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Australia's Great Barrier Reef hit by 'worst' bleaching (video)
Evidence that Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its worst coral bleaching on record has renewed calls for the UN to list it as "in-danger". The National Coral Bleaching Taskforce says 95% of reefs from Cairns to Papua New Guinea are now severely bleached. It says only four reefs out of 520 have no evidence of bleaching. Unesco voted not to put the reef on its World Heritage in Danger list last year, but green groups want the decision reassessed. Coral taskforce convener Professo...
Pakistan Taliban faction claims park attack on Lahore Christians (video)
A Taliban splinter group says it carried out a suicide attack on a park in Lahore, Pakistan, which killed more than 70 people, including children. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar said it had targeted Christians celebrating Easter, though police have said they are still investigating the claim. There were scenes of carnage as parents searched for children amid the debris. Pakistan's president condemned the attack, and the regional government has announced three days of mourning. At least 300 people were inju...
Brussels Zaventem airport and metro explosions 'kill at least 13' (VIDEO)
Several explosions have struck Brussels airport and the metro system, causing at least 13 deaths, Belgian media say. Two blasts tore through the departures area of Zaventem airport shortly after 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT). An hour later, an explosion hit Maalbeek metro station, close to the EU institutions. The airport and whole metro system have been closed. The attacks come four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris attacks, was captured in Brussels. The Belgian govern...
Barack Obama in Cuba at start of historic visit (VIDEO)
President Barack Obama has arrived in Cuba for a historic visit to the island and talks with its communist leader. He is the first sitting US president to visit since the 1959 revolution, which heralded decades of hostility. Speaking at the reopened US embassy in Havana, he called the visit "historic". He also spent time in the old city. Mr Obama will meet President Raul Castro, but not retired revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, and the pair will discuss trade and political reform. The ...
Explosion rocks tourist street in central Istanbul (video)
An explosion at a major tourist shopping area in the Turkish city of Istanbul has injured a number of people, Turkish media say. Pictures showed people running away in panic. Some reports say it was a suicide bomb attack that killed at least another person. The area - Istiklal Street - is reportedly crowded at weekends. Last Sunday, an attack in the capital, Ankara, claimed by Kurdish militant group TAK, killed 37 people. The TAK, an offshoot of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), sai...
Russia plane crash: Dozens killed in Rostov-on-Don (video)
A passenger jet has crashed in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, killing all 55 passengers and seven crew on board, officials say. The FlyDubai Boeing 737-800, coming from Dubai, missed the runway as it attempted to land at 03:50 local time (00:50 GMT) on Saturday. It is not clear what caused the crash but poor visibility and high winds are being considered as a factor. CCTV footage showed an explosion and a huge flash after the plane crashed. "The aircraft hit the ground and broke...
Dinosaur find resolves T-Rex mystery (video)
A newly discovered species of Tyrannosaur - the group of meat-eating dinosaurs to which the infamous T-Rex belongs - could hold the key to how these creatures grew so huge. Scientists from the University of Edinburgh, along with US and Russian colleagues, discovered the fossilised remains of the animal in Uzbekistan. They have named it Timurlengia. A study of the 90-million-year-old beast suggested its ears and brain were crucial in Tyrannosaurs' dominance. "We have a totally new specie...
Mars TGO mission heads for Red Planet on methane quest(video)
Europe and Russia have launched a joint mission to the Red Planet. The satellite, called the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), lifted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 09:31 GMT. The probe will investigate whether the methane in the world's atmosphere is coming from a geological source or is being produced by microbes. If all goes well, the two space powers expect to follow up this venture with a rover, to be assembled in the UK, which will drill into the surface. That could launch in 2018, ...
Ivory Coast: Deadly shooting at Grand Bassam beach resort (video)
Unidentified gunmen have killed at least five people at the beach resort of Grand Bassam in Ivory Coast. Officials say six assailants fired on beach-goers in the town, located about 40km (25 miles) east of the country's commercial capital Abidjan. The resort is popular with both locals and foreigners. One of the dead was French, France's foreign ministry says. Ivory Coast was seen as a model of stability in West Africa until a civil war erupted in 2002. The conflict pitted the mainly Muslim ...
Turkey explosion: Ankara car bomb kills at least 27 (VIDEO)
A car bomb has exploded in the Turkish capital Ankara, killing 27 people and wounding another 75, the city governor's office has said. The explosion happened in Guvenpark in the Kizilay district, a key transport hub and commercial area. Several vehicles at the scene were reduced to burned-out wrecks, including at least one bus. Last month, a bomb attack on a military convoy in Ankara killed 28 people and wounded dozens more. The Hurriyet newspaper said the latest blast happened at about...
Lebanon unveils plan to tackle Beirut rubbish crisis(video)
Lebanon is to temporarily reopen a landfill site and set up two new sites in a bid to end an eight-month crisis over uncollected rubbish in Beirut. Piles of rotting refuse in the city's streets have prompted a mass anti-government movement. Officials say the new move will solve the problem for the next four years while a permanent solution is found. But protesters have gathered in Beirut, threatening to paralyse the country from Monday. The crisis began with the closure of Beirut's main land...
Trump calls off Chicago rally following violent clashes(video)
Donald Trump has called off a rally in Chicago after protests against the Republican presidential front-runner led to violent clashes. Hundreds of protesters gathered at the venue at the University of Illinois at Chicago hours before Mr Trump was due. Inside the auditorium, fighting broke out between supporters and protesters, who waved flags and chanted. A statement from Mr Trump's campaign said the candidate decided to postpone the event after meeting with police. But a Chicago Police Depa...
Technology explained: What is a DDoS attack? (video)
A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to take a website offline by overwhelming it with internet traffic. The tactic is often used in protest against companies and organisations to make their websites unavailable. BBC Technology reporter Chris Foxx explains how some types of DDoS attack work.
Xian lift death: 'Why did no-one miss her? (video)
News that a Chinese woman died after being trapped in a lift for a month has prompted shock and questions online. The lift in residential building in Xian had been turned off by two maintenance workers on 30 January. The woman's body was found a month later. The incident has once again raised concerns about China's troubled safety standards record, but also sparked discussion on issues from single women to care for the mentally unwell. "Thirty days, how much pain and suffering she w...
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