Monsanto ordered to pay $289m damages in Roundup cancer trial

Monsanto ordered to pay $289m damages in Roundup cancer trial

Image copyright AFP Image caption Crops are often treated with the herbicide glyphosate Chemical giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a man who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer. In a landmark case, a Californian jury found that Monsanto knew its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers were dangerous and […]

Romanian police clash with anti-government protesters

Romanian police clash with anti-government protesters

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of Romanians, including returning expats, have joined the protests Police have clashed with tens of thousands of anti-government protesters across Romania. Between 30,000 and 50,000 people, including many returning expats, turned out nationwide, media reports say. Some protesters in the capital Bucharest threw bottles and paving slabs, […]

France floods: 1,600 evacuated, German missing at campsite

France floods: 1,600 evacuated, German missing at campsite

Media captionHeavy floods hit southern France Heavy floods have forced the evacuation of 1,600 people – most of them campers – in southern France, officials say. They say a 70-year-old German man who was helping to supervise children at one of the summer camps is missing. The worst-hit areas are Gard, Ardèche and Drôme. More […]

Costa Rica Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage ban

Costa Rica Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protestors gathered outside the Supreme Court in San Jose this week to demand change Costa Rica’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The court ruling gives the country’s legislators a time limit of 18 months to change the current law. The […]

Melania Trump’s Slovenian parents become US citizens

Melania Trump’s Slovenian parents become US citizens

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Amalija and Viktor Knavs were born in Slovenia and are in their 70s President Donald Trump’s parents-in-law have become US citizens in a private ceremony. Viktor and Amalija Knavs, Melania Trump’s Slovenian-born parents, took the oath of citizenship in New York on Thursday, their lawyer confirmed. He said the pair […]

Iván Duque: Colombia’s new president sworn into office

Iván Duque: Colombia’s new president sworn into office

Image copyright AFP Image caption He became Colombia’s youngest elected leader after being sworn in at Bogota’s Bolivar Square Colombia’s newly-elected President Iván Duque took office on Tuesday, pledging to unite the country and improve economic growth. The conservative political newcomer was elected in June after a divisive election campaign where he saw off left-wing […]

Malaysia ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Malaysia ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Najib has seen a dramatic fall from grace after losing the election Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged with three counts of money laundering linked to a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. His is accused of having received 42m ringgit ($10m; £8m) from state fund 1MDB in […]

Drought declared in entire state of New South Wales

Drought declared in entire state of New South Wales

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Farmers are struggling to afford even feeding their animals Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is now entirely in drought, officials have confirmed. A dry winter has intensified what has been called the worst drought in living memory in parts of eastern Australia. NSW produces about a quarter […]

Elon Musk ‘may take Tesla private’

Elon Musk ‘may take Tesla private’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tesla chief executive Elon Musk also runs the SpaceX rocket venture Tesla boss Elon Musk is considering taking the electric-car firm private, a move he claimed was the “best path forward” for the company. Mr Musk said de-listing from the stock exchange meant Tesla would no longer be pressured […]

Climate change: ‘Hothouse Earth’ risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

Climate change: ‘Hothouse Earth’ risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

Image copyright Getty Images It may sound like the title of a low budget sci-fi movie, but for planetary scientists, “Hothouse Earth” is a deadly serious concept. Researchers believe we could soon cross a threshold leading to boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come. Even if countries succeed in meeting their […]