Syria child evacuees may be used as bargaining chips, UN warns

Media captionCampaigners are covering their eyes in solidarity with baby Karim A senior UN official says he fears children waiting to be evacuated from a besieged rebel-held area of the Syrian capital, Damascus, are being used as bargaining chips. UN special envoy to Syria Jan Egeland told the BBC he understood that rebels had agreed […]

Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 180 on Mindanao

Media captionThe aftermath of Storm Tembin on Mindanao island More than 180 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing. Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island. Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number […]

Republican tax bill: House passes plan to Senate for final vote

Media captionUS tax bill: the winners and losers The Republican-controlled Congress is expected to confirm the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax system in more than three decades. The House of Representatives approved the legislation comfortably on Tuesday, but the vote is likely to be closer in the Senate. The bill looks set to […]

Mexico bus crash: Tourists killed in Quintana Roo state

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bus had been taking tourists to Mayan ruins at Chaccobén A bus carrying tourists from a cruise ship has overturned in south-eastern Mexico, killing at least 12 people, officials say. Another 18 people were injured in the crash between Mahahual and Cafetal in Quintana Roo state. The bus was […]

Canada couple forced to spend Christmas apart after 70 years

Image copyright Facebook/ Dianne Phillips Image caption Herbert and Audrey Goodine say goodbye for the first time in 73 years An elderly Canadian couple is heartbroken after learning that they will be separated for the first time in seven decades a week before Christmas. Herbert Goodine, 91, was told he must leave the long-term care […]

Chile election: conservative Piñera elected president

Image copyright MARTIN BERNETTI Image caption Sebastián Piñera will serve as president for the second time A conservative billionaire and former president, Sebastián Piñera, has won Chile’s presidential election run-off. Left-winger Alejandro Guillier conceded and congratulated his opponent on his win and his return to the presidency after a four-year gap. With nearly all votes […]

Chile: Landslide destroys village and kills at least five

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The area in Chile’s lake district is sparsely populated A landslide caused by torrential rain has killed at least five people in southern Chile and has destroyed dozens of houses. Fifteen people are missing in the remote village of Villa Santa Lucía in the country’s lake region, popular with tourists. […]

Austrian far-right to return to coalition under conservative Sebastian Kurz

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Kurz said his goal was to form a government with a solid majority Austria’s conservative People’s Party has agreed a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party. The deal comes two months after a parliamentary election which the People’s Party won but without an overall majority. At just 31, the […]

Odebrecht scandal: Peru president Kuczynski under pressure to quit

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Kuczynski denies receiving illegal payments but says he did work for the controversial firm Peru’s president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is under growing pressure to resign over corruption allegations involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. Mr Kuczynski has reportedly lost the support of key members of his cabinet. Scandal-plagued Odebrecht says […]

Australia child abuse inquiry: Final recommendations released

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The report said tens of thousands of children had been sexually abused A five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, making more than 400 recommendations. The royal commission uncovered harrowing evidence of sexual abuse within institutions, including churches, schools and sports clubs. Since […]