Deadly Earthquake Topples Buildings in Taiwan City of Tainan

An earthquake has toppled buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least five people. Rescue teams have been trying to reach people trapped in rubble since the magnitude 6.4 quake struck just before 04:00 (20:00 GMT Friday). A baby was among four people killed when a high-rise block collapsed. At least 155 […]

Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Man On The Moon, Dies Aged 85

US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon, has died aged 85. He passed away at a hospice in West Palm Beach, Florida, his family said. As part of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, he spent more than nine hours on the Moon’s surface. He said he had […]

‘El Chapo’: Mexico Seeks Actress Kate del Castillo

Mexican prosecutors have issued an order to locate and question actress Kate del Castillo over her links with the imprisoned drug baron, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The Mexican actress set up a meeting in October between Hollywood star Sean Penn and Guzman, who was on the run at the time. Prosecutors say she may have […]

Zika Virus Infection ‘Through Sex’ Reported In US

A rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex, not a mosquito bite, has been reported in the US. A patient infected in Dallas, Texas, is likely to have been infected by sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) told the BBC. The person had not travelled to infected areas but their […]

Syria Conflict: Dozens Killed Near Sayyida Zeinab Shrine

At least 50 people have died in blasts near the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of Syria’s capital Damascus. A bus station and a building housing military headquarters were hit by the blasts, which mangled nearby vehicles. It happened as the government and opposition groups gathered in Geneva in a bid to start talks […]

China Shandong: Miners Rescued After 36 Days

Four Chinese miners who had been trapped underground for 36 days have been rescued, Chinese state media say. The men were trapped by a cave-in at a gypsum mine in eastern Shandong province in December. China’s CCTV showed dramatic footage of one of the men appearing on the surface and then being taken to hospital. […]

Zika Virus Could Become ‘Explosive Pandemic’

US scientists have urged the World Health Organisation to take urgent action over the Zika virus, which they say has “explosive pandemic potential”. Writing in a US medical journal, they called on the WHO to heed lessons from the Ebola outbreak and convene an emergency committee of disease experts. They said a vaccine might be […]

US Police Seal Off Oregon Refuge After Deadly Shootout

State and federal authorities have urged a group of armed men still occupying a US wildlife refuge in Oregon to abandon the protest over land rights, a day after their leader and seven other people were arrested and one man was killed. Law enforcement tightened security around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday after […]

Italy Same-Sex Marriage: Rallies Held Across Country

Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Italy, demanding legal recognition for same-sex couples. The rallies were held as lawmakers are due to debate the deeply divisive issue next week. Opponents of the bill in the mainly Catholic nation are planning to hold their own demonstration next Saturday. Italy is the only […]

Google To Pay £130m In Backdated UK Tax

Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes after an “open audit” of its accounts by the UK tax authorities. The company had been accused of “not paying its fair share” of tax, and criticised for complex tax structures. Senior figures at the technology company have said that they want to draw a line […]

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