Month: May 2019

GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests

A fungus – genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin – can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests. Trials, which took place in Burkina Faso, showed mosquito populations collapsed by 99% within 45 days. The researchers say their aim is not to make the insects extinct but to help […]

Louisiana passes law banning abortions after heartbeat is detected

Media playback is unsupported on your device Louisiana’s Democratic governor has signed a highly restrictive new abortion law that bans the procedure after a foetal heartbeat is detected. The law could prohibit abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy. State legislators overwhelmingly backed the bill on Wednesday, by 79 votes to 23 and Governor […]

Hungary boat crash: Captain of vessel involved in collision arrested

Media playback is unsupported on your device The captain of a vessel that collided with a tour boat on the Danube river in Budapest, resulting in at least seven deaths, has been arrested, police say. The 64-year-old Ukrainian national was held as a suspect over reckless misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties. The […]

Trump: Robert Mueller ‘conflicted’ and a ‘Never Trumper’

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has launched a fierce personal attack on former special counsel Robert Mueller, describing him as “totally conflicted”. He said the man who led the inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election had “wanted to be the FBI director, and I said […]

Uber posts $1bn loss weeks after stock market listing

Uber has posted a $1bn (£790m) loss as the ride-hailing firm delivered its first figures since a disappointing flotation earlier this month. The quarterly loss came despite a 20% a rise in revenues to $3.1bn and increase in monthly active users to 93 million. The results were in line with many analysts’ forecasts and may […]

R. Kelly facing 11 more sex crime charges

Media playback is unsupported on your device R. Kelly has been charged with 11 more sexual offences, according to US media. Court records reportedly show they relate to sexual assault and abuse of a minor aged between 13 and 16, and if proven carry far heavier sentences than the others he faces. R. Kelly is […]

Philippines sends rotting exported waste back to Canada

The Philippines is sending 69 container loads of waste back to Canada after it was imported into the country. The material was supposed to be recyclable but was found to contain items including soiled nappies. It’s just one nation in the region which is trying to curb the amount of rubbish it accepts from developed […]

Ashton Kutcher appears in ‘Hollywood Ripper’ trial

US actor Ashton Kutcher testified in a LA courtroom that he called on a young woman’s home for a date in 2001, not realising she lay dead inside. When the woman, Ashley Ellerin, did not answer the door, Mr Kutcher said he looked in her window and saw what he thought were wine stains on […]