Wild giant pandas in China are doing well. The latest census by China’s State Forestry Administration shows the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in 2003.


Opposition politician shot dead in Moscow

A leading Russian opposition politician, former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead, Russian officials say.

Leonard Nimoy as Spock (right).

Mr Spock’s final frontier

Actor Leonard Nimoy died yesterday, aged 83. US president Obama described Nimoy’s Mr Spock as ‘cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the centre of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future’.

Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing the logical science officer officer Mr Spock in Star Trek, died yesterday in Los Angeles of end-stage chronicobstructive pulmonary disease, aged 83. Picture: Ric Francis/A

Star Trek’s Mr Spock beams up for last time

Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of Star Trek fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr Spock, has died.

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Apple Watch could be on hand to replace car keys

Tim Cook has said the new Apple Watch has been designed to be able to replace car keys — further fuelling rumours the iPhone maker may be developing a car.


Stylists ‘not surprised’ at theft of $150k Oscars dress

Hollywood stylists have said they are not surprised at the theft of a $150,000 (€134,000) pearl-covered gown worn by Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars.


US to tackle abandonments with ‘baby boxes’

Indiana could become the first US state to allow use of baby boxes on a broad scale to prevent dangerous abandonments of infants if a bill, which unanimously passed the House this week, clears the state senate.

Former glam rock star Gary Glitter faces dying behind bars after being jailed for 16 years

Parents find kidnap child 17 years on

A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997 but her parents never gave up hope and now, 17 years later, they have found her.


Glitter faces dying behind bars as he gets 16 years’ jail

Former glam rock star Gary Glitter faces dying behind bars after being jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.


Manhunt vow after naming of Jihadi John

British prime minister David Cameron vowed to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as ‘Jihadi John’ after the killer was unmasked as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London.