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Can Russia beat Tom Cruise to make the first movie in space?

Actors Tom Cruise and Yulia Peresild – known for Russian blockbusters – are going head to head in a race to film the ...

Elon Musk is preparing a rocket for the Mission Impossible actor as Moscow plans to send actors to the International Space Station.

Atlantic blue crabs are invading a Euro hotspot play stuff

The species is an iconic seafood item across Eastern America. But they're an invasive pest in Croatia, where the ...

The species is an iconic seafood item across Eastern America. But they're an invasive pest in Croatia, where the creatures have started wiping out the locals' own traditional seafood: a type of eel.

Swiss climber and American die on Mt Everest

A Swiss climber and an American have died on Mt Everest in the season's first casualties on the world's highest ...

They are the first to die on the mountain in 2021, and bring the total death toll on Mt Everest to at least 311.

Einstein letter makes link 70 years before evidence

A 1935 portrait of Albert Einstein taken at Princeton.

ANALYSIS: In a long-lost letter, Albert Einstein discusses bees, birds and whether new physics principles could come from studying animal senses.

Teenage Instagram queen newly anointed heir to Italy's royal family

Reform of ancient succession law has sparked bitter rift between rival branches of the Savoy royals.

A teenage girl living in Paris with 40,000 followers on Instagram is anointed the heir to the defunct Italian crown - to the disgust of a rival branch of the former royal family.

Work in a stunning island castle

The castle on St Michael's Mount off the Cornish coast will be the home of a lucky job applicant

Wanted - someone to help run a castle on beautiful island, but don't apply if you get seasick.

At least nine, including seven students, killed in Russia school shooting

Russian media report that several people have been killed and wounded in a school shooting in the city of Kazan.

A school shooting erupted Tuesday morning in the Russian city of Kazan, killing nine people and leaving 21 others hospitalised.

Nurse in Italy accidentally injects woman with six doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Nurse in Italy Accidentally Injects Woman With 6 Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine - Thumbnail

The 23-year-old woman has not yet had any adverse reactions to receiving five times the normal Pfizer vaccine dosage.

Get jabbed, not bitten, at Dracula's castle

Near the inner courtyard of the Bran Castle, Romanian authorities have set up a Covid-19 vaccination centre.

At the tourist hotspot, Romanian doctors are offering a Covid-19 jab in the arm rather than a stake through the heart.

There's a hurt, lost whale calf in London's river play stuff

There was a small and injured whale calf that seems to have become lost in London's River Thames, and authorities say ...

There was a small and injured whale calf that seems to have become lost in London's River Thames, and authorities say its life is in danger hundreds of miles from home.

Untroubled waters: Massive bridge sails down Dutch river

The bridge is heading towards its new temporary home near the city's busy port area.

The 200-metre-long bridge takes a slow cruise through the heart of Rotterdam.

Russia shows military might at Victory Day parade play stuff

The traditional World War Two victory parade is a patriotic display of raw military power that this year coincides with ...

The traditional World War Two victory parade is a patriotic display of raw military power that this year coincides with soaring tensions with the West.

Olga Romanoff, the Queen’s 'rebellious' straight-talking cousin - and Airbnb host

Princess Olga Romanoff in December 2016 in London, England. She dismisses the brand of a “rebellious cousin” to the Queen.

She was fond of Prince Philip and was once offered up as a potential bride for Prince Charles, but Olga Romanoff is now running an Airbnb, rather than trading on her roots.

After uncovering Stalin-era execution, lawsuits seek to bury the evidence

Stepan Karagodin, centre, was a prosperous peasant farmer and village leader who resisted the Bolsheviks after the ...

Russian Denis Karagodin has spent years uncovering the truth behind his great-grandfather's death, but his discoveries can still bring trouble under Putin's watch.

Queen's cousin accused of seeking favours from Putin

The Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, was willing to use his royal status for personal profit, a new report claims.

Explosive UK report claims Prince Michael of Kent was willing to use his royal status for profit and to seek favours from the Russian President.

Tripadvisor backs down over insensitive review of Auschwitz

More than 1 million people, most of them Jews, were killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz during World War II.

The travel website initially said the comments complied with its submission guidelines.

British PM calls UK union crisis talks

First Minister and SNP party leader Nicola Sturgeon says her immediate priority is steering Scotland through the ...

Boris Johnson has invited the leaders of the UK’s devolved nations to a union summit, as Nicola Sturgeon's SNP moves towards another Scottish independence referendum.

Scottish government sets stage for another independence vote

First Minister and SNP party leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates after retaining her seat for Glasgow Southside at the ...

The Scottish National Party won its fourth straight parliamentary election on Saturday and insisted it will push with another referendum on Scotland's independence.

Neanderthals may have been hunted by hyenas

This image released by the Italian Culture Ministry shows a cave near Rome where fossils were discovered, shedding new ...

Nine Neanderthals were likely killed by hyenas and dragged back to a cave near Rome, where their remains have been found tens of thousands of years later.

'I lost my shine': Kiwi expat on a year of social distancing

Sharon Marris moved to the UK from New Zealand 13 years ago. Friends and colleagues have posted selfies on social media, ...

OPINION: I've not had a hug for so many months, I’m trying to remember what that physical connection feels like.

Remains of nine Neanderthals discovered near Rome play stuff

Neanderthal remains

Archeologists have discovered the remains of nine Neanderthals at a prehistoric site near Rome, Italy's culture ministry said on Saturday.

Do you dare? World's longest suspension footbridge opens play stuff

World's longest suspension footbridge

This is the world's longest suspension footbridge. The newly completed 516 Arouca Bridge in Portugal is situated 175 m (574 ft) above the river Paiva, in the UNESCO-recognised Arouca Geopark.

UK to welcome Kiwis as it begins to resume international travel

People flying from Australia to the UK won’t have to quarantine on arrival either, Shapps said.

Britain has announced it will open up travel from a handful of nations as a “first tentative step” towards resuming international travel, with NZ, Australia and Portugal included.

France's Muslim girls say #HandsOffMyHijab play stuff

A proposed hijab ban for minors in public spaces in France has drawn outrage and prompted an online protest under the ...

A proposed hijab ban for minors in public spaces in France has drawn outrage and prompted an online protest under the viral hashtag #HandsOffMyHijab (#PasToucheAMonHijab).

US tourists get life for murdering Italian cop play stuff

Two American tourists were sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for the 2019 murder of a policeman near their Rome ...

Two American tourists were sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for the 2019 murder of a policeman near their Rome hotel in a case that shook the nation.

Researchers​ reveal the 'only known' case of pregnant Egyptian mummy play stuff

The mummy was initially thought to be a male priest.

The mummy was initially thought to be a male priest.

Bank of England expects best year for UK economy since 1941

The Bank of England says it will keep interest rates on hold and has grown more optimistic about the UK’s economic ...

UK's central bank keeps interest rates on hold as it forecasts the fastest annual economic growth since World War II, due largely to Covid vaccination.

More world leaders support the easing of Covid-19 vaccine patents

The decision to remove patent protections on Covid vaccines is up to the 164-member World Trade Organisation, and if ...

Several leaders have praised the United States' call to remove patent protections on vaccines and expand their global reach — others are hesitant.

France sends patrol boats as fishing tensions with UK boil over

French fishermen angry over loss of access to waters off their coast have gathered their boats in protest off the ...

Vessels from Britain's Royal Navy and French police boats patrolled near the English Channel island of Jersey, as French fishermen angry about losing access to its waters protested.

Italian mafia accused of running courthouse cafe to eavesdrop on judiciary

A barista serves coffee in Gran Caffe Gambrinus in Naples. Running the bar in Potenza enabled local mobsters to listen ...

As prosecutors and police officers chatted over coffee, local mobsters were watching and listening.

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