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 […]

‘Little sunfish’ robot to swim in to Fukushima reactor

When a tsunami devastated parts of Japan’s coastline in 2011, killing more than 18,000 people, it also hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant, triggering the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Parts of the damaged reactors are still highly contaminated with radiation and robotics are playing a crucial part in the clean-up. ‘Little sunfish’ robot […]

Trump-Russia inquiry: President ‘probed for obstruction of justice’

Trump-Russia inquiry: President ‘probed for obstruction of justice’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Robert Mueller is overseeing the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling and any Trump links President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, US media reports say. They say senior intelligence officials will be interviewed on whether Mr Trump tried to end an […]

‘Staggering’ civilian toll in Raqqa raids

‘Staggering’ civilian toll in Raqqa raids

US-backed air strikes on IS “capital” Raqqa in Syria cause “staggering loss of civilian life” – UN investigators This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or […]

Mosul displaced hit by food poisoning in Iraqi camp

Mosul displaced hit by food poisoning in Iraqi camp

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of people have fled Mosul since the launch of the offensive to retake the city Hundreds of people have fallen ill and a child has died of suspected food poisoning at a camp for displaced people near the Iraqi city of Mosul. People were said to be vomiting […]

Nairobi building collapse: ’15 missing’ as residents join search

Nairobi building collapse: ’15 missing’ as residents join search

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Witnesses said the building had been condemned Fifteen people are reported missing after a seven-storey building collapsed on Monday night in an eastern suburb of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The Kenya Red Cross tweeted that response teams were at the scene, in the Kware Pipeline Embakasi area. The Star newspaper […]

Munich shooting: Four hurt at suburban railway station

Munich shooting: Four hurt at suburban railway station

Image caption A major police operation was under way in the streets surrounding the S-Bahn station A German policewoman was shot in the head when a man grabbed a police gun at a suburban station in Munich. The woman, 26, was critically wounded and two bystanders also seriously hurt in the shooting at Unterföhring S-Bahn […]

North Korea: Dennis Rodman returns for more ‘basketball diplomacy’

North Korea: Dennis Rodman returns for more ‘basketball diplomacy’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dennis Rodman was mobbed by the press at Beijing airport en route to Pyongyang Controversial US basketball star Dennis Rodman is returning for a visit to North Korea. The former NBA player is travelling as a private citizen. “I’m just trying to open the door,” he told reporters at Beijing […]

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