France elections: Macron and Le Pen ‘through to run-off’

France elections: Macron and Le Pen ‘through to run-off’

Image copyright AFP/EPA Image caption The two face a run-off next month, but Mr Macron is seen as favourite The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, multiple projections indicate. An Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll puts Mr Macron on 23.7% in first-round voting […]

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Vinson battle group was conducting exercises with the Japanese navy in the Philippine Sea on Sunday North Korea is “ready to sink” a US aircraft carrier heading for the peninsula, state media have said. A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned that the USS Carl Vinson could be […]

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

Image copyright ESA A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve. Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary in Canada spotted the feature in photos shared on a Facebook group. He did not recognise it as a catalogued phenomenon and although the group […]

Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands have made the risky crossing to Italy this year An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers. Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels. Organisations involved […]

Australian girl, 8, escaped a sinking car but family drowned

Australian girl, 8, escaped a sinking car but family drowned

Image copyright facebook Image caption Chloe (bottom left) survived when the car sank, but her mother, brother and sister did not A girl of eight who survived when the car she was in sank in Australia, killing three family members, has described her desperate struggle to raise the alarm. Chloe Kabealo said she had unbuckled […]

Policeman and suspected gunman shot dead in Paris ‘terror attack’

Policeman and suspected gunman shot dead in Paris ‘terror attack’

Media captionInterior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet: “A man jumped out and opened fire on the police vehicle” One policeman has been shot dead and two others wounded in central Paris, French police say, with their suspected attacker killed by security forces. A lone gunman opened fire before being killed as he fled the scene, police […]

Venezuela crisis: Teenager and woman shot dead at anti-government protests

Venezuela crisis: Teenager and woman shot dead at anti-government protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrators want new elections and the release of opposition politicians At least two people have been shot dead in Venezuela in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. A teenager died in the capital Caracas and a woman was killed in San Cristobal, near the Colombian border. Tens of […]

Emirates to cut US flights after Trump travel restrictions

Emirates to cut US flights after Trump travel restrictions

Image copyright AFP Emirates will reduce flights to five US cities from next month, after new security rules targeted travellers from the Middle East. The Dubai-based airline said the change was due to weaker demand for US travel. In March, the US banned electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from cabin luggage on flights […]

Canadian woman faces human smuggling charges

Canadian woman faces human smuggling charges

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A growing number of asylum seekers have been crossing illegally into Canada A Saskatchewan woman has been charged with human smuggling following a months-long cross-border investigation. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested and charged Michelle Omoruyi, 43, as part of an investigation into asylum seekers crossing illegally into Canada. […]

Turkey referendum: Erdogan wins vote to expand presidential powers

Turkey referendum: Erdogan wins vote to expand presidential powers

Media captionPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Decision made by the Turkish public is a historic moment” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has narrowly won a referendum to expand presidential powers, which could keep him in office until 2029. With 99.45% of ballots counted, the “Yes” campaign had won 51.37% and “No” 48.63%, and the electoral board […]

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