Arrests over China ‘straddling bus’ project

Arrests over China ‘straddling bus’ project

Image copyright Photo by Imaginechina/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Was it just another scam? Police in Beijing have arrested 32 people for illegal fundraising linked to a scrapped project to create a “straddling bus” to beat traffic jams. The futuristic idea to lift commuters above congestion quickly attracted international attention when it was launched last year – […]

Syria conflict: Damascus bomber strikes after car chase

Syria conflict: Damascus bomber strikes after car chase

Media captionSyrian state TV released footage of the aftermath of the Tahrir square blast A suicide bomber has launched an attack in the Syrian capital, with reports saying at least 19 people were killed. Syrian police had been chasing three suspected car bombers that were trying to enter the capital, state TV said. Police stopped […]

Xi Jinping warns Hong Kong over sovereignty ‘red line’

Xi Jinping warns Hong Kong over sovereignty ‘red line’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Carrie Lam shakes hands with President Xi after swearing an oath of office in Hong Kong Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “impermissible” challenges to Beijing’s authority over Hong Kong. Mr Xi was speaking at the swearing-in of the territory’s new leader Carrie Lam, as it marks 20 years […]

Helmut Kohl: Leaders pay tribute to German reunifier in Strasbourg

Helmut Kohl: Leaders pay tribute to German reunifier in Strasbourg

Media caption“I loved him,” said Mr Clinton of Mr Kohl World leaders are attending a ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to commemorate the life of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl – who oversaw German reunification. Mr Kohl, who died last month, was a major driving force behind closer European integration. Dignitaries have been […]

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 […]

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court

Media captionHelicopter circles Caracas buildings before bang and sustained gunshots are heard Venezuela’s Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a “terrorist attack”. Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard. The police […]

Qatar condemns Saudi refusal to negotiate over demands

Qatar condemns Saudi refusal to negotiate over demands

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Qatar’s foreign minister held talks with the US secretary of state in Washington on Tuesday Qatar’s foreign minister has condemned its Gulf neighbours for refusing to negotiate over their demands for restoring air, sea and land links. Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani said the stance was “contrary to the principles” […]

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 […]

Afghan car bomb hits New Kabul Bank in Helmand

Afghan car bomb hits New Kabul Bank in Helmand

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a car bomb explosion outside a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say. Police told the BBC the bomb detonated at the gate of the New Kabul Bank branch in Lashkar Gah. Civilians and members of the security forces are reportedly […]

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