The world’s first artificial womb for humans

Scientists in the Netherlands say they are within 10 years of developing an artificial womb that could save the lives of premature babies. Premature birth, before 37 weeks, is globally the biggest cause of death among newborns. But, the development also raises ethical questions about the future of baby making. We meet Lisa Mandemaker, the […]

Russia spy case: Is Paul Whelan a hostage of Russia or a spy?

The British family of a man accused of spying in Moscow has called on the UK government to do more to secure his release. Paul Whelan, who also has US, Irish and Canadian citizenship, has claimed he was set up by a friend, working for Russian intelligence. He was arrested in December – when Russia […]

Lebanon battles worst wildfires in decades

Firefighters and specialist aircraft in Lebanon are working to tackle a series of wildfires which have broken out during a period of high temperatures and strong winds. The blazes started in Lebanon’s western mountains, but have spread to other areas. The initial cause is not known. Officials said on Tuesday that more than 100 fires […]

Men and boys chained up at Nigeria ‘school’

Dozens of males have been freed in a raid on an Islamic boarding school in Katsina state, Nigeria, officials say. Police said they had been subjected to “inhumane and degrading treatment”. Last month, more than 300 male students were freed from a similar boarding school in neighbouring Kaduna state. Men and boys chained up at […]

Men and boys chained up at Nigeria Islamic ‘school’

Dozens of males have been freed in a raid on an Islamic boarding school in Katsina state, Nigeria. Police said they had been subjected to “inhumane and degrading treatment”. Last month, more than 300 male students were freed from a similar boarding school in neighbouring Kaduna state. Men and boys chained up at Nigeria Islamic […]

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have become the first authors to jointly win the Booker Prize for Fiction. Atwood’s The Testaments and Evaristo’s novel Girl, Woman, Other earned each author an equal share of the £50,000 prize. Atwood, 79, is the oldest ever Booker winner, while Evaristo is the first black woman to win. The […]

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have become the first authors to jointly win the Booker Prize for Fiction. Atwood’s The Testaments and Evaristo’s novel Girl, Woman, Other earned each author an equal share of the £50,000 prize. Atwood, 79, is the oldest ever Booker winner, while Evaristo is the first black woman to win. The […]

Why Romania is importing waste from abroad

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Russian rappers battle police over protests

Several Russian musicians with a youth following, have released songs to denounce police action, during recent protests in Moscow. Tens of thousands hit the streets this summer to demonstrate against the exclusion of opposition candidates from the Moscow city council elections. Authorities detained more than 1,000 people. Video produced by Yuriy Martynenko and Maria Kornienko […]

Clashes erupt as Catalan independence protesters block airport

Protests have erupted in Barcelona after Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison. Thousands of demonstrators blocked road access to Barcelona’s El Prat airport. More than 100 flights were cancelled. Riot police charged protesters, who threw rocks, cans and fire extinguishers, AFP news agency reported. The […]

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