Grokzone | Fresh News Headlines - Friday 26th August 2016
France's highest administrative court suspends a ban on controversial full-body "burkini" swimsuits in a town on the Mediterranean coast.
The leaders of the Czech Republic and Hungary say a "joint European army" is needed to bolster security in the EU.
Olympic champion Andy Murray will play Czech Lukas Rosol in the first round of the US Open, which starts on Monday.
"Anti-immigrant" rhetoric by UK politicians during the EU referendum helped to fuel a spike in race hate crimes before and after the vote, a UN body says.
A 78-year-old former England rugby player foils a robbery attempt by three men, chasing them out of his house in Malta armed only with a mug of tea.
An Italian man who survived the earthquake in Amatrice, killed more than 200 people, describes the "shocking and traumatic" effect it has had on the close-knit community.
French artists have put pen and pencil to paper to protest about a French burkini ban
Ryan Lochte has no plans to publically respond despite Brazilian police charging him with making a false statement over a robbery, his lawyer says.
The rebel-held city of Darayya is being evacuated by government forces after the last rebel fighters agreed to hand over their weapons and leave.
During her year of breast cancer, Sydney woman Alison Habbal occupied hours of nausea and exhaustion by planning for her post-sickness rebirth.
Their story had already captured hearts across the world - the marathon runner and the stray dog that stuck by his side through a gruelling desert race in China.
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin warns Republican Donald Trump of "massive disappointment" if he backs down on his plan to deport undocumented immigrants.
Disabled athletes and models have told Newsbeat how disappointed they are in Vogue Brasil after they posted pictures of their new Paralympic Campaign.
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson says he thought he was "going to die" after crashing his bike on the Caribbean island of Virgin Gorda.
Indonesian authorities seize the frozen bodies of more than 650 critically endangered pangolins and arrest a man.
As hopes fade of finding more survivors of the devastating 6.2-magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy, details emerge of the dead.
The evacuation of the Damascus suburb of Darayya begins after a deal between the Syrian government and rebel fighters to end four years of siege.
More than 260 people are known to have died in the earthquake that devastated villages in Italy's central region on Wednesday night.
The Libyan forces are preparing for what they hope to be the last attack against Islamic State group in the city of Sirte.
Manchester United will face Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk in the group stage of the Europa League.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he will try to limit the damage to his title hopes in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.
The BBC witnesses a prison raid in one of Manila's biggest jails - the latest offensive in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
Firefighters are called out to rescue a 20-year-old man after he climbs into public toilet to retrieve a friend's phone.
Boys from an Argentine German school are being made to visit a Holocaust museum after a brawl with Jewish students over Nazi symbols.
Italy declares a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday's earthquake, in which at least 268 people died, as hopes fade of finding survivors.
A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
Amber Heard demands that Johnny Depp double the amount that is paid to charity following their divorce settlement.
A Czech hiker who went missing a month ago in the snowy mountains of New Zealand describes the "harrowing" 30-day ordeal in which her partner died.
The BBC looks at the future of Ethiopian silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa after his daring anti-government protest at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
A violent crackdown on illegal drugs in the Philippines has left more than 1,900 people dead. The BBC spoke to two people in the middle of the drug war.
The White Helmets save Syrians from death. What happens when they die, too?
The two commissions set up to investigate crimes committed during Nepal's civil war have received nearly 57,000 submissions but many victims are sceptical about getting justice.
Hungarian personalities have been handing back their state honours in protest at the award of a medal to a controversial journalist.
New mother's vivid Facebook post on the shaming culture involved with Caesarean births goes viral.
As chat apps achieve colossal valuations and more keep coming onto the market, are we reaching chat saturation point?
A disparate group of provocateurs and internet pranksters is challenging conservative orthodoxy in America. Who are they and what do they believe?
The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.
The BBC's Jonathan Head explores the Philippines' dark underbelly of police raids, dealers and assassins through the story of one woman trapped in a chilling predicament.
The BBC's Quentin Sommerville speaks to the surviving members of a family caught up in Ghouta's 2013 chemical attack which left hundreds of Syrians dead.
Images from before and after an earthquake struck central Italy show the huge scale of the disaster.
Footage has been recorded by the BBC showing the extreme lengths a group of armed people-smugglers were prepared to go to to get migrants in Calais across the Channel to Kent.
A tiny marsupial lion, extinct for at least 18 million years, is named after Sir David Attenborough after fossilised remains are found in remote Australia.
Amateur rocket enthusiasts have gathered in Scotland to mark 30 years of aiming for the skies.
Scores of historic sites in Bagan - some there since the 10th Century - were badly damaged by the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Myanmar on Wednesday.
Scores of historic sites in Bagan - some there since the 10th Century - were badly damaged by the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Myanmar on Wednesday.
Aerial shots reveal the devastation in Amatrice following Wednesday's earthquake which killed at least 247 people in central Italy.
Japanese companies are paying for employees to attend "crying workshops".
The largest town that Boko Haram ever controlled still lies in ruins, frozen in time nearly 18 months after Nigeria's military recaptured it, writes the BBC's Martin Patience.
A year after 71 people suffocated in the back of an airless lorry on its way to Austria, Bethany Bell and Nick Thorpe retrace the journey and ask what went wrong.
What are some of the steps that could be taken to narrow the pay gap between men and women?
The Turkish advance into northern Syria marks a turning point in the Syrian conflict. Its nominal target was Islamic State, but with large powers reconsidering their alliances in the region, the Kurds stand to lose the most.
This week's devastating earthquake in Italy, with more than 260 deaths, will be a leadership test for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The state's failures after the 2009 catastrophe in L'Aquila have not been forgotten.
In an interview, Paul Wolfowitz, 72, an advisor to former President Bush, discusses the dangers of a Donald Trump presidency, why he will likely vote for the Democrat's candidate this year and mistakes made during the Iraq war.
What are Germans' top travel destinations? And what countries spend the most money on their vacation trips? Test your knowledge with our interactive globe.
How vulnerable is your country to natural disasters? The 2016 World Risk Index is now out and it shows that infrastructure is a key factor in the ability to withstand events like hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By…
Calls in Germany to ban the burqa are misguided and the move would do little to liberate Muslim women. The fight for emancipation must come from inside the religion.
Some conservative German politicians would like to see a ban on burqas and other veils. Doing so, however, would likely violate the constitution -- and there are plenty of practical rules already in place.
Since March, Fayez Sarraj has been the prime minister of Libya, a country torn by civil war. Now he is tasked with surmounting the country's political divisions and leading the fight against the Islamic State and a network of human-traffickers transp…
When American authorities revealed that Volkswagen used software to trick pollution tests, it spurred widespread outrage. Documents obtained by SPIEGEL show that European officials knew about the deception for years -- but didn't act on it.
In the past 50 years, Earth's oceans have been depleted and acidified to alarming degrees. Sylvia Earle, a longtime marine scientist, explains her plan to save at least a small part of them -- along with our planet.
European astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet that is orbiting Proxima Centauri, our nearest fixed star. It's possible it has water -- and, with it, life.
Donald Trump's candidacy started as a joke. Fed by the media and opportunistic politicians, he's become a threat to the US political system and even world peace. Now it's time to treat him as such.
During his campaign, Donald Trump has repeatedly flirted with violence. Crude political notions aside, he lacks the character to become president of the United States and represents a true danger to the entire world.
In the wake of recent attacks, Germany's conservative Christian Democrats over tripping over themselves with proposals for tightening anti-terror laws. Instead of calming the people, they are simply confusing them. By SPIEGEL Staff
The recent spate of deadly attacks in Germany have highlighted the need to intervene with angry young men before they turn to extremism or violence. But the country has a lot of catching up to do -- and the work can be controversial.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared from radar screens just over two years ago. Now veteran flight-accident investigator Larry Vance believes he knows what happened. He believes one of the pilots hijacked the aircraft.
CBS NewsHow immigration hardliners are reacting to confusion over Trump's stanceCBS NewsAfter a week of muddled messages from Donald Trump and his campaign on his immigration proposals, some immigration hard-liners are wavering between supporting the…
New York TimesCourt Suspends 'Burkini' Ban in French TownNew York TimesA woman wore a burkini to a demonstration in London on Thursday against measures in France banning the full-body swimwear at beaches. Credit Hannah Mckay/European Pressphoto Agenc…
TechCrunchWhatsApp-Facebook data-sharing deal probed by UK privacy watchdogTechCrunchWell that was fast. Just one day after WhatsApp revealed a sea-change in its attitude to user data, by detailing plans to share the mobile numbers and last seen stat…
NPRGuess How Many Zika Cases Showed Up At The Olympics?NPRNot 1,000. Not 50. Not even 10. Zero. "There have so far been no laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus in spectators, athletes or anyone associated with the Olympics," the World Health Orga…
BloombergYellen Sides With Fed Camp Professing Faith in Price ForecastsBloombergFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen still has faith. On Friday she expressed confidence that tighter labor markets over time will push inflation back to the central bank's…
CNNItaly earthquake: More than 2000 forced to live in campsCNNAre you in Italy? Are you affected by the earthquake? If it's safe for you to do so, WhatsApp us on +44 7435 939 154 to share your photos, experiences and video. Please tag #CNNiReport in…
CNNChildren among dead in Syria barrel bomb attackCNN(CNN) The video shows a devastating scene: Two boys covered in dust desperately cling to each other and cry. "My brother is gone," one sobs. It's one of several harrowing videos activists shared af…
Voice of AmericaExperts Speculate on North Korea's Motive for Ballistic Missile TestVoice of AmericaFILE - An underwater test-firing of a strategic submarine ballistic missile is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central New…
Los Angeles TimesDrug companies spend millions to keep charging high pricesLos Angeles TimesPharmaceutical heavyweight Mylan, the latest poster child for drug-industry greed, finally stuck up for itself Thursday. It argued that “the system,” not…
Washington PostJudge in Stanford swimmer case switching to civil courtWashington PostSAN FRANCISCO — A judge whose six-month sentence in the sexual assault case of a former Stanford swimmer has removed himself from handling criminal matters, but ef…
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads her Republican rival Donald Trump by 5 percentage points among likely voters, down from a peak this month of 12 points, according to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking po…
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The case for a U.S. interest rate hike has strengthened in recent months, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Friday in a speech that left the door open for such a move as early as next month.
ISTANBUL/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish forces will remain in Syria for as long as it takes to cleanse the border of Islamic State and other militants, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday, after a truck bombing by Kurdish insurgents k…
PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 278 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009, the federal appeals court based in Virginia was known as one of the most conservative benches in the country.
(Reuters) - Herbalife Ltd's biggest critic, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, said he had been approached to buy shares in the nutritional supplements maker from billionaire investor Carl Icahn.
BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Senate impeachment trial of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff descended into a shouting match between her political supporters and opponents during its second day on Friday, forcing a two-hour halt in the proceedin…
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton called on Friday for voters to reject what she called the "bigotry" of Donald Trump's White House campaign, releasing a television ad criticizing his efforts to appeal to black voters and saying she was…
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britney Spears is hitting up pop culture one more time, releasing a new album, singing retro karaoke hits and about to take the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) stage for the first time since 2007.
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