Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election

Image copyright AFP Image caption Venezuelans look for their names on electoral rolls before voting in Sunday’s mayoral polls Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election. He said only parties which took part in Sunday’s mayoral polls would be able to contest […]

Trump’s Jerusalem move: US warns against scrapping Abbas talks

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption “Pence you are not welcome”, says graffiti in the West Bank city of Bethlehem The US has warned Palestinians against cancelling talks with Vice-President Mike Pence, after Washington recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It would be “counterproductive” to scrap talks between Mr Pence and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas planned […]

Trump’s Jerusalem calls spark warnings from Arab leaders

Image copyright EPA Image caption Abdul Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt (left) and Saudi King Salman (centre) are among those to voice concern Arab leaders have warned US President Donald Trump that moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem could have dangerous repercussions. Mr Trump phoned several regional leaders on Tuesday to tell them he […]

Yemen conflict: Saudi-led coalition welcomes Saleh talks offer

Image copyright STRINGER Image caption Grainy images showed Houthi rebels under fire from Mr Saleh’s forces in Sanaa on Saturday The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has welcomed an offer of talks by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh whose forces have been fighting against it. A coalition statement said the decision to “take the lead and […]

Argentina ends missing sub rescue mission

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hope of finding the ARA San Juan with surviving crew members has faded The Argentine navy has said it has abandoned attempts to rescue 44 crew members on board a submarine that disappeared two weeks ago. “Despite the magnitude of the efforts made, it has not been possible to locate […]

Rex Tillerson: White House dismisses reports of replacement

Image copyright AFP Image caption Could Rex Tillerson (left) be replaced by Mike Pompeo? The White House has dismissed reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is about to be replaced. The US top diplomat “continues to lead the state department”, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. And a state department spokeswoman said the reports […]

Kim Jong-nam killing: Regime critic carried ‘antidote’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Jong-nam (pictured in 2001) was former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s oldest son The half-brother of North Korea’s leader was carrying bottles of the antidote to the toxin used when he was killed earlier this year, reports say. Kim Jong-nam died in February at Kuala Lumpur airport after highly […]

Reza Zarrab case: Gold trader implicates Turkish president Erdogan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Reza Zarrab told the court President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured) approved sanction-breaking deals A controversial Turkish-Iranian gold trader has told a US court that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally approved his sanction-breaking deals with Iran. Reza Zarrab, 34, is a key witness in the criminal trial of a […]

North Korea: US urges all nations to cut ties with Pyongyang

Media captionMembers of the public watched on as the launch was announced in Pyongyang. The US has urged “all nations” to cut diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea after the country’s latest ballistic missile test. Speaking at the UN Security Council, US envoy Nikki Haley said President Trump had asked his Chinese counterpart to […]

North Korea latest missile launch a global threat – US

Media captionNorth Korea missile ‘higher’ than previous tests, says US Defence Secretary Mattis North Korea has fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and poses a worldwide threat, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has said. Earlier the Pentagon said the missile had flown for about 1,000km (620 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan. […]

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