Storm Brian: UK braced for gale-force winds and disruption

Storm Brian: UK braced for gale-force winds and disruption

Image copyright Sian Davies Image caption The Environment Agency has put up flood barriers in Cornwall to protect costal towns The UK is facing gale-force winds and possible flooding from Storm Brian – days after three people died in Ireland in the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia. Gusts of up to 70mph are predicted from Saturday […]

Parsons Green Tube stabbing: Second teen charged with murder

Parsons Green Tube stabbing: Second teen charged with murder

Image copyright Met Police Image caption Omid Saidy was stabbed to death outside Parsons Green Tube station A second teenager has been charged with murder after a man was stabbed to death outside Parsons Green Tube station. Omid Saidy, 20, of Fulham, was fatally wounded in the attack in west London at 19:30 BST on […]

Motorway roadworks speed limit could be increased

Motorway roadworks speed limit could be increased

Image copyright PA Speed limits for motorway roadworks could be raised in England under plans aimed at reducing congestion. Currently the normal speed for such stretches of road is 50mph (80km/h). But trials carried out by Highways England found drivers’ heart rates were lower when they drove at 55mph (88km/h) and 60mph (96km/h) through roadworks. […]

Spain expected to impose Catalonia direct rule

Spain expected to impose Catalonia direct rule

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalonia’s independence referendum has thrown the country into crisis The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting to approve measures to take direct control of the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia. The meeting comes almost three weeks after the region held a controversial independence referendum, which was ruled illegal by […]

Catalonia vote: Spain expected to impose direct rule

Catalonia vote: Spain expected to impose direct rule

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalonia’s independence referendum has thrown the country into crisis The Spanish government is set to hold a special cabinet meeting to approve measures to take direct control over Catalonia. The meeting comes almost three weeks after the region held an independence referendum, which was ruled illegal by the country’s supreme […]

Missing California hikers died in apparent murder-suicide

Missing California hikers died in apparent murder-suicide

Image copyright National Park Service Image caption The pair went missing in the arid desert park during the hottest of the summer A California couple who went missing in July in the Joshua Tree National Park are believed to have died in a murder-suicide pact, police have said. Rachel Nguyen, 20 and Joseph Orbeso, 22, […]

Brazil police arrests 108 in major anti-paedophilia operation

Brazil police arrests 108 in major anti-paedophilia operation

Image copyright Ministerio da Justica Image caption Brazilian police used special software provided by the United States Police in Brazil say they have arrested 108 people in the biggest operation ever against paedophiles in Latin America. Suspects were arrested in 24 states and the capital, Brasilia. Justice Minister Torquato Jardim said those detained were part […]

Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman: The couple taken by the Taliban

Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman: The couple taken by the Taliban

Image copyright Handout FBI Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman were rescued this month after being held captive for five years by a Taliban-linked insurgent group. But what were two Western backpackers doing in Afghanistan in the first place? “Looking back, I think it was two years before we saw any proof they were […]

Mugabe named as goodwill ambassador by WHO

Mugabe named as goodwill ambassador by WHO

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Critics say health services have collapsed under Mr Mugabe’s rule The World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe as a “goodwill ambassador” to help tackle non-communicable diseases. New WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health. But critics say that […]

How on Earth Does Aquaman Fly in the *Justice League* Trailer?

I’ll be honest—I don’t know as much about DC superheroes as Marvel superheroes. Still, I’m pretty excited about the upcoming DC movie Justice League. As a kid, I dressed up as Aquaman; my mother was pretty good at making stuff and so she made costumes for me and my two brothers. The other two costumes […]