It took half a century, but the makers of a drug which caused birth defects around the world are saying that they are sorry. Thalidomide was prescribed to pregnant women to help with morning sickness, but it caused thousands of babies to be born with deformities. Al Jazeera’s Nick Spicer reports from Berlin.
People in wheelchairs often live on the fringes of society. The world health organization says disabled people are usually less educated, likely to earn less money, and die much younger than able-bodied men and women. But for Germany’s 1.6 million people in wheelchairs, there’s a new web application that’s making things a little better. Zein [...]
Thousands of squatters in England and Wales face possible eviction after a change in the law. As of midnight on Saturday, it is a criminal offence to squat in a residential property, meaning that homeowners will no longer need to go to court in order to secure an eviction. The change has prompted protests, as [...]
Firefighters in southern Spain have contained a huge forest fire that threatened a number of tourist resorts. One person died in the fire, which started near Coin, west of Malaga, early on Thursday, and spread to the outskirts of the resort of Marbella. Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane reports.
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As part of Spain’s strict austerity measures, shoppers will now face a sharp increase in taxes on goods and services. But most Spaniards are not happy about the tax increase. And many supermarkets have promised not to pass on the extra cost to consumers, with some people saying the government should change the tax system. [...]
A huge crowd has welcomed home a convicted axe murderer to the Azerbaijan capital of Baku. The former soldier was extradited back to the country by Hungary after murdering an Armenian soldier in Budapest. The case has caused a diplomatic row between old adversaries Armenia and Azerbaijan. Al Jazeera’s Iain Bruce reports.
More than 80 musicians have set off from London on a tour of the United Kingdom. Nothing different there you might say: but this collective is made up of artists from across Africa and the west. And their mode of transport: their very own train called the ‘Africa Express’. Al Jazeera’s Emma Hayward reports from [...]
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The world’s oldest bank has become the latest victim of Italy’s money woes. The Monte dei Paschi di Siena, founded in 1472, though still in operation, has found itself in serious financial trouble as investments fell from $300 million in 2008 to 25 million last year. The institution also helps to fund Siena’ cultural life, [...]
Al Jazeera has been tracking the effects climate change has been having on the world’s landscape and its people. As the ice retreats, a crucial environment is literally disappearing into the sea. In the third part of his series, Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark travels from Qaanaaq, in the west coast of Greenland, to Canada.
London put on yet another spectacular opening ceremony to lauch the Paralympic games. Over 80000 spectators watched as physicist Stephen Hawking invited them to “look up at the stars” and enjoy the opening ceremony. A record 4200 athletes are participating to represent 165 countries in the birthplace of the games. Al Jazeera’s Lee Wellings reports [...]
A multi-billion-dollar court fight involving Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, and his former business partner Boris Berezovsky, is underway in London. Berezovsky has accused Abramovich of using political intimidation to force him to sell Russia’s fourth-biggest oil firm at a knockdown price. Abramovich, the world’s 68th richest man, with an estimated fortune of $12bn, [...]
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has long resisted extradition to Sweden. He is wanted there for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault. Despite assurances, he believes there is a real risk he will be sent to the US. Linda Nyberg reports from the Swedish capital Stockholm. In the second part of his series, Al [...]