Syria war: US and UK say alleged rebel chemical attack ‘fabricated’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Images showed dozens of people in Aleppo with breathing difficulties The US and the UK have accused the Syrian government and its Russian allies of fabricating a story accusing rebel fighters of a chemical attack. The US state department said the purpose was to “undermine confidence” in the ceasefire in…

Listen to the Winds Blowing on Mars

Before you listen, hook up a subwoofer or put on a pair of bass-heavy headphones. Otherwise, you might not hear anything. Then listen. That’s the sound of winds blowing across NASA’s InSight lander on Mars, the first sounds recorded from the red planet. It’s all the more remarkable because InSight — which landed last week…

Buy Salesforce, Splunk, VMware, Workday on downturns

When the stock market sells off, CNBC’s Jim Cramer always advises searching for stocks that have been dragged down with the broader market despite the strength of their underlying businesses. The last time the market endured a major sell-off, those stocks ended up being the “cloud kings,” Cramer’s group of top-quality plays in the cloud-computing…

Newspaper headlines: A cross-party alliance to ‘dump May’?

Newspaper headlines: A cross-party alliance to ‘dump May’? By BBC News Staff Image caption MPs from Labour, the DUP and the Conservatives are “lining up to sack Theresa May” if her Brexit deal does not pass Tuesday’s Commons vote, according to the Times. The newspaper says that, should the PM be ousted, those expected to…

Paul Manafort lied about contacts with Trump administration this year, Mueller says

In a heavily-redacted document released Friday, Mueller’s team also said Manafort lied about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, his Russian associate who Mueller has said has ties to the Russian military intelligence unit accused of hacking the Democrats, and how they may have worked together to tamper with witnesses following Manafort’s arrest last year. The…

James Fields Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Death of Charlottesville Protester

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After deliberating for more than seven hours on Friday, a Charlottesville jury convicted James Fields Jr. of first-degree murder, finding that the Ohio man intentionally drove his car into a crowd of protesters at a white nationalist rally last year, killing one woman and injuring nearly 40 others. The jury, which heard…

Portland Tiara theft: Four arrested over diamond raid

Image copyright Welbeck Estate Image caption Experts have said they feared the tiara may be cut apart and the diamonds sold separately Four people have been arrested in connection with the theft of a diamond tiara from a country estate. The Portland Tiara, part of a jewellery collection at the Welbeck Estate, was worn by…

Michael Cohen, Trump’s Ex-Fixer, Should Get Prison Term of About 4 Years, Prosecutors Say

Federal prosecutors on Friday mounted a scathing attack on Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, rejecting his request to avoid a prison term and saying that he had “repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends.” The prosecutors said Mr. Cohen deserved a “substantial” prison term that would most likely amount to roughly four…

What’s going on with Huawei?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei is now the second biggest smartphone-maker after Samsung Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has been the focus of international scrutiny, with several countries raising security concerns about its products. Then on 1 December, the company’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada. At a court hearing in Vancouver…