The ousted German regional leader who was backed by the far right AfD stands to collect at least €93,000 ($102,000; £79,000) in salary and allowances for just one day in office.
A passenger plane in Syria was forced to re-route after it was almost hit by the country's missile defence system, Russia's defence ministry says.
The death of a Chinese doctor who tried to warn about the coronavirus outbreak has sparked widespread public anger and grief in China.
The coronavirus has hit supplies of Nintendo's Switch console to its home market in Japan.
The games giant's chief executive, Shuntaro Furukawa, said last week that production in China of the device had been affected by the epidemic.
Boris Johnson has nominated two men he kicked out of the Tories in the Commons for opposing him on Brexit for seats in the Lords, the BBC has learned.
Former Chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond had the Conservative whip withdrawn last year for
Come for sunshine, beaches and the violent crime is not the typical message a tourist board broadcasts. But Brazil's national tourism board surprised
China is introducing more restrictive measures to try to control an outbreak of coronavirus that has killed more than 560 people and infected 28,000.
Israeli warplanes have fired missiles at targets near Syria's capital, Damascus, Syrian state media report. The Sana news agency said air defences intercepted
The largest bookseller in the US has pulled a new series of "culturally diverse" classic book covers after facing widespread criticism.
Two people have been killed after a high-speed train derailed near the northern Italian city of Lodi, emergency services say.
Rescue efforts have been put on hold after two avalanches killed at least 39 people in eastern Turkey. Most of the dead were hit by an avalanche on Wednesday
A German state premier elected on Wednesday with the help of the far-right AfD has said he will stand
UK satellite company SSTL has got the go-ahead to produce a telecommunications spacecraft for the Moon.
The platform, which should be ready for launch in late 2022, will be used by other lunar missions to relay
Hong Kong's flagship airline Cathay Pacific has asked staff to take three weeks of unpaid leave to help it cope with the impact of the coronavirus.
The carrier had already been hit by the effect on passenger demand of several months of anti-government
It "would be a scandal that Parliament would struggle to live down" if ex-Commons Speaker John Bercow got a peerage, an ex-Parliament official has said.
David Leakey who served in Parliament as Black Rod accused Mr Bercow of "intolerable behaviour".
At least 10 people on board a cruise ship docked in the Japanese port of Yokohama have tested positive for coronavirus, health authorities say.
Turkey will not let Syria's government gain more ground in the opposition stronghold of Idlib province, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.
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