Donald Trump vs Justin Trudeau: The political handshake

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has met President Donald Trump for the first time and discussed issues including trade and refugees. President Trump has become known for his rather dominant handshake – but it seems Mr Trudeau found a way of dealing with it, as this video demonstrates. Donald Trump vs Justin Trudeau: The political […]

Valentine’s Day celebrations banned in Islamabad

A court in Pakistan has banned public celebrations of Valentine’s Day in the capital, Islamabad, on the grounds that it is not part of Muslim culture. The Islamabad High Court’s order prohibits all Valentine’s Day festivities in government offices and public spaces with immediate effect. Valentine’s Day celebrations banned in Islamabad

Travel ban leaves some foreigners worried about their $500000 US investment – CNBC

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Reality Check: Is the UK spending 2% of GDP on defence? – BBC News

Reality Check: Is the UK spending 2% of GDP on defence? – BBC News

The claim: The UK’s spending on defence fell below 2% of GDP in 2016. Reality Check verdict: Nato has confirmed that its figures for 2016 show the UK is still meeting the 2% target, but won’t release the full details until next month. The amount that the IISS claims that defence spending is below 2% […]

Why are armyworms attacking Africa’s crops?

Why are armyworms attacking Africa’s crops?

Image copyright CABI Scientists warn that parts of southern Africa already hit by record droughts now face another potential food crisis because the invasion of a crop-eating pest, known as the “fall armyworm”. Global experts are meeting in the Zimbabwean capital Harare to come up with a plan to combat it. What is the fall […]

Kenyan couple treated to lavish ceremony after $1 wedding

Kenyan couple treated to lavish ceremony after $1 wedding

Image copyright Aaltonen Jumba Image caption Wilson and Ann Mutura had a full white wedding A Kenyan couple who spent just $1 (£0.80) on their wedding have renewed their vows in a lavish Valentine’s Day ceremony funded by well-wishers. News of their budget wedding last month went viral on social media and many Kenyans offered […]

Syria war: ‘Dozens killed’ as jihadists clash in Idlib

Syria war: ‘Dozens killed’ as jihadists clash in Idlib

Image copyright AFP Image caption The fighting is seen as a power struggle between jihadist groups Dozens of fighters have been killed in clashes between two jihadist factions in northern Syria, reports say. The battles involved Tahrir al-Sham, formerly an al-Qaeda affiliate, and Jund al-Aqsa, regarded as close to so-called Islamic State (IS). UK-based Syrian […]

Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The figure was carved from granite in an era when there were no metal tools available A statuette which Greek archaeologists are calling a “7,000-year-old enigma” has gone on show in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The bird-like object was carved from granite – without the benefit of metal […]

North Korean leader’s brother Kim Jong-nam killed at Malaysia airport

North Korean leader’s brother Kim Jong-nam killed at Malaysia airport

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Jong-nam (pictured in 2010) spent much of his time outside North Korea The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, has been killed in an attack in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police say he was waiting at the airport for a flight to Macau on […]

Toshiba chairman quits over $3.4bn loss

Toshiba chairman quits over $3.4bn loss

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Shiga stepped down “to take management responsibility for the loss” Toshiba chairman Shigenori Shiga has resigned, hours after the Japanese conglomerate revealed details of a multi-billion dollar loss. Earlier Toshiba had delayed issuing its results, but it then said it was set to report a net loss of 390bn […]