Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

France president Bernard Laporte oversaw the country’s successful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup last year Police have raided the headquarters of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) amid ongoing investigations into alleged favouritism involving its president Bernard Laporte. Laporte denies allegations he pressured the FFR appeals committee to reduce a sanction against Montpellier. […]

Naples woman killed in ‘mafia ambush’

Naples woman killed in ‘mafia ambush’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Italian police are up against tight-knit crime families in many poor suburbs A woman was fatally shot three times in the face near central Naples in what police suspect was a mafia killing. Mafia suspect Annamaria Palmieri, 54, had previous convictions for handling stolen property, criminal association and drugs, Italian […]

EU creditors to start Greece debt-relief talks

EU creditors to start Greece debt-relief talks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Some European creditors have been reluctant to give Greece more debt relief EU creditors have agreed to start talks on possible debt relief for Greece as the country prepares to leave an eight-year bailout programme. Greece’s public debt totals 180% of its economy and the talks will focus on how […]

Germany: Plane and helicopter crash in mid-air, killing four

Germany: Plane and helicopter crash in mid-air, killing four

A small plane and a helicopter have collided in south-western Germany killing four people, police say. A rescue helicopter which had been on a training flight was involved in the crash above the town of Philippsburg, air rescue organisation DRF said. The cause of the crash is still unclear. The area where it happened has […]

Facebook invents new unit of time called a flick

Facebook invents new unit of time called a flick

Image copyright Eyewire Inc Image caption The flick is the next unit of time up from a nanosecond A Facebook engineer has invented a new unit of time called a flick. The flick has been designed to help developers keep video effects in sync, according to a description on the code-sharing site GitHub. A flick, […]

Mavic Air: DJI launches ‘ultraportable’ drone

Mavic Air: DJI launches ‘ultraportable’ drone

Image copyright DJI Image caption The Mavic Air is said to be half the size of the Mavic Pro DJI has unveiled the Mavic Air drone, a successor to its top-selling Mavic Pro that is smaller, lighter and faster as well as promising more advanced obstacle-avoidance tech. There are, however, trade-offs: it has a shorter […]

Elon Musk’s Boring Company presents LA tunnel plan

Elon Musk’s Boring Company presents LA tunnel plan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elon Musk’s Boring Company reveals LA tunnel plans Elon Musk’s Boring Company has presented plans to build a Hyperloop tunnel under Culver City, California. The plans were presented at a council meeting on Monday by Jehn Balajadia, operations co-ordinator of the firm. She said: “The purpose of Boring Company is […]

Amazon’s Twitch triumphs over bot-sellers

Amazon’s Twitch triumphs over bot-sellers

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Twitch provides a way for video games enthusiasts to watch others play Games-streaming service Twitch has convinced a court to ban two bot-makers from helping players seem popular. The Amazon-owned platform had complained the couple were charging up to $760 (£545) a month to artificially swell a Twitch channel’s audience. […]

Boris Johnson rebuked over NHS cash plea

Boris Johnson rebuked over NHS cash plea

Media captionHammond: Boris Johnson is foreign secretary (not health secretary) Theresa May has called for discussions about future NHS funding to remain private after Boris Johnson publicly called for more money after Brexit. Before Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, it was widely reported that the foreign secretary would pitch for a £100m a week “Brexit dividend” for […]

Government announces anti-fake news unit

Government announces anti-fake news unit

Image copyright Getty Images The UK government is to establish a new unit to counter “fake news”, Downing Street has said. Theresa May’s spokesman said the “dedicated national security communications unit” would be charged with “combating disinformation by state actors and others”. “We are living in an era of fake news and competing narratives,” he […]