Barclays charged with fraud in Qatar case

Barclays charged with fraud in Qatar case

Image copyright Getty Images Barclays and four former executives have been charged with fraud over their actions in the 2008 financial crisis. The Serious Fraud Office case relates to the way the bank raised billion of pounds from Qatari investors enabling it to avoid a government bailout. Former chief executive John Varley is one of […]

Syria conflict: Australia suspends anti-IS raids

Syria conflict: Australia suspends anti-IS raids

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Australia says it is temporarily suspending its military air operations over Syria, after a warning from Russia that it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. The pause was a “precautionary measure”, […]

Portugal forest fires kill 57 near Coimbra

Portugal forest fires kill 57 near Coimbra

Media captionResidents watch on as their homes blaze in Pedrogao Grande A catastrophic forest fire in Portugal has claimed at least 57 lives, officials say. Most died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government. Several firefighters are among the 59 […]

Beyonce gives birth to twins: US media

Beyonce gives birth to twins: US media

Image copyright Beyonce/Instagram Image caption Beyonce announced her pregnancy in an Instagram post in February American pop star Beyonce has given birth to twins, according to media in the US. Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly and People magazines confirmed the news, but the date of birth and gender of the babies are not yet publicly known. […]

USS Fitzgerald crash: Seven navy crew missing off Japan

USS Fitzgerald crash: Seven navy crew missing off Japan

Media captionUSS Fitzgerald damaged by the crash Seven US Navy crew members are missing after their ship collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan. Among the injured is the USS Fitzgerald’s commanding officer, who was taken to hospital by helicopter. The destroyer collided with the container ship about 56 nautical miles (104km) […]

Cuba denounces Trump’s policy rollback

Cuba denounces Trump’s policy rollback

Media captionHas Trump really ‘cancelled’ Cuba deal? Cuba’s government has denounced US President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back on policy changes towards the island nation. However, it says it will still co-operate with its larger neighbour. Speaking earlier in Miami, Florida, Mr Trump said he was reimposing certain travel and trade restrictions eased by […]

Sleep apnoea ‘a cause’ of Fisher death

Sleep apnoea ‘a cause’ of Fisher death

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Actress Carrie Fisher made her name in the Star Wars series Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnoea and “other factors”, the Los Angeles County coroner says. Her death certificate said in January that the 60-year-old, best known for her role as Princess Leia, had suffered a cardiac […]

John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

Image copyright Getty Images John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, has died at the age of 81. Avildsen’s son Anthony told US media the filmmaker had died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rocky – starring Sylvester Stallone as a rags-to-riches boxer – became the […]

Qatar’s Al Jazeera Twitter account back after suspension

Qatar’s Al Jazeera Twitter account back after suspension

Image copyright EPA Image caption Al Jazeera has been in the crosshairs of Qatar’s Gulf neighbours The Arabic-language account of Al Jazeera has been restored on Twitter after being suspended due to what the network called “an organised campaign”. The account, with just under 12 million followers, was suspended for an unspecified reason early on […]

Global cyber-attack ‘came from N Korea’

Global cyber-attack ‘came from N Korea’

Image copyright PA Image caption GCHQ can detect the work of hackers around the globe British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned. Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led the international […]

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