Tesla boss Elon Musk’s $2.6bn pay day

Image copyright Getty Images Tesla shareholders have approved a huge pay deal for its chief executive, Elon Musk, worth an estimated $2.6bn (£1.85bn). It is believed to be the biggest share-based pay deal in US corporate history. Mr Musk will only get the shares if Tesla hits certain targets related to metrics such as sales and share price. The vote […]

Was Claire’s the ultimate accessory for tweens?

Image copyright Alamy As tween jewellery haven Claire’s Accessories reveals it will press ahead with a financial restructure, the customers who once poured their pocket money into its tills have been worrying over its potential loss. Claire’s has assured customers its shops, including 378 in the UK, will remain open for now. The US company behind it has filed for […]

Water power: How one pump is helping an entire community

Image copyright Aisha Augie-Kuta / WaterAid Dodging hippos along the Niger river, photographer Aisha Augie-Kuta reached the remote village of Norandé. It is here that she connected with a community that, despite its proximity to the river, faces a daily struggle for clean water. Despite the countries’ shared border, what Augie-Kuta saw was a far cry from that back home […]

Shoreham air crash: Pilot Andy Hill to be charged over deaths

Image copyright PA Image caption Pilot Andy Hill survived the Hawker Hunter jet crash The pilot of a vintage jet which crashed on to a dual carriageway during the Shoreham Airshow, killing 11 men, is to be charged with manslaughter. Andy Hill was performing aerobatics when the Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A27 in Sussex on 22 August […]

Chronic fatigue trial results ‘not robust’, new study says

Image copyright Getty Images Fresh analysis of a controversial study, which recommended exercise and psychological therapy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome, suggests their impact is more modest than first thought. The PACE trial found the treatments to be “moderately effective”, leading to recovery in a fifth of patients. But this new analysis finds “no long-term benefits at all”. The […]

Nicolas Sarkozy: French ex-president under formal investigation

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Sarkozy clinched big trade deals for France with Libya’s Gaddafi in 2007 when he was president Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation over allegations he received campaign funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He is being investigated for illicit campaign financing, misappropriation of Libyan public funds and passive […]

Austin bomber: Deceased suspect named in Texas blasts

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice chief Brian Manley announced the suspect’s death to the media Police have named the suspect they say carried out a deadly series of parcel bombs in the Texas city of Austin as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23. He was killed after detonating an explosive as officers approached his car following a chase […]

‘Radical change’ needed on countryside

Image copyright Getty Images The UK government is failing rural communities and the natural environment, a report says. The Lords Select Committee document says there should be radical change in how the countryside is looked after. It recommends stripping the environment department Defra of its power to regulate on rural affairs, and reforming the Countryside Code. The Lords said Defra […]

A blueberry muffin ‘could have day’s worth of sugar’

Image copyright Getty Images Some blueberry muffins sold by cafes and supermarkets contain more than the recommended daily intake of sugar for adults, researchers have discovered. An analysis by Action on Sugar and the Obesity Health Alliance in January found the cakes could contain up to eight teaspoons of sugar. The recommended daily limit for adults is seven – for […]

Westminster Bridge attack victim’s sister refuses to dwell on killer

Image caption Andreea Cristea was on holiday with her partner Andrei Burnaz The sister of a Romanian tourist who fell into the Thames during the Westminster terror attack has said she refuses to dwell on the killer. Andreea Cristea, 31, and boyfriend Andrei Burnaz, were driven at by Khalid Masood on London’s Westminster Bridge. A year after the attack, Magda […]

Brexit: EU leaders set to discuss transition agreement

Image copyright AFP EU leaders will gather on Thursday for a summit at which they are expected to approve the terms of a transition deal with the UK after Brexit. The EU’s Donald Tusk said on Wednesday he had recommended a draft legal text on transition, citizens’ rights and other withdrawal issues to its members. It followed Spanish concerns over […]

Facebook’s Zuckerberg ‘sorry’ over Cambridge Analytica ‘breach’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCambridge Analytica: What we know so far Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network “made mistakes” that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy. Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly using the data on behalf of political clients. In a statement, Mr […]

From child soldier to fixer: Alain’s story

For fixers, news stories are often personal. They are locals, sometimes journalists themselves, who serve as guides for foreign correspondents. Equipped with intimate local knowledge, they find stories, secure interviews, and translate for correspondents who may have little experience in the country they are reporting from. Long after those correspondents have left, fixers remain in their communities. If they become […]

India’s Seychelles military base plan hits choppy waters

Seychelles is of strategic importance to Asian powers India and China [Nazanine Moshiri/Al Jazeera] India’s plans for building military facilities in Seychelles have hit choppy waters, with the Indian Ocean island’s political opposition blocking efforts to ratify a deal reached by the two governments. Seychelles and India signed a 20-year agreement in January to build an airstrip and a jetty for its […]

The woman protecting Tunisia’s cultural heritage

Tunis, Tunisia – Leila Ben-Gacem vividly remembers the first time she came across this stunning centuries-old house in the heart of Tunisia’s capital several years ago. “The first time I walked here,” she recalls, “it felt like the building was talking to me”. Passionate about preservation, Ben-Gacem was already worried that not enough was being done to protect Tunisia’s cultural […]

Japan joining US global anti-missile shield ‘directly affects’ Russia’s security interests – Lavrov

The deployment of US missile shield components in Japan directly affects Russia’s national security and regional interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press conference with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo. “Japan’s plans for deploying a global missile defense system directly affect [the] security interests of Russia,” Lavrov noted on his state visit, reiterating Moscow’s concerns over Tokyo’s intentions […]

Russian astronomers devote newly-discovered black hole to Stephen Hawking

Russian astronomers have discovered a newborn black hole in the Ophiuchus constellation and have dedicated it to renowned English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who devoted his entire life to the study of our universe. Two days after the sad passing of professor Hawking, Russian scientists from the Moscow State University observed a “gamma-ray burst” in the Ophiuchus constellation, which was […]

‘Peanuts for you’: Trump showcases weapons US sold to Yemen-bombing Saudi prince (VIDEO)

US President Donald Trump brought several pictures of American weapons to a meeting with visiting Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. He boasted of multibillion-dollar sales of arms to the kingdom. Showing a sign to journalists at the meeting that read “12.5 billion in finalized sales to Saudi Arabia,” Trump boasted about all the money that US defense […]

Children among at least 21 people ‘poisoned’ by ‘gas’ in Russian village

Over 20 people, including children, have been exposed to “gas” in a Russian village, RIA and TASS news agencies report, citing emergency services. Authorities are trying to establish the exact nature of the substance. The incident took place in a “Gypsy village” in the community of Kalinin, 500km southeast of Moscow, a source from the emergency services told RIA Novosti.  […]

Putin & Trump agree that arms race is ‘undesirable’ – Kremlin

The presidents of Russia and the US discussed a possible arms race involving the two nations, and agreed that such an outcome was not desired by either, the Kremlin has confirmed. The subject was discussed by Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in a phone call on Tuesday, a Kremlin spokesman told journalists on Wednesday. “There was an agreement between the […]

WhatsApp co-founder calls on users to #DeleteFacebook

As Facebook roils from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the private data of 50 million users was leaked, the #DeleteFacebook movement is gathering momentum. Even WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has given his support. The campaign calls on social-media users to unsubscribe from not only Facebook, but also Instagram and WhatsApp, which are owned by the same company. Facebook shares […]

#Romanovs100 go live: Here’s how to find the project on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram & Twitter

RT’s historical photo-puzzle about the last reigning royal family in Russia, the Romanovs, is at ‘ready-steady,’ with the website launched and all the social media accounts published online ahead of the official launch in April. The digital mosaic of 4,000 photos from the family’s private archives will hit the web on April 8, exactly 100 days before the world marks […]

Britain doesn’t share data in Skripal case with us, but demands explanation – Moscow

The UK does not share any data or evidence in the Skripal case with Russia, but at the same time, London demands an explanation from Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry says. “The British authorities don’t share any data they received following the probe [on the Skripal case] and don’t answer any questions concerning Yulia Skripal,” Director of Department for Nonproliferation […]