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Athens property boom: Greeks left out as prices rise

Athens property boom: Greeks left out as prices rise

Geraldine Hynes is panicking about the future. The 63-year-old has been been trying to buy an apartment ever since she was evicted from the home she rented for 32 years – when it was bought by Chinese investors two years ago. “I want some security in case the same thing […]

Jailed for stealing grapes: The motives of Japan‘s elderly inmates

Jailed for stealing grapes: The motives of Japan‘s elderly inmates

Last month the reported on the increase in the numbers of elderly Japanese being imprisoned. The biggest spike is among elderly women. One 68-year-old serving her fifth jail term – this time for stealing fruit – tells 100 Women why she did it. I was jailed for the first time […]

Crowdfunding campaign for Russian air bear

Crowdfunding campaign for Russian air bear

Staff at a Russian airfield have turned to crowdfunding on the internet after a foundling bear became too much for them to handle. Mansur the bear has lived at an airfield in Russia for the last three years, but as he moves into adulthood his hosts have decided to seek […]

Australia‘s drought leading to ‘suffering‘ of children, UN warns

Australia‘s drought leading to ‘suffering‘ of children, UN warns

A prolonged drought in Australia is having a devastating impact on children and forcing them to “grow up” prematurely, a UN report warns. Large parts of eastern Australia have endured severe drought for months, crippling farming communities. Children in these areas are resilient but endure a growing psychological toll, said […]

Chinese slowdown hits HSBC profits

Chinese slowdown hits HSBC profits

HSBC has reported a lower-than-expected 15.9% rise in pre-tax profits for 2018, partly because of an economic slowdown in China and Hong Kong. Europe‘s largest bank made $19.9bn (£15.4bn) before tax last year, compared with $17.2bn in 2017. Reported revenue was $53.8bn, a rise of 5% from the previous year. […]

Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration

Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration

A coalition of 16 US states led by California is suing President Donald Trump‘s administration over his decision to declare an emergency to raise funds for a Mexican border wall. Mr Trump made the declaration on Friday to bypass Congress after it refused to approve $5.7bn (£4.4bn) for the wall. […]

UK and French tourists missing in Australia beach search

UK and French tourists missing in Australia beach search

A British man and a French man have gone missing while backpacking in Australia, sparking a police search. The alarm was raised when passersby found items belonging to Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux, both 20, on a beach north of Sydney on Monday, authorities said. Police searched the location, Shelly […]

Pulwama attack: Pakistan warns India against military action

Pulwama attack: Pakistan warns India against military action

Pakistan has warned it will retaliate if India takes military action against it after a militant attack on Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan went on television to call on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved. More than 40 members of […]

Fashion designer Lagerfeld ‘dead at 85‘

Fashion designer Lagerfeld ‘dead at 85‘

Superstar fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies, aged 85, in Paris, French media report. The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel, was one of the industry‘s most prolific figures in the industry, and worked up until his death. Lagerfeld also designed collections for his own brand and fashion […]

Fire breaks out at Heathrow hotel‘s sauna

Fire breaks out at Heathrow hotel‘s sauna

About 200 guests had to be evacuated from a hotel near Heathrow Airport after a fire broke out in a sauna. Eight fire engines and about 60 firefighters were called just after 16:00 GMT to the blaze at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bath Road. Crews from Hayes, Feltham and […]