Japan cancels failed $9bn Monju nuclear reactor

Japan cancels failed $9bn Monju nuclear reactor

Image copyright AP Image caption The experiment at Monju has cost $9bn (£7.2bn) Japan is a scrapping an experimental reactor which has worked for just 250 days of its 22-year lifespan and cost $9bn (£7.2bn). The Monju reactor, in western Japan’s Fukui city, was designed to burn most of its own spent fuel, eliminating the […]

US singer James Taylor cancels Manila concert over drug war

US singer James Taylor cancels Manila concert over drug war

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption James Taylor: “I offer my heartfelt apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause” US singer James Taylor has cancelled an upcoming concert in the Philippines over reports of extrajudicial killings in the country’s war on drugs. The Grammy award-winning artist said in a statement that he was […]

Venezuela delays 100-bolivar banknote withdrawal

Media captionVenezuela’s president delays plans to withdraw 100-note Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has delayed the withdrawal of the 100-bolivar banknote until 2 January. The sudden change of policy comes after days of economic chaos. In a national broadcast, Mr Maduro claimed his country had been the victim of international sabotage, which had prevented new 500-bolivar […]

Aleppo evacuation: Thousands stranded in desperate conditions

Aleppo evacuation: Thousands stranded in desperate conditions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Buses wait to be boarded on the outskirts of Aleppo on Friday Thousands of civilians are trapped in increasingly desperate conditions in Aleppo, Syria as disagreements over an evacuation plan caused delays. Reporters described seeing people sleeping in the streets in freezing conditions with little or no food. The […]

Aleppo Syria battle: Evacuation of rebel-held east

Media captionFirst buses leave eastern Aleppo under the protection of the International Red Cross Nearly 1,000 civilians and 26 wounded people have been evacuated in buses and ambulances from a besieged rebel-held enclave in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it expects this number to double by […]

Aleppo battle: Raids on Syria city ‘likely a war crime’ UN says

Aleppo battle: Raids on Syria city ‘likely a war crime’ UN says

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Syrian pro-government forces moved through the Jisr al-Haj neighbourhood on Wednesday The bombing of the last parts of Aleppo held by rebels is probably a war crime, the UN’s human rights chief says. A deal to evacuate rebel fighters and civilians from eastern Aleppo has stalled, with heavy shelling […]

Eurozone suspends Greek debt relief plan

Eurozone suspends Greek debt relief plan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Greek pensioner at a protest against pension cuts in Athens last month Eurozone lenders have suspended their recently agreed debt-relief plan for Greece. The lenders are unhappy that the Greek government plans to spend €617m (£517m) on giving 1.6 million poor state pensioners a pre-Christmas bonus. The European Stability […]

Chile minister says sorry after receiving sex doll gift

Chile minister says sorry after receiving sex doll gift

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Luis Cespedes was given the inflatable doll “to stimulate the economy” Chile’s Economy Minister Luis Felipe Cespedes has apologised for his reaction upon being presented with an inflatable sex doll at an industry dinner on Tuesday. He could be seen laughing when he was given the doll by the head […]

Bakersfield police shoot pensioner carrying crucifix

Bakersfield police shoot pensioner carrying crucifix

Image copyright Family handout/ ABC Image caption Francisco Serna was a retired father-of-five California police shot dead a 73-year-old dementia sufferer after reports he might have a gun, only to find he was carrying a crucifix. Bakersfield officials said officers opened fire at Francisco Serna seconds after he was pointed out to them. Police said […]

Gambia election crisis: Jammeh risks sanctions, UN envoy says

Gambia election crisis: Jammeh risks sanctions, UN envoy says

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pressure on Mr Jammeh to step down is increasing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh will be “strongly sanctioned” if he tries to stay in power, the UN’s regional envoy, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has said. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, along with the US, also urged the Gambian security forces to leave […]

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