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Coronavirus: Champions League and Europa League postponed

All Uefa competitions, including Champions League and Europa League matches due to be played on March 17 and 18, have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The BBC reports that the competition draws scheduled for March 20 have also been postponed. Manchester City v...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 12:55 PM

Iran raid on US base injured 109, admits Pentagon

The number of US troops suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) after an Iranian attack on a US base in Iraq in January has risen to 109, according to US officials. The figure is a significant increase from the 64 injured service members previously reported by the Pentagon. President...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 9:27 AM

Lightning kills rare mountain gorillas in Uganda

Four rare mountain gorillas, including a pregnant female, have died in Uganda after being hit by lightning, a conservation group says. The three adult females and a male infant were found in Uganda's Mgahinga National Park with "gross lesions" on their bodies indicating...

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11:11 PM

Thailand: Soldier kills 20 in gun rampage

A soldier has killed 20 people and injured dozens more in a gun rampage in the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima. Jakraphanth Thomma, a junior officer, killed his commanding officer before stealing weapons from a military camp on Saturday afternoon, a defence spokesperson told BBC Thai. The...

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11:04 PM

Coronavirus: China accuses US of causing panic and spreading fear

The Chinese government has accused the United States of causing "panic" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak. The accusation comes after the US declared a public health emergency on Friday and said it would deny entry to foreign nationals who had visited China in the past two...

Monday, February 3, 2020, 12:23 PM

WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones

Messaging service WhatsApp will no longer work on millions of smartphones from 1 February. Android and iPhone devices which only support outdated operating systems will no longer be able to run the Facebook-owned app. WhatsApp said the move was necessary in order to protect the security of...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 6:49 PM

Nigeria worst hit in new Trump visa ban

The US has announced it is expanding its curbs on immigration to include six more countries, including Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation. Citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar will now be blocked from obtaining certain types of visas. People from...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:15 AM

Coronavirus: US bars foreigners who recently visited China

The US has declared a public health emergency over the spread of the coronavirus and said it would deny entry to any foreign nationals who have visited China in the past two weeks. US citizens returning from Hubei province, where the outbreak started, will be quarantined for 14 days. More...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:11 AM

UK leaves the European Union

The UK has officially left the European Union after 47 years of membership - and more than three years after it voted to do so in a referendum. The historic moment, which happened at 23:00 GMT, was marked by both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests. Candlelit vigils were held in Scotland,...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:08 AM

Brexit: Boris Johnson to hail 'dawn of a new era' on departure day

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hail the "dawn of a new era" on Friday, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union after 47 years. In a speech to be shown at 22:00 GMT - an hour before the official departure time - he will say Brexit is "not an end but a beginning...

Friday, January 31, 2020, 7:43 AM

Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. "The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom...

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 11:36 PM

Coronavirus: Death toll rises as virus spreads to every Chinese region

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 170, and a confirmed case in Tibet means it has reached every region in mainland China. Chinese health authorities said there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country as of 29 January. Infections have also spread to at least 15 other...

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 2:14 PM

China: Virus death toll rises as more cities shut down

China has widened a lockdown in Hubei province - the centre of the coronavirus outbreak - as the death toll climbed to 25. At least 10 cities in the central Chinese province, which has a population of 20 million, have travel restrictions in force. On Thursday, a coronavirus patient died in...

Friday, January 24, 2020, 7:58 AM

Coronavirus: How worried should we be?

A virus - previously unknown to science - is causing severe lung disease in China and has also been detected in other countries. At least 17 people are known to have died from the virus, which appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. There are already hundreds of confirmed cases,...

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:23 PM

Isabel dos Santos banker found dead in Lisbon

A banker implicated in the embezzlement and money-laundering case against Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has been found dead in Lisbon. Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, 45, managed the account of oil firm Sonangol, formerly chaired by Ms Dos Santos, at the small Portuguese lender EuroBic...

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:18 PM

China to ban bags and other single-use plastic

China, one of the world's biggest users of plastic, has unveiled a major plan to reduce single-use plastics across the country. Non-degradable bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns by 2022. The restaurant industry will also be banned from using...

Monday, January 20, 2020, 9:03 AM

Russian PM and government resign as Putin proposes sweeping constitutional changes

The government of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is to resign, hours after President Vladimir Putin announced plans in parliament to change the constitution. Mr Putin has asked the PM to move to the post of deputy head of the National Security Council, reports say. Mr Medvedev said...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 4:38 PM

Trump says he deserves Nobel Peace Prize not Abiy Ahmed

Why, what did he say? "I'm going to tell you about the Nobel Peace Prize, I'll tell you about that. I made a deal, I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. I said: 'What, did I have something...

Monday, January 13, 2020, 12:27 PM

Retired Pope Benedict warns Francis against relaxing priestly celibacy rules

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has issued a defence of priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church as his successor considers easing a ban on married men serving as priests. Pope Benedict made the appeal in a book co-authored with Cardinal Robert Sarah. It comes in response to a proposal to allow...

Monday, January 13, 2020, 11:20 AM

Harry and Meghan: Royals gather for talks over Sussexes' future

The Queen will meet senior royals in Sandringham later to discuss the future roles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry, the Duke of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales will all attend, while Meghan is expected to join the discussion by phone from Canada. The Sussexes say they plan...

Monday, January 13, 2020, 10:31 AM