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