Did you see the Geminid meteor shower?

Image copyright Steven Sandner Image caption Steven Sandner spotted this spectacular display in Australia A Geminid meteor shower has been spotted by stargazing enthusiasts from around the world. Here is a selection of your photos. The Geminid meteors are pieces of rocky debris from an extinct comet, racing round the Solar System, in an orbit….

Somalia violence: Deadly clashes after arrest of Mukhtar Robow in Baidoa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mukhtar Robow defected from al-Shabab last year Several people are reported to have been killed in southern Somalia as violence erupted following the arrest of a former al-Shabab commander set to contest regional elections. At least 11 people, including soldiers and civilians, died in Baidoa during clashes involving supporters of…

No sexual consent means rape, Spain told by legal panel

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This year Spain has seen mass protests against gender-based violence Spanish law will be toughened to define any non-consensual sexual act as “assault” or “rape” instead of “sexual abuse”, experts have decided. A panel of legal experts was set up by the government after protests when five men were cleared…

Euro falls as ‘gilets jaunes’ protests hit French economy

Image copyright AFP Image caption ‘Yellow vest’ protests have dented the French economy The euro has fallen against the dollar after disappointing French and German economic surveys dismayed the markets. In France, private sector business activity contracted for the first time in two and a half years as the “gilets jaunes” protests took their toll….