Hong Kong bans ivory trade in ‘historic’ vote

Hong Kong bans ivory trade in ‘historic’ vote

Image copyright SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images Image caption The ivory trade will now be phased out in Hong Kong by 2021 Hong Kong’s lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban the trade in ivory, in a move campaigners described as “a lifeline for elephants”. A similar ban was brought in across mainland China earlier this year. Ivory […]

Rare ‘super blue blood moon’ arrives

It has been seen in the western hemisphere, such as here in New York, for the first time in more than 150 years. Beyond the US, it has been spotted in Asia, Australia, and Eastern Europe. Rare ‘super blue blood moon’ arrives

Tariq Ramadan: French police question Muslim scholar over rape claims

Tariq Ramadan: French police question Muslim scholar over rape claims

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tariq Ramadan is facing several allegations of rape and sexual misconduct Prominent Muslim academic Tariq Ramadan is being questioned by French police investigating allegations of rape and sexual assault against him. He was taken into custody in Paris over claims made by two women last year. Mr Ramadan, 55, denies […]

Trump election: Nato chief warns against going it alone

Trump election: Nato chief warns against going it alone

Image copyright AP Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that “going it alone” is not an option for Europe or the United States. He said the West faced its greatest security challenge in a generation. During his election campaign, Mr Trump described Western military alliance Nato as obsolete. He suggested […]

Nimrud: Iraqi forces ‘retake ancient city from IS’

Nimrud: Iraqi forces ‘retake ancient city from IS’

Image copyright AFP Image caption IS posted a video showing explosions at Nimrud after capturing it Iraqi government forces say they have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by Islamic State (IS) group militants two years ago. In March 2015, officials and historians condemned IS for the destruction of the archaeological […]

New Zealand earthquake: Powerful tremor hits South Island

New Zealand earthquake: Powerful tremor hits South Island

Image copyright USGS A powerful earthquake has struck New Zealand’s South Island. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.4 quake hit just after midnight (11:02 GMT on Sunday), some 95km (59 miles) from Christchurch. The ministry of civil defence has warned people on the east coast of the South Island to move to higher ground […]

Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended – PM Valls

Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended – PM Valls

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A plaque commemorating the viticms of the Paris attacks outside “A La Bonne Biere” cafe France’s state of emergency imposed after last year’s terror attacks in Paris is likely to be extended, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has told the BBC. He said the measures were needed to “protect our democracy”. […]

France burkini highest court suspends ban

France burkini highest court suspends ban

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A woman in a burkini in Marseille in southern France France’s highest administrative court has suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits that was imposed in a town on the Mediterranean coast. The ban in Villeneuve-Loubet “seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms to come and go, freedom of beliefs […]

Syria Darayya: Evacuation of siege town begins

Syria Darayya: Evacuation of siege town begins

Image copyright AP Image caption Resident carried what belongings they could take as they awaited evacuation Civilians and rebel fighters have begun leaving the Syrian town of Darayya after a deal was reached ending a four-year government siege. The first buses left the town, near the capital Damascus, accompanied by ambulances and Red Crescent vehicles. […]