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Renewed hope for protection of grizzly bears

Renewed hope for protection of grizzly bears

Hundreds of grizzly bears at a US national park could have their protected status restored after a court found flaws with a similar decision to de-list a breed of wolves. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing a decision made in July to strip the grizzlies at...
Dangerous Iceland volcano may be about to erupt

Dangerous Iceland volcano may be about to erupt

A long-dormant volcano in Iceland may be about to erupt, scientists fear. The Oraefajokull volcano last spewed out ash and lava in 1728, but is showing renewed signs of activity. A hole in the snow on the top of the mountain has been becoming 45cm deeper every day. It...

Qatar announces deal to buy 50 Airbus planes

Qatar is to buy 50 Airbus a321neo planes with an option for a further 30. The deal was one of several announced on Thursday during a state visit to Qatar by French President Emmanuel Macron. Qatar also said it would buy 12 French-built Rafale fighter jets. It comes as...
VW manager jailed over emissions scandal

VW manager jailed over emissions scandal

A senior Volkswagen manager has been jailed for seven years in the US for covering up a scheme to evade pollution limits on diesel vehicles. Oliver Schmidt, 48, became the second person to be sent to prison over the scandal involving the car maker. He was also fined $...
Russia's Putin seeks fourth term as president

Russia's Putin seeks fourth term as president

Vladimir Putin has announced he plans to seek another term as Russian president in next year’s election – a contest which polls predict he will win comfortably. Mr Putin has been in office – either as president or prime minister – since 2000,...
First of Chennai Six says 'excellent to be home'

First of Chennai Six says 'excellent to be home'

The first of a group of British men nicknamed the Chennai Six, who were held on weapons charges in India, has returned home. Billy Irving, from Argyll and Bute, landed at Glasgow airport this morning, having won his lengthy legal battle for freedom. He told Sky News:...

Pope contradicts Trump over US embassy move

Pope Francis has set himself on a new collision course with Donald Trump over the President’s plans to move the US Israeli embassy. The pontiff has called for the “status quo” to be respected, after Mr Trump indicated the embassy would be relocated...
Gay wedding cake row reaches top US court

Gay wedding cake row reaches top US court

When it becomes the centre of a gripping Supreme Court drama about the right of a baker to refuse to make one for a gay couple’s wedding. And so it came to be that America’s most powerful court is currently hearing arguments, in front of a packed room,...

Singapore on set with Cineworld's £2.7bn deal

A state-owned Singaporean fund is to become a shareholder in the London-listed cinema group Cineworld as part of a £2.7bn takeover of Regal, a US rival. Sky News has learnt that the Asian city state’s Government Investment Corporation (GIC) will participate in a...
Austria court legalises same-sex marriage

Austria court legalises same-sex marriage

Austria’s supreme court has ruled to legalise same-sex marriage in the country from 1 January 2019. Judges said current law, which allows registered partnerships for same-sex couples but prevents them from getting married, is discriminatory. The ruling brings...
Athlete: 'Russia blaming everyone else on doping'

Athlete: 'Russia blaming everyone else on doping'

British bobsleigh racer John Jackson found out last month that he had been awarded a retrospective bronze medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics as a result of the Russian doping scandal. Ahead of a decision on whether Russia should be allowed to compete at the...

Top court backs Trump 'Muslim travel ban'

The US Supreme Court has agreed to allow the full enforcement of Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries. Five of the court’s seven justices granted a request from the President’s administration to lift injunctions that had...
Nelson Mandela funeral: 'Millions misspent'

Nelson Mandela funeral: 'Millions misspent'

Nelson Mandela funeral: ‘Millions misspent’ 4 December 2017 From the section Africa Image copyright AFP Image caption Four years have passed since South African hero Nelson Mandela died South Africa’s corruption watchdog has found officials misused...
Shashi Kapoor, Bollywood legend, dies at 79

Shashi Kapoor, Bollywood legend, dies at 79

Shashi Kapoor, Bollywood legend, dies at 79 4 December 2017 From the section India Image copyright BBC Hindi Image caption Shashi Kapoor acted in more than 150 films Veteran Bollywood actor and producer Shashi Kapoor has died aged 79. Kapoor, who acted in huge hits...
Taiwan rainbow 'lasts record-breaking nine hours'

Taiwan rainbow 'lasts record-breaking nine hours'

Taiwan rainbow ‘lasts record-breaking nine hours’ By Cindy Sui BBC News, Taipei 4 December 2017 From the section Asia Image copyright Chinese Culture University Image caption The rainbow lasted so long because of a seasonal north-east monsoon, sunlight and...
UK social mobility board quits in protest

UK social mobility board quits in protest

Social mobility board quits over lack of progress 2 December 2017 From the section UK Politics Image caption Mr Milburn took up his role with the board in 2012 All four members of the board of the government’s Social Mobility Commission have stood down in...
Police fire water cannon outside far-right rally

Police fire water cannon outside far-right rally

German police have used water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters who blocked access to a far-right party conference. Officers clashed with demonstrators who staged sit-ins to obstruct roads to the Alternative for Germany (AFD) conference in Hannover, delaying...
Trump: 'Absolutely no collusion' with Russia

Trump: 'Absolutely no collusion' with Russia

Donald Trump has said there was “absolutely no collusion” between his presidential campaign and Moscow after a former adviser admitted lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia. Mr Trump was speaking to reporters as he left the White House a day after...
Ex-Olympic hopeful appeals rape sentence

Ex-Olympic hopeful appeals rape sentence

A former Olympic swimming hopeful jailed for raping a woman outside a party at Stanford University is appealing his sentence. Brock Turner, 22, was convicted in March last year of sexually assaulting the woman after they drank heavily at a fraternity party at the...
Pensioner admits testing poison on neighbours

Pensioner admits testing poison on neighbours

A pensioner living in a US care home has admitted making ricin and testing the deadly toxin on her neighbours by slipping it into their food and drink. Betty Miller, 70, told FBI agents she exposed other residents to ricin at least three times after making three...
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