Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Image copyright Iraqi Joint Operation Command Image caption The Iraqi military provided this image showing the destruction at the mosque compound So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The ancient landmark with its famous leaning minaret was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a […]

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Media captionNato jet ‘approaches’ Russian minister’s plane A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say. They say the incident happened in international airspace over the Baltic when Sergei Shoigu was flying to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Nato […]

George Clooney’s tequila firm Casamigos sells for $1bn

George Clooney’s tequila firm Casamigos sells for $1bn

Image copyright Casamigos Image caption Clooney (right) and friends say Casamigos was born from tequila-filled nights It’s celebration time for George Clooney, after the tequila company he co-founded was sold to drinks giant Diageo in a deal worth $1bn (£790m). The deal comes at a busy time for the Hollywood actor, as his wife Amal […]

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, […]

US official: Russia ‘hacked’ 21 US states in election

US official: Russia ‘hacked’ 21 US states in election

Image copyright Getty Images Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states during last year’s campaign, said a US official. Jeanette Manfra of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refused to identify the states during her testimony before a Senate panel, citing confidentiality agreements. But she added there was no evidence to suggest actual […]

Otto Warmbier, US student sent home from North Korea, dies

Otto Warmbier, US student sent home from North Korea, dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Otto Warmbier’s parents say they went 15 months without hearing from or about their son The American student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in North Korea has died, his family says. Otto Warmbier, 22, returned to the US last Tuesday, […]

Champs-Elysees attack car ‘had guns and gas’ – Paris police

Champs-Elysees attack car ‘had guns and gas’ – Paris police

Media captionArmed police placed a security cordon at the Champs-Élysées A car deliberately hit a police van before bursting into flames on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in central Paris, police officials say. The driver, who was on a security watchlist, died in the incident. Police found a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles in the […]

France polls: Macron’s party wins clear parliamentary majority

France polls: Macron’s party wins clear parliamentary majority

Image copyright EPA Image caption Emmanuel Macron was seen voting earlier in Le Touquet French President Emmanuel Macron’s party has won a clear parliamentary majority, results show, weeks after his own presidential victory. With nearly all votes counted, his La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, won more than 300 seats in the 577-seat […]

Trump: I’d speak under oath on Comey

Trump: I’d speak under oath on Comey

Media captionPresident Trump willing to testify under oath US President Donald Trump says he is “100%” willing to speak under oath about his conversations with ex-FBI chief James Comey. Speaking at the White House, he denied having asked for Mr Comey’s loyalty or for an inquiry into a former White House aide to be dropped. […]

Michel Temer: Court rules in favour of Brazil leader

Michel Temer: Court rules in favour of Brazil leader

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Temer’s approval rating has dropped amid accusations Brazil’s President Michel Temer has been acquitted of irregularities in the 2014 election, a ruling which allows him to stay in office. By four votes to three, the Superior Electoral Court rejected claims that illegal money was used in the campaign. If […]

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