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The German pharmaceutical group behind one of the most successful COVID-19 vaccines wants to use the same technology to develop a malaria vaccine.  BioNTech, who developed the first coronavirus jab with US company Pfizer, is aiming to begin clinical trials for a “safe and highly effective malaria vaccine” by the end of next year. According […]

A violent hailstorm has brought traffic to a halt on one of Italy’s main highways, injuring a number of people and smashing car windows. The storm hit part of the northern stretch of the road between Milan and Naples, which runs for almost 500 miles. Hundreds of cars were pelted with hail, forcing drivers to […]

Raging forest fires in central Sardinia have forced at least 900 people from their homes. Four planes from France and Greece were sent to help put out the wildfires, which have consumed around 20,000 hectares in the Italian province of Oristano – the size of about 20,000 rugby fields. The aircraft joined 10 Italian firefighting […]

Pop star Pink has offered to pay the fines given to the Norwegian women’s beach handball team after they refused to wear bikini bottoms at a European championship match. The women were each fined the equivalent of £130 (150 euros) for “improper clothing” for choosing to wear shorts in their bronze final against Spain. Writing […]

Long considered one of the few success stories that sprang from the Arab Spring, Tunisia has seen its president accused of staging a coup after he sacked his prime minister and suspended parliament with the help of the army. President Kais Saied’s dismissal of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi on Sunday followed violent demonstrations across the […]

Troops have surrounded Tunisia’s parliament building as supporters and opponents of the president clashed with each other following his dismissal of the prime minister. The violence in the capital Tunis comes after President Kais Saied ousted the government and froze parliament, with help from the army. Officers used tear gas to disperse some demonstrators throwing projectiles at […]