Unmanned space plane back after 908 days

An unmanned US military space plane, which looks like a miniature space shuttle, has landed in Florida after spending a record 908 days in orbit.

Pope calls female genital mutilation a crime that must stop

Pope Francis called female genital mutilation a “crime” on Sunday and said the fight for women’s rights, equality and opportunity must continue for the good of society.

Closest known black hole to Earth spotted by astronomers

Astronomers have discovered the closest known black hole to Earth, just 1,600 light-years away.

US flu season off to a fast start as other viruses spread

The U.S. flu season is off to an unusually fast start, adding to an autumn mix of viruses that have been filling hospitals and doctor waiting rooms.

Moon rocket set for 1st test flight

NASA’s moon rocket needs only minor repairs after enduring a hurricane at the pad and is on track for its first test flight next week, a top official said Friday.

Spanish police seize marijuana worth $64m

Spanish police have seized cannabis worth nearly $A100m – the largest amount ever taken worldwide, they say.

Activists out in force across Europe

Climate change activists have blocked private jets at Amsterdam and glued themselves to Goya masterpieces in Madrid ahead of COP27.