Inquiry over French babies missing limbs

Inquiry over French babies missing limbs

Image copyright AFP Image caption A cluster of birth defect cases was initially dismissed, but several more have now emerged France has launched a national investigation into the number of babies being born with missing arms or hands – weeks after an initial inquiry closed. The first investigation began after it emerged more than a […]

Indonesia plane search focuses on fuselage

Indonesia plane search focuses on fuselage

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDebris found from Lion Air crash in sea Indonesian officials believe they have found part of the fuselage of a Lion Air plane which crashed on Monday with 198 people on board. Flight JT 610, a Boeing 737, went down shortly after take-off from Jakarta. No survivors […]

Teen dies in blast at Russian security HQ

Teen dies in blast at Russian security HQ

Image copyright AFP Image caption Security was tightened in Arkhangelsk immediately after the explosion at the FSB building A 17-year-old has died of his wounds after bringing explosives to an office of Russia’s FSB federal security service in the north-western city of Arkhangelsk, officials say. Three FSB employees were hurt when the explosives blew up […]

The Tolkien of martial arts dies age 94

The Tolkien of martial arts dies age 94

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Cha is a legend in the Chinese literary world He’s been referred to as the JRR Tolkien of Chinese literature and the grandfather of martial arts novels – but very few people have heard of him outside the Chinese-speaking world. Novelist Louis Cha, who wrote under the name Jin […]

Kanye West says he’s quitting politics

Kanye West says he’s quitting politics

Image copyright Getty Images Kanye West says he’s “distancing” himself from politics. On Twitter the rapper claims he’s being “used to spread messages I don’t believe in.” He has been a vocal supporter of President Trump but this decision appears to centre around a campaign he was linked to known as Blexit. Run by Conservative […]

Bullet train firm ends ‘scary’ safety drill

Bullet train firm ends ‘scary’ safety drill

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Japan has one of the world’s most reliable railways and is known for its Shinkansen bullet trains A Japanese railway firm has stopped an unusual training drill that required employees to crouch in tunnels while trains rushed past to “feel” the wind speed. The West Japan Railway said the […]

US calls for swift ceasefire in Yemen

US calls for swift ceasefire in Yemen

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe UN says Yemen is on the brink of the world’s worst famine in 100 years if the war continues The US has called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where three years of civil war have caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Defence Secretary […]

Court acquits Christian woman on death row

Court acquits Christian woman on death row

Image caption Asia Bibi’s case had been hugely divisive in religiously conservative Pakistan A Pakistani court has overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, a case that has polarised the nation. Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours. […]

Bolsonaro merger plan ‘threat to Amazon’

Bolsonaro merger plan ‘threat to Amazon’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrazil’s highly biodiverse Cerrado is being destroyed for soybean production, conservationists say Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will merge the ministries of agriculture and the environment, an aide says, in a move which critics say could endanger the Amazon rainforest. Mr Bolsonaro’s future chief of staff, Onyx […]