Afghan suicide mosque attacks kill dozens of worshippers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The attack comes just days after police in Kabul said they had averted a major suicide incident At least 40 people have been killed in two separate attacks on Shia Muslim mosques in Afghanistan, officials say. A gunman entered the Imam Zaman mosque in the capital Kabul before opening […]

MH370: Malaysia in deal with US firm to restart plane search

Image copyright EPA Image caption The search for the Malaysia Airlines plane was suspended in January Malaysia has struck a “no find-no fee” deal with a US company to locate the wreckage of downed flight MH370. The government accepted an offer from Ocean Infinity, according to Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester. The Texas-based company will […]

Top Chinese officials ‘plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former top politician Sun Zhengcai (right) was among several named as having plotted against Xi Jinping (left) A top Chinese official has claimed several high-ranking members of the Communist Party had plotted to seize power from President Xi Jinping. These party members have since been arrested or jailed in […]

China’s Xi Jinping consolidates power with new ideology

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Correspondents say China is now on the brink of declaring this the Xi Jinping era China’s President Xi Jinping has created his own political ideology, in a step towards entrenching his position at the top of the Communist Party. Top officials have made multiple mentions of “Xi Jinping Thought” […]

CIA chief: North Korea ‘on cusp’ of nuclear capability

Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea has ramped up its missile testing in recent months CIA director Mike Pompeo has warned that North Korea is on the cusp of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile. He stressed Washington still preferred diplomacy and sanctions but said military force remained an option. […]

MasterChef Australia judge fined for assault

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption George Calombaris is a judge on MasterChef Australia An Australian celebrity chef has been fined A$1,000 (£600; $800) for assaulting a football match spectator. George Calombaris, a MasterChef Australia judge, had pleaded guilty to punching the man at the A-League grand final in Sydney in May. Video showed Mr […]

North Korea urges Australia to distance itself from US

Image copyright KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY Image caption Australia says it has received a letter from Kim Jong-un’s regime The Australian government says it has received a document from North Korea urging Canberra to distance itself from the Trump administration. The note denounces the US president’s warning that America would destroy North Korea if forced […]

Pakistan militant leader ‘killed by drone’ in Afghanistan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Omar Khalid Khorasani, pictured in a photo taken from archive footage The leader of a Pakistani Islamist militant group has been killed by a suspected US drone attack in Afghanistan, its spokesman says. Omar Khalid Khorasani led Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban behind several high-profile bomb attacks inside […]

North Korea crisis: How to talk to the world’s most secretive country

As tensions escalate between the US and North Korea, unofficial talks between the two sides continue – but what does this kind of backchannel discussion look like? It is 25 September 2013 in the German capital of Berlin. High-level North Korean officials and their former US counterparts stroll into a restaurant specialising in local cuisine. […]

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