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Climate campaigners win Heathrow expansion case

The government decision to give the go-ahead to Heathrow Airport's plans to build a third runway was unlawful, a court has ruled. The court case was brought by environmental groups, councils and the Mayor of London. Why you can trust BBC News Full story

A mob out for blood: India's protests pit Hindus against Muslims

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Mohammad Zubair was on his way home from a local mosque in northeast New Delhi when he came across a large crowd. He turned towards an underpass to avoid the commotion; it proved to be a mistake. SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans, beat Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is Muslim, during protests sparked by a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 24, 2020. ... Full story

Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Umrah, visits to Al Masjid Al Nabawy amid coronavirus

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended entry to the kingdom for the Umrah Islamic pilgrimage and visits to al Masjid Al Nabawy in Medina, the ministry of foreign affairs announced on Twitter on Thursday amid fears over the spread of the new coronavirus. The kingdom has also suspended entry to Saudi Arabia for anyone with tourism visas from countries where coronavirus is a threat. The Foreign Ministry called on citizens not to ... Full story

Kremlin rebuffs Turkey's Erdogan on proposed Syria meeting with Putin

FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends the annual end-of-year news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia December 19, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS. MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that President Vladimir Putin had no plans to meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on March 5 to discuss the situation in Syria’s Idlib region despite statements by Erdogan saying such a ... Full story

Barack Obama says ad uses his words out of context to attack Joe Biden

The group, which placed a similar amount of anti-Biden advertising in Nevada earlier this month, reported to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday spending more than $250,000 in South Carolina to oppose Biden. “This despicable ad is straight out of the Republican disinformation playbook, and it’s clearly designed to suppress turnout among minority voters in South Carolina by taking President Obama’s voice out of context and twisting his ... Full story

New virus has infected 82,000 globally, caused 2,800 deaths

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 82,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Thursday in Beijing:. — Mainland China: 2,744 deaths among 78,497 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei. — Hong Kong: 81 cases, 2 deaths. — Macao: ... Full story

Japan to close schools nationwide to control spread of virus

TOKYO -- Japan will close schools nationwide to help control the spread of the new virus, the government announced Thursday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he asked all elementary, middle and high schools to remain shut until spring holidays begin in late March. The measure affects 12.8 million students at 34,847 schools nationwide, the education ministry said. “The coming week or two is an extremely important time,” Abe said. “This is to ... Full story

China's top container ports unclog backlog as virus curbs ease

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s top container ports are loosening the backlog of cargoes on their docks as workers return to their posts after coronavirus travel curbs that kept them away and jammed up global supply chains have been eased. A foreman wearing a face mask works as a cargo ship docks at a container terminal of Qingdao port in Shandong province, China while the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, February 4, 2020. ... Full story

From dung beetles to seals, these animals navigate by the stars

Humans have been navigating by the stars since ancient times, but a small yet diverse group of species also use the night sky to get around. Some recognize the movement of star patterns, while others get their bearings via particularly bright individual stars . A few even plot their course via our galaxy , the Milky Way . From dung beetles to seals, steering by the stars is a critical skill, as it aids them in migrating, finding food, or ... Full story

Futures tank as virus risks deepen

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson. (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures tumbled on Thursday as the rapid spread of the coronavirus outside China raised fears of a pandemic and sent investors scurrying to the perceived safety of gold and bonds. The number of new infections in China, the source of the outbreak, was overtaken for the ... Full story