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Vast ‘pumice raft’ found drifting through Pacific Ocean

Image copyright MICHAEL HOULT Image caption Sailor Michael Hoult was one of the first to report the volcanic rock raft A vast “raft” of volcanic rocks stretching over 150 sq km (93 sq miles) is drifting through the Pacific Ocean, scientists say. The sea of pumice – the size of 20,000 football fields – was

Asian stocks drop as US-China trade war escalates

Image copyright Getty Images Asian stock markets sank on Monday after a sharp escalation in the US-China trade war rattled investors. On Friday, US President Donald Trump announced tariff hikes on effectively all Chinese imports to the US. It came after Beijing said it would impose fresh duties and raise tariffs on US imports into

Amazon fires: G7 leaders close to agreeing plan to help, says Macron

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Will Grant describes the view of the devastation from above as “disturbing” International leaders gathering at the G7 summit are reportedly nearing an agreement to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday a deal to provide “technical and

Creating Peter and the Wolf puppets for the Hollywood Bowl

When Danny Boyle needed a stadium towering Grim Reaper for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, he called on puppet maker Mark Down. As artistic director of the small, London-based puppet company Blind Summit, Mark and his team are used to tall demands. But he admits there have been plenty of challenges ahead of the

Floods kill more than 60 in Sudan

Image copyright EPA Torrential rain and floods have killed 62 people in Sudan, according to the official state news agency. The country has been battered by heavy rains since early July, affecting almost 200,000 people across 15 states. White Nile state in the south of the country has been hit hardest. The UN said that

Hong Kong police fire gun and use water cannon on protesters

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police officers were pictured pointing guns as they were chased by crowds wielding poles A Hong Kong police officer fired a gunshot during protests on Sunday, the first time a live round has been used since demonstrations broke out in June. Images show several other officers also pointed guns at

Sharks and rays to be given new international protections

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guitarfish are one of the newly protected species Countries have agreed to strengthen protections for 18 threatened species of sharks and rays, including those hunted for their meat and fins. The proposal was passed at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on Sunday. The newly protected

LA policeman who said sniper shot him ‘made it up’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I’m hit in the right shoulder”: Listen to Mr Reinosa’s call to say he’d been shot Authorities in Los Angeles say a sheriff’s deputy who claimed he had been shot by a sniper actually cut two fake bullet holes in his uniform with a knife and made

Algeria culture minister quits after concert stampede

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security arrangements to control the crowd were said to be poor Algeria’s culture minister has resigned, after the deaths of five young music fans in a stampede at a packed concert by a popular rapper. Meriem Merdaci’s resignation follows public outrage over Thursday’s stampede in the capital, Algiers. Thousands had

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