Russian Economy Minister Ulyukayev charged with $2m bribe
Russia's Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev has been accused of taking a bribe to endorse a state takeover. Russia's main anti-corruption body, the Investigative Committee (SK), said he received a payment of $2m (£1.6m). Mr Ulyukayev is the highest-ranking Russian official held since the 1991 coup attempt in what was then the USSR. The SK said he had "threatened" to create obstacles for Rosneft's operations when it took a 50% stake i...'Supermoon' viewers to get closest glimpse since 1948
Skywatchers are preparing for the latest "supermoon" as Earth's satellite makes its closest approach since 1948. The UK's best chance to see it will be on Monday evening, with the moon set to rise at 16:43 GMT in Edinburgh and at 16:44 GMT in London. To observers, it will appear about 7% larger than normal and about 15% brighter - although the human eye is barely able to discern that difference. The Moon will be at its closest - only 221,524 m...Trump election: Priebus and Bannon given key roles
US President-elect Donald Trump has awarded key roles in his incoming team to a top Republican party official and a right-wing media chief. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be his chief of staff. In this role, he will set the tone for the new White House and act as a conduit to Congress and the government. Stephen Bannon, from the Breitbart News Network, will serve as Mr Trump's chief strategist. Mr Ba...'First flu' affects lifetime risk
A person's chances of falling ill from a new strain of flu are at least partly determined by the first strain they ever encountered, a study suggests. Research in Science journal looked at the 18 strains of influenza A and the hemagglutinin protein on its surface. They say there are only two types of this protein and people are protected from the one their body meets first, but at risk from the other one. A UK expert said that could explain di...Facebook bug 'kills' users in 'terrible error'
An unusual bug on Facebook briefly labelled many people as dead. The error on Friday caused the social network to show a memorial banner on user profiles for people who were still alive. Users posted status updates to reassure friends and family they were not dead, despite Facebook's message. "This was a terrible error that we have now fixed," a Facebook spokesperson said. "We are very sorry that this happened." The message, intended for "mem...Trump: Obamacare key provisions to remain
US President-elect Donald Trump has said he is open to leaving intact key parts of President Barack Obama's healthcare bill. Mr Trump, who has pledged to repeal the 2010 law, said he will keep the ban on insurers denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. He told the Wall Street Journal that he also favoured allowing young adults to be insured on their parents' policies. "I like those very much," Mr Trump said of the two pillars of the bill...Singles Day: Alibaba closes in on record sales
E-commerce giant Alibaba looks set to smash the sales record for its annual Singles Day event. About 12 hours into the event, sales had reached 82.4bn yuan ($12.1bn; £10bn), the firm said. Last year's record was $14.3bn. But some have questioned the accuracy of the numbers, amid claims of inflated sales data at online retailers across China. Merchants passing off counterfeit goods as genuine is also an industry problem. Alibaba reported...'Crazy' to say Facebook helped Trump win - Zuckerberg
Facing criticism that fake news on Facebook aided the rise of Donald Trump, founder Mark Zuckerberg has strongly defended his network. Speaking on stage at Techonomy, a technology conference in California, Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook should not be held responsible. "The idea that fake news on Facebook influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea," he said. "If you believe that then I don't think you have internalised the mess...Trump presidency: Protests turn violent in Portland, Oregon
A second night of protests in the US against President-elect Donald Trump has turned violent in Portland, Oregon. Several thousand demonstrators gathered in the centre of the western city. Some smashed shop and car windows, threw firecrackers and set rubbish alight. Police declared a riot and arrested 29 people. Protests in other US cities were smaller than on Wednesday. Mr Trump earlier said in a tweet the demonstrations were unfair...'Brain wi-fi' reverses leg paralysis in primate first
An implant that beams instructions out of the brain has been used to restore movement in paralysed primates for the first time, say scientists. Rhesus monkeys were paralysed in one leg due to a damaged spinal cord. The team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology bypassed the injury by sending the instructions straight from the brain to the nerves controlling leg movement. Experts said the technology could be ready for human trials within...Brad Pitt 'abusive behaviour investigation closed'
An investigation into whether actor Brad Pitt was abusive towards his son in September has ended with no finding of wrongdoing, US media report. Social workers in Los Angeles had been examining claims Mr Pitt hit his 15-year-old son Maddox on a private jet. His wife Angelina Jolie filed for divorce the day after the incident. They had been married for two years, but together for more than a decade. Mr Pitt is seeking joint custody of their six...Donald Trump election win sparks protests in US cities
Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of several US cities to protest against the election of Donald Trump. Many shouted the slogan "Not my president". Others burned orange-haired effigies of the businessman. Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton. He is due to meet current White House incumbent Barack Obama for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition. Mr Obama - wh...US election 2016: Celebrities react to Donald Trump victory
Celebrities have been reacting to the election of Donald Trump as US president, with many in showbusiness shocked at the outcome of the vote. Singer Cher said "the world will never be the same", while pop star Ariana Grande said she was "in tears". Others remained more upbeat, with Madonna tweeting: "We never give up". But his supporters were celebrating, including actor Stephen Baldwin, who tweetedthat he was "pr...Election 2016: Republicans retain House and Senate
The Republican Party has kept its hold over Congress, capping a dire night for the Democrats. With Donald Trump elected as the next president, the Republicans retained their majorities in the House and Senate. Republican dominance over Congress in principle enables Mr Trump to turn his policy plans into law. But how easily this will happen is unclear given that key party leaders had refused to back him. The night began with majority control o...GoPro recalls drone after power failure
Action camera firm GoPro has recalled its new drone after reports of power failures. The company said there had been a “small number of cases” of the drone malfunctioning during flight. GoPro said it would rectify the problem and put the Karma drone back on sale once the issue was resolved. Anyone who has bought the $799 (£646) drone can get a full refund, it said. GoPro launched the Karma in September along with two new came...Prince Harry condemns press 'abuse' of girlfriend
Prince Harry has confirmed US actress Meghan Markle is his girlfriend, in a statement from Kensington Palace attacking the media for subjecting her to a "wave of abuse and harassment". The statement said the couple were "a few months into a relationship" and it was "not right" that Ms Markle should be subjected to such treatment. It said the prince rarely took formal action over "fictional stories". "But the past week has seen a line...Shock as India scraps 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes
The surprise announcement by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that all 500- and 1,000-rupee notes will be scrapped has been met with shock. Indian media described the move variously as a "surgical strike" on tax evaders in the country's overwhelmingly cash economy and a "big bang note". On Tuesday there were serpentine queues at ATMs as people tried to withdraw 100 rupee notes, which are still legal. Banks and ATM machines were shut on Wedn...US Election 2016: Asia markets jolted by Trump win
Asian stocks have fallen sharply as Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House. All regional markets closed lower, with money flowing into safe haven stocks, gold and currencies including the yen. Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped by 5.4% while European and US markets are expected to slide when trading resumes on Wednesday. Traders had expected a comfortable Hillary Clinton win.US election 2016 result: Trump beats Clinton to take White House
Donald Trump will become the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Republican nominee's projected victory came down to a handful of key swing states, despite months of polling that favoured Mrs Clinton. The battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina cleared the way for his Brexit-style upset. Global markets plummeted, with the Dow set to open 800 points down. Mr Trump's victory in Wisconsin put h...Trump wins key battlegrounds
Republican Donald Trump wins the key states of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, while Hillary Clinton wins Virginia as counting continues across America. A final result is expected after midnight (05:00 GMT).US election 2016: What time are the election results?
Americans have voted to elect the 45th US president. Some of the results are in. Here's what is still to watch out for. The 50 states and Washington DC voted across six different time zones throughout Tuesday, 8 November. But it's not just winning the popular vote that counts. The US's complicated system is a race to secure 270 out of the 538 votes in the electoral college. Many of the polling stations have closed. So far: Donald Trump ...Minister of Defense reports to the President Commencement of new program of soci...
The RA Minister of Defense Vigen Sarkissian reported to the President of Armenia on the commencement of a new program initiated and tasked by President Sargsyan, on the steep increase in payments of state insurance (a onetime as well as monthly payments) for the families of the servicemen killed or handicapped in military actions or in the course of military duty. The program was developed and brought to its conclusion through the joint activitie...Karen Karapetyan highlights programs aimed at development of IT sector
The Armenian Government pins great hopes on the IT sector in realizing its vision for groundbreaking reforms, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan said today as he hosted a delegation of IT specialist to discuss plans for an effective collaboration, Tert.am reports. “We, the government officials, are not the ones expected to carry out a revolution. But to encourage the people who work and seek to secure profit, we must direct our subsidies ...Robbie Williams reunites with Take That at Brit Awards gig
Robbie Williams has reunited with his Take That bandmates at a special concert in London. The group appeared to give Williams his Brits Icon award and joined him for a rendition of their hits Back For Good and The Flood. "Rob, whether you like it or not, you will always be a member of Take That," said Howard Donald. The concert - in honour of Williams' Brit Award - was filmed by ITV and will be screened at a later date. The star is ...Zika therapy 'works in the womb'
Scientists say they may have found a way to protect babies in the womb from the harmful effects of Zika. So far the US team has only had success in mice with its antibody treatment, but it says it might eventually lead to a therapy for women who catch Zika in pregnancy. The Zika virus can severely damage a newborn's brain. The antibody therapy is made using blood cells from people who have recently had and fought off Zika. In mice, the treatm...Warning over non-lump breast cancers
Around one in six cases of breast cancer begins with symptoms other than a suspect lump, experts are warning. Researchers from University College London say women need to be aware of other warning signs - such as nipple changes - so that they get help fast. The researchers examined the symptoms of 2,300 women who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. They found that women with non-lump symptoms were more likely to put off visiting th...Rurik Jutting, British banker, guilty of Hong Kong murders
British banker Rurik Jutting has been found guilty of murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong, in a case that has gripped the city. A jury took around four hours to find an expressionless Jutting, who denied murder but admitted manslaughter, guilty on both counts. He was sentenced to life in prison for the killings of Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiasih. Their mutilated bodies were found in Jutting's apartment in November 2014. Murder car...US candidates hold final rallies before election day
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been criss-crossing America in a final push for votes before election day. Both have been holding rallies in the battleground states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Mrs Clinton urged voters to back a "hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America" while Mr Trump told supporters they had a "magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system". Polls give Democrat Mrs Clinton a four-point lead over Republi...Nuclear weapon missing since 1950 'may have been found'
A commercial diver may have discovered a lost nuclear bomb off the coast of British Columbia near the Haida Gwaii archipelago. Sean Smyrichinsky was diving for sea cucumbers when he discovered a large metal device that looked a bit like a flying saucer. The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) believes it could be the "lost nuke" from an American B-36 bomber that crashed in the area in 1950. The government does not believe the bomb co...Gut bacteria 'may help drugs fight cancer'
Bacteria living deep inside the digestive system seem to alter how cancer drugs work, a study suggests. Immunotherapies - which harness the body's own defences to fight tumours - can clear even terminal cancer in a small proportion of patients. However, a small study by the University of Texas found those harbouring a more diverse community of gut bugs are more likely to benefit. Cancer Research UK said understanding gut bugs had "great potent...MTV Europe Music Awards turns its trophies purple in memory of Prince
Justin Bieber topped this year's MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) winning three prizes. The Canadian singer, who wasn't at the show in the Netherlands, beat Adele to best song for his track Sorry. Justin Bieber also picked up the biggest fans' title - the third year in a row he's collected it - after a vote on Twitter and Instagram and won in the best Canadian act category. The ceremony in Rotterdam paid tribute to Prince with purple trophies. ...Tesco Bank: 20,000 customers lose money
Alan Baxter from Berwick-upon-Tweed said he had lost £600, leaving him with just £21.88 in the bank. He said: "Tesco said they couldn't offer me emergency funds but would offer £25 as a goodwill gesture. "I've got food and petrol to pay for. I have a delivery of coal coming tomorrow for our coal-fired heater and I won't be able to pay." Kevin Smith, from Blackpool, said he had lost £500 from one account and £20 fr...Brad Pitt seeks joint custody in divorce from Angelina Jolie
Actor Brad Pitt is seeking joint custody of his six children in his split from Angelina Jolie, court filings show. The move comes after Ms Jolie asked for full physical custody of all the children, who are aged eight to 15. Ms Jolie cited "irreconcilable differences" when she filed to end the marriage on 19 September. Reports suggest that Mr Pitt is being investigated over an incident with his eldest son Maddox on a plane. A child welfare age...US election 2016: Trump cries foul as FBI clears Clinton
Donald Trump has accused the FBI of impropriety after it once again exonerated his rival Hillary Clinton of criminal conduct on her emails. The FBI director said a fresh inquiry into the Democratic candidate's communications found nothing to change the bureau's conclusion this summer. The Clinton campaign said it was "glad" the lingering issue had been resolved. The dramatic twist lifted a cloud from her campaign as the final day of the marath...Andy Murray becomes world number one after Raonic withdraws from Paris Masters
Britain's Andy Murray will become the world number one for the first time after Milos Raonic withdrew from their Paris Masters semi-final. Murray, 29, needed only to reach the final in Paris after current number one Novak Djokovic lost to Marin Cilic in Friday's quarter-final. But Canadian Raonic announced before Saturday's match that he was injured. Murray will be the first British singles player to hold top spot since computerised ...Turkey detains Cumhuriyet newspaper journalists
Nine journalists from Turkey's pro-opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet have been arrested and remanded in custody by a court in Istanbul. The newspaper's editor, a well-known cartoonist, and an anti-government columnist were among those arrested. They are the latest in a series of charges laid against critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. On Friday, nine politicians, including the leaders of the country's pro-Kurdish HDP party, were also...Iraq conflict: IS bombs kill 17 civilians as Mosul battle rages
Seventeen civilians have been killed by roadside bombs in Iraq as they fled from a northern town held by so-called Islamic State (IS), police say. Several families were riding in a lorry when it was hit by two explosions. A policeman also died. They were fleeing from Hawija, west of the city of Kirkuk. The deaths came as Iraqi government-led forces continued their assault on Mosul further north - the last city still occupied by IS. Iraqi forc...Playboy model charged over locker room 'body-shaming' image
Los Angeles police have charged Playboy model Dani Mathers over a "body-shaming" image she took of an older woman in a gym locker room. The picture of the naked 70-year-old was taken in LA Fitness in July without her consent and posted on social media. She uploaded the photo to Snapchat alongside one of herself and the caption: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either". Ms Mathers faces a charge of invasion of privacy. She could face up t...Nigeria schoolgirl missing from Chibok 'found with baby'
One of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria has been found with a 10-month-old baby son, the military says. The girl was discovered in Pulka in northern Borno state, spokesman Sani Usman said. The announcement came nearly a month after another 21 Chibok girls were freed after negotiations with Boko Haram Islamist militants. More than 270 schoolgirls were seized from the north-eastern town in April 2014, sparking international outrage. M...Dongle dilemma provokes Apple price cut
A tweet posted shortly after Apple’s recent Macbook launch event underlined the absurdity: Apple now sells 17 different types of dongle. In its ever-escalating war against connectivity ports, Apple’s latest computers do away with the SD card port, a full-size USB port, and the HDMI port. Instead, you’ll need a dongle to convert those “legacy” connectors, as Apple put it on Friday, into the new, smaller US...
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