Tech 2019: Our biggest technology stories

As 2019 splutters to a close, it’s time for our annual lookback at our most-read tech stories, and to ask: “What happened next?”.Facebook and its family of apps dominates this year’s list with four entries – it probably won’t be a surprise that none of them were particularly brand-enhancing. The Chinese viral video app TikTok […]

Australia: Volunteer firefighter killed by 'freakish' wind

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Volunteers are working to put out a growing number of “spot fires”, which spring from larger blazes It was a “freakish weather event” that killed a volunteer firefighter on Sunday, according to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS). Powerful winds near the New South Wales-Victoria border lifted his […]

Nissan's ex-head Carlos Ghosn in surprise Lebanon arrival

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Official sources have not yet confirmed that Mr Ghosn has left Japan, where he was awaiting trial Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has reportedly travelled to Lebanon after leaving Japan, media outlets say.The Financial Times newspaper quotes an associate of Mr Ghosn’s saying the businessman landed in Beirut on Sunday. […]

PDC Darts Championship: Peter Wright reaches final with victory over Gerwyn Price

Wright and Price did not shake hands at the end of the matchScotland’s Peter Wright reached his first PDC World Championship final since 2014 with a 6-3 victory over Gerwyn Price.The 49-year-old will face defending champion Michael van Gerwen or Nathan Aspinall in the final at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day.Wright eased past Welsh […]

Ayia Napa: Foreign Office 'concerned' over Briton found guilty over rape claim

Image copyright AFP Image caption The woman covered her face as she arrived to hear the verdict The UK is “seriously concerned about the fair trial guarantees” in the case of a British woman convicted of lying about being gang-raped by 12 Israelis in Cyprus, the government said.A Foreign Office spokesman said the case in […]

Costa del Sol: Pool deaths investigation can be closed, say Spanish police

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Gabriel Diya and his daughter, Comfort, died at a resort on the Costa del Sol Police investigating the deaths of a British man and his two children in a pool at a resort on the Costa Del Sol have said the case can be closed after concluding their initial report.Gabriel […]

Teen's stolen ashes recovered in Cyprus after tearful call from thief

Image copyright Kinga Bebnarz Image caption Dennis died aged 19; the box containing his ashes, right The ashes of a teenage boy, stolen from his family’s car, have been recovered after a tearful phone call from the alleged thief.Dennis Bebnarz’s family said they had hoped to scatter his remains somewhere “warm and beautiful” after his […]

VAR 'should not be too forensic' – football law-makers set to issue guidance

Nuno refuses to comment on VAR controversy after Wolves defeat Football’s law-makers say the video assistant referee system should not be “too forensic” when it comes to offsides – and should only be used to reverse “clear and obvious” errors.Five goals in the Premier League were ruled out at the weekend for marginal offsides, leading […]

Anthony Knott: Search for missing firefighter continues

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Anthony Knott was due home in the early hours of 21 December The search for a missing firefighter has returned to “a dangerous area” which flooded around an outdoor swimming pool.Anthony Knott, 33, disappeared during a work night out in Lewes, East Sussex, on 20 December. Officers have carried […]