Sharm el-Sheikh flights cancelled

British Airways and EasyJet cancel all flights between Sharm el-Sheikh and the UK until next month following the bombing of a Russian passenger jet. Easyjet says the move was made to provide some certainty to passengers travelling over the Christmas period. BA says the decision was made following discussions with the UK government.

U.S. issues worldwide travel alert

The U.S. issues a worldwide travel alert for its citizens in response to “increased terrorist threats”. The alert advises US citizens to “exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation”and to “be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places”. The alert will remain in place until 24 February 2016. State Department: [There is] […]


Rezaian is sentenced to prison on charges of espionage, the country’s judiciary spokesman said Sunday, without specifying the length of his jail term. The verdict has been issued but has not been officially handed down to the accused or his lawyer. Given the fact that the verdict has not been officially handed down, I cannot reveal […]

Two men charged

A Thai military court indicts two foreign men, Bilal Mohammed and Yousaf Mir, for the Erawan shrine bombing. The charges include attempted and premeditated murder, possession of illegal weapons and illegal entry. Authorities say that the accused have been in custody for nearly three months, and have both confessed to their roles in the blast which killed 20 people […]

Sentenced to 40 years

Naseer is sentenced to 40 years in jail by a federal judge Dearie, in New York, for providing material support to al-Qaeda and conspiracy to use a destructive device. Naseer appeals to the judge that he was not – nor had he ever been – a “career criminal”. Dearie: I know you’re not, You’re a terrorist.

Genetically-modified mosquito bred

A University of California team of scientists say they have bred a genetically modified (GM) mosquito that can resist malaria infection. The scientists put a new “resistance” gene into the mosquito’s own DNA, using a gene editing method called Crispr. When the GM mosquitoes mate – their offspring inherited the same resistance. In theory, if these mosquitoes bite people, they should […]

Human error caused crash

The theme park says the Smiler Roller coaster crash that seriously injured five people, and resulted in two women having their legs amputated was caused by human error. Staff misunderstood a shutdown message and wrongly restarted the ride. The ride, which has been closed since the crash, will reopen next year with improved safety measures.

Russian miltary jet downed by Turkey

A Russian Su-24 jet crashes near the Turkey-Syrian border, after being hit by a Turkish missile. Turkey says its jets shot at the plane after giving 10 warnings that it was violating Turkish airspace. Moscow says the jet never strayed from Syrian airspace. One of the two pilots is killed in the air by fire from the ground. […]

£1 billion UK malaria funding

The UK government is to create a new £1 billion fund, called The Ross Fund, in partnership with US philanthropists, Bill and Melinda Gates. The fun, named after Sir Ronald Ross, who first found the link between mosquitoes and malaria in 1902, aims to eradicate malaria and other infectious disease. The fund will come from the UK’s overseas aid […]

San Diego Rhino dies

Nola, one of the the world’s last four remaining northern white rhinos, dies after surgery in San Diego Zoo Safari Park. She was 41-years old, and had been a popular attraction at the since 1989.

Brussels police detain 21

Hundreds of Belgian police launch more raids in a bid to find Abdeslamin, in the Brussels districts of Molenbeek, home to many of the Paris attackers, and other boroughs. Three raids were carried out in Charleroi. 21 people are detained. Police fire two shots at a car that approached them as they searched a snack bar in Molenbeek. The […]