The International Criminal Court (ICC) has agreed to pursue the war crimes trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba, Democratic Republic of Congo’s ex-vice-president. An appeals panel at the court in The Hague rejected an appeal from his lawyers to dismiss the case. Mr Bemba is accused of leading militias in neighbouring Central African...
The Japanese economy is at a standstill, Japan’s government has said, as concerns about the strong yen continue to grow. The recovery in the economy was “pausing”, the Cabinet Office said in a monthly statement. It is the most negative the government has been about the economy in nearly two years. The rising...
The drugs were found wrapped in 10,000 packages Mexican security forces have seized 105 tonnes of marijuana with a street value of at least $340m (£214m) – the biggest such haul in the country in years. Continue reading the main story MEXICO’S DRUGS WAR * Charting Mexico’s violence * Battling the cartels ...
The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg describes the battle between gunmen and police Six people were killed and 10 others injured when at least three militants stormed parliament in the restive Russian republic of Chechnya. Shouting Islamist slogans, they launched a bomb and gun attack as deputies arrived for work, and two guards...
Liverpool co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett have removed the restraining order preventing the club’s sale to New England Sports Ventures. However, the move is not designed to help NESV seal its £300m deal, but to aid Hicks in his attempt to sell his stake to US hedge fund Mill Financial. The club is hoping to tie...
A study has revealed that a wind turbine’s colour affects how many insects it attracts, shedding more light on why the turbines occasionally kill bats and birds. Scientists say that turbines, most commonly painted white or grey, draw in insects. These then lure bats and birds – as they pursue their prey – into...
The Hungarian plant which caused a toxic sludge leak is due to reopen on Friday as villagers forced to abandon their houses prepare to return home. Dozens of homes in the village of Kolontar, the closest to the plant, were made uninhabitable by the sludge. Nine people died following the 4 October spill that devastated towns...
Two German radar satellites are now flying in tight formation as they prepare to make the most detailed ever 3D map of the Earth’s entire surface. TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X have moved to within 350m of each other as they sweep around the planet at 7km/s. The pair will soon begin an intense observation campaign that will...
Swiss engineers are set to smash through the last pieces of rock to complete the digging of the world’s longest transport tunnel. The two ends of the 57km (35 mile) Gotthard rail tunnel will meet after 14 years of construction work. The event is to be broadcast live on Swiss TV, and watched by transport ministers across...
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