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Poland referred to European court over judges’ forced retirement

Poland referred to European court over judges’ forced retirement

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Head of Poland’s Supreme Court Malgorzata Gersdorf has called the new rules a “purge” Poland has been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over a rule which forced almost a third of the country’s top judges out of office. The government lowered the retirement age of Supreme Court […]

Michael Kors tipped to buy Versace $2bn

Michael Kors tipped to buy Versace $2bn

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donatella Versace is artistic director of the Italian fashion house Versace, the Italian fashion house founded by Gianni Versace 40 years ago, is set to be bought by Michael Kors, according to reports. The US fashion group has agreed to buy the Italian firm in a deal worth about […]

Mud volcano erupts in Azerbaijan

Mud volcano erupts in Azerbaijan

Image copyright Ministry of Ecology of Azerbaijan Image caption Eruptions are expected to continue for some time A mud volcano has erupted in Azerbaijan, sending plumes of black smoke and flames up to 300m (980ft) into the sky. Government officials say cracks up to 40m deep have appeared in the area after the Otman-Bozdag volcano […]

Gene editing wipes out mosquitoes in the lab

Gene editing wipes out mosquitoes in the lab

Image copyright SPL Image caption Anopheles gambiae is one of the species responsible for spreading malaria Researchers have used gene editing to completely eliminate populations of mosquitoes in the lab. The team tested their technique on the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, which transmits malaria. They altered part of a gene called doublesex, which determines whether an […]

Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers send pictures from asteroid

Hayabusa-2: Japan’s rovers send pictures from asteroid

Image copyright Twitter/HAYABUSA2@JAXA Image caption A picture taken by one of the rovers on the asteroid’s surface. The white area on the right is due to sunlight Japan’s space agency (JAXA) has made history by successfully landing two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid. The two small “rovers”, which were despatched from the […]

Who was the mysterious gardener Miss Harrison?

Who was the mysterious gardener Miss Harrison?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women have gardened for centuries, but the profession was once a male-dominated world It’s a tale of intrigue set at the turn of the 20th century in the seemingly genteel gardens of Victorian Britain. Keen horticulturist sit examinations in the principles of gardening – from the names and orders […]

Contaminated blood scandal: Inquiry ‘must uncover truth’

Contaminated blood scandal: Inquiry ‘must uncover truth’

Media caption“I hope I’m still alive when this ends” Emotional testimonies from people infected with HIV and hepatitis have been heard at the start of the inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal. The public inquiry is looking at how thousands of NHS patients were given infected blood products during the 1970s and 1980s in what […]

Laxative sales may be restricted under government review

Laxative sales may be restricted under government review

Image copyright Getty Images The government is considering imposing stricter regulations on the sale of laxatives amid concerns they could be abused by people with eating disorders. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency will examine measures such as age limits on purchasers and possibly ending over-the-counter sales. Experts say available evidence suggests more than […]

Dentists call for pudding and sweet soft drinks ban in schools

Dentists call for pudding and sweet soft drinks ban in schools

Image copyright PA Puddings should be banned from school meals if the Scottish government wants children to be healthier, say dentists. The Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow wants excess sugar to be cut from school dinners. It said that about a third of children suffer from […]

Obesity ‘to be linked to more female cancers’ than smoking

Obesity ‘to be linked to more female cancers’ than smoking

Obesity is set to overtake smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer in UK women by 2043, a Cancer Research UK report predicts. Currently, 12% of cancers in women are linked to smoking, and 7% to being overweight and obese. But with the number of smokers falling and obesity rates projected to rise, the […]