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Kidnap scam dupes dozens into paying ransoms

Kidnap scam dupes dozens into paying ransoms

Police in Los Angeles say they are tackling a rise in “virtual kidnappings”, where people are terrorised into giving money to con artists. The victims are called by someone who falsely claims to be holding a loved one hostage, and they are told to pay...
Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria

Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria

Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website 13 July 2017 From the section Science & Environment Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMovie encoded into the DNA of bacteria An image and short...
PM warned against rushing into US trade deal

PM warned against rushing into US trade deal

Theresa May has been warned not to rush into Donald Trump’s “bear hug” and try to negotiate a free trade deal with the US too quickly. Paul Drechsler, president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on...
Bear raids fridge after breaking into home

Bear raids fridge after breaking into home

A bear has been captured on video after breaking into a house in Colorado, raiding the fridge and trashing the kitchen. The animal spent six hours inside the home of Chris O’Dubhraic, in Colorado Springs, as he slept upstairs unaware of what was happening below....
Car splash: Motorist drives into swimming pool

Car splash: Motorist drives into swimming pool

A motorist plunged into a swimming pool in Colorado after a series of collisions. The 73-year old driver was heading away from the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs when she accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake. She hit a car, which...
NASA to shoot asteroid into new flight path

NASA to shoot asteroid into new flight path

NASA is preparing its first ever mission to deflect an asteroid, a move the space agency hopes will provide lessons for how Earth can be protected from a potentially planet-destroying impact. The spacecraft for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is now moving...
Trump travel ban comes into effect

Trump travel ban comes into effect

Trump travel ban comes into effect 30 June 2017 From the section US & Canada Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Travel ban protests took place in New York as the ban took effect People from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees now face tougher US...

Girl plunges 25ft from theme park ride into crowd

A teenage girl has plunged eight metres (25ft) from a halted theme park ride into a crowd of people trying to catch her. The unnamed 14-year-old fell from the Sky Ride at Six Flags Amusement Park in Lake George, New York state, on Saturday night. She was rushed to...
Room with a view: Melania moves into White House

Room with a view: Melania moves into White House

The First Lady has officially moved to the White House after son Barron finished his school year in New York. Melania Trump tweeted a message on Sunday evening after travelling to the White House with 11-year-old Barron. In her tweet, she wrote: “Looking forward...
NASA renames probe that will fly into sun

NASA renames probe that will fly into sun

NASA has announced a new name for its mission to fly a spacecraft directly into the sun’s atmosphere. At an event at the University in Chicago, NASA announced that it would be naming the spacecraft after Dr Eugene Parker, just days before Dr Parker’s 90th...

'Drunk' Britons plough into pedestrians in Spain

Two Britons whose car ploughed into pedestrians as they tried to escape police in a Spanish resort appeared to be drunk, say authorities. Eight people, including a 12-day-old baby and the driver, were injured during the incident in Marbella. The Civil Guard said the...
Great white shark jumps into fisherman's boat

Great white shark jumps into fisherman's boat

A 73-year-old fisherman had a lucky escape when a great white shark jumped into his boat, “doing a mad dance” and “thrashing everywhere.” Terry Selwood was fishing for snapper in the water off Evans Head in New South Wales, Australia, when the...
Australian man injured after shark jumps into boat

Australian man injured after shark jumps into boat

Australian man injured after shark jumps into boat 29 May 2017 From the section Australia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The shark measured 2.7m (8.8ft), authorities said An Australian fisherman has described how a 200kg (440lb) great white shark leapt...
Europe 'must take fate into its own hands'

Europe 'must take fate into its own hands'

Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” in the face of a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, Angela Merkel has said. The German Chancellor told an election rally in Munich: “The times in which we could...

Bus plunges into river in India killing 15

At least 15 people have died and eight remain missing after a bus they were travelling in plunged 380ft into a river gorge in northern India. Seven people were also injured in Tuesday’s accident in Uttarakhand state, situated almost 250 miles northeast of New...

Cyberattack: Probe into N Korea-linked hackers

Two companies say they are looking into clues that suggest a North Korea-linked group may be behind last week’s cyberattack. Symantec and Kaspersky are investigating whether hackers from the Lazarus Group were responsible for infecting an estimated 300,000...
Syria: Safe zones plan comes into force

Syria: Safe zones plan comes into force

Syria: Safe zones plan comes into force 5 May 2017 From the section Middle East Related Topics Syrian civil war Image copyright AFP Image caption Violence has continued unabated in places despite the declared ceasefire A deal unveiled by Russia’s military to set...
Putin backs inquiry into Chechnya 'gay purge'

Putin backs inquiry into Chechnya 'gay purge'

President Vladimir Putin has said he will intervene over reports of gay men in the Chechnya region being locked up and tortured. He told Russia’s human rights ambassador, Tatyana Moskalkova, that he would personally “talk to the prosecutor-general and the...
Peeking into North Korea from a speedboat

Peeking into North Korea from a speedboat

We set off down the Yalu River on a speedboat from Northern China, heading towards North Korea. This stretch of water is all that separates the two countries here. The southern border, between the two Koreas, is heavily militarised, but relations with China are...
Protesters storm into Macedonia parliament

Protesters storm into Macedonia parliament

Dozens of protesters, some wearing masks, broke through a police cordon and forced their way into Macedonia’s parliament building, attacking politicians following a months-long deadlock to form a new government. The crowd stormed the building after the...

Boy, 12, stopped 14 hours into drive across Oz

Police have stopped a 12-year-old boy attempting to drive across Australia – 14 hours into his epic journey. The youngster was picked up in the mining city of Broken Hill, more than 1,000km (621 miles) from his starting point. He had apparently driven across the...
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