Argentina abortion: Senate defeats bill after polarising debate

Media captionSupporters and opponents of the bill to expand abortion rights clashed in Buenos Aires Argentina’s senate has rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a marathon debate, 38 senators voted against it and 31 in favour. Its defeat means lawmakers must wait until next year […]

Hollywood hits back at new Oscars ‘popular film’ category

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption West Wing star Rob Lowe is among those to have criticised the new Oscar The announcement of a new “popular film” category at the Oscars has been actively unpopular in Hollywood. The Academy revealed the category on Wednesday, opening the door for films like Black Panther, Mission Impossible: Fallout […]

Willow Creek: Church leaders quit over sexual misconduct scandal

Image copyright Willowcreek.tv Image caption Bill Hybels seen as he announced his resignation to shocked churchgoers The leaders at one of the biggest megachurches in the US have quit over a sexual misconduct scandal that has already claimed its founder. A statement from elders at the Willow Creek church said a “new start” was needed, […]

Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov ‘near end’ in Russian jail

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russia’s jailing of Oleg Sentsov became a cause celebre in Ukraine A Ukrainian film-maker on hunger strike in a remote Russian jail is in a “catastrophically bad” state, one of his cousins says. Oleg Sentsov, 42, went on hunger strike on 14 May to press Russia to free 64 jailed […]

Venezuela President Maduro survives ‘drone assassination attempt’

Media captionFootage showed dozens of soldiers running away before the transmission was cut off Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones. Mr Maduro was speaking at a military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred. Live footage of his speech shows the president suddenly looking upwards – […]

Switzerland crash: Twenty dead in WW2 plane crash

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plane came down high above sea level in the Swiss Alps Twenty people have died after a World War Two vintage aircraft crashed into a mountainside in eastern Switzerland, police say. The plane – a Junkers JU-52 HB-HOT – was carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing […]

Actor Steven Seagal made special US-Russia envoy

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Steven Seagal (left) has praised President Putin’s policies Russia has appointed the US actor Steven Seagal as a special envoy to improve ties with the United States. Seagal was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and has praised President Putin as a great world leader. Born in the US, the martial […]

Australia’s Turnbull: ‘Now we are the land of droughts’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The drought has affected 99% of New South Wales Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that the country has become a “land of drought” as he announced further measures to help stricken farmers. The new package will provide an extra $140m (£154m) for lump sum payments to farmers and […]

North Korea calls US actions on nuclear programme ‘alarming’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The two men appeared friendly at a summit but North Korea has some strong words for the US North Korea’s foreign minister has called US actions “alarming” as tensions over the North’s nuclear programme again flared. Ri Yong-ho was responding to comments by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who […]

Thai cave boys leave monastery after novice monkhood

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The boys ended their retreat as novice Buddhist monks following a prayer ceremony on 4 August Most of the Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave have returned home after spending time in a Buddhist monastery as novice monks. Eleven of the Wild Boars youth football team were ordained novices […]