US hits Chinese and Russian firms over North Korea

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption N Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he is considering firing missiles near the US territory of Guam The US has imposed sanctions on a dozen Russian and Chinese companies and individuals it accuses of helping North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme. Earlier this month, members of the UN Security Council, […]

Afghanistan hails Trump support in ‘joint struggle’

Media caption“We are not nation building again. We are killing terrorists,” President Trump said The Afghan president has hailed Donald Trump’s decision to commit US troops to the country to fight against the resurgent Taliban. Ashraf Ghani thanked the US for supporting “the joint struggle against the threat of terrorism”. Donald Trump has committed the […]

Barcelona attack: Van driver shot dead by police

Image copyright AFP Image caption A witness near a petrol station tipped off police Spanish police have shot dead the main suspect in last Thursday’s Barcelona attack, Younes Abouyaaqoub. Police believe he was the driver of a van which careered down the Las Ramblas avenue, killing 13 and injuring more than 100 others. He was […]

Solar eclipse 2017: US public in thrall to sky show

Solar eclipse 2017: US public in thrall to sky show

Media captionWatch: The US witnesses the ‘diamond ring’ effect The Great American Eclipse is under way. A huge shadow cast by the Moon as it passes in front of the Sun has just touched the west coast of North America. Over the course of the next 90 minutes it will track east, cutting across 14 […]

Steve Bannon fired as Trump White House’s top strategist

Image copyright AFP White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is the latest top aide of President Donald Trump to leave his post. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Friday was his last day. His exit follows a review of his position by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Mr Bannon, a right-wing nationalist […]

Barcelona: 13 killed as van rams crowds in Las Ramblas

Media captionEyewitness Aamer Anwar: “Families were screaming for their children” At least 13 people have died and 50 were injured after a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas tourist area, police and local officials say. The vehicle sped along the pedestrian area, mowing down people and sending others fleeing for cover. Police […]

Bush presidents wade into Trump furore over Charlottesville

Media captionDoes Trump react to some hate crimes faster than others? Former Presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush have called on the US to “reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms”. They are the latest Republican figures to weigh in on the backlash to Donald Trump’s latest remarks blaming “both sides” […]

Sierra Leone mudslides: Urgent plea for help as death toll rises

Media captionSierra Leone mudslides: Rescue and recovery operation in Freetown Sierra Leone needs “urgent support” for thousands of people hit by mudslides and massive flooding in the capital, the country’s president says. Ernest Bai Koroma said entire communities had been wiped out and that the “devastation was overwhelming us”. Nearly 400 people have been killed […]

Falling tree kills 12 on Portuguese island of Madeira

Media captionThe moment parts of a tree fell on a crowd was caught on camera during a Facebook live A falling tree has killed at least 12 people and injured 52 more at a religious ceremony on the Portuguese island of Madeira. A video shows the tree crashing down on a crowded square in a […]

No sign of Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe in South Africa court

Image copyright Gabriella Engels Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has so far failed to appear in a South African court over an assault case despite officials saying she would do. South African police said in the late afternoon they did not know where Mrs Mugabe was. A 20-year-old South African woman has accused Mrs Mugabe […]

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