China’s Huawei reportedly targeted by US criminal probe

Investigators are looking into whether the firm stole trade secrets from US business partners, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. The Journal reported that the probe was spurred in part by civil litigation between Huawei, which makes phones and other telecom equipment, and T-Mobile. T-Mobile (TMUS) had accused Huawei of stealing information…

Tokyo 2020 Games: Japan Olympics chief ‘investigated in French corruption probe’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tsunekazu Takeda shown celebrating in 2013 with the award of the Games to Tokyo The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee is being formally investigated in France for alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2020 Games to Tokyo, a French judicial source has said. Prosecutors have been investigating a €2m…

New Horizons: Nasa probe survives flyby of Ultima Thule

Signals from the Nasa probe confirm it has survived a flyby of Ultima Thule, the most distant object ever explored in the Solar System. Scientist at the American space agency confirmed New Horizons was in a “healthy” condition after passing the icy space rock some hours ago. Ultima Thule lies 6.5bn km (4bn miles) from…

New Horizons: Nasa waits for signal from Ultima Thule probe

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhere is Ultima Thule? BBC Science Editor David Shukman explains The American space agency’s New Horizons probe is in the midst of an encounter with a giant ball of ice and dust nicknamed Ultima Thule. The flyby, taking place 6.5 billion km from Earth, is the most…

Rwanda genocide: Habyarimana plane shooting probe dropped

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plane carrying Mr Habyarimana was shot down by a missile in April 1994, triggering the Rwandan genocide French judges have dropped a long-running investigation into the shooting down of a plane carrying the former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana. His death in 1994 was a trigger of the genocide. A…

Innocent New York man billed $4,600 for police rectal probe

Image copyright Google Maps Image caption The St Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York A US man wrongly suspected of hiding drugs in his colon was reportedly given a rectal probe – and billed for the unwanted examination. Torrence Jackson said he refused consent for the invasive procedure, and suffered internal injuries as a result….

Parker Solar Probe: Sun-skimming mission starts calling home

Image copyright NASA/NRL/Parker Solar Probe Image caption Parker took this image of a streamer, a dense part of the corona, on 8 November Just weeks after making the closest ever flyby of the Sun, Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe is sending back its data. Included in the observations is this remarkable image of the energetic gas,…

Nasa’s Voyager 2 probe ‘leaves the Solar System’

Image copyright NASA/JPL Image caption The Voyager probes are both outside of the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by the Sun that extends beyond the orbit of Pluto The Voyager 2 probe, which left Earth in 1977, has become the second human-made object to leave our Solar System. It was launched 16 days before its…

Facebook v Soros: ‘Congress must probe’

Image caption Facebook said it had Mr Soros investigated after he had called it a “menace” One of George Soros’s lieutenants has called on US politicians to probe Facebook, after the social network confirmed that it had hired a PR firm to make claims about the financier. The head of Mr Soros’s grant-making network claimed…