California Thomas fire becomes largest in state’s history

California Thomas fire becomes largest in state’s history

Image copyright NASA/EPA Image caption Satellite imagery shows the vast Thomas Fire, north of Los Angeles, which has spread as far as the Pacific coast A deadly wildfire which has destroyed more than 700 homes in California is now the largest blaze in the state’s recorded history. The Thomas fire has burned more than 1000sq […]

Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills dozens in Mindanao

Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills dozens in Mindanao

Media captionThe aftermath of Storm Tembin on Mindanao island At least 90 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing. Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island. Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number […]

San Francisco: Man arrested over ‘Christmas terror plan’

San Francisco: Man arrested over ‘Christmas terror plan’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 25-year-old had unknowingly been communicating with undercover FBI agents A former marine has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of planning a terror attack in San Francisco over Christmas. Everitt Aaron Jameson, 25, was held after allegedly discussing the plot with undercover FBI agents. Criminal documents allege […]

Poland judiciary reforms: Judge accuses government of coup

Poland judiciary reforms: Judge accuses government of coup

Image copyright EPA Image caption Malgorzata Gersdorf issued a public letter, criticising the government Poland’s most senior judge has published an open letter accusing the conservative government of “staging a coup” against the judiciary. It comes after the government passed controversial reforms that critics say threaten the rule of law in Poland. Malgorzata Gersdorf said […]

North Korea: Trump praises latest UN sanctions over missiles

North Korea: Trump praises latest UN sanctions over missiles

Image copyright AFP Image caption North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump have exchanged barbs in the past US President Donald Trump has praised the UN Security Council for imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to ballistic missile tests. In a tweet, Mr Trump said the vote proved the world “wants […]

I’m more than ‘Madame Brexit’ – Theresa May

I’m more than ‘Madame Brexit’ – Theresa May

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May has insisted she is more than “Madame Brexit,” having been given the title by Poland’s prime minister. She said there were “other things” she wanted to achieve apart from delivering a successful exit from the EU – such as improvements to education and training. And she insisted she was “in […]

North Korea: UN imposes fresh sanctions over missile tests

North Korea: UN imposes fresh sanctions over missile tests

Media captionNikki Haley said the new sanctions cut oil and petrol imports The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent ballistic missile tests. The US-drafted resolution includes measures to reduce the nation’s petrol imports by up to 90%. China and Russia, North Korea’s […]

Bitcoin slump sees trades suspended on certain exchanges

Bitcoin slump sees trades suspended on certain exchanges

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin plunged on Friday, extending a fall that saw the crypto-currency lose almost a third of its value from a record of nearly $20,000 (£15,000). The crypto-currency’s price dipped below $11,000 on Friday, according to the Coindesk exchange website, before recovering to above $13,000. Amid the swings, three Bitcoin-related exchanges suspended […]

Shingles vaccine ‘has cut cases by a third’ in England

Shingles vaccine ‘has cut cases by a third’ in England

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Shingles causes a nasty, painful rash and can lead to complications in older people Cases of shingles have reduced by 35% in England since a vaccine was offered to 70-year-olds, Public Health England says. But it is urging more people in their 70s to get their free injection […]

Mother thanks 999 call handler who helped save her baby

A mother whose baby stopped breathing at four weeks old has thanked the 999 call handler who told her how to perform CPR. Jasmin Legg was at her home in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, on 24 November when her son Zachary fell ill. He was taken to Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire and has since made a […]