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France ‘burkini ban’: Court to rule on beach fines

France ‘burkini ban’: Court to rule on beach fines

Image copyright EPA/AP Image caption The bans largely affect beaches on the French Rivera, but few towns have issued fines A top French court is being asked to overturn bans imposed by 26 towns on women wearing full-body swimsuits known as “burkinis” on the beach. A human rights group and an anti-Islamophobia association argue the […]

Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

Image copyright AP Image caption Turkish forces helped Syrian rebels take the border town of Jarablus on Wednesday Turkey has threatened further intervention in northern Syria unless Kurdish-led forces fully withdraw east of the River Euphrates within a week. On Wednesday, Turkish forces helped Syrian rebels take the border town of Jarablus from so-called Islamic […]

WhatsApp users to receive adverts

WhatsApp users to receive adverts

Image copyright AP WhatsApp says it will begin sharing more data with Facebook and will start letting some companies send messages to users. It is the first time the company has changed its privacy policy since the firm was bought by Facebook in 2014. WhatsApp will now share users’ phone numbers with the social network, […]

Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors

Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors

Image copyright ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Microsoft’s Excel has been blamed for errors in academic papers on genomics. Researchers trying to raise awareness of the issue claim that the spreadsheet software automatically converts the names of certain genes into dates. Gene symbols like SEPT2 (Septin 2) were found to be altered to “September 2”. However, […]

Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert

Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The aurora is caused by the interaction of charged particles from the Sun with the Earth’s magnetic field A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK. A red alert issued via the Aurora Watch mailing list was […]

Italy quake rescuers ask locals to unlock their wi-fi

Media captionDrone shows extent of Italy quake destruction Rescue teams searching for earthquake survivors in central Italy have asked locals to unlock their wi-fi passwords. The Italian Red Cross says residents’ home networks can assist with communications during the search for survivors. On Wednesday a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy and killed more than […]

Uber adds advance bookings in London

Uber adds advance bookings in London

Image copyright Reuters Transport app Uber has allowed customers in London to book journeys up to 30 days in advance. Until now, passengers could order a car only when they were ready to ride. Passengers may still be charged a higher “surge price” at the time of their scheduled ride if there is high demand […]

Poland overtakes India as country of origin, UK migration statistics show

Poland overtakes India as country of origin, UK migration statistics show

Poland has overtaken India as the most common non-UK country of birth for people living in the UK, Office for National Statistics figures show. It comes as net migration estimates show it remains near record levels, at 327,000 for the year to March. The figures – for the period before Britain voted to leave the […]

Donald Trump can beat polls, UKIP’s Nigel Farage tells rally

Media captionNigel Farage addressed a rally of Donald Trump supporters Outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage has urged Republicans to “get your walking boots on” and drum up support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He appeared before 15,000 activists in Jackson, Mississippi, being introduced by and sharing the stage with Mr Trump. And he said […]

Hillary Clinton a ‘bigot’, says Trump

Hillary Clinton a ‘bigot’, says Trump

Image copyright EPA / AFP Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of being a “bigot” in his latest appeal to minority voters. Speaking at a Mississippi rally, he said his opponent “sees people of colour only as votes not as human beings worthy of a better future”. Mr Trump added […]