Kerala floods: Relief teams rescue 22,000 as rains ease

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Relief supplies were taken to stranded residents in Chengannur About 22,000 people were rescued from the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala on Sunday, officials say, after monsoon rains finally eased. Military teams as well as disaster response forces and local fishermen reached some of …

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Greece emerges from eurozone bailout programme

Image copyright AFP Greece has successfully completed a three-year eurozone bailout programme designed to help it cope with the fallout from its debt crisis. For the first time in eight years, Greece is now free to borrow money on the financial markets The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) provided the country …

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Soup kitchens and start-ups: Greek bailout era ends

Image caption For Dimitris Koumatsioulis the bailout era was all about grimly holding on “We thought about suicide many times”, says Dimitris Koumatsioulis, “because when you reach the edge of a cliff you either fall off or you grip it and hold on.” “But we said no – we struggled, …

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Italy bridge collapse: Genoa death toll rises to 43

Image copyright EPA Image caption Although all those missing are now accounted for, the search is continuing Rescue workers in Italy have found the bodies of three more people in the wreckage of Genoa’s collapsed motorway bridge, bringing the death toll to 43. Three members of the same family recovered …

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Plastic pollution: 'Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo'

Image copyright Getty Images Researchers in the US have been investigating the final journeys taken by disposable contact lenses. They found 15-20% of US users simply flick these fiddly lenses down the drain via the bathroom sink or toilet. The Arizona State University study suggests that much of the plastic …

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Ariana Grande breaks down talking about Manchester Arena attack

Image copyright Getty Images Ariana Grande broke down in tears when talking about last year’s Manchester attack and its aftermath. Speaking about her track Get Well Soon, the singer said: “People are permanently affected by this stuff. It changes everything.” A suicide bombing killed 22 people at her concert in …

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'Hero' British paraglider killed in Macedonia mid-air crash

Image copyright Innes Powell Image caption Innes Powell was hailed a hero for risking his life to save another paraglider A “hero” paraglider has died after a mid-air collision with another pilot in Macedonia. Innes Powell, 54, crashed into Ukranian Igor Volov, 56, ahead of the final race of the …

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