coming months.
The British-Iranian also faces a one-year travel ban after charges of propaganda activities in Iran.
Italian police arrest suspended Nigerian gang, police say the gang used bitcoins to carry out illegal financial transactions on the dark web.
Chomping beavers take down Canada town's internet, beavers chewed through thick fiber cables in Tumbler Ridge to build their home.
Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has pardoned more than 5,000 prisoners to celebrate Union Day.
The museum, which displays weapons and armor seized by Azerbaijani troops, has angered Armenia.
Officials confirmed that the KRI Nanggala - which sank off the coast of Bali - had been found split into three pieces on the sea bed. All 53 crew were confirmed as dead. The submarine had been taking part in a torpedo drill just before it disappeared and the reason for its sinking is not yet clear.
An Italian priest has been shot and injected by unknown gunmen in South Sudan.
French energy giant Total has suspended operations at a site exploring a major gas field in northern Mozambique weeks after Islamist militants attacked a nearby town. Dozens of people were killed in the March raid on the town of Palma. Total's $ 20bn (£ 14.6bn) gas liquefaction plant is the largest foreign investment in Africa.
Hundreds of people have gathered in a US park, armed with pool noodles, to take part in a friendly battle over the right to use the name Josh.
Navalny support network ordered to stop activities, a prosecutor moves to label the network of jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny as "extremist".
Montenegro is welcoming back tourists from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus without restrictions. Finance Minister Milojko Spajic says they won't need to have a Covid PCR test.
Giant telecom operators from the UK, South Africa, Kenya and Japan are bidding to enter Ethiopia’s untapped telecom market.
Military sources in Nigeria say more than 30 soldiers have been killed in an Islamist attack on their convoy in the north-eastern state of Borno.
Malawi has said it will go ahead and destroy more than 16,000 doses of expired Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines despite the World Health Organization (WHO) advising against it.
Anger as India orders Twitter to remove Covid posts, the country is struggling with a massive surge in cases and a major oxygen shortage.
Hospital fire kills 82 Covid patients in Baghdad.
Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon have earned a fifth Oscar nomination for its latest film Wolfwalkers.
A former airline CEO who refused to allow female staff to take menstrual leave protected by employment law has been fined almost $ 1,800 (£ 1,300; 2m won) by a court in South Korea. Kim Soo-cheon, the ex-head of Asiana Airlines, turned down 138 requests from 15 flight attendants in 2014 and 2015. Mr Kim claimed the employees did not provide proof of menstruation. Since 1953, women in South Korea have been allowed to take one day off a month if they have painful periods.
Man arrested for infecting 22 people with Covid, the man allegedly coughed on his colleagues and told them they would get sick, Spain.
Second cryptocurrency platform closes in Turkey, four people have been arrested for hours after Vebitcoin abruptly announced it was ceasing operations.
Brazil cuts environment budget despite pledge, at a climate summit, President Bolsonaro had promised to boost spending and tackle deforestation.
NASA's Perseverance rover just notched another first on Mars, one that may help pave the way for astronauts to explore the Red Planet someday. The rover successfully used its MOXIE instrument to generate oxygen from the thin, carbon dioxide-dominated Martian atmosphere for the first time, demonstrating technology that could both help astronauts breathe and help propel the rockets that get them back home to Earth.
Russia has said it will recall many of its troops from Crimea and the border regions of Ukraine, rolling back an aggressive military buildup that had sparked fears that Moscow was preparing for an invasion force.
The US company SpaceX has sent its third manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in less than a year, reusing a rocket and a crew capsule for human flight for the first time.
Even a 25-year study reminds you once again - you just have to get a good night sleep.
A hitherto unknown species of centipede has been found in Japan.
Three students were shot dead by kidnappers in Nigeria.
Kenya's Competition Tribunal has ordered a French supermarket chain Carrefour to revise its agreements with suppliers in the next 30 days after finding the retailer guilty of abuse of buyer power.
A female police employee has been fatally stabbed in a knife attack at a police station in Rambouillet, south-west of Paris. Anti-terror prosecutors have taken over the inquiry, and the killing is being treated as a possible terrorist attack. The 48-year-old unarmed administrative officer was stabbed in the neck. The 36-year-old attacker, who reportedly came to France from Tunisia several years ago, was shot and later died in hospital.
Ugandan opposition figure Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been ordered to pay $ 166,700 (£ 120,000) in taxes for an armored car donated to him by his supporters living abroad.
Drunk teacher took pupils on a trip to a strip club, and was banned for three years over the visit to the Costa Rica lap dancing venue.
The European Union (EU) has warned that it will consider sanctioning individuals who attempt to undermine South Sudan's peace agreement.
Lawyer offers to defend Zuma for free, a human rights lawyer has offered to represent former South African President Jacob Zuma in his corruption trial.
Transport giant FirstGroup has announced the sale of two US bus divisions in a deal worth £ 3.3bn. The sale of its First Student and First Transit arms to EQT Infrastructure comes more than a year after it first announced plans to quit North America. First Student operates about 43,000 yellow school buses in the US, while First Transit runs local bus and transport services.
Over 100 injured in East Jerusalem clashes, tensions boil over into some of the worst violence in the Israeli-occupied sector for months.
US joins race to find stricken Indonesia submarine, Indonesia is trying to rescue 53 crew on board a missing submarine before their oxygen runs out.
Nigeria heightens security on the border with Chad.
Italian ministers will finalize a plan from PM Mario Draghi for an enormous € 221.5bn (£ 192bn) recovery package of investment and structural reform. All but € 30bn of the money is from EU grants and cheap loans, so the package has to be approved by the EU first: it covers six areas including energy transition away from carbon fuels; digitalisation and innovation, infrastructure projects, education, social inclusion and health.
Twenty Indian nursing students who recently arrived in Belgium via Paris have contracted the Indian variant of Covid. They all tested negative in PCR tests before leaving India and all gave a negative rapid test on arrival in Paris, before going into Belgian quarantine. Belgian experts believe they were infected by one of the students on the bus from Paris to the towns of Aalst and Leuven. The chances they have infected anyone else are small.
Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, has said this morning that vaccination rates there will reach 40% next week and will help the country reopen further. He says anyone with a vaccination card will be able to enter cinemas, gyms, hotels and theaters. But Hungary still has high rates of infection and had to limit a plan to reopen primary schools on Monday.
The Dutch parliament has backed measures to reopen café terraces during the afternoon and lift overnight curfews, even though infection numbers have reached their highest numbers since early January, with almost 9,700 cases announced on Thursday. Caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte says five million vaccinations will have been completed by the end of this week.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex believes the third wave has peaked in France, with case numbers down 17% in the past 10 days. Nursery and primary schools will reopen on Monday with a strict testing protocol, and older children will start going back on 3 May.
Gunmen have attacked a hospital in north-west Nigeria’s Kaduna State, abducting two female nurses.
Wealthy non-EU nationals received Maltese citizenship after spending just days in the EU state, a journalistic investigation has found. Leaked documents show some investors met the one-year residence requirement by renting empty properties. The EU has repeatedly raised concerns over "golden passport" schemes in Malta, Cyprus and elsewhere. The brokering company involved denied any systematic problems, and Malta has previously defended its scheme.
Belgian ambassador's wife slaps Seoul shop worker, the woman is seen on CCTV footage confronting the shop worker in the Korean capital.
Authorities in Taiwan say they are looking into a ransomware cyber-attack on a major technology firm there. Quanta Computer is a manufacturer of many flagship Apple products, including its MacBook line. The hackers, known as Revil, have published stolen blueprints for unreleased products, and are threatening to release more.
Billionaire Dyson moved residency back to the UK, Sir James faced criticism in 2019 over relocating his company's global headquarters to Singapore.
Ghana shuts down 49 illegal TV stations.
An Algerian author who was accused of insulting the religion has been given a three-year jail sentence. Said Djabelkhir's case has attracted widespread attention. The 53-year-old journalist, who has an Islamic studies degree and published two books on the subject, went on trial after a group of seven lawyers and a university professor lodged a complaint against him for comments he made on social media. He is believed to have called the sheep sacrifice in Islam a pagan ritual.
Deadly bomb blast hits luxury Pakistan hotel, the Pakistani Taliban says it is behind the blast in Quetta, which killed five people and wounded 12.
Syrian missile lands near Israeli nuclear site, Israel carries out air strikes near Damascus after a loud explosion was heard in the Dimona area.
One of the world's biggest arms traffickers has been recaptured in Brazil, police say, five months after he escaped from prison using a fake early release document.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says an armed group has taken control of an area zone in the western region of Benishangul-Gumuz.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has closed the country’s only wild rhino sanctuary to the public amid an ongoing dispute between the owners of the land and the Rhino Fund Uganda - the organization managing the rhinos.
Black teenage girl shot dead by police in Ohio, the shooting in Columbus happened as police were responding to an attempted stabbing call.
Police detain hundreds of protesters across Russia, thousands of people around Russia have joined unauthorized rallies to protest against the detention of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Spanish man tried for 'killing and eating mother', the 28-year-old was arrested after body parts of his mother were found scattered in her Madrid flat.
Cuts to humanitarian aid by the UK are a "tragic blow for many of the world's most marginalized people", 200 charities said in a joint statement. Organizations including Save the Children and Oxfam received humanitarian assistance was being reduced by more than £ 500m. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the changes reflected a "strategic shift" in UK aid spending. They also received the £ 18m aid budget given to China will be reduced to £ 900,000.
Congo ex-minister arrested in corruption probe.
A hospital employee in Italy has been accused of skipping work on full pay for 15 years, local media report. The man is alleged to have stopped turning up to work at the Ciaccio hospital in the southern city of Catanzaro in 2005. He is now being investigated for fraud, extortion and abuse of office, Italian news agency Ansa reports. He was reportedly paid € 538,000 (£ 464,000) in total over the years he was thought not to have been working. Six managers at the hospital are also being investigated in connection with the alleged absenteeism.
Carphone Warehouse closes all stores in Ireland, the move will see the closure of 69 shops and 12 in-store branches in the Republic of Ireland.
Mexico cartel uses drones to drop bombs on police, two police officers were injected in the attack in the western state of Michoacán.
EU plans huge fines and bans for 'unacceptable' AI, an outright ban on some AI systems, such as "social scoring" by governments, is proposed for the EU.
One in nine Android mobile phones in Nigeria has malware-infected apps, according to the mobile technology company Upstream which studied 415,000 transactions between November 2020 and January 2021. There were about 576 malicious apps in the country. Many of the apps are still active and have yet to be removed from the Google Play store.
Oxygen leak leaves 22 Covid patients dead in India, the accident in an Indian hospital happened when an oxygen tank was refilling the storage tank.
The scammers steal $ 32m from a 90-year old in Hong Kong, they told the victim they were investigating a fraud in China and needed her to transfer her funds.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is seeking $ 4.3 billion (£ 3b) in compensation over its conflict with Uganda in the 1990s, as the top UN court began hearing the dispute.
The Mayor of Morez in the Jura says the find of five gold bars and 1,000 gold coins valued at € 600,000 ‘has made us smile’. The surprise discovery of three jam jars filled with gold bars and hundreds of gold coins in an old building marked for renovation has left a mountain community in eastern France perplexed and celebrating.
Our plastic pollution problem has become so bad that microplastics are now embedded in the regular cycles of the atmosphere, circulating around the planet like oxygen or water, according to a new study.
Physicists have created a new and extremely rare kind of uranium, researchers have produced the lightest version of a uranium atom ever. It has only 122 neutrons compared to the 146 neutrons found in more than 99 per cent of the world's naturally occurring uranium, which is known as uranium-238. Isotopes of an element always have the same number of protons - in uranium’s case, 92 - but differing numbers of neutrons. Isotopes are labeled by the total number of protons and neutrons that their nuclei contain, and the new isotope has the lowest number of those particles ever at 214, making it uranium-214.
Elon Musk's SpaceX wins $ 2.9bn NASA contract to send humans to the moon, the tech billionaire's firm was chosen ahead of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics Inc.
Around 200 tonnes of illegally harvested giant clam shells worth nearly $ 25m have been seized in the Philippines in one of the biggest known operations of its kind in the country.
Russia has banned flights over Crimea and the Black Sea, and the US is urging airlines to "exercise extreme caution."
Russia's federal antitrust agency has announced that it has initiated legal proceedings against the US technology giant Google for possible abuse of its market position in the video content platform Youtube. According to the service, the lawsuit was filed against Google for the sudden blocking and deletion of some users' accounts on its Youtube, thus creating limited conditions of competition.
The Belgian government has decided to remove palm and soybean oil from the list of biofuels, in order to prevent mass deforestation. Similar restrictions have been announced by Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and France.
Images of unidentified flying objects filmed by the U.S. The Navy has been authenticated by the Pentagon.
Human rights experts urge the UAE to provide "evidence" that the daughter of Dubai's ruler, Princess Latifa, is still alive.
French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to Chad's late President Idris Déby, calling him a "brave friend" and "a great soldier". Army says Chad president 'died defending nation'. Chad's late President Idriss Déby had gone to the front line, several hundred kilometers north of the capital N'Djamena, at the weekend to visit troops battling rebels belonging to a group calling itself Fact (the Front for Change and Concord in Chad). The group was founded in 2016 by disillusioned former army officers, who accused President Déby of repression in the run-up to the election. They built up their base in Libya in the Tibesti mountains, which straddle northern Chad and part of southern Libya. On election day on 11 April the group mounted an attack on a border post and gradually advanced on the capital, N'Djamena.
A killer who may become the first person to put to death in Nevada in 15 years has requested the use of a firing squad rather than lethal injection.
Police in Nigeria say they have freed a girl who'd been locked up in a room by her parents for 10 years in the northern state of Kano. Officers say they acted after a tip-off, and the girl's 35-year-old mother has been arrested but the father is on the run. The 15-year-old is currently being treated at the Murtala Mohammed hospital in Kano.
A Polish family says they are "heartbroken" by a campaign of abuse from a gang of youths, the gang has vandalized their cars, smashed windows and shouted racist slurs. The family have lived in England for 10 years and in their current home for eight of those.
Tanzania’s government has given the green light for the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, a 1,445km (897 miles) project stretching from the coastal region of Tanga to Uganda. This paves the way for the start of the $ 3.55bn (£ 2.5bn) pipeline. Between 10,000 and 15,000 jobs are expected to be created once the project kicks off.
A "forgotten" coffee plant that can grow in warmer conditions - and which scientists say could help future-proof the drink against climate change - has been found thriving in Sierra Leone.
India to start vaccinating all adults over 18.
Drought-hit Taiwan rations water to protect tech, the island has tried everything from cloud seeding to prayer during its worst drought in 56 years.
Big rise in migrant children on Mexico-US border, the increase from 380 to nearly 3,500 has overwhelmed local facilities in Mexico, the UN warns.
Health authorities in South Sudan have reported that 60,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, donated by the African Union, expired before they were used.
Russia expels Czech diplomats over spying row, the Czech Republic says Russia was involved in a deadly blast at an ammunition depot in 2014.
A County Down community worker has said local people are "in shock" after a Syrian family's home was attacked. The attack, which police are treating as a hate crime, took place in Newry's Carlingford Park, Northern Ireland. About 300 people had come to comfort the victims and offer assistance.
Huawei denies spying accusations in the Netherlands, a 2010 report claims the Chinese company once had "unlimited access" to phone calls made in the country.
An official in South Africa's Cape Town mayoral committee has said one person has been arrested in connection with the fire that has razed several historical buildings and forced evacuations.
A suspected poacher has died after being trampled by elephants in South Africa's Kruger National Park.
Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has fired senior officials including Labor Minister Ken Kandodo over alleged embezzlement of Covid funds. The president said the action followed an audit he had commissioned into the spending of 6.2 billion Malawian kwacha ($ 7.8m; £ 5.6m) for Covid response.
Spain uncovers workshop making 3D-printed weapons, the raid in Tenerife unearthed gun parts and manuals on guerrilla warfare.
Second deadly Egypt rail accident in a month, eleven people were killed and 98 injured when four carriages of a train derailed north of Cairo.
At least seven people died in a deadly fire outbreak following a tanker explosion in central Nigeria. An oil tanker laden with petrol veered off the road and spilled its contents in the Oshigbudu area of Benue state. Eyewitnesses say huge flames from the burning tanker leaped into nearby houses catching people unawares.
Kidnapped French girl, 8, found with mother, the mother, accused of ordering the abduction, is found with her daughter in a squat in Switzerland.
Niger says 19 civilians have been killed in an attack in the west of the country, close to the border with Mali. Armed men on motorbikes raided Gaigorou village.
Syria to hold elections in May after years of war, the vote is expected to pave the way for President Bashar al-Assad to serve another seven-year term.
The US and China announced actions to tackle climate change following meetings in Shanghai.
Misleading videos were aired on Russian TV claiming to show the arrival of US tanks and plans in Ukraine.
The Indian Kumbh festival goes ahead amid Covid surge.
Canada sounds the alarm as Covid cases overtake US.
Moscow expels 10 diplomats and blacklists eight US officials after the US imposed sanctions.
UN to set up a ceasefire team for Libya.
A woman who won political asylum in the US after hiding her and her family's role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide has been deported to Rwanda after serving a 10-year jail sentence for lying.
Human cells have been grown in monkey embryos by scientists in the US, sparking ethical concerns and warnings that it "opens a Pandora's box". Those behind the research say their work could help tackle the severe shortage of transplant organs as well as enable better overall understanding of human health, from the development of disease to ageing. But some experts in the UK have highlighted the significant ethical and legal challenges posed by the creation of such hybrid organisms and called for a public debate.
In a flurry of statements, the US published a vast trove of information about Russian intelligence activities, including naming front organisations and individuals who have worked with Moscow in recent years.
Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Rabyov, has warned the US Navy to stay away from the Black Sea amid rising tensions between his country and Ukraine.
New research suggests the universe is teaching itself physics as it evolves. The researchers want to use this study to spin off a whole new area of cosmology research. The “learning” of the universe is similar to evolution. In fascinating new research, cosmologists explain the history of the universe as one of self-teaching, autodidactic algorithms.
A microbe that feeds on radioactivity has been at an evolutionary standstill for up to 175 million years, researchers say. First discovered three kilometres down a South African gold mine, the microbe (Candidatus Desulforudis audaxviator) lives in water-filled pockets inside rocks far below the surface, feeding off the energy created in chemical reactions caused by natural radioactivity in minerals.
Russia is revisiting its Soviet space heritage for a new series of missions that will take the nation back to the moon. The first of those missions, dubbed Luna 25, is scheduled to launch this October, ending a 45-year drought of Russian moon landings with the nation's first arrival at the south pole, where, like everyone else targeting the moon, Russian scientists want to study water locked below the surface in permanent ice.
SpaceX has already proved that it’s better at building human-carrying spacecraft than Boeing. Now its busy operation schedule is actually hampering Boeing’s effort to catch up. SpaceX has so many missions scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station in the coming months that there are no docking ports available for Boeing to conduct test flights with.
Pfizer Guide: A third dose of the vaccine is likely to be required.
Turkey introduces a ban on paying for goods or services in cryptocurrencies.
Banks and insurers in the United Kingdom (UK) have transferred more than £ 1 trillion (€ 1.2 trillion) in assets to the European Union as a result of Brexit.
Ukraine has reported that Russia, which is concentrating more troops in the Black Sea, has blocked access to this body of water and is provoking Ukrainian warships.
The Pentagon has abandoned plans to deploy two warships in the Black Sea, a decision worried about growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe, which has been exploring the asteroid Bennu since late 2018, has finally turned home.
The best way to develop a child's concentration is to learn by playing.
Researchers at Purdue University have developed the whitest paint in the world, which reflects 98.1% of sunlight. This is a huge achievement, as current solar reflective coatings do so with 80-90% efficiency. Scientists are convinced that the paint they create can serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to air conditioners.
Elderlies wisdom testifies that a child not grown up by a belt does not grow up to be a responsible person. Science would like to change this: a beaten child grows up as a person with PTSD and communication problems. Physical punishment not only harms children but also does not work. Children do not do better because of this, but simply avoid what actually causes physical pain - communication with their parents. A new study by Harvard University has revealed that physical punishment changes the structure of children’s brains. They are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and other mental health disorders.
Ghanaian actress Rosemond Brown, popularly known as Akuapem Poloo, has been sentenced to three months in prison for posting a naked photo of herself on social media beside her son.
YouTube blocks preacher over gay cure claim.
Eight people have been arrested by Islamic police in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano for allegedly refusing to fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The Mozambican government has banned the import of poultry products from South Africa because of an outbreak of bird flu.
New arrests in Myanmar as protests continue.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered all teachers to have a Covid-19 vaccine irrespective of their age.
China's economy grew 18.3% in post-Covid comeback.
Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 14 months in prison after being found guilty of unauthorized assembly.
Protecting South Africa's 'green gold', a major grower of avocados but it's facing a battle to stop them being stolen, thefts are estimated to be costing the farmers more than $ 1 million a year.
At least 10 people have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after drinking out-of-date powdered orange-flavored drinks in the northern Nigerian state of Kano.
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has returned from London, where he had traveled for medical check-ups.
The Lesotho-based manufacturer has been allowed to export cannabis products for medicinal use to the European Union (EU). It became the first manufacturer in Africa to export medicinal cannabis flower to the EU.
The Patriotic US Millionaires are asking the government to take more of their money.
Human rights groups in Algeria have warned that 23 pro-democracy prisoners who are on hunger strike could die, and should be released immediately. In a statement posted on social media, the eight organizations - including the Algerian League for Human Rights - said some of the 23 detainees were facing health complications, after refusing food for more than a week. They have been charged with "damaging national unity" and holding an unarmed gathering, following their arrest on April 7 at a protest in the capital, Algiers, organized by the Hirak movement, which demands sweeping political change.
The US envoy to the United Nations has called for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia "immediately" after reports of rape and sexual violence.
Citigroup to exit consumer banking in 13 markets, the US banking group will shut down its retail operations in countries including China and India.
Therapy with surrogate sexual partners is used in Israel to rehabilitate badly injected soldiers.
The US has announced sanctions against Russia in response to what it says are cyber-attacks and other hostile acts. The measures, which target dozens of Russian entities and officials, aim to deter "Russia's harmful foreign activities," the White House said.
Chile inside Covid surge despite vaccination success, the country's vaccination rollout is one of the fastest in the world.
Design chosen for Mosul mosque blown up by IS, Egyptian architects will rebuild the landmark al-Nuri Mosque in the northern Iraqi city.
A court in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan has handed down a life sentence to a former warlord, Amadé Ouérémi, for his role in the massacres that were carried out in the west of the country following the disputed election in late 2010. The UN said 300 people were killed in Duékoué although the International Committee of the Red Cross said more than 800 died in a single day - 29 March 2011. At the time Ivory Coast was in the grip of a civil war - which arose from Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to step down as president after losing an election to Alassane Ouattara.
A court in France has sentenced three airmen to life in prison for the killing of nine French peacekeeping soldiers and an American aid worker in Ivory Coast 17 years ago.
Spain passes child abuse law backed by UK pianist, MPs vote to widen protection for children, including extending time limits for reporting abuse.
A Malawi court has said businessman Thomson Mpinganjira - accused of attempting to bribe election judges - has a case to answer, which paves the way for a full trial.
China 'can save $ 1.6 trillion by scrapping coal', Beijing black close 588 coal-fired power plants in a decade to meet climate pledges.
Four suspected members of a counterfeit ring producing fake Covid-19 negative certificates have been arrested.
A memo allowing all female civil servants in The Gambia to leave work two hours early during Ramadan has been criticized as sexist.
France has urged all its citizens in Pakistan to leave the country temporarily amid violent anti-French protests across the country.
A Canadian politician has apologized after appearing naked in a video call with colleagues. "My video was accidentally turned on as I was changing into my work clothes after going for a jog," he said.
One of the closest aides of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny - lawyer and journalist Lyubov Sobol - has been sentenced to a year of community service for trespass. She was found guilty of forcibly entering the apartment of an alleged agent suspected of involvement in last year's chemical attack on Navalny. Denying trespass, she said she had just knocked on Konstantin Kudryavtsev's door, hoping to interview him. Navalny is a hunger strike in jail.
Bolivian Minister 'took a bag stuffed with $ 20,000', Minister for Rural Development Edwin Characayo receiving a bribe outside a café.
Turkey says it has accepted an invitation to send a diplomatic delegation to Egypt, as efforts to improve strained relations between the two countries continue.
A group of school students in Texas have been disciplined for setting up a "Slave Trade" messaging group that assigned prices to their black peers. Messages shared on the Snapchat app at a school in Aledo said one student was worth a dollar and another "100 bucks". The school district conducted an inquiry and found "racial harassment and cyberbullying" had occurred. But some parents accused authorities of failing to respond appropriately.
'Inspiring' WW1 messenger's Victoria Cross sold, Pte James Towers' medal, received for his bravery delivering orders under fire, sells for £ 248,000.
Australia is in hysterics over 'navy twerking', dancers in hotpants at a military event have sparked a heated debate about women, sex and power.
Ex-officer charged over killing of black motorist, the former officer who shot Daunte Wright in Minneapolis faces a charge of second-degree manslaughter.
The Dutch owners of a ship whose 15 crew members were kidnapped off the coast of Benin last month say they have been freed.
As the pandemic rages in Brazil, hundreds of babies and young children are dying of Covid.
'It's time to end America's longest war', 'I will not pass Afghan war on to the fifth president', President Biden announces the withdrawal of all US troops by 11 September.
Iran boosts uranium enrichment after 'wicked' attack, President Hassan Rouhani says it is responding to the incident at the Natanz nuclear facility.
Suspected Boko Haram militants have attacked a humanitarian hub in north-east Nigeria's Borno State. The jihadists ransacked the police headquarters in the town of Damasak as well as schools, shops and homes.
Bernie Madoff, a Wall Street financier disgraced after he admitted to one of the biggest frauds in US financial history, has died in prison at age 82. His death was announced by the Bureau of Prisons. Mr Madoff had been serving a 150-year sentence after he pleaded guilty in 2009 to running a Ponzi scheme, which paid investors with money from new clients rather than actual profits. It collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis.
Tributes are still pouring in after a Kenyan conservation group announced the death of "one of Africa's last great super-tusker" elephants.
US opioid deaths have skyrocketed during the Covid pandemic.
Junior doctors in Sierra Leone have gone on strike over an alleged assault at one of their colleagues working at the country’s main referral hospital. It follows a strike by cleaners that left filth strewn all over the hospital for more than a week. The doctors' association said one of their female members had been physically assaulted by senior government officials during an incident at Connaught Hospital.
The Campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says there has been an increase in the number of people jailed for being LGBT + in Cameroon, and is calling on the government to release them.
A $ 30m scheme failed to stop school abductions, the 2014 student abductions led to a plan backed by the UK but little has come of it seven years on.
At least 20 children have died after they became trapped in a fire at a school in Niger's capital, Niamey. The children were in lessons, many in straw-hut classrooms. The flames blocked the school gate, so most pupils had to escape over a wall, most of those who did not manage to escape were attending the school's nursery.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says the new Libyan government has agreed to discuss the highly controversial issue of maritime borders in the eastern Mediterranean.
Tokyo Olympics 100-day countdown begins.
Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak is banned from all cricket for eight years for corruption offences.
Rare water storm in Rwanda sparked a reaction, a statement from the country's meteorological department said the powerful, funnel-shaped column of water was occurring because of differences between the temperatures on the lake and the clouds hanging above. The weatherman said this kind of cloud usually produces rain, thunder and lightning.
Stolen Roman statue found in a Brussels antique shop, the headless figure, estimated to be worth € 100,000, disappeared from a site near Rome 10 years ago.
US college returns Mayan urn to Mexico, the urn, made between 900 and 1600 AD, has been housed at Albion College, Michigan, since 1969.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (Minusma) has condemned the assassination of a rebel leader who was a signatory to a 2015 peace accord.
Suez Canal ship held over $ 900m compensation claim, the Ever Given's insurers call Egypt's claim "extraordinarily large" and "largely unsupported".
Sputnik V becomes third vaccine approved in India.
Somalia president signs law extending his term.
Toshiba president steps down amid $ 20bn buyout bid, Nobuaki Kurumatani is leaving after the firm received an offer from his former employer, CVC.
Somalia's president has stripped former Police Commander Sadaq Omar Hassan, also known as Sadaq John, of his military rank after he was sacked by the police chief. Because he had warned the country's parliament not to hold a session on delayed elections.
New Zealand is becoming the world's first country to bring in a law forcing its financial firms to report on the effects of climate change. The country wants to be carbon neutral by 2050 and says the financial sector needs to play its part. Banks, insurers and fund managers can do this by knowing the environmental impact of their investments, says its Climate Change Minister James Shaw.
Israel may be close to herd immunity to Covid, a leading doctor describes it as the "only explanation" for cases falling as restrictions are eased.
Bitcoin mining in China will exceed energy consumption of 181 countries by 2024, study warns.
When scientists talk about ocean stability, they refer to how much the different layers of the sea mix with each other. A recent study analyzed over a million samples and found that, over the past five decades, the stability of the ocean increased at a rate that was six times faster than scientists were anticipating. Ocean stability is an important regulator of the global climate and the productivity of marine ecosystems which feed a substantial portion of the world's people. It controls how heat, carbon, nutrients and dissolved gasses are exchanged between the upper and lower layers of the ocean. So while a more stable ocean might sound idyllic, the reality is less comforting. It could mean the upper layer trapping more heat, and containing less nutrients, with a big impact on ocean life and the climate.
Belarus intends to introduce customs duties on exports of softwood roundwood.
Russia has suspended most air travel to Turkey due to what it says is a growing number of coronavirus infections, a move that cut off the country’s main source of revenue from tourism amid tensions over Ankara’s support for Ukraine.
Lithuania, the flow of “Lithuanian mail” income has already grown by 45% to 14 million this year.
The Strasbourg court ruled for the first time on compulsory vaccination of children that compulsory vaccination can be considered necessary in democratic societies, after examining a claim considered essential by a group of Czech families for compulsory vaccination of children.
Scientists say we can sift uranium out of seawater.
"FST explodes Russia" - This book has never been published in Russia, the documentary "Attack on Russia" made in 2002 - also banned, many participants and witnesses of these events, as well as one of the authors of this book Alexander Litvinenka - - dead.
Decades of searching are over: finally, scientists have discovered such rare naturally occurring blue pigments, we will be able to replace synthetic food colors.
The Japanese authorities have decided to release treated water from the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, despite fierce opposition from local fishermen to such plans.
Police chief resigns over black motorist's death, the shooting of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis was described by police as accidental but sparked unrest.
The European Union has criticized a decision taken by Somalia’s lower house of parliament to extend the president’s term by two years.
Masked men destroy printers at a controversial HK newspaper, CCTV shows four men storming the Epoch Times newspaper printing plant and destroying equipment.
Mexico arrests 30 marines over disappearances, the victims went missing in 2014 when the marines were deployed near the US border.
The owners of the ship that ran aground and blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week say it has not been given permission to leave the waterway. The Egyptian authorities recently said the vessel would not be allowed to depart until an investigation was completed, and compensation paid.
Thousands of machines used to refine nuclear material were destroyed or damaged in an attack at a key site. Alireza Zakani, head of the Iranian parliament's Research Center, said the incident had "eliminated" Iran's ability to carry out the process. The attack took place in a facility up to 50m (165ft) underground. Iran has blamed Israel for what it called an act of "nuclear terrorism". Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement, but Israel public radio cited intelligence sources as saying it was a Mossad cyber-operation. Iran says it will replace the affected centrifuges - machines used to refine, or enrich, the chemical element uranium for use in nuclear energy or potentially nuclear bombs - with more advanced ones.
Italian man admits £ 26m celebrity raids, a series of burglaries targeted at the west London homes of multimillionaire celebrities.
UN human rights experts have called on the Ugandan government to stop what they call a brutal crackdown on political opponents which began in the lead-up to January’s disputed elections.
Facebook removes a page of French town called Bitche, the social network says it mistakenly took down the town's official page.
The greater one-horned rhino came close to extinction, but a new count gives reasons to be cheerful.
German far-right group on trial for 'terror plot', twelve men are accused of planning attacks on migrants, Muslims and politicians in Germany.
Haitian leader pledges efforts to free seized clergy, the gang is demanding $ 1m in ransom for 10 kidnaped people, now of them clergy.
The Mozambican government says it needs more than $ 114m (£ 82m) for the socio-economic reconstruction of the district town of Palma, in northern Cabo Delgado province, recently vandalized by Islamist terrorists.
Prosecutors in Denmark have charged three Britons and three Americans with defrauding the Danish treasury of more than 1.1bn kroner ($ 175m; £ 130m; € 150m) through a German bank. Two British citizens have already been charged as part of a "cum-ex" trading fraud that swindled the treasury of a total of 12.7bn Danish kroner. Prosecutors believe the six charges are "the central principles" in the fraud. If found guilty, they could face 12 years in jail.
Sputnik V becomes the third vaccine approved in India, Russia's Sputnik V is considered to be safe and works in a way similar to the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
Rebels attack an area near Chad's border.
Beijing sends 25 military aircraft into Taiwan as the US warns against an 'increasingly aggressive' China.
Nigerian minister denies links to Boko Haram.
As Covid cases surge, India's wealthy lead global inquiries for citizenship and residency abroad.
Twitter to set up Africa HQ in Ghana, the micro-blogging site Twitter has announced that its Africa headquarters will be in Ghana.
The FBI arrested me 'who wanted to kill off the internet', the man allegedly wanted to bomb an Amazon data center to wipe out 70% of the online world.
Fire engulfs historic factory in St. Petersburg, the former textile factory has been a St. Petersburg landmark since 1841.
Conservative ex-banker elected President of Ecuador.
Huge crowds at Indian Hindu festival amid Covid wave.
Homes destroyed after cyclone hits Western Australia.
Two Nigerian soldiers 'killed in jihadist attack'.
Eritrea frees 36 Christians jailed for their faith.
An international charity says locust swarms, extreme weather and below average rainfall mean millions of people in Somalia will not have enough food.
Uganda and Tanzania have signed three key agreements aimed at developing Uganda’s oil and gas industry, during Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s first trip abroad.
The Caribbean island of St. Vincent has been blanketed in ash after the La Soufrière volcano erupted.
Alibaba accepts record fine and vows to change, China's regulators slapped a $ 2.8bn fine on the e-commerce giant over monopoly concerns.
Rescuers work to free trapped Chinese miners, twenty-one people are trapped underground after a coal mine flooded in the Xinjiang region.
New Brazil Christ statue to be taller than Rio's, a head and outstretched arms have been added to Christ the Protector in the southern city of Encantado.
US soldier faces guns and pepper spray in a traffic stop, a black army lieutenant is suing police after he was pulled over by two officers in Virginia.
Elephant calf rescued from the bottom of well in India.
'Dozens killed' in Myanmar city crackdown, activists say more than 80 people were killed in the city of Bago in protest against the military coup.
Veteran crime journalist shot dead in Greece, Giorgos Karaivaz was shot with a silenced weapon by two men on a moped outside his home in Athens.
Two hundred and forty six Michigan residents have tested positive for Covid-19 after being fully vaccinated, three of whom have died.
Ursula von der Leyen, the first female president of the European Commission, was “surprised” after being left without a chair during a meeting of the EU’s two presidents and Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and has demanded such a snub is never repeated. The German head of the commission was left visibly irritated at the start of the talks in Ankara with her two male counterparts, Erdoğan and Charles Michel, the former Belgian prime minister who is president of the European council.
Elon Musk's brain implant company Neuralink has released a video showing how it has taught a monkey which has a chip implant in the brain - Pager, a nine-year-old macaque - to play the video game Pong with its mind.
Scientists might have found evidence for a new force of nature - that could solve the universe’s deepest mysteries. There are four known forces of physics that supposedly govern the behavior of every particle and planet but experts have long suspected there must be more. And in an experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory outside Chicago, scientists may have discovered a fifth force after tiny particles known as muons were found to wobble at faster rates than expected. Electromagnetic force is responsible for electricity, magnetism, light, radio waves, and holds atoms together. The strong force holds quarks at the nucleus of an atom together and the weak force causes radioactive decay and also transforms particles. There are three particles that make up everything we see in the universe - electrons and the up and down quarks. And for reasons we don't understand there are also exotic fundamental particles, one of which is the moun. It is an unstable copy of the electron but only lives for about a millionth of a second and is 200 times heavier. The purpose of the experiment was to measure the magnetic strength of the muon. It did not agree with the precise calculation made using current theories and this means there’s something else affecting the muon’s behavior, which could be a new force of nature. This discovery could point towards an explanation to unanswered questions - why is the universe here, what is it made of, what is dark matter made of. Similar discoveries in the past have had a huge impact technologically, and quite often in unpredictable ways. The experiment has analyzed 6% of the data and will stimulate experiments where we look for signs of new particles. We’re on a journey that may bring us closer to understanding the universe.
The loss of a beloved man is the most painful ordeal for Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
The loss of a beloved man is the most painful ordeal for Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Prince Philip died at age 99. Heads of state in Europe and Africa, and other states mourn Prince Philip.
Iskander missiles are reportedly being transported to the Ukrainian border. In Donbass, Kiev-initiated military factors could prompt Russia to defend its citizens - then the "beginning of the end of Ukraine" would begin. Such a warning was issued by the deputy head of the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Furious Russia demands that Slovakia return Sputnik V vaccines. Slovakia and Russia have been embroiled in a dispute over a Russian vaccine against the coronavirus Sputnik V after an EU member reported that the vaccine sent to the country was different from the one confirmed by an authoritative medical journal.
When Belarus disconnected lines with Lithuania for the first time in its history, representatives of energy companies say that this did not affect the price of electricity in Lithuania.
A minority shareholder of Vilniaus Prekyba, one of the largest business groups in Lithuania, has illegally requested the suspension of the sale of the Akropolis shopping center, and will have to pay more than EUR 80 million in damages, the court ruled.
During March, the number of employees in Lithuanian companies increased by 1% - the number of employees grew in all areas, and the number of employees in industrial, food production and construction companies reached or exceeded pre-pandemic volumes. During the month, 1,855 new companies were established in Lithuania - more than ever before.
Lithuania, the manager of the Lidl store - a fine of 1,500 euros because buyers do not follow the quarantine rules.
Scientists are alluding to an interesting discovery: aging is a disease and we can already treat it with timely oral supplements.
Facebook: Programmers "extracted" data for 533 million users in 2019.
Techniques that encourage conscious dreaming have been independently tested for the first time and can be even more effective when combined with others. More than half of the participants deliberately dreamed during the trial, a record success rate achieved in just one week without the use of external intervention.
The baby, born in Iraq last year, has made history. This is the first recorded case of a man born with three penises.
The warm Gulf Ocean current that sustains life in Northern Europe is weaker than at any time in the last thousand years, according to sediment and ice cores. This discovery increases the likelihood that the current will weaken further, with catastrophic consequences for the United Kingdom and Ireland, and bad news for many other places.
Expert says George Floyd died from police actions, a forensic pathologist testifies that Mr Floyd's heart and lungs stopped because of a lack of oxygen.
Caribbean volcano erupts amid mass evacuation, La Soufrière on Saint Vincent island spews ash 6 km into the air, as 16,000 people are evacuated.
Two health workers in Cameroon have been suspended for three months without pay after an investigation looking into corruption and extortion claims against them. The suspension comes at a time when the ministry of public health is facing questions about how huge sums allocated to fight the spread of coronavirus have been spent by the ministry.
At least 40 people were burnt alive after a bus carrying flammable cargo crashed and burst into flames in the Democratic of Congo's province of Kwilu, east of the capital Kinshasa.
The images are captivating, but across France farmers are counting the cost after three nights of sub-zero temperatures. For many winemakers the 2021 harvest is ruined. Temperatures have dipped to record lows in some areas, and farmers have used every method they can to save their crops. Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie says they will declare an agricultural disaster.
Ugandan politician Bobi Wine has taken his bulletproof luxury vehicle to the tax body offices for re-evaluation. The High Court had dismissed an application from the politician seeking to block the assessment. The Uganda Revenue Authority had said it undervalued the vehicle not knowing it was bulletproof.
The Nigerian military has said 11 army personnel including a commander - who had been declared missing after an ambush in the central state of Benue - have been found dead.
Kenya gun factory triggers criticism, some Kenyans online are questioning the government's priorities over a four billion Kenya shillings ($ 37m; £ 27m) small arms factory near the capital Nairobi. President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the opening of the factory in Ruiru area.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has told citizens to prepare for hard times ahead, following warnings from rights groups that the country faces dire food shortages and economic instability.
Three held in an illegal immigrant boat supply probe, one of those arrested is a 33-year-old Hammersmith woman who was detained in Glasgow.
Egypt unearths a 3,000-year-old 'lost golden city', the city near Luxor has been hailed as one of the most important finds since Tutankhamun's tomb.
Thousands of asylum seekers from South Sudan have "been stuck for months in appalling conditions" in Ethiopia's western Gambella region, with 300,000 refugees in camps.
Kenya’s running low on anti-HIV drugs.
Man’s phone found in dried-up Taiwan lake a year on, Taiwan is suffering from its worst drought in decades.
A private company that imported the Sputnik V vaccine to Kenya is seeking to re-export it back to Russia.
US targets Myanmar's jade sector with sanctions, the sanctions on Myanmar Gems Enterprise are an attempt to deprive the military government of funds.
S Korean tanker and captain held in Iran 'freed', Iran seized the ship in January near the Strait of Hormuz amid tensions between the two countries.
The US has blacklisted seven Chinese groups it accuses of building supercomputers to help its military. It is the first move by the Biden administration to make it harder for China to obtain US technology. Three companies and four branches of China's National Supercomputing Center were added to the US blacklist.
'Satan Shoes' to be recalled as Nike settles case, the art collective that sold the customized sneakers will recall the shoes and offer full refunds.
Amazon held an early lead in the historic union election, workers in Alabama were voting on whether to create the first unionized warehouse in the US.
Spain halts sale of possible Caravaggio painting, initially priced at $ 1,800, the painting could be a long-lost Renaissance masterpiece, experts say.
Macron scraps hothouse school for French elite, a degree from the ENA has been the passport to the upper echelons of French politics for decades.
Covid patient given first living lung transplant, a woman in Japan becomes the world's first Covid patient to receive a transplant from living donors.
Police ask how a man lay dead in a flat for nine years, "How could it happen," police in Norway ask of the man who died with no-one reporting him missing.
Investigators in Rome have placed under house arrest a man who they say paid an attacker over the dark web to maim his ex-girlfriend. The suspect is accused of offering € 10,000 (£ 8,700; $ 12,000) in Bitcoin in return for the attack, which would have paralyzed the woman.
The Church of England has offered to return two Benin Bronze sculptures to Nigeria. It says the artefacts were acquired as gifts from Nigerian institutions in the 1980s.
Ten Covid-19 cases found in Irish hotel quarantine, Irish health authorities confirm 10 coronavirus cases among the 419 people in mandatory quarantine.
Uganda and Egypt have signed an agreement to share intelligence amid escalating tensions in the region over the building of a mega dam by Ethiopia on a tributary of the River Nile.
The bodies of 12 people, possibly foreigners, were found beheaded in the Mozambican town of Palma that was attacked by militant Islamists.
An aspiring Hollywood actor has been accused of scamming millions from film investors by tricking them with fake Netflix deals to fund a lavish lifestyle. Zachary Horwitz, 34, was arrested by FBI agents on suspicion of running a $ 690m (£ 502m) Ponzi scheme. Mr Horwitz, whose stage name is Zach Avery, allegedly raised funds from investors for film licensing deals with Netflix and HBO that did not exist. He was charged with wire fraud. If convicted, he could be jailed for up to 20 years.
Israel stands still to remember Holocaust victims, traffic stopped and people stood in silence to honor the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two.
Kenya hospital stops surgeries over oxygen shortage.
A journalist working with Kenya's state broadcaster was shot dead at her home in the outcasts of the capital Nairobi. Two gunmen entered Betty Barasa's home as she was driving in from work. They ordered her husband and children to lie on the ground and one of the gunmen took Ms Barasa to her bedroom. The family later heard two gunshots and the gunman walked out of the bedroom and left with the other one.
Security forces in Benin have fired tear gas to disperse opposition protesters ahead of Sunday's presidential election.
Tech giant Facebook says that it has removed more than a dozen accounts and pages on Facebook and Instagram "from Egypt that targeted Ethiopia, Sudan and Turkey.
Ugandans have reacted to the announcement that the government has allocated land for Senegalese-American singer Akon to build a city that will operate on his Akoin cryptocurrency.
Kenya's drugs authority has denied that a Kenyan has died from taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Bitcoin emissions in China exceed the total emissions of the Czech Republic and Qatar.
Beijing now has more billionaires than any city, China's capital has overtaken New York as it bounced back quickly from the pandemic
Navalny 'losing sensation in legs and hands', the Putin critic has been diagnosed with spinal hernias and his health is worsening.
Fumino Sugiyama is a transgender man, but Japanese law means he is not legally recognized as male.
Global warming is shrinking the Colorado River. That means less water for 40 million people.
UK halts Oxfam funding over new misconduct claims, it comes as workers were suspended over sexual exploitation, three years after a similar scandal.
US to restore $ 235m in aid to Palestinians, two-thirds will go to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, which Donald Trump stopped funding.
Sudan, doctors in Sudan's West Darfur region say five days of inter-ethnic clashes have left 87 people dead and close to 200 injured.
Brian Robson wants to find two Irish friends who helped him escape from Australia as a stowaway in 1965.
Applause for 104-year-old who beat Covid - twice, Carmen Hernandez was given a standing ovation as she left the hospital in Colombia.
Brazil's health system has 'collapsed' with Covid.
Top officers given life terms for Turkish coup plot, almost 500 people were on trial accused of involvement in the failed 2016 coup. CCTV footage shows a man being run over by a tank twice during the attempted coup in July 2016.
Six presidents plan urgent talks on the Mozambique crisis. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has said the meeting in the country's capital, Maputo, will deliberate on measures to address terrorism. The presidents of Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe are expected to attend.
An explosion has damaged an Iranian cargo ship anchored off Yemen's Red Sea coast that is allegedly used by the Revolutionary Guards for spying, Iran's foreign ministry has confirmed. The blast that targeted Saviz caused no casualties and was under investigation, a spokesman said; "The ship was a civilian ship stationed there to secure the region against pirates," he added.
Taiwan accuses China of 'vaccine diplomacy', it is claimed that Beijing promised millions of doses to Paraguay if it severed ties with Taipei.
France opens its archive on Rwanda genocide to the public. For the first time, France has opened to the public key archives relating to Rwanda in the four years up to 1994, 27 years from the start of the genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
Belgium's life expectancy fell from 82.1 years to 80.9.
Bulgaria's fell from 75.1 to 73.6 years.
Spain, with life expectancy among Europe's highest, fell from 84 to 82.4 years.
Italy's was down from 83.6 to 82.4.
In Lithuania, Poland and Romania life expectancy from birth was down by 1.4 years.
The Netherlands, France and Austria saw a decline of 0.7 years.
Teen saves boy after seeing crash live on TikTok, the 13-year-old raised the alarm after the boy crashed his quad bike during a live feed.
Fifa bans Chad from global football until further notice over government interference in the running of its football federation.
Dozens of people have been killed during several days of clashes on the border between Ethiopia's Afar and Somali regions.
Somalia international partners including IN, the US, Canada, the African Union and several European nations have called on leaders to compromise to allow elections to take place in the country.
Ghana's ministry of fisheries has asked people who consumed the dead fish that washed up at the coast to report so as to help with an ongoing probe.
Gunmen attacked and set ablaze a police station in south-east Nigeria hours after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's visit to assess the damage from an earlier raid.
Toshiba confirms $ 20bn takeover bid from British fund, the scandal-hit Japanese electronics giant has received an offer from CVC Capital Partners.
US state bans transgender youth treatment, Arkansas has become the first state to outlaw surgery for transgender people under the age of 18.
Kim Kardashian West joins billionaires' club, Forbes business magazine adds the US reality TV star to its list of the super-rich.
Man held over Van Gogh and Frans Hals art thefts, the two paintings were stolen in separate raids on museums last year but have not yet been recovered.
UK steps in with 11th-hour extra £ 250m to stay in EU research scheme. The government has stepped in at the 11th hour with an additional £ 250m in funding to help pay for the UK’s association with Horizon Europe, the European Union’s funding program for research and innovation.
Researchers are announcing a wonderful message: people vaccinated with COVID-19 do not seem to be spreading the disease.
The Russian Minister of Defense has announced that "planned" combat readiness exercises will be announced in all military districts of the country, from Kaliningrad to the Far East: in April, more than 100 training grounds and 520 military bases will be held over 4,000 military exercises.
The New York State Senate and Assembly on March 30 passed a bill to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
Zimbabwe, prominent opposition youth activist Makomborero Haruzivishe has been jailed for 14 months for inciting public violence and resisting arrest, which he denied.
Diplomats in Vienna are discussing how the US can lift sanctions and Iran return to compliance.
4,000-year-old slab is the oldest 3D map in Europe, the Bronze Age engravings are a map of part of Brittany, north-west France, researchers believe.
The replacement of Nigeria's police chief comes amid growing insecurity across Nigeria with various armed groups unleashing violence.
Eight people have been killed by gunmen in eastern Burkina Faso - an area that has seen frequent attacks by Islamist militants.
Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva won the "Mrs. Sri Lanka" title, but soon the crown was taken in an on-stage altercation. Last year's winner Caroline Jurie walked up to Ms De Silva and stripped her of the crown, accusing the winner of being divorced, which is against competition rules.
Thousands of Parisians post pictures of rubbish, but city officials blame a "smear campaign".
The Nigerian Taekwondo athlete has won a national gold medal while eight months pregnant.
Greenland's election, just 56,000 people will vote but the US, China and others have a stake in the result.
Women have launched a campaign - Lappa Revolution - compelling men to correct gender imbalances in Liberia's power structures.
Jordan bans reporting on royal rift, news about an alleged plot involving the ex-crown prince is too sensitive to be reported, officials say.
Covid-19 in India: Daily cases hit 100,000.
At least 157 people have been killed in Indonesia and East Timor in flash floods and landslides.
NI firms applying for new Covid recovery loans will have to do so within EU subsidy rules.
Australia to New Zealand travel bubble launched
Brisbane Airport in April as people flew out of the city prior to its lockdown. Both nations have contained Covid outbreaks and maintained very low or near-zero infection rates.
Sudan has declared a state of emergency in West Darfur state following inter-communal fighting that left at least 40 dead and thousands of people displaced.
More than 1,800 prisoners escape in Nigeria, six prisoners have reportedly returned while 35 had refused to escape in the attack by gunmen.
Dubai police arrest group over nude balcony shoot, eleven Ukrainian women were among those detained.
Emergency crews in Florida have been working to prevent a "catastrophic" flood after a leak was found in a large reservoir of toxic wastewater. More than 300 homes near Tampa Bay have been evacuated, and a highway near the Piney Point Reservoir has been closed.
French tycoon Bernard Tapie was attacked at home, the former Adidas owner and his wife were tied up and assaulted by burglars at their estate near Paris.
Ghana investigates after 60 dead dolphins wash up, officials warn people not to eat the dolphins given that it is still unclear why they died.
Mozambique town 'retaken' from militant Islamists, the military says it is now fully in control of Palma, which was invaded by militants on 24 March.
Striga - or 'witchweed' - is considered the number one pest threat to food security in Africa - destroying billions of dollars worth of crops each year.
French authorities investigate after an undercover video claims to show secret luxury dining.
Lorry boss apologizes over Taiwan train crash, at least 50 people died in crash, which was caused by a vehicle slipping onto the tracks.
Famous Indian music gurus accused of sexual assault, several women who have accused three famous classical musicians of sexual abuse.
Pope celebrates Easter mass under Covid, for the second consecutive year the mass took place behind closed doors.
Dublin women charged for refusing hotel quarantine, the pair were not aware of the regulations before they traveled to Dubai for plastic surgery.
'Speedboat drug smugglers' arrested in Spain, some 100 suspected gang members are accused of trafficking cannabis from Morocco.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that the Kingdom will spend more in the next 10 years than it has done in the past 300 years as he announces a new program to strengthen partnership with the private sector. During his announcement of the “Shareek” partner program between the private and public sectors, the Crown Prince announced that oil giant Aramco and petrochemical firm SABIC would lead investments of 5 trillion riyals ($1.3 trillion) by the local private sector by 2030.
A £24,000 statue of Greta Thunberg installed at a university has sparked anger among students who have branded it a "vanity project". The University of Winchester believes it is the world's first life-sized sculpture of the "inspirational" Swedish environmental activist. But the students' union said the funds could have been better spent.
Dwain McDonald, the chief executive of parcel delivery company DPD, has been sacked from his £1m-a-year job with “immediate effect” after an unspecified “internal investigation”.
The company has declined to explain why McDonald had been asked to leave the firm, or provide any details of the nature of the investigation.Dwain McDonald, the chief executive of parcel delivery company DPD, has been sacked from his £1m-a-year job with “immediate effect” after an unspecified “internal investigation”. The company has declined to explain why McDonald had been asked to leave the firm, or provide any details of the nature of the investigation.
EU warns ‘zero’ jabs shipped to UK until AstraZeneca meets bloc’s targets. A senior Brussels policymaker has sought to quash British hopes of obtaining AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in the EU, saying “zero” jabs would be shipped across the Channel if the company failed to meet its commitments to the bloc.
French court orders 'historic' demolition of seven wind turbines. Windfarm opponents are claiming a major victory after Hérault court ruled that the turbines must be demolished as they were built without the correct permission.
Arabian coins found in the US may unlock 17th-century pirate mystery. Discovery may explain the escape of Capt Henry Every after a murderous raid on Indian emperor’s ship. A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in the US state of Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve a centuries-old cold case.
Near the U.S. Capitol: A car crashed into two police officers near a building, a driver shot.
The Ukrainian president has accused Moscow of concentrating forces on its borders, and the United States has warned Russia not to intimidate Ukraine. The Kremlin has said that if Western troops are sent to Ukraine, Russia will "take measures". As agricultural machinery manufacturers approached sowing, they faced one sensitive problem: the lack of railway platforms for transporting their products. Operators approached by machine builders when it comes time to remove machinery say the platforms operated for that purpose have been taken over by soldiers for their own use.
Calls for bodycam video in Chicago boy's shooting, an investigation begins after a 13-year-old is killed in an "armed confrontation" with police.
The United Nations mission in Mali says four of its peacekeepers have been killed by suspected jihadists in the north of the country.
Uber ordered to pay $ 1.1m to blind passenger, Lisa Irving says she faced harassment and rejection after being refused rides on 14 occasions.
The EU accuses Beijing of harassing foreign journalists after John Sudworth's departure for Taiwan.
US Navy destroyer USS Johnston has been re-located and surveyed at a depth of 6,456m in the Philippine Sea.
Belgian police break up April Fools' 'festival', some 2,000 people attend a party that was announced on social media as a joke, defying Covid measures.
Olympian tried to smuggle $ 150m of cocaine, kayaking silver medalist Nathan Baggaley and his brother were found guilty by an Australian court.
Doctors at state-run hospitals in Nigeria have embarked on an indefinite strike over pay, inadequate facilities and lack of protective equipment.
Venice bans cruise ships from historic center, critics argue the ships erode the city's foundations and cause flooding and pollution.
Eurovision gets green light to allow 3,500 fans, the song contest's Dutch venue would be half full and fans would need a negative Covid test.
Gunmen have attacked the former head of Nigeria's central bank, Prof Charles Soludo, killing three policemen guarding him.
Top Hong Kong activists found guilty for protests, media tycoon Jimmy Lai and veteran politician Martin Lee are among those facing time in prison.
Taiwanese chip-maker announces $ 100bn investment, TSMC is the world's largest advanced semiconductor producer and counts Apple as its key client.
Police in Nigeria have launched a radio station in the hopes of improving their relationship with ordinary citizens.
Microsoft to sell augmented reality goggles to the army, the tech giant will provide around 120,000 headsets to the US army in a 10-year deal worth $ 21.9bn.
'Drugs worth £ 12m' seized in NI-Belgium operations, part of the investigations involved "the largest cannabis seizure to date in NI", in Newry, County Down.
Navalny goes on hunger strike over jail treatment, Russia's leading opposition figure demands access to a doctor of his choice to treat serious back pain.
Remains of an abducted Swiss missionary found in Mali, Béatrice Stöckli had been working in Timbuktu when she was kidnapped by jihadists in 2016.
The US embassy in Eritrea seems to have entered the fray in the debate over the country's independence from Ethiopia, saying Eritreans are "very proud of their hard-won struggle for independence" and it was "looking forward" to the nation's "upcoming birthday" .
Italian officer 'caught selling secrets to Russia', military police say they detained a navy officer as he exchanged documents with a Russian official.
The US says it has received $ 335m (£ 243m) from Sudan to compensate victims of the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and a warship two years later.
Tony Hernández, the brother of the President of Honduras, will spend his life in prison for drug trafficking.
Dinosaur found in Argentina, the animal had horns and a large skull making it a fearsome predator around 85 million years ago.
Japan man fined $ 80 after Netflix star's suicide, the man posted abusive messages to Hana Kimura, star of the reality show, Terrace House.
Police in Tunisia have fired tear gas at protesters demanding more job opportunities.
Xiaomi to invest $ 10bn in electric vehicle race.
China sets its sights on the Middle East with Iran co-operation deal, the strategic accord will help expand Chinese influence in the region and challenge US dominance.
The return of the Iberian wolf, a plan to ban hunting of wolves in north-west Spain worries farmers but is hailed by conservationists.
Researchers have developed a device that will collect 5G energy, scientists believe that a 5G connection could become a source of energy for various devices.
An Indonesian oil refinery on the island of Java caught fire and turned into a huge column of fire and smoke.
NATO intercepts Russian planes '10 times in a day ', the Western military alliance says it responded to an "unusual peak of flights" in several areas.
UN finds French air strike killed Mali civilians.
Swiss army allows women's underwear for recruits, under the current system, uniforms issued to military personnel include only men's underwear.
Nike is suing Brooklyn art collective MSCHF over a controversial pair of "Satan Shoes" that contain a drop of real human blood in the soles. The $ 1,018 (£ 740) trainers, which feature an inverted cross, a pentagram and the words "Luke 10:18", were made using a modified Nike Air Max 97s. MSCHF released 666 pairs of the shoes in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X and says they sold out in less than a minute. Nike claims trademark infringement.
A collaborative effort between Chinese police and gaming giant Tencent has led to the closure of what police say is the biggest ever video-game-cheat operation. The gang designed and sold cheats to popular video games, including Overwatch and Call of Duty Mobile. Roughly $ 76m (£ 55m) in revenue was made by the organization which charged a subscription fee to clients. Police seized assets worth $ 46m, including several luxury cars. The operation was called "Chicken Drumstick", and had a website selling to "hundreds of countries and regions". Subscription prices for users began at around $ 10 a day, and up to $ 200 a month.
The International Criminal Court has upheld the war crimes conviction against the Congolese rebel leader, Bosco Ntaganda. The former commander - who was named the Terminator because of his brutality - had appealed against his 30-year jail sentence given to him in 2019. He was found guilty in 18 counts including murder, rape and using child soldiers and was the first person to be convicted by the court for sexual slavery. The charges related to crimes carried out in the mineral- rich Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003.
Tanzania authorities arrest port boss for embezzlement, Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) Director-General Deusdedit Kakoko has been arrested over alleged embezzlement of 3.6bn Tanzanian shillings ($ 1.5m; £ 1m).
President of Sierra Leone: '$ 10,000 and a plot of land ... if you qualify'. Sierra Leone's president promises the football team a big incentive to reach the Africa Cup of Nations.
Tunisian-French rapper Swagg Man has been jailed by a Tunisian court for five years for money laundering and fraud.
Portugal says it will send troops to its former colony, Mozambique, following an Islamist attack on a town in the north of the country.
Woman's death in Mexico police custody stirs anger, Mexico's president said the mother-of-two from El Salvador had been "brutally treated and murdered".
Japan's cherry blossom 'earliest peak since 812', the early peak is thought to be linked to climate change as spring temperatures rise.
A South African ballet dancing school and a shopping mall have joined forces to offer socially distanced ballet dancing lessons to children.
US to seize Top Glove products over labor abuses, Customs and Border Protection says the Malaysian firm uses forced labor to make disposable gloves.
A glacier in western Uganda is disappearing, endangering the traditions of those who live nearby.
Lebanon, the crisis-hit country has been without a government for more than seven months.
US threatens tariffs on UK goods in 'tech tax' row. Ceramics, make-up and furniture could be hit amid a row over a new UK tax on tech firms.
Libya seizes 1,000 migrants off its coast in two days.
Czech Republic's richest man dies in Alaska crash. Billionaire investor Petr Kellner and four others died on a heli-skiing trip in remote Alaska.
Assailants killed two Ivorian soldiers during an attack at a northern military camp near the border with Burkina Faso.
French company fined over weight loss pill deaths, the drug was authorized for overweight diabetics but is believed to have killed hundreds of people.
Facebook and Google are planning two new undersea internet cables to connect South East Asia to North America.
A journalist in Chad has gone missing days after covering protests held in the country.
Customs officials in Ecuador discovered 185 baby tortoises packed inside a suitcase that was being sent from the Galapagos Islands to the mainland. The reptiles had been wrapped in plastic and were found during a routine inspection at the main airport on the island of Baltra.
Kenya’s largest refugee camps are shutting down. Combined, the Dadaab and Kakuma camps are home to more than 410,000 people.
Brisbane to enter a third lockdown over seven cases, the Australian city of about two million people is to enter a snap three-day lockdown.
The Sudanese government has signed a declaration of principles that calls for freedom of religion and cultural identity in a democratic state. The agreement also seeks to separate religion and the state. “No religion shall be imposed on anyone and the state shall not adopt any official religion,” the signed document states.
Australia's Nine TV network hit by cyber-attack.
Kurdish forces enter Syrian camp to expel IS group, nine people were arrested after recent violent incidents, some fatal, at the Syrian camp.
Mexico revises Covid death toll up by 60%, the revised figures indicate Mexico has the second highest number of Covid-related deaths in the world.
Video shows US police berating a child aged five, the boy's mother is suing Maryland Police, saying her son suffered emotional trauma in the incident.
Barcelona holds a huge concert after testing crowds, the pilot project aims to see if mass Covid testing will allow the return of big events.
Suicide bomb attack targets Indonesian church, at least 14 people are injected as worshipers leave a Palm Sunday service in Makassar on Sulawesi.
Myanmar's deadliest day since its coup, security forces opened fire on protesters as military leaders marked the country's Armed Forces Day.
Brazilian president ordered to pay journalist damages, a judge says Bolsonaro damaged a reporter's honor by suggesting she offered sex for information.
Facebook freezes Maduro's page over Covid claim, Venezuela's president will not be able to post for 30 days for disinformation over a herbal remedy.
The vaccine misinformation battle raging in France, online conspiracy theories are exacerbating existing vaccine skepticism.
Belarus banned from Eurovision over song lyrics, the country has been disqualified for twice fielding songs deemed to have broken competition rules.
A rare daytime fireball meteor triggered a loud sonic boom across parts of the United Kingdom and France over the weekend. The sonic boom occurred at 2:50 p.m. local time on Saturday (March 20) and was reportedly heard in southwest England, Wales and northern France. At first, now people assumed that the noise was the result of fighter jets, but the Ministry of Defense quickly announced that this couldn't have been the case.
Human penises are shrinking because of pollution, warns scientists, and has found that chemicals called phthalates are causing human babies to be born with malformed genitals.
Belarus calls for resumption of protests.
Lithuanian state-owned electricity transmission operator Litgrid intends to pay dividends of EUR 16.5 million.
The value of the sale transaction of the home appliance manufacturing business is approximately 3.7 billion euros. The business is being sold to global investment firm Hillhouse Capital, Philips reports.
The first batch of Heckler & Koch SFP9 SF Paddle pistols was handed over to the Lithuanian Armed Forces from Germany.
The self-contained soft robot, developed by Chinese scientists, worked independently for the first time at a depth of 10,900 meters - in the Marianas bed.
At least 32 killed in Egypt train crash.
Ships stuck in 'traffic jam' outside the Suez Canal, the queue has grown rapidly since a container vessel became wedged. Suez blockage is holding up $ 9.6bn of goods a day, the stranded mega-container ship is delaying $ 400m (£ 292m) an hour in goods that can't be moved east or west.
France has nominated the baguette for inclusion on UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage register.
Officials in northern Mali have accused French forces of killing six civilians in an airstrike.
Fox News sued for $ 1.6bn over election fraud claim, conservatives baselessly claimed that the Dominion Voting System rigged the 2020 vote against Donald Trump.
The EU will take further action if AstraZeneca does not deliver Covid-19 jabs.
Malawi has for the second time stopped the export of "a precious stone" to China because it had been sold below its true value. Government officials approved the sale of the boulder for two million kwacha ($ 2,500; £ 1,800) and it was due to be exported to China.
A teenage referee has caught the eyes of Zambian football enthusiasts with his skill as the main match official. Raphael Mbotela, 16, has been refereeing matches since the age of 13.
China bans UK MPs after Uighur abuse sanctions, five MPs are among nine Britons targeted by China after the UK took action over human rights abuses.
Irish government repays £ 3.23bn UK bailout loan, the money was borrowed as part of Ireland's international bailout in 2010.
Heavy fighting for control of the strategic town of Palma in north-eastern Mozambique has now entered its third day. Government forces in Mozambique are trying to repel an attack by Islamist militants.
Comoros football team make history, the tiny island nation have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time
Police in Liberia charged and detained an official of the main opposition Unity Party, Mohammed Ali, over his Facebook posts. The authorities are linking the posts to “arson attacks” at the headquarters of the National Elections Commission and the home of an associate justice of the Supreme Court in the capital, Monrovia.
Five killed as tornadoes sweep Alabama, deaths and property destruction are reported as the powerful storm batters the southern US state.
University to pay $ 1bn over doctor abuse claims, the University of Southern California settlement is the biggest payout in higher education history.
Nike, H&M face China fury over Xinjiang cotton, the two brands face threats of boycotts for expressing concern over Uighur forced labor claims.
An extradition agreement between France and Algeria has been enacted in France after it was approved by the French parliament. The deal signed in 2019 would allow the handover of wanted suspected criminals between the two countries.
In Niger say 11 people have been killed in three separate jihadist attacks in the west of the country. The militants arrived in villages on motorbikes, they stole livestock, set classrooms on fire and looted a health center. This is the second time the three villages have been attacked this year.
An auto repair shop in Georgia has been accused of delivering a final wage package to a departing employee by dumping a pile of oil-covered pennies on his driveway - 91,500 of them. The pennies required to the $ 915 (£ 667) that Andreas Flaten said he was owed by A OK Walker Autoworks.
Ulster Bank fined € 38m for 'serious failings', the fine on Ulster Bank is the largest ever imposed by Ireland's Central Bank.
NZ approves paid leave after miscarriages, parliament backs legislation providing three days of paid leave for mothers and their partners.
The governor of Kenya's western Kisumu county has suspended local officials who were filmed dragging a fruit vendor along the road. Local media report that the woman had refused to give a bribe. She was selling oranges and lemons on a pavement in the city where hawking is prohibited. The woman told journalists that one of the officials seated at the back of the pick-up truck held her hand and refused to let her go as the vehicle sped off.
Japan lights Olympic torch, it was all supposed to happen in 2020, but Japan has finally kicked off its Olympic torch relay.
Facebook removes 'China-based hackers' over Uighurs, the social media company says journalists and activists living abroad were being targeted.
A Namibian high court is to decide whether a gay man can return home with his twin daughters, who were born to a surrogate mother in neighboring South Africa.
India temporarily halts exports of AstraZeneca jab, the doses are needed for the country's own rollout amid a rise in cases.
Pope cuts cardinals' pay as pandemic bees, Cardinals and other clerics will see salaries reduced in order to protect jobs.
A Somali anti-corruption body says bribery is rife in the country. In a new study, Marqaati found that in parts of the capital, Mogadishu, 50% of respondents said they had paid bribes last year.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says Eritrean soldiers killed more than 100 civilians in the city of Aksum in Tigray at the end of November.
A Myanmar girl, 7, shot 'as she ran into father's arms', Khin Myo Chit was killed by security forces in her home, becoming the crackdown's youngest victim.
The Ugandan authorities have arrested four people suspected of killing six lions in one of the country's most famous parks.
The world's largest coal company bets on solar power, Coal India Limited chairman predicts that solar will replace coal as India's major energy provider.
The rebel administration in eastern Libya has officially handed power to the country's new interim government, based in the capital, Tripoli.
Fears for democracy as buoyant Bangladesh turns 50, half a century after its birth, millions are no longer in poverty - but democratic space has shrunk.
Russia's president wants to encourage people to get vaccinated but gets his jab behind closed doors.
For 50 years, the research community has been hunting unsuccessfully for the so-called Odderon particle. Now, a Swedish-Hungarian research group has discovered the mythical particle with the help of extensive analysis of experimental data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. In 1973, two French particle physicists found that, according to their calculations, there was a previously unknown quasi-particle. The discovery sparked an international hunt.
In October-December last year, Facebook removed a total of 1.3 billion fake accounts.
15 volunteers voluntarily closed in the cave for 40 days without light - in the latest social experiment, the volunteers will not have any light source, telephones, clocks or other equipment that can show the time.
China has banned all Tesla vehicles in its military complexes and accommodation units due to privacy concerns.
Just 40 km from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, a volcano that has been idle for 900 years erupted in the evening. Researchers at the base of Iceland's Mount Fagradalsfjall have been using its lava to heat up snacks.
Niger hit by deadliest 'jihadist' raids, the death toll from co-ordinated attacks on three villages rises to 137 - the worst of its kind.
Authorities in Colorado have identified the 10 victims killed in a mass shooting inside a grocery store, as well as the alleged gunman. The attack at a King Soopers in Boulder ended when police took the lone suspect into custody after exchanging fire. Police have not confirmed a motive. The suspect faces 10 counts of murder.
Kenya Airways has made a record net loss of $ 332m (£ 241m) in 2020, compared to $ 118 million the previous year. The 179% increase in loss has been attributed to a complete shutdown in international air travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The national carrier reported that passenger numbers reduced by 65.7% to 1.8 million in the reported year, leading to a $ 473m loss in revenue.
Gambian lawmakers voted to uphold a ban on skin bleaching following a heated debate in parliament.
The Belize Football Federation expresses its "disappointment and disgust" after a bus taking the national team to their hotel in Haiti is held up by an armed gang.
The third wife of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who died earlier this month, is expected to pick the late monarch's successor. Queen Mantfombi MaDlamini, who has been named the interim leader of the Zulu pending the installation of a new king, is expected to appoint the king from among her sons.
Police in Uganda announced that they had arrested an American citizen “for his alleged involvement in anti-government subversive activities”.
Writer charged for calling Poland's Duda a 'moron', could face up to three years in jail for his Facebook post criticizing the president.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's first ever tweet has been sold for the equivalent of $ 2.9m (£ 2.1m) to a Malaysia-based businessman. The tweet, which said "just setting up my twttr," was first published on March 21, 2006 and was auctioned off by Mr Dorsey for charity.
Sydney's 'greatest concern' as floods sweep Australia, thousands have been evacuated but more heavy rain is set to come.
A television station in Afghanistan has sent all of its female employees home after four were killed by extremists.
Saudi Arabia proposes Yemen peace plan, the plan aims at ending six brutal years of civil war but rebels said it offered "nothing new".
Children die in stampede as Tanzania mourns leader, they were among tens of thousands who wanted to view the body of President John Magufuli.
Eritrea has condemned as "malicious" the European Union's decision to impose sanctions on its National Security Office (NSO) for alleged human rights abuses.
Turkish lira falls 15% after bank governor sacked, the outgoing central bank chief is the third exit in under two years under Turkey's President Erdogan.
Ikea France is a trial for snooping on staff, Ikea France is accused of spying on staff and customers using private detectives and police.
Mauritius has started using the Indian-made Covaxin vaccine after running out of its 100,000 doses of Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine.
US defense secretary on unannounced Afghan visit.
The Philippines asks China to withdraw more than 200 ships from disputed waters in the South China Sea.
The hunt for the Jamaican drug lord, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, in May 2010 which left dozens of civilians dead.
Death sentence for Pakistan motorway rape pair, two men raped a woman stranded on a motorway in front of her children last year.
Uganda Lions found dead in suspected poisoning, the six lions were found with their heads and paws hacked off, surrounded by dead vultures.
Russian pleads guilty to Tesla ransomware plot, he allegedly offered an employee $ 1m (£ 721,000) to install ransomware at a Nevada battery plant.
The police in Paris announced a "fruitful investigation" and a raid netting MDMA and ecstasy with a street value of over € 1m ($ 1.2m; £ 860,000). But it has turned out to be fruitful in a different way. Sources close to the investigation now say the pink powder was in fact ground up sweets, or more specifically, "crushed Tagada strawberry" made by Haribo, one of the most popular brands of sweets in France.
A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, finds that sperm counts have dropped almost 60% since 1973. Following the trajectory we are on, Swan's research suggests sperm counts could reach zero by 2045.
Following the court ruling, Uber changes in the UK: carriers are guaranteed a minimum wage, paid leave.
During the meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, the US and China poured criticism to the other side on human rights, trade and international alliances for several hours.
Seaweed is a multicellular algae that is often used for food as well. Seaweed is a variety of seafood dishes. Plus, it’s a healthy snack. However, California researchers believe that some seaweed should be left in the cows as well.
Probably an unenviable situation - a sea wolf, sleeping on an iceberg, drifted from the Arctic to Northern Ireland, where they do not usually live.
The Starlink project, owned by US billionaire Elon Musk, has already launched more than 1,000 satellites, and by 2026 the number is expected to reach about 12,000, and the Starlink project will surely lead to the promised internet coup.
Russian scientists have sunk one of the world's largest underwater space telescopes to glimpse the universe through the clear waters of Lake Baikal.
As early as 1983, the CIA wrote a vague report on the "gate experience," stating that a changed state of human consciousness could transcend space and time.
Thousands of mice plague Australian town, Gilgandra, New South Wales, say it's their worst infestation in decades.
A White House spokeswoman said the US president is "doing 100% fine" after he stumbled while boarding Air Force One.
Finland ranked happiest country in the world again, Denmark is in second place, followed by Switzerland and Iceland in the World Happiness Report.
A BBC journalist detained in Myanmar, was taken away by plainclothes men, as eight more people were reported killed by security forces.
Canadian businessman accused of espionage has ended in China with no verdict.
Heavy rain unearths ancient Greek bull figurine, a bronze statuette believed to be at least 2,500 years old is found near the ancient site of Olympia.
The woman who is Tanzania's new president, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan steps up after the death of President John Magufuli.
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has sent his congratulations to Tanzania's newly inaugurated president, saying he hopes they can work together to tackle coronavirus.
At least 114 people with albinism have disappeared in Mozambique over the past seven years, the southern African country’s human rights commission says. There are 55 ongoing criminal proceedings related to the disappearances. People with the condition are often killed in East and Southern Africa, their body parts used in charms which are believed to bring luck in love and fortune.
A five-month siege by jihadists of a village in Mali has been temporarily lifted following negotiations. Jihadists from an al-Qaeda affiliate laid siege to the village of Farabougou in central Mali last October. The village has been defended by hunters from the Dogon people. The Malian army has been unable to break the siege.
Climate strike held underwater by an activist in the Indian Ocean.
Mexican police convoy hit by deadly ambush, at least 13 officers died in the attack by a suspected criminal gang in the State of Mexico.
Spain legalizes euthanasia.
British exports to Ireland fall by almost € 1bn, that is a fall of 65% in a year, with the decline of GB food imports even steeper, down by 75%.
The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo says 30 people have been killed in fighting between government troops and the Codeco militia in the eastern province of Ituri. The military said 11 civilians, two soldiers and a policeman were killed. Sixteen militiamen died in an army counter-offensive.
Bryant widow sues LA police over 'graphic images', published the names of officers she says shared photos of the site of Bryant's death.
A man has completed a 4,600-mile solo row across the Atlantic to raise nearly £ 16,000 for a range of charities. Andrew Baker, 41, said the three-month voyage had been an "awesome adventure" despite "sleepless nights and crashing waves." The Manx advocate docked in Barbados, three months after departing from the southern tip of Portugal.
Russia withdraws its ambassador from Washington over future ties with the Biden administration.
Turkey moves to ban pro-Kurdish opposition party.
The founder of high-flying Chinese e-commerce group Pinduoduo has stepped down unexpectedly as chairman. Colin Huang is China's seventh richest person and is worth more than $ 50bn from his stake in the online firm. Mr Huang's exit comes as Pinduoduo overtook rival tech giants and Alibaba with 788m annual active buyers on its platform last year. But his company has been criticized for its work culture following the death of two employees recently.
Italian court clears oil giants of corruption, Eni and Shell are acquitted of corruption charges linked to the purchase of a Nigerian oil field.
A leading Egyptian activist has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for charges of spreading false news. Sanaa Seif has been held in jail since June when she was taken into detention as she was trying to deliver a letter to the prison where her brother Alaa Abdel Fattah was being held. He was a key figure in the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, while other members of her family are also prominent human rights campaigners.
UAE to test cloud-busting drones to boost rainfall.
Irish police seize € 2.8m of cocaine in Donegal, Gardaí find 41kg of cocaine following an examination of a vehicle in Milford, County Donegal.
A US intelligence report alleges Russia's president approved efforts to influence the 2020 election.
A senior Liberian police officer has been admitted at a hospital in the capital, Monrovia, after he was wounded in the leg in a late night shootout with armed robbers.
Fighting broke out between Muslim and Christian protesters at the Baptist Secondary School in Ilorin city in north-central Nigeria over whether Muslim female students should be allowed to wear head-coverings.
A South African headteacher who allegedly lowered an 11-year-old pupil by a rope in a faeces-filled pit latrine to retrieve a phone has been released from custody after paying bail.
Polar seafloor exposed after 50 years of ice cover.
The US airline removed the boy, 4, from a flight because he wasn't wearing a face mask.
The Tunisian President Kais Saied is visiting Libya to show support for the new interim government, that's part of a UN-backed attempt to bring unity and stability to the country.
Philippines' fried chicken king eyes global empire, Jollibee inside plenty of opportunities from the pandemic and plans to open 450 new restaurants this year.
Bulgarian police seize counterfeit millions, a joint operation with the US Secret Service seizes euro and dollar banknotes printed at a university.
More than 50 killed in attacks on the Niger border, gunmen opened fire on four vehicles bringing people back from a market in the Tillabéri region.
Israelis raise glass to Pfizer as lockdown ends, with more than half of its adults fully vaccinated, the country is partying.
The moon has a tail, and Earth wears it like a scarf once a month. The tail is invisible to the naked eye but appears on all-sky cameras during every new moon.
Smartphones can do you physical harm, Israeli study finds, users are more likely to grind teeth and sleep badly than those without social media apps.
Thousands of red phone boxes looking for new calling as BT offers them for just £1 each. BT is offering 4,000 of the famous street red boxes to communities as their use has been overtaken by mobile phones. Thousands of the UK's iconic red phone boxes are to be given a new lease of life by being transformed into mini museums or art galleries, being offered to communities as their use has been overtaken by mobile phones.
The menagerie of bacterial and fungal species living among us is ever growing - and this is no exception in low-gravity environments, such as the International Space Station (ISS). Researchers from the United States and India working with NASA have now discovered four strains of bacteria living in different places in the ISS – three of which were, until now, completely unknown to science.
The UK in a security report identified Russia as an active threat, announcing a 40 per cent increase in its nuclear arsenal.
Google halves commission fees for app developers.
Britain has reached an agreement with Norway and the European Union (EU) on fishing quotas for 2021, the first such agreement since Britain’s exit from the bloc’s single market. The agreement promotes the sustainable management and long-term viability of cod, haddock, flounder, whiting, herring and saithe in the North Sea, the government said in a statement. It adds that the value of quotas for the British fishing industry will be £ 184 million (€ 214 million). Britain will now be able to catch 20% more haddock and 19% more whiting in North Sea waters compared to 2020, but 10% more. less cod in the North Sea, 25% less saithe and 7.4% less herring.
New research shows: In ancient times, the Earth was a water planet with almost no land.
Singapore shrugged off - built a solar power plant on the water: an even larger project is already under development, which will be the largest in Southeast Asia.
Science Fiction is becoming a reality - even up to 50 times faster 3D printing allows us to get closer to organ printing.
Modern testing vaccines on babies and children, infants as young as six months are taking part in the Covid-19 jab study.
Somalia has concluded its submissions to the International Court of Justice by arguing that Kenya has repeatedly violated its territorial integrity.
More than 4,200 migrant children are in US custody amid a surge of arrivals to the US-Mexico border.
Headteacher ‘made pupil dig in poo for lost phone’, South African officials suspend a school head accused of lowering a pupil into a pit latrine by rope.
University students in Madagascar have been taking to the streets in recent days demanding the payment of their student grants.
Aberdeen company pays £ 6.46m after bribery probe, Wood said "unacceptable" behavior was uncovered at a subsidiary oil and gas business it took over in 2011.
The United Nations is launching a $ 1bn (£ 721m) appeal in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to help millions of people in need of humanitarian aid in the north of the country. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been carrying out attacks in the region for the past 11 years. More than 30,000 people have died and millions have been displaced in that time.
Rare ancient scroll found in Israel Cave of Horror, the verses are thought to have been written by Jewish rebels hiding in the cave from Romans.
American special operations forces are to spend two months training troops in Mozambique to try to prevent the spread of Islamist militant violence in the north of the country.
Facebook has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia for journalism from its local mastheads. The deal was secured just weeks after Australia passed a controversial world-first law aimed at making tech platforms pay for news content. News Corp has not disclosed the value of the three-year contract in Australia.
Kenya's Finance Minister Ukur Yatani has denied reports that the country risks losing its main port to China should it fail to pay huge loans advanced for the construction of a new railway line. The new 472km (293 mile) railway cost close to three times the international standard and four times the original estimate. A local newspaper reported on Monday that Chinese lenders could take control of the port of Mombasa if Kenya defaults on the $ 3.2bn (£ 2.3bn) loan.
China's tech giants fall under regulator's pressure, Tencent saw $ 62bn wiped off its valuation while Alibaba may have to sell some of its media assets.
Libya's new unity government sworn in.
Brazil's fourth health minister of pandemic, Marcelo Queiroga, a doctor, is to replace Eduardo Pazuello, an army officer with no medical training.
A leading international aid group says children as young as 11 years are being beheaded by Islamist militants in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado.
Primary school teachers abducted in Nigeria, this is the first time a primary school has been targeted in a wave of similar kidnappings.
Arctic walrus spotted off the coast of County Kerry.
Democratic Republic of Congo says militiamen have killed more than 10 people in a village in the east of the country.
Martial law extended after a deadly day in Myanmar, the military imposes martial law in more areas, a day after security forces shot dead 50 protesters.
A Cameroonian journalist who was kidnapped over the weekend has been freed after a ransom was paid to her captors. They had demanded more than $ 18,000 (£ 13,000) for her release. She doesn't know exactly how much her family later paid as ransom, but says the gunmen told her that her family had complied with their demands.
The medical charity, MSF, says soldiers in the Ethiopian region of Tigray have launched deliberate and widespread attacks on healthcare facilities.
Beijing, hit by the worst sandstorm in a decade, strong winds blowing in from Mongolia have shrouded the Chinese capital in dust.
India records more than 26,000 new coronavirus infections - its highest single-day spike this year.
Thousands of Australians march against sexual assault.
The US remains a top arms exporter and grows market share, Chinese and Russian exports have declined while the Middle East has seen big growth in imported arms.
Discovering the WW1 tunnel of death lost for a century, the bodies of 270 German soldiers have been hidden since they were buried alive by a French bombardment.
Dutch police break up anti-lockdown protest, police used water cannon and officers mounted to clear anti-government demonstrators in The Hague.
Arrests over assault of a Muslim boy at a Hindu temple, two men are questioned over a video of a 14-year-old being beaten for "drinking water at a temple".
Afghanistan investigates ban on girls' singing, the education ministry is probing a Kabul directive banning older girls from singing at public events.
Minibus carrying Argentina's president is attacked, protesters unhappy with government mining plans in the Patagonia region smash the vehicle's windows.
Sri Lanka moves towards burka ban.
Russian police have detained about 200 people, including opposition figures, in a raid on a hotel in Moscow. Police said those taken away were breaking coronavirus rules while taking part in a conference at the venue. The raid comes as Russian authorities crack down on opposition activity ahead of elections.
Homemade submarine seized in Spanish drugs raid, the vessel, able to transport up to two tonnes of drugs, was found in the city of Malaga.
A hack of up to 150,000 security cameras installed in schools, hospitals and businesses is being investigated by the firm that makes them. Hackers claim to have breached Verkada, a security company that provides cameras to companies including Tesla.
A commodities trader was given painted stones instead of $ 36m (£ 26m) of copper from a Turkish supplier in a fraudulent deal last summer. Geneva-based Mercuria Energy Group says it has been the victim of cargo fraud following its purchase of 10,000 tons of copper blister. When the cargoes started arriving in China, it found containers full of painted stones instead.
Physicists just made the smallest gravitational field measurement ever. The tiny gravitational field between two 90-milligram spheres of gold has just been measured for the first time. This makes it officially the smallest gravitational field ever successfully measured - an achievement that could open the door to probing gravitational interactions in the quantum realm.
France has consistently underestimated the devastating impact of its nuclear tests in French Polynesia in the 1960s and 70s, according to groundbreaking new research that could allow more than 100,000 people to claim compensation. France conducted 193 nuclear tests from 1966 to 1996 at Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls in French Polynesia, including 41 atmospheric tests until 1974 that exposed the local population, site workers and French soldiers to high levels of radiation. By crunching the data from 2,000 pages of recently declassified French defense ministry documents, analyzing maps, photos and other records, and carrying out dozens of interviews in France and French Polynesia, researchers have meticulously reconstructed three key nuclear tests and their fallout.
Rob Wilcock, his wife Cathryn and daughter Hannah are astounded to find themselves at the center of a major scientific discovery. It was their property in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, that was hit by the most valuable space rock ever to fall on the UK. The meteorite has had British scientists in raptures of joy. It's a carbonaceous chondrite - a dark stony material that retains unaltered chemistry from the formation of our Solar System 4.6 billion years ago, and, as such, could give us fresh insights on how the planets came into being. The first thing the Wilcock family knew about it was when they heard a dull thud outside their house on the night of Sunday 28 February.
Police in Belgium and the Netherlands have arrested at least 80 people and carried out hundreds of raids after shutting down an encrypted phone network used by organized crime groups. Belgian, Dutch and French police said they had hacked into the Sky ECC network, allowing them to look “over the shoulders” of suspects as they communicated with customized devices to plot drug deals and murders.
Warren Buffett has finally joined the exclusive $ 100bn (£ 72bn) club that includes Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. The 90-year-old is the chairman of the investment firm Berkshire Hathaway, which has seen its shares rise to a record level this year. His net worth edged above $ 100bn for the first time.
Elon Musk sets a new milestone - gains $ 25 billion in just one day, Tesla also benefited from an upgrade by New Street Research analyst Pierre Ferragu, who recommended buying the stock, and a rally in Bitcoin.
Malaysia's high court has overturned a policy banning Christians from using the word "Allah" to refer to God, the latest in a decades-long legal battle.
A supernova-like explosion dubbed the Camel appears to be the result of a newborn black hole eating a star from the inside out. In 2018, astronomers were shocked to find a bizarre explosion in a galaxy 200 million light-years away. It was not like any normal supernova seen before - it was both briefer and brighter. The event was given an official designation, AT2018cow, but soon went by a more jovial nickname: the Cow.
UK exports of goods to the EU plunged by 40.7% in January during the first month since Brexit and the toughest Covid lockdown since the first wave of the pandemic, contributing to the biggest monthly decline in British trade for more than 20 years.In the first month since leaving the EU on terms agreed by Boris Johnson's government, the Office for National Statistics said goods exports to the bloc fell by £ 5.6bn, while imports fell by 28.8%, or £ 6.6bn.
In Lithuania, volunteering experience helps young people find work, says 96% of young people.
Fortum will sell its district heating business in the Baltics for EUR 800 million. Fortum has signed an agreement to sell its district heating business in the Baltics to Partners Group.
The Huawei test revealed gaps in Lithuanian cyber literacy: people try to remember all their passwords and use pet names.
After decades of research, the researchers concluded that women’s brains are functionally no different from men’s.
The new data transfer system is 10 times faster than USB and uses a hair-thick polymer cable.
China and Russia continue to cooperate actively in space research, especially in the field of lunar and long-range space research to build a lunar space station.
A team of scientists from the Australian National University has now found more evidence of a whole new layer deep in the depths of the Earth - there seems to be even more inner core in the Earth’s inner core.
Row over 'spy cameras' in Pakistan polling booth.
An adventure athlete who cycled the world and survived falling down a mountain in India has been killed by a bus near his home in northern Israel. Roei Sadan, known affectionately as "Jinji", was 39 years old. From 2007 to 2011, Mr Sadan cycled across 42 countries on six continents.
No reason to stop using AstraZeneca jab - WHO. The body reassures states after some halted their rollouts over unproven fears the jab causes clots.
Woman arrested after Uber taxi facemask incident, the 24-year-old suspect appears in dashcam footage of an alleged assault on a San Francisco driver.
Separatist fighters in Cameroon have kidnapped hundreds of people since 2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW). Those abducted include students, clergy, political leaders and humanitarian workers, the US. Very often the kidnappers ask for ransom payments before releasing the captives. The HRW report cites the case of a medical doctor who was kidnapped on 27 February, but was later released after a ransom of $ 544 (£ 391) was paid.
Students kidnapped near Nigeria's army base, residents who heard gunfire overnight thought it was a military exercise at the site in Kaduna state.
The Tanzanian authorities have not published data on coronavirus infections or deaths for many months.
The man portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about the Rwandan genocide has said he will not appear again at his terrorism trial.
The disinformation tactics used by China, researchers have identified tactics including the use of high-profile “wolf warriors” and fake social media accounts.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide 22: 00-04: 00 curfew by 60 days. Struggling pubs and restaurants, many barely afloat, black still close by 21:00. President Kenyatta received these restrictions which had cost the Kenyan economy more than $ 5.1bn (£ 3.6bn) last year.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has sacked his army and air force chiefs as the country battles an Islamist insurgency in the north and a rebellion by a militia linked to the main opposition party.
Melina Mercouri, famous actress turned politician, visited Britain in 1983 as Greek Minister of Culture and made the first official request for the return of the Elgin marbles.
In 1989 a team of British mercenaries, led by Scotsman Peter McAleese, traveled to the criminal empire of the world's most dangerous man in order to assassinate him. Pablo Escobar was the leader of the Medellin drugs cartel in Colombia and one of the wealthiest villains in history. He was the biggest manufacturer and distributor of cocaine in the world, responsible for as much as 80% of the global trade in the drug at that time. Ex-SAS operative McAleese was recruited by a rival Colombian cartel to take out Escobar.
Army accuses Suu Kyi of taking $ 600,000 and gold, Myanmar's military alleges the overthrown leader took illegal payments, but gives no evidence.
Sudan has released a powerful militia leader who was sanctioned by the United Nations for alleged atrocities in the western region of Darfur. About 300,000 people were killed and 2.5 million people were displaced during years of conflict in Darfur, much of it between the Arab Janjaweed and African communities.
A former president of Mauritania has been charged with corruption, money laundering and unexplained wealth. Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz who held office from 2008 to 2019 spent in custody at the national security headquarters were he was interrogated in the corruption case.
Clothing factory fire kills 20 in Egypt.
Helicopter operator CHC Group has announced it is buying the oil and gas aviation business of aerospace and defense giant Babcock. The Aberdeen-based Babcock division provides offshore oil and gas crew transport services in the UK, Denmark and Australia. In the North Sea alone, it transports about 260,000 men and women to platforms each year. The division employs more than 500 people and operates about 30 aircraft.
Sinkholes eat up land in Croatian villages, they've been appearing in unusually high numbers after an earthquake hit the region in December.
Manta rays in the Indian Ocean, can be around five meters wide, fishermen have reported rare fish washing up on the beaches of South Africa's Eastern Cape after what experts say is a drop in surface water temperature.
South Africa's Police Minister Bheki Cele says there can't be a "grain of explanation" to defend Wednesday's killing of a bystander as police dispersed protesting university students.
China approves plan to control Hong Kong elections, critics say the electoral reforms will effectively wipe out any remaining opposition when enacted.
Senegal will mark a day of national mourning for victims of the recent violent protests that left at least eight young people dead. The protests were sparked by the arrest of an opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, accused of rape and were the most serious seen in several years.
Germany’s third wave of Covid has already begun, according to RKI public health agency head Lothar Wieler, and he says he’s very worried. Infections are up on last week - 14,356 in the past 24 hours - and Mr Wieler says there’s a race to get people vaccinated with the finish line in sight. Estonia begins a new month-long lockdown today with schools largely moving online. Non-essential stores are shut and a new 2 + 2 rule has come into force, allowing up to two people to move around together at a distance of two meters from others. The EU’s medicines agency EMA is set to approve a fourth vaccine today across all 27 states. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.
Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has been going on for months now - and troops from neighboring Eritrea have been accused of joining the fight.
The US has designated rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique as foreign terrorist organizations. It said the groups, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and Al Ansar al-Sunna, locally known as al-Shabaab in Mozambique, were affiliated to the global jihadist group Islamic State (ISIS). The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said the people of Tigray in northern Ethiopia are being subjected to what they called ethnic cleansing.
Mexico takes a big step towards legalized cannabis, the lower house passes a bill allowing recreational use, with final approval now almost assured.
Cassette tape inventory Lou Ottens dies aged 94, the Dutch engineer's invention transformed the way people listened to music in the 20th Century.
Hawaii flooding prompts state of emergency, the rising waters damaged homes, created landslides, and caused a dam to overflow.
Russia slows down Twitter over 'banned content', the US company is accused of failing to remove 3,000 posts relating to suicide, drugs and pornography.
Endangered rhino leaves Yorkshire for Africa, eight year old Chanua will be released into the wild in Tanzania as part of a conservation scheme.
Equatorial Guinea has begun three days of national mourning after the deaths of at least 105 people following explosions at a munitions depot.
Boris Johnson has demanded the "immediate release" of Nazan's Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran on spying charges, in a phone call with Iran's president. The PM said her "continued confinement remains completely unacceptable" and that she must be allowed to return to her family in the UK. She had her ankle tag removed on Sunday at the end of her five-year sentence. But she faces a new court case against her.
At least 22 people have been killed in a village in Ethiopia's Oromia region, some reports say they were shot in their homes, others say they were taken from a church and shot in a forest.
A mining firm has paid a record $ 2bn (£ 1.4bn) fine over a huge oil spill that caused one of Russia's worst environmental disasters.
Russian authorities have blamed problems accessing Google and YouTube on a fire at a data center in Strasbourg. The country's media watchdog Roskomnadzor tweeted that the disruption was due to the incident. The data center belongs to the French cloud service provider OVH, which runs 32 such sites in Europe, America and Asia. No-one was injected into the fire, which was declared a major incident.
NI British passport cost anomaly, people who live north of the border but were born in the Republic of Ireland have to pay £ 1,300.
Unions in Nigeria have started nationwide protests over a proposed change in the minimum wage. In 2018, the unions reached an agreement with the Nigerian government on a minimum wage of 30,000 naira ($ 65; £ 45) a month.
South African police have fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse students at the University of Witwatersrand, who are demanding changes to registration and financial aid policies.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has demanded urgent humanitarian access in Yemen to migrants - mostly Ethiopians - wounded in a deadly fire at an overcrowded holding facility.
Officials in Niger State in northern Nigeria have announced that they are going to arm vigilante groups with pump-action rifles. They say they want to improve local security in a state where attacks by bandits armed with AK-47 assault rifles have been on the rise.
Twenty-five people belonging to the same family were among 35 people who died in Mozambique's northern Muecate district after reportedly eating wild plants and fruits.
Burundi's Ministry of Commerce has banned bread grain and flour imports for the next six months starting March 8. A statement from the ministry said recently imported bread was "not good" and could affect people's health.
Thai prime minister sprays sanitiser on reporters, Prayuth Chan-ocha was asked about a cabinet reshuffle and chose to deflect the question unusually.
Up to 1,000 Christian, Hindu and Sikh girls are abducted in Pakistan every year, then forced to convert to Islam, and to marry.
Poland to resume logging in primeval forest, Bialowieza forest is at the center of a long-running row between environmentalists and the government.
Officers hurt in Athens police brutality protests, people took to the streets in response to a video that appeared to show a man being beaten by officers.
An ancient Buddha statue blown up by the Taliban 20 years ago is honored as a glowing 3D projection.
But a new theory proposes that black holes may not be black at all. According to a new study, these black holes may instead be dark stars home to exotic physics at their core. This mysterious new physics may cause these dark stars to emit a strange type of radiation; that radiation could in turn explain all the mysterious dark matter in the universe, which tugs on everything but emits no light.
Scientists develop models for faster-than-light warp drive that bends spacetime to send ships to the stars. ‘A class of subluminal, spherically symmetric warp drive spacetimes, at least in principle, can be constructed based on the physical principles known to humanity today’.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Finance bought out the Eurobond issue, reducing the public debt by almost USD 1.35 billion or 2.2% of the projected gross domestic product (GDP) for 2021.
The first hurricane in space has been recorded above the North Pole: Earth may not be the only one where such storms occur.
Sensational claims by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle about racism and mental health provoked a stormy reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States, the couple received much sympathy, but Britain was not so forgiving, as it appeared to many that the couple had raised their personal happiness above public office.
Not only in Estonia, with the rapid spread of the British variant of coronavirus, strict quarantine is in place for at least a month.
The developers of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine have demanded an apology from EU drug regulators after a high-ranking official warned EU member states not to rush to approve the vaccine, comparing it to "Russian roulette".
A "clock" created by scientists allows you to accurately determine the biological age of an organism.
People interested in space in France are urged to join forces and find a meteorite about the size of an apricot that fell in the southwest of the country.
Archaeologists have discovered the skeletons of three Catholic monks killed by Soviet soldiers at the end of World War II. Their discovery ends months of searching for the remains of seven monks killed during the bloody Soviet occupation.
UK to return £ 4.2m stolen loot to Nigeria, James Ibori stole the money while he was governor of Nigeria's Delta State in the early 2000.
President Emmanuel Macron of France has relaxed the process of declassifying documents for more than 50 years old, including those related to the Algerian War of Independence.
Rescuers have retrieved 12 bodies of children who drowned near a popular beach in southern Ghana.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has introduced a scheme that would offer a reward of five naira for every $ 1 sent by Nigerians living abroad through international money transfer operators in the country in what it calls "naira for dollar". The diaspora remittances to the country totalled $ 25bn (£ 18bn) in 2019 but dipped to just over $ 5.3bn in 2020, according to data from the Central Bank of Nigeria. Nigeria depends on diaspora input to such an extent that in 2018 when the country recorded $ 23.5bn in remittances, it was 83% of that year's budget, 6.1% of GDP and 11 times higher than foreign investment flows in the same period, according to to management consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The central bank is targeting at least $ 2bn monthly in diaspora remittances in 2021, but a report by the African Growth Initiatives suggests that sub-Saharan Africa could record a further reduction in remittances by up to $ 3bn this year.
EU parliament lifts Catalan ex-leader's immunity, Carles Puigdemont and two others are wanted in Spain over a failed independence referendum in 2017.
Bangladesh's first transgender news reader debuts.
The US grants Venezuelans temporary protected status, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans already in the US now have the chance to stay.
People in the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado are complaining that the security forces are not doing enough to protect them from Islamist attacks.
A court in Tunisia has sentenced the brother-in-law of the ousted president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to 10 years in jail for corruption. The men were fined $ 15m (£ 11m).
To win the 2020 Ibrahim award for African leadership, and the $ 5m (£ 3.6m) prize attached to it, Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou had to leave office. His decision to step down after two terms means Niger will have the first democratic transition between elected leaders since it became independent from France more than 60 years ago.
The Supreme Court judge in Brazil has annulled ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's corruption convictions, opening a path to a possible run for the presidency in 2022.
Australian state launches inquiry into colonization, in a national first, Victoria will review abuses against Aboriginal people since British settlement.
The US has reversed a decision to temporarily ease sanctions on Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, who is accused of corruption over mining deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Women's Day: Mexico police fire tear gas at protesters, officers in Mexico City used tear gas against protesters in the capital's main square, the Zocalo.
Philippines reef littered with PPE face masks.
Equatorial Guinea blast deaths rise sharply to 98, over 600 people were injected in the huge explosion at a military base in the city of Bata. President Teodoro Obang Nguema has blamed the blasts in the city of Bata on stubble burning by farmers and negligence in the storage of explosives.
Businessman jailed for on-demand live child abuse, Peter Tomlinson paid about £ 10,000 to watch abuse from the Philippines.
German MP resigns over face mask purchase scandal, from Angela Merkel's party, quits after his firm made almost € 250,000 from the deal.
Kenya bans bread from neighbors over cancer fears.
The authorities in Zambia say they are considering deporting a Chinese national after a video shared online showed him riding on a trolley being pulled by a local.
Switzerland accused of Islamophobia over face covering ban.
EU bank authority hit by Microsoft email hack, the EU body is one of the first major organizations to admit falling victim to the global email hack.
A Chinese-flagged fishing boat ran aground on a coral reef in Mauritius, about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the capital, Port Louis. The vessel, LURONGYUANYU 588, got stuck in Pointe aux Sables a few nautical miles from a public beach. It has 130 tonnes of diesel and five tonnes of dressing oil on board but no fish.
A fire at an overcrowded migrant detention center in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, that houses migrants mostly from Ethiopia, may have killed as many as 30 people and injured 170 others.
Covid border closures mean hundreds of thousands of sailors are being prevented from returning home.
French MP and billionaire Dassault dies, President Macron says Olivier Dassault's death in a helicopter crash in Normandy is a great loss.
Pope Francis holds a mass in a sports stadium in Irbil, Iraq with up to 10,000 people in attendance.
At least seven people have died in flooding caused by torrential rain in north-western Algeria.
Egypt and Sudan have once again called for international mediation to end a long-running dispute over the construction of Ethiopia's dam on the River Nile. Both countries fear the dam could affect their water supply.
Myanmar asks India to return police who fled coup
Demonstrators react as tear gas is fired by police during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, several officers reportedly crossed the border after refusing to carry out the military junta's orders.
Paraguay's president dismisses ministers, violent protests have broken out over the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The US Senate passes a $ 1.9tn Covid-19 relief plan.
The US has deployed long-range bomber plans to Norway, in a move seen as a message to Russia.
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 "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.