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Storms in France, Greece and Italy leave ‘biblical destruction’

Seven people die as weekend of heavy rain brings landslides, floods and collapsed overpass Seven people have died as violent storms swept through parts of France, Greece and Italy over the weekend, causing flash floods, landslides and the collapse of an overpass. Greek media described the storms as leaving a trail of “biblical destruction” in some areas of the country ... Read More »

Uber denied new license in London for safety reasons

London’s transport regulator has refused to renew the multinational ride-sharing company’s license in the British capital for safety reasons. Uber has said it will appeal the decision and change its business model. Transport for London (TfL) on Monday said it would not grant Uber a new license in the UK capital. The city’s regulator of taxi and private hire services ... Read More »

Jofra Archer racially abused as England slump to innings defeat

New Zealand Cricket says it will apologise to Jofra Archer after the fast bowler received “racial insults” from a member of the crowd following his dismissal during the first Test against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui. Archer made 30 from 50 balls on the final afternoon of the match, but was unable to prevent New Zealand from sealing an innings-and-65-run ... Read More »

Dresden Green Vault robbery: Priceless diamonds stolen

Burglars have stolen three diamond jewellery sets from one of Europe’s largest treasure collections – the Dresden Green Vault in eastern Germany. The historic sets consist of 37 parts each, and there are fears the thieves may try to break them up. Officials are still trying to establish exactly how much was stolen in the break-in early on Monday. Saxony’s ... Read More »

Climate change: Greenhouse gas concentrations again break records

Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases once again reached new highs in 2018. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says the increase in CO2 was just above the average rise recorded over the last decade. Levels of other warming gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide, have also surged by above average amounts. Since 1990 there’s been an ... Read More »

Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam promises ‘open mind’ after election rout

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has said the government will “seriously reflect” after local elections saw massive gains by pro-democracy candidates. Seventeen of the 18 district councils are now controlled by pro-democracy councillors, according to local media. The election, the first since the wave of anti-Beijing protests began, saw an unprecedented turnout of more than 71%. It is being seen ... Read More »

Egyptian independent media outlet Mada Masr says police raided office

Egyptian police have raided the Cairo office of a media outlet known to be critical of the government, its news website says. The alleged raid at Mada Masr comes a day after a news editor at the outlet was arrested. Egyptian police on Sunday raided the offices of the government-critical Mada Masr media outlet, a day after one of its ... Read More »

Australia win by an innings despite Babar Azam’s century

Australia 580 (Labuschagne 185, Warner 154, Burns 97, Wade 60, Yasir 4-205) beat Pakistan 240 (Shafiq 76, Starc 4-52) and 335 (Azam 104, Rizwan 95, Hazlewood 4-63) by an innings and five runs Australia were made to work harder than appeared likely in securing an innings-and-five-run victory on the fourth day at the Gabba as Babar Azam scored a magnificently ... Read More »

Cybertruck: Tesla truck gets 150,000 orders despite launch gaffe

Tesla has received almost 150,000 orders for its new pickup truck, boss Elon Musk has said, despite an embarrassing hiccup at its launch. Mr Musk was caught out on stage when the windows of the Cybertruck shattered during a demonstration supposed to show their durability. Tesla shares dived 6.1% after the event on Thursday and several bad reviews. With its ... Read More »

Cryptoqueen: How this woman scammed the world, then vanished

Ruja Ignatova called herself the Cryptoqueen. She told people she had invented a cryptocurrency to rival Bitcoin, and persuaded them to invest billions. Then, two years ago, she disappeared. Jamie Bartlett spent months investigating how she did it for the Missing Cryptoqueen podcast, and trying to figure out where she’s hiding. In early June 2016 a 36-year-old businesswoman called Dr ... Read More »

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