Zika outbreak: The mosquito menace. Image copyright SPL This blood sucker might not be your best friend, but it loves you.
The mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is causing widespread fear in Brazil where it is spreading the Zika virus that has been linked to thousands of babies being born with birth defects. So what do we know about it? It loves our cities. Blippar wants your face in its app. Trump: Softbank to invest $50bn in US businesses. Image copyright AFP Shares of Japanese technology firm Softbank have soared to their highest level in more than one year in Tokyo trade, jumping 5% at the open.
That is on news Chief Executive Masayoshi Son said he will invest $50bn (£39.3bn) in US businesses. But details are lacking on where the money will go and how it will benefit American businesses. Mr Son made the announcement after meeting US President-elect Donald Trump in New York. Mr Trump shared the news about the Softbank investment on social media, via his Twitter page. Human evolution 'not over yet' Image copyright Thinkstock The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists.
More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, according to a study. Researchers estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in 1,000 in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 births today. Historically, these genes would not have been passed from mother to child as both would have died in labour. India Jayalalitha: Thousands mourn colourful politician. Trump breaks US policy stance with direct Taiwan call. Zac Goldsmith ousted by Lib Dems in Richmond Park by-election. Largest all-women expedition heads to Antarctica. Image copyright Homeward Bound On Friday the largest ever all-female expedition to Antarctica is setting sail, hoping to increase the number of women in important scientific roles around the world, writes Ben Collins.
They call Ushuaia, a cold and windy port city in Argentina, the end of the world. Chapecoense air crash: Colombia plane 'ran out of fuel' Chapecoense plane crash: Thousands of fans hold vigil for team. 'We are dying here. The dirt is consuming us.'. RBS worst hit in Bank of England stress test. Image copyright Getty Images RBS has missed key hurdles in a Bank of England stress test, forcing it to devise new plans in case of a financial crisis.
The toughest stress test yet measured the UK's seven biggest lenders against a global economic crash. RBS performed the worst and was forced to draw up a new capital plan, which has been accepted. The bank said it had "agreed a revised capital plan... to improve its stress resilience". Australian IS recruiter Neil Prakash 'still alive'
Untitled. EU leaders 'not bluffing' over Brexit terms, warns Malta's PM. EU leaders are not "bluffing" when they say the UK will be left without access to the single market when it leaves the bloc if there is no free movement of people, Malta's prime minister says.
Joseph Muscat, whose country assumes the EU's presidency in January, told the BBC: "This is really and truly our position and I don't see it changing". Theresa May says the UK will begin the legal process to leave the EU by March. Black Friday sales rush reported by retailers. Image copyright Getty Images UK shoppers have rushed to buy Black Friday bargains, as retailers and payment firms report strong sales activity for the annual discount event.
Barclaycard said it had seen a record number of transactions on Friday, while Argos, John Lewis and Currys PC World reported a surge in orders. Online retailers said initial figures indicated Black Friday, now into its third year, had topped expectations. Meanwhile, in the US, where it all started, websites saw heavy traffic.