The Aquarius: Migrant rescue ship has registration revoked

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) only registered the ship last month, after the Gibraltar authorities revoked its flag A rescue vessel operating in the central Mediterranean Sea has had its registration revoked, leaving its future operations in jeopardy. When the Aquarius next docks, it will have to remove its Panama […]

Swiss voters reject ‘fair food’ plans

Image caption Local, high-quality food is already popular – but the Swiss do not seem to want to pay more for ethical farming Voters in Switzerland have overwhelmingly rejected two proposals on ethical and sustainable food. Final results of the two nationwide polls show that more than 60% of people voted against them. The proposals […]

France removes toxic tyres from failed reef project

Image copyright AFP Image caption The tyres were sunk in the 1980s but are being removed again in stages Teams of divers are painstakingly lifting an artificial reef made of tens of thousands of old car tyres from the seafloor south of France, after it was found to spread pollution from toxic chemicals. The operation […]

Brett Kavanaugh: Second allegation made against court nominee

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Judge Kavanaugh, who is awaiting confirmation, has denied both allegations A second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump’s US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Deborah Ramirez, a Yale university classmate of the judge, detailed the alleged incident to the New Yorker. She alleges […]

Maldives election: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih claims victory

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition candidate for the presidency, with supporters at his final campaign rally The candidate of a united opposition front claims he has ousted the sitting president of the Maldives. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih holds an unbeatable lead over Abdulla Yameen, with 437 of 472 ballot boxes counted, […]

Australia fruit scare: Needles found in strawberries in New Zealand

Image copyright EPA Image caption There have been over 100 reports of needles being found in supermarket fruit in Australia The Australian scare over needles found in strawberries has spread to New Zealand after needles were found in a punnet of the fruit on sale in an Auckland supermarket. The Countdown supermarket chain said it […]

The truth behind Kim Jong-un’s ‘cute’ K-pop sign

Image copyright South Korea Blue House twitter Image caption The photo seems to show the North Korean leader’s playful side This photo of Kim Jong-un trying to form a South Korean gesture of friendship has melted hearts in Seoul. But focusing on this one image means losing sight of the bigger picture. For the uninitiated, […]

US tells Iran to ‘look in the mirror’ after Ahvaz attack

Media captionThe moment gunmen open fire on an Iranian military parade The US ambassador to the UN has urged Iran to “look in the mirror” for the causes of an attack on a military parade that killed 25 on Saturday. Nikki Haley said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had “oppressed his people for a long time”. […]

Swiss voters reject ‘fair food’ plans

Image caption Local, high-quality food is already popular – but the Swiss do not seem to want to pay more for ethical farming Voters in Switzerland have overwhelmingly rejected two proposals on ethical and sustainable food. Final results of the two nationwide polls show that more than 60% of people voted against them. The proposals […]

Brett Kavanaugh: Judge accuser agrees to testify on Thursday

Image copyright Researchgate.net/ Getty Image caption Christine Blasey Ford says Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her when she was 15, and he was 17 The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has agreed to testify against him on Thursday. Lawyers for Professor Christine Blasey Ford said she had agreed to an open hearing […]