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World War II bombing raids disturbed earth's atmosphere

World War II bombing raids disturbed earth's atmosphere

Shock waves from huge bombs dropped on Germany were powerful enough to alter the atmosphere at the edge of space, scientists have learnt.

  • by John von Radowitz

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Two charged after large police raid in strategic area of Finland
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Two charged after large police raid in strategic area of Finland

A Finnish court remanded in custody a Russian and an Estonian detained on suspicion of aggravated money laundering following an exceptionally large police raid.

Germany's far-right party is trying to attract an unlikely group: Jews
Democracy

Germany's far-right party is trying to attract an unlikely group: Jews

Critics fear the AfD has become more radical after its more moderate leader was toppled by the party's right-wing base in April.

  • by Rick Noack
'We need to change': Pope's pitch to reconnect with Catholics
Pope Francis

'We need to change': Pope's pitch to reconnect with Catholics

Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful.

  • by Helena Alves & Kirsten Grieshaber
'Beluga whale' spotted in River Thames near London: reports
Whales

'Beluga whale' spotted in River Thames near London: reports

A beluga whale has been spotted near barges in the River Thames near London, hundreds of kilometres from its normal Arctic habitat, witnesses say.

Swedish PM voted out by parliament after losing confidence vote
Sweden

Swedish PM voted out by parliament after losing confidence vote

Stefan Lofven lost a mandatory confidence vote in parliament, but with neither major political bloc holding a majority it remained unclear who will form the next government.

  • by Daniel Dickson & Johan Ahlander
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Gene engineering wipes out entire mosquito population in lab test
Science

Gene engineering wipes out entire mosquito population in lab test

The technique could in future be used to control the spread of malaria, which affected 216 million people in 2016.

  • by Kate Kelland
Labour flirts with idea of supporting another Brexit referendum
Brexit

Labour flirts with idea of supporting another Brexit referendum

With Brexit mired in an apparent deadlock between Downing St and Brussels, UK Labour is edging towards supporting the controversial idea of another referendum.

  • by Nick Miller
Robots brush with fame
Robots

Robots brush with fame

A team of French entrepreneurs has written a computer algorithm that can create original paintings with some resemblance to works by Old Masters.

May 'planning' snap election to head off more defections over Brexit
Brexit

May 'planning' snap election to head off more defections over Brexit

The British Prime Minister is believed to be considering resigning with the next year to stop more cabinet losses over her leadership in Brexit negotiations.

  • by James Ludden
German coalition at stake as parties wrangle over spymaster affair
Angela Merkel

German coalition at stake as parties wrangle over spymaster affair

It took Angela Merkel months to form government, now the fallout from far-right activities in eastern Germany threatens to shatter the fragile administration.

  • by Michelle Martin