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  • Rome's Colosseum sparkles after magnate-funded restoration

    Rome's Colosseum sparkles after magnate-funded restoration

    The Colosseum has emerged more imposing than ever after a multimillion-euro cleaning operation. The restoration work saw a patina of soot and grime removed from the ancient arena, which has been affected by pollution in traffic-clogged Rome for...

  • Ozone layer starting to heal

    Ozone layer starting to heal

    Researchers have found the first evidence that the thinning of the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal, according to the BBC. Observations and calculations indicate that, in September, the hole in ozone layer above Antarctica was...

  • Paris drives old cars off its streets

    Paris drives old cars off its streets

    Paris has banned old, exhaust-belching cars from its streets in a war on air pollution that environmentalists hope will also drive dirty vehicles from the centres of other European cities. Air pollution, in large part caused by fine particulate...

  • EU extends sanctions against Russia for six more months

    The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia for six more months to keep pressure on Moscow to respect the peace agreement in Ukraine. The decision, which had been expected, was announced in a statement on Friday. It means restrictive...

  • Austria's presidential election must be held again, court rules

    Austria's presidential election must be held again, court rules

    Update 2pm Austria's presidential runoff election must be held again, the Constitutional Court ruled today, handing the Freedom Party's narrowly defeated candidate another chance to become the first far-right head of state in the European...

  • Turkish police detain 11 suspects over airport attack

    Turkish police detain 11 suspects over airport attack

    Attackers were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz At least 44 dead in Istanbul airport attack Turkish police detained 11 foreigners, suspected of being members of an Islamic State branch in Istanbul linked to the bombing of Istanbul airport on...

  • Vietnam wants to ban motorbikes from Hanoi

    Vietnam wants to ban motorbikes from Hanoi

    World famous for its endless swarms of motorcycles, Vietnam is considering banning bikes in the capital over fears its leafy streets will become overrun as the population swells and its middle class buys up cars in record numbers. Hanoi is...

  • Taiwan fires supersonic missile by accident

    Taiwan fires supersonic missile by accident

    Taiwan has mistakenly fired a supersonic anti-ship missile, according to an official Taiwanese news agency.The Central News Agency said the 500-tonne patrol boat Chinchiang was undergoing an inspection inside a military base when the missile - a...

  • Australian election too close to call

    Australian election too close to call

    Australia braced for an election that was too close to call today, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull warning of economic chaos if his gamble on an early poll backfires and leaves him without the outright majority he needs to enact major...

  • Israel is 'eroding viability of two-state solution', Quartet say in draft report

    Israel is 'eroding viability of two-state solution', Quartet say in draft report

    Israel should stop building settlements, denying Palestinian development and designating land for exclusive Israeli use that Palestinians seek for a future state, the Middle East peace "Quartet" recommended in a draft of an eagerly awaited report...

  • Major international drug bust on cocaine headed for Europe

    Major international drug bust on cocaine headed for Europe

    Authorities say they've seized 11 tons of cocaine and made 33 arrests across two continents in an operation by law enforcement agencies from Italy, Colombia and the United States. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Rhexit! Black Rhino Leaves Europe For New Home

    Rhexit! Black Rhino Leaves Europe For New Home

    Eastern black rhinos are one of the most endangered mammal groups, with large-scale poaching in the late 20th century leading to a significant decline in black rhino populations in Africa. There are estimated to be about 800 in the world today.

  • Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

    Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

    The Pentagon will let transgender individuals serve openly in the US military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Defence Secretary Ash Carter announced the change on Thursday. Mr Carter said it is the right thing to do.

  • Watch: 10 women found dead in sinking boat off Libya

    Watch: 10 women found dead in sinking boat off Libya

    Ten women died in a sinking boat off the coast of Libya as Italy's coast guard rescued hundreds of migrants in two separate operations. Watch video above.

  • Gunman alert at US military base sparked by routine inspection

    Gunman alert at US military base sparked by routine inspection

    A major security operation swung into action at a US military base regularly used by President Barack Obama when someone mistook personnel conducting a routine inspection for a gunman. Confusion at Joint Base Andrews near central Washington was...

  • Istanbul airport bombers were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz

    Istanbul airport bombers were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz

    Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 43 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul's main airport this week were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals, a Turkish government official said. The attack on one of the world's busiest...

  • Exit: Boris Johnson drops out of race to become UK prime minister

    Exit: Boris Johnson drops out of race to become UK prime minister

    Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who had been considered one of the favourites to replace David Cameron as UK Prime Minister, said today he would not be standing. The former London mayor's decision not to join the battle leaves Home Secretary...

  • Kim adds new title to his list

    Kim adds new title to his list

    North Korea's parliament has awarded leader Kim Jong Un a new post, adding to his long list of titles. The North's state-run television KRT released a video of Kim attending its Supreme People's Assembly and said Kim was appointed as the chairman...

  • 'LuxLeaks' whistleblowers get suspended sentences

    A Luxembourg court has handed out suspended sentences to the two former accounting firm employees who leaked data about Luxembourg's tax deals with large corporations, which gained prominence in the so-called "LuxLeaks" affair. Antoine Deltour and...

  • Watch: Police officer shoots Istanbul bomber, escapes with seconds to spare

    Watch: Police officer shoots Istanbul bomber, escapes with seconds to spare

    Warning: The footage in the above video is graphic. Discretion is advised. Death toll rises to 41 in Istanbul airport attacks CCTV footage from Istanbul's Ataturk airport has shown how a police officer who shot down a suicide bomber survived the...