4,000-year-old board game discovered in floor of shelter used by Bronze Age cattle herders - A series of marks in the floor of a rock shelter in Azerbaijan may look like an undecipherable ancient code, but one archaeologist says he has cracked it.
Germany adds 'diverse' as a gender to birth register - The German parliament was forced by the courts to make "diverse" an option on the birth register. Critics are split on whether the law goes too far, or not far enough.
Japan's 5 million dementia patients hold ¥143 trillion — and both numbers are on the rise - Japanese with dementia will hold about ¥215 trillion ($2 trillion) in financial assets by 2030, compared with ¥143 trillion now, according to estimates by Dai-ichi Life Research.
Pupils at a school in Japan’s southern Okinawa have sought shelter from US military aircraft nearly 700 times since an incident a year ago when a helicopter window fell into its schoolyard.
Queensland police charge officer with hacking after domestic violence victim's details leaked - Senior Constable Neil Punchard, disciplined for sending woman’s address to her violent former husband, faces nine charges
Rightwing Venezuelan exiles hope Brazil’s Bolsonaro will help US invade - Some believe the rise of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s next president, makes a US-led military intervention in Venezuela more likely
High court finds prominent anti-U.S. military base activist guilty - A high court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that found a prominent anti-U.S. military base activist in Okinawa guilty of several criminal offenses committed during protests in the island prefecture.
Fireworks, wheelie bins, knives and scooters have all been used to attack ambulances and rapid response vehicles in the past three years, a BBC freedom of information request has found. UK NHS trusts have had to pay thousands of pounds to repair damage and take ambulances off the road for repairs.
Cyclists 'exposed to less air pollution than drivers' on busy routes - Cyclists are the least exposed to air pollution on daily commutes into a congested city centre, research has shown. People in cars and buses spent longer in toxic air, as did walkers unless they made detours to avoid main roads.
UN chief warns failure to tackle global warming 'suicidal' as climate talks stall in Poland - Lack of agreement at COP24 event in Poland 'would compromise our last best chance to stop runaway climate change', says secretary-general
Australian Banks urged not to fund coal power as government moves to underwrite projects - Activist groups warn providing finance for coal-fired power stations is inconsistent with banks’ commitments to Paris agreement
Maldives tells UN climate talks: 'We are not prepared to die': The Maldives will do all in its power to keep “our heads above water”, the head of its delegation at UN climate talks said on Thursday in an impassioned appeal for nations to overcome their divisions over how to tackle global warming.
India’s only dedicated “cow minister” has been dumped in state elections, ending a controversial tenure during which hundreds of the sacred animals starved to death or were poisoned in state-run shelters.
'Shocking' study reveals fast food is less calorific than a restaurant meal - UK Health experts say a main meal should contain no more than 600 calories but the study found the average dish served in chain restaurants contained 1,033 calories.
Ten companies pay 45% of all corporate tax in Australia - Ten companies are paying 45% of all corporate tax in Australia, demonstrating how reliant the federal government is on the fortunes of the big banks, miners and supermarket giants.
A comedian has turned down a gig at an UK university after being asked to sign a "behavioural agreement" first. Konstantin Kisin was warned about a "no tolerance policy" on topics including racism, sexism and transphobia.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has approved plans for a half-billion pound luxury retirement complex that includes just five affordable homes at a time when 11 families who survived the Grenfell Tower fire are still living in hotels 18 months on.
A UN investigator looking into new evidence on the death of the UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld in a 1961 plane crash has criticised the UK and South Africa for their lack of cooperation.
More than two years later, no Canadian Panama Papers charges have been filed - The agency's review of the Panama Papers has identified 3,330 offshore entities with "2,670 possible beneficial owners that have some link to Canada."
European Union and Japanese plans to form the world’s largest free trade area cleared their final hurdle on Wednesday when EU lawmakers backed a partnership set to enter force early next year.
Hackers hit global government and defense firms with 'backdoor' spyware, McAfee says - Research released by the cybersecurity firm on Wednesday showed that the infiltration campaign — called "Operation Sharpshooter" — primarily targeted defense and government organizations.
Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki's highly acclaimed work "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" will be made into a kabuki play. Entertainment company Shochiku announced the plan, saying it will be the first kabuki play to be adapted from a work by Miyazaki.
Ferrero Rocher shamed as Christmas chocolates with the least recyclable packaging - The vast majority (89 per cent) of the packaging in a 359g Ferrero Rocher Collection box may be destined for landfill as it is made from non-recyclable plastic and foil, a study by UK consumer group Which? found.
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has declared a climate emergency and urged the UK government to do more to avert an ecological breakdown that he says poses an existential threat to future generations.
'Window is narrowing': scientists urge action at UN climate talks - Scientists have laid down the gauntlet for political leaders as the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, wrestles with the challenge of cutting emissions without sparking social tensions like those seen recently in France.
'A really bad idea':Border Services looking at rebooting controversial reality TV show:The Canada Border Services Agency is looking at getting back into the reality TV show game, just 2 years after the fed privacy commissioner said the agency's show Border Security: Canada's Front Line broke the law
Church of England to offer baptism-style services to transgender people to celebrate their new identity for first time - The guidance notes: “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service.”
Almost £100k of public money spent on Brexit deal Facebook ads - The UK government has spent almost £100,000 of taxpayers’ money in the last week buying Facebook adverts in a bid to convince the public to support Theresa May’s Brexit deal – only for the key vote to be delayed.
Illegal gold mines destroying Amazon rainforest: study - An increase in small-scale gold mining has taken a toll on the Amazon, increasing deforestation and polluting waterways, according to a new report. Mining in protected indigenous areas has increased exponentially.
The glaciers that flank the Himalayas and other high mountains in Asia are moving slower over time. The research has implications for the 800 million people in the region for whom the predictable meltwater from these glaciers is a key resource.
The government said Tuesday it will offer free rubella vaccinations for three years to men who were unvaccinated in their childhood amid an outbreak of the disease that threatens to dampen demand for travel to Japan.
India's rupee dips after central bank chief resigns - The rupee took a hit after the shock resignation of central bank governor Urjit Patel. He has reportedly been battling against interference from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for months.
Protesters at U.N. climate talks disrupt U.S. event pitching fossil fuel and clean coal tech - The U.S. event took place on the sidelines of the ongoing U.N. meeting in Katowice, Poland. After several minutes, the activists left the room chanting “Shame on you.”
The death of tycoon Scot Young could be re-examined by UK detectives investigating the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, it has been claimed amid calls to probe a string of suspicious deaths linked to Russia.
The Extinction Rebellion climate protest group has expanded to 35 countries and is building towards a week of international civil disobedience in April, according to organisers, who are using UN climate talks in Poland this week to widen its network.
Facebook and Google face crackdown on market power in Australi - A powerful new authority to oversee the commercial activities of Google and Facebook has been recommended by Australia’s competition regulator in a landmark report on how to ensure the multinational digital behemoths behave fairly.
Mayor Sadiq Khan to look at imposing rent controls in London - Sadiq Khan told an MP that London needed to adopt a “strategic approach to rent stabilisation and control”, since the arguments in favour of capping rent inflation are becoming “overwhelming”.