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Tourist fined €20,000 for carving initial on Rome’s Colosseum

In the latest episode of tourists behaving badly in Rome, a Russian has been fined €20,000 (£15,800) for carving his initial into the Colosseum.<p>The 42-year-old tourist used a stone to carve a 25cm “K” into a wall inside the ancient amphitheatre. He was caught in the act by a guard and arrested by …

Peter Kassig murder: police investigate claims Cardiff student seen in Isis video

Police are investigating claims that a promising Cardiff student could be one of the Islamic State (Isis) militants featured in a video showing the murders of US hostage Peter Kassig and a group of Syrian servicemen.<p>The investigation comes as French prosecutors confirmed that one of the men shown …

Philae lander sends back first ever image from comet

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander has sent back the first ever image from the surface of a comet.<p>The picture shows the cracked, bumpy surface in monochrome, with one of Philae’s three legs in the bottom left of the frame. It is not yet clear whether the leg in the image is actually touching …

Disaster at the speed of sound: the tragedy of SpaceShipTwo’s final flight

Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images<p>Debris from Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo sits in a desert field.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/7/1415389402365/c3bc3356-0407-4894-b63f-ab43ffabd844-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images<p>Debris from Virgin …

One pilot dead as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashed after an explosion during a test flight over the Mojave desert on Friday, killing one of the pilots, seriously injuring another and leaving debris scattered over a wide area.<p>The plane, SpaceShipTwo, was undertaking a test flight as part of Sir Richard Branson’s …