Wednesday 12th December 2018

    • State governor, officials dead in helicopter crash in Sudan State-governor-officials-dead-in-helicopter-crash-in-Sudan

      A helicopter carrying a government delegation in eastern Sudan crashed on Sunday, killing a state governor and other officials, Xinhua reports. The helicopter crashed and burned in the morning in the border area between Sudan and Ethiopia. Gadaref State Governor Merghani Saleh and five other officials were among the victims. Other officials who survived the crash have been rushed to the hospital. According to Sudan’s state news agency SUNA, a statement will be issued on the incident soon.

    • Yellow vest protests: France’s Édouard Philippe seeks ‘unity’ after unrest Yellow-vest-protests-France's-Édouard-Philippe-seeks-unity-after-unrest2

        French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has vowed to “restore national unity” after violence broke out during a fourth consecutive weekend of protests. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday – the latest day of “yellow vest” demonstrations against fuel tax rises and high living costs. More than 1,700 people were arrested, but the violence was not on the same level as a week earlier. Discussions with peaceful protesters “must continue”, Mr Philippe said. He added: “No tax should jeopardise our national unity. We must now rebuild that national unity through dialogue, through work, and by coming...

    • Colombia’s former President Betancur, who sought peace with rebels, dies Colombia's-former-President-Betancur,-who-sought-peace-with-rebels-dies

        Belisario Betancur, who attempted to broker peace with leftist rebels during his administration, died on Friday at the age of 95, the Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota hospital said. The hospital did not provide a cause of death, but media reports said he had been admitted with kidney problems. Betancur, a member of the Conservative party who served from 1982 to 1986 – one of Colombia’s bloodiest periods – had sought a negotiated peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN) and M-19 rebels. Talks with M-19 ended abruptly in November 1985, when...

    • Jackie Chan releases new English memoir: ‘I really was quite a nasty jerk’ Jackie-Chan-releases-new-English-memoir-I-really-was-quite-a-nasty-jerk'

          Martial arts film star Jackie Chan has revealed his battles with alcohol and admitted to throwing his son across the room in a blunt autobiography published for the first time in English on Tuesday.   In the book “Never Grow Up,” first released in Chinese in 2015, Chan confesses to visiting prostitutes in the early days of his career and lays bare how his rise to fame affected his private life. A native of Hong Kong, Chan was already a successful Chinese film actor when he rose to international fame in the 1990s in high-profile Western films...

    • Rare white reindeer calf spotted on camera in Norway Rare-white-reindeer-calf-spotted-on -camera-in-Norway

               The rare animal’s appearance is caused by a genetic mutation A Norwegian photographer has shared images of a rare white reindeer calf he encountered while hiking with friends. Mads Nordsveen, 24, from Oslo, said he spotted the animal in the snow on a walk in northern Norway. The images, where the animal almost fades into the landscape, has now been liked almost 20,000 times since they were posted on Monday. Sharing the images on Instagram, the photographer commented: “He almost disappeared into the snow!” White reindeers are considered very rare. In 2016 a white stag was...

    • China is winning electric cars ‘arms race’

      China is outmaneuvering the U.S. and other countries in the global scramble for a vital element for electric cars. As demand for the vehicles surges, Chinese companies have been doing deals around the world to secure supplies of lithium, a silvery-white metal mined from rocks in Australia and brine pools in South America. China is the top market for electric and hybrid cars, accounting for roughly half of global sales, and the government is pushing the development of the industry within its borders. That calls for a lot of lithium, a key component of the vehicles’ batteries. “Whoever controls the...

    • Nissan launches longer-range electric car

      Nissan has launched a longer-range version of its best-selling Leaf electric vehicle, as it fights growing competition in the electric car market. The new Leaf can travel about 50% further on a single charge than its predecessor, according to the firm. However, it still falls short of the ranges offered by Tesla and GM’s top-end electric cars. Other updates include advances in autonomous driving technology and a more modern design. The Leaf, the world’s best-selling electric car, is facing increasing competition in the fast-developing green car market, fuelled in part by tightening emissions standards around the world. What’s new?...