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Trump Jr dismisses legal concerns over Russian lawyer meeting

Trump Jr dismisses legal concerns over Russian lawyer meeting

Image copyright AFP Image caption Controversy surrounds Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 US President Donald Trump’s son has said his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer was about “essentially nothing” relevant to claims of collusion. Donald Trump Jr called the media uproar over the meeting “the ultimate distraction” from his […]

California wildfire will burn for the rest of August, say officials

California wildfire will burn for the rest of August, say officials

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWith wildfires occurring across the globe, here are some of the techniques used to stop them California’s biggest wildfire on record is expected to burn for the rest of the month, fire officials said on Tuesday. The Mendocino Complex Fire has already engulfed 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) […]

Elon Musk 'may take Tesla private'

Elon Musk 'may take Tesla private'

Image copyright Reuters A tweet from Tesla boss Elon Musk’s account suggests he is “considering” taking the electric car firm private. The BBC has been unable to verify the post was written by Mr Musk himself, but it has pushed the shares 6% higher. The tweet suggested Mr Musk was looking at a plan to […]

Pentagon cracks down on soldiers' GPS tracking apps

Pentagon cracks down on soldiers' GPS tracking apps

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Strava Global Heat Map revealed soldiers’ exercise routines overseas The US military has issued an order to immediately begin restricting soldiers’ use of GPS tracking apps in areas deemed to be sensitive or dangerous. Troops in “operational areas” such as warzones or overseas US bases can now be […]

Summer heat kills off Finland's mosquitoes

Summer heat kills off Finland's mosquitoes

Summer heat kills off Finland’s mosquitoes By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Finns have been largely spared mosquito attacks this year because of the exceptionally warm summer The unusually hot summer has ravaged the mosquito population in Finland, but it appears other blood-sucking pests are thriving, […]

Will Novichok poison suspects face UK trial?

Will Novichok poison suspects face UK trial?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Yulia Skripal and her father, Sergei, were poisoned in March It is becoming clear, without any official policing sources confirming it, that significant progress has been made in the Salisbury spy poisoning investigation. Detectives from the South East Counter-Terrorism Unit appear to have got to the stage where they have […]

M Karunanidhi: Veteran Indian politician dies at 94

M Karunanidhi: Veteran Indian politician dies at 94

Image copyright NATHAN G Veteran Indian politician Muthuvel Karunanidhi has died at the age of 94. He was being treated for age-related illnesses in Chennai (formerly Madras) in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state. Mr Karunanidhi served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times between 1969 and 2011, and also played a key role […]

Saudi Arabia develops ‘rate my sermon’ app

Saudi Arabia develops ‘rate my sermon’ app

Image copyright AFP Image caption Saudi authorities are promoting an image of “moderate Islam” Authorities in Saudi Arabia are developing a phone app which will monitor sermons and prayers in mosques to allow worshippers to know if the preacher is likely to go on too long. According to the country’s Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdul […]

Shipwreck claim: Police probe Shinil Group over 'Russian treasure find'

Shipwreck claim: Police probe Shinil Group over 'Russian treasure find'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Treasure-seekers have spent years hunting for the Dmitrii Donskoi Police have raided the offices of a South Korean company which claims to have found a treasure-laden shipwreck. Shinil Group said in July that it had found the Russian cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi, which sank in 1905 and was rumoured to […]

Iran sanctions: Trump warns trading partners

Iran sanctions: Trump warns trading partners

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is the Iran nuclear deal? US President Donald Trump has issued a strong warning to anyone trading with Iran, following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country. “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States,” the president tweeted. Some re-imposed […]