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access_time17 hours ago
Shares in the US pharmaceutical giant plunged by more than ten per cent following the claims made by Reuters. The company's lawyers say its baby powder is safe and asbestos-free and the allegations are "one-sided, false and inflammatory". Also: sporadic violations of the ceasefire in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah; and Egypt's Mohamed Salah wins BBC African Footballer of the Year.
access_time1 day ago
The Hodeidah agreement, sponsored by the UN, was reached during talks in Sweden. Also: proposals for an army in Kosovo enrages Serbia, and the jazz singer, Nancy Wilson, dies aged 81.
access_time2 days ago
After 2 days on the run the suspected gunman, Cherif Chekatt, who killed three people at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg, was shot dead after a brief gun battle with police. Also: A Russian woman accused of infiltrating conservative groups in the US pleads guilty to conspiracy, and what blinking can really mean.
access_time2 days ago
The United Nations says it hopes this is the starting point for ending Yemen's war and humanitarian crisis. Also: The British PM is seeking new assurances from the EU over the Brexit deal and Dracula Ant's snap-jaw makes it the fastest animal in nature.
access_time3 days ago
Conservative MPs voted 200 to 117 to keep Theresa May as Prime Minister but there are still calls for her to resign from within her own party. Also: President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been jailed for three years for lying to Congress and violating election laws and in California fears that dwindling winter snowfall will cause a fresh water shortage.
access_time3 days ago
The prime minister vows to fight for her job and warns that a change would put Brexit at risk. Also: Strasbourg gunman shouted 'Allahu Akbar', and Japan picks 'disaster' character to define 2018.
access_time4 days ago
The man opened fire near a Christmas market in the French city causing widespread panic. Also: Reports of a new challenge to British PM Theresa May and the exhibition that uses blocks of ice to highlight global warming.
access_time4 days ago
Britain's Prime Minister in Europe for talks aimed at salvaging her proposed Brexit plan. Mrs. May has met Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany's Angela Merkel after postponing a Commons vote on the deal.

Also, India's ruling BJP facing setbacks in regional elections in three key states, and scientists discover a vast ecosystem - right beneath our feet.
access_time5 days ago
The European Union insists it will "not renegotiate" after Theresa May says she needs time to ask for changes. Also: the French president promises a minimum wage rise and Asia's glaciers are moving more slowly as they thin.
access_time5 days ago
The UN has adopted a landmark agreement on migration but a number of countries are refusing to take part. Also: crisis in Britain over Brexit vote, and a second life sentence for Russia's most prolific serial killer.
access_time6 days ago
China summoned the US ambassador to demand that Washington withdraw an arrest warrant for Meng Wanzhou. Also: the French finance minister says the recent protests have been 'an economic catastrophe' and we hear from Harmony -- a very special Artificial Intelligence doll being manufactured in the United States.
access_time7 days ago
President Donald Trump has announced that his chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by the end of the year. Some reports said that the relationship between the two had deteriorated. But Mr Trump described Mr Kelly as a "great guy". Also: China threatens Huawei arrest consequences, and NASA probe captures Martian winds.
access_time8 days ago
Germany's governing Christian Democrats choose Merkels' protege Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed her as party leader. Also: the chief financial officer of Huawei appears in a court in Canada and why a Solzhenitsyn novel has been turned into an opera
access_time8 days ago
The French prime minister announced that 89,000 police officers will be on duty this weekend. Also: China expresses concern at reports Japan may restrict Huawei access and is Rudolph the reindeer colour blind?
access_time9 days ago
Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada at the request of the US, fuelling fears of a deepening trade war between the world's largest two economies. Also: Germany's CDU party prepares to choose Angela Merkel's successor, and Cubans get 3G internet for the first time.
access_time9 days ago
The talks aimed at ending nearly four years of civil war in Yemen, have been described by the UN special envoy as an important milestone. Also: China demands the release of a Huawei executive being held in Canada and Australian scientists try to save an endangered frog by making it frisky.
access_time10 days ago
Washington funeral of former US president George HW Bush; President Putin issues missile warning if United States pulls out of weapons treaty; Fresh warning that carbon dioxide emissions will hit a record high this year
access_time10 days ago
At least 90 members of 'Ndrangheta network arrested in several different countries. The gang is believed to be one of the largest global crime syndicates.

Also, how an Irishwoman unearthed a huge scandal over failure to diagnose cervical cancer in hundreds of victims, and a new report says acts of terror have decreased worldwide in recent years.
access_time11 days ago
MPs have backed proposals that could give them a greater say on Britain's relationship with the EU. Also: Nato says Russia is breeching missile treaty and medieval skeleton in thigh-high boots discovery.
access_time11 days ago
Tax rises which led to angry protests across France have been postponed for six months. Demonstrations have been held in several cities and caused widespread damage and disruption.

Also, a report on allegations that Burundi's government is torturing and killing its opponents, and we speak to the creator of a new opera all about Communist thinker Karl Marx.
access_time12 days ago
Mexico's new president creates a commission to investigate the 2014 Iguala disappearances. Also: a woman dies in French fuel protests and nine hundred year old gold coins found in Israeli well.
access_time12 days ago
Naturalist tells conference that humanity faces greatest threat in thousands of years. And he says climate change could lead to collapse of civilisations and extinction of 'much of the natural world.'

Also, a report from inside Iraq's secret shelters for women who've survived domestic violence, French MP's warning that hard Brexit could mean increase in illegal migrant influx to UK , and the everyday challenges faced by people with disabilities.
access_time13 days ago
United Nations climate chief warns that this year will be one of the four hottest on record and everyone needed to grasp the reality of the situation. Also, a top Taleban leader is killed in Afghanistan and a conversation between a kindertransport veteran and a young Afghan refugee.
access_time14 days ago
Clashes with riot police continue in France for a third weekend of "yellow vest" rallies. Also: leaders of the G20 in Argentina agree a joint communique and the film 2001: A Space Odyssey helps launch the world's first super-high definition 8K television channel.
access_time15 days ago
Ukraine, trade, climate change and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi on the G20 agenda for world leaders.
Also: The president of a gay dating app says he does not believe in gay marriage, a Chinese man is released after 23 years on death row and The Wizard of Oz is named the most influential film in history.
access_time15 days ago
World leaders are meeting in Argentina for their annual G20 summit amid new tension with Russia over Ukraine and a US trade row with China. Also: the Marriott hotel chain says 500 million of its customers have been hacked, and how a home became a school for children who fled the California wildfires.
access_time16 days ago
Cohen says he lied 'out of loyalty' to the president; Trump says he is weak. Also: the menace of Measles and will the lights go out on the island of Sark?
access_time16 days ago
2018 on course to be 4th warmest on record, says World Meteorological Organization. If the trend continues, the WMO says temperatures may rise by 3-5C by 2100. Also: German police have raided the country's biggest lender, Deutsche Bank, in an investigation into money-laundering, and the stories of 14 children separated from their parents in the Indonesian earthquake who have now been re-united with their families.
access_time17 days ago
Pompeo warns senators against downgrading relations with Saudi Arabia. The US Secretary of State says weakening US-Saudi ties could damage the chances of a ceasefire in Yemen. Also: Britain's Government admits Brexit will make the UK poorer, and why warming seas are bad news for oyster lovers.
access_time17 days ago
Speaking at a genome summit in Hong Kong, He Jiankui said he was "proud" of altering the genes of twin girls so they cannot contract HIV. His work, which he announced earlier this week, has not been verified. Also, Sri Lanka's top military officer has been remanded in custody, accused of covering up civil war-era murders, and how fried grasshoppers, a popular snack in Uganda, could be under threat.
access_time18 days ago
Report says CO2 emissions have risen for the first time in 4 years, also: protests against the Saudi crown prince in Tunisia and what your name says about your chances of success.
access_time18 days ago
The French president refuses protesters' demands to scrap new fuel taxes; the British Prime Minister dismisses comments by President Trump that her Brexit plans would hamper future trade deals with the US, and a Syrian man who sent seven months living in a Malaysian airport, is granted asylum in Canada.
access_time19 days ago
The US space agency has landed a new robot on Mars after a dramatic seven-minute plunge to the surface of the Red Planet. Also: Ukraine backs martial law after sea clash and the Bank of England releases a shortlist of scientists to be featured on the new £50 note.
access_time19 days ago
Ukraine's parliament is considering whether to introduce martial law after Russia seizes three of its naval vessels off the coast of Crimea. Also: the British academic Matthew Hedges, who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates, has been released from prison after receiving a presidential pardon, and the Italian director, Bernardo Bertolucci, has died at the age of seventy-seven.
access_time20 days ago
European Union leaders have endorsed the accord under which the UK is due to leave the bloc next year. The British prime minister, Theresa May, has warned those in Britain who oppose the deal that it's the only one on offer. Also: tension escalates after Russia seizes Ukraine naval ships, and an investigation discovers many medical implants haven't been properly tested before they're put in patients.
access_time21 days ago
Police used water cannon to control some of the people protesting against fuel tax rises. More than forty people were arrested, some demonstrators have called for President Macron to resign. Also: one of the biggest Argentinian matches is postponed after a bus carrying one of the teams was attacked by rival fans, and the British film director Nicolas Roeg has died at the age of ninety.
access_time22 days ago
The UN envoy to Yemen -- makes an impassioned plea for a ceasefire, A prominent radio journalist shot dead in the rebel-held province of Idlib, China launches campaign to encourage women to have MORE children
access_time22 days ago
China has strongly condemned an attack on its consulate in Karachi by militants opposed to its infrastructure investments in Pakistan.The United Arab Emirates says it is studying a request for clemency in the case of a British academic sentenced to life in prison for spying. And after being accused of trivialising Chinese culture, Italian fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana make a video apology addressed directly to their Chinese customers.
access_time23 days ago
Ahead of Sunday EU summit, British Prime Minister defends her Brexit deal, Zimbabwe parliament in uproar as budget includes compensation for white farmers, And a miraculous escape for baby who fell from a train in India.
access_time23 days ago
Carlos Ghosn has been ousted after nearly two decades at the helm of Japanese carmaker Nissan, following allegations of financial misconduct. He has been accused by Nissan of under-reporting his salary and using company assets for personal use. And the wife of a British academic jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates says the British government put UK interests above his right to freedom. Plus the family of a US man reportedly killed by arrows fired by members of an endangered tribe in India's Andaman and Nicobar islands have said they forgive those who killed him.
access_time24 days ago
The Saudi foreign minister says calls for the removal of Crown Prince Mohammed over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi is unacceptable, The British prime minster, Theresa May in Brussels to resolve last-minute difficulties over a draft Brexit deal, The American space agency says its latest Mars probe, called InSight, is on track for touchdown on Monday.
access_time24 days ago
Matthew Hedges found guilty but his family say the verdict is based on a false confession. Also, American tourist killed in Andaman islands by local tribes using bow and arrow. And a fish that can repair its heart may hold clues for future treatments in people.
access_time25 days ago
A suicide bomber attacks worshippers celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muḥammad. The Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, has condemned what he described as an "unforgivable crime". Also: President Trump suggests that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the plot to murder the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, and Easter Islanders visit the British Museum to ask for a giant statue back.
access_time25 days ago
The aid pledge comes as diplomatic pressure mounts for a political solution to the conflict. Also Italy has called for the seizure of the Aquarius migrant rescue ship, alleging it illegally dumped tonnes of potentially toxic waste in its ports. And Facebook sparks an outcry again this time over the auctioning off of a child bride.
access_time26 days ago
Saudi-led coalition warplanes have bombed Houthi rebel positions in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, while the UN Security Council is considering a resolution meant to open aid routes. Also: What lessons can Zimbabwe teach its neighbour, South Africa, on land reform? And how one DJ has waited more than forty years to get his dream job.
access_time26 days ago
Carlos Ghosn accused of under-reporting his pay package and personal use of company assets. Allegations arose following a whistle-blower's tipoff. Peanut allergy treatment "in sight.
access_time27 days ago
Mr Trump says he has not listened to the recording because it was violent. French President Emmanuel Macron urges Europe to unite to prevent 'global chaos'; and scientists warn that human activity is damaging Africa's wildlife at a faster pace than previously thought
access_time28 days ago
President is meeting people affected by wildfires which cost more than 70 lives, also: 280,000 in French fuel protests and: the annual controversy over an old Dutch tradition
access_time29 days ago
Trump says he easily answered questions from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 presidential elections, but has not submitted them yet. Also: we hear from a resident from Paradise, who fled the California fires and artists show what they feel about Zimbabwe a year after President Mugabe was forced to step down.
access_time29 days ago
Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul six weeks ago. Also: Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of genocide and the kilogram gets a new definition.