World News

More precious than gold: Why the metal palladium is soaring
More precious than gold: Why the metal palladium is soaring

January 21, 2020

The price of the precious metal palladium has soared on the global commodities markets...

read more »

Single-use plastic: China to ban bags and other items
Single-use plastic: China to ban bags and other items

January 21, 2020

China, one of the world's biggest users of plastic, has unveiled a major plan to reduce single-use plastics across the country...

read more »

Australia fires: Smoke to make 'full circuit' around globe, Nasa says
Australia fires: Smoke to make 'full circuit' around globe, Nasa says

January 14, 2020

Smoke from the massive bushfires in Australia will soon circle the Earth back to the nation, says Nasa...

read more »

Taal volcano: Lava spews as 'hazardous eruption' feared
Taal volcano: Lava spews as 'hazardous eruption' feared

January 13, 2020

A volcano in the Philippines has begun spewing lava, as authorities warn that a "hazardous eruption" is possible "within hours or days".

read more »

Iran plane crash: Western powers suggest missile downed jet
Iran plane crash: Western powers suggest missile downed jet

January 13, 2020

Evidence suggests an Iranian missile brought down a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran, possibly in error, Western leaders say...

read more »

Iran attack: US troops targeted with ballistic missiles
Iran attack: US troops targeted with ballistic missiles

January 08, 2020

Iran has carried out a ballistic missile attack on air bases housing US forces in Iraq, in retaliation for the US killing of General Qasem Soleimani...

read more »

Iran plane crash: Ukraine International Airline jet crashes killing 176
Iran plane crash: Ukraine International Airline jet crashes killing 176

January 08, 2020

A Ukrainian Boeing-737 carrying 176 people has crashed in Iran and officials say there is no chance of finding survivors...

read more »

Australia fires: Almost 2,000 homes destroyed in marathon crisis
Australia fires: Almost 2,000 homes destroyed in marathon crisis

January 07, 2020

Almost 2,000 houses have been destroyed in Australia's months-long bushfire crisis, officials say, as crews prepare frantically for worsening conditions...

read more »

Australia fires: Rain brings relief but huge blazes expected
Australia fires: Rain brings relief but huge blazes expected

January 06, 2020

Rain has fallen in fire-ravaged parts of Australia and temperatures have dropped - but officials have warned that blazes will "take off" again...

read more »

Man who threw 'lucky' coins into plane engine fined
Man who threw 'lucky' coins into plane engine fined

January 03, 2020

A Chinese man who was flying for the first time has been fined for throwing "good luck" coins into a plane's engine...

read more »

Mukesh Ambani: Asia's richest man takes on retail giant Amazon
Mukesh Ambani: Asia's richest man takes on retail giant Amazon

January 02, 2020

A conglomerate run by Asia's richest man has started a service that aims to compete with Amazon in India...

read more »

Australia fires: New South Wales declares week-long emergency

January 02, 2020

The leader of Australia's eastern New South Wales state has declared a week-long state of emergency in response to the escalating bushfire threat...

read more »

Palau is first country to ban 'reef toxic' sun cream
Palau is first country to ban 'reef toxic' sun cream

January 02, 2020

The Pacific nation of Palau has become the first country to ban sun cream that is harmful to corals and sea life...

read more »

Tesla delivers its first 'Made in China' cars
Tesla delivers its first 'Made in China' cars

December 30, 2019

Tesla has delivered its first cars made in China, marking a major milestone for the electric vehicle maker...

read more »

Bank of England chief Mark Carney issues climate change warning
Bank of England chief Mark Carney issues climate change warning

December 30, 2019

The world will face irreversible heating unless firms shift their priorities soon, the outgoing head of the Bank of England has told the BBC...

read more »

Texas church shooting: Two fatally shot before gunman killed by churchgoer
Texas church shooting: Two fatally shot before gunman killed by churchgoer

December 30, 2019

A gunman has opened fire in a church in Texas, fatally shooting two people before being killed by an armed member of the congregation...

read more »

Australia fires worsen as every state hits 40C
Australia fires worsen as every state hits 40C

December 30, 2019

Scores of fires are burning out of control across Australia amid a heatwave that has seen temperatures exceed 40C (104F) in every state...

read more »

US attacks Iran-backed militia bases in Iraq and Syria
US attacks Iran-backed militia bases in Iraq and Syria

December 30, 2019

The US has conducted air strikes in Iraq and Syria against an Iran-backed Iraqi militia blamed for an attack that killed a US civilian contractor...

read more »

Airbnb is not an estate agent, EU court rules
Airbnb is not an estate agent, EU court rules

December 20, 2019

The accommodation-booking service Airbnb does not need an estate agent's licence to operate in France, Europe's top court has ruled...

read more »

African swine fever: Fears rise as virus spreads to Indonesia
African swine fever: Fears rise as virus spreads to Indonesia

December 19, 2019

Indonesia has become the latest Asian country to face an outbreak of African swine fever, a deadly pig virus devastating farmers across the region...

read more »