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BBC INVESTIGATION EXPLORES LIFE IN LEBANON AS SYRIAN CONFLICT CASTS ITS SHADOW

For the past two years Lebanon has tried to avoid getting drawn into the Syrian conflict on its borders. But last month Hezbollah, the country’s largest political party admitted sending thousands of guerrillas to fig...

Venus makes rare trek across Sun

Planet Venus has put on a show for skywatchers by moving across the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth. The transit was a very rare astronomical event that would not be seen again for another 105 years.Observers in north...

Kandahar hit by suicide attackers

Two suicide bombers have killed at least 22 people at a bazaar near the Afghan city of Kandahar, local police have told the BBC.Provincial police chief Abdul Raziq said the area was used by drivers whose vehicles carry sup...

'Starving' crown-of-thorns starfish in mass stranding

Hundreds of crown-of-thorns starfish found on a beach in southern Japan in January stranded themselves because they were starving, say researchers.More than 800 were discovered on a 300m stretch of sand on Ishigaki island....

Two Lebanese killed in Nigeria plane crash

Two Lebanese citizens – an investor and an architect – were among passengers on a commercial airplane which crashed near the Lagos airport in Nigeria Sunday.Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour identified the victims...

Hubble times Milky Way and Andromeda galaxy pile-up

Astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to work out when precisely our Milky Way Galaxy will crash into its neighbour, Andromeda.The pair are being pulled together by their mutual gravity and the scientists expect...

Israel returns the remains of Palestinian bodies

Israel has handed over to the Palestinian Authority the remains of 91 Palestinians who died carrying out attacks against Israel.The remains include suicide bombers and militants who died in operations as far back as 1975. ...

flydubai secures aircraft financing worth $172 million

flydubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost airline, has signed with Pembroke, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank specialising in aircraft leasing, financing and management services, to finance two Boeing...

Flavour changer: Genome could enhance tomato taste

The successful sequencing of the tomato genome will lead to tastier varieties within five years say scientists.They believe that the elusive flavour of home grown tomatoes will by then be widely available in supermarkets.W...

Supervolcanoes 'can grow in just hundreds of years'

The largest volcanoes on our planet may take as little as a few hundred years to form and erupt.These "supervolcanoes" were thought to exist for as much as 200,000 years before releasing their vast underground pools of mol...

'Olympic rings' molecule olympicene in striking image

Researchers have succeeded in taking a stunning image of a newly synthesised molecule called olympicene. The molecule - just over a billionth of a metre across - gets its name because its five linked rings resemble the Oly...

Annan to visit Syria as UN condemns Houla massacre

Special envoy Kofi Annan is to visit Damascus on Monday, the day after the UN condemned Syria for its use of heavy weaponry in the town of Houla, where at least 108 people were killed. Forty-nine children and 34 women were...

US behind Russia plane crash: Russian military intelligence org.

Russia’s military intelligence organization (GRU) believes that Washington was behind the crash of a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane in Indonesia earlier in May, which killed 45 passengers onboard.“We know th...

US hacked Yemeni Al Qaeda sites to reverse propaganda, Clinton says

The State Department has launched a different sort of raid against Al Qaeda -- hacking into Al Qaeda websites in Yemen.In a rare public admission of the covert cyber war against extremists, Secretary of State Hillary Rodha...

New amphibian species discovered on Malaysian island

Malaysian researchers have discovered a new amphibian species during an expedition to the rainforests of Mount Singai in the country’s state of Sarawak.The 4 to 5 centimeters (1.6-2.0 inches) long brown frog was disc...

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb dies after cancer battle

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has died aged 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer, his family said. The announcement was made, it said, with "great sadness". British-born Gibb's musical career began when he formed the Bee Gee...

Millions watch 'ring of fire' eclipse in Asia, US

Millions of people across Asia and western United States have looked skyward as a solar eclipse created by a "ring of fire" crossed their skies.The annular eclipse attracted sky gazers in some parts of China early Monday b...

Alibaba will buyback half of Yahoo stake for $7.1bn

US internet company Yahoo said it has reached a deal to sell part of its stake in China's biggest internet company Alibaba Group. Alibaba will buy back half the 40% stake owned by Yahoo, following years of negotiations.The...

Chelsea wins UEFA Champions League final in shootout

Chelsea has defeated Bayern Munich in the final of the UEFA Champions League in a penalty shootout after the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in regulation and neither team scored in 30 minutes of extra time. Chelsea won the...

What will commercial spaceflight cost?

NASA has given SpaceX $381 million to develop a private rocket to replace the space shuttle -- and that’s just the tip of the money iceberg.The space agency spent $50 million in 2009 to help foster a commercial space...