Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel

Image copyright University of Haifa Image caption The fragments of Dead Sea Scroll took a year to piece together One of the last remaining obscure parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered by researchers in Israel. Sixty tiny fragments were pieced together over a period of a year, identifying the name of a […]

Yemen war: Saudi-led coalition pledges $1.5bn in new aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some 1.8 million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished in Yemen A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has pledged $1.5bn (£2bn) in new humanitarian aid for the country. It will also increase the capacities of Yemeni ports to receive aid and cargo shipments, and set up 17 […]

Iraq sentences German woman to death over IS involvement

Image copyright AFP Image caption The woman was captured during the battle for Mosul last year A court in Iraq has sentenced a German woman to death after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group. She was sentenced for providing logistical support and taking part in attacks on Iraqi security forces. […]

Catalonia crisis: Puigdemont’s Denmark visit draws anger from Spain

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont arrives at Copenhagen airport Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont has travelled to Denmark, triggering a failed attempt by Spain’s prosecutor to have him arrested. Mr Puigdemont’s trip to Copenhagen is thought to be the first time he has left Belgium for about 80 days. […]

French prison guards in nationwide strike after attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guards take part in a protest at Fresnes prison near Paris after an assault on officers A series of attacks against prison guards by inmates at institutions across France has led to a nationwide strike in the country. Unions have vowed a “total blockade” of prisons on Monday as […]

Venice restaurant bill outrages Japanese tourists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From mouth-watering steak to eye-watering bill in Venice The mayor of Venice has voiced outrage over the €1,100 (£970; $1,347) bill that four Japanese tourists say they had to pay for four steaks, a plate of fried fish, water and service. The four students complained to police after getting […]

Snow cuts off Swiss ski resort Zermatt for second time in 2018

Image copyright EPA Image caption Helicopter services in Zermatt are oversubscribed as some tourists try to get airlifted out Thousands of people have become stranded in the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt, cut off by snow for the second time in two weeks. Avalanche warnings have forced the closure of roads and rail links in […]

Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for damages

Image copyright Kim Dotcom Image caption Kim Dotcom, pictured here with Elizabeth Dotcom on his wedding day, is suing the New Zealand government for damages over the raid of his mansion in 2012 Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is suing the New Zealand government for billions of dollars in damages over his […]

Boing Boing blog sued over Playboy centrefolds link

Image copyright BoingBoing Image caption BoingBoing collects eclectic links from around the web Popular blog Boing Boing is being sued by Playboy magazine over a link it shared to an archive of centrefolds. The archive of almost 500 “Playmates” was created by an unknown person from scans of the centrefolds and uploaded to image-sharing site […]

Apple’s Tim Cook keeps nephew off social media

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tim Cook is the latest high-profile figure to voice concern about social networks Apple chief executive Tim Cook has said he does not want his nephew to be on a social network. His comments come as a survey suggests the wider British public is becoming increasingly distrustful of Facebook, […]