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'Wake up call' over falling sperm counts

Sperm counts among western men are so low that there is a potential threat to fertility in some countries, according to a major study. Scientists found that between 1973 and 2011 there was a 59.3% fall in the average amount of sperm produced by men in Europe, North...
US 'may send arms' to Ukraine, says new envoy

US 'may send arms' to Ukraine, says new envoy

US ‘may send arms’ to Ukraine, says new envoy 25 July 2017 From the section US & Canada Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (second right) meets servicemen during a visit to Donetsk region in June The new US...
Johnson compares Maori greeting to headbutt

Johnson compares Maori greeting to headbutt

Boris Johnson has compared New Zealand’s traditional Maori greeting to a headbutt. The Foreign Secretary, who is on a two-day trip to the country, suggested the customary pressing of noses, known as the hongi, is like a “Glasgow kiss”. Mr Johnson...

At least 12 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack

At least 12 people have been killed by a car bomb in the west of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. The country’s interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said that 10 people were also injured in what is believed to have been a suicide attack just before 7am...

Briton shot by robbers days before his wedding

A British man has been shot in the Philippines just days before his wedding. Tarek Naggar is said to be critically injured and in intensive care after he was attacked on the island of Cebu. The 44-year-old, from Milngavie in East Dunbartonshire, was confronted by...
Attack at Israel embassy in Jordan – reports

Attack at Israel embassy in Jordan – reports

Attack at Israel embassy in Jordan – reports 23 July 2017 From the section Middle East Image copyright Getty Images Image caption No official information has been released about the reported attack in Amman Security forces have surrounded the Israeli embassy in the...
'Doofy' teenager loses car for three days

'Doofy' teenager loses car for three days

An absent-minded teenager has been reunited with his car three days after forgetting where he had parked it. Gavin Strickland’s vehicle was eventually found after his parents posted an online appeal for help in tracing the car of their “doofy son”....
Spielberg warns VR will rule the future

Spielberg warns VR will rule the future

Steven Spielberg has warned that a future ruled by virtual reality is coming “whether we like it or not”. Presenting his upcoming sci-fi film at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday, the acclaimed director addressed what has recently been a...
Comic-Con: Ford's take on Blade Runner mystery

Comic-Con: Ford's take on Blade Runner mystery

Blade Runner 2049: Harrison Ford responds to Deckard replicant mystery 22 July 2017 From the section Entertainment & Arts Image copyright Getty Images It’s one of the most debated theories in sci-fi – is Harrison Ford’s character in Blade Runner...
Erdogan condemns Israel's 'excessive' force

Erdogan condemns Israel's 'excessive' force

Turkey has condemned the “excessive” use of force by its regional ally Israel following deadly violence around a contentious Jerusalem holy site. The country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the criticism after clashes at a shrine in the walled...

US airstrike kills 16 policemen by mistake

A US airstrike has mistakenly killed 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand province. The bombing happened during a US-backed Afghan operation to clear a village of Taliban insurgents in the Gereshk district on Friday, a police spokesman said. It is believed the police were...
Venezuela row as Congress appoints judges

Venezuela row as Congress appoints judges

Venezuela row as Congress appoints judges 22 July 2017 From the section Latin America & Caribbean Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption The judges at a swearing-in ceremony in Caracas Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly has...
Trump didn't want me to quit, Spicer says

Trump didn't want me to quit, Spicer says

Sean Spicer has insisted that Donald Trump didn’t want him to quit as White House press secretary. Mr Spicer resigned as press secretary on Friday after Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier with no previous media experience, was made the new White House...
US police chief quits after Australian shot dead

US police chief quits after Australian shot dead

The head of Minneapolis police has resigned following fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman by an officer. Police chief Janee Harteau stepped down at the request of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, a day after speaking about the death of 40-year-old Justine...
India musician plays guitar during brain surgery

India musician plays guitar during brain surgery

India musician plays guitar during brain surgery By Imran Qureshi BBC Hindi 21 July 2017 From the section India Image copyright PTI Image caption Mr Prasad said he felt normal and awake on the operating table An Indian musician played the guitar on the operating table...
Salvador Dali's body exhumed for DNA tests

Salvador Dali's body exhumed for DNA tests

Salvador Dali’s body exhumed for DNA tests 21 July 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright AFP/EPA Image caption Ms Martínez says she was born in 1956 as a result of an affair between Dalí and her mother Forensic experts in Spain have exhumed the body of...
Police chief: Australian 'didn't have to die'

Police chief: Australian 'didn't have to die'

An Australian woman shot dead by a police officer in the US “didn’t have to die”, the chief of the Minneapolis police department has said. Justine Damond, 40, had called police to report a possible sexual assault in her neighbourhood just before...
Exxon fined for violating Russia sanctions

Exxon fined for violating Russia sanctions

Exxon Mobil has been fined $ 2m for violating sanctions against Russia while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was its CEO. The US Treasury said the oil company had shown “reckless disregard” for sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in 2014 over...
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