China launch will prep for Moon landing

Image copyright AFP Image caption The satellite launched on a Long March-4C rocket from the Xichang launch centre China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a lunar rover mission planned for later in the year. The Queqiao spacecraft will establish a communications link between Earth and the landing mission, which looks set to […]

Theresa May defends customs Brexit ‘backstop’

Media captionWhat is the EU customs union? A “backstop” plan to keep the UK aligned with the EU’s customs union after 2020 would only apply “in a very limited set of circumstances”, Theresa May has said. The proposal was drawn up to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland if the UK and EU cannot […]

Hawaii volcano: Warning of toxic gas plumes from Kilauea

Media captionLava flow hits the sea creating toxic laze, or vog, on Kilauea People in Hawaii are facing fresh warnings over toxic fumes produced when molten rock flows into the ocean, as the state continues to battle eruptions from the Kilauea volcano. Officials say two lava flows have reached the Pacific, creating thick hazardous clouds […]

US man squeals to police on persistent pig

Image copyright North Ridgeville Police Department Police are used to getting unusual calls, but one man in the US state of Ohio made a particularly memorable one in the early hours of Saturday morning. Officers assumed the man was either hallucinating or drunk when he said a persistent pig was following him home. “(We) responded […]

Kilauea: What happens when lava meets the sea

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US vows ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mike Pompeo: “We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is imposing the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran. In a speech in Washington, America’s top diplomat said Iran would be “battling to keep its economy alive” after the […]

Iran mushroom poisoning: More than 800 sick from deadly fungi

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is not yet clear what kind of mushroom the victims ate, but the poisonous Amanita phalloides, or death cap, is found in Iran More than 800 people have been poisoned after eating toxic wild mushrooms in around 10 provinces in the west of Iran. At least 11 people […]

Jailed British-Iranian faces new charge

Image copyright Family Handout Jailed British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is facing a new charge against her in Iran, her campaign says. Her husband said the 39-year-old, who denied the new allegation of spreading propaganda, was told to expect a conviction by the judge. The prime minister’s spokesman said the government was urgently seeking more information from […]

French Muslim student Maryam Pougetoux hits back over headscarf claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maryam Pougetoux received abuse on social media after appearing on TV while wearing her headscarf A French student union leader who has been accused by ministers of using her headscarf for political gain has hit back, calling the claims “pathetic”. France’s interior minister has personally criticised Maryam Pougetoux, who […]

German police stop ‘truant’ families at airport

Image copyright AFP Image caption German police are on the look-out for parents defying school rules Police carrying out checks at an airport in southern Germany discovered several school-aged children travelling ahead of the holidays. Ten reports against parents have now been sent to education officials in Bavaria, German media report. It is believed the […]