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US forces kill top Iranian general in airstrike on Baghdad airport

US forces kill top Iranian general in airstrike on Baghdad airport

World
By Alison Chung, news reporter US forces have killed a top Iranian general in a drone airstrike on Baghdad airport - an attack that marks a dramatic escalation of tensions with Tehran.Iran immediately threatened a "crushing revenge" for the assassination in Iraq of Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force and spearhead of Iran's spreading military influence in the Middle East. The Pentagon confirmed US forces had killed the general, a revered figure in the region, on Friday. Image: Qassem Soleimani was one of Iran's most powerful figures It said Maj Gen Soleimani, 62, had "orchestrated" attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the past few months and appro...
UN says armed attacks in eastern Congo kill Ebola responders

UN says armed attacks in eastern Congo kill Ebola responders

Health
Rebels killed four Ebola response workers in an overnight ambush in eastern Congo, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning that the attack will give the waning outbreak new momentum in what has been called a war zone. “We are heartbroken that our worst fears have been realized,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. It was by far the deadliest such attack in the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history, the United Nations health agency said. The dead included a member of a vaccination team, two drivers and a police officer. Many of the six others wounded were with Congo’s health ministry. Mai-Mai fighters attacked a camp housing scores of aid workers overnight in Biakato, local official Salambongo Selemani told The Associated Press. Warnings had been posted demanding that
Climate change: Marine heatwaves kill coral instantly

Climate change: Marine heatwaves kill coral instantly

Science
Increasingly frequent marine heatwaves can lead to the almost instant death of corals, scientists working on the Great Barrier Reef have found. These episodes of unusually high water temperatures are - like heatwaves on land - associated with climate change. Scientists studying coral after a heat event discovered that extreme temperature rises decayed reefs much more rapidly than previously thought.They published their findings in the journal Current Biology.The study revealed that corals became up to 15% weaker after an extreme heat event, causing some fragments to actually break off from the reef. Dr Tracy Ainsworth, from the University of New South Wales in Australia...
Dressed to kill: Video games’ tricky relationship with fashion

Dressed to kill: Video games’ tricky relationship with fashion

Technology
What do you look for in a great video game?Fast-paced action? A strong storyline? Perhaps even an atmospheric soundtrack?It's probably safe to say that decent fashion sense is unlikely to be top of your list. But when developers get it wrong players notice."It kind of creates a really jarring experience," said Victoria Tran, a community developer at Kitfox games, the Canadian indie studio behind titles including Boyfriend Dungeon and Lucifer Within Us."It's a piece of world building that's really overlooked," she told the BBCEarlier this year, Ms Tran gave a talk called, Why Fashion in (Most) Games Sucks, at San Francisco's Game Developers Conference. She acknowledged that, at first glance, it might seem like a superficial concer...
Band dropped from Glastonbury over ‘Kill Tory Scum’ lyrics

Band dropped from Glastonbury over ‘Kill Tory Scum’ lyrics

Entertainment
By Russell Hope, news reporter A band with a song entitled Kill Tory Scum (Before They Kill You) has been dropped from this year's Glastonbury music festival.Killdren, who describe themselves as "a two-bit rave punk band who pen politically charged slapstick anthems", had been booked to play the Shangri-La section of the festival. They were due to perform at Glastonbury's Shangri-Hell International TV stage on Friday 28 June.But the booking, which was revealed in several Sunday newspapers, was quickly condemned by, among others, the Jo Cox Foundation, which called the language "completely abhorrent"."We're seeing a legitimising and normalising of harmful words and actions," it said. Advertise...