World chess: Trans women banned from all-female contests  

The world’s top chess federation has banned all trans women from competing in all-female contests over ‘unfair advantage’ fears. The new rules from the International Chess Federation (FIDE) state that any player who has transitioned from male to female ‘has no right to participate in official FIDE events for women’ until further analysis, which could […]

Men bag life in prison for raping and hanging two sisters – India

Two Indian men have been jailed for life for raping and murdering two Dalit sisters. A court in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh sentenced the two men over an incident that happened last year. Two other convicts, according to a BBC report, were found guilty of destroying evidence and sent to jail for […]

Heatwave: Firefighters tackle wildfires in Portugal

Heatwave: Firefighters tackle wildfires in Portugal

Firefighters in Portugal are battling to contain wildfires engulfing thousands of hectares amid soaring temperatures. Around 800 personnel attended a fire near the southern town of Odemira overnight on Monday, with more than 1,400 people having to evacuate. At least nine firefighters have been injured tackling the fires. Temperatures in excess of 40C (104F) are […]

Three killed in fire fighting helicopter crash

Three killed in fire fighting helicopter crash

Three people have died following a helicopter crash during a firefighting mission in the US state of California. The incident happened on Sunday evening after fire crews were called to a blaze near Cabazon, Riverside County. The two helicopters collided, with one then landing safely and the second crashing into the ground, killing everyone on […]

Coup: Niger closes airspace as it refuses to reinstate president

Niger closed its airspace on Sunday until further notice, citing the threat of military intervention from the West African regional bloc after coup leaders rejected a deadline to reinstate the country’s ousted president. Earlier, thousands of junta supporters flocked to a stadium in Niamey, the capital, cheering the decision not to cave in to external […]