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Norway to boost protection of Arctic seed vault from climate change

Norway to boost protection of Arctic seed vault from climate change

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Svalbard Global Seed Vault took 12 months to build and opened in February 2008 Norway is boosting the flood defences of its Global Seed Vault on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard after water entered the entrance tunnel last year. The storage facility, deep inside a mountain, is designed […]

Bartra plays for Dortmund after attack

Bartra plays for Dortmund after attack

Bartra (left) was named on the bench for last weekend’s game against Augsburg but did not come on Defender Marc Bartra returned to action for the first time since being injured in the attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus as his side gained entry to the Champions League group stage. Bartra, 26, had surgery on […]

Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children

Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children

Image copyright AFP The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni blamed a decrease in vaccinations in part on a “spread of anti-scientific theories”. Italy has recorded nearly three times as many measles cases so far this […]

Actor West reveals inspiration at Cannes

Actor West reveals inspiration at Cannes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption British actor Dominic West plays famous artist Julian in The Square Dominic West has revealed he based his performance in Palme d’Or contender The Square on real-life contemporary artists – but refused to reveal who. The Wire actor plays famous artist Julian in the art world satire, alongside Mad Men […]

Julian Assange defiant as Sweden drops rape investigation

Julian Assange defiant as Sweden drops rape investigation

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Assange can still expect to be arrested if he leaves the embassy Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said he will not forgive and forget attempts to arrest him over rape allegations which led him to seek asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy. In an angry tweet, Mr Assange said he […]

Macron in Mali: France will be ‘uncompromising’ in fight against terrorists

Macron in Mali: France will be ‘uncompromising’ in fight against terrorists

Image copyright Reuters Image caption French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting Mali Emmanuel Macron has said France will be “uncompromising” in the fight against “Islamist terrorists” in Mali, during a short visit to the country. France’s new president also reaffirmed his commitment to helping the West African country, where French soldiers have been facing extremists […]

‘Major breakthrough’ in Norway’s 46-year-old Isdal woman mystery

‘Major breakthrough’ in Norway’s 46-year-old Isdal woman mystery

Image copyright Stephen Missal Scientists believe they may have made a major breakthrough in efforts to solve a decades-long mystery of a burned body found in Norway 1970. New forensic analysis on the teeth of the unidentified “Isdal woman” found chemical traces which may tell investigators where she grew up. The results narrow the search […]

Greece battles locust plague on Agios Efstratios island

Greece battles locust plague on Agios Efstratios island

Media captionPesticide spraying has not solved the problem on Agios Efstratios Villagers on a tiny Greek Aegean island, Agios Efstratios, are battling a plague of locusts and a state of emergency has been declared there. The island has about 200 residents who rely on agriculture and fishing. Locust infestation is a recurring problem. A member […]

Italy’s first black minister ‘vindicated’ by racist slurs verdict

Italy’s first black minister ‘vindicated’ by racist slurs verdict

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mario Borghezio made a series of racist comments about Cécile Kyenge Italy’s first black minister has said she feels “vindicated” after winning a four-year court battle against a far-right MEP who made repeated racist slurs against her. Mario Borghezio has been order to pay Cécile Kyenge 50,000 euros ($55,690; £42,895) […]

Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

Image copyright AFP Image caption The focus will now be on whether Mr Assange can leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London Sweden’s director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Marianne Ny said Mr Assange’s arrest warrant was being revoked, apparently ending a seven-year stand-off. Mr Assange, […]