Meng Hongwei: China confirms detention of Interpol chief

Image copyright AFP Image caption Meng Hongwei is a senior Communist Party official as well as Interpol president China has confirmed it is holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei. Beijing said he was under investigation by the country’s anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law. Mr Meng, who is also listed as […]

Brett Kavanaugh: Senate set for final vote on Supreme Court nominee

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brett Kavanaugh has faced a controversial nomination process After weeks of controversy, the US Senate is set for a final vote on the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. If senators do not change their voting intentions, Judge Kavanaugh will be appointed to the […]

Hong Kong rejects visa for FT editor Victor Mallet

Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption The UK government has demanded an “urgent explanation” of Victor Mallet’s visa rejection Hong Kong has refused to renew a work visa for the Asia news editor of the Financial Times, sparking concerns from the UK government. Victor Mallet is also vice-president of the city’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club […]

Video shows monkey ‘driving’ bus in Karnataka, India

Video shows monkey ‘driving’ bus in Karnataka, India

Image copyright YouTube Image caption This is not the face of a man who is concerned by events An Indian bus driver has been suspended – for letting a monkey “drive” his bus. This is despite not one of the 30-or-so passengers on board the vehicle in southern Karnataka state complaining about their furry chauffeur. […]

Interpol urges China to clarify status of missing president Meng Hongwei

Image copyright AFP Image caption Meng Hongwei is a senior Communist Party official as well as Interpol president International police agency Interpol has urged China to clarify the status of its president, Meng Hongwei, who has gone missing on a visit to the country. The agency said it was concerned about the well-being of its […]

Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona opera singer, dies at 85

Media captionThe famous duet was used for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 Opera singer Montserrat Caballé, whose duet with Freddie Mercury became the signature song of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, has died aged 85. She had been suffering from health complaints for some time and was admitted to hospital in Barcelona last month, according to […]

Republicans deplore Trump mocking Brett Kavanaugh accuser

Media captionMr Trump cast doubt on Prof Ford’s credibility US President Donald Trump is facing criticism from fellow Republicans after he mocked a woman who says she was assaulted by his Supreme Court nominee. Senators Jeff Flake and Susan Collins, both key votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, spoke out a day after Mr Trump’s remarks […]

International Court of Justice orders US to ease Iran sanctions

Image copyright EPA Image caption The ICJ is the main judicial organ of the United Nations The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered the US to ease sanctions it re-imposed on Iran after abandoning a nuclear deal in May. Judges ruled that the US had to remove “any impediments” to the export of humanitarian […]

Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation: Footballer denies attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cristiano Ronaldo has branded the rape allegation “fake news” Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has “firmly” denied raping a woman in a US hotel room almost a decade ago. The Juventus forward, 33, said he was calm over “any and all investigations” as he had a “clear” conscience over the allegation he […]

Skripal poisoning: Putin denounces ex-spy as ‘scumbag’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Putin has maintained the suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal are civilians Russian President Vladimir Putin has labelled poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal a “traitor” and a “scumbag”. In a speech, he complained that the media were treating Mr Skripal as “some kind of human rights defender”, insisting […]