Mount Etna is ‘sliding towards the sea’

Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, is sliding towards the sea. Scientists have established that the whole edifice on the Italian island of Sicily is edging in the direction of the Mediterranean at a rate of 14mm per year. The UK-led team says the situation will need careful monitoring because it may lead to increased
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Facebook ended the week $58bn lower in value after its handling of a historic data breach. Its founder Mark Zuckerberg apologised for data breaches that affected 50 million users. The apology did not stop investors from selling shares in Facebook, with many wondering just how bad the damage will be for the social network. The
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Thousands of people from around the world have signed condolence books in the wake of the death of renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Prof Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, died on 14 March, aged 76, at his home in Cambridge. Condolence books at Gonville & Caius College have been signed by more than 2,780 people,
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Tests on a six-inch-long mummified skeleton from Chile confirm that it represents the remains of a newborn with multiple mutations in key genes. Despite being the size of a foetus, initial tests had suggested the bones were of a child aged six to eight. These highly unusual features prompted wild speculation about its origin. Now,
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Two lorry drivers have been jailed over a crash on the M1 in Buckinghamshire that killed eight people last year. Ryszard Masierak, 31, was jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. David Wagstaff, 54, was sentenced to 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by
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The United States has imposed sanctions on an Iranian company and 10 individuals for alleged cyber attacks, including on hundreds of universities. The Mabna Institute is accused of stealing 31 terabytes of “valuable intellectual property and data”. The justice department said the firm hacked 320 universities around the world, dozens of companies and parts of
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Armed police have killed a suspect who shot dead three people in a series of attacks in southern France. The gunman hijacked a car and then took hostages at a supermarket in the town of Trèbes. The man, named by ministers as 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. He is believed
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A woman has died after undergoing bee-sting therapy, a form of treatment backed by Gwyneth Paltrow. The 55-year-old Spanish woman had been having live bee acupuncture for two years when she developed a severe reaction. She died weeks later of multiple organ failure. Researchers who studied the case say live bee acupuncture therapy is “unsafe
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Paris councillors have rejected a motion targeting a business where clients are charged €89 ($109; £78) to spend an hour with a silicone sex doll. Communist councillors and feminist groups had called on the Council of Paris – the body responsible for governing the city – to study the possibilities of closing Xdolls. They argued
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The Nigerian government says it “will not relent” in its efforts to free the last remaining schoolgirl being held by Boko Haram after a kidnapping in the town of Dapchi last month. The girl was among 110 girls taken from their school when militants stormed the town on 19 February. Most were released on Wednesday
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