Lebanon rubbish: Storm dumps piles of waste along coast

Lebanon rubbish: Storm dumps piles of waste along coast

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Heavy seas washed the debris on to beaches north of Beirut A huge clean-up operation is under way in Lebanon after a powerful storm dumped piles of rubbish along beaches north of the capital, Beirut. Pictures of the washed-up waste – much of it plastic – strewn along the […]

Syria war: Rebel shellfire kills nine in Damascus Old City

Syria war: Rebel shellfire kills nine in Damascus Old City

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The mortars hit Bab Touma, a predominantly Christian district of the Old City Nine civilians, including a three-year-old child, were killed by mortars fired by rebel fighters at the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state media say. Another 21 people were wounded in the attack on Bab Touma, a predominantly […]

Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

France president Bernard Laporte oversaw the country’s successful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup last year Police have raided the headquarters of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) amid ongoing investigations into alleged favouritism involving its president Bernard Laporte. Laporte denies allegations he pressured the FFR appeals committee to reduce a sanction against Montpellier. […]

EU creditors to start Greece debt-relief talks

EU creditors to start Greece debt-relief talks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Some European creditors have been reluctant to give Greece more debt relief EU creditors have agreed to start talks on possible debt relief for Greece as the country prepares to leave an eight-year bailout programme. Greece’s public debt totals 180% of its economy and the talks will focus on how […]

Naples woman killed in ‘mafia ambush’

Naples woman killed in ‘mafia ambush’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Italian police are up against tight-knit crime families in many poor suburbs A woman was fatally shot three times in the face near central Naples in what police suspect was a mafia killing. Mafia suspect Annamaria Palmieri, 54, had previous convictions for handling stolen property, criminal association and drugs, Italian […]

Germany: Plane and helicopter crash in mid-air, killing four

Germany: Plane and helicopter crash in mid-air, killing four

A small plane and a helicopter have collided in south-western Germany killing four people, police say. A rescue helicopter which had been on a training flight was involved in the crash above the town of Philippsburg, air rescue organisation DRF said. The cause of the crash is still unclear. The area where it happened has […]

Syria war: ‘Civilians flee’ Turkish assault on Afrin enclave

Syria war: ‘Civilians flee’ Turkish assault on Afrin enclave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels so far appear to have made limited gains Hundreds of civilians are reported to have been displaced by fierce clashes between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters on Syria’s northern border. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said people were fleeing the Kurdish enclave […]

Facebook invents new unit of time called a flick

Facebook invents new unit of time called a flick

Image copyright Eyewire Inc Image caption The flick is the next unit of time up from a nanosecond A Facebook engineer has invented a new unit of time called a flick. The flick has been designed to help developers keep video effects in sync, according to a description on the code-sharing site GitHub. A flick, […]

Mavic Air: DJI launches ‘ultraportable’ drone

Mavic Air: DJI launches ‘ultraportable’ drone

Image copyright DJI Image caption The Mavic Air is said to be half the size of the Mavic Pro DJI has unveiled the Mavic Air drone, a successor to its top-selling Mavic Pro that is smaller, lighter and faster as well as promising more advanced obstacle-avoidance tech. There are, however, trade-offs: it has a shorter […]

Elon Musk’s Boring Company presents LA tunnel plan

Elon Musk’s Boring Company presents LA tunnel plan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk’s Boring Company reveals LA tunnel plans Elon Musk’s Boring Company has presented plans to build a Hyperloop tunnel under Culver City, California. The plans were presented at a council meeting on Monday by Jehn Balajadia, operations co-ordinator of the firm. She said: “The purpose of Boring Company is […]