August 23, 2019

Russian police discover 29 bodies in historian’s apartment

Russian police have discovered 29 mummified bodies in the apartment of historian, Anatoly Moskvin. Moskvin has always been open about his interest in the dead and eagerly described how he loved to rummage through cemeteries, studying grave stones to uncover the life stories behind them. What … [Read more...]

Berlusconi takes Italy to the brink

The Italian government's borrowing rates have hit a poet euro-era high as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi fends off suggestions he is about to resign. It is feared that Italy, the eurozone's third biggest economy, could become the next victim of the debt crisis. Silvio Berlusconi faces a crunch … [Read more...]

Assange loses extradition appeal

WikiLeaks founder, Julain Assange has lost his High Court battle to avoid extradition to Sweden but looks set to make a final appeal to Britain's Supreme Court to avoid facing allegations of sexual assault against two women. Assange, 40, looks increasingly likely to be spending some time in … [Read more...]

French team ignored coach at Rugby World Cup

Imanol Harinordoquy says the French team ignored coach Marc Lievremont at the Rugby World Cup because he was "lost". The World Cup runners-up came in for criticism after some poor performances in the pool stages, losing to Tonga and New Zealand before reaching the final. Lievremont called some … [Read more...]

Thousands attend Simoncelli funeral

The small Italian town of Coriano has filled with thousands of mourners for the funeral of MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli, killed on Sunday at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Simoncelli, 24, suffered chest, head and neck injuries after he lost control of his Honda and swerved across the track, into the … [Read more...]

Turkey earthquake rescuers in race against time

Rescue teams in Turkey are continuing to search for people trapped under rubble after 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the eastern Van region on Sunday. Some 265 people died and 1,140 have been injured according to Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin, and the death toll is expected to rise after … [Read more...]

ETA says armed campaign for Basque independence is over

The Basque separatist group ETA says it has called a "definitive cessation" to its campaign of bombings and shootings that have terrorised Spain for more than 40 years. In a statement ETA called on the Spanish and French governments to respond with "a process of direct dialogue". The … [Read more...]

French prosecutors drop Dominique Strauss-Kahn case

A French inquiry into attempted rape claims by Tristane Banon against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been dropped. The prosecutor's office said the evidence suggested sexual assault - a less serious offence than attempted rape, with a shorter statute of limitations. Writer Tristane … [Read more...]

Baby swap mistake discovered after 12 years

Two Russian families are suing a hospital for five million rubles after they found out their daughters were swapped at birth 12 years ago. The families, who live in the Ural Mountains in western Russia, only found out when one of the fathers refused to pay child support for his daughter Irina … [Read more...]

BlackBerry admits massive outage in Europe and Africa

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone said that email services had been restored to users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but some might still have messaging and browsing problems. Canada-based Research in Motion earlier confirmed widespread service outages for its users this those areas, … [Read more...]

Heidi the cross-eyed possum dies

Heidi the famous cross-eyed opossum has died in the German zoo where she lived, aged three-and-a-half. She had become very ill, and was rather old for a possum, so got put to sleep by vets at the Leipzig Zoo. Heidi became a global megastar when photos of her appeared in a German newspaper. … [Read more...]

Russian finance minister forced to resign

Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has been forced to resign over a disagreement with President Dmitry Medvedev. Mr Kudrin said he would not serve in a new government next year if, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Mr Medvedev switch roles. Mr Medvedev told him to bug off and ordered him … [Read more...]

WWII Treasure ship found

A shipwreck off the coast of Ireland containing 200 tonnes of silver worth about $250m has been found in the Atlantic making it the largest haul of precious metal ever discovered at sea. US exploration firm Odyssey Marine, found the wreck of the SS Gairsoppa, a British cargo ship, sunk by a … [Read more...]

Anders Breivik filmed on CCTV before Norway massacre

Anders Behring Breivik, the man who confessed to killing 77 people in Norway in July was filmed by security cameras minutes before he launched the attacks, it has emerged. Breivik, 32, is seen dressed in a police uniform with a gun as he walks away from a car after placing a bomb in … [Read more...]

UBS rogue trader arrested – $2 billion missing

Swiss bank UBS says one of its traders has lost it around US$2 billion in unauthorised deals, with police in London arresting 31-year old Kweku Adoboli in connection with the case. Adoboli - a director of exchange traded funds and "Delta 1" working in the bank's London office, according to his … [Read more...]