Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Media captionThe Iraqi military circulated a video it says shows the destruction of Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque […]

India to operate extra flights to Qatar for ‘stranded’ nationals

India to operate extra flights to Qatar for ‘stranded’ nationals

Image copyright AFP Two airlines will start operating extra flights to Doha, the Qatar capital to help stranded Indians return home. State-owned Indian Airlines and the private carrier Jet Airways will begin the extra flights from Thursday, a government statement said. A number of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have cut diplomatic ties […]

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Image copyright EPA Image caption Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) replaces prince Mohammed bin Nayef (right) as crown prince Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, […]

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

Image copyright AFP Image caption An F15E fighter plane shot down the drone near Tanf, in southern Syria, the US military said A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say. The drone was thought to be armed and […]

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

Image copyright PA Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this morning preventing commuters from using them to pay fares. On-screen messages said they had “no online connectivity”, making them unable to send payment card details. The issue began at about 06:00 BST. A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) told […]

Afghan car bomb hits New Kabul Bank in Helmand

Afghan car bomb hits New Kabul Bank in Helmand

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bombing comes near the end of the holy month of Ramadan At least 29 people have been killed and 60 wounded in a car bomb blast outside a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, hospital officials say. Police told the BBC the bomb was detonated at the […]

China’s ‘straddling bus’ hits its final roadblock

China’s ‘straddling bus’ hits its final roadblock

Image copyright Photo by Imaginechina/REX/Shutterstock It seemed like a glimpse into the city of tomorrow – but China’s “straddling bus” was riddled by doubts early on and now is headed for the scrap yard. The futuristic idea was a bus that would drive above traffic, allowing other commuter cars to pass underneath. The project was […]

‘Devil wheel’ rider: It makes me happy

Karmila Purba is the first female “devil wheel” rider on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. She began performing with a travelling show when she was just 12 years old. Each night she entertains crowds by riding a motorbike around the vertical wall. Video by Haryo Wirawan. ‘Devil wheel’ rider: It makes me happy}

China raises heat over foreign investment

China raises heat over foreign investment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fosun International bought Championship side Wolves last year for £45m Shares in two of China’s biggest conglomerates, Fosun International and HNA, fell by about 6% on Thursday, amid rumours that banks had been ordered to assess their loan exposure to them. Fosun bought Wolverhampton Wanderers football club last year, […]

India drops sedition charges against ‘Pakistan cricket fans’

India drops sedition charges against ‘Pakistan cricket fans’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pakistan beat India by 180 runs Indian police have dropped sedition charges against 15 Muslim men arrested for allegedly shouting “anti-India and pro-Pakistan” slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final. Police in Madhya Pradesh state told reporters sedition was “hard to prove”. The men have been charged with “disturbing communal […]