Sardinian independence activist dies after two-month hunger strike

Sardinian independence activist dies after two-month hunger strike

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Sardinian separatists have pushed for the autonomous island’s independence from Italy A prominent Sardinian independence activist has died in hospital in the island’s capital Cagliari following a two-month hunger strike. Salvatore Meloni, 74, locally known as “Doddore” had been serving a prison sentence since April for tax offences. The condition […]

North Korea missile test: Russia and China urge freeze in launches

North Korea missile test: Russia and China urge freeze in launches

Media caption“One expert says the missile could reach Alaska” Russia and China have urged North Korea to “freeze” its missile and nuclear programmes after it claimed to have successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. Both countries also called for a simultaneous suspension of US-South Korea large-scale military exercises. North Korea said its missile could […]

Donald Trump posts video clip of him ‘beating’ CNN in wrestling

Donald Trump posts video clip of him ‘beating’ CNN in wrestling

Image copyright Twitter Image caption The clip was originally submitted to a pro-Trump forum on the social media site Reddit The US President has tweeted a short video clip of him wrestling a person with the CNN logo for a head. The clip is an altered version of Donald Trump’s appearance at a WWE wrestling […]

Vaquita porpoise: Dolphins deployed to save rare species

Vaquita porpoise: Dolphins deployed to save rare species

Image copyright Paula Olson Image caption Vaquita porpoises are rarely seen Mexico’s government says it plans to use dolphins trained by the US Navy to try to save the world’s most endangered marine species, the vaquita porpoise. Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano said that the dolphins would be deployed to locate and herd vaquitas into a […]

Syria war: Almost 500,000 refugees return in 2017 – UN

Syria war: Almost 500,000 refugees return in 2017 – UN

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Since the war began in Syria in 2011, about 5.5 million people have fled the country, the UN estimates Almost 500,000 Syrians have returned to their homes this year, the UN says, describing this as a “notable trend”. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says more than 440,000 internally displaced Syrians […]

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court

Media captionThe helicopter circles buildings before gunshots and a bang are heard A helicopter has attacked Venezuela’s Supreme Court in what President Nicolás Maduro called a “terrorist” incident. Four grenades were dropped on the court and 15 shots fired at the interior ministry on Tuesday, officials said. Rogue policeman Oscar Pérez said he had piloted […]

Global ransomware attack causes chaos

Global ransomware attack causes chaos

Image copyright Screenshot Image caption Many reports suggest that screens around the world are getting this message, indicating a ransomware attack is to blame. Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack. British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted […]

Google hit with record $2.7bn EU fine

Google hit with record $2.7bn EU fine

Image copyright Google Image caption Google Shopping ads appear at the top of many search result pages Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results. The amount is the […]

Former FN supporter on trial for smuggling Iranian lover to UK

Former FN supporter on trial for smuggling Iranian lover to UK

Image copyright AFP Image caption Béatrice Huret spoke to her Iranian partner by phone just before the trial began A former supporter of France’s far-right National Front party (FN) has gone on trial for helping a man she met in the Calais migrant camp cross the border to Britain. Béatrice Huret is charged with aiding […]

World food security risks growing, Chatham House says

World food security risks growing, Chatham House says

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The Suez Canal is one of 14 “chokepoints” The world’s food security is increasingly reliant on 14 “chokepoints” for trade, a think-tank report has warned. UK-based Chatham House says more needs to be done to protect key transport routes such as the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal and […]

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